Here are some fun days in August and ways to use them with your students, staff, and families.
August 1: National Spider Man Day
– Have staff or students post their favorite Super Hero on your school's social media account--bonus points for dressing up.
August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day – For those of you having virtual staff meetings have each staff member enjoy their favorite ice cream dessert during the meeting no matter what time of day!
August 3: National Watermelon Day – Have you ever had a watermelon seed spitting competition? Who can spit the seed the farthest? Or use social media and ask your students/staff the best way to eat a watermelon....cubes, triangles, or do you just attack it by cutting it in half and grabbing a spoon? Prefer to add salt or just plain?
August 4: National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day – Encourage your families to make cookies today and share pictures of the end result with you. Combine the pictures into a collage and put it on your school's website.
August 6: National Root Beer Float Day – Make it a mid-afternoon staff snack.
August 9: National Book Lover's Day – Ask staff to share on social media a selfie reading a favorite book in a favorite place. Let's encourage our students to read by modeling!! Or make a collage of the top books checked out of your school library last year.
August 15: National Relaxation Day – Encourage your staff to participate in this very important day before the students show up (in whatever capacity). Make sure YOU are participating also!!
August 16: National Tell A Joke Day – Choose a fun joke and send a video out to your staff or families to join you in celebrating this great day. We all could use a giggle in mid-August!
August 19: National Potato Day – Bring potato chips to work today and provide as an afternoon snack for your staff or have a baked potato luncheon--everyone can bring their own favorite topping to individualize their potato.
August 25: National Banana Split Day – Its a dessert kinda day.
August 26: National Dog Day – Everyone shares pictures of their favorite four-legged canine.
August 31: National Trail Mix Day – You could easily go to Costco or the local grocery store and pick up individual trail mix bags to pass out to your staff. Add a note that says "Where ever this trail takes us we are in it together"
Cindy has over 20 years of administrative experience. She is currently the Alternative Learning Education Administrator for the Kelso School District where she serves as the principal of Loowit High School and the Kelso Virtual Academy. Cindy has two teenagers and has been married for 21 years to her husband Leszek. Follow her on Twitter at @sholtys.