Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What to Do Before the End of the School Year as a PTO Leader



Hey you guys!  It's almost the end of April and the end of the school year is coming up quickly!

For PTO nerds like me, it's time to get started on plans for next year.  But this year, things will be a little different for me since both kiddos are switching schools because they're aging out of their respective schools.  It actually means a little less for me to do since I'm taking on a smaller role at my oldest's school next year.  But enough about me.  You're here to read all about what you need to be doing...

In past years, these are the steps I've taken to make sure that I'm all set for the coming year!  Take my sage advice as a helpful prompt to know what you gotta be doing right now...

Calendar of Events

Making sure you have a general idea of what is happening, when it is happening and where it is happening is absolutely key!  If you leave this until the Fall, there is no doubt you will be putting yourself in the weeds and you'll have a tough time for sure.  The secret to success with all things PTO really is planning and communication.

When mapping out the calendar, here's what you need to do:

Grab a monthly calendar


Get a blank calendar.  May I suggest you snag my lovely calendar with helpful tips on proper calendaring techniques for PTA/PTOs?? Go here to get it!

Fill in all holidays


No not National Talk Like a Pirate Day -that's September 19th in 2017, in case you're wondering!  But make note of all holidays that are observed in your area.

For example, if your schools observe Yom Kippur, make sure to note when it is so you don't make the mistake of scheduling an event or meeting that conflicts.  That's a sure fire way for Jewish families to feel excluded if an event is scheduled the night before Yom Kippur!  Wrong "strategy" to take for sure!


Add PTO Meetings


Next, add in your PTO meetings.  Make sure that big events have a meeting scheduled before the event so there's no last minute rush to find a convenient meeting time for all involved in executing the event.

 With the events calendared out months in advance, people can adjust their schedules ahead of time and it'll save your sanity!

Add other district and town events 


This part of the calendaring process should be an on-going thing and I'll give you some fair warning that this is probably going to be the most frustrating part of the entire process.  Just know that your plans might need to change if high interest events conflict with your scheduled event.

For example, last year in Cleveland was a crazy good year for sports!  We had three teams in the championships for their sports and so many meetings and events (not just PTO!) were rescheduled because people anticipated low or no turnout because people would be going to the games or game watch parties.  A solid decision for sure because of the drought of such excitement in this area!  So take heed of this story...

Try to minimize scheduling conflicts with other schools so parents can avoid having to make a choice of which event they will attend.

Now there will be always be something that is a conflict and it isn't possible to avoid all conflicts, but just be aware of the potential conflicts and schedule around them as much as possible.

Anyway, I think you get my drift- make sure to note anything and everything that could effect attendance and participation in your event or meeting.



Map out Fundraisers


Now, fundraisers aren't something that should be planned separate and apart from your regular calendar of events!

But I really wanted to draw your attention to this point because I've had experience when the fundraising chairs didn't know what the family fun events chairs were doing and it was a messy situation.

In one case, the family fun committee had planned to have a magician as a free event in April, but the fundraising chairs were planning to have a ticketed event for a magician in March.

How do you think that would've turned out?  Not well!  And so that's why the fundraising chairs opted to move forward with a different fundraiser!

Building Permits


Does your school requires room requests or building permits to be filled out?  Go ahead and do that now.

If you don't, you risk the chance of not being able to have your event when you want and have your wonderful calendar of events that you've worked so hard on all screwed up.  And that would be such a shame, so don't overlook this important detail!

I've also experienced that because I was so on the ball and requested rooms months before the events took place, my events were the ones people were scheduling events around.  Cause I rock like that.  You can too!

Over to you!


What else is on your end-of-the-year to do list?  Post in the comments and let's chat!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

What to do if you're Overwhelmed or Burnt-out as a PTO Leader

Feeling overwhelmed or burnt-out as a PTO leader?  You are for sure not alone.  Read this to help you get out of the place you're in and to a better place mentally! Everyone feels this way at some point, and the key is figuring out how to stop it quickly so you can be an effective PTA leader  or PTO leader and volunteer!




It's kind of the nature of the PTO beast as a volunteer and/or leader.  At some point in time, you're for sure going to feel overwhelmed.  And sometimes, you may even feel burnt-out.  And neither of the places is very fun to be in.  Here are some tips to get you out from feel overwhelmed and back to being slightly crispy, but not burnt.


Overwhelmed?  Here's what to do!


Make a plan


When I feel overwhelmed it's usually because I'm not sure what I should do next and I'm feeling utterly suffocated by the sheer number of things that seem like they need to be done now.  Like right now.  Sometimes I almost need to stay in this place of horrible discomfort because it help me to really get ready for and focus on what I need to do next.

When you're starting to feel overwhelmed, take a few minutes to map out what the next few days of your life will look like.  Figure out when you're going to have the time of everything that must be done.  Write down everything in a time slot.

When you can see what you have to do AND when you're going to do it, nothing is left to chance.  All that's left to do is to do what you've written down.

Cross off the stuff that doesn't matter


Sometimes it's great to live in wouldn't-it-be-nice- land or the perfect scenario.  But most times, that just doesn't match up to what can happen in real life.  Even when the most perfect of plans are created, a lot of times, there are some things that aren't going to happen with the time you have left.

And sometimes these are things that aren't necessary.  In these cases, it's totally ok to cross things off of your to do list.

Again, focus on what needs to happen to make the event/task a success.  When you're overwhelmed is not the time to be a perfectionist.  Your goal for mental sanity is just to make it through.

Procrastinate, only in a good way

Yes, I'm a productivity queen and here I am telling you to put something off until later.  And here's why.  You can't possibly get everything that's on your to do list done all at once.  It's impossible!  So take a good hard look at your list and see what you can out off until later.

Say, for example, you're in charge of family events and the end-of-the-year staff appreciation luncheon (this is my situation currently, not a made up!).  Well, the end of the year luncheon can totally be put off until about a month out from the luncheon.  I don't need to worry about that now.


So that's what I mean by procrastinating.  It's really more of doing what you need to get done for the very next event on the calendar.  And not jumping ahead to things that come later in time.  All out your planner and take a look at what's up next on your hit list.  That event should be your focus right now.  Leave the other things for later.


Burnt-out?  Here is your game plan:


Have a Kit Kat


First and foremost, the a break, for Pete's sake!  You are allowed not to be Super Volunteer of All Time and take a mental health break.  So don't even go into school.

Drop your kiddo off and head to Target for some retail therapy or take a walk with your pooch. Eat some chocolate.  Do whatever is going to make you happy in the moment. Just don't work on anything PTO related during this time.  Take a for reals break, okay?.

Get help

Get yourself some help.  Not professional help, my dear!  There are many people who are probably willing to help you out with whatever your are feeling oh-so-done with.  I can bank on the fact that pretty much every PTO volunteer and leader has felt burnt out at some point in their volunteer career. Your friends will have your back and will pitch in.

And if they won't?  Time to get new friends and/or take a look at what you can cut out.  Maybe it's time for a change from the normal course.


I talked more about this subject in this video.  Watch and see if this resonates with you!

Over to you!

Do you have any other advice for the burnt-out or overwhelmed?  Share below!






Tuesday, April 4, 2017

What to do as a New PTO Leader

Newly elected PTO leader?  Read this before you do anything else!



Soooo....  you're a newly-elected PTO Officer.  Excited?  Sweet.   Freaked out or overwhelmed?  Don't be.  In either case, this is the post for you!  I'm going to tell you exactly what you should be doing right now, so no worries..

#1 Relax


That's right!  Relax!  I remember when I was first elected PTA President, I was all kinds of excited and chock full o' ideas.  I kind of overwhelmed myself.  I was pretty new to the school (my son was just finishing up Kindergarten) and I was just getting acclimated to the school.

Here I was, the President-elect of a PTA for  400 student school.  But then I thought about it it, as you should as well, and although the responsibilities of any PTO officer are great, let's be honest... we're not moving mountains.  

Let me repeat: we are not moving mountains.


We're just trying to do good for the students, teachers and families of the school.  And that's an entirely different bar to set for yourself.  Much more achievable, don't you think?

So always, always, always keep that in the back of your mind.  When you start to get stressed out, remember this.  It'll help.


#2 Take deep breath + get ready


What exactly should you get ready for?  Hard work, frustration and success!  

The stereotypes of PTOs run true to a certain extent.  I wrote about how mean people can be in PTO land recently, so you should definitely prep yourself for that.  People are going to be mean to you.  They're going to be rude.  They're going to be plain not nice.  So get ready for that and expect it to happen.  

I dove into some of the reasons why I believe this happens in this blog post, so make sure check it out.  Bottom line: Be ready for the rude to happen and maybe then it won't sting so bad.

Now for the success part.  You're totally going to find it because, well, you're you!  And you're one capable mama.  But in order to claim the success, you gotta define it.  Yes, you gotta know what you're aiming for.

So how to get ready the best way?


Plan it out!


Planning, my friend, is the key to it all.  You won't get anywhere unless you know where you're going.  Gotta have some goals and a plan with a path to get you to those goals.  

Need a good PTO/PTA planner?  You should get mine.  Seriously, though.  It's awesome and I just updated it!  It's has everything you need to run your parent group.  And this year, I made it fillable, so you can use it electronically or in a paper format.  Or both.  You decide.

Identify your support system


Next, you're going to need to find your buddies and support system.  You can find this support system in a few different places- your spouse, maybe friends who don't live in the same city/school district as you, and even the teachers at your child's school.  You should lean on them when needed, depending on your relationship with them.  Another support system is the Facebook group I've created just for PTO superstars like yourself.  Come join the conversation!

Likewise, you're also going to want to identify your super-allies.  You know- those people who you can vent to when you need it most.  These allies shouldn't be your spouse.  Because there probably will come a time when they won't want to hear about it anymore!

Set boundaries

You're a caring person, or else you wouldn't be doing this.  But as a matter of self preservation, you gotta set some limits.  I'm talking about limits as far as how much PTO work you're going to do on any given day, in any given week.  

Because the truth is, the amount of work you could be doing is pretty much endless.  But you can't do that.  Because your kid has to eat.  Errands have to be run.  Laundry has to be done.  

So if you feel like you might have the tendency to go overboard with volunteering (and I'm totally guilty of this myself), then you might want to set some hard and fast limits.  If you don't want to limit your time strictly, then limit the number of days you'll go in the school building.  

This is going to be hard, I know, but you gotta do this for yourself.  Cause no one is going to do it for you!


Over to you!

Do you feel more prepared to take on your position now? Still have a question or two? Let's chat below!






Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Why People Are So Mean in PTO Land and What To Do About It

Have you noticed that PTA and PTOs tend to bring out the mean girls?  Anyone who is an active PTO volunteer knows this to be true.  But there's an easy fix for this problem.


As a long time PTA volunteer, there's one question that nags at me...  why in the world are people so stinking' mean in PTO Land?  And why are these mean people so difficult to work with?

I've been doing this a long time.  It's been really fun at times... like when my 12 year old hugged me and told me that all of my hard work paid off right after the 6th grade dance I coordinated.

And then there have been some rough times...

Like the time that a parent rattled off about a dozen things she thought the PTA could or should be doing in pretty rude and demanding tone.

And the other time when the new PTA President passive aggressively excluded me from the group and made me feel like my ideas weren't valuable or wanted.  Yep.  Those are the times that I'd like to forget in a nano second because they sucked big time.

There are many more moments like this that I care not to recount because I know you know what I'm talking about.  You've been there.  We've all been there together.

But the thing I've come to realize, and what is crucial for you to realize too, is that all of this was Never.  About.  Me.  And it's never going to be about you because you're not a jerk, right?

It was all about them and their insecurities and feelings of inadequacy and whatever is going on in their lives.  For the know it all mom (who'd never been to a PTA meeting that I'd ever attended), she was likely feeling bad that she couldn't be more active.  She mentioned that she worked full time about a dozen times in our 3 minute conversation.

It's always easier to talk the talk instead of walking the talk.  And so most people will do just that.  Talk.  And not have any action to follow it up with.

The new PTA President?  Turns out she was completely insecure and took any suggestion as criticism, when that's totally wasn't the intent or the tone.  But I digress...


What to Do Instead


The next time someone is mean or rude to you in PTO Land, or where ever, stop before you respond!  And when you do respond, make sure it's with kindness.

That's right!  In everything you do, make sure you are kind.  Even when people don't deserve it.

In fact, that's especially the right time to do it.  Because odds are, that's exactly what that person needs, whether they know it or not.

You never know what someone is going through- maybe they just had an argument with their husband.  Maybe they're stressed out beyond belief and their taking it out on you.

It doesn't really matter.  Cause you can't control other people or even what they say or do.

So be kind.

Chances are you'll be blessed by that kindness you put out into the world because what goes around comes around.

There, now.  I feel better.  Don't you?

Think about this the next time someone is mean to you.  Then hit 'em upside their head with a huge dose of kindness.  They'll never see it coming.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Biggest Mistake You're Making as a PTO Leader

You're making a super big mistake as a PTO leader and it's time to put a stop to it!  Learn what you should be doing instead so you can be a happier and more effective leader!


Being a PTA volunteer leader is a a super hard!  And chances are, you're making it harder than it needs to be by making a huge mistake.  For reals.

How's that, you ask?

Easy!  You're trying to be Super Woman.  You're trying to do everything yourself.  Because you're good like that and probably can.  But after a while.  It's going to be all too much.  And that'll be a terrible place to be, right?

You see, a PTO isn't a party-of-one sort of thing.  It's more of a together-we-can sorta thing.

Now listen up for a second.  I'm not preaching what I practice, I'll admit, but I am getting better at it.  And this is why I know you're making the same mistake too.  But it's time for me to change.  You can too.  Here's how!


Plan ahead


Yep, in order to have help doing anything, you have to plan out what needs to be done.  Then it'll be possible to get others to help get the mission done.  Don't make the mistake of trying to do things at the last minute just because your schedule's packed.  It'll be too late for anyone to help you if you wait until the last minute!

Ideally, you want to be planning at least 3-6 months out.  And if that's too overwhelming, then start with the next month.  The key to success in PTO land is to have a plan and then execute that plan.  Pull out your calendar, be it digital or the old fashioned paper kind (my fav!) and see what you have going on and what you need to get done to make it all happen.

Bust out tasks that can be delegated.  Can your hubby make dinner happen a night or two?  Can the grandparents cover running kids to activities one day?  What can another PTO volunteer help you with.  This isn't about doing it all yourself, so stop trying.


Where to find support


Now when I talk about support, it's not about looking for couch somewhere to tell your tales of woe and have a pity party.  It's more of having people who understand what you're doing, that can offer a laugh, a suggestion and maybe even some constructive criticism.

Sometimes you can find this support from fellow volunteers and sometimes not.  And same with your spouse.  They may need a break from all things PTO too!

My husband is super supportive (he stepped up to be Treasurer when we needed that role filled), but he also knows that sometimes I give a little too much of myself and my schedule to PTA stuff.  So sometimes when I need to vent, I choose not to vent to him since I already know what he's going to say.

Is there a teacher or staff member that you've made a connection with?  I've had a kid at my youngest's school for 7 years now and I've made some super awesome connections with a whole bunch of people.  I've grown pretty close to the school principal too.  We got each other because we worked so closely together when I was President for two years.

Not that I spill the beans about everything that is going on because not everyone really wants to hear about the latest PTA-drama trauma, but sometimes I give them the general low down and they give me their best advice or just listen without passing judgement.   And that's usually enough to keep me off of the ledge of insanity.  Try it and see how it'll work for you!


Over to you

Now, are you convinced to change your go-it-alone ways?  Hope so.  Let's chat below.


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

How to Have the Best School Carnival

Thinking of running a school carnival for your PTO / PTA?  Read this first!  It has loads of tips and all the information you'll need to run a super successful event!


Every year, my PTA throws an awesome Carnival!  It's one of the bigger, more involved events we do all year and it's both a fun-raiser as well as a fundraiser.  It's a pretty huge endeavor and it is the biggest event we put on as a group.  We've done it for so mane years that it's pretty much down to a science.  Here's how we Carnival!

Food

A party's not a party without food, now is it?  Here's the usual menu of tasty offerings at our Carnival:

  • Pizza
  • Granola bars
  • Cookies
  • Chips
  • Pretzels
  • Fruit snacks
  • Soda
  • Water
  • Juice boxes
  • Cotton Candy

Nothing too usual or startling here.  But it's how be obtain most of these items that may be different from what other groups do.

We ask for donations from families in advance of carnival and specify what we'd like from each class.  For example granola bars from Kindergarten, a pack of juice boxes from 1st grade, packs of cookies or chips from 2nd grade classes, etc.  Each homeroom actually has a specific thing that they are asked to bring in.

A volunteers collects and hauls all of the donations to the carnival site (we hold ours in the high school gym).  We set everything out on a table, organized by type of item and then families buy tickets for food.  That's right!  We sell back the donations to them!  And you'd think that some folks would scoff at this concept, but nope.  We've yet to have an issue and it's been working like this for over a decade.

Of course, we make a combo item- they get a slice of pizza, a side (chips, fruit snacks, etc.) and a drink for $2.  Maybe they feel they are just paying a little extra for the pizza, who knows?


How to boost your kitchen profit

The kitchen part of Carnival used to be break even for us.  But then someone had the great idea of renting a cotton candy machine.  And now we make about $200-$400 profit!

But word to the wise.  If you're going to rent, make sure the rental company delivers a working machine ON TIME.

Year one of renting, the machine didn't work.  We lost about 25% of the time due to the amount of time before a replacement machine could be delivered.  Year two of renting, they were an HOUR late with delivery.  I was none too pleased since I was on cotton candy duty both years and knew that these delays were killing our profits.

Year Three?  Well, we finally got smart and decided to buy our very own machine (affiliate link).  Follow this link to see the exact machine I purchased.  I also got the candy floss (affiliate link) from Amazon and the cotton candy cones offered on Amazon were competitively priced too!

The cost of the machine and consumable supplies was about double what we would've paid to rent it and buy the floss and cones.  But since we'll have the machine for the entire time of the carnival, we'll most definitely make our money back this year. (Carnival is next week; I'll report back!).


Games


We have a closet in one of the school buildings that acts as central storage for all of our carnival games.  All PTAs in the district have access to the storage space and can use all that is there.  The majority of our games are hand made, but are largely solidly constructed.  They're not cardboard games someone made out of a fridge box.

Here are some of our games:
Corn hole
Ring toss
Lollipop pull
Tattoo booth
Picture booth
Bowling
Mini golf
Penny Pitch (try to land a penny on a wobbly plate)

Need more ideas?  Check out my Carnival board on Pinterest.


Prizes


It pays to comparison shop!  I've found good prizes at great prices at Rhode Island Novelty
Amazon, and Oriental Trading Company.

And also switch up the prizes year over year so the kids will be excited at the prospect of new junkety-junk!  Our prizes range from sticky hands to inflatable creatures and everything in between.  The foam rockets that you fling with your finger have been a really big hit the last few years.


Silent Auction a.k.a. The real money maker!


How: Don't forget to solicit donations from parents who own businesses.  Other great places to ask for donations are local retailers, restaurants, museums and other places families go or visit.  Remember, if you've not asked, then the answer is already no since you have nothing.  So there's nothing to lose by asking.

This can be a big job, so make sure to get a team of volunteers to help solicit.  We keep an Excel spreadsheet of all of the places we ask.  The retailers and restaurants are divided up by section, with about 6-10 places in each section to make it easy for volunteers to go to one shopping center and walk from store to store.

I've also found that it helps if you take one of your younger kids with you and maybe have them ask!  The years I did that, my on-the-spot donations skyrocketed, even from places that had never donated before.

Why not just do a raffle?


 Our PTA used to do a Chinese raffle, where tickets were just $1 and families could actually win a $180 pool pass with one ticket.

We would net about $500 for all of the work that went into coordinating volunteers to solicit for donations, picking up the donations, compiling the donations into baskets and then running the raffle.

When I was President of the PTA (and head of the Carnival Committee), "Crazy pants" I said!  It was a ton of work for a very little payoff.  So I made once simple tweak.  Instead of doing a raffle, we'd do a silent auction instead.  And you know what?  It paid off in a HUGE way.  Instead of netting the paltry $500, our profits instantly increased to $1,500.  Um, wow!  What a dramatic increase for such a small change.

Why it works


Most families are going to pay for a pool pass anyway, so they'll gladly have the money go to our PTA (plus there' the chance they could get it for a discount).


PR


Another reason why this event is so successful is that we do it every year and people now that it's coming.  But also because we market the heck out of it.  We have colorful posters made and consistently promote the event in many different ways:

  • Coloring Sheets- Offered as options for indoor recess in the weeks leading up to the carnival and also god for 2 tickets if the kids bring it to the ticket table during carnival.
  • Social Media posts
  • Flyers sent home
  • Announcements during school
  • Newsletter sent home
  • Posted on marquee in front of the school
  • Sandwich boards worn during dismissal pickup (I love our principal- she's an  angel for all that she does to help our PTA).

I hope this post has given you some ideas on how to run a successful Carnival!  Have other tips or tricks to share?  Please do in the comments below!


Monday, March 6, 2017

Low Cost Events Families will Rave About

Low cost family fun events that families will absolutely rave about!  Perfect for PTA, PTO and other parent groups.  Stop stressing about coming up with the next genius idea. and steal one of these fab ideas instead!


For the past 2 years I've been in charge of family fun events for my children's schools.  Family fun events, no matter the cost, have an awesome way of bringing the community together if done right.

Here are some of my greatest low-cost successes along with a little insight about how to make them work!

Family Fun Fitness Night

This event can be done totally with whatever you have on hand.  No need to buy anything special for a night of fitness fun!  Here's how:

Section off the gym into quadrants and have different activities that families can rotate through. Borrow recess or gym equipment like hula hoops, jump ropes and the like.  Scout out beforehand what you'll have access to.  I've yet to meet a teacher who won't share their equipment for such an event!  Ask nicely and you'll probably receive!

If you have a second gymnasium in the building, dedicate one gym for basketball.  In this gym, dump a bunch of balls borrowed from the PE teacher and have one parent stay to supervise. You can run a shooting contest, but the kids will probably just play pick up games and organize themselves quite nicely with no adult interference needed.

In my most recent fitness night for a Grade 4-6 building, I bought some giant foam dice from Five Below and made up an exercise game.  Roll a 1 and do one jumping jack; Roll a 2 and do two squats, etc.  I totally made it up!  Mix it up and have fun with it!

Oh, I spent just $10 for the giant dice.  Easy peasy and cheap as all get out!

Another year we were supposed to have a Zumba instructor volunteer her time for the evening.  But she had to cancel last minute, so a few of the moms lead a few line dances.  It was super fun and many more parents moms participated instead of lurking on the sidelines of the action!


Trunk or Treat

Not sure what a Trunk or Treat event is?  It's simple: you invite families to decorate their cars and bring treats to pass out to kids in costume.

Call your police department and let them know about the event ahead of time.  They might send an officer (with treats) to participate and add a greater sense of security and fun.  Our local PD did just that and welcomed the opportunity to be involved in such a positive way.  The kids loved chatting with the officer!

If you feel you will have low participation from families who are willing to decorate their cars, invite local businesses to take part.  The first year we had a Trunk or Treat, we had an area pediatric dentist and a church participate.  The dentist didn't hand out candy, of course, but toothbrushes and toothpaste samples were not on short supply that night.  The church handed out books and stickers!

One cost associated with this event is that it's a good idea to have some extra candy on hand to refill low-candy running cars.  But you can probably get away without it too.  Sometimes it is what it is and people have to be ok with it.

The first year I organized a Trunk or Treat event, I actually teamed up with the other elementary schools in the area.  It was a fantastic way for families to get to know each other and make connections.

Another note: have trashcans on hand and get straggling families at the end of the evening to help clean up the parking lot.  And indoor bathroom access is a must, so make sure the building will be open!

Game Night

I don't know about you, but my family loves to play card and board games!  But our schedule can be so hectic at times that we don't have the chance to play.  I'm sure my family isn't alone, so carving out some time for games would make for a terrific family fun event!

Here's how a school game night can work: Ask for donations of board games or ask families to bring a game to share.  Set up in the cafeteria or gymnasium and families can play games together.  They're sure to find a new game to add into their collection plus this offers a really great time for people to connect and talk.

If you have a low income school, ask churches in the area or in local Freecycle groups for donations.  PTO Today once had a game night program where they would send you a pack of games from Hasbro (awesome!).  Check out their family fun night page for details on current offerings.  You can also snag cheap games in local Facebook buy/sell groups.  Post an "In search of" and you'll probably get what you need for an evening of gaming fun!


Talent Show

I must admit, this was one of the most fun events that I've ever done solo as a PTA volunteer.  I detailed how I pulled it off in this post!

Immediately after the show ended, I had tons of parents saying how they had a great time and wanted to know when it would be held next year!  I arranged for our awesome Principal to emcee and she loved the event so much, she is planning to re-create it on a smaller scale during the school day this year.


Over to you!

What low cost family fun events have you put on for your school?  Share below!
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