Happy July! We are in the midst of the summer and we hope you're enjoying it! For some, it probably feels like school has just wrapped up while others are preparing their plans for back to school. Are you working on your district’s communication plan for the next school year? Right now is a great time to establish goals and key performance indicators for measuring success for the coming year and the district story you want to tell. Maybe you’re breaking this up by grade level or by school level, planning for open houses, meet the teacher nights, and college planning information sessions. We’re also working on some fun things for the start of the school year so stay tuned!
Do you start to feel the summer slump after the fourth of July? This feeling is felt by others, too, and led to July being celebrated as Anti-Boredom Month. If you’re feeling a little stir crazy from the summer after most summer picnics and graduation parties have been held. This is a great opportunity to embrace summer activities to shake off the dullness of the day. Keeping children and their minds engaged is key to keeping summer learning loss in check, as well as helping them to build social and emotional skills. If you need some inspiration, we compiled this blog of fun summer activities. Asking your school community how they shake off the summer slump is a great way to get ideas for things happening in your local area as well as having a great conversation!
July is also National Make a Difference to Children Month, which is the ultimate goal for you and us, alike. This month seeks to highlight the vulnerability children face when they aren’t given proper guidance from adults. This is a great opportunity to highlight some of your school staff in a communication to parents! Whether those staff members are teachers, nurses, coaches, or beloved members around the district, they make an impact on students each day and inspire them. When you share stories about how they guide students, you connect your community with those stories. This can also excite families about school staff members they love as well as introduce them to ones they haven’t met yet, keeping students excited about school and maybe less nervous about the upcoming school year.
This month offers a lot of fun, too! Did you know that this is National Ice Cream Month? It’s certainly fitting for one of the hottest months of the year! This is a great opportunity to highlight your local ice cream shops, or start a fun social media poll of favorite ice cream flavors. If you’re preparing for new families to join your district, consider hosting an ice cream social for them to meet members of the district’s team and each other. July also celebrates International Plastic Bag Free Day, Independence Day, World Chocolate Day, and International Day of Friendship. There’s so many opportunities for engagement in July, who could be bored? Let us know how your community stays connected in the summer!
|All Month||National Make a Difference to Children Month|
|All Month||National Ice Cream Month|
|All Month||Anti-Boredom Month|
|July 3||International Plastic Bag Free Day #plasticfree|
|July 4||Independence Day #fourthofjuly|
|July 7||World Chocolate Day #worldchocolateday|
|July 17||World Emoji Day #worldemojiday|
|July 17||National Ice Cream Day #icecreamday|
|July 18||World Listening Day #worldlisteningday|
|July 30||International Day of Friendship #friendshipday|
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