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Plan a Fun Back-to-School Event - PTO Today

...Be sure to have some games on hand so kids are occupied as parents get to know each other. A picnic also works well for middle schoolers. Consider having a special event just for 6th graders and other students new to the school. Picnic Flyer Tailgate Party Several creative parent groups have organized tailgate parties to celebrate back-to-school time. At a tailgate party held by the Lorenzo de Zavala Middle School PTA in Amarillo, Texas, parents could buy spiritwear and fill out volunteer forms while kids ate hot dogs, listened to music, and socialized. For one of its annual tailgate parties, the Durbin Creek Elementary PTO in Jacksonville, Fla., arranged for a performance by the high school drum line. Families participated in football-throwing challenges, Zumba dance, obstacle course races, and more. Tailgate Party Flyer Festival or Fair The end of summer can be a great time to hold a festival, fair, or carnival. One reason so many schools hold such events is that they’re highly at...

Cat in the Hat Snack - PTO Today

Cat in the Hat Snack - PTO Today Class Party Ideas Cat in the Hat Snack My kids (and their friends!) raved about the strawberry-banana grinch hats I made at Christmas so I'm pretty sure these Cat in the Hat snacks will be a hit. 02/26/2019 They are super easy, relatively healthy, and fun for a class party. You could assemble the strawberry and banana slices ahead of time and have a station for the kids to draw their own cat face on the marshmallow and attach to the fruit. Materials : Strawberries Bananas Marshmallows Large toothpicks Edible marker How to Make : Slice the strawberries and bananas. Keep the tip of the strawberries separate from the slices, these are used for the top of the hat. Draw cat face on the marshmallow. This is much easier than it sounds. Draw dots for the eyes and nose, add a smil2-3 straight lines for the whiskers. Start with the marshmallow laying on your work surface and layer bananas and strawberries. End with the tip of a strawberry for the top of the hat....

Classroom Parties Made Easy - PTO Today

...While different regions and schools vary in what they choose to celebrate, generally many classrooms mark Halloween, Thanksgiving/harvest time, winter holidays, Valentine’s Day, and the end of the school year as ideal times to have a party. Before you buy candy corn or cupcakes, though, ask about your school’s and district’s food policy. In many places, the amounts and types of sweets allowed are limited. Current rules often mandate that foods brought into schools for parties meet the district’s wellness guidelines. For example, a district may allow parents to send several fruit or vegetable snacks, a low-fat snack like pretzels or popcorn, and one prepackaged (not homemade) sweet treat, with either water or fruit juice (at least 50 percent fruit) as the beverage. Be sure to check with your school to find out any other specific restrictions on types of food that can be brought into the classroom. Ask about food allergies, too. Party Planning Tips The first step to planning a s...

Halloween Festival Builds Community - PTO Today

Halloween Festival Builds Community - PTO Today COVID-19 Resources for PTOs and Parents Carnivals & Fairs Archive Events & Programs Archive Inspiration Archive Middle School Archive Halloween Festival Builds Community Every October, a 140-student school in Michigan throws a party for a thousand people. by Evelyn Beck 01/22/2014 With no indoor festivities available for children, cold weather used to dampen the Halloween spirit in Otsego, Mich. But 15 years ago, a parent at St. Margaret School suggested putting on an indoor carnival. “A lot of times in this part of the country, the weather is not that great around the weekend of Halloween,” explains current PTO president Angi Hoess. “The PTO thought we should host an event indoors where the kids could wear their costumes and everybody could eat good, warm home-cooked food when things were getting cold and nasty outside.” As word spread, the carnival grew. Today, tiny St. Margaret’s—with only about 140 students in prekindergar...

End-Of-Year Teacher Gift - PTO Today

End-Of-Year Teacher Gift - PTO Today Class Party Ideas End-Of-Year Teacher Gift We wanted to see if a classroom cleanup sounded like a good gift idea and from the teacher feedback we got below, clearly it's a Yes!  Who knew that something as simple as helping the teacher clean out their room could be such a meaningful and highly appreciated gift? I'm sure many teachers would prefer a little extra elbow grease after a long school year over another coffee mug! 05/22/2019 You've been in there, you know classrooms need a good cleaning! If you are not sure where to start, check out some of the tips we found over on Kindergarten Chaos . {We asked teachers the following question on Facebook:} Yes or No: I appreciate it when my parent volunteers help me clean and organize my classroom at the end of the year! {And here is a sampling of what we heard back:} Angela G: It's never happened for me Danielle W: When they do what??? Wendy N: Yes! I've only had it happen once, but it was so appreciate...

Mayflower Pudding Cups - PTO Today

Mayflower Pudding Cups - PTO Today Class Party Ideas Mayflower Pudding Cups When it comes to the class party, prepackaged is typically the norm these days when it comes to treats. And with JELL-O pudding on the "safe snacks" list, these sweet little Mayflower Pudding Cups will be well received in the classroom. Land, ho!  12/06/2018 You'll need: Chocolate pudding cups  4" bamboo skewers  Blue and white construction paper or card stock  A red marker  Tape  Using the white paper, cut out 3 flags for each pudding cup. One should be large; this will be the anchor flag at the bottom. Of the two remaining flags, color a red cross shape (the St. George's Cross) using a red marker. Alternatively, you can download a printable version of the flag here . Thread the flags through the bamboo skewers, starting with the top flying flag, or tape to adhere.   Trim blue construction paper into a 6" wave shape. Tape around the base of the pudding. Just before serving, stick the bamboo skewer into...

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’s actually kind of f...

12 Ways To Mark the 100th Day of School - PTO Today

...In addition to being a milestone to mark as a group, a 100th day celebration can help break up the winter with activities, math games, and even literacy and art projects. And you can use our customizable 100th Day of School flyer to promote your activities.   Say It With a Shirt A popular idea for marking 100 days of school is to have kids wear shirts with 100 of something on them, like safety pins, buttons, or fuzzy balls. Encourage kids and families to get creative; check out these 11 fun ways to decorate a shirt . (Short on time? Have the children use fabric pens to write up a bunch of equations that add up to the number 100: 1 + 99, 37 + 63, 22 + 78, and so on.) Hands-on STEM and STEAM ideas for parent groups to support learning GET FREE GUIDE Have a Party Hold a party for students to celebrate completing 100 days of school. Choose some of the ideas and activities from this list, and give the classroom a party feel with some simple decorations—or even by decorating with those a...

15 Ideas From 15 Years - PTO Today

...Kids could play board games, join in basketball, volleyball, and dodgeball in a gym, watch a movie, or compete in a video game tournament. While the old dances drew fewer than a dozen students, about 500 came to the Monster Mash Fun Blast. September 2004 8. Back-to-School Tailgating Tailgate parties aren’t just for football season. Several creative parent groups have organized tailgate parties to celebrate back-to-school time. At Lorenzo de Zavala Middle School in Amarillo, Texas, a Load Your Locker party brought kids and parents out to have fun, meet their teachers, and meet the PTA. Parents could buy spiritwear and fill out volunteering forms, while kids ate hot dogs, listened to music, and socialized. Students could find and stock their lockers and chat with teachers in the hallways. At Durbin Creek Elementary in Jacksonville, Fla., the PTO’s party featured the high school drumline. Students were encouraged to “tackle a good book” and exercise each day. Families participate...

Winter Fun Decorations: Sparkling Crystal Snowflakes - PTO Today

Winter Fun Decorations: Sparkling Crystal Snowflakes - PTO Today Class Party Ideas Winter Fun Decorations: Sparkling Crystal Snowflakes These crystals made of pipe cleaners and beads are festive, fun, and don't require a lot of preparation.  11/30/2018 What you'll need: 12-inch white iridescent pipe cleaners (or silver, gold, or other sparkly color) Clear or shiny beads Needle and fishing line   How To Make It: Cut 6 pipe cleaners in half to create 12 pieces. Hold 11 pieces together and tightly wrap the last piece around the middle of the bundle,  twisting its ends to secure it. Spread the pipe cleaner pieces into a starburst shape and thread about beads onto each pipe cleaner half.  Use the fishing line to hang your sparkling crystal snowflakes   End-Of-Year Teacher Gift Easy Snacks & Drinks for Your Easter Party Easter Crafts & Games for the Classroom Crafts, Activities, Snacks & Games for Your St. Patrick's Day Class Party St. Patrick's Day Class Party Sign-Up Sheet Cat in the ...

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