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Winter Holidays Event Planning Guide - PTO Today

...Use the theme in your decorations, assign fun names to snacks (crisped rice treats could become iceberg chunks, for example), and add a couple of games to entertain families. Here are a few ideas to add winter spirit to an existing event: Snowball relay: Children carry “snowballs” (cotton balls) on a spoon and drop them into buckets. The team with the most snowballs in a bucket wins. Indoor ice-skating relay: Set up an area to race; kids slide on paper plates along the track. Or set it up as an obstacle course to make it more challenging. Pin the nose on the snowman: Like pin the tail on the donkey, but you’ll be pinning a carrot nose made from orange construction paper. Freeze dance (get it??): Dancers must freeze like statues whenever the music stops. Snowflake hunt: Hide paper snowflakes at your event. Add a value for a small prize on each one. Snowflakes can be traded in for a prize after they’re found. Project snowman: Team members must dress each other as snowmen using t...

When Parent Group Leaders #ptoprep for Events, They Don’t Mess Around - PTO Today

...#ptokids   What Do You Mean, You Took the Truck?!? “This is what happens when your husband forgets to leave you the truck on fall festival day and you have to deliver hay to the party!” —Alicia D.   Minivans FTW “My van was full of bagged popcorn from the movie theater to hand out to our entire school. Over a thousand bags!!” —Sara M. #ptolife   Let’s Go Out to the Movies... “Any guess what day tomorrow is??? There are three more bags [of popcorn] just like this!!” —Laurie O.‎     I Wasn’t Using That Living Room Anyway “Mine was taken over by book fair inventory!” —Mary H.   Mom vs. Machine “Cotton candy is brutal...500 down today and 215 more to go come morning...Calgon, take me away....” —Tara B.   Rain, Rain, Go Away “Our PTO had to postpone our fundraiser picnic because of excessive rain in our area that caused some flooding. We visited the park that we are holding it at and this is what we found. Glad we have a rain date planned.” â€...

Excluding Kids from Events During the School Day - PTO Today Q&A

Excluding Kids from Events During the School Day - PTO Today Q&A PTO Today Q&A PTO Today Q&A > Fundraising > Excluding Kids from Events During the School Day ASK A QUESTION Print Report Abuse Nonsense Spam Duplicate Wrong Topic Question: Excluding Kids from Events During the School Day Hi there! I am a parent and for the second year in a row, the PTO is sponsoring a fundraiser that requires the kids sell a minimum of 8 items in order to attend a school party called "Xtreme Fest" (games, inflatables, cash, etc.). If the kids do not sell the minimum number of items, they have to sit in a study hall during the time of the event. I approached the PTO last year and voiced my concerns and suggested they offer a "buy out" or "opt out" (which still doesn't solve the problem for low income kids or kids who are unable to sell) or that the school as a whole has to sell a minimum amount to have the event. I told them I felt it was discriminatory and no kids should be excluded from anything held d...

Vendor Directory - PTO Today

...com April 2019 Great fundraiser! Kids love to collect and compete to raise the most by classroom! bradypto March 2019 We love box tops! The kids love collecting them for each quater to get a pizza party for the class that collects the most. It's a great return for minimal work. Thank you! Wensis40 March 2019 We love box tops the kids get so excited. We have parties for the top class winner for the most box tops. judycallahan26 March 2019 Boxtops is a great way to earn cash for school and really fun way to get students involved in school community Mmlarobis@comcast.net March 2019 Box tops is an easy fundraiser with minimal work. It’s a great way to raise money for your school and it adds up very quickly. The class with the most box tops in our school wins a pizza party. The kids love it! It’s a favorite fundraiser that we use year after year. Read more reviews Write a Review Product Fundraisers Batteries & Light Bulbs Calendars & Organization Candles Car/Auto Products Catalogs Decor...

Negotiating With the Principal - PTO Today

...This step involves discussing what each party really wants, as opposed to the specific proposals or positions on the table. In the case we’ve been using, it seems obvious that both the principal and the PTO leader each want what they think is best for the children’s education. There may be other interests in play as well. Perhaps the principal also wants the school to be on the cutting edge technologically, adding to the school’s reputation as a community asset. Maybe the parent group leader feels distributing assets equitably so that all children benefit from PTO activities is pivotal. Getting ideas on the table and then finding the underlying interests in common is crucial. Sometimes these are called “superordinate” or “overarching” goals. Spread the word—schools thrive because of hard-working parent groups LEARN MORE The third step involves widening the vision of what is possible that may solve the problem and satisfy differing interests. Setting aside time for this...

PTO & PTA Insurance – Protect Your Group | PTO Today

...Best, an independent, third-party organization that rates financial and insurance institutions. It’s a compelling program and a wise investment. Insuring your group, your volunteers and your leaders means that you’re serious about your parent group work. Your volunteers—and especially your leaders—are putting their hearts and souls into your PTO, and they shouldn’t be faced with a personal liability should the worst occur. And a quick review of PTO news in recent years shows clearly that no group is immune from the dangers of theft or embezzlement. Being a PTO or a PTA or any other kind of community group is no shield against a lawsuit or a loss. Insurance protection—especially at a group-discounted price—can make all the difference. Download the info sheet for more information about PTO insurance . Originally posted in 2001 and updated regularly. The best PTO advice, ideas, and inspiration delivered weekly. Don’t miss it! PTO Bylaws FAQs PTOs and Politics: What You Ne...

School Auction: PTO Leaders Share What Sells - PTO Today

...This year, we’re doing a Star Wars -theme party for 20 kids on a half-day. We will provide lunch and activities. —Angela E. We offered lunch with firemen and policemen and tours of their stations. —Brandy R. We always do really well with gift baskets [with swag] from our local "feeder" high schools . As a Catholic elementary school, they are always looking for ways to win over kids with swag! Parents love them, too! —Amy J. One of our grandmas made a T-shirt quilt with some of our school’s old T-shirts. That was nice this year. —Tori C. Lunch with a teacher and one friend. The teachers don’t mind buying a pizza and spending 30 minutes with students. —Tanya K. Here’s what may not work so well for a school auction fundraiser: Artwork done by amateurs (other than the school’s own students). There’s no emotional connection. Collectibles with a narrow appeal, like figurines, decorative glassware, or coins. Anything used, unless it’s antique and obviously valuable. I...

8 Keys to Volunteer Appreciation - PTO Today

...) Make It Fun There’s nothing like a party to lift people’s spirits. Even a simple event like a breakfast with coffee, pastries, and some decorations can really help boost morale. Or take things up a notch by holding a fun ceremony that recognizes helpers in humorous —"volunteer whose kids napped the most in the office," for example. Thank Everyone Equally Don’t limit your appreciation only to the hard-core volunteers. In fact, thanking those who’ve helped on a more occasional basis can be a great incentive for them to come back. Go Public With Your Praise Publicly thank helpers at your meetings, in your newsletters, and on your social channels. Let the principal know about individual volunteers' contributions, and encourage her to express her thanks independently. The best PTO advice, ideas, and inspiration delivered weekly. Don’t miss it! Thank-You Cards for School Volunteers Why Volunteer Appreciation Matters More Than Just Good Manners Facebook Graphics for School Volun...

PTO Finances: Midyear Budget Review - PTO Today

...Also, our school safety patrol has its party at the end of the year, so I assume that the PTO will spend $250 in June, as budgeted. I subtract $250 from our checkbook balance. Finally, consider any other anticipated projects or activities that are not already in your budget and subtract their cost from your checkbook balance. For example, our principal asks the PTO to contribute to the spring art fair because the school unexpectedly needs to rent display stands. This was not a planned expense for the PTO, but we anticipate approving the request this spring. I subtract $250 from our checkbook balance. Give it your best guess. You have been treasurer for many months now and probably have a good idea of the expenses that remain this school year. You also can look over the treasurer reports and checkbook registers from prior years for more insight into the types of expenses ahead. This analysis is not a precise science. Unexpected variables can affect your PTO’s exact financial position...

12 Quick and Easy Volunteer Appreciation Gifts - PTO Today

...  Homemade Trophy Say thanks for a job well done with a homemade trophy —just print our list of supplies and directions to make one from household or party store items.   Hand Lotion Tags Many hands make light work. Thank your helping hands with a personalized note that says “Thank you for being a helping hand” and attach to a lotion bottle.   Lemon Tags Attach these tags that say “Giving thanks to someone who always makes lemonade out of lemons!” to packets of lemon candies or lemonade mix.   Mint Plant or Mint Candies Tags Print tags that say “You were MINT to be a homeroom mom!” (or your own customized message) and attach to a small mint plant or mint candies.   Handprint Decorations Show your volunteers that they are the best, hands down! Ask students to use their own handprints to help make a banner and decorations for a volunteer appreciation event. Custom Cups Use a parent's vinyl decal machine to create custom coffee cups, wine glasses, or commuter mugs for...