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11 Midyear Problems and Solutions - PTO Today

...A simple endorsement from a third party can be powerful in letting people know you’ve turned the corner. Include endorsements on your flyers, newsletter, etc. Get new leaders, if necessary. Current leaders might be dedicated to making things better. But sometimes, only a new face can truly change your image. 11. We Have a Serious Split Look for common ground. Appoint a committee from the different camps to search for compromises. Pick the most reasonable people, not the most adamant, from each side. Hire a mediator. If your group is at stake, it’s well worth the investment. Ask the school district to supply a mediator. Or try to find a low-cost mediator with experience, perhaps a retired principal. Start from scratch. Reconstruct your activities from the ground up based only on goals you can agree on. Let the parent group be neutral ground, and let the political battles be fought in another arena. The best PTO advice, ideas, and inspiration delivered weekly. Don’t miss it! Comin...

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...

Parent or PTO President—Balancing Your Roles - PTO Today

...” It’s helpful to ask a more impartial party to help you evaluate if your feelings are sound. Everyone has wondered if she’s overreacted or handled something correctly, but second-guessing will keep you up at night—and you need your sleep! Don’t stall out! Reenergize involvement for the second half of the year GET FREE GUIDE Let Others Do More Think about what tasks on your to do list you can give your children, recommends Dawn Woolford, a veteran PTO volunteer for Bedford Public Schools in Temperance, Mich. “My kids are in high school and college now, but when I was volunteering I think we tried to do it all for them,” she says. “Looking back, it was the times the kids did things on their own that increased development and fostered life skills.” If she had it to do over again, Woolford says, she would relax more, give more tasks to her kids, and worry less about them not doing things the right way. “It’s OK for kids to fail,” Woolford says. “If the...

How To Run a School Penny War Fundraiser - PTO Today

...Pizza party Ice cream party Afternoon movie with snacks Game day Extra recess Activity with the principal (lunch, kickball game, etc.) Get additional ideas in “ Low-Cost Incentives for Your Next Fundraiser. ” The best PTO advice, ideas, and inspiration delivered weekly. Don’t miss it! Coming soon: the ultimate expo event! Register now. 10 PTO Ideas To Try in 2018 How To Run a School Readathon General Mills Explains Shorter Box Tops Product List A Real Magic Act How To Hold a Successful Restaurant Fundraiser Comments (0) Add comment... Name (required) E-mail (required, but will not display) Website Send Cancel Weekly Newsletter Download our free School Fun Run Planning Guide for all the tips and tools you need to plan a successful event. Get Your Free Guide! Along with your free guide, you will also be registered for our weekly newsletter. As always, you can unsubscribe at any time. Trending 20 Ideas for Theme Baskets for PTOs and PTAs How To Hold a Successful Restaurant Fundrais...

Ideas To Make Your PTO or PTA More Fun - PTO Today

...A few hours over a weekend will allow time to play team-building games and enjoy a meal together. Consider doing the same at the end of the year with both the outgoing and incoming boards. The outgoing board could even host a potluck for the incoming leaders as a welcome. Routine Volunteer Tasks Often, being on a committee means behind-the-scenes grunt work such as sorting raffle tickets or setting up carnival booths. Help your volunteers not only get the job done but also crack a few smiles while doing it. Gather together.  You know the saying “many hands make light work”—take that to heart. When you have a monotonous task, such as counting box tops or divvying up carnival tickets, make it into a party. Casey Boersma, the Box Tops coordinator for Perry Hill PTO in Fort Wayne, Ind., called on PTO friends to help count some 17,000 box tops. “It can be tough to get one person to handle all the box tops,” she explains, “but as long as I get some help, it’...

School Auctions: 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. And here’s a list of what may not work so well for school auctions: 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....

PTO & PTA Insurance – Protect Your Group | PTO Today

...Best, an independent, third-party organization that rates financial and insurance institutions. The package of protections offered through PTO Today Plus is the very same package used by thousands of PTA groups throughout the country. It’s a compelling program and a wise investment. Insuring your group, your volunteers and your leaders means that you’re serious about your parent group work. Your volunteers—and especially your leaders—are putting their hearts and souls into your PTO, and they shouldn’t be faced with a personal liability should the worst occur. And a quick review of PTO news in recent years shows clearly that no group is immune from the dangers of theft or embezzlement. Being a PTO or a PTA or any other kind of community group is no shield against a lawsuit or a loss. Insurance protection—especially at a group-discounted price—can make all the difference. Want more information about insurance? Read about the PTO Today Plus Parent Group Insurance Program ....

50 Event Hacks That Will Make Your PTO Life Easier - PTO Today

...via  Party Ideas  47. Plan a movie night around movie release dates. More families are apt to attend if it’s a new movie kids have been dying to see. via  PTO Today 48. For the holidays, “wrap” tables into presents. via  Little Party Love 49. Bring Candy Land to life in the library with some oversize colorful squares (decorating for Family Game Night doesn’t get simpler than that!). via The Bargain Hunter   50. Get a year's worth of event and fundraising ideas in just a few hours at the PTO Today Expo. via  PTO Today's Expos 9 School Store Setup Tips and Ideas 10 PTO Ideas To Try in 2018 Tips and Ideas for Sweetheart Dances Deconstruction Zone Yes, You Need a Movie License 10 Tips for Booking Food Trucks Comments (0) Add comment... Name (required) E-mail (required, but will not display) Website Send Cancel Weekly Newsletter Download our free School Fun Run Planning Guide for all the tips and tools you need to plan a successful event. Get Your Free Guide! Along with you...

Volunteer Appreciation Done Right - PTO Today

...Sleep on It At the end of fundraising season, one PTO’s leaders hold a slumber party (sans kids!) at a local hotel. Members reflect on the past year’s successes and how they have affected staff, students, and families. Each board member pays her own way for dinner, and they split the cost of the adjoining rooms. Ride in Style Ask a local limousine service to donate a car or two for your next family fun gathering. Arrange for pickup and drop-off of the night’s key volunteers and their children. Give Them the Night Off One parent group in New Jersey coordinated with the superintendent, local scout and club leaders, and coaches in town to schedule a “night off” for the community. Families got a break from obligations such as PTO meetings, homework, and athletic practices so they could enjoy dinner and an unhurried evening together at home. Add It Up Tally the annual number of hours your volunteers give to the school and calculate what their salaries would be if they were paid....

How To React to Critics - PTO Today

...If you can sell a sincere “Yeah, thanks for the feedback—we had 500 leftover red balloons from the Valentine’s party” or a “Yes, we’re definitely not going to win any best popcorn awards here” and include a smile with it, then your group will be far better off in the long run. While I don’t recommend jumping back at every critic with an immediate request that they help themselves, I do think it’s perfectly OK, especially after you’ve calmed down a bit, to reach out to those critics with a personal request to maybe get involved with that event next year or another event this year. Try this: “Hey, I just wanted to thank you for the feedback last week at the dance. It’s always helpful. I was wondering if you might be able to help out on the dance committee for next year? With a couple more volunteers, we can make it even better.” That’s killing them with kindness, and it works great on three levels: one, you’ll get some volunteers; two, it emphasizes that yo...