Does your parent group hold an annual back-to-school event? It’s a fun way to start off the school year and introduce your group, and school, as welcoming and inviting.
It’s a fun way to start off the school year and introduce your group, and school, as welcoming and inviting. The end-of-summer timing also allows you to pull together simple outdoor events that don’t cost a lot of money.
Here's a list of few ideas to celebrate the start of a new school year, new friendship, new teachers!
Ice Cream Social
An ice cream social is a popular kickoff event with plenty of possibilities. Some schools keep it simple by arranging for an ice cream truck to serve cold treats to students and parents or offering single-cup servings only, while others go all out with multiple tubs of ice cream and fixings on the side. If your group decides to scoop, one fun twist is to ask teachers to do the honors—it’s a great opportunity for parents and teachers to make contact in a low-key way before school starts.
Breakfast-theme events are a simple and inexpensive way to welcome parents who are new to your school and give them a chance to spend some time with their children during the school day.
Being creative with the timing of your breakfast event can help make it more successful. A breakfast held the weekend before school starts could make it possible for more working parents to attend, for example.
A casual picnic provides a simple venue where families can meet, mingle, and reconnect after the summer break. You can keep costs down by asking families to bring their own food or to bring a dish to share with others. Be sure to have some games on hand so kids are occupied as parents get to know each other.
Festival or Fair
The end of summer can be a great time to hold a festival, fair, or carnival. One reason so many schools hold such events is that they’re highly attended and can be easily tailored to suit your community. Provide classic activities like a ring toss, face-painting, and crafts.
For more info and ideas, please contact your Encre d'Or team!