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12 Ways To Mark the 100th Day of School - PTO Today

...In addition to being a milestone to mark as a group, a 100th day celebration can help break up the winter with activities, math games, and even literacy and art projects. 100th Day of School Flyer Say It With a Shirt A popular idea for marking 100 days of school is to have kids wear shirts with 100 of something on them, like safety pins, buttons, or fuzzy balls. Encourage kids and families to get creative; check out these 11 fun ways to decorate a shirt . (Short on time? Have the children use fabric pens to write up a bunch of equations that add up to the number 100: 1 + 99, 37 + 63, 22 + 78, and so on.) Kid-friendly science experiments and a fun school event for the whole family GET FREE KIT Have a Party Hold a party for students to celebrate completing 100 days of school. Choose some of the ideas and activities from this list, and give the classroom a party feel with some simple decorations—or even by decorating with those activities (for example, tacking up 100 items in small bag...

Games to play at dances - PTO Today Message Boards - PTO Today

Games to play at dances - PTO Today Message Boards - PTO Today Message Boards Index Recent Topics Search Log in Remember me Log in Create an account Forgot your password? Forgot your username? Index Recent Topics Search Log in Remember me Log in Create an account Forgot your password? Forgot your username? Message Boards Welcome to the Message Boards School Family Events Games to play at dances Games to play at dances Action Reply Topic Start Prev 1 Next End 1 Serendipity Topic Author Offline PTO Power User Less More Posts: 893 Thank you received: 0 9 years 3 months ago #146010 by Serendipity Our middle school has a big Dance night coming up. Can anyone suggest any games that the DJ can play that would work well with large groups of kids? Quick Reply Action Reply Quote Ă— Close Reply to Serendipity Name: Subject: Message: Go to editor.. Note: BBcode and smileys are still usable. FoxMom Offline PTO Power User Less More Posts: 535 Thank you received: 0 9 years 3 months ago #146014 by Fox...

20 Fun Family Events - PTO Today

...Billed as a Get Connected “block party,” the event provided imaginative play for all with minimal time commitment from parents. 6. Rockin’ Through the Ages If you envision a dance party that gets everyone out on the dance floor, have the DJ spin tunes from dif-ferent eras. A dance party at Vine Hill Elementary in Scotts Valley, Calif., included music from the ’50s through the present day. Parents and students wore costumes from their favorite decades. Work with the DJ to identify the songs guaranteed to get everybody grooving. Or let parents and kids make requests in advance of the event. Kid-friendly science experiments and a fun school event for the whole family GET FREE KIT 7. Count Day Attendance on Oct. 1 determines funding in Colorado schools. At Rocky Mountain Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, the parent group turned Count Day into a fun day no student would want to miss. Teachers wore silly outfits and kids wore their pajamas. Much of the day was spent reading for...

10 Great Ways To Celebrate the End of the School Year - PTO Today

10 Great Ways To Celebrate the End of the School Year - PTO Today Events & Programs Archive 10 Great Ways To Celebrate the End of the School Year Wrap up the school year with a graduation party, a volunteer appreciation luncheon, or another fun event. by Poornima Apte 05/09/2016 Bowling Party Line up the bowling pins and let down the gutter guards. Plan a fun evening out at the local bowling alley to celebrate the successful wrap of another school year. Make sure to reserve plenty of lanes and give the business enough time to prepare, especially if your last day falls on a weekend. While basic vending machines are a part of most establishments, arrange for pizza delivery as a way to make the event more festive, or if it’s being held around a meal time. quick way of making an extra buck from the event. If you don’t have a bowling alley in your area, consider a gathering at a laser tag facility, a mini-golf course, a trampoline park, or a go-kart business. Bowling Party Flyer Movie N...

Active Games To Liven Up Your PTO Events - PTO Today

Active Games To Liven Up Your PTO Events - PTO Today Events & Programs Archive Fitness & Health at School Archive Active Games To Liven Up Your PTO Events A few minutes is all it takes to raise the energy in the room—and promote fitness, too. by Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan 01/16/2017 Family fitness nights are great, but you don’t have to plan an entire event to promote health and fitness at your school. Efforts that work a few minutes of movement into all of your events— whether it’s a Hula-Hoop contest before a meeting or a dance break in the middle of bingo night—add up and make a difference. Perhaps the simplest way to work activity into your events is to give children time and space to play. For example, when Nicki Jiran was principal at Kirkersville (Ohio) Elementary, the school held movie nights outdoors on its large wooden playground. “Kids and parents would play and run and then settle in watch a movie,” she explains. Even if your school doesn’t have the right weathe...

12 Holiday Ideas for Your PTO or PTA - PTO Today

...Get a head count of the number of participants, then gather a group of volunteers for a pre-event “construction” party to assemble the houses. Keep it simple by using graham crackers instead of gingerbread. On the day of the event, each child decorates his own gingerbread house with candy canes, gumdrops, peppermints, and other varieties of candy. Take lots of pictures to post on your parent group’s website or newsletter! Winter Movie Help your school community get into the holiday spirit with a showing of a classic holiday or winter movie. Invite families to bring blankets or sleeping bags. Set up a refreshment stand with hot cocoa and marshmallows. Parents’ Day Off Organize a “drop-off” event to give parents an afternoon to shop for gifts without kids in tow. Recruit plenty of volunteers—middle school and high school students are ideal—and take over the school gymnasium on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Organize party games, put out craft materials, prepare an area...

10 Halloween Ideas Shared by PTO and PTA Leaders - PTO Today

...For instance, hold simple games for younger children in the school gym and host a haunted house in the auditorium for the older kids. Hold a movie-and-craft night. Show a Halloween movie in the cafeteria and set up several craft stations so kids can work on simple projects while viewing the movie. Include a bake sale or provide refreshments for the evening. Hold a schoolwide pumpkin decorating contest. Kids are encouraged to decorate, not carve, the pumpkins. Select a winning pumpkin from each grade and award the artist a small prize. Decorate classroom doors with Halloween colors and images of ghosts and pumpkins. Orange and black crepe paper will add a special touch. Try a series of different games at classroom parties like these: Halloween Bingo: Replace numbers with pictures of monsters, witches, bats, and black cats. Halloween Bowling: Use a small pumpkin as bowling ball and white paper towel rolls (decorated with black-construction-paper "eyes"to appear ghostlike) as pins. Pin-t...

14 Teacher Appreciation Ideas They’ll Love - PTO Today

...Mad Hatter Tea Party In addition to their principal “knighting,” they staged a Mad Hatter tea party for the cafeteria staff. The women received new aprons with the school’s UH logo, headbands with little hats attached, and a gift card. Students showed their appreciation by wearing crazy hats to school. Red Carpet Celebration And during another monthly event, UH office staff received movie star treatment when they were chauffeured to lunch off campus. In true Hollywood style, they walked a star-studded red carpet to waiting vehicles while fans—their students—screamed. Later they received a movie-theme gift basket. Australian Outback-Inspired Lunch Teachers enjoyed an Australian Outback-theme luncheon that featured grilled shrimp and steak kabobs. “It’s so much easier to break down the appreciation days so you don’t feel overwhelmed. That way you get to honor a group each month and they feel special for the entire month,” says Union Heights PTO president Jennifer Frazi...

11 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. Find more tags and ideas for volunteer appreciation gifts in the Volunteer Appreciation File Exchange . Pin this...

How To Hold a Successful Restaurant Fundraiser - PTO Today

...Because it’s lunch, keep it fun and easy, like a pizza party at a local pizza place. Holiday fun: Consider setting up a few restaurant nights around a holiday. Try a Halloween restaurant night and encourage families to attend in costume. If possible, ask a volunteer to hand out candy to attendees when they leave the restaurant. Patriotic theme: Try a red, white, and blue theme for a restaurant night at a place specializing in burgers; this works well toward the end of the school year. Greet families as they arrive and hand out little flags. Exam break: A restaurant night could be a welcome celebration for families at the end of a week of standardized testing. Encourage families to come out and let loose after working so hard through the testing week. Give students balloons when they exit. Getting the Word Out Publicity can make or break a restaurant night fundraiser—the more families who know about the event in advance, the higher your attendance is likely to be. For starters, sen...