Classroom Supplies and Tools / Nov 18, 2017

How to Plan a Fabulous Winter Class Party

Yes, we just celebrated Halloween, but now we’re ready to talk winter parties.  It might feel a tad early, but before you know it, you’ll be all wrapped up in planning your own family’s holiday festivities. So how about planning your Winter Class Party well ahead of time and saving yourself stress and chaos?

A Class Winter Party should be a cheerful event that’s enjoyable for your entire classroom community: students, parents, and you, too! Use our no-fail planning checklist to get your party prepped and polished before December.

1. Get Parent Involvement with Winter Party Planning

One of the best perks of investing effort into creating an engaged parent community? You have already built trust among your room parents and you can confidently ask them for support when you need it. A winter class party is a perfect opportunity to ask room parents for help. Get them involved early on in the process. Give parents a say in choosing the theme and activities to create a sense of ownership and them excited about getting everyone on board.

Halloween Checklist Instagram Post

2. Pick a theme and activities

Your party theme will dictate all the nitty-gritty details: the snacks to request, the decoration materials needed.

Jot down a few themes and activity ideas for your party. Check out this list of ideas for inspiration. If you find yourself getting lost in a multitude of options, limit your search to 15-30 minutes and settle on the best idea you can find within that time.

3. Get Support for Winter Party Supplies

According to Time magazine teachers spend up to $500 a year out of pocket on classroom supplies. Brightening up students’ special day with fancy decorations feel good, but the financial burden of party supplies is much easier to swallow once it’s split between twenty or more families.

Make a list of items you’ll need (classroom decoration, food items). Small contributions from every family add up and will help you organize a fabulous and plentiful celebration.

Pro-tip – Or better yet, let the community help chip in (and save trips to the store) and get your party supplies from ClassTag Goods!

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4. Put your Winter Party Details on ClassTag – and We’ll Do the Rest!

This is the crucial step that ties it all together.  ClassTag event functionality allows you to not only schedule your event but also request volunteers!

Create an Event with ClassTag

Log in to ClassTag and follow these easy steps:

  1. Click on the “+” icon to create a new Activity.
  2. Next, you’ll be able to add and customize all aspects of your event.
  3. Click “Done” and you’ll be able to preview all the reminders that have been created for the event. We’ll remind parents about the event – you don’t need to lift a finger.
  4. You can choose to announce the event or skip it – whichever works for your classroom!

If you’ve chosen to announce your event, it will be published in the Home Tab, and a notification will be sent to parents according to their preference. You can also see which positions are filled and how many parents have seen the notification.

That’s it – you’re all done! The entire process shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes, and once you scheduled your event, ClassTag will handle all reminders and follow-ups. No more endless calling and emails to parents or wondering if they saw your message.

This year you can know exactly what kind of support you can count on. We hope that you’ll be able to banish stress and enjoy the festivities together with your students and their families – you deserve it!

 

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