Thursday, September 26, 2013

PR Opps at Back to School Night

    This week included the first of my three Back to School Nights. I have been so thankful for the variety of posts lately on utilizing this event for marketing our School Counseling Programs! Entirely Elementary...School Counseling and Savvy School Counselor have both published great interpretations of this event.
     As not only a new school employee, but also as an unfamiliar position to the elementary level, I was excited to meet parents and discuss my role and services with them! At this specific school, my counseling space is way at the end of the building. Therefore, in order to increase the likelihood of getting traffic-I set up my table right at the school entrance!
     At the recommendation of the aforementioned blog posts, I created an eye-catching poster with information on my role, as well as some helpful handouts on the school counseling program, student success, and how to talk with students about their school day. I also had my business cards available for parents who wanted to continue our conversations at a later date. Naturally, I also had to include some incentive to come visit me--so lollipops were available for students who brought their parents up. :)



   I was so excited to meet parents with whom I had previously only had phone or e-mail contact.  Being present at the Back to School Night also reminded parents that School Counseling services are now available, and encouraged some great conversations!

   I look forward to the Back to School Nights at my other two buildings, and even more conversations with parents. Thanks again to those who posted previously on this event--your ideas were so helpful and provided me with the confidence to place myself right at the entrance! :)

23 comments:

  1. What categories did you put on your poster?

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    1. @free2bme I chose:
      1. What does a School Counselor do?
      2. When is the School Counselor at my school? (I have multiple buildings)
      3. Will the School Counselor repeat what I share with her?
      4. Fun info about myself
      5. Contact information

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  2. I would love to put out something for parents about how to talk to their child about the school day, would you be willing to share your handout?

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    1. @Katepm would be happy too-sorry I am just now seeing this! Send me an email at erin.rebling@gmail.com

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    1. Assunta, I would be happy to share these with you! E-mail me at erin.rebling@gmail.com. Thanks :)

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  4. Would you mind sharing your handouts with me?

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  5. I would love any handouts you are willing to give me! I love thisidea! Thanks! My email is: krista.schatzle@myeagles.org

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  6. I absolutely love this idea. I travel between two buildings and usually just leave a table outside my office. Our open house is always on the same night so I can only be at 1 school. I'm going to leave my table right by the front door like you did!! Could you please email me a copy of the handouts you use and the tips for how to talk to your children about school? I would really appreciate it. I will put those out on my table too. My email is dcandow@scsmustangs.org. I also put out a counseling brochure I can send you a copy of that if you'd like. Just let me know!

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  7. I absolutely love this idea. I travel between two buildings and usually just leave a table outside my office. Our open house is always on the same night so I can only be at 1 school. I'm going to leave my table right by the front door like you did!! Could you please email me a copy of the handouts you use and the tips for how to talk to your children about school? I would really appreciate it. I will put those out on my table too. My email is dcandow@scsmustangs.org. I also put out a counseling brochure I can send you a copy of that if you'd like. Just let me know!

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  8. I absolutely love this idea. I travel between two buildings and usually just leave a table outside my office. Our open house is always on the same night so I can only be at 1 school. I'm going to leave my table right by the front door like you did!! Could you please email me a copy of the handouts you use and the tips for how to talk to your children about school? I would really appreciate it. I will put those out on my table too. My email is dcandow@scsmustangs.org. I also put out a counseling brochure I can send you a copy of that if you'd like. Just let me know!

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  9. Love this idea! I would love to get access to your handout as well. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome idea. My email is atsang@fremont.k12.ca.us

    Angela

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  10. Is there anyway you could send me the handouts you provided? sarirudolph@salemk12.org

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  11. Can you send me the emails? I am a new counselor this year. Thanks. aimeehurst2017@gmail.com

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  12. Absolutely a great idea. Can you please share any of the handouts ? Thank you!
    evapapadhima@gmail.com

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  13. Hi Erin,

    I really love this idea! Would you mind sharing these handouts with me, too? (I am at multiple school sites as well, so having something tangible for parents would be wonderful!) karen.y.contreras@gmail.com.

    Thank you,
    Karen

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  14. coud I get handouts too: hollyanne74@gmail.com

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  15. Great idea. I am definitely going to have an informational table for open house this year. Could you please share your handouts with me. My e-mail address is bgdula@iu08.org

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  16. This is such a cute idea!! I would like to set up a table with this. I've done my computer with website, but parents don't stop. Perhaps this will be more eye catching. Could I please get the handouts too!! erbarnett@vcs.k12.nc.us
    I hope you have a great school year!!

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  17. Love your ideas! I have an open house and a BTSN coming up. Can you please send me your handouts. My email is nadinecallen1@gmail.com

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  18. This is such an awesome idea! Would you be so kind to send me your handouts? My email address is ctoledo829@yahoo.com THANK YOU for sharing :)

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  19. I would also love a copy of your handouts. Thank you in advance for sharing. pdavison@mts.net

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  20. I would love to view your handouts as well! Thanks so much in advance. Everything looks awesome. kristintanner.sc@gmail.com

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