How to Choose the Best Summer Camp for Your Child

Elena Krasnoperova - Saturday, May 28th, 2016


Summer is almost here! Hopefully your summer is already (mostly) planned. But if you still need to arrange some summer camps, don’t panic. It’s not too late!

Follow the handy step-by-step guide below to choose the best summer camp for your child.

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Celebrating Dads with Father’s Day Classroom Party

Elena Krasnoperova - Tuesday, May 24th, 2016


This year Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 19th. The school is going to be over by then, so make sure to organize your Father’s Day classroom party before school closes for the summer break.

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10 Fun Things Dads Can Do with Their Kids on Father’s Day

Elena Krasnoperova - Tuesday, May 24th, 2016


Sunday is supposed to be your day, but how about giving your family a gift that everyone can share? While fancy ties are great for you to sport at work, how about working on creating some memories to share with your co-workers in the break room instead? This weekend celebrate the end of your kids’ school year and you being an awesome dad by sharing some special moments together. Here are some ideas of things to do with your kids this Father’s Day.

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Father’s Day Craftivities for Your Classroom

Elena Krasnoperova - Monday, May 23rd, 2016


Fathers play such an important role in our lives. They teach us valuable lessons, support us through our ups and downs, praise us, encourage us, and love us unconditionally. Help your kiddos say thank you to the important men in their lives with a Father’s day classroom activities and crafts.

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Grow Your PTA Step #3: Maintain Momentum Through the Year

Elena Krasnoperova - Friday, May 20th, 2016


In our previous post, we talked about taking advantage of the Back to School season. We discussed the benefits of:

  • Being included in online back-to-school registration “flow”
  • Communicating regularly with the entire school community
  • Getting your principal and teachers on board
  • Taking advantage of the Back to School Night

Today, we’re going to talk about Step 3: “Maintaining momentum throughout the school year”

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Grow Your PTA Step #2: Make the Most of the Back to School Season

Elena Krasnoperova - Friday, May 20th, 2016


In our previous post, we talked about the importance of providing value to your PTA members. We called it “Making it REALLY worth their while to join your PTA”. We also talked about why it’s important to TELL your members about the value that the PTA provides.

Today, we’re going to talk about Step 2: “Making the most of the Back To School season”.

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Grow Your PTA Step #1: Make It REALLY Worth Their While

Elena Krasnoperova - Friday, May 20th, 2016


Many PTAs are facing stagnant or even declining membership, despite increasing school enrollment. So if you’re feeling the pain, you’re certainly not alone. But some PTAs are wildly successful at growing their ranks, reaching 100% participation. What can we learn from their experience?

In this 3-part blog series, we boil down growing your PTA to three key steps.

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Using the Public Commitment Principle to Grow Your PTA

Elena Krasnoperova - Friday, May 20th, 2016


Social scientists have proven the “commitment principle”, which states that when people make a commitment, they are more likely to follow through and engage in desired behavior. Here’s how you can use it to grow your PTA or PTO.

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Year-End Reports for PTA Officers and Committee Chairs

Elena Krasnoperova - Thursday, May 19th, 2016


When you are starting out as a new PTA officer or committee chair, one of the first things you look at is the committee report from the person who occupied your post last year. Unfortunately, many incoming committee chairs find that their predecessors did not write the report. So they have to start from scratch. Don’t let your successors suffer the same fate! Get your year-end reports done, and make sure to follow these 12 helpful tips on what to include in your report.

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Homeroom Parent Tips: How to Get More Parents to Volunteer

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, May 18th, 2016


As a room parent, one of your most important jobs is to get other parents actively involved in the classroom. You need them to volunteer for classroom and school events, bring in items or food that the teacher requests, and lead classroom activities and parties. Yet at many schools, only a small group of parents (usually, Moms) are doing all of the heavy lifting in the classroom.

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