In an effort to help new families be a part of their school community, the Parents Club at Queen of the Rosary School in Elk Grove Village, Ill., formed a welcome committee of parents representing different grades. Each parent volunteer gets a list of new families’ names and contact information over the summer and is encouraged to call them before school starts. And as a sweet touch, each new family is given a “welcome cake” during the first few weeks of school. Last year, more than 40 homemade cakes were delivered.

Queen of the Rosary School Parents Club, Elk Grove Village, Ill.