Saturday, May 14, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Revisited

Notecards 1

I realized I forgot to share my teacher appreciation gifts with you.
In case you need something for the files for next year…I’ll share!

This year, I did not want to use sweets or treats because one of the teachers is trying to lose weight. I didn’t want to sabotage her in any way—especially when I am trying to appreciate the teachers! So, it was a little challenging because there are so many fun ideas that use yummy treats.

Instead, I focused my gifts on recognizing that the teachers (who both have young children at home) have a life outside of school. I wanted my gifts to be useful for the teachers for school and (or even especially) for home. I didn’t want any wall art, pencil cups or apple doo dads because I am not trying to clutter the classroom, but show that I appreciate what goes in that classroom. I think I did pretty well!

Bookmark 1
We gave each teacher a fabric bookmark with a children’s book—for home, not the classroom!

Ticket 1
Another day, we sent a pass for a free movie ticket. I love the little note, but the important part is recognizing the teacher’s life outside of the classroom. I think teachers need to know how much we appreciate the work they do. Having been there, I know how much work it is and how much time it takes—outside of the school day! So, here’s a ticket to some time off!

I made the envelope and ticket card with my Silhouette and just clipped the note on with a paperclip. The ribbon was tied to the paper clip.

Scissors 1
I thought this idea to embellish scissors was pure genius. These are great for the classroom or for home. I love the way it gives ownership to the scissors, but in such a lovely way.
(Sure beats “Stolen from  _________” which is printed on a couple of our possessions!)

Stamp 1
Love this stamp and stamp pad idea! This new stamp pulls double duty by sending my message as well giving the crafty teacher a new stamp with which to make all sorts of things.

Notecards 1
I was planning to give a set of note cards because I know teachers use a lot of them (at least I always did!). I hadn’t made any yet—and wasn’t sure what I was going to do—when I saw some great notecards in the dollar section at Target. The quality wasn’t great, but I really liked the design and knew just what to do to snazz it up a little. I added the “thank you” tag to each card using my Silhouette, put the set in a cellophane bag with a note and was good to go. I was actually really pleased with how this turned out, although when I wrapped them, I wished I had bought different envelopes because the included ones were flimsy. Note to self for next time!

None of my gifts were very expensive, but I think I sent the teachers the intended message—thank you for doing such a great job and thank you for liking my children! We make an effort to send in other little things throughout the year, too, so the teachers know we appreciate them. Teaching is one of the most rewarding and exhausting professions!


Big D and Me,  said... May 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM  

I think these are great presents - teachers don't want another mug or chocolate bar but something useful - love what you did to the notecards and the movie ticket is a wonderful idea!

Simply EC,  said... May 14, 2011 at 7:16 PM  

My mom is a grade school and special ed teacher and every single one of these gifts are something she would adore! Love these ideas. (I think my mom would get a special kick out of the scissors especially!)

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Nancy,  said... May 16, 2011 at 9:04 PM  

I am bookmarking these wonderful ideas for when Dakota starts kindergarten next year.

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