Beginning of Year Welcome Party Committee

This Beginning of Year Welcome Event is for kindergartners, preschoolers and their families. It’s usually outdoors near the playground and takes place on a Friday evening in late August or early September. Because the event is so early in the school year, the Beginning of the Year event planning starts right away!! PTO Executive Board should contact the Beginning of Year event chairs in early August or as soon as possible!

The event is a great showcase for our Barnsdale spirit wear. At the very beginning of the school year, there will be a chance for families to order shirts and other items featuring our Barnsdale logo. The spirit wear orders are planned for delivery BEFORE this event, with the idea that the students wear their Barnsdale shirts to school that day and to the event that evening.

The PTO Board provides support but event chairs are responsible for planning and running the entire event. Chair duties include:

  • Managing volunteers (volunteers are supplied by the PTO via Sign-up Genius starting in August each year)

  • Contacting vendors and exhibitors for event

  • Coordinating supplies for the event (tables, extension cords, tattoos with sponges, sidewalk chalk, etc...)

  • Event set up and clean up

  • School custodial staff assists with tables and extension cords as needed

Online signups for volunteers will open in August. Volunteers are needed for set up, photography, tattoos, and clean up. There is a generic template for volunteer spots, but if you need more volunteers, contact the PTO Communications Officer to open up more spots on the volunteer sign up website.

Typical Activities

Tattoos (small Barnsdale owl tattoos)

  • All supplies (tattoos, buckets and sponges) located underneath the display case in the hallway

  • At least 3+ Barnsdale volunteers needed. This will be a very popular and busy station!

Library information: run by LG and LGP library staff

  • Call both libraries to secure their staff participation

  • Usually a shared booth

  • Simple games and activities, supplies provided by each library

  • No Barnsdale volunteers needed

Food for purchase (cash only)

  • Bill’s has been a favorite vendor, providing hot dogs, chips and drinks

      • Bill’s handles all cash for purchases

  • Other alternatives have included food trucks and having families bring their own picnic

      • Food trucks handle all cash for purchases

  • No Barnsdale volunteers needed

Photo booth (optional)

  • Useful source of pictures for the yearbook!!

  • Props or photo frames helpful but not necessary

  • Candids and posed photos of Barnsdale students and staff only (no parents or siblings please)

  • At least 1 Barnsdale volunteer needed as photographer

  • All pictures should be sorted through before submitting for yearbook consideration. The yearbook chair will set up our site so parents / committee chairs can upload images to be included.

Playground play, sidewalk chalk

The event will run quickly and will be over before you know it. Although the event chairs will have some free reign in planning the event, it is often easier to keep it as simple as possible. Kids are more than happy to be playing on the playground equipment and don’t need a lot of activities for this short amount of time.

*There is no rain date for this event; in the case of inclement weather, all activities will be moved into the gym and adjacent hallways. Be sure to be in contact with Kathy Boxell regarding any weather-related changes to the event.

Prior Year Recaps