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Catalog Sales: Profitable, Easy To Run - PTO Today

...This type of incentive is nice, but students really get energized when they have a chance to win a pool party or watch the principal have his head shaved. Engage the teachers in your plans. You will need their help distributing catalogs and collecting orders. EXECUTING Promote your fundraising goals to everyone involved: students, parents, and staff. Nicole Eubank, a fundraising consultant with Entertainment Fundraising, suggests using a variety of ways to communicate with parents, such as phone chains, broadcast email messages, and letters mailed home. Distribute catalog packets at the end of the day so they can go directly into students’ backpacks. Build in time for late orders, and be prepared to accept them. Stay with it till the end. Your project committee should be involved daily—collecting early orders, distributing mid-sale prizes, making announcements over the PA system. Hold some form of celebration assembly for students at the end of the sale. Be sure to thank parents f...

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!),...

5 Winning Winter Events - PTO Today

...There are also games, prizes, and concessions. Over the years, the event has been fine-tuned. It was originally held in December, which proved to be too crowded with other activities. Although many crafts have a holiday theme, the PTO found that January was a better time for the event. At first, the PTO sold tickets for each activity. That slowed things down, so now a single entry fee is charged instead ($5 per child or $10 per family). And the crafts themselves are a continuing work in progress. Some projects that won’t be repeated include one that spread sand everywhere and crafts that took a lot of space to make. “I sit in my living room with my kids to try everything out,” says PTO president Megan Ryan. One of the best changes was using volunteers from a local college. “That had never even occurred to us until a parent who works at the college suggested it,” Ryan says. “They were looking for a volunteer opportunity and did a great job with the kids. We just served them...

Hmong Parent Group Connects Cultures - PTO Today

...[But] they know how to throw a party! Food is the connector; you cook for the masses and you make it your best. Do issues ever come up that this is an ethnocentric group? We do get asked on occasion, “Where’s the Mexican PTO, or the Somali?” You do the best with what you have. That’s where we put the resources—to the biggest group. What is the ELL population at Murray? Approximately 250 of our 820 students are ELL. Hmong families form our largest percentage of foreign speakers; about 180 of those students are from Hmong families. Are there involvement challenges at Murray specific to Hmong culture? The Hmong alphabet used today is only 60 years old, so many older parents are illiterate in Hmong and English. They are not used to living in urban areas. Of the parents who don’t speak English, there is a loss of control with their children as children play the adult role of grocery shopping and things like translating grade reports. Parents are at the will of their children. T...

Major Project: A Safe Place To Play - PTO Today

...And the PTO hosted a “Bye-Bye, Blacktop” party, which shattered all previous attendance records for a schoolwide event and helped raise funds to purchase the remaining playground equipment. Students wore commemorative T-shirts and sang a special anthem written for the occasion. And finally, on the last day of school, everyone from students, teachers, and staff to parents, district leaders, and funders attended a groundbreaking for the project. “So many of us parents and teachers are driving by the school on a sometimes daily basis, sometimes multiple times a day to see the progress,” Hoffman says. “It’s just extraordinary.” Many Stakeholders, One Vision Barbara Hoffman, a member of the Irving Schoolyard Project, says having a clear vision and not wavering from the goal was key to the multiyear project to transform an asphalt schoolyard into a community play area. Other critical factors in the project planning included: Marketing More than just marketing the schoolyard pr...

Surviving 3rd Grade Graduation - PTO Today

...When they graduate from college or University I can see the party. Otherwise the sacrifice is not recognized by them Refresh comments list RSS feed for comments to this post 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 Fundraiser 22 Easy Meal Ideas for Large Groups 16 Ideas for Quick and Easy Events 12 Ways To Mark the 100th Day of School 20 Fun Family Events 11 Favorite Field Day Games Build a Strong Executive Board...

One Last Dance - PTO Today

...Who is that person driving them home from practice? Who is having that party on Friday night? Is a parent going to be there? Do you know them? Someone else may be able to give you some insight. Communication! They will know you talk to other parents. When my second son was getting ready to enter high school, he told me that it was no longer necessary for me to 'be around school,' before I could answer - my older son told him to 'get used to it!' Don't be afraid of teenagers - they still want and need the love and support that you give them; they just don't like to admit it. #8 Traci Fusaiotti 2008-12-18 15:51 Thank you so much for your inspiration! You are exactly right when you capture the feelings of involved mothers. I happen to be an involved mother of 2 elementary aged children and I have been so blessed to be part of their school. What better way can we as parents let them know we love and value them? Thanks for your insight! #7 Pat Usner 2008-07-23 10:18 Great insight. I felt t...

Multicultural Outreach: Enthusiasm Builds Bridges - PTO Today

...“This party felt like the perfect end to a monumental year for us. We had set out to reach our diverse community, increase community spirit, get our families socializing, and realize more PTA volunteers. We succeeded on all counts.” When it came time to elect this year’s PTA officers, several of the newly involved parents stepped forward. Leaders are proud that four different ethnicities are now represented on the board and that all positions were filled well in advance of the new school year. “We’re already working together to implement several new after-school programs,” Biamonte says. “Who knows what amazing things the future holds?” The best PTO advice, ideas, and inspiration delivered weekly. Don’t miss it! Coming soon: the ultimate expo event! Register now. Inspiration From the 2017 Category Winners Reading Between the Lines Supporting Healthy Lifestyles A STEM Collaboration Judges' Choice: Risks That Paid Off Comments (1)     #1 Louis Yanez 2009-02-08 22:16...

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...