We discussed Teacher Appreciation Week recently, but the teacher gift-giving dilemmas still continue as we approach the end of the school year.
I have heard from several moms regarding questions about end-of-the-year teacher presents, and I wanted to share those with you and get your opinion.
1. Should room moms ask for a certain amount for the present, such as $10 or $5? Or just leave it up to the family’s discretion? Does it help to know what the room moms need or just put pressure on you?
2. Should room moms have to say ahead of time what they will buy or is it OK to say in the note toward a class gift? (I think often the room moms are still figuring out what they are going to buy and just want to get the note out in time to get money back to see how much they can spend.)
3. Should the whole class be signed to the card even if only three or four families contribute? (I saw a recent posting about this on Facebook and was shocked at how many people weighed in to ONLY sign those children that contributed.)
4. Should there be a Teacher’s Appreciation present and an end-of the-year present or should the Teacher Appreciation present just count? (This is my whole argument that Teacher’s Appreciation Day should be either moved closer or further away from the end of the year. It could count for both if it was the last week of school and there isn’t much learning going on then anyway.)
5. Should the teacher’s present be something personal for the teacher or a present for the classroom?
6. Should it be some memory of the class – such as handprints on a blanket or photograph in a frame of the class – or at that point the teacher is ready to just move on? (I did do a Shutterfly photo album for Walsh’s kindergarten teacher that was basically his class yearbook, and it turned out precious. I think especially because kindergarten has so many activities and not just sitting around. It took a lot of time but his teacher really seemed to like it. Also other parents bought it. However, would the teacher rather had had a gift card to Red Lobster? As room mom I’ve done both types of gifts.)
So give us your opinion on these teacher appreciation/end-of-school dilemmas. How would you handle each? What has worked for you in the past?
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