Author Archives: Peggy Koski

Tips for Working With Schools

Busy, busy, busy!  Everyone is always busy and sometimes we feel our requests are left “on the back burner.”   As a retired school employee, I can relate to some of the hectic days that occur in schools.  Just when you think things are moving along smoothly, the flu breaks out, or a major snowstorm cancels everything for two days resulting in more loss of class-time instruction for students!

As nonprofits want to work closely with schools to help serve youth, they experience many restrictions and time constraints. It can be difficult sometimes to get students released for something – no matter how important it is.   School districts have to be sure the number of instructional days/hours are met as mandated by the state.  Sometimes they are in a crunch to meet requirements.  A particular year may include 4-5 assemblies, 4-5+ snow days, or students missing class for state mandated testing, for sport events, academic events, career day, business professionals, band and choral competitions (any or all academic and non-academic extracurriculars).   School calendars usually consist of 180-185 days.

Here are my suggestions:

  • Make sure your organization is proactive and when the school calendars are set, approach school officials as early as possible to schedule your time with students.
  • Send reminders often.
  • Offer to visit the school and ask what you can do to help make the request as easy as possible for the school, students, and everyone involved.
  • Stay organized and follow up on making sure you are on their calendar.

In summary, stay positive and remember working together works best for EVERYONE!


Spring Cleaning in the Office

Spring Cleaning in the Office

First, like most people, I ask myself, “where do I start?”  I love to give things a facelift every so often by organizing, freshening up, and moving things around.  Spring time is when I get real anxious to just dig in and toss out the old and move things around so they are easily accessible… Continue Reading

Data Explained

There is more data in the world today than any one person will ever be able to analyze.  Even with limited data, organizing the results can be done many ways, from simple formats to detailed ones.   When organizing data results, the most important thing to keep in mind is that the results need to… Continue Reading

Do it. Record it. File it.

Electronic filing is the new trend with many offices going paperless, but what about the documents that you want to keep? If you want a paperless office, it’s crucial to have a good scanner to copy the documents to a file on your computer. You must also have a good system of knowing exactly how… Continue Reading

LEAN on me…..

Sometimes having to become a responsible adult quickly at what I think was an early age (18) turned out quite okay and made me into the organized person I love being.  By the time I was 25, I was married and had 3 children.  At 29 years old I started my career outside of the… Continue Reading