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TOP 10 WAYSTOP 10 WAYSTO ROCKTO  YOUR   YOUR  PTO              www.BelieveKids.com
MANAGE              TIMEIn other words, work smarter. Make daily, weekly andmonthly goals. Limit them, and make them pract...
IMPROVE            MEETINGSHow many of us attend meetings that unnecessarily goon for hours? Poor presentation planning, a...
BUILD RELATIONSHIPSWith other PTO members. With your children. With the school’sadministration. With the teachers. With th...
ORGANIZE,        ORGANIZEBinders with color-coded section tabs. Calendars. Emailreminders. Highlighters. To-do lists. Labe...
GO AHEAD AND  SIMPLIFYLess is more. In planning PTO events and activities and inevery aspect of running your PTO, keeping ...
ASK FOR           HELPDivvy up the work. We know you were the one whoalways ended up shouldering the entire workload intho...
USE  TECHNOLOGYHave you utilized Google docs, flash drives, and—-- don’t make ussay it -- computers?Hopefully, we don’t ha...
PROMOTE YOUR EVENTFacebook, according to its founder, Mark Zuckerberg,seeks to “help people connect and communicate moreef...
PROVE             ITFor each fundraiser, activity and event,designate a historian. Record attendance, dollars spent,profit...
HAVE                FUN :)Hopefully this one needs no real explanation. Just keep inmind that shared experiences spark rel...
ADDITIONAL                       RESOURCESBuilding Relationships:Utdallas.edu/counseling/relationshipsFor Organizational T...
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Improve Your PTO

  1. 1. TOP 10 WAYSTOP 10 WAYSTO ROCKTO YOUR YOUR PTO www.BelieveKids.com
  2. 2. MANAGE TIMEIn other words, work smarter. Make daily, weekly andmonthly goals. Limit them, and make them practical andachievable. Next, start with most important goal andleave the easier ones for later as they tend to go quickerand cause less stress.Remember, procrastination tempts you to spend yourenergy completing low-priority jobs while the high-priority ones loom dauntingly over your head.Ease your own anxiety and check off those major tasksfirst from your list. www.BelieveKids.com
  3. 3. IMPROVE MEETINGSHow many of us attend meetings that unnecessarily goon for hours? Poor presentation planning, a lack ofleadership, and—-- let’s face it—-- social chatter turn PTOmeetings into drawn-out time-suckers.Designate a mediator to keep meetings flowing onschedule. Ask a secretary to write down minutes. Limitopen discussions. Finally, leave some time at the endfor everyone to catch up and munch on yummies.Go ahead and chatter, you social butterfly, you. After all,the meeting is over www.BelieveKids.com
  4. 4. BUILD RELATIONSHIPSWith other PTO members. With your children. With the school’sadministration. With the teachers. With the principal.The University of Texas at Dallas’s psychology department noted afew ways to build betterrelationships on their website. We can definitely apply thesetactics to PTO relationships:1) Be yourself - Be confident and truthful when sharing your opin-ions.2) Communicate - We’ve all heard about “I” sentences by now, souse them, andavoid passive aggressive tendencies.3) Resolve Conflicts - Compromise and get back to basics. Give alittle, get a little.4) Enjoy Each Other - Be humorous and adventurous! www.BelieveKids.com
  5. 5. ORGANIZE, ORGANIZEBinders with color-coded section tabs. Calendars. Emailreminders. Highlighters. To-do lists. Label-maker.Problem solved? Maybe. But sometimes, we have all thetools but not the right frame of mind.On her blog, professional organizer Lorie Marrero advo-cates for an “organized mindset.” Give yourself permis-sion, she says, to make mistakes, to let some activitiesslide, and to fall a little short of perfection.Phew. Now hand me that stapler. www.BelieveKids.com
  6. 6. GO AHEAD AND SIMPLIFYLess is more. In planning PTO events and activities and inevery aspect of running your PTO, keeping things simplemay be the most important thing you can do.Let’s just recap for a moment in really big, simple text:Less is more! www.BelieveKids.com
  7. 7. ASK FOR HELPDivvy up the work. We know you were the one whoalways ended up shouldering the entire workload inthose high school group projects. But, no longer!Others want to help, so let them!Ease up on the reins and share that binder.Give members individual responsibilities and somethingto own. Set a good example and then have faith in yourcolleagues.You’ll get much more done as a group - go team! www.BelieveKids.com
  8. 8. USE TECHNOLOGYHave you utilized Google docs, flash drives, and—-- don’t make ussay it -- computers?Hopefully, we don’t have to convince you thattechnology positively affects the organization and flow of parentgroup success. But it extends further thaninternet research and Excel spreadsheets. Grab a cameraand share photos on Flickr or Photobucket. Capture fun videosand post them on You- ube. Technology offers you the chance to Tdocument good times and spread those awesome videos of theprincipal shaving his head all over the internet.There’s so much amazing free technology out there, go ahead - tellyour story! www.BelieveKids.com
  9. 9. PROMOTE YOUR EVENTFacebook, according to its founder, Mark Zuckerberg,seeks to “help people connect and communicate moreefficiently.” And lucky for us, social networking sites likeFacebook, Twitter, and Foursquare do just that.With the creation of Facebook events, you hold theability to inform every single person on your friend list ofupcoming activities in less than five minutes. The days ofhandwritten letters delivered by horseback-ridingcurriers left us years, decades—-- centuries -- ago.So update your status, post fun pictures, and createe-vite invitations. www.BelieveKids.com
  10. 10. PROVE ITFor each fundraiser, activity and event,designate a historian. Record attendance, dollars spent,profits made, and overall success rates. Jot downhelpful tips, examples of obstacles you faced andresources you counted on to solveproblems.Make contact information sheets for every personinvolved. Then collect all your documentsand organize them in a binder—for upcoming members ofthe PTO. www.BelieveKids.com
  11. 11. HAVE FUN :)Hopefully this one needs no real explanation. Just keep inmind that shared experiences spark relationships. Funmemories make them last.So order pizza for those late night PTA meetings. Take akaraoke break. Involve your kiddos. Wear funnycostumes. Have impromptu water gun fights.And, please, by all means, share the evidence throughphotos, Facebook groups, and victory parties. www.BelieveKids.com
  12. 12. ADDITIONAL RESOURCESBuilding Relationships:Utdallas.edu/counseling/relationshipsFor Organizational Tips:• Clutterdietblog.com• RealSimple.com• 365-days-of-organization.blogspot.com• Orgjunkie.comPersonal learning network for school fundraising:http://www.TheFundraisingPLN.comBelieve Kids is an elementary school fundraising company. We produced this content because we care about helping schools succeed.Find out more about Believe Kids Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com www.BelieveKids.com

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