Over the past couple of years I have been looking for a way to be more involved with my school. The past few years I have had an abundance of things going on and decided to wait until the timing was better. Between having kids and completing my master's degree things were just way too chaotic. This year, however, the perfect opportunity arose... the chair of our Social Committee retired. I have since stepped up to co-chair the committee.
Our previous committee leader was FABULOUS, so there are some big shoes to fill. So far all we have done is begin to plan our back to school family party. In addition to planning this fun event we are also responsible for setting up annual dues, organizing the end of the year volunteer luncheon and staff Christmas party, as well as orchestrating group gifts for new babies, newly weds, retirements, etc. While we don't want to stir things up too much our first year, we would love to mix it up a bit and cut costs.
What are some of the things that your school does for staff parties, gifts, etc?