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Family movie nights, BINGO, carnivals, festivals, mother/son, father/daughter and more. Share ideas on how to make these fun family events successful!

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Book exchange as Family Night Event 1 Reply

A parent suggested we do a book exchange--similar to a cookie exchange except with books. We would invite people to come with the books their children have outgrown (gently used) and exchange them…Continue

Started by Doreen E. Clifford. Last reply by sherriwilson Nov 18, 2011.

Mother/Son Event

Wondering if anyone has sponsored a Mother/Son Event for gr. 4-6.  Thinking of a Mother/Son DJ Party and wanted opinions if this would be a popular event.  THANKS in advance for your timeand input.Continue

Started by Janice Wanko Sep 23, 2010.

Soccer Training starting in June at Wesley Chapel District Park

For those parents in Tampa who have 5 to 13 years old who would like to learn soccer. My son is launching soccer training at Wesley Chapel District Park. If you are interested you can RSVP at…Continue

Tags: events, summer, children, event, training

Started by Morris Kel May 21, 2010.

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Comment by Anita Bilyeu on April 30, 2012 at 1:34pm

This has been my first year in the PTA at my son's school. I have some questions for activities to plan for next school year.  I was wondering about having a family BINGO night and a bake sale. I have heard that BINGO is not allowed because it's considered gambling, although my plan is not to award people money, just prizes. I have also heard that bake sales are not allowed either because it's frowned upon by the health department. Any inofrmation I can get would be greatly appreciated!

 

Comment by christy leigh gardner on December 4, 2011 at 5:02am
You can increase literacy awareness and do something fun by having family reading nights or events. Contact a local resource like an arts school that does creative writing workshops for kids and see if they will "donate" a workshop our provide a scholarship to one and then give that away as a family or individual prize. Publishers also give away advanced copies of childrens books as give aways.
Comment by Kathryn Taylor on November 14, 2011 at 4:37pm

We are doing a craft night this week! We are having a card making station with lots of scrap booking supplies available for kids to make their own greeting cards. We are having the kids decorate cookies. This doubles as a craft and a snack. We are also having a table with random craft supplies, this way kids can be creative and make whatever they want. If this a holiday event, the kids can make reindeer food. Its oats and glitter in a baggie.  

Comment by Cortney Tamimi on November 14, 2011 at 4:31pm

We are working on the same thing!  We are making God's Eye ornaments (google them-I didn't realize the name of them, and we are a public school so I just call them yarn ornaments))  super cute, fun to make, and cheap.  Just yarn and popsickle sticks (pre glue together like the letter t).  Also, pinecone bird feeders.  Have peanut butter or crisco, a big bag of bird seed and some pinecones.  Take them home in paper lunch bags.   Much better than the oriental trading junk that doesn't make it past the first garbage can.  Serve hot cocoa and popcorn, have a picture with Santa or the school mascot wearing antlers...I was also thinking about a corner station that looks like a "North Pole post office".  I would have paper and pencils and have the kids write a letter to Santa.  Then have that station staffed with a couple of elves to put a cute stamp on it and put it in the north pole mail box!  Last station would be decorating a gingerbread man cookie, which of course they can eat or take home!  Good luck!

 

Comment by Annette Dime on November 14, 2011 at 12:51pm

Anyone have ideas for simple crafts to do for a family make it take night in December? We are lacking crafty creative people for ideas!

Comment by Todd White on November 4, 2011 at 12:49pm
We opened a free online apparel store that links to our schools website that has completely custom logo's and designs and 20% of every sale goes directly back to our school PTO.  When someone buys something they make everything, ship directly and we receive the proceeds. SOmething I think every school should open.  www.ssastores.com to register for your free store.  Good luck!
Comment by Richard Wood on October 3, 2011 at 6:15am

Announcing the launch of the first global Spellathon 10 October 2011.

Please follow this link:

http://www.youtube.com/user/DigitalGiving?feature=mhee#p/a/u/0/pPR1...

Comment by Richard Wood on September 22, 2011 at 9:28am

SPELLATHON LAUNCH ANNOUNCEMENT

Spellathon will also be the biggest, best and most exciting sponsored spelling competition ever. All Schools, Colleges and University Unions will receive 25% of the income fundraised by their students!

Spellathon also provides a new free resource for teachers for their students to practice American (and English) spelling in the classroom and at home in a fun, competitive and engaging way.

Stephen Fry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Fry) is involved with Spellathon who has said: "This is just about the best integration of imagination, education, technology inclusiveness and fun that I've ever encountered"

Spellathon has been a successful, paper based annual fundraising event for learning disability charity Mencap for the last 18 years. In 2011 , by applying online, laptops, mobiles, tablets and smart whiteboard technologies with state -of-the-art 3D animation, Spellathon will reach a global audience.

Registration is now open for all Schools, Colleges and Universities from around the world, to receive a personal invitation from Stephen Fry and a Free Digital Schools Pack that will contain the interactive whiteboard game, assembly video, pre-populated digital marketing materials and everything else they need to take part.

Spellathon launches 10 October 2011. To register to receive all the information please visit:

www.spellathon.net

Comment by Richard Wood on August 11, 2011 at 10:08am

Spellathon

I wanted to share information about Spellathon with the PTA members.

Spellathon will provide a spelling practice resource for teachers and the biggest, best and most exciting sponsored family spelling competition ever. All Schools and University Unions will receive 25% of the income fundraised by their students!

Spellathon has been a successful, paper based annual fundraising event for learning disability charity Mencap for the last 18 years. In 2011 , by applying online, laptops, mobiles, tablets and smart whiteboard technologies with state -of-the-art 3D animation, Spellathon will reach a wider audience.

Registration is now open for all Schools and Universities from around the world, to receive a personal invitation from Stephen Fry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Fry) and a Free Digital Schools Pack that will contain the interactive whiteboard game, assembly video, pre-populated digital marketing materials and everything else they need to take part.

Spellathon will launch early September 2011. To register for further information please visit:

www.spellathon.net

Comment by Heather Shulman on September 9, 2010 at 9:20pm
I don't remember the specifics but I know we had to obtain a licesnse as well when we have our movie nights. It is crazy expensive. You may want to reconsider charging a $1 per person or something if you have no money. Or look to local business's to donate to the PTA to cover the cost.
 

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