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PTO Leaders Inspired by Special Holiday Moments - PTO Today

...Giving Back to a Special Teacher  We hold bingo games throughout the school year, as a fundraiser and a fun family night out. This December our big raffle item was a giant stuffed dog. We raised nearly $150 on the raffle, but what warmed my heart was not one, but several parents and students who said if they win, they would give it to a certain favorite teacher who would love it as a reading buddy in the classroom for her students. - Jenn T. Grandfather’s Generosity At the Santa Shop, a little girl was over budget by a lot. I was trying to help her figure out how to reduce/exchange. A grandfather who was there helping his grandson shop overheard and asked how much she was over. When I told him, he said, “I’ll take care of it. Just add it onto my grandson’s gifts.” All of us volunteers were so moved by this gesture. That man showed the true meaning of Christmas, and the adults who witnessed it felt it, too.  - Courtney M. Caring for Kids in Need  For years, our school did...

How To Be an Effective PTO or PTA Volunteer Coordinator - PTO Today

...The Reed district PTA’s room parent scheduler helps manage classroom volunteers by sharing and posting specific descriptions for jobs such as car line, class party, field trip, art project, yearbook, and kindergarten safety day coordinators. By providing details about what the job entails, their volunteers know what the expectations are. Here’s an example of the car line coordinator position: Volunteers should arrive by 8 a.m., sign in at the office to pick up visitor’s badge and walkie-talkie, and report to their station in the upper car line. The late bell rings at 8:30 a.m., so the car line finishes and the gate is closed shortly after. Parents staffing the car line are not allowed to have any children with them at the car line as a safety precaution. Instead, please send school-age children to the playground, where there is aide supervision. Younger siblings should not be on the playground during school hours. Coordinate With Your School Many school districts require volunte...

Game night - PTO Today Q&A

Game night - PTO Today Q&A PTO Today Q&A PTO Today Q&A > Events, Programs, & Activities > Game night ASK A QUESTION Print Report Abuse Nonsense Spam Duplicate Wrong Topic Question: Game night Hello, is there still a vendor that sends you board games to play and then you can ship them back when you are done? Also you were able to let families purchase them too. Asked by Anonymous ANSWER IT Please let me know when a new answer is posted. Answers: Advice from PTO Today Rose H writes: Hi there! This doesn't ring a bell. One thought: You could post this question in our PTO and PTA Leaders & Volunteers group on Facebook. Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/parentgroupleaders/. Good luck! Rose Report Abuse Nonsense Spam Answer this question: Let me know when a new answer is posted Related Events, Programs, & Activities Q&A Ideas for 4th grade farewell party Festival Planing Guide end of year activities for hs seniors PTO Today Expos liquor licenses Spanish 2 hour pledge form Nat...

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...

Parent Group of the Year Winners Gallery - PTO Today

...Activities at the spring event included a scavenger hunt, a nature talk, games, and crafts. Local scouts set up a camp site and helped run the activities. The cost to families for this educational event was just $2 and the donation of a food item for a local food bank.   A Week Spent Honoring Veterans For one week in fall 2013, Pioneer Heritage Middle School in Frisco, Texas, was transformed as the entire 900-student school community honored military heroes. The PTO-sponsored Veterans Week combined lessons in civics with community service, raising money for a local veterans memorial in the process. This single-minded focus earned the PTO the 2014 Parent Group of the Year award for Outstanding Community Service Project. Activities included classroom presentations from local veterans groups (complete with props like gas masks and jumpsuits from one vet’s days in the Air Force), a 1-mile run/walk, a silent auction, flag-folding ceremonies, and students writing letters of thanks that w...

Carnival Success Story - PTO Today

...Before theme parks, this was the only way for kids to enjoy the thrill of carnival rides and the excitement of games, flashing lights, and a little independence from their parents. At St. Philip the Apostle School in Pasadena, Calif., a similar event comes to life each fall. Take away the rides and focus on stage talent, and it's just the right mix for a great family night out and a phenomenal fundraiser. Safe, Simple, and Fun Host a talent show featuring the likes of a Lucille Ball impersonator, an American Idol contestant, and a chimp used in movies. Add a healthy dose of musical acts, a haunted house, games, and party food. That's what St. Philip's fall festival is all about. "We work hard to keep the festival interesting," says Scott Dopke, festival chairman. "Over the years, we've tried different games, such as a pingpong tournament, soccer-kicking contest, bingo, and karaoke. We've rented inflatables—moonwalk, giant slide, mountain climb, and bungee jump—to see what the kids...

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...

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...

Fun Incentives Will Boost Label Collection Programs - PTO Today

...Winning class gets an ice cream or cupcake party.  Stephanie V. : Do a promotion with prizes around the holidays. For example, do a Christmas-themed collection and give each child that brings in 50 box tops or more a chance to have a photo taken with Santa.  Jennifer O .: Winning class from a collection drive gets a pajama party at school.  Amy A .: Create (or buy) a trophy that is awarded the winning class each month. Then the traveling trophy is displayed in the winning classroom until the next collection period ends. AMY’S TROPHY IS ABOVE PHOTO  Kimberly C. : Older children often aren’t impressed with pizza or ice cream parties. So, to motivate middle school kids, try a raffle. Set it up so for each 10 labels collected, a student receives one raffle ticket. Do monthly drawings with prizes like iTunes gift cards.  Trish L .: Create a Treasure Chest. Stock up on mini prizes from companies like Oriental Trading and put them into a “treasure chest” box. The top 10 students...

Classic School Carnival Activities - PTO Today

Classic School Carnival Activities - PTO Today Carnivals & Fairs Archive Classic School Carnival Activities Need ideas for your school or parent group carnival? Choose from this collection of crowd-pleasing games and activities. by Patti Ghezzi 10/04/2017 Recharge with new ideas and loads of samples at PTO Today Live this spring! Register for only $5 but don't wait- early bird sign up and a chance to win $250 for your group ends Jan 15. Activities that actively engage kids are the heart of a school carnival or festival. These are the tried-and-true carnival games and activities that schools rely on year after year. School Carnival Games With Prizes Cakewalk: This is an easy, beloved activity that utilizes volunteers and often works as a lucrative fundraiser. Parents make or buy single-serving sweet treats such as cupcakes or bags of cookies. With music playing, kids walk around a course marked with numbers, stars, or pictures. The person standing on a marked spot when the music stops g...