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PTSA Council: Resources / Best Practices / Recommendations

Updated: 11/5/2012 Category Best Practice Resource / Best Practice Family Fundraiser - Direct Donation URL Benefits A fundraising method that sets aside selling wrapping paper, putting on an event or other activities in favor of just asking for a $40 family contribution An organized way to solicit needs from classroom teachers and specialists. Eliminates the "hallway" requests from teachers and specialists. Using alternative channels including other schools, Facebook, Friend and Family networks. Don't rely just on the paper and Patch Very durable and display pockets allow for cusomized messaging. DFS used them for PBIS Behavior grids in 2012 Negotiated pricing on everything from copier paper to AV equipment Paper supplier (Through the CREC Coop) Local children's bookseller used as an alternative to Scholastic; similar pricing Staples school supply purchasing program that provides individual supply kits for each child that orders one at the end of the school year for the coming year. Great tool for communicating with parents and insuring consistency with TPS messaging; less duplicated effort and confusion Using older students (HS predominantly) as resources for ideas and volunteers at PTSA Online marketplace for selling spiritwear Tool to enable groups to create events and schedule volunteers; online signup and automatic confirmations and reminders Great way to connect and communicate with parents; important to clearly define the audience and source of information (official vs. unofficial) email marketing platform that enables marketing to different audiences with can-spam compliance Calendar integrates with websites and enables the merging of different organizations (i.e. local Online / Mobile way to manage school contact lists / directories Online event registrations Expert / Contact Jen Kehley Active Users DFS Usage 1

Best Practice

Mini Grants

Jen Kehley

DFS

Best Practice

Press Releases

Lainie McHugh

THS

Purchasing

Plastic "take home" folders with front and back display pockets CREC Coop Purchasing WB Mason Linda's Storytime SchoolKidz

www.nickysfolders.com

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Scot Kerr Scot Kerr Melissa Danielle Karen Kerr

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www.lindasstorytime.com/ www.schoolkidz.com/

Resources

Leveraging School Websites

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Resources Tech Tool Tech Tool

Student Resources iTown i-Volunteer Online www.itownstore.com http://www.ivolunteer.com/

Mary Isaac

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Teresa Carter teresa14@sbcglobal.net

Tech Tool

Facebook Pages / Groups

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Tech Tool

iContact

www.icontact.com

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Tech Tool Tech Tool Tech Tool Tech Tool Tech Tool

Google Calendar AtoZ Directory Active Network Infinite Campus / Parent Portal Constant Contact

www.google.com www.atozdirectories.com www.activenetwork.com

DFS TES Lydia Gach-Dunn Carol Ann Corsi TES DFS THS THS

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Tech Tool Tech Tool Tech Tool Tech Tool Tech Tool Tech Tool

Groupvine Weebly gmail AlertNow Teacher Google Sites eBackpack

https://campus.trumbullps.org/camp Used district-wide by the school system to John Denisevich, TPS us/portal/trumbull.jsp manage student information, attendance, www.constantcontact.com email marketing platform that enables marketing to different audiences with can-spam compliance www.groupvine.com Interactive email; email marketing and social engagement platform www.weebly.com Website building tool Lydia Gach-Dunn Setup a gmail account for the PTA to send eblasts from email communication platform Lisa Nuland

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School Key Abbreviation BHS CHS DFS FTE HMS JRE MES MMS RCA STC STJ TEC TES THS School Name Booth Hill Elementary Christian Heritage School Daniels Farm Elementary Frenchtown Elementary Hillcrest Middle School Jane Ryan Elementary Middlebrook Elementary Madison Middle School Regional Center for the Arts St. Catherine's School St. Joseph's High School TECEC Tashua Elementary Trumbull High School