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Improve Your Relationship With the Principal - PTO Today

...Often, it is a parent who first hears a negative comment or rumor about a school matter at a ball game or a party. Don’t be afraid to bring this up with the principal. The sharing will allow the principal the opportunity to determine how to deal with the issue and dispel the rumor. This will not only help to clear up misunderstandings, it will also build the trust that is needed between you and the principal. Know the School It is critical for parent leaders to be aware of school goals as well as the vision and mission of the school. This is especially important for the president of the parent group as she directs the goals, expenditures, events, and activities of the organization. Purchasing new playground equipment may sound like a wonderful idea, but if it conflicts with district safety policies, insurance requirements, or long-term planning, it can cause dissent. It is safer to check with the principal before making overt commitments. Understand Policies The student handbook may...

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...

Pool Party's a Splash - PTO Today

Pool Party's a Splash - PTO Today Events & Programs Archive Back to School Archive Pool Party's a Splash A back-to-school pool party sets the tone by emphasizing involvement and providing a relaxed setting for parents to interact. by Julie Slama 01/22/2014 The first day of school often brings anxiety for students and parents. Shirley Vermace and other PTO members in Decorah, Iowa, decided that was reason enough for a party. The first day of school is now marked by the Decorah PTO Back to School Pool Party—fun for the kids, fun for parents, and a fundraiser for the PTO. The second time the event was held, more than 550 people gathered at the municipal pool in this small town for water games and contests, all the pizza and soda they could consume, door prizes, dancing, and a lot of socializing by kids, parents, and teachers alike. All this for a $2 admission charge, with kids under 6 admitted free. The party provides a low-key introduction to the PTO and kicks off the new year in a pos...

Planning a PTO Community Service Project - PTO Today

...Students and parents contributed in a variety of ways, from a classroom change drive to a Halloween party. Even the kindergartners joined in by hosting a bake sale. Parents were involved at every step of the process, Curran says. Perhaps most remarkably, the HSA donated 10 percent of its own fundraising profits to the cause. Curran said her school’s parents didn’t balk at the prospect of sending some of their own  school’s money to help others. “I’ve had parents just come in and give me a check, asking ‘How can I help?’” she recalls. In early 2010, Annunciation reached its goal and Los Haitises was scheduled to begin construction on its new home. Good Causes and Ideas Abound The parents of Annunciation Catholic and Winslow Township are remarkable, but they are hardly alone. PTOs across the nation are helping communities both close to home and far away in a variety of creative ways (see “Numbers That Count” , below). If your parent group is thinking of taking on a...

How Parent Groups Support Academics - PTO Today

...“We just want to support our kids’ good reading habits,” Lombardo says, adding that the program includes a competition among classes, with the winning class receiving an ice cream party. “Those calendars are posted on a lot of refrigerators.” The parent group also sponsors a family reading night, which includes a book swap and a visit from a local author. At Winding Ridge Elementary School of Inquiry and Performing Arts in Indianapolis, the parent group turned its attention to literacy after 3rd graders did not perform as well on a high-stakes reading test as parents and teachers had hoped they would. The parent group worked with administrators and teachers to figure out what parents could do to help prepare students for the 2013 assessment. “Through many planning and brainstorming meetings, the principal came up with the idea of holding Saturday study sessions,” says Toni Welch, president of the Winding Ridge Family Association. Parents and other community members staff...

Finding Auction Donations for Your Fundraiser - PTO Today

...There might be a hundred enthusiastic guests at your party, but they’ll go home with money in their pockets if they are not motivated to bid on your items. So what’s the secret to securing a wide variety of high-quality items at every price point? To start with, your auction committee and PTO leadership shouldn’t be the only ones soliciting donations; enlist your entire school community in the effort. Some PTOs insist that every family be responsible for at least one item or experience offered at the annual auction. Staff members and teachers can be asked to secure a donation as well. The best auction items may be the special experiences only a certain teacher or family can offer. For example, Mrs. Brown from 2nd grade may also be a Pampered Chef consultant, while the Martin family might have a vacation cottage they’re willing to offer. The proceeds from your auction will benefit the entire school, so don’t be afraid to encourage everyone to secure a donation. 148 silent auc...

How To Work With a New Principal - PTO Today

...Organize a “get to know the new principal” event at individuals’ homes, the school, or a third-party location. Share school-specific lessons learned in an upbeat fashion. Ask what PTO members can do to help ease the transition; the response may be surprising. Get Personal After finding out about the new principal’s affiliations, hobbies, personality style, family, and volunteer interests, the next order of business should be to make sure the new principal knows similar information about PTO executive board members. As parent group leaders, be proactive about sharing professional achievements, personal interests, and school-specific accomplishments; this lets a new principal know that a prepared and ready PTO team is in place. “I’ve always believed that parents are the first teachers, and I value the input that parents are willing to give about their own children,” says Deborah Brandt, an administrator who just became the leader of LaSalle Springs Middle School in Wildwoo...

How To Plan a School Field Day - PTO Today

...He puts together all the activities and decides on the games and schedule, when lunch will be served, and which venue they will use. The PTO contributes money for the event. Parents also assist Igims by preparing and setting up for the activities and then monitoring them. “You need to have a strong person within the staff who coordinates field day,” Margittai says. “If just the PTO organizes the event, you still need input from the staff because they know what’s important and what the kids can and will do.” The teachers also participate in field day at Pittsburgh Phillips. They walk their classes to the facility and rotate through the activities with their students. Some of them participate and some take photos. “It’s fun to see the adults having fun, enjoying the games and activities outside of a school setting, and hear parents interacting and building friendships,” Igims says. Some activities are individual, some require teams, and some involve the entire classroom....

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...

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 11/14/2016 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: Party Ideas Set up a party with activity stations. Teachers and volunteers can help direct the children from place to place and avoid overcrowding at one particular spot. Try uncomplicated a...