20 ways to volunteer for your child’s school

volunteer at school

Nearly every child wants his mom or dad to be involved in school. If only it were so easy for nearly every parent. Here are ways to help out beyond lunch duty.* Can you spend some of your day at school? Before volunteering to help in at the school, review your child’s school policy or […]

KidStuff Coupon Books

kidstuff coupon book

I jumped back on the PTO bandwagon this year. Not that I ever jumped off, but I jumped onto a different one by becoming more active in our elementary school PTO for the first time. This year, I’m heading up the sales of the KidStuff Coupon Book, which is one of my favorite fundraisers for […]

Tips for working with fonts (typography) in your projects

how to use fun fonts in everyday projects

I have a thing for fonts. They’re so much more than pretty, they’re compelling, they tell stories and invoke meaning. And while your PC likely came with a bunch of pretty cool fonts, there are endless possibilities of better fonts out there. Endless. So, the next time you’re creating a sign for a school-function or […]

Thank a Teacher Day

thank a teacher day

I didn’t cry on the first day of Kindergarten for either of my boys. When they went to a new school, in first grade, I held in my anxiety and plastered a big, proud smile on my face. I was strong. I was secure. Today, as I dropped off the kids at school, I was […]

Fundraise.com: go ahead. raise something.


A few months ago, I attended my first PTO meeting at the boys’ elementary school. Now, for those of you who are familiar with being a leader and giving away the reigns, you know hard this is. I sat as a member of the audience and tried, hard, to keep my lips sealed for the […]

Safe Arrival Program Guide

A Safe Arrival Program, when run correctly, assists the school in accountability for attendance and gives parents the peace of mind that their child has arrived safely at school. It also ensures that if a child has not arrived safely at school, attention is paid to the absent child immediately. Leticia Barr, educator and administrator who writes […]

Teacher Gift Lists

what to gift a teacher

It’s that time of year again… time to answer the pressing question of what to gift the kids’ teachers! Here are links to some of my most popular teacher gift posts: Finding a gift for the teacher doesn’t have to be hard, 6 easy teacherr gifts she (or he!) will love End of the Year […]

PTO end-of-year newsletter

For our PTO newsletter this month, I wrote a thank you to all of our volunteers. It also mentioned advice to parents about the importance of getting involved in your child’s school. Finally, I asked parents to reach out to new families to make them feel welcome and share the many ways to feel involved. […]

Letter to the Principal

I have been writing this letter since November. Today is the first time I took it from my head and put it in writing. I’m certainly not ready to mail a copy, yet, but a big step closer. Thank you to my editor at Yahoo! Shine! for encouraging me to write a thank you letter. […]