So...I really don't know if every school does this, but every school in the county I teach in has a Hospitality committee. It's done differently at every school, but the major similarity is that the committee puts together the Christmas activity (party, luncheon, whatever).
Anyway, for the second year in a row, I am the Hospitality Chair. I love it. I try to plan different events throughout the year to keep morale high in our teachers. Our jobs are difficult, it's not easy being a teacher. So anything we can do to bring some fun into our lives - I'm all for it!
One of the things we do is Birthday Club. Every other month we meet (usually after school) to celebrate the birthdays of our staff. Last year it was always cake, this year we're thinking about switching it up a little.
Also, we visit a restaurant (usually Chili's) on the First Friday of every month. It's just a time to talk and see each other outside of school. I LOVE it! Spouses and kids are always invited. Some months we're a small group, sometimes a big group. It just depends.
Here are some pictures from our two events we've had so far this year:
These two ladies and I usually close out the First Friday fun. This year we're allowed to leave at 3:15. Which means we made it to Chili's at 3:30. We didn't leave until 7. Usually someone tells one of us that they were gonna come but they thought we would be gone. We just laugh and tell them to text one of us next time...cause we're still probably there. :-P
Are there any things your faculty does to raise morale and enjoy time outside of school?