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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SimplyCircle Now Supports Groups of Up to 2,000 Members

Elena Krasnoperova - Monday, May 16th, 2016


Many of you told us that you were managing a larger group like a school or a large PTA/PTO than we could previously support. We heard you! Now our Pro Gold tier allows you to have twice as many people (up to 2,000) as before.

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5 Healthy Fundraising Ideas for Spring and Summer

Elena Krasnoperova - Thursday, April 28th, 2016


Guest blog post by Mark Abbott, Founder of FarmRaiser

Are you tired of the same old cookie-dough, candy bar or wrapping paper sales? Are you looking for a healthy alternative for your school’s spring fundraiser? Check out these 5 high-profit and healthy fundraising ideas from FarmRaiser, a unique online product fundraising marketplace for schools and causes. Plus, all SimplyCircle customers and blog readers get a special $50 bonus on their first FarmRaiser campaign.

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The Best Mother’s Day Classroom Party

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, April 27th, 2016


There’s no better excuse to have a classroom party than Mother’s Day! Activities include singing, arts and crafts, and a discussion. Check it out!

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Mother’s Day Homemade Gift Ideas

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, April 27th, 2016


Are you looking for inspiration for a creative and fun-to-make gifts that your students can make for their Moms? Look no further. Check out these beautiful flower-themed homemade gifts for Mother’s Day.

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Mother’s Day Books for Kindergarten

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, April 27th, 2016


Mother’s Day is almost here! Your kindergarteners are sure to enjoy these great books featuring their favorite characters – and their Moms.

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Mother’s Day Poems for Elementary School Students

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, April 27th, 2016


When we are young, mothers are the center of our world. Even when we grow up, mothers hold a very special place in our heart. On Mother’s Day, read these wonderful poems with your students, and celebrate the most important person in every child’s life.

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Give Your Child the Gift of a Foreign Language

Elena Krasnoperova - Monday, April 25th, 2016


Guest post by Kristina Klausen, Founder of PandaTree

For many parents and kids, the motivations for learning a foreign language are intrinsic. They enjoy discovering a different way of looking at the world. They love being able to talk to relatives in their native language. They gain cultural appreciation and sensitivity. But speaking a foreign language has powerful extrinsic benefits as well.

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