• Add a little pizazz to your first meeting. Icebreaker bingo or printable conversation-starters are good ways set the tone that your meetings won’t be all (boring) business.

  • Finalize your fall event details and start working out the details of your event plans for later in the year. (And make sure your parent group is insured beforehand.)

    Free School Family Night kits

    6 Simple Fall Events

    Organize a Trunk or Treat

  • Present your annual budget for approval.

  • Be sure to distribute a volunteer interest survey form to find out how parents would like to get involved—and follow up with each response.

  • Think about the community service projects your group might want to pursue, especially for the holidays—they’ll be here before you know it.

    Ideas for Giving Back at the Holidays

  • Organize a leadership meeting where leaders can meet to discuss goals for the year.

  • September is Fruit and Veggies—More Matters month. Plan a try-it day so kids can sample fruits and vegetables they might not otherwise eat regularly.

  • Work out the nuts and bolts of your newsletter—its purpose and format (emailed or printed) and who will be its point people. You could split responsibilities among a few people, such as having two or three editors responsible for a few newsletters each during the year.

Suggested Teacher Appreciation Effort: Casual Welcome-Back Meal

Since most schools are still getting into the swing of things, a casual welcome-back breakfast or potluck lunch are nice ways to encourage teachers to relax a bit.