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Social Media 101 for PTOs and PTAs - PTO Today

...Set up a series of boards using categories that reflect what your group does—for example, welcome-back party, fall festival, community service, etc. Then upload photos (again, check on photo usage issues) and populate your boards. Also create boards that can be resources for parents. These could include important educational, parenting, and social topics. Spend time in your Pinterest feed to find pins from others that you can repin to your boards. Also plug in relevant terms into the search field to find pins for repinning. Instagram www.instagram.com Instagram is a popular photo- and video-driven channel that would be a great way for your group to share images from events and program. Think of Instagram as a truly mobile channel. While you can view Instagram on your desktop or laptop, it needs to be managed from your mobile device. A rule of thumb: It’s best to share photos and video that capture a moment rather than share general information in an image format. In other words, g...

6 Ways To Shake Things Up in Your Group - PTO Today

...For example, consider live-streaming your meetings or holding a Twitter party while parents are waiting in the pickup line. Change Your Big Event Planning a new marquee event is a sure way to get people talking and to generate excitement. You can think big (like a winterfest) or outlandish (like the gym teacher in a dunk tank). Reward Good Effort Let your parents know you care about their hard work by taking the time to acknowledge them. Perhaps you could select several “volunteers of the month” to profile on your website or bulletin board. Hold Outings With a Purpose Planning some periodic outings for your board to bond will give everyone a chance to discuss what’s working and what isn’t, in a relaxed and informal setting. Actively Seek Input Let members know that your group is always looking for fresh input. Repeat this message frequently and through different mediums (your newsletter, Facebook page, etc.). Change Your Meetings Some simple changes can both increase meeting a...

6 Ways To Add Fun and Energy to Your PTO Events - PTO Today

...If your group prefers a broader approach, feel-good themes like beach party, superheroes, or sports teams can work for events ranging from teacher appreciation luncheons to larger outdoor events. Get Trendy (or Techy) Activities influenced by technology or pop culture can really get kids excited about an event. The Batesville (Ind.) Intermediate School had a big hit at its indoor winter carnival with an activity based on an app called Escape the Room, which required teamwork, problem-solving, and sleuthing to complete. The Lincoln Elementary PTA in Lakewood, Ohio, decided to swap out its carnival in favor of Lincoln MINES, an event with interactive workshops on the game Minecraft, online gaming, coding, and other tech topics. Combine Elements of Different Events Bringing parts of separate events together can yield some interesting and fun results. Saint Anne Elementary in Bismarck, N.D., combined a holiday event with an international art night where each grade studied a country and...

19 Ways To Use School Spiritwear - PTO Today

...Encourage friendly competition with a pizza party for classes with the highest participation. Create photo opportunities. Ask families to submit “spirit selfies” when they wear their spiritwear off-campus, then publish the photos in your newsletter or on Facebook. Or set up a DIY photo booth at an event and have attendees take group photos in their matching gear. Beat the weather. Offer items appropriate to your local climate—tanks and athletic shorts for warmer zones, jackets and sweatpants for colder areas. Celebrate something new —a new school building, a parent group name change, a new mascot, or a renovated building, for example. Commemorate a schoolwide milestone. The 25th, 50th, or 100th year that a school has been open or a parent group has been in existence is worthy of celebration. Promote an academic milestone. Get kids and parents excited by achievements like reaching the 100th day of school or reading for a million minutes schoolwide. Show off student creativity....

17 Things I've Learned from Veteran Room Parents - PTO Today

...  Don't stress about fancy, elaborate games and crafts. The kids are so excited at party time that even a simple game will be fun!  ~Missy Rainford 4. If you try to do everything, people will feel excluded. Eventually, no one will volunteer to help. ~Tahra Painter-Harrell 5. Always take time to listen to the kids. No matter how insignificant it may seem, you might be the only one who does.  ~Krystal Waldy 6. Don't stress. Every little thing you do is a big help. You're allowed to say no, and you don't have to be perfect. ~Julia Kloiber 7. Don't be afraid to ask the teacher! They may not want big elaborate parties or snacks. They will know what works best, so don't be afraid to ask!  ~Katy Schrodt 8. Take all the help that you can get. Be open to help, but stand your ground.   ~Liz Boshears Ready to step up? Sign up for the Leader Lowdown newsletter to get the scoop on parent involvement and more GET FREE NEWSLETTER 9. Always remember you are there to help the teacher. Don't make...

Vendor Directory - PTO Today

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Vendor Directory - PTO Today

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Vendor Directory - PTO Today

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Vendor Directory - PTO Today

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Vendor Directory - PTO Today

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