Great things happen when your staff and families come together. To have some fun this Back to School season, centers hosted Spirit Week last week. The goal? To bring your staff and families together and build some excitement for Curriculum Night.
“Our families really liked Spirit Week,” said Chandra Donaldson, Center Director at KinderCare in Katy, Texas. “It was a great tool to make our center come alive!”
It was an exciting week—check out some highlights below!
Monday – Pajama Day
Who doesn’t wish they could wear pajamas to work (especially on a Monday)? Teachers and children alike sported their coziest PJs for this spirit day.
Tuesday – Mismatch Day
Everyone’s outfits were wild and crazy on mismatch day!
Wednesday – Sports Day
This Spirit Week day brought out people’s true colors: the colors of the team they love to root for!
“The kids loved it. They would come in every day and show off their special outfit,” said Julie Pineda, KinderCare Center Director in Elk Grove, Calif. “Spirit days also acted as a nice ice breaker with some of our newer parents, especially on sports day.”
Thursday – Crazy Hair Day
At Rocklin KinderCare in California, Center Director Denise Schleth thought it would be fun to hold a crazy hair day contest. Children arrived at the center with wild hair styles, and staff voted on the winners. Chelsea won in a landslide!
Friday – Decades Day
On Friday, children took a trip through time to some of their favorite decades. Since parents know a little bit more about pop culture than their children, this was a great day for parent engagement in Spirit Week.
“One of our infants was dressed up as flash dance, and when dad dropped her off, he played the theme song from the movie,” said Pineda. “And another parent made tattoos for her child wrote in her teachers’ names!”