I am always trying to build community both among my students and among my parents. Last year I had a kinder / first grade combination class so it was especially important to blend the two sets of parents. One activity that I did after two weeks of school was to host a Family Picnic on a Saturday. All of my students and their families were invited. It was very simple and very low key. We held it at school on one of the playgrounds from 11:00-1:00. I asked everyone to bring their own lunch. I planned ahead and got a key to the nearby bathroom. (One year I forgot - never again!!!)
For the photo, I had to delete a few heads so no faces would show up so this photo makes me laugh! Hmmm ... I wonder if you can find the three people that are missing heads. I'm the lady (with my head still attached) on the far right.