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Hmong Parent Group Connects Cultures - PTO Today

...[But] they know how to throw a party! Food is the connector; you cook for the masses and you make it your best. Do issues ever come up that this is an ethnocentric group? We do get asked on occasion, “Where’s the Mexican PTO, or the Somali?” You do the best with what you have. That’s where we put the resources—to the biggest group. What is the ELL population at Murray? Approximately 250 of our 820 students are ELL. Hmong families form our largest percentage of foreign speakers; about 180 of those students are from Hmong families. Are there involvement challenges at Murray specific to Hmong culture? The Hmong alphabet used today is only 60 years old, so many older parents are illiterate in Hmong and English. They are not used to living in urban areas. Of the parents who don’t speak English, there is a loss of control with their children as children play the adult role of grocery shopping and things like translating grade reports. Parents are at the will of their children. T...

Judges' Choice: Building Community Ties - PTO Today

...Seuss’ birthday, the PTO hosted a birthday party at the school and invited families to a discounted screening of The Lorax at a local movie theater. The PTO provided popcorn and drinks for free. At a Breakfast With Santa event, families could get free pictures of their children with Santa Claus. No-cost refreshments were provided at another event, where parents and kids could try speed stacking. The PTO’s nutritional committee launched the monthly Tasting Tuesday program, where students could try healthy foods like star fruit and pomegranates during lunch. Each student received a sticker for trying the food. Afterward, students voted on whether they liked each one or not. (One vote showed that Coxsackie Elementary students preferred red bell peppers to green ones.) As a result of the program, the school cafeteria has added a healthy rice dish to its menu. The Aucompaugh family has started eating bell peppers at home, too.  Community Support PTO leaders are quick to point out that...

Top 6 Fresh Ideas for Raising School Spirit - PTO Today

...Ditch the Pizza Party. Announce that the classroom with the most school spirit gets a photo op with a top pop star. Just be sure to check prices on life-size cardboard cutouts first. The best PTO advice, ideas, and inspiration delivered weekly. Don’t miss it! Help Wanted: PTO and PTA Officers 24 Weird but Awesome Habits of PTO Leaders  8 Hilarious Reactions When You Ask Parents To Volunteer It All Went Wrong, and I Survived! 10 New Year’s Resolutions for a PTO Leader 6 Signs You’re a School Volunteer Comments (1) Comments     # Grecia calderon 2013-09-28 17:53 I need good ideas for middle school student council (: Refresh comments list RSS feed for comments to this post Add comment... Name (required) E-mail (required, but will not display) Send Cancel Weekly Newsletter Even this unusual school year, you have tasks to wrap up and plans to make. Our free guide takes you through all the steps. Get Your Year-End Guide Along with your free guide, you’ll also be registered for ou...

Major Project: A Safe Place To Play - PTO Today

...And the PTO hosted a “Bye-Bye, Blacktop” party, which shattered all previous attendance records for a schoolwide event and helped raise funds to purchase the remaining playground equipment. Students wore commemorative T-shirts and sang a special anthem written for the occasion. And finally, on the last day of school, everyone from students, teachers, and staff to parents, district leaders, and funders attended a groundbreaking for the project. “So many of us parents and teachers are driving by the school on a sometimes daily basis, sometimes multiple times a day to see the progress,” Hoffman says. “It’s just extraordinary.” Many Stakeholders, One Vision Barbara Hoffman, a member of the Irving Schoolyard Project, says having a clear vision and not wavering from the goal was key to the multiyear project to transform an asphalt schoolyard into a community play area. Other critical factors in the project planning included: Marketing More than just marketing the schoolyard pr...

How Your PTO Can Help Raise Test Scores - PTO Today

...Fortunately, students were happy with dollar-store prizes, inexpensive trophies, and a pizza party. A plan to have a traveling trophy for the class with the most points each week didn’t work out because volunteers were busy grading worksheets and tracking progress—but that was OK. “You can go big if you have the volunteers and resources to do so, but you can also make a difference without getting too complicated,” she says, adding that the parent group plans to enlist middle school math club members to help grade worksheets. “My kids loved the program, and they were thrilled with their small prizes.” Reading Ideas Incentive Programs Children improve their reading skills through practice, and many parent groups have pulled off successful reading incentive programs. Parents as Reading Partners is sponsored by the National PTA and encourages students to track the minutes they spend reading. At Titusville Intermediate School in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the parent group motivated st...

A Literacy Event for Halloween - PTO Today

...Your local party store will have a host of Halloween-theme trinkets such as pencils, erasers, notepads, stickers, bouncy balls, and the like. Try to avoid morbid and ghoulish items that might scare some of the younger students. Hands-on STEM and STEAM ideas for parent groups to support learning GET FREE GUIDE One week before the contest, order the gift certificates from a nearby children’s bookstore for the predetermined number of winners. You’ll probably want to have a pumpkin and a poem winner in each classroom. The other thing you have to do during this week is plan the display location and make arrangements with the school’s custodian. Choose a location that will be seen by all students, such as outside the all-purpose room, cafeteria, or gymnasium. Make sure the display tables are set up on the day before the contest. Then, during the two days of the contest (usually October 30 and 31), arrive at the school about a half-hour before the start of the school day to greet the p...

Surviving 3rd Grade Graduation - PTO Today

...When they graduate from college or University I can see the party. Otherwise the sacrifice is not recognized by them # Shahina Saeed 2011-03-28 02:20 I totally agree with Ron. Furthermore, it's been said kids these days are too coddled, and the excess celebration of progressing from one grade to another only compounds the problem of kids expecting "something for nothing". In a time when the economy is so bad that many schools have cut back on necessaties, having a PTO spend money on such celebrations seems garish. Refresh comments list RSS feed for comments to this post Add comment... Name (required) E-mail (required, but will not display) Send Cancel Weekly Newsletter Even this unusual school year, you have tasks to wrap up and plans to make. Our free guide takes you through all the steps. Get Your Year-End Guide Along with your free guide, you’ll also be registered for our weekly newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time. Trending Field Day Games—At-Home Edition 25 Ideas for E...

10 Truths About Parent Groups - PTO Today

...by going out and having a party. And stop by for a cold one anytime. That’s what we’re here for. The best PTO advice, ideas, and inspiration delivered weekly. Don’t miss it! When No One Steps Up To Lead How To Raise More Money Keeping the PTO Momentum Going Is Parent Involvement Dying? The Myth of the Volunteer Trap The Secret to Parent Group Success Comments (4) Comments     # Janet Kinneberg 2008-03-04 00:02 Just wanted to say thanks for the nice articles. You are right; our HSA has done a lot of the soul-searching you describe in various articles, and after two years we are finding that we are finally reaching/including many parents by hosting fun events in addition to the "meetings". It is helpful, too, to keep in mind that at smaller schools like ours with a Pre-K to 8th grade student population, we are getting a "fresh start" with up to 1/8 of the parents every year! Many of us are taking you up on "stopping by for a cold one"! # Susan 2008-12-03 18:07 My child will be at...

6 Ways To Boost Redemption Program Profits - PTO Today

...Rev Up the Competition Consider offering incentives like a pizza party for the class that brings in the most to encourage kids’ interest and participation. 6. Enlist Teachers’ Support While teachers shouldn’t be expected to add to their workloads, a small amount of support can greatly increase profits. Show them your appreciation by offering incentives like books for the classroom or other supplies. The best PTO advice, ideas, and inspiration delivered weekly. Don’t miss it! Box Tops for Education: No More Clipping! General Mills Explains Shorter Box Tops Product List Direct Donation Fundraising: How To Make It Work Passive Fundraising Ideas for School Parent Groups 12 Ways To Collect More Box Tops An End for Campbell’s Labels for Education Program Comments (0) Add comment... Name (required) E-mail (required, but will not display) Send Cancel Weekly Newsletter Even this unusual school year, you have tasks to wrap up and plans to make. Our free guide takes you through all the...

School Fundraising: How Much Is Too Much? - PTO Today

...Individual parent groups in Malibu and Santa Monica now make appeals for direct donations to the foundation, help with districtwide fundraising efforts such as a community party on the Santa Monica pier, and donate part of their own fundraising proceeds as they see fit. It’s easy to see the foundation funds at work—in the form of literacy coaches and training for classroom assistants, for instance. What It Means for Your Group With the wide variety of parent group fundraising and spending policies across the country, it’s important to make sure you understand your district’s policies before planning your fundraisers and making decisions about how to spend your group’s money. Start by getting a copy of your district’s policies from your principal or district office. If your district does limit you to a few fundraisers a year, it doesn’t have to be a big negative. Although it may not seem like it, such limits can actually help strengthen fundraisers. Groups that continuall...

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