It has come to my attention that school has started. Just kidding. I know it's started. As a former teacher I know how busy those last few weeks of summer and the first few weeks of school can be. I have talked to a few students of all levels; I have spoken to and worked with (volunteering in my sons' school) teachers of different levels. The theme seems to be the same across the board: it was a good first week of school, but it was stressful and next week is promising to be a busy one as the week of procedures and rules is over.
With all the hard work the teachers have already put into making this week a great one, a little appreciate from the parents and the students can go a long way. Seriously. A looooong way. I taught for almost 10 years, and I remember every student who brought me something as a token of appreciation. I received everything from homemade bracelets, key chains, Starbucks oatmeal (YUM!), to the ever coveted printer paper. As this year began, I made a First Day of School Survival Pack for my sons' teachers. They seemed to really appreciate the gift, and I was able to let them know I appreciate all their hard work.
So what did I include in the gift? I first checked the web to see some creative ideas. I did find a great source at Money Saving Mom. Not only did she make some good suggestions, the comments on her post added some more great ideas and even warnings. Here is what I finally decided:
- Pack of printer paper
- sticky notes
- Tylenol (be careful about medicines. I hand delivered these, and knew the teachers. Otherwise, they may not be able to accept this)
- a large bag of M&Ms
- A pack of Starbucks VIA instant coffee
- A reusable shopping bag to put it all in
- An encouraging note for the teacher and included my contact information
Another great resource for future gifts for the teachers (for Teacher Appreciation, Christmas, and/or End of the Year gifts), is a cute little website that had all kinds of ideas for things for teachers. I downloaded an information sheet that I can use for future notice. No point in getting a teacher a Snickers if she is allergic to peanuts, right? Or coffee for a teacher who doesn't drink it (did all of you just laugh? Yeah, it's a rarity to see a teacher without that cup of coffee ever so close!).
Click on the "sheet" above to download it to your computer.
So, I would recommend you taking a few minutes during your trip to Target or Wal-Mart to pick up a pack of sticky notes or a pack of gum. Attach a cute little note and send it in with your kid or bring it in yourself. Teachers really appreciate it, and they will never forget.
PS: a little shout out to Mrs. Gardner, my son's kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Rushin, my son's first grade teacher, and all my teacher friends from Swansea High and Summerville High. I appreciate all the hard work you put into each and every moment of your days. I know how hard you work and pray this year will go by easily and quickly.