Dear PTO Mom

Dear PTO Mom,I’m talking to you, the newly appointed president of our tiny school’s PTO. The PTO has never had a president before, and lacked all forms of organization. But thank the gods you stepped in this year to pick up the slack. Or should I say thanks, but no thanks....more

Volunteering is Hazardous!

As I have mentioned before, I am involved in PTO at Charlie’s elementary school. I am one of the few parents who does not work full time 5 days a week. On my half days I can usually be found up at the school volunteering or doing PTO stuff....more
OMG that's a huge scrape!more

Limping Along

If you’re a working parent and you feel like you’ve been running in place this year, it’s probably not your imagination. Last week my daughter broke her ankle. It’s kind of a long story, but the central event involved a giant flying leap over a pile of backpacks on the school playground. Girls will be girls… I’m trying to look on the bright side. For instance:...more

This is one of my biggest fears right now. I've been working from home for the last 5 1/2 years, ...more

Cow Kissing

Our PTO had a KISS (Keep It Super Simple) fundraiser. The Principal, Assistant Principal, and PTO President would kiss a farm animal voted on by the kids who raised the most money. It was a basic "write-a-check" campaign, the first one our elementary school has done.  (Donations are still being accepted)The assemblies were yesterday. The kids had a blast and loved it!...more

And that's a gorgeous cow. LOL

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School Fundraising Not Fair to Households with Multiple Children

School is now back in full force. I can always tell that by the Fundraiser packets that come home in September. I have three kids, all 17 months apart, in grade 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, so I receive 3 fundraiser packets and all three want the prizes for selling the most products....more

My main problems with those kinds of school fundraising incentives are that they make children ...more

E-newsletter versus paper?

OK, so somehow I was suckered into volunteered to be in charge of the PTO newsletter at Kiddo's school. I know they had an official position "Corresponding Secretary" but am not sure there was someone actually filling it previously. ...more

When my daugher was in high school you could sign up or not for the daily news from the school ...more