If your school’s schedule is anything like ours, Teacher Appreciation Week should be popping up any time now.
Our school had it last week, and I know lots of other districts did too. Our school goes all out for our teachers. The PTA puts out a schedule of events that the whole school follows. (I heard they had to start mandating what was done because room moms went crazy trying to outdo each other. Another friend said that wasn’t true. They weren’t competing. They just felt bad if their teacher didn’t get treated as well as another.)
Monday was thank you notes sent in by the kids and put into a decorative presentation by the room moms. (My co-room mom went crazy and had the thank yous interspersed into floral arrangements for the teacher and para-pro.)
Tuesday was wear your teacher’s favorite color day. (We had wanted to order our teacher personalized M&Ms and thought this was a good chance to do it. We ordered them in her favorite color and wrote “We love you!” and her name on them)
Wednesday was a school-wide potluck luncheon. God bless the poor woman that coordinated that thing! You wouldn’t have believed the emails flying around trying to get it organized. You would have thought the queen or the president were coming to town! There were almost 50 room mom names on the note. Besides each class donating a main, side and dessert, we had volunteers come in to man the luncheon and the classroom so the teacher could have a slightly longer lunch. (I got to be with our class, which was actually really fun!)
Thursday was donate a new or gently used book to your classroom. (That was easy enough.)
Friday was bring in gifts for your teacher and para-pro. The parents in the class donated money that we used for the gifts. We got our main teacher a $25 gift card to the movies and $40 (I think) gift card to her favorite restaurant. We got the para-pro a $25 gift card to the movies also. My co-room mom got cute popcorn buckets and put the gift cards in with their favorite candy.
My only complaint about Teacher Appreciation Week is that I think they need to schedule it for February when nothing else is going on! It’s very hard to pull off that much stuff at the end of the year. Plus, it’s not the last week of school so I don’t feel like that should count as her end-of-the year present.
A good friend of mine who teaches at a different Gwinnett County school commented that “Believe me, my room mothers didn’t go out of their way this week.” They told her they were bringing her in lunch. So she didn’t bring in lunch that day, and no one ever came in.
How does your school handle Teacher Appreciation Week? Is it a week, is it day? Are the classes on their own to pick celebrations? Does the school set a schedule for the school to follow? Do the parents participate? Do they send in what they’re asked to do? Do you think it’s reasonable, appropriate or necessary to do an Appreciation Week?