Amber Teamann & Melinda Miller always inspire me with their amazing ideas to improve school culture & show appreciation for staff! This year, Amber did it again….putting out her blog post about Fabulous Fridays early enough for me to get a jump start in planning this for our school.
I, too, use REMIND to communicate with staff and build the anticipation for morale-building events!
Our first Friday activity was the “Make-A-Match” game. With a staff of 100, brainstorming 50 celebrity pairs that haven’t split was certainly a challenge! Click here if you’re looking for celebrity couple ideas. We printed off the pictures of each celebrity couple and cut them in a way that would be easily identifiable as a match. The night before, we delivered a celebrity picture to each staff member’s desk or location in the school, with the directions emailed out at 8:00pm. By the time I arrived to school the next morning (by 7:15am), at least 5 matches had already been made and staff members were anxiously awaiting their sweet treats! The excitement that I observed that morning was something to smile about! Teachers were so creative in searching for their “match” — from making an announcement over the PA system that said, “I’m Tricia Yearwood, if you’re Garth Brooks, meet me in the gym” to sending emails like the one below, to leaving post-it notes outside of their classroom door. As matches were made, pairs of teachers were running down the hallways to claim their prizes. It was such a FUN way to start a Friday!
Our 2nd Fabulous Friday in February was Lattes on Location. We had heard of a company called “Latte Ladies” that comes on location, sets up an espresso shop and makes coffees and smoothies on location. With a staff of approximately 100, we knew we needed to organize this “perk” for our teachers, so we put order forms in each staff members’ mailbox and asked them to submit their orders ahead of time to help the Latte Ladies!
We delivered the coffee drinks to teachers as they were made, and were pleased to be able to serve all of our staff members in 2 hours! 🙂
Our 3rd Fabulous Friday in February was a SOUP bar. We worked with our cafeteria manager to order 10 different types of soups to include in our soup bar, as well as crackers, shredded cheese, croutons, and rolls. I solicited the help from our staff, asking for anyone who would be willing to lend their crock-pot from home to make this luncheon idea happen! We set up in the morning, let the soups cook on low all day and facilitated the clean up, including delivering the washed crock pots back to those who lent us theirs from home!
Our 4th and final Fabulous Friday in February was our giveaway extravaganza! Every staff members’ name was entered into an hourly drawing to raffle off prizes, including a Starbucks treat from your administrator, a Sleep-In pass, a GOOSE (get out of school early), and the chance to use a reserved parking spot for a week.
I like to use the iPad app Random Name Selector Pro which allows me to enter the names of each staff member (The number of names you enter or groups you enter are limited only by the amount of free space on your device). Communicating with REMIND to our staff group throughout the day is simple.
Fabulous Fridays in February this year was an awesome opportunity to contribute to a positive working environment. I firmly believe a workplace that’s filled with employees with positive attitudes who feel appreciated will only in turn build a positive learning environment for students each day. Stephen R. Covey says, “Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers” — I want the students to feel loved, appreciated and nurtured each day, and Fabulous Fridays in February is an easy way to show appreciation and love to our staff! Thanks for the idea Amber & Melinda!