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Our February 2015 issue of PTO Today is all about school spirit, a topic we know is one of your favorites! PTOs and PTAs can play a key role in promoting school spirit and we have lots of new resources to help you do that. 

Sometimes schools hold events that are well-attended and seemingly hit all the marks, but there’s that sense that something is missing. When schools and parent groups take the time to welcome everyone, generate excitement, and communicate a sense of unity and common identity, then something bigger happens. A true school community is created.

Here are our new resources to help you boost school spirit:

1. Need a new idea to get parents, kids, and teachers working toward a common goal? Read our just-published article, 10 Ideas for Building Spirit at Your School

2. How about some basic tips on bringing the whole school community together? Our piece on building community offers you five ways to do that. 

3. If you are creating flyers, sending emails, or posting information on Facebook to get your community pumped about spirit day events, try our new spirit day clip art on the Clip Art Gallery.

4. How about a new, fresh idea for a spirit day? We have 30 of them in this free downloadable on our File Exchange.

5. For those of you needing tips for selling spiritwear, the February 2015 issue also has an article with great tips on that. 

6. In addition, we have a new spiritwear order form you can download and use as a template.
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Yes, it's OK to have a school event with no kids. In fact, I highly recommend it.

I think of PTOs and PTAs as communities of parents that help create the entire atmosphere around a school. Parent connections grow involvement and are also invaluable during tough times, so it's entirely appropriate for your group to hold events that foster those adult relationships.

It might be a restaurant night (have you seen our new sister site, Restaurant-Fundraisers.com?) or an annual dinner-dance at the Elks club or anything else. The group at my kids' school hosts a "college party" at a local place with karaoke and more shenanigans. It's a lot of fun, and school friendships (for adults) are made and extended. And that's the point.  

What kind of adult tradition can you build? We have some great resources for this type of event, including flyers for moms night out, dads night out, and parents night out. And we'd love to hear what you've come up with on our Facebook page. Above all else -- have fun! 

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It's really the $10,000 Question: Why is it that some folks just don't want to volunteer? 

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Talent shows are a great part of the school experience for both kids and their parents. If you have a chance to help out with one, we say go for it.

But let’s be straight with each other. Helping with the talent show is one of those odd experiences in life. At least some of the time you are doing it, you will wish you were anywhere else in the world. I mean, how many times can anyone be subjected to Taylor Swift lip-syncing acts before feeling a little unhinged. But then in the end, when you see how happy the kids are (not to mention their parents), you will be thrilled that you experienced it. 

So if you’re helping run a spring talent show, the best advice we can give is to start planning now. The key to talent shows is to stay organized. If you are juggling a few dozen acts and dozens of kids, along with parent requests, logistics, and sponsors, you need to stay on top of things. 

Try to get a few key helpers who can work closely with you. Best case, divvy up key responsibilities among a core group of volunteers so no one person is stuck handling too much. Ask around or send out a survey to find out if there are parents within your community with special talents who can help. There are usually some parents who have spent time in community theater or have expertise in music or publicity, or can lend their skills with costumes or set decorations. 

Some other tips: 

1. Get as many children involved in the talent show as possible. There will be students who want no part in performing. But there are many jobs, from program designers and backstage helpers, that you can give to students. 

2. Try to get support from the principal and teachers. If possible, have them swing by a rehearsal every now and then so students understand that the talent show is a school event and they should work to make the school proud. 

3. But remember, they are kids and no one should expect perfect performances. Encourage students to have fun and relax.

4. Decide early on if you want to sell tickets, do a raffle, or have concession stands. Often, a talent show is a good time to find ways to raise a few extra dollars for your group. 

5. Check out the PTO Today resources on talent shows for additional help, including our article, Stage a Successful Talent Show, and our free talent show downloadables on the File Exchange that can be used to create flyers, permission slips, and programs.

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At this time of year, groups are often looking for ways to do a little more fundraising before school wraps up, but they don’t have the bandwidth to start planning a big-production event. One option is to hold a few restaurant fundraisers this spring.

Our sister site, Restaurant-Fundraisers.com, has resources and planning tips that will come in handy for these events. While restaurant fundraisers (or spirit nights) aren’t huge moneymakers, they can be planned quickly and don’t require lots of volunteer time. Depending on the size of your community, you could make a few hundred dollars per event. One PTA we spoke to made $6,000 last year with monthly events. 

To get started, go to the Restaurant-Fundraisers.com guide, How To Run a Successful Restaurant Night, where you’ll find a step-by-step plan covering everything from how to contact local restaurants to ideas for promoting your event. 

The site has a listings section of 50 restaurants that offer fundraising programs. There’s a variety of restaurant types so your group will likely find something that your school community would like. The listings include links to many national chains, like Chuck E. Cheese, Chick-fil-A, and Chipotle, where you will find details on their programs. Many of the programs are similar, in that they involve you working with a restaurant to host an evening (or other block of time) for your community. The restaurant, in turn, donates to your group a percentage of sales that came in from your families and friends. 

You’ll see differences in how restaurants calculate what they’ll donate. Most will donate somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of your group’s total sales. Others donate a percentage of total sales. Also, some restaurants will offer more help than others with promotions, with some even sending mascots to your school. 

Restaurant-Fundraisers.com also has a tools section that includes free flyers you can download and customize for your group, clip art that you can use in your emails or on Facebook, and a template to use when writing a thank-you note after your event. 

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If you're appreciating volunteers, I assume you're both thankful for their efforts and trying in some ways to keep them motivated and coming back. There's one mistake that hurts your group on both of those counts: leaving out volunteers or being somehow exclusive with your thanks.

Do you only appreciate those who've given a certain number of hours or volunteered at a certain senior level? Do you have tiers of appreciation, like a luncheon for some and a note for others? Both of those habits are surefire ways to get branded with a clique reputation. It's not unfair to appreciate stalwart volunteers more than dabblers, but it sure is counter-productive. 

My advice: Thank everyone well and equally. If in doubt -- thank. It's far better to thank 14 people who didn't do much of anything than to leave out one volunteer who did help. 

Ensuring that your volunteers feel valued is the best way to keep them coming back. And it isn't hard to do. Here are some resources that can help:

A Culture of Volunteer Appreciation

10 Quick and Easy Volunteer Gifts

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Lots of parent groups steer clear of using a debit card because they worry the card will get lost, people will steal money from the group, and they’ll have to spend too much time managing the card. But our group decided to give it a try. We carefully planned out how we would use a debit card and, so far, it’s been a great asset. 

That’s when we decided to take the plunge with a debit card. We put a series of controls in place, including: 

1. Trackers and keepers. The treasurer is our primary line of defense. Because she’s the one tracking card usage, she is not the keeper of the card. She can set up alerts with the bank so that it receives an email whenever certain dollar limits are debited from our account, so the bank will know right away if the card is being used inappropriately. The bank issued cards (same account number) to two of our board members who are responsible for them and do the shopping and banking with them. 

2. Weekly review. The treasurer logs in weekly to check the bank account and check for any unusual activity that is below the alert limit.  

3. Time limits. We’ve set a time limit for when the documentation on a charge has to be turned in (generally within a week or two of the charge), or the person holding the card loses her debit card privileges.

So now that we are using a debit card, we’ve found two big advantages: 

1. We can do so much more shopping online. We’ve discovered that instead of taking the time to drive to the office supply store and buy two cases of paper for the school copying machine, we can order it while at home (working on other things!) and have delivered (for free!) directly to the school office the next day.

2. Other financial transactions are easier for our board. They can use the debit card to make deposits at an ATM if they need to. This helps us do our banking on time. 

Of course, whatever controls you put in place, it is still quite possible that your card number could be used fraudulently. My Girl Scouts troop account was completely wiped out by someone clear across the country a few years ago. But the troop had no liability whatsoever; the bank replaced the card and restored the funds within a week. Check your bank’s policies on fraudulent usage before signing up for a card.

For us, we look at the debit card as doing something for our volunteers. With so many demands on people’s time, convenience to parent volunteer can’t be discounted. Plus, while many people might be fine with charging expenses on their own cards and then being reimbursed, you can’t assume that your officers and committee chairs are willing to do that. Volunteers dedicate lots of time and energy to your group; they shouldn’t be expected to serve as your bank as well. Some people are afraid of using debit cards, but with careful planning they can be very effective.

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So, we know that the last thing any PTO leader needs right now is another thing to do, right? We get that. But we also want to say: It's time to start your search for new leaders for the 2015-2016 school year.

Ok, will your group fall apart if you don't get to this task right this minute? No. But, trust us, your life will be so much easier in the spring when your group hold elections if you do some outreach this month. Our editor in chief, Craig Bystrynski, explains the first steps to look for new officers in this one-minute video: 

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When I was in elementary school, kids were often teased and called names. Not good. But it was the 1960s and, frankly, issues like bullying were not top of mind. And while we are far from perfect today, we are making progress with events like No Name-Calling Week, which takes place next week, Jan. 19-24. 

What’s even more heartening is to see how so many PTOs and PTAs are on the front lines of this issue, supporting their schools by running programs that encourage and reward kindness. 

If next week’s No Name-Calling celebration inspires your group, we have some simple ideas you could implement anytime throughout the school year. We’ve gathered these ideas from our community, our own PTO Today resources, and from the No Name- Calling Week website, www.nonamecallingweek.org

1. Make a video that emphasizes how hurtful name-calling can be. Provide teachers with the video so they can use it in their classrooms to promote discussion. Ask teachers from each grade for a few student volunteers who can appear in the video. Get input from the students about what should be said in the video to make sure it will appeal to kids. 

2. Ask the school librarian if you can create a display with books that teach lessons about kindness or have an anti-bulling message. 

3. Run a poster or artwork contest at the school in which kids are encourage to illustrate kindness. 

4. Hold a T-shirt design contest that supports a kindness theme. Create a small list of semifinalists and have students vote on best T-shirt. Then, if the budget permits, provide each student with a T-shirt. 

5. Work with the principal and teachers to create a rewards program for students “caught” in an act of kindness. Select a few student winners each month. Reward: A special pizza-with-the-principal lunch. A spin on this idea would be to name a “Citizen of the Month,” naming one student who has demonstrated kindness in an outstanding way. 

6. Set up a buddy program to team up older students with students in younger grades. The older students can model good behavior while spending time with the younger students. They could team up as reading buddies, lunch buddies, or bus buddies. 

7. Create a kindness bulletin board at school that spotlights individual classrooms throughout the year. Ask classroom teachers to provide drawings, short essays, or other expressions of kindness from their students that you can display on the board. 

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This blog post was written by Shonne Fegan-Ehrhardt, a PTA president and freelance writer who wrote the article Small Groups, Big Achievements for the January 2015 issue of PTO Today. 

Being a parent group leader can be a lot of work, but I’ve found that creating a network—both internal and external—has helped me tremendously as PTA president. I’ve not only benefited from fresh ideas, but also have made new friends in the process. 

My first year in the position, I jumped in feet first and quickly realized I couldn’t do it alone. I looked at our board of committee chairs to find each individual’s strengths and I drew upon this local network of volunteers for assistance. When I was struggling with formatting the PTA board list, I mentioned it at a meeting and our treasurer offered to help. Turns out she was an Excel master and what would have taken me hours took her minutes! Next I looked one degree further to our local PTA council, which meets monthly. Connecting with other PTA presidents has been really helpful when I have questions about using funds (such as funding field trips) or school events (for example, what do they do for teacher appreciation week?). As well, many PTOs have town- or districtwide groups that provide this kind of network. 

I also share a lot of PTA accomplishments on my personal Facebook page which has led to new Facebook friends who are current or past PTA presidents or volunteers. I called one Facebook “referral” a few weeks ago and caught her in the grocery store line. She made the time to talk to me about how her board was arranged (two vice presidents for each position, allowing them to share the load), and this gave me a great idea to fill some of our open committee chair positions.  

Just recently, as we were sitting across the table from our extended family at a holiday dinner, volunteer work came up in conversation. I realized many of my cousins were also involved in their parent groups and we were able to share ideas about the events we host, such as our Holiday Helper program and what to buy for teacher thank-you gifts. I mentally added my cousins, who live across the country, to my extended parent group network and will keep them in mind when I have a question. 

Coincidentally, I’ve found one of my biggest sources of help is only a phone call away. My sister and I live 2,000 miles and two time zones apart in San Diego and Chicago and are both PTA presidents of our respective schools. I find we talk about something related to our PTAs on almost every phone call. She gave me a great idea for membership recruitment, and I can’t wait to try a volunteer fair like hers, where they sign up parent volunteers on the first day of school. 

So when it comes to building a network, I’d say keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to talk about your parent group’s work. Chances are you will find people willing to “join your network,” providing you with the support all parent group leaders and volunteers need!

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Catholic Schools Week, which will be celebrated Jan. 25-31 this year, is a time to celebrate a shared faith, fortify a sense of community, thank those who make a difference, and celebrate accomplishments. It’s a great opportunity for PTOs and PTAs to support the entire school community. Here are some ideas your group may want to try:

Hold parent-group-sponsored events: Host a special event that focuses on families. Do a PTO or PTA breakfast for grandparents, run a reading program with parents as guest readers in classrooms, or hold a fun family night that features a trivia contest or a game-show event like Jeopardy.

Groups also can help classrooms with special projects such as assisting the graduating 8th grade class with creating and burying a time capsule, or working with the youngest students to produce a show-and-tell day that supports messages of faith and family. 

Run a schoolwide special service project: Organize an effort to write valentines to senior citizens in the community or letters of support to soldiers. Another option is to manage a schoolwide canned goods collection for a local food pantry. 

Add a special touch: Many schools hold masses and open houses during Catholic Schools Week and need parents to be on hand to help with children and community members. Offer to organize volunteers who can assist with tours at open houses, create and print out programs, and serve refreshments. Another option: Set up an art gallery (perhaps in hallways) that showcases students’ work.

Pitch in where needed: Many schools also host their big events, like winter carnivals, book fairs, talent shows, or other schoolwide productions, during this week. PTO and PTA members can participate by running activities at the carnivals, manning the cash register at book fairs, and managing acts for the talent show. 

Handle staff appreciation celebrations: This is a parent group’s bread and butter! Often schools will take time during this week to celebrate teachers, pastors, and staff. Offer to host a staff appreciation luncheon. Organize a thank-you letter campaign for students to show their appreciation to the school principal and parish members who make a difference at the school. 

Get in on the fun: Lots of schools do a series of spirit day celebrations for each day of Catholic Schools Week. Your group can offer to coordinate these, and if you’re in need of ideas, consider these: dress-down day (no uniforms), dress as a favorite book character day, crazy hat day, crazy socks day, school colors day, and favorite decade day. 

Posted in Parent Involvement

Our founder Tim Sullivan explains why reaching out to parents, one at a time, with a specific volunteer request is so much more effective than blasting the community with flyers pleading for help. 

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After the holidays, many schools start anticipating the 100th day of school. It’s a nice, low-key way to give kids something to look forward to when that post-holiday, back-to-the-grind feeling sets in. And like lots of other celebrations, those for 100th day can be as simple or involved as a group would like. We have an article called “11 Ways To Mark the 100th Day of School” that lists cute ways to celebrate the day at school and at home, like asking students to write 100 reasons they like their school (or town), challenging classes to read 100 books, and sending each child home with a small plastic bag to be filled with 100 small items (buttons, paper clips, etc.).

One very simple activity for 100th day that we seem to hear about from a lot of schools and parent groups is to have kids decorate and wear T-shirts with 100 of something on them, like safety pins, buttons, or fuzzy balls. Making a shirt also gives kids a nice takeaway and the chance to be creative. Some schools ask kids to decorate shirts to represent their interests, such as by drawing 100 baseballs. You could even up the fun and the feel of the day as a true celebration by having the kids wear their shirts in a parade. (Tip: If you organize the decorating as a home (not in-class) activity, it’s a good idea to keep some shirts and fabric markers on hand for quick shirt-making so kids who forgot or didn’t make one don’t feel left out.)

Thinking of decorating shirts makes me recall my own favorite 100th day memory from when my boys (now teenagers) were small, which involved making a T-shirt for my older son, then a 1st grader. We kept it super simple and used fabric pens to write up a bunch of equations that added up to the number 100 (1 + 99, 37 + 63, 22 + 78, and so on). The reason I remember these equations so clearly is because he wore it for a couple of years on 100th day, as did his younger brother. In fact, that shirt, which took all of a half-hour to make together, was probably worn on seven 100th days! It’s been tucked away in the back of a drawer for years at this point, and I smile each time I unearth it. So you never know when a simple effort to commemorate something fun can create a long-lasting memory.

For more 100th Day celebration ideas, go to our 100th Day of School board on Pinterest.

 
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Welcome to 2015, the 2015th consecutive year (A.D.) of wishing that more people would volunteer.

The good news: We have a new article on the topic called “Why Don’t People Volunteer? ” that offers great insight. For me, the key takeaway is to get personal. You don't add volunteers with flyers and general meetings. You add volunteers one at a time. I'm guessing your group has maybe 10 or 20 regular volunteers, right? Rather than wondering why the other 200 parents don't step up, this year focus on adding one more volunteer at a time by identifying great candidates and personally inviting them. Then find a good job that suits them and make sure their volunteer experience goes super-well.

You're doing a really good job with your 10 or 20 current volunteers. Just think of what you can do if you can make that 12 or 22 and then 14 or 24. That's a much more productive approach than sending yet another flyer and hoping the masses show up.

Best wishes for an amazing, volunteer-filled 2015!

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One of the best things about January is that it can be a fresh start. It turns out January is Get Organized Month, so it’s an opportunity for PTO and PTA leaders to set aside time during the next few weeks to review plans for winter and spring meetings and events. We’ve put together a list of tips from PTO Today resources as well as community members that we think will help you as you get your PTO ducks in a row.

1. Block out a chunk of time to review the calendar for the second half of the school year and double check that all key events are listed on your group’s website and the school’s calendar. Make sure you’re covered on the smaller events, like Pi Day on March 14. (Oh, and don’t forget to make sure these items are on your personal calendar!) Our 2014-15 Planning Calendar will help. 

2. Clean out old emails and documents that you don’t need and are cluttering up your computer. Group together files related to upcoming events and meetings. 

3. Check supplies and order what you need for the remainder of the year. 

4. Meet with committee chairs to discuss upcoming events. See how they are doing and find out if you can assist them in any way. This article on committee management is worth a look to help you guide volunteers who may have questions or concerns.

5. Do a check-in on teacher appreciation plans. It’s really never too soon to get started on this! Will your group do a big event or series of events during Teacher Appreciation Week? We have many teacher appreciation resources that will help you with your planning. 

6. Set a meeting with the principal to go over highlights of winter and spring plans. Ask for suggestions and discuss any concerns. Time permitting, ask the principal for feedback on the school year to date and see if there are any outstanding issues to be addressed. Check out our articles on working with the principal, which are particularly helpful if your relationship is rocky or these kinds of check-ins cause you stress. 

7. Sketch out a basic plan for upcoming general meetings. Are you planning any guest speakers or student presentations in upcoming months? Now’s a good time to confirm these. Also, get inspiration from our article about keeping meetings fun

8. Start a low-key search for leadership candidates. It really isn’t too soon. If there are a few parents who have been participating and seem to have leadership qualities, think about how to connect with them in a casual way to gauge their interest in getting more involved. 

9. Do a social media reboot. Spend a little time looking for new folks to follow on Facebook and Twitter. Do a scan of what’s been posted in the last few months and analyze if it’s working by looking at the comments and shares you get on posts. Consider trying something new or setting a new goal, like posting photos of school happenings at least once a week. Our article about Facebook will come in handy. 

10. If your board was unable to do a get-together over the holidays, try to set up a casual off-site meeting (breakfast or lunch) before the end of the month so your team can reconnect and get inspired for the second half of the school year. 

Posted in Running Your Group

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We loved looking back at Facebook in 2014 to see the wonderful sharing our community did throughout the year to help and support each other. So we decided to collect our favorite Facebook post from each month and share it. Based on the reaction these posts received, they were some of your favorites, too!

JANUARY

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Classic PTO and PTA leaders! This top post from January 2014 shows that by early winter you were already thinking about Teacher Appreciation Week, which, as we know, takes place in May!

FEBRUARY

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We know you love getting new auction ideas and this February 2014 post proved it. This gem involved putting prize names on little slips of paper and putting them inside balloons!

MARCH

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You know you are a tried-and-true volunteer if you wouldn’t think of entering the school building without hand sanitizer and tissues! That’s just one little joke you definitely get if you’re in the PTO or PTA community! This March 2014 post had us all chuckling.

APRIL

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Our back-to-back April 2014 posts of teacher appreciation ideas were top posts. No wonder: The ideas were awesome because they came from all of you!

MAY

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Our community loves inspirational quotes. This one from Michael J. Fox was a top post in May 2014 and one of our top posts of the year!

JUNE

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Our post about creating a PTO procedures book was a hit in June 2014. Some may think an instruction manual is a boring topic, but we know many of you consider it a fun summer project!

JULY

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Come July, we’re gearing up for back-to-school season, and it’s hard to escape this time without all of us getting a little sentimental, as our July 2014 top post showed.

AUGUST

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New federal guidelines on snacks in schools had a big impact on your groups this year, as this August 2014 post showed.

SEPTEMBER

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We had a big response to our September 2014 post on duct-taping the principal. This could well be one of our community’s favorite activities! Thank goodness for principals who are good sports!

OCTOBER

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When cooler weather rolls in, groups love to do indoor events, like Family Movie Night.This October 2014 post featuring new movie night tickets was really popular!

NOVEMBER

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Our top post in November 2014 was our sneak peak at the new PTO Today Expo 2015 bag! Hope you’re dreaming of filling these up with goodies at one of our Expos!

DECEMBER

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Our favorite December 2014 post was our Toys for Tots album! We had a blast collecting toys and delivering them to a local collection center!

And...

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Our runaway post of the year was our back-to-school teacher survival kit! One thing we know for sure, PTO and PTA leaders love showing teachers how much they care!

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No practical tip this Christmas week, but rather an invitation. At this time of year, I hope you especially remember the great stuff about volunteering at school.

I bet you have a best memory or a favorite reason for volunteering. The good moments are so, so great. Check out the favorite volunteering memories of other leaders. And I hope you'll add your own to the growing list.

Mine? Every year, I help organize our school's basketball tournament, and there's always a game when the whole gym is perfect: crowded stands, positive parents, tons of enthusiasm, close game, kids having so much fun. Those are the days that bring me back the next year. I can't wait to read about yours.

P.S. Our 2015 Expos are coming to 12 cities this spring, and we have a video and more showing you what they are all about.

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We asked PTO leaders what they’d like to do over the holiday break. And can you guess what was the number one answer?


Sleep! 

And some of you were very specific, with one community member wishing for “8 hours of sleep, every night” and another requesting “Sleep, sleep, sleep, and more sleep.’’

You work hard all year, and the holiday season in particular can wear out any parent who is managing family and school obligations. So we hope all of you get some well-deserved downtime to fill with what you love to do. 

Here are some other ideas shared by PTO leaders on Facebook. Some of these look very doable. Willing to try a few? 


Tracy: Sleep in every day and wake up to a lovely breakfast and a perfectly cleaned home (laundry done, too); then do an hour or two of yoga, followed by spa treatment and a lovely lunch.

Lori: The grocery store without the kiddos.


Debby: Pack a backpack, catch a train into the city with my family, eat new foods, explore the list of places I haven't been to yet with them, photo journal some of the moments, and hopefully meet some new friends.


Suzi: Listen to more music, read, and catch up on drawing, all while sipping hot chocolate (in my pajamas, of course).


Melissa: Family time for sure doing anything as long as I could leave my phone and computer locked away!
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The holiday break is almost upon us. The last thing we want to suggest is more work for anyone, but there are a few very easy things you can do right now that will make January a little less hectic.

1. Send out a reminder for the January PTO meeting. Promise folks you’ll do something fun, like a trivia game with small prizes, to get people interested. 

2. Ask the principal if you can meet in early January to discuss the school’s 100th day celebration plans. Find out how your group can help. 

3. Schedule a leadership meeting for January. Bring together the board and committee chairs to discuss ways to increase involvement during the second half of the school year. 

4. Think about potential leader candidates for the 2015-16 school year (yes, now!). Jot down a few names and schedule a January board meeting to discuss transition plans. 

5. Take a quick look at the supply closet and schedule a time to order online or hit the stores early next month. 
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We love dads here at PTO Today, especially involved school dads. And this week I have a few simple tips and links and programs to help you connect with more dads at your school.
First, please do note that dads’ involvement is different. The most successful schools in terms of involving fathers have custom programs just for them. It might not be fair that PTOs and PTAs are mostly associated with moms, but it's reality. Don't fight it -- get dads involved with whatever name works.
And I have a sneak preview of an article about dads from our upcoming January magazine. Called “A Place for Dads,” it’s a piece that highlights three programs that help fathers be part of their kids’ education. Each is worth a look.
We'd love to hear about dads at your school. Jump into our Facebook conversation about dads’ involvement.
Posted in Parent Involvement