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View Poll Results: What are you doing to show your children's teachers that you appreciate them?
making or giving a card 4 30.77%
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:00 AM
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Teacher Appreciation Week - May 3-9

What are you doing to show your children's teachers that you appreciate them?

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3 -9.

Are you planning anything special to let the teachers know how much they are appreciated? Here are some ideas to make the day extra special....

Crafts from FC - get crafty!

ABCs & 123s Cookies - Teachers love homemade cookies!

Teacher appreciation ideas - there are tons of great ideas on here for all grade levels

Room Parents/PTA/Volunteers - many ideas on what parents and kids can do!
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:00 PM
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When my kids were in school I'd buy a box of candy with a card to give to the teacher at the end of the year. My dd and dil do the same but only if they feel their childs teacher was a good one. Most of the other parents do the same. Sometimes a class collection will be taken up and a gift card given to the teacher from the children in the class.
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:38 AM
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My hubby use to work at a local school as a custodian. At the end of the year you would be surprized to see a lot of the stuff they have been given just trashed. Best to give something personal like the candy or gift cert. or something that will not be throwed away soon as school is out. Sad but its true.
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I have the feeling that this is more of a public-school celebration. My kids are in parochial school and "Teacher Appreciation Week" is never mentioned. They do have a "Teacher Appreciation Day" another time in the year but it is not a gift-giving occasion. Usually the PTA makes a nice breakfast or lunch for the teachers on that day.

At the end of the year we give the teachers a small gift. Often a gift card to a bookstore. I haven't met a teacher yet who didn't enjoy those. If I know the teacher enough to know a different preference (such as, she likes to garden--I get her a plant) then I might do something different. But as the daughter of a longtime teacher, I know that my mom used to come home with all sorts of "stuff" she would never use. She tried to find ways to donate it or give it away to someone who would enjoy it.
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Our schools do something different each day of teacher appreciation week. One of the days they put on a teacher appreciation breakfast and i always volunteer to bake something or donate something for the breakfast. Last year I donated 24 bagels and 3 kids of cream cheese. Not sure what I am doing this year.
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I don't do anything for teachers, because if they cared about the kids they wouldn't throw the stuff out. That is why I don't and I am sorry I feel that way.
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Last year, while subbing at the end of the school year, the majority of the teachers threw out many of the gifts they recieved for appreciation.

While in the the teachers lounge, I suggested a collection box of gifts recieved, but not wanted. There was a lot of trading of gifts and at the end of the day anything left over was donated to charity.
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That's sad to hear that the teachers do that.

I think that this week should be spent telling or showing the teachers how much you are thankful for them -- not buying meaningless gifts.

We decided to buy our kids' teachers breakfast yesterday morning. I sent a note to school on Tuesday asking them to tell us what they would like for breakfast and the reason behind why we were doing it. All of them (my son's teacher and my daughter's teacher & asstistant) seemed genuinely thankful for the gesture.

We are going to write letters to them to tell them how much we are thankful for them.
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thats a good idea ajrsmom. And lisa712up, don't feel bad. Thats how the teachers did where my hubby did work. Its like saying thanks but i can buy them by the dozen so no thanks.
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