Monthly Programming Ideas

We have created for you an outline of monthly themes and ideas. Feel free to adapt and tailor to your school’s calendar and needs. Check scpta.org for more detailed descriptions and overviews.

July/August - BEGINNINGS

Elementary

c Host a get-to-know-each-other event for all new PTA officers and chairs. Keep it casual and fun. Brainstorm for the upcoming year.

c Host a Back-to-School event where students & parents can meet the teacher & staff in a casual setting, i.e., ice cream social and have the teachers “serve”

c At your first Board meeting, define your focus for the year and set goals. Increase membership? Connect with more volunteers? Start one new program tradition? Launch the Reflection Arts program?

Middle & High

c Host a get-to-know-each-other event for all new PTA officers and chairs. Keep it casual and fun. Brainstorm for the up-coming year.

c Host a Back-to-School event where students & parents can meet the teacher & staff in a casual setting, i.e., ice cream social and have the teachers “serve”

c At your first Board meeting, define your focus for the year and set goals. Increase membership? Connect with more vol-unteers? Start one new program tradition? Launch the Re-flection Arts program?


September - WHY PTA?

Elementary

c At the first PTA meeting/Open House, highlight events & volunteer opportunities offered by your PTA; spotlight na-tional &local business partners & members discounts/offers; offer merchant coupons to PTA members only.

c Welcome Dads! Kick-off a Watch D.O.G.S. group or MEN-toring group.

c Host a Grandparents’ Day event: Grits w/Grands, invita-tions for book fairs, lunch dates (think about sponsoring a Grandparents Club for volunteer opportunities, i.e., tutoring.

c Kick of your Reflection Arts program with National Arts in Education Week (2nd week in September).

c Host a voter registration drive; National Voter Registration Day, is September 22.

c Enroll your PTA in the National PTA School of Excellence program by October 1.

Middle & High

c At the first PTA meeting/Open House, highlight events & volunteer opportunities offered by your PTA; spot-light national &local business partners & members dis-counts/offers; offer merchant coupons to PTA members only; offer incentives for students who join (discounts on event admissions, school store discount)

c Welcome Dads! Kick-off a Watch D.O.G.S. group or MENtoring group.

c Kick of your Reflection Arts program with National Arts in Education Week (2nd week in September).

c Host a voter registration drive; National Voter Registra-tion Day, is September 22.

c Enroll your PTA in the National PTA School of Excel-lence program by October 1.


October - SAFETY

Elementary

c Anti-Bullying Month: Host a parenting session lead by a psychia-trist/psychologist or counselor.

c Walk-to-School Day (1st Wednesday). Promote exercise, commu-nity and safe walkways to schools.

c Fire Prevention Month.: Partner with your local fire departments to bring in speakers, host smoke detector inspections, give away smoke detectors.

c Host Gun Safety events. Start a Be SMART campaign (to reduce child gun deaths).

c National Substance Abuse Month: & Drug Awareness (Red Ribbon Week). Host school-wide events for Red Ribbon week. Host par-ent sessions to discuss the dangers facing children today.

c Invite your school officials to your school: school board trustees, county & city councilmen, state representatives.

Middle & High

c Anti-Bullying Month: Host a parenting session lead by a psy-chiatrist/psychologist or counselor; local law enforcement & school district personnel can provide speakers on cyber bully-ing.

c Walk-to-School Day (1st Wednesday). Promote exercise, community and safe walkways to schools.

c Host Gun Safety events. Start a Be SMART campaign (to reduce child gun deaths).

c Work with your school library to host Teen Read Week events (week of Columbus Day)

c National Substance Abuse Month: & Drug Awareness (Red Ribbon Week). Host school-wide events for Red Ribbon week. Host parent sessions to discuss dangerous trends, signs to look for in your child, ways to direct your child to alterna-tive and where to go for help.

c Invite your school officials to your school: school board trus-tees, county & city councilmen, state representatives.


November - GRATITUDE

Elementary

c Healthy Lifestyles Month: Host a health fair including flu shots, blood pressure screenings, 10 minute massage tables, exercise clas-ses of Zumba, yoga, etc. Host a Family Run. Use Lysol’s Healthy Habits resources available from National PTA to promote good hygiene habits.

c Host a Veteran’s Day patriotic celebration.

c Celebrate American Education Week (week prior to Thanksgiving week)-celebrate public education. Host a luncheon for teachers and include support staff & substitute teachers.

c Thank a teacher with a “thanksgiving” pie: parent volunteers send in pies to distribute to staff.
Sponsor an “Eat at Home Spirit Night”. Celebrate families eating healthy together. Have families send in photos and winners receive grocery store gift cards.

c Remember to recognize and publicize your Reflections Arts school winners.

c Host “get out the Vote” drives.

Middle & High

c Healthy Lifestyles Month: Host a health fair including flu shots, blood pressure screenings, 10 minute massage tables, exercise classes of Zumba, yoga for your teachers and fami-lies. Use Lysol’s Healthy Habits resources available from National PTA to promote good hygiene habits.

c Host a Veteran’s Day patriotic celebration.

c Celebrate American Education Week (week prior to Thanks-giving week)-celebrate public education. Host a luncheon for teachers and include support staff & substitute teachers.

c Remember to recognize and publicize your Reflections Arts school winners.

c Host “get out the Vote” drives.


December - GIVING

Elementary

c Partner with community groups, i.e., Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, churches, etc.) and host a drive.

c Plant tress at your school for Arbor Day (1st Friday). Plant in honor of special volunteers, classes, loved ones.

c Remember to order your 2016 SCPTA Reflections Arts entries at lulu.com on the SCPTA website.

Middle & High

c Partner with community groups, i.e., Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, churches, etc.) and host a drive.

c Plant tress at your school for Arbor Day (1st Friday). Plant in honor of special volunteers, classes, loved ones.

c Remember to order your 2016 SCPTA Reflections Arts en-tries at lulu.com on the SCPTA website.


January-Shining Bright into the New Year

Elementary

c In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day host a day of ser-vice in your community.

c Host a Storytelling Night & Pancake Supper. Guests read-ers share different books or genres.

c Host a recycled book drive.

c Host a student Talent Show or Faculty Follies show.

c Sponsor an Arts in Residence for your school.

Middle & High

c In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day host workshops on non-violence & tolerance.

c Host a student Talent Show. Open it up to faculty and support staff as well.

c Host a Poetry Jam.


February - CELEBRATE THE PTA FOUNDER’S DAY, FEBRUARY 17

Elementary

c Mental Health Awareness: Host parenting sessions to help students cope with stress & anxiety. Mental Health America (MHA) & National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and local guidance counselors are wonderful resources.

c Launch a month-long Read Across America reading chal-lenge: build up to Read Across America Day on March 2.

c Host any of the following: Take Your Family to School week, Career Day, Culture Day, Families for Lunch Day, Donuts with Dudes, Daddy/Daughter Dance, Pottery Night, Pasta with Pops Spaghetti Dinner.

Middle & High

c Mental Health Awareness: Host parenting sessions to help students cope with stress & anxiety coping strate-gies; how to identify &help your teen with depression; learn about new practices guidance counselors must fol-low with potentially suicidal students; and resources to turn to for help. Host sessions with guest speakers and counselors (work with your guidance department)

c Host any of the following: Take Your Family to School week, Career Day, Culture Day, Families for Lunch Day.


March - GREAT POTENTIALS

Elementary

c National Reading Month: Host a Read Across America Day, March 2 with a guest reader, “Cat” hats, birthday cake.

c Celebrate National Pi Day, March 14. Host a Math Night with hands-on games for families to play together and take home; serve pizza.

c Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day: Host recycling events to collect batteries, printer cartridges, newspapers.

Middle & High

c National Reading Month: Host a Book Club

c Celebrate National Pi Day, March 14.

c Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day: Host recycling events to col-lect batteries, printer cartridges, newspapers, old cell phones.

c In anticipation of Prom Season, host speakers and assemblies to discuss drunk driving prevention (local law enforcement and MADD resources) and pledge to keep safe.

c Work with your guidance departments to host “Soft Skills” workshops for students.


April - RENEWAL

Elementary

c Drop Everything and Read Month (R.E.A.D.). Celebrate Earth Day, April 22. Host a Grounds Clean Up day, sponsor a walk-a-thon or family run, start a campus garden.

c Host a pet drive for a local shelter.

c Help a food bank restock shelves with a canned food drive.

c Host a Blood Drive.

c Attend the SCPTA Annual Convention April 15-16. Wear your school shirts!

Middle & High

c Celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Host a Grounds Clean Up day on campus.

c Host a pet drive for a local shelter.

c Help a food bank restock shelves with a canned food drive.

c Host a Blood Drive.

c Attend the SCPTA Annual Convention April 15-16. Wear your school shirts!


May - CELEBRATE!!

Elementary

c Teacher Appreciation Week, 1st week of May

c Host a Screen Free Week (May 2-8). Unplug from digital screens!

c Host an End-of-the Year Celebration. Choose from these or think up your own: Introduce your new PTA officers for next school year, highlight all that your PTA has accomplished this year & share awards earned at the SCPTA Annual Convention, Spotlight any students who won State an/or National honors in Reflections Arts Program, provide a meal-free or at cost (this is NOT a fundraiser), present gifts to teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, recognize outstanding Volunteers, consider a lifetime PTA membership to a volunteer, support staff, teacher or administrator, have a fun “draw”-faculty tug-of-war, guesstimation jars, raffles, reveal next year’s school theme or summer reading program.

c Distribute a survey of interests to your parents and teachers to learn what programs to offer next year.

c Host officer transition workshops, have the outgoing PTA board pass on notebooks to the incoming board.

c Have one overlapping board meeting with both outgoing and in-coming boards.

Middle & High

c Teacher Appreciation Week, 1st week of May

c Host a Screen Free Week (May 2-8). Unplug from digital screens!

c Host an End-of-the Year Celebration. Choose from these or think up your own: Introduce your new PTA officers for next school year, highlight all that your PTA has accomplished this year & share awards earned at the SCPTA Annual Conven-tion, Spotlight any students who won State an/or National honors in Reflections Arts Program, provide a meal-free or at cost (this is NOT a fundraiser), present gifts to teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, recognize outstanding Volun-teers, consider a lifetime PTA membership to a volunteer, support staff, teacher or administrator, have a fun “draw”-faculty tug-of-war, guesstimation jars, raffles, reveal next year’s school theme or summer reading program.

c Distribute a survey of interests to your parents and teachers to learn what programs to offer next year.

c Host officer transition workshops, have the outgoing PTA board pass on notebooks to the incoming board.

c Have one overlapping board meeting with both outgoing and incoming boards.