Parents and Schools Working Together - PTA Great Idea Bank 2012-07-04T07:33:39Z http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/forum/categories/parents-and-schools-working/listForCategory?feed=yes&xn_auth=no Starting a school store tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2012-07-03:2919887:Topic:63671 2012-07-03T15:54:19.673Z Jenny Franks http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/JennyFranks We are going to start a small school store where kids can purchase school supplies, school gear, etc..... I need some fun and cute ideas to design, build, and create our store. We have space to build something for a permanent fixture:) we will need to create so everything can be locked up each day! Would love to have a theme:) any thoughts or ideas. Willing to have something built if need be! We are going to start a small school store where kids can purchase school supplies, school gear, etc..... I need some fun and cute ideas to design, build, and create our store. We have space to build something for a permanent fixture:) we will need to create so everything can be locked up each day! Would love to have a theme:) any thoughts or ideas. Willing to have something built if need be! A Chrome browser extension that may make literacy a solved problem tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2012-05-26:2919887:Topic:63121 2012-05-26T18:13:09.641Z Ziyuan Yao http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/ZiyuanYao <p>A Chrome browser extension that may make literacy a solved problem</p> <p>Dear Parents and Teachers of the United States,</p> <p>I'm a researcher and developer focusing on language learning technologies, and I just developed a free and open-source Chrome browser extension that could be very useful for reading instruction in English-speaking countries, even making English literacy a solved problem:</p> <p>"PIE Transformer" automatically adds diacritics to English words on Web pages to make…</p> <p>A Chrome browser extension that may make literacy a solved problem</p> <p>Dear Parents and Teachers of the United States,</p> <p>I'm a researcher and developer focusing on language learning technologies, and I just developed a free and open-source Chrome browser extension that could be very useful for reading instruction in English-speaking countries, even making English literacy a solved problem:</p> <p>"PIE Transformer" automatically adds diacritics to English words on Web pages to make their (American English) pronunciations crystal clear, based on an easy-to-learn scheme called Phonetically Intuitive English (PIE), which is included in this extension.</p> <p>This has three uses:</p> <p>1. For English-as-a-second-language (ESL) people to learn correct English word pronunciations.<br/>2. For children in English-speaking countries to learn how to read. (See "No Child Left Behind Act".)<br/>3. Recreational use. Show off a sentence in the PIE form to your online friends or use it in your commercial campaigns.</p> <p>Three modes (Full, Lite and Extra Lite) are provided for users of different English levels. Modes for advanced learners (Lite and Extra Lite) will show less diacritics.</p> <p>Check it out at Chrome Web Store (the program is free and open-source, i.e. non-profit):<br/><a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/jafbohhbdpejlcfpkbbpkegglokegjid">https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/jafbohhbdpejlcfpkbbpkegglokegjid</a></p> <p>The project's official website:<br/><a href="https://sites.google.com/site/phoneticallyintuitiveenglish/">https://sites.google.com/site/phoneticallyintuitiveenglish/</a></p> <p>The "Phonetically Intuitive English" (PIE) scheme (available in PDF and image):<br/><a href="https://sites.google.com/site/phoneticallyintuitiveenglish/become-a-pie-user-now/learn-the-pie-scheme">https://sites.google.com/site/phoneticallyintuitiveenglish/become-a-pie-user-now/learn-the-pie-scheme</a></p> <p>Some nice screenshots:<br/><a href="https://sites.google.com/site/phoneticallyintuitiveenglish/">https://sites.google.com/site/phoneticallyintuitiveenglish/</a><br/><a href="https://sites.google.com/site/phoneticallyintuitiveenglish/become-a-pie-user-now/download-pie-transformer">https://sites.google.com/site/phoneticallyintuitiveenglish/become-a-pie-user-now/download-pie-transformer</a></p> <p>Let me know how you think about it :-)</p> <p>Best Regards,<br/>-------------------------------------------<br/>Ziyuan Yao<br/>yaoziyuan@gmail.com<br/><a href="https://sites.google.com/site/yaoziyuan/">https://sites.google.com/site/yaoziyuan/</a></p> How much money does your PTA spend on its Teachers? tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2012-05-12:2919887:Topic:62748 2012-05-12T06:45:36.553Z Maria Cox http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/MariaCox127 <p>Before I get into the details, let me preface this discussion by saying that we have great teachers at our school and are also proud to have 100% Teacher Membership again this school year.  However, I have some concerns that we are spending too much of our PTA dollars specifically on the teachers.  </p> <p><br></br>At the beginning of the school year we host a Welcome Back Teacher breakfast.  We give each teacher including Resource staff, Special Education staff and a few others a $100 check to…</p> <p>Before I get into the details, let me preface this discussion by saying that we have great teachers at our school and are also proud to have 100% Teacher Membership again this school year.  However, I have some concerns that we are spending too much of our PTA dollars specifically on the teachers.  </p> <p><br/>At the beginning of the school year we host a Welcome Back Teacher breakfast.  We give each teacher including Resource staff, Special Education staff and a few others a $100 check to use for supplies in their classroom.  The checks alone tally $4,500.  Each month we sponsor drinks/desserts for Teacher 1/2 day work day.  Each month our Sunshine Committee gives a birthday gift to each teacher who has a birthday.  Roughly $10-$15 per teacher is spent.  We offer free tickets to teachers and their child for all of our PTA sponsored events such as Father Daughter dance, Mother Son night, Spring Carnival, etc.  We provide a catered Teacher Appreciation Luncheon during Teacher Appreciation Week which cost around $600 this year.  We give each grade level $300 just for showing up at Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night. We allocated $2,000 for Teacher/Staff Development.  We sponsor a Room Parent program and provide a room parent volunteer for every home room teacher to assist with all events and activities throughout the year.  The teachers also receive gifts from our parents through our Room Parent program for their birthdays, during holidays and for Teacher Appreciation Week.  </p> <p></p> <p>We have only asked for teachers to come out to 2 events this year and volunteer for 1 hour each.  Needless to say, we had to threaten cancellation of the event to get some of them to volunteer.  Participation at PTA sponsored events by Teachers is very thin.  What kind of message are we sending if we continue to spend so much money on the teachers if we can't get  their participation in return.  Is this a common issue among PTAs/PTSAs?  </p> <p></p> <p>For comparison sake, we do follow the 3 to 1 rule with providing Programs vs. Fundraisers for our students and we spend nearly $20,000 a year on technology, books, supplies, etc. specifically for the school.  </p> <p></p> <p>How do you recommend to the Principal that funding should be cut for the teachers and spent to allocate towards all of the students without becoming the "bad guy"?</p> <p></p> <p>I appreciate your input.</p> Managing PTA inventories tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2012-04-28:2919887:Topic:62268 2012-04-28T00:17:58.862Z Jessica Smith http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/JessicaSmith <p>Hello PTA friends!</p> <p>We have not had much luck with our official fundraisers the last few years. We make most of our money off spirit items we sell mainly for school unity. We have 4 schools in one group and we all have the same colors and mascot so we have a great cross sell for these items. We'd like to increase our spirit item offerings in lieu of fundraisers but can't seem to maintain good inventories so we know what items are our best sellers. Currently we sell spirit shirts, car…</p> <p>Hello PTA friends!</p> <p>We have not had much luck with our official fundraisers the last few years. We make most of our money off spirit items we sell mainly for school unity. We have 4 schools in one group and we all have the same colors and mascot so we have a great cross sell for these items. We'd like to increase our spirit item offerings in lieu of fundraisers but can't seem to maintain good inventories so we know what items are our best sellers. Currently we sell spirit shirts, car magents and insulated tumblers. When we have an event like back to school night, it is impossible to keep up with what items are going. We have tried counting before events and then after but sometimes it is so hectic we don't get to do the before/after counts. </p> <p>Plus we want to make sure we are not having items not paid for. It gets hectic and our workers just get bombarded. We have no set place to store and sell so we haul in boxes from a storage shed behind the school everytime and set up with folding tables. Sometimes I think about getting one of those mall kiosks on wheels! :-)</p> <p>Short of buying an expensive inventory control program with a POS system I am out of ideas on how to keep up.</p> <p>Has anyone out there come up with a good way of handling this issue?</p> <p>Thanks!</p> <p> </p> Spring Fling At Kelly Miller Middle School tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2012-03-14:2919887:Topic:61919 2012-03-14T17:16:37.549Z Myron A. Atkins http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/MyronAAtkins <p>Hello All,</p> <p>My Name is Myron Atkins and we are Having An Event at Kelly Miller Middle School on the 21st of april from 9am until 1pm. we will be having a flee market the cost for the space is 20.00. all items sold will be your profit. please E-mail me at <a href="mailto:myronatkins@hotmail.com">myronatkins@hotmail.com</a> if you would like to join us. We also will be having food and games along with a moon bounce the address is 301 49th street N.E. Washington, D.C. 20019 My Contact…</p> <p>Hello All,</p> <p>My Name is Myron Atkins and we are Having An Event at Kelly Miller Middle School on the 21st of april from 9am until 1pm. we will be having a flee market the cost for the space is 20.00. all items sold will be your profit. please E-mail me at <a href="mailto:myronatkins@hotmail.com">myronatkins@hotmail.com</a> if you would like to join us. We also will be having food and games along with a moon bounce the address is 301 49th street N.E. Washington, D.C. 20019 My Contact Number is 202-450-4137. I am the PTA President and we would like to see you there.Also we will ha a Health Fair and a Farmer's Market.</p> <p>                                               Thank you in advance</p> <p>                                                Myron A. Atkins,PTA President</p> <p>                                                 Kelly Miller Middle School</p> Can America afford to lose a decade of visual thinkers while the economy lags and arts “extras” are dropped from education budgets? tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2012-03-12:2919887:Topic:61706 2012-03-12T22:32:08.926Z Myrna Susan Hoffman http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/MyrnaSusanHoffman <p class="article-summary">We all know that for many children, school arts programs offer the only opportunity to discover and develop creative problem-solving skills. Like everyone else, OOZ &amp; OZ wants to help relieve the financial squeeze. So we’ve developed an ingenious fundraising venture (if we do say so ourselves) that combines art and academics - for all grades, all cultures. Your students' art, morphed free by OOZ &amp; OZ = one “Twisted Coloring Book Fundraiser”!</p> <p>See…</p> <p class="article-summary">We all know that for many children, school arts programs offer the only opportunity to discover and develop creative problem-solving skills. Like everyone else, OOZ &amp; OZ wants to help relieve the financial squeeze. So we’ve developed an ingenious fundraising venture (if we do say so ourselves) that combines art and academics - for all grades, all cultures. Your students' art, morphed free by OOZ &amp; OZ = one “Twisted Coloring Book Fundraiser”!</p> <p>See <a href="http://www.oozandoz.com/fundraisers/">www.oozandoz.com/fundraisers/</a></p> <p>Pilot Phase and Crowd Funding launch in Spring 2012. Participating schools also receive our award-winning Morph-O-Scopes® Kits. Could this unique fundraiser ease your school’s money woes? Contact us at Info (at) OOZandOZ (dot) com. Or call 206.344.3338.</p> PTA Facebook questions tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2012-03-10:2919887:Topic:61799 2012-03-10T07:52:28.629Z Ann Rosen http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/AnnRosen <p>Hello fellow PTA members,</p> <p></p> <p>I am currently on the PTA board at our school and am trying to get the PTA on Facebook.  I wanted to ask a few questions of those of you with extensive experience putting your PTA on Facebook:</p> <p></p> <p>1) Many people at our school are excited about the idea but there are some concerns among the staff about privacy, photos, liability as well as some worries about possible public "flare-ups" between community members.  Could you please tell me if…</p> <p>Hello fellow PTA members,</p> <p></p> <p>I am currently on the PTA board at our school and am trying to get the PTA on Facebook.  I wanted to ask a few questions of those of you with extensive experience putting your PTA on Facebook:</p> <p></p> <p>1) Many people at our school are excited about the idea but there are some concerns among the staff about privacy, photos, liability as well as some worries about possible public "flare-ups" between community members.  Could you please tell me if you've had any problems with these issues and what proactive steps have you taken to prevent such issues?  What is your FB policy re. photos and privacy?  re. appropriate use of language, policy for posts in general?  </p> <p></p> <p>2)  What "flavor" of Facebook have you chosen for your PTA presence?  Are you doing the standard Facebook page where anybody can 'like' your page?  Or are you limiting access in any way? Are you able to moderate the postings of content and/or photos?   What are the pros and cons of doing a regular FB page Vs. using Facebook Groups?</p> <p></p> <p>3) Have you been able to use Facebook to poll your members with surveys?  I saw that in the Facebook Groups, there is a built-in tool, but not sure about the conventional FB page?  </p> <p></p> <p>4) Have you used any measurements/analytics to assess the success of your FB presence?  Any measurable success criteria?  </p> <p></p> <p>5) Any other issues, good or bad, I should be aware of?</p> <p></p> <p>Thanks in advance for any thoughts, pointers and advice!</p> <p></p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>Ann</p> PTA Scholarships tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2012-03-06:2919887:Topic:61578 2012-03-06T20:15:18.754Z Cindy Spatola-Velez http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/CindySpatolaVelez <p>Do you think as part of the criteria for a PTA Scholarship from your Elementary, Middle or High School PTA that the parent/guardian should have been a PTA member of that unit?</p> <p>Do you think as part of the criteria for a PTA Scholarship from your Elementary, Middle or High School PTA that the parent/guardian should have been a PTA member of that unit?</p> What Can Be Done to Prevent School Violence? tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2012-02-28:2919887:Topic:61478 2012-02-28T16:49:59.238Z PTA Administrator http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/PTAAdministrator <p>The tragic shooting at Chadron High School in Ohio has once again brought attention to the issue of <strong>school safety</strong>. What can schools and PTAs do to keep schools safe so children have the best environment for learning? <strong>What does you school do to promote safety?</strong> Share ideas for the benefit of all children.</p> <p>The tragic shooting at Chadron High School in Ohio has once again brought attention to the issue of <strong>school safety</strong>. What can schools and PTAs do to keep schools safe so children have the best environment for learning? <strong>What does you school do to promote safety?</strong> Share ideas for the benefit of all children.</p> Help: In need of a calendar for scheduling parent/teacher conferences tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2012-02-06:2919887:Topic:61289 2012-02-06T18:56:17.488Z Kathy http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/Kathy494 <p>Hi, We are trying to find an online calendar or system where parents can schedule their parent/teacher conferences.  Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas on what to use?  Right now the PTA calls parents for a number of teachers.  Although this has sporadic success.</p> <p> </p> <p>Thank you,</p> <p>Hi, We are trying to find an online calendar or system where parents can schedule their parent/teacher conferences.  Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas on what to use?  Right now the PTA calls parents for a number of teachers.  Although this has sporadic success.</p> <p> </p> <p>Thank you,</p>