Back to School Archive

Helpful ideas and tips to get your PTO or PTA in gear for the new school year. See the Back to School resources page for even more tools and programs.

  • Make Your School a Welcoming Community

    Your parent group can play a vital role in creating a welcoming, supportive atmosphere for everyone.
  • Tips for a Low-Stress School Year

    Make it look easy with a little planning and a flexible approach.
  • How To Have a Great First Week

    What you do at the start of the school year sets the tone for your group all year long.
  • Create an Effective Parent Handbook

    A good handbook can be invaluable to new parents and presents your group as a great resource.
  • How To Create a Welcome Packet

    The welcome packet is often the first contact parents have with a PTO. Use these tips to create a great first impression.
  • Back2School Destination: Sunshine or Deep Freeze?

    Back2School Destination: What's your idea of Hawaii (the living is easy) and Siberia (cold and dreary) when it comes to volunteer jobs?
  • Destination: Parent Involvement! Week -- March 5-9

    Stay tuned next week for a big announcement about a Back2School giveaway!
  • Avery Give Back to Schools Promotion Offers Box Tops coupons, School Supplies

    Help win your school thousands of Box Tops coupons and other prizes with the Avery Gives Back to Schools Promotion.
  • Hello Parents, We’re Listening

  • Get Ready For A Chance to Win a $10,000 NFL Play 60 Health and Wellness Grant

    Imagine what you could do for your school with a $10,000 health and wellness grant*! Well, you could make it happen! Registration is now open for the 2012 NFL Play 60 Super School Contest!
  • Community Night Helps Families Find Resources

    Each September, families get a chance to socialize with each other and learn about local organizations and services, too.
  • How to Make a Powerful Impression (and Get More Volunteers)

    Our Back2School program is loaded with everything you need to start the year off with a polished first impression. That way, it's easy to get more parents involved right from the start!
  • Video Blog: What Bylaws Should Your Group Nix?

    Have you reviewed your bylaws recently? In this video blog Tim talks about why it's important to take a look at your bylaws through the lens of prospective volunteers. In other words, what are your bylaws saying about the spirit of your group? Your goal is to grow parent involvement, right? Listen to what type of laws should be eliminated, so your group is not perceived as old-fashioned and unwelcoming.
  • Video Blog: Can I Carry Money Over to the Next School Year?

    In this week's video blog Tim answers the much-asked questions: Can we carry money over to the next school year and how much money should we carry over to the new school year?
  • Parent Engagement Webinar

    Wow, can you believe that July is almost over? For some of you, August means the start of school. No doubt you are in the thick of getting your kids ready and working on organizing your PTO or PTA back-to-school projects and programs. For those of you who don’t start until late August or September, I bet you are already thinking about how to get more parents involved in the next school year – c’mon, admit it : )!
  • Everyone Wins with the NFL Back to Football Friday Contest

    We’d like to invite you to share your NFL pride and build some serious school spirit by signing up for Back to Football Friday! Also, keep an eye out for the Back to Football Friday poster in the August issue of the PTO Today magazine and start building that spirit. If you haven’t already registered your school to participate, be sure to register now at www.NFLRUSH.com/background.
  • PTA Buys School Supplies--For the Whole School!

    The Reeves-Hinger Elementary PTA in Canyon, Texas, bought supplies for all the school’s students and had them set up on desks on the first day of school.
  • Win a $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 Health and Wellness Grant!

    We are so excited to partner with the NFL and their Back to Football Friday program (for the second year in a row!). The NFL would like to invite YOUR school to participate in Back to Football Friday this fall! This fun, FAN-tastic event is a great way to drum up some excitement at back-to-school by rallying that school (and team!) spirit.
  • Video Blog: Advice for Newly Elected PTO or PTA Officers

    A hearty congratulations to newly-elected officers! We have heard from many of you that you're excited about your new role, but also a little nervous. No need to worry, we've got you covered! In this video, Tim gives some good advice to get you started.
  • Parent Groups in the News Round-up 8/19/11

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