The 100th Day of School is always an exciting day for our students, but principals can get in on the fun, too!
The morning of the 100th day, I sent an email to the staff, asking them to help me meet my goal of making 100 positive phone calls home.
I sent a Google Form to collect the information:
As the responses came in, my assistant principals and I began making phone calls to parents. Their reactions were priceless!
The reactions of parents after I started the conversation by saying, “Hi, this is Mrs. Kartsimas, the principal at Kennedy School” were one of the following:
a) “Is everything okay with my son/daughter?”
b) “What did my son/daughter do?”
After I proceeded to tell them the wonderful news that a teacher reported about their child, the follow-up was one of the following:
a) I know
b) Wow, thank you so much for calling! This just made my day
c) Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to call me.
Making 100 positive phone calls was certainly one of the best feelings in the world! Although our school has a goal to make 5 positive connections each week, we typically send positive postcards, which I’ve blogged about here, the power of a positive phone call truly goes a long way! I shared this idea with the Principals In Action voxer group I am a part of, as well as tweeting about it & the reaction was overwhelming with other administrators, including Superintendents, who wanted to take part in this awesome gesture to spread positive messages to our families!
I challenge you to choose kindness….be intentional when building relationships with your stakeholders.
**We happened to have a faculty meeting after school and wanted the teachers to engage in some 100th day fun, too!
We prepared chart paper numbered 1-100 & divided the staff up into teams, partnering staff members up with people other than those they frequently work with on a daily basis. We gave each team the task of coming up with their own “category” and then asking them to work together to come up with 100 of that “category”. Prizes were awarded to the first 3 teams to reach 100!
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The staff was SO competitive, I tell you! It was fun to watch the teachers engage in some 100th day fun and enjoy the day, just as much as the students did ! ~ See the video below:
The winning team received the opportunity to spend $100 on books from Scholastic.
The 2nd and 3rd place teams received “100” pencils & “100” pieces of candy.