The GRF Parent Support Team Family events are intended to:
- provide opportunities for families to connect with each other and have fun together.
- create a sense of community and belonging for the students and families.
- relieve stress for families and improve parent-child relationships.
- build positive relationships with the families of GRF.
- have yearly traditions to look forward to together!
Family Fun Night is a celebration during the last home football game to bring families together to cheer on the Buffaloes and connect with each other. Here are some ideas to celebrate:
- Face Painting
- Coloring Pages
- Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows
- Family Fun Pack Raffle (with gift cards, games, and goodies which will be raffled off at halftime)
- ALL GRF families get in FREE to the game (there was a donation box for any families who would like to donate)
Below are the Facebook Event Image, Flyer (with link to edit), Raffle Tickets, and Coloring Pages
Compassion Drive is an all-district event encouraging students and staff to bring in canned goods, hats, gloves, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. to build compassion for others and to help those in need. Within each school, administrators created a competition to make it fun and to increase student and staff participation. The items donated were used for the next PST Family event—The Holiday Hub.
CLICK HERE FOR THE EDITABLE VERSION OF THE FLYER (you can also print out the one above, laminate, write the dates each year in dry erase marker and reuse)
Holiday Hub provides an opportunity for families to get food, supplies, and other basic needs during the holiday season in a fun and festive environment. GRF PST partnered with Project Success for this event and provided…
- Open Food Market–canned goods, frozen meats, hats, gloves, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. (from GRF Food Market and the Compassion Drive)
- Cookie Cafe–a variety of cookies and goodies baked by Project Success for families to enjoy in a comfortable setting.
- Hot Chocolate Bar–hot chocolate with fun toppings (run by Project Success volunteers)
- Gift Wrapping Station
- Door Prizes
- Goody bags (with items like chapstick, Kleenex pack, chocolates, etc.)
- Holiday Music and a fire place scenery on YouTube
Ideas for future Holiday Hub Events from PST Members…
- Have it later in the evening for working families like 4:30pm – 7:30pm or 5:00pm – 8:00pm
- Have it on only one night
- Have it before or after the GRHS Holiday Concert
- Invite a Santa for family photos or at least have a Santa there.
- Add snowflakes and other decorations made by Project Success.
- Promote the event earlier and send out an all-call to every family in the district so they can plan ahead to attend.
Below are the Facebook Event Image, Flyer (with link to edit), Signs for each station (with link to edit), Welcome Signs, General Holiday Hub Signs, PST Information, Door Prize Tickets
Kindness Week is a district-wide initiative including students, parents, teachers, administrators, and staff to spread kindness throughout GRF. What we did to celebrate Kindness Week at GRF…
- Used “Caught You Being Kind” cards—where students were noticed for their kindness in their homes, schools, and classrooms.
- Walls of Kindness were created in each building with a “Take a Heart” and “Leave a Heart” packets where students could grab a “Catch You Being Kind” Card to give to others or drop off one that someone gave to them.
- The cards were filtered by administration and posted on the Wall of Kindness.
- At the end of the week, there was a winner drawn from each building and that winner was given a little goody bag of prizes.
- ALL of the students who received “Caught You Being Kind” Cards were entered into the big raffle at the Archery Night in March.
Ideas to Improve Kindness Week from PST Members…
- Have Kindness Month—just one week seemed too short.
- Promote it sooner and more often.
Below are the Catch You Being Kind Cards, Parent Information Sheet with Catch Your Child Being Kind Cards, and Kindness Quotes to Post around the schools.
Archery Night was an opportunity to connect with GRF parents who were attending the Archery Tournament hosted by GRF. During this connection event, we had…
- a large target set up (we used a plexiglass stand GRF had during COVID and enlarged the target–see below) for students and parents to shoot 3 bows using a toy bow and arrow set to win a certain number of tickets for a raffle.
- 1 ticket for red (in the middle)
- 2 tickets for purple (the next ring)
- 3 tickets for yellow (the outer ring)
- a HUGE raffle prize—we drew the winning ticket at the tournament and shared a little bit about the PST to parents (raffle tickets were from that evening and from all the “Catch You Being Kind” Cards from the GRF Kindness Week in February).
Summer Bash is both an end-of-the-school-year celebration and start-of-the-summer celebration for the entire community. Here are things we did to celebrate…
- Bubble Station
- Bouncy House Station–with 4 inflatables
- Dunk Tank Station
- Games Station–with Gaga Ball, 9-Square, Football Bowling, Ladder Golf, Corn Hole
- Glitter Tattoos Station
- Food Station–Cluck Hut (with meals for under $5) plus FREE Popcorn, Snow Cones, Cotton Candy
- Summer Bash Scavenger Hunt Sheet—to encourage each family to visit each station and come back to the PST table to enter their sheet into the Family Fun Pack Raffle.
Below are the Summer Bash Facebook Event Image, Flyers (with links to edit), General Summer Bash Signs, Signs for each station, Scavenger Hunt Sheet (with link to edit)