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Active Games To Liven Up Your PTO Events - PTO Today

Active Games To Liven Up Your PTO Events - PTO Today Events & Programs Archive Fitness & Health at School Archive Active Games To Liven Up Your PTO Events A few minutes is all it takes to raise the energy in the room—and promote fitness, too. by Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan 01/16/2017 Family fitness nights are great, but you don’t have to plan an entire event to promote health and fitness at your school. Efforts that work a few minutes of movement into all of your events— whether it’s a Hula-Hoop contest before a meeting or a dance break in the middle of bingo night—add up and make a difference. Perhaps the simplest way to work activity into your events is to give children time and space to play. For example, when Nicki Jiran was principal at Kirkersville (Ohio) Elementary, the school held movie nights outdoors on its large wooden playground. “Kids and parents would play and run and then settle in watch a movie,” she explains. Even if your school doesn’t have the right weathe...

Simple Holiday School Party Ideas for Kindergartners - PTO Today

Simple Holiday School Party Ideas for Kindergartners - PTO Today Holidays Archive Simple Holiday School Party Ideas for Kindergartners Tips from our community on organizing a sweet and fun holiday event for very young students. by Rose Hamilton 11/02/2018 If your group is planning holiday activities for the school’s kindergartners, it’s worth remembering one thing: The simpler, the better. All students, but especially the youngest ones, are excited during the holidays. In fact, many children are so ramped up from the many parties and festivities they attend outside of school in December that the last thing they need is an elaborate school party. We asked both our PTOtoday.com and Homeroommom.com Facebook communities to share holiday ideas for kindergarten classrooms, and here’s what we found: Holiday shop all done? Thank your volunteers so they’ll be ready to help next year GET FREE IDEAS Party Ideas Set up a party with activity stations. Teachers and volunteers can help direct...

Fundraising Events: Carnivals & Fairs - Vendor Directory - PTO Today

Fundraising Events: Carnivals & Fairs - Vendor Directory - PTO Today Vendor Directory Fundraising Events: Carnivals & Fairs Fun Services premiere We rent games, booths, concessions & carnival prizes on consignment. Fun Fair Wristband Promo 10 Booths/Games w/Prizes for whole event + Concession w/300 servings + 1 Sm Attraction ONLY $8 per child Go directly to this site! Write a Review PTO Today Carnival Insurance premiere Your group might not be covered by your school’s insurance policy. Make sure your group is protected during your next carnival. Go directly to this site! Write a Review Rad Bounce House-Party Rentals LLC. Read Reviews/Add a Review Amazing Hypnotist and Magician James Kellogg, Jr. ™ Read Reviews/Add a Review Awesome Amusements Party Rentals Read Reviews/Add a Review Ray Gay Sales, Inc. Read Reviews/Add a Review C & C Amusements Inc. Read Reviews/Add a Review Awesome Family Entertainment & Party Rentals of Columbus Read Reviews/Add a Review Party Go Round Read Reviews...

20 Fun Family Night Ideas - PTO Today

...Billed as a Get Connected “block party” , the event provided imaginative play for all with minimal time commitment from parents. 6. Rockin’ Through the Ages AGCuesta/Shutterstock If you envision a dance party that gets everyone out on the dance floor, have the DJ spin tunes from different eras. A dance party at Vine Hill Elementary in Scotts Valley, Calif., included music from the ’50s through the present day. Parents and students wore costumes from their favorite decades. Work with the DJ to identify the songs guaranteed to get everybody grooving. Or let parents and kids make requests in advance of the event. 7. Count Day Attendance on Oct. 1 determines funding in Colorado schools. At Rocky Mountain Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, the parent group turned Count Day into a fun day no student would want to miss. Teachers wore silly outfits and kids wore their pajamas. Much of the day was spent reading for pleasure. Among the highlights, students watched their teachers com...

How To Organize a Trunk or Treat - PTO Today

...Tables or shade canopies can be used in the place of decorated car trunks, giving space for people to set up their decorations and games. Another option is to have a teacher or volunteer at each classroom to hand out candy from the classroom door. Setup Allow an hour for cars to set up before the festivities begin. Have someone on-site to direct cars to parking spaces or assign each registered car a number and draw numbers on the parking lot in chalk ahead of time. If possible, leave an empty parking spot between vehicles to help space out the trick-or-treating crowd. Tickets Many trunk or treat planners allow children to move freely between vehicles. Others have a system so that kids stop at each car just once, reducing the chance of running out of candy or prizes early. If you expect a large turnout, it might be worth giving each child one ticket for each trunk-or-treat station and having them turn in a ticket when they stop at each vehicle. Or you might print up cards with blank bo...

Auction "Pros" Raise Big Dollars - PTO Today

...Just last year, the PTA married a two-week online auction with an upscale auction party to net $268,000. The K-4, 650-student school found it needed a way to raise money after the Texas Legislature passed a “Robin Hood” school funding law in 1993. The law requires affluent school districts to share property tax revenues with less wealthy districts. To help compensate for funds that the school district gives up, the Bradfield PTA decided to hold an auction that could directly benefit the school. The PTA taps into parent contacts and local businesses to obtain auction items and in-kind donations. Some of the hottest items are trips, playhouses, and experiences such as ice-cream socials. Classroom creations and lower-priced items are usually reserved for the silent auction. Parents put some ingenuity into the auction by creating an online category called “Teacher Treasures,” which brought in more than $17,000. “Kids love to spend time with teachers and staff outside the classro...

4 Awesome School Auction Themes - PTO Today

...And click around each graphic for fun details! 09/27/2017 Tailgating Party 1.    Use small grills to display special auction items. 2.    Hang flags in your school colors for a spirited setting. 3.    Stack coolers for a quick and colorful decoration. 4.    Decorate tables with various sports equipment. 5.    Set up shade tents in corners to draw attention to big-ticket items. 6.    Have volunteers wear custom eye blacks with your school’s mascot. 148 silent auction ideas for items to sell (plus 7 to skip) GET FREE IDEAS Construction Zone 1.    Have volunteers wear party store construction hats. 2.    Decorate the space by tying helium balloons to sawhorses. 3.    Use traffic cones to indicate the direction to flow through the auction space. 4.    Fill a toy dump truck with napkins and utensils. 5.    Provide “build your own” food, like tacos or hamburgers.   Life's a Beach 1.      As people pay for admission, hand out leis for them to wear...

School Auction: PTO Leaders Share What Sells - PTO Today

...This year, we’re doing a Star Wars -theme party for 20 kids on a half-day. We will provide lunch and activities. —Angela E. We offered lunch with firemen and policemen and tours of their stations. —Brandy R. We always do really well with gift baskets [with swag] from our local "feeder" high schools . As a Catholic elementary school, they are always looking for ways to win over kids with swag! Parents love them, too! —Amy J. One of our grandmas made a T-shirt quilt with some of our school’s old T-shirts. That was nice this year. —Tori C. Lunch with a teacher and one friend. The teachers don’t mind buying a pizza and spending 30 minutes with students. —Tanya K. Here’s what may not work so well for a school auction fundraiser: Artwork done by amateurs (other than the school’s own students). There’s no emotional connection. Collectibles with a narrow appeal, like figurines, decorative glassware, or coins. Anything used, unless it’s antique and obviously valuable. I...

8 Keys to Volunteer Appreciation - PTO Today

...) Make It Fun There’s nothing like a party to lift people’s spirits. Even a simple event like a breakfast with coffee, pastries, and some decorations can really help boost morale. Or take things up a notch by holding a fun ceremony that recognizes helpers in humorous —"volunteer whose kids napped the most in the office," for example. Thank Everyone Equally Don’t limit your appreciation only to the hard-core volunteers. In fact, thanking those who’ve helped on a more occasional basis can be a great incentive for them to come back. Go Public With Your Praise Publicly thank helpers at your meetings, in your newsletters, and on your social channels. Let the principal know about individual volunteers' contributions, and encourage her to express her thanks independently. The best PTO advice, ideas, and inspiration delivered weekly. Don’t miss it! Thank-You Cards for School Volunteers Why Volunteer Appreciation Matters More Than Just Good Manners Facebook Graphics for School Volun...

Low-Cost Student Incentives for Your Next Fundraiser - PTO Today

...Pizza or ice cream party:  Offer the chance for a pizza or ice cream sundae party to the top-performing class. (Alternatively, if a teacher or principal prefers to avoid the distraction, offer coupons for those treats at lunchtime.) Classroom or All-School Incentives Teacher gift:  Offer the class with the highest participation a modest gift for the teacher (for example, an Amazon gift card) in addition to the students’ incentive. Extra recess:  Check with the principal on what she’d allow (one extra period, every day for a week, or some other arrangement). Pick a theme day:  The class that performs the best gets to choose a dress-up or spirit theme for the school, like Hawaiian day, sports day, or silly hair day. Game afternoon:  Check whether the principal would allow the winning class to spend an afternoon playing board games or whether students can bring personal gaming devices from home (or a mix of both). via Walden School Blog Movie time at school:  Let the class...