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Ideas for Principals, Students, Teachers and Parents



In celebration of National Principals Month, following are ideas that you could use to strengthen your school/community relations and to further your goals for the year.

  • Invite members of the press, board of education, council members, central office staff members, parents, grandparents, and other community leaders to shadow you for a day.
  • Ask your mayor or local council to declare October 2013 as National Principals Month in your community.
  • Ask your superintendent to plan a joint meeting between the local school board and the city council to discuss the needs of school leaders.
  • Invite local colleges or universities to join your school in celebrating National Principals Month.
  • Meet with student leaders from your school to talk about mutual goals for the school year and make this an annual exchange of goals and ideas to assist each group in reaching their goals.
  • Invite members of local youth service agencies to a meeting at the school to discuss ways in which you might work collaboratively.
  • Contact local organizations (Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis Clubs, etc.) and offer to have someone from your school speak on the essential role of the principal.
  • Invite local service clubs to hold a breakfast or luncheon meeting at the school. Talk with them about school leadership and invite them to visit classrooms.
  • Invite neighborhood police to stop by the school for coffee and an informal discussion about how you might support each other.
  • Contact the public service directors of local radio stations and ask them to air a public service announcement (PSA) announcing the National Principals Month.
  • Submit an article or guest column in your local newspaper about the critical role of school leaders.
  • Make a presentation at a meeting of your local school board.
  • Let National Principals Month be a vehicle for promoting your school. Hold an open house for parents and community members, i.e., local business, the chamber of commerce, and realtor who promote schools to prospective homeowners in your community.

Let National Principals Month be a vehicle for promoting your school. Hold an open house for parents and community members, i.e., local business, the chamber of commerce, and realtor who promote schools to prospective homeowners in your community.


Following are some ideas that can be used to celebrate National Principals Month in October. You may consider selecting any day or week during October to celebrate—the intention is to provide flexibility for you and your school to assure that everyone recognizes and supports the efforts of your principal during this month.

  • Participate in the video contest:
    October is National Principals Month! NASSP and SchoolTube want you to give props to your principal. Make a one- to two-minute video showing why your principal rocks, and then upload it to the National Principals Month channel on SchoolTube.com. Three winning videos will receive national exposure on SchoolTube.com and NASSP.org, as well as a $200 Best Buy gift card. Hurry! Entries must be received by October 31, 2013. Details can be found at www.schooltube.com/channel/npm2013.
  • Write a thank you note for all your principal does, with specific examples of how he/she has helped you. Better yet, have your class, your child’s class, or have the entire school write thank you letters to your principal by distributing blank greeting cards with directions. The PTA could also initiate this activity.
  • Set up a banner somewhere clearly visible in the school where students, parents, and teachers can write notes of appreciation to the principal.
  • Create a giant “Thank You” card signed by all staff and/or students.
  • Contact a local business to donate thank you or blank cards then set up a table at lunch where students can write thank you cards to be left in the Principals mailbox.
  • Provide a weekly treat for your principal during the entire month. For example, week 1 can be a breakfast, week 2 cupcakes, etc.
  • Create a photo or video scrapbook for the principal with notes from the school/community about why he/she is so valued.
  • Donate something on campus in honor of your principal, i.e., plant a tree or a garden or donate a bench, etc.
  • Together with other parents and/or teachers buy space in the local paper to celebrate principals’ every day acts by listing some of the great things going on in the school (include candid photos of your principal being a great school leader).
  • Write letters to the superintendent showing support of your principal. Use specific examples of things he/she has done to make the school successful.
  • During one of your October pep rallies feature your principal by providing recognition from the entire school. Create a slide show or video presentation that captures your principal doing great things. Students, parents, and teachers can perform songs, skits, and speeches to thank your principal for the hard work he/she does every day.
  • Decorate your Principals door/office in a festive way to promote a sense of celebration.
  • Shadow your principal for a day and then write a report to publish in the local school AND community paper about what you learned, and how difficult a job it is!
  • Read testimonies from students, parents, and teachers each week over the intercom.
  • Have the art, music, and theater classes do one small group project to honor your principal.
  • Designate a day, week, or the entire month when local businesses offer discounts just for principals.
  • Get your local paper to secure a column each week to spotlight a local principal with a profile and photograph.
  • Purchase an ad in the local paper, radio or television station in appreciation for your principal—thanking them, etc.
  • Ask local restaurant(s) to donate a gift certificate to your principal in honor of Principals Month.
  • Hold a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to a charity in your Principals name.
  • Organize an “Opposite Day” whereby students dress like the principal and the principal dresses like the students—have students vote for the “best of the best” by donating can food for a local food bank.

Following are some ideas that can be used to celebrate National Principals Month in October. We encourage you to engage in celebrations with your children, your school and your community.

  • Write a thank you note for all your principal does, with specific examples of how he/she has helped you/your family. Invite the PTA to participate in this activity.
  • Contact local businesses seeking donations for items such as thank you or blank note cards that students can use to write thank you notes to the principal. You might work with the school faculty to add the note writing as a class or club project. Notes can then be distributed to the Principals’ mailboxes.
  • Contact other parents and arrange to provide a weekly treat for the principal during the entire month. For example, week 1 can be a hot breakfast, week 2 is cupcakes, etc.
  • Negotiate with the local papers to run ads celebrating principals’ every day acts by listing some of the great things going on in the school (include candid photos of the principal being a great school leader).
  • Write letters to the superintendent showing support of the principal. Use specific examples of things he/she has done to make the school successful.
  • Send flowers to the principal as a festive way to promote a sense of celebration.
  • Shadow your principal for a day and then write a report to publish in the local community paper about what you learned, and how difficult a job it is!
  • Write a testimonial about your principal that would be appropriate for use during announcements at the school in celebration of National Principals Month.
  • Contact local businesses to arrange for a day, week, or the entire month when they offer discounts just for principals.
  • Ask local restaurant(s) to donate a gift certificate to your principal in honor of Principals Month.
  • Invite your local paper to secure a column each week to spotlight a local principal with a profile and photograph.
  • Purchase an ad in the local paper, radio or television station in appreciation for your principal—thanking them, etc.
  • Hold a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to a charity in your Principals name.