5 SUMMER TIPS TO START YOUR PTA/O SCHOOL YEAR STRONG
Ahhhh, summer. Those long days, outdoor adventures, and beautiful nights are here. You survived the end-of-year rat race, and now you’re ready for some well-deserved relaxation.
Start your summer with a complete break from your PTA/PTO leadership duties to allow yourself time to rest and rejuvenate. When you’re ready, take advantage of the important opportunities summer provides for a jumpstart on the upcoming school year with these five helpful tips!
5 Summer Tips to Start Your PTA/O School Year Strong
Tip #1: Meet with the Executive Board
Summer is a great time to gather the executive board for an informal meeting to reflect on the past school year and discuss the organization’s goals. This gives you a chance to identify specific needs, necessary changes, and volunteer gaps for the upcoming school year.
It’s also an excellent time to get together for some fun, team-building activities that help you get to know each other a little better! Have a barbecue, talk about your summer plans, or just relax on the patio together. It’s a nice way to foster an enjoyable, cohesive team atmosphere.
Tip #2: Check in with Administration
Your school administrators can be hard to catch during the school year. However, during the summer, their schedule slows down considerably making it an ideal time for a casual touch-base.
They’ll likely be planning for the upcoming school year, which gives you the perfect opportunity to ask about their financial needs and goals. Are they hoping to give the playground a facelift or expand technology? This insight will be valuable as you plan your fundraising goals for the year ahead.
The informal feel of summer also creates a unique space for some relationship-building conversation with your administration. Building a strong connection with your school’s leadership team is key to a successful partnership.
Tip #3: Organize Your “Back to School” Welcome Packet
A little preparation goes a long way! Use this time to pull together the information you will need for your PTA’s “Back to School” welcome packet. Include a calendar of events, important dates, and membership information.
Assembling welcome packets is an easy task for children, so don’t be afraid to enlist the kids to make it go faster. It’s the perfect activity for a rainy afternoon!
Tip #4: Begin Recruiting Volunteers for Next School Year
During the summer, people are less stressed and more likely to say yes to upcoming school-year commitments. Get a jump on recruiting additional volunteers now to start your year off with a full volunteer team.
The best way to recruit volunteers over the summer is with a volunteer form you share online. Find out the benefits of a volunteer form, what to include on your form, and grab our free volunteer form template here.
#5: Continue to Communicate with Parents
Don’t shut down your communication channels just because school is out. Staying connected with parents and families is essential, even during summer vacation.
You can use social media and email to check in, publicize volunteer needs, share exciting school news, and give teasers to get people excited about the fun events you have planned for the upcoming school year. Just remember to keep it light and infrequent. Read more social media tips here: https://www.boosterthon.com/blog/how-to-use-social-media-to-connect-with-your-school
The back-to-school season can be hectic, especially for active volunteers like you. These 5 summer tips will ease the transition and lighten the load so your PTA/O will be all set for another successful school year!