Sunshine Committe - Social Committee - Ideas for Fall

Are you on the Sunshine Committee this year?  Some schools call it Social Committee. Whatever the name, it serves the same purpose.  Usually there is a little arm twisting at the beginning of the year to get staff members to pay their dues.  If your school normally doesn't allow the staff to wear jeans, you might ask your administrator if your committee could give people who pay dues a "Jean Day Coupon" that allows teachers to wear jeans on one day of their choosing.  It's like a "get out of jail" card.

Through the years, there has been some grumbling at some of my schools about our committee.  I think this happens when there are not clear cut guidelines.  There needs to be guidelines in writing and transparency with the finances.  Here are a few topics to discuss when you are ready to write some guidelines:
  • Leadership:  officers and their duties
    • I highly recommend the treasurer giving a report at the faculty meetings at least quarterly.
  • Boss Day in October:  Will the committee purchase the gift?  If so, what is the budget?
  • Appreciation Day/Week:  Which staff members do you recognize?  How and what is the budget?  
  • Morale booster activities:  when and budget
  • Staff parties:  When, where, budget
  • Showers:  baby/wedding - Does the committee provide anything for the shower, if so what is the budget.  Is it for the first baby and first wedding or other?
  • Death:  Does the committee send something from the faculty? If so, what and what is the budget?  What relationship to the staff member should it be when you do this?  I.E.  Immediate family member
  • Holidays:  
    • Does the committee purchase holiday gifts for any staff members?  If so, who and what is the budget? 
I typed up a few things that I have done at some of my schools that you might like, too.  These are fun activities that boost morale.

Do you have a staff member that is your PTA representative?  If the PTA ask you for suggestions, you might suggest that they organize food during your conferences.  I helped organize this at my daughter's middle school.  Her school had a week of Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Students had school for half a day and then teachers met with parents the other half.  Our PTA organized food the first three days for the teachers.  We knew that the teachers had conferences at different times and wouldn't eat at the same time so the food had to stay fresh for a long time.  We organized a salad bar one day, a nacho bar another day, and heavy appetizers the final day.  This was the most popular thing that our committee organized. 

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Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas said...

I love reading all your wonderful ideas!

Unknown said...

Every Thursday we have a Staff Luncheon. Everyone brings some food that goes with our theme i.e. Baked Potatoes, Soup Adventure, or Taco Salad. That way we don't have to worry about lunch one day and we get the added bonus of fellowshipping together!