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Picking the Best Fundraiser for Your Group - PTO Today

...If you need $2,000 for the graduation party, then a dedicated product sale with a just-right product for the time (think wreaths at Christmas or flowers for Mother’s Day or chocolate for Easter) can be a strategic choice and relatively easy to execute and promote. You should also consistently take the “mood” of your parent community into account. If there’s a loud murmur about being tired of sales or there’s a huge movement around healthy habits, then maybe a walkathon or road race should be on your radar. It’s all about the right choice at the right time for the right goals, just for your group. You’ll have the same questions about give-back nights at local restaurants and home parties that will return 15 percent of sales to your school or even box tops and labels. All are good fits for some groups and not such good fits for others. Are your parents burned out because you’re asking for their help and attention every week? In that case, even these seemingly no-brainer...

6 Simple Fall Events - PTO Today

...Tailgating Party Fall means football! Get in on the fun by holding a tail­gating party at school. Set up a few grills and encourage families to bring side dishes. Add a contest (best team spirit, best sign, etc.) that encourages people to dress in team colors. Digital citizenship FTW! Teach kids and parents what really matters for online safety DOWNLOAD FREE PROGRAM Originally posted in 2016 and updated regularly The best PTO advice, ideas, and inspiration delivered weekly. Don’t miss it! Plus Power Pack: Next Year’s Events The School Events You Love Most Field Day Makeover 10 Easy STEM Activities for Kids To Try at Your Next Family Night Trying Out Taekwondo Makerspace Basics Comments (0) Add comment... Name (required) E-mail (required, but will not display) Send Cancel Weekly Newsletter VSCO girls, TikTok, Fortnite, and Instagram. Yep, time to plan a Family Tech Talk Night. Get Your Free Kit! Along with your free guide, you will also be registered for our weekly newsletter. By...

Raise School Spirit and Keep It There! - PTO Today

..., held a 50th birthday party in conjunction with its annual community fiesta. About 120 former students, including one who flew in from New Hampshire, were among the 800 attendees at the event. The guests included the school’s first principal, who talked about its early days, including the fact that so many people wanted to attend this new school that overflow classes had to be taught in two local churches. “The idea that the school’s been around a long time and has come a long way—that was the message,” says Lynne Karle Hostetler, PTA media and marketing chairwoman. “Kids were excited about that.” Outstanding alumni are inducted into a Hall of Fame at Kennedy Middle School in Redwood City, Calif. Started by physical education teacher Bret Baird in 2000-01, the Hall of Fame inducts one or two individuals each year. Selected by a committee, these people are role models in various professions; all that’s asked of them is that they come to the school and share their experi...

Vendor Directory - PTO Today

...Register | Login Forgot Password? Party Go Round Contact Info: https://www.party-go-round.com contact@party-go-round.com 513-535-4907 64 Hummingbird Way Amelia, OH Write a Review Product Fundraisers Batteries & Light Bulbs Calendars & Organization Candles Car/Auto Products Catalogs Decorative & Garden Flowers & Bulbs Games Gift Wrap Green/Eco-friendly Greeting Cards & Stationery Health & Safety Products Jewelry Kitchen, Bath, & Household Magazines Miscellaneous Pet Supplies School Supplies Seasonal & Holiday Playgrounds and Recreation Playground Equipment Playground Surfacing Recreational Equipment Shade Products Fundraising Events A-thons Auctions Book Fairs & Reading Carnivals & Fairs Digital Applications & Crowd Fundraising Health & Educational Fundraising Events Holiday Shops Collection Fundraisers Box Tops, Labels, UPC Clothing & Shoe Drives Coin Drives & Direct Donation Programs Recycling Programs Food Fundraisers Candy & Chocolate Coffee & Drinks Cookie Dough & Cookies Desserts...

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....

My Foolproof Escape Route - PTO Today

...I put my name down for the Halloween party. Oh, and the holiday shop (cash register again). And I signed up for a bunch more. Then life crowded in. I accepted a new job. I had a major family function to plan, and I took on a challenge that involved weekly classes and a year’s study. My dog was edging toward the end of her days, which made me realize that 15 years of my own life had flashed by. I spent most of the year inside my own head, mulling, worrying, looking back, and preparing for what was to come. Every once in awhile, I’d emerge, look around, and be surprised to find myself in the present. Then the thoughts would start again, drawing my attention back inward. Meanwhile, the volunteer requests kept popping into my email box. My head was so cluttered, I couldn’t bear to take on one more thing. So I turned down—or worse, ignored—most of them. Had I made room for the book fair or the holiday shop, I would have found what I was craving: a brief vacation from myself. When...

How PTOs Can Get Students Moving - PTO Today

...But who says you have to wait? Traditional games like the three-legged race and the sack race are classics for a reason—they’re fun and provide good exercise. Or find a twist of your own: One school based its games on activities described in Dr. Seuss stories. A middle school PTO with a very popular field day found that the messier the activity, the more the kids enjoyed it. Especially popular was a game where kids passed small buckets of flour over their heads to fill a large bucket. One group runs an end-of-summer swim party as a get-acquainted event for students and parents alike. Consider holding a roller-skating night. Set up a jump rope marathon or a pickup basketball tournament. Or use active video games to get kids interested. A video game dance-off is sure to be popular, especially if you get the principal and some teachers to participate. The ultimate goal is to help kids adopt a more active lifestyle and to find physical activities they enjoy. Think of your group’s ro...

Tips for Handling Food Allergies at School - PTO Today

...Holiday and Valentine party treats are limited to three options and two are allergy-safe, hand-delivered to classrooms by PTO. 5. Some school encourage nonfood alternatives. Erica P. [I]f parents do want to send in treats for their student and classmates, the teachers encourage games or crafts. Lisa S. At Halloween, we do trick or treat for the kids. Parents are encouraged to bring non-food items to hand out (glow sticks, fun teeth, etc.) so kids with allergies can fully participate. 6. It’s important to keep food allergies in mind when organizing events. Kris S. [W]e changed our school carnival from being one that provided cokes/candy to one that provided an allergy-friendly lunch (name-brand Oreos, water, plain potato chips, and hot dogs). Anytime...PTO hosts an event, I discourage any foods known to be a hazard....I also check with the school nurse before events to be sure that I am aware of any students with serious allergies. Alison G. I’m the mom of a kindergartner that has...

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...

7 Ideas for Celebrating Leap Day - PTO Today

...The good news is that at this dreary time of year, Leap Day gives us an excuse for fun physical activities, math games, and even literacy and community service projects. Literally Leap for Leap Day To get kids moving, try a variety of hopping and leaping contests. Make sure you have plenty of room, like the school gym, so children can see how far they can leap without knocking into each other. See who can jump the farthest. Have standing and running long jump events. See who can jump the highest. See who can hop on one foot the longest. Have a jump-rope-athon. And how about a jumping relay race? Children can have a leaping parade around the school grounds. Focus on Frogs When we think of leaping, we often think of frogs. Frogs can lend themselves to great Leap Year activities and parties. For fun activities, try musical lily pads, which is played like musical chairs. Make large lily pads with green construction paper to place on the floor (remember to tape them down so no one slips!),...