May is filled with activity: from school testing to longer, warmer days, to students antsy to head off to summer break. While school assignments slow down, this is a great time to gear up engagement ideas for summer to keep students and families engaged during their off time. Now is also a great time to begin evaluating what worked in your communications strategy for this past school year, where you had to pivot, and what you’d like to add to the mix for the next school year! Identify the audience and stakeholders and collaborate using the data and goals that you have. If you’re looking for some inspiration on telling those stories for your school community, check out this blog about building the undeniable story.
The month brings us lots of opportunities to celebrate important members of school staff teams. Teacher Appreciation Week is from May 2 to May 6, so be sure to celebrate your teachers and encourage your students to do the same. Schools wouldn’t be the same without them! Additionally celebrated are School Communicators Day and National School Nurses Day so be sure to give a shout out to your team!
Celebrating nature and learning outside of the classroom is a great way to keep students engaged over the summer. Love a Tree Day, International Museums Day, and World Bee Day are celebrated in May but their influence and fun can live all year round. Challenge students and families to talk about different types of trees and their importance or plant pollinator flowers to encourage bee activity and share the garden’s progress over the summer. While International Museum Day is one day in May, there are thousands of museums around the country and each is unique! Ask families to share their favorite museums on your social media channels as a recommendation to others and challenge families to visit different types of museums over the summer.
Whether you’re encouraging students and families to celebrate teachers, nature, or learning outside of the classroom, we’ve compiled some fun days to celebrate along the month of May!
|All Month||Get Caught Reading Month #GetCaughtReading|
|May 1-7||National Postcard Week|
|May 2-6||Teacher Appreciation Week #TeacherAppreciation|
|May 3rd||National Teachers' Day #NationalTeacherDay|
|May 6th||Space Day|
|May 11th||National School Nurse Day #NationalSchoolNurseDay|
|May 13th||School Communicators Day #SchoolCommunicatorsDay|
|May 16th||Love a Tree Day|
|May 18th||International Museums Day #IMD2022|
|May 20th||World Bee Day #WorldBeeDay|
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