Here's another activity you can do with parents at registration.
I print the note above on bright colored card stock to get attention. Parents read it and sign up on the chart below to send in a treat. It lists the last day of every week of the school year.
Parents may send in anything they choose. In the past we have gotten pencils, stickers, bubbles, bookmarks, silly bands, and snacks. I leave it up to the parents.
The best thing about this is that it is done for the year! If it doesn't get filled up, I bring it out at curriculum night. If a parent chooses not to sign up, they usually send in a note some time during the year asking when it is their turn. They don't want to be left out. Very rarely do I supply a treat.
The next question is...what about the students that don't earn their stars? They do not get a treat. They quickly learn how this system works.
In 23 years, I have only had one parent did not send in a treat because the child would not get it because he didn't earn it. I was okay with that.
Come back tomorrow to find out how this ties into the happy/sad face.
P.S. You can grab a copy of my sign and reminder notes by clicking on the pictures.