Up until a few days ago, I had never heard of a Boo-Hoo Breakfast. I was elected PTA President for the upcoming school year, and one of the teachers from my son’s school sent me a video about a Boo-Hoo Breakfast. Did you cry on your child’s first day of school? I might have gotten a little emotional, but I didn’t cry. My son never had separation anxiety, and I think that contributed to my composure. Many children and parents cry on the first day of school, especially kindergarten parents. Starting kindergarten is a big step in a child’s educational path, and it can be an emotional day for everyone involved. The idea behind a Boo-Hoo Breakfast is that it gives parents and caregivers of kindergarten students a place to meet and mingle on the first day of school. Breakfast can be very simple or elaborate, and they’re generally hosted by the PTA. Most importantly, it gets them out of the classroom so that teachers can begin socializing students in their new environment.
When Gabe started school, we were new to the area. My husband grew up in this neighborhood and attended my son’s school as a child. I didn’t know anyone, and the first day of school was stressful for different reasons. I attended the same elementary school school where my great-grandmother taught for 30 years, and where my grandfather and mother attended. I felt like I knew the faculty, and it put my mind at ease. I was worried that Gabe didn’t have anyone looking out for him that way I did, and he wouldn’t feel the sense of security that I had. It took a while, but I gradually got to know the faculty and staff at my son’s school. I’m grateful that Gabe gets to attend such a great little school.
We actually decided to call our breakfast the “Boo-Hoo/Ya-Hoo Breakfast,” because some parents and caregivers will prefer to celebrate the day.
Here are a few things you’ll need to host a Boo-Hoo Ya-Hoo Breakfast:
- Permission from the school (of course)
- Parent Volunteers
- Breakfast Supplies
- PTA flyers and sign-up sheet
We are serving donuts, fruit, juice, coffee, and milk at our Boo-Hoo Ya-Hoo Breakfast. If you have the supplies, and the human resources you could do something more elaborate.
You’ll definitely want a sign-up table for the PTA with information for new parents. It’s good to make parents feel welcome and ask them to be involved with school activities through their child’s educational career.
I created a free printable invitation using Canva. I deleted our school’s information, so that you can add your own. You’ll want to create a new poster size document in Canva, upload the invitation image, and use the text option to add school, location, date, and time information for your Boo-Hoo Breakfast. You can also write in the information. I’ve included both the PNG image and the PDF file.
Here’s the video that inspired our Boo-Hoo Ya-Hoo Breakfast. If you subscribe to Vloggers on YouTube, his channel is hilarious.
I hope everyone is ready to start back to school. My son has his first day in less than two weeks, and he’s so very excited. I’m nervous about the school year starting, but that’s only because I’m the PTA President. I don’t want to let anyone down. Please let me know if you have any questions about the printable or if you have any helpful tips for hosting a Boo-Hoo/Ya-Hoo breakfast.
Here’s a throwback of my son’s kindergarten graduation picture. They grow up too fast.