Saturday, February 21, 2015

"Who's Your Celebrity Crush" Staff Fun!

Here are all the details so you can use this with your staff. This is one of many activities we are doing for staff fun for Fabulous February. February can be along month with inside recess, snow days, and cabin fever.

Teachers participate on voluntary level. (I never force anyone to have fun:)

Teachers fill out form below and it is shared with secretary. Secretary prints out pics of the celebrities. (So basically the principal and secretary are out of the game since they know all the choices:(


 It's super fun to create a bulletin board for the hallway for kids/teachers/ and families to see. It creates quite a discussion/commotion in the hallway.
Teachers trying to guess after school.

World's best secretaries created this bulletin board!
This year I created an online "display" so if they forgot or didn't have time to come down and use bulletin board, they could use the online display.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Playlist for School Announcements During Fundraiser

Last year I shared some ideas for playing songs over the school intercom for various occasions. This week our district is having a coin drive for a couple of causes. So of course I created a new music playlist for the intercom. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Fabulous February Staff Fun!!!

Does it feel like February can be the armpit of the school year? Well not any more! For the past few years, quite a few years actually, some of the principals in my district have hosted "Fabulous February." You will notice in the pictures and documents below that there are no rules.

ALL CREDIT goes to Dr. Rhonda Bishop at Orchard Hills Elementary! She started it:) 

Purpose: January and Feb. can be really long months. Inside recess. Snow days. 3rd quarter blues. Sickness. These activities are put in place to liven things up a little bit.

Guidelines: Things to think about.....
  • Principal and secretary do most of the work:) Teachers have enough to do and this isn't meant to be more work for them. There are a few things they need to do but it's all in the name of fun.
  • Include students when appropriate. I count on my teachers to take care of the kids but some of the activities are fun for kids too.
  • Start small. Maybe just Fabulous Friday's in February and do something fun on Fridays. Still gives everyone something to look forward to.
  • If you have a teacher climate team turn it over to them.
  • Survey the teachers as to what treats you have done in the past that they like. Since we have done this for so many years Dr. Bishop asked her teachers what they liked the most. You will be surprised that it is the FREE stuff they like a lot;) 
  • Budget: I am allowed to use "pop machine" funds for most of this. But teachers don't mind to pitch in a little if you just ask. My teachers have paid for Sonic Happy Hour in the past.
Check out some of our past Fabulous February calendars:

Dr. Bishop 2015





Willard East 2015

 Check out Amber Teamann's version for this year! The fund is spreading:)

Or your staff can play ConnectED Bingo!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Facebook/Instagram Scrapbook


Yes, I actually have a paper copy of my Facebook and Instagram posts! It was one year ago today that I discovered My Social Book. It takes all my Facebook posts for a designated time period and puts them in a "magazine" type book.

Before discovering My Social Book I didn't have a reason to post very much to Facebook. I think/thought my every day events were really nobody's business and who would care anyway. I don't really care if anyone sees what I post. If it's helpful, great! If not I guess they can "un-follow" me. I have "un-followed" A LOT people.

Instagram is my favorite and I have created a much larger archive of my life there than in Facebook this year. Probably because not as many people are on Instagram. Or at least that is what I tell myself. I think I am going to order a separate Instagram book. I noticed that when I linked both accounts it prints duplicates if I cross-posted to both accounts.

My kids LOVE this. They love all my picture books. I forgot the value of scrapbooking until I saw my kids pour through all my scrapbooks. I will definitely do this for them when they join social media channels. Maybe this is a good teaching tool for posting appropriate things? Hmmm?

Costs approximately $55 but I don't feel like I post as much as most people. More you post, more expensive I assume. But you could print in small date ranges a little at a time? 

Proud Social-Booker Pinterest board

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Take a Peek Into #APrincipalsDay Jan. 7th, 2015


Education Week has challenged school principals to share pictures of how they spend their day on Wednesday Jan. 7th. If you follow the hashtag #APrincipalsDay on Twitter and/or Instagram you will finally find out what happens behind the scenes.

Edweek Article < Click here
Our aim is to gather a wide variety of images from school leaders in remote, rural, suburban, urban, and even international settings to show the differences and similarities that principals share in their demanding, yet rewarding jobs.
Disclaimer: Due to the nature of the job of the principal you will not get a complete picture of the day in the life of a school principal. But you should get pictures of the best parts!