A parent/teacher organization (PTO/PTA) gives parents and teachers the opportunity to work together to complement and cultivate the educational experience. A well-functioning PTO/PTA can be a teacher's most important resource when it comes to achieving curricular and fundraising goals. Here are some Bright SchoolKitz Tips on how to represent the PTO/PTA.
Tips about representing your organization:
- Always introduce yourself and your position with the PTO/PTA.
- Never speak on behalf of the school or the organization. You might have a great rapport with the principal, but you’re not an official representative and you are only one voice of many in your organization.
- You should never share your personal opinions on issues. When you’re in your official role, you represent the PTO/PTA as a whole.
- Always be polite.
- There are many working parts to your organization so give credit where credit is due.
Tips for working with school staff:
- Learn their names and use them when you address them.
- Respect their positions. Remember that their primary responsibility is to the school. They aren’t there to do your grunt work.
- Include them all in staff appreciation events.
- Help the staff with grants and if classroom supplies are needed offer to help organize a school supply fundraiser.
Tips for helping those in need:
The PTO/PTA is also a wonderful resource for community outreach and support.
- If you work with a school supply kit company with a donation program as ours, spread the word so that parents can make a donation to help get school supply kits for those in need.
- Fundraiser events are a great way to increase your prepackaged school supplies awareness.
- Share the achievements of the organization, so parents are aware of the impact of their contribution.
Tips for increasing parental involvement:
- Check in with your PTO/PTA members at the beginning of the school year to create a plan for giving other parents the tools they need to help their students with homework and classroom routines.
- Then check in to see how well it's working as the school year goes on so you can make adjustments to keep everyone informed and involved.
At Bright SchoolKitz, we are in touch with many parent/teacher organizations and we know they work best when everyone has a clear idea of what goals they're working toward. Set your school's PTO/PTA up for success by providing specific projects to focus on and keeping lines of communication open during monthly meetings and through e-mail between meetings. These steps will make working together easy, enjoyable, and productive.
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Even if this is your first year with the Bright SchoolKitz program, or you have been with us for awhile, but you haven’t been able to find the best way to distribute your kits, well you’ve come to the right article. Below are some handy tips to assist you in distributing those school supply kits effectively and easily.
After a few weeks or more of chatting via email and phone with your sales representative about the kits. Crossing your “t’s” and dotting your “i’s” you have created the perfect School Supply Kits for your school. All the dates are in place and orders are rolling in. The excitement is about to begin. Delivery day is upon you! Time to get prepared for hopefully a large amount of boxes or even a pallet or two, you need to have a contact within the school building(s) to possibly be your “point of contact” when the shipment arrives. Here are a few things you want to be ready for:
- Date of Shipment - tracking numbers are provided so you will know what date your School Kitz will be coming. The time varies but you should have a window.
- Double Doors or Loading Dock - Most schools do not have loading docks, but the majority of them are equipped with Double Doors. These are handy when the delivery is coming in on a pallet. You will need a door large enough to accommodate the shipment.
- Inspection - Always inspect the shipment for visible damages. It is important to write this information down.
- Signing for Shipment - Whoever was the point of contact at the time of delivery should sign that all pallets or boxes where delivered.
- Unpacking - This is the fun but not so fun part. You may want to gather a team or helpers to break down the pallets and begin sorting the boxes of kits.
The distribution of the kits to the students who ordered is something some schools and organizers have struggled with. Here are a few ideas to make
this part a little easier for you, the teacher, parents and the students.
- Open House Event/Meet & Greets:
This is a perfect opportunity for parents and students to grab their pre-ordered customized school supplies as they are already in the school. You can put as many tables as needed in a big spot like a gym or a cafeteria. If you don’t have a table, you can put all the kits on the floor, with the labels on the side up. Line up all the boxes in alphabetical order, if possible. Create or ask for a list so you can tick the ones that have been already taken. This would work best with at least 2-4 volunteers/helpers for distribution and marking the taken kits from a list. After the event finishes, take all the leftover kits to the classrooms or school office.
- Place in Classrooms or Desks:
Some schools and teachers want the school supplies in the classrooms for the 1st Day of School. This makes sure all students are prepared and ready on day one. For this, you will needto have a few extra hands available to start to sort the kits by grade. Then you will also need to have an available classroom list, so you can begin to sort the grades by teacher and by student in those classrooms. It seems difficult but really it’s not. Once that is finished then you will need to bring those kits to the classrooms throughout the school. It is best if you have a rolling cart or table, and maybe even a 2 wheel cart can be handy. Do not carry too much at one time as we would not want anyone to get hurt, some of these kits can be heavy. If the teacher did not leave instructions to place the kits on desks you can just leave them in an open area in the classroom.
- School or Teachers Handle It:
There are some circumstances when the school and/or teachers want to handle making sure the kits are given to the students. In this event, you could assist the school with sorting by grade, teacher, or even putting the kits in alphabetical order, whatever works best for the staff. This is the easiest way for you but can be a task for the school.
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Bright SchoolKitz is a company that was created on an idea. A simple but creative thought to make students, parents, and teachers lives easier when it came to back-to-school supplies. Read the story to find out more about Bright SchoolKitz and the beginning of a successful company that it is today. Here at Bright SchoolKitz we feel like you are part of our family, so we would like to share how it all began.
Our founder, Bethany Hampton, was a successful Engineer and then Brand Manager at an American Corporation managing household brand names (Folders, Pampers, and Dawn dishsoap) for many years. After her youngest child was born, she decided to refashion herself as a full-time mother, which we all know isn't an easy task but we do it for the better of our children. While she loved being involved in all the details of her children’s lives, and her youngest daughter had entered school full time, she wanted to do something of her own that allowed her to have a balance in her personal and professional life.
Bethany’s sister, who worked with the school district's PTO at that time, gave her the idea of making customized school supply kits. Back-to-school supplies, pre-packaged and ready to go for the students, parents, and teachers. Yep, you guessed it this was an intriguing idea for Bethany. So she began investigating operational ways to make this simple thought become a reality. She came across the different possibilities of employing adults with developmental disabilities to pack the kits and she immediately loved that idea. It was really important for her that the company she was building had a nice environment, gave back to the community and, of course, to be able to make life easier for parents, students, and school staff.
Today, 10 years later, Bright SchoolKitz is an expert in "customized school supply kits." We've sold kits across 48 states and sell thousands of them a year. Today Brigth SchoolKitz still has an eye towards giving back. They still have adults with intellectual disabilities help pack the kits, they donate thousands of supplies to needy children and always help a school that has gone through some disaster or financial hardship.
We are so blessed to have such a great team of people who are all moms and understand the busy daily life of being a working mom and raising children. Our prepackaged school supply kits are built to the exact specification of your teacher’s supply lists. Quality is important to us. We carry both name brand and house brand school supplies in our customized school supply packs, as well as an assortment of wipes, tissues, and hand sanitizers to keep your classrooms healthy!
Today, I took my daughter to get her school supplies since I had to go to Target to get one thing for our upcoming vacation. I am the rare breed who goes to Target perhaps once every 6 weeks to get essentials. Don't get me wrong, I like Target, with its bright interior, clean floors, and well stocked shelves with almost everything you need from clothing to toilet paper, to chicken stock. But, it sucks up so much time that thanks to Amazon subscription, I don’t really need to go to Target that often.
Anyway, I digress. Like I said, I took my daughter to get her school supplies today since it was tough to get all those little items from Amazon (believe me, I tried.) I should have purchased a Customized School Supply Kit through her school, but the order deadline was at the beginning of the summer. I was too busy shuttling her to her numerous summer activities, working from home, dealing with all those home contractors, making sure our house was cleaned and making sure dinner was made, that I couldn’t get her supplies until now. I assumed that with my Ninja sales hunting skills I can do much better.
Target had an area with almost all the school supplies she needed, and they even had the list right in the store. Take that, I can definitely get her list done in no time. Soon, I realized that for many items on the list, we have to purchase more than she needed because Target only sold the larger packs. To get 2 glue sticks, we had to purchase a pack of 6. To get 1 highlighter, we ended up with a pack of 5. Her teacher wanted a few packs of yellow sticky notes, but Target only sold mega packs in multi-colors. I ended up spending some time hunting around the store in the office section to find smaller packs of these items. Then, some of the supplies seemed a bit too expensive. A generic protractor costs $2, so does a cheap clipboard. I am sure we can get the same one at the dollar store, but who has time to run to another store?
Half an hour into our shopping trip, as my Ninja shopping powers were waning. My daughter was taking her sweet time picking out the color of each folder, binder, and notebook. "Oooh, a yellow one...wait, the green one is prettier...wait, mom, I didn't see this red one before, it is better!" And then I had to explain why I picked a particular pencil case..."Honey, I agree, this $7 one you like has nice fabric with all these pretty pockets, but it is too thick inside the binder. Your teacher specified this cheap $1 plastic one because it is thinner."
Finally, we were down to 5 last items. Of course, they weren't at the school supplies section. Tissues and Clorox wipes were at another corner of the store, while the clipboard was by the office section. While trekking around the store to find the remaining items, we passed the toy and electronic sections. "Mommy, hold on, I want to check out this Lego set so I could put it on my birthday list". "Wait, mommy, can I check out this new iPad game? It is so cool!" “Ooooh, look at all those large TVs!”.
After a small distraction while gathering the last of the supplies and keeping my daughter on course, we were finally able to checkout. An hour and half later. When we got home, I realized I missed another pack of pencils. I guess I will have to take another quick trip to Target, but maybe alone this time. After hauling the supplies inside the house, I tallied up our purchase to see how much I'd saved. The total came to about $63 with tax, plus my daughter has to carry all of these supplies in her backpack on the first day of school. Not what I was expecting, but we got everything, well almost. When I finally got to sit down on the couch to relax after an exhausting trip to the store, I regrettably thought to myself I should have bought the customized school supplies from my daughters school. Lesson learned for this mom!
Bright SchoolKitz can create your school a customized kit for each grade - AND our orders stay open all summer long so your parents aren't forced to take a trip like this mom! Talk with us today and we can give you more information. Click Here!
Are your children picky about the color of supplies in their school supply packs? It just so happens that color preference is taught and highly influenced by media! Take a look at some of the research we did.
In the 1800s all kids were dressed the same. Pastel colors for baby clothing were introduced in the mid-19th century, and they didn’t become gender-specific colors until the 20th century. Why have young children’s clothing styles changed so dramatically? How did we end up with the pink and blue team? The story of these colors has gone back and forth, and it might as well keep changing.
Here’s proof. The baby in the picture below, believe it or not, is little Franklin Roosevelt. We may find the look unsettling today, yet socialconvention of 1884 dictated that boys wore dresses until age 6 or 7. This outfit was practical: white cotton could be easily bleached, and dresses allowed convenient access for diaper changing. Then pastel colors became a fad for babies: both boys and girls were dressed in a wide array of pastels.
In the early 1900s, the rulewas pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. Yes, you read it right. Pink was considered a more decided and stronger color, more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate, is prettier for the girl. Other sources said blue was flattering for blonds, pink for brunettes; or blue was for blue-eyed babies, pink for brown-eyed babies. However, this trend of pink for boys was not as overwhelming as our current color-gender designation.
At the beginning of the 20th century, some retail stores began suggesting “gender-appropriate” colors, for marketing reasons and so that parents would buy new clothes instead of passing the old clothes to a newborn sibling. Today’s color dictation wasn’t established until the 1940s, as a result of Americans’ preferences as interpreted by manufacturers and retailers. But it could have gone the other way. The baby boomers in the 1940s were the first to be dressed in the gender-specific clothing that Americans are familiar with today. Boys and girls were dressed like miniature men and women instead of uniformly in children’s dresses. Pink became the girls’ color, blue the boys’.
In the mid-1960s and 1970s people who took part in the women’s liberation movement thought that dressing young girls in feminine clothing would limit the girls’ opportunities for success, and many parents began favoring neutral colors and fashions. Now young girls were dressing in unfeminine styles.
By the 1980s, however, gender-oriented kids clothing had come back into fashion strongly. Also, clothes-washing technology began to allow cleaning and bleaching of colorful clothes without damage. Disposable diapers were also manufactured in pink and blue. So the baby boomers were raised in gender-specific clothing.
Nowadays, there is a growing demand for neutral colors for kids. The loss of neutral clothing is something that people should think more about. Only 100 years ago, the fashion world may have divided children into pink and blue, but in the world of real individuals, not all is black and white. There is no such thing as boy colors and girl colors. There are only colors. We all can choose to like any color we want.
There was an interesting article I read, about a Kindergarten teacher who asked her students a few simple questions about what it means to be a boy or a girl. The teacher tracked their responses, and was surprised that at 5 years old, her classroom already had the presumptive notion of gender roles - a few examples were girls wear pink, boys wear blue, girls play with tea sets, and boys play with cars and blocks. The notion that we have specific gender related items we can play with, wear, or even bring to school, has been set forth for many years.
The honest question to ask ourselves is, how can we become more 'neutral’ with colors without using the typical neutral colors? Why can’t boys like a pink school supplies? Why can’t a girls desire blue items in their school supply packs? Why can’t a boy student receive a pink or purple folder, binder, or book bag in his school supply pack without being worried about being bullied? What about a girl wanting to have a blue folder, and book bag because it’s her favorite color? These are serious questions that as educators and parents we have to ask ourselves. We have to make sure we are accommodating to everyone’s feelings - socially and physically - but we need to give students and children the chance to think for themselves. We need to give them the chance to express why they feel a certain way about a boy liking pink or a girl playing with cars. The earlier we can expose kids to these feelings and thoughts, the easier it will be to address and life long issues.
Gender-specific colors shouldn’t hold anyone back from enjoying the plentiful colors of the rainbow in the way they see fit, and we as parents and educators should embrace it with them.
When it's time for teachers to send out their school supply lists, have you ever considered creating your own Prepackaged Supply Kit? Have you ever thought about the price for that kit? What are your options for shipping? Home? School? What is the better deal for every parent in your community? These are the questions we ask ourselves, as parents, PTO/PTA members, and even school staff members.
School supply lists can be long, they can have complicated requests, and what about those items that are constantly ‘Out of Stock’. Having a pre-packed school kit, ready at your fingertips with Bright SchoolKitz can make shopping online easier for the teachers and most importantly the parents of your community.
Customizing your classroom school kits with Bright SchoolKitz not only gives you the ease of a simple ‘click’ - or a few clicks, it also takes the frustration out of shopping at your local stores and finding all the ‘so-called’ best deals. But how do you get the biggest ‘bang’ for your ‘buck?’
Here are a few ways you can keep the cost down when creating your own Prepackaged School Supply kit:
“The List”: Creating a detailed list of supplies for your classroom and students is the most important part. Having your supplies reflect your schedule for the year, but knowing certain items will need to be replenished as you go along. Also keeping in mind that you can request help from parents(see Wish Lists). Keep in mind a long School Supply list can be intimidating to parents as well.
Brands: Already knowing some of the most popular brands are Crayola for crayons and markers, Elmers for glue and glue sticks. Those brands are great quality products, but Prang is another well known brand, with excellent quality of products. Prang has supplies such as colored pencils, markers, glue sticks, and more. Cutting corners with brands in the right places can keep the cost down in your supply kits as well.
Quantities: Requesting high quantities of supplies because you may need them throughout the year, is good but can also be shocking for parents, when they start collecting your requested supplies. Also, knowing a specific “count” of an item helps. You don’t want your supply kit to have too many of one item because the item “count” is different.
Shipping: Consider shipping all kits to your school instead of individually to parents’ homes. Bulk shipping to your school means free shipping for parents! It’s also one less thing parents have to worry about. These kits will be waiting for your students at school and kids are carrying all those items on the first day of school.
Wish Lists: Asking parents for a little help when specific items are hard to find. By creating a Wish List for parents, they might be more inclined to purchase those specific needed items, which helps the classroom as well as the students. Also, consider having your Wish List items ‘cleaning supplies’ parents will be more inclined to purchase as they already know children can be messy and keeping the classroom clean, gives them some ease.
Have your teacher, secretary, or PTO/PTA member reach out to us with your supply list and we will get back to you with an irresistible quote, especially now that you know how to keep the cost low.
Simply click “Request A Quote” and let us do all the work customizing your School Supply Kit today!
Ever wonder how much space your child has in their desk or locker for all those school supplies?
It's never too early to sign up with Bright SchoolKitz for customized school supply kits, especially this year. Rising prices and product shortages could make finding school supplies late in the summer a nightmare. When you sign up with us early and get your finalized supply list to us, you not only lock in your pricing for spring and summer school supply kits, but you give us the ability to source supplies early - beating the summer rush! You will be the hero of your school for saving parents so much trouble when it comes to school supplies. School supply prices continue to skyrocket this year and inflation isn't in control. Rising costs have made buying school supply packs such a challenge. In addition, while we are unlikely to see apocalyptic shortages, there is still a lot of pressure on supply chains.