Stinky kids: Did your teacher request air freshener?

One of my kids’ teachers had air freshener products on her class wish list. I thought that was such a funny thing to ask for but we all know sweaty kids do smell.

I do have a concern about some kids being allergic to certain scents. Last Christmas, I bought Christmas tree scent air fresheners, and I had a massive allergic reaction to it when I plugged it in. (I’m allergic to trees so I guess they actually had some tree oil in it.)

Did your teacher request air fresheners for the classroom? Would you mind if your child’s teacher used it? Teachers, do you find it necessary to use air fresheners in the classroom? Are allergies ever a problem?

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Class of 1990

August 15th, 2012
6:40 am

Folks, you’ve hit the end of the internet with this blog today.

MamaS

August 15th, 2012
7:06 am

Teacher requested air fresheners (Febreze) and Clorox wipes for desk and paper towels and hand sanitizer. The 3rd grade students empty trashcans and sweep the classroom daily. I guess parent donations and student free labor are taking the place of the school janitor. This is a private school so there is no union to oppose cost-cutting measures.

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
7:22 am

SMELL YA LATER

I was teaching my civics class some good stuff about the Great Wall of China and I heard Miss Velvet across the hall scream at somebody in her class … If you have to fart like that … leave the rooooom!

I started laughing. While I was laughing I was looking at my students to see if they heard her, but they didn’t. I guess they really were interested in how long it took to build the Great Wall of China. Which was a pretty long dang time.

Then Miss Velvet yelled … Simeon, I’m almost done with you to-day!

I looked at my watch. It was only 8:58.

http://www.adixiediary.com

Jeff

August 15th, 2012
7:49 am

I don’t really have any comment on this, TWG, but I suspect you may need a little help with getting your “hit” numbers on this topic. Hopefully, your boss will only count quantity and not quality.

david c

August 15th, 2012
7:51 am

Oh, you mommies.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
8:16 am

When I was pregnant with my son and teaching 2nd grade, my students went outside for PE. We live in South Texas. When they came back in, their hot and sweaty bodies often made me nauseous. This is why my two ALWAYS had a bath every day. When you put twenty plus bodies into one room and they have even little body smells, it is stinky. I look at things very differently since I was a teacher first and a Mom second. I also let them clean their desks with shaving cream. A little squirt was fun to smear on the desks and freshened everything up before we left for the weekend.

A Mama S…some children have no idea about cleaning up after themselves…so teachers may want to share this important life skill. Add it to all the other things they already have to do.

HM

August 15th, 2012
8:22 am

Gentlemen,

This is a MOM blog and back to school lists are Mom issues. There’s no need for snide comments.

K's Mom

August 15th, 2012
8:31 am

Almost all air fresheners make me nauseous and lead to migraines. I can only tolerate Lysol. Febreeze will put me out of commission for days. Perfumes and colognes are the same way. I get that sweaty kds smell, but I hope there are no kids with allergies like mine or other teachers who suffer from similar allergies.

jarvis

August 15th, 2012
8:35 am

No air freshner, but our “Foundation” did ask for $100 per kid.

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
8:36 am

THE TEACHERS IN THE HALL

While I was busy teaching fifteen really good vocabulary words … allure, antiquity, appraise, cleave, depreciate, facet, facsimile, impervious, nondescript, quandary, repose, scintillate, scrutinize, synthetic, and transmute … Miss Kentucky knocked on my door and motioned for me to come out into the hall.

When another teacher knocks on the door and motions for you to come out into the hall, right in the middle of class, and if she’s got a weird grin on her face, you know it’s going to be good.

Miss Kentucky was teaching Spanish to a bunch of high school guys in the next classroom. She asked me to step in there and take a good whiff.

I stepped in there and took a good whiff. In just one good whiff I smelled butts, armpits, greasy hair, and school uniforms that had not been recently washed. A cornucopia, in other words. I came back out, and without saying a word, held my hands over my mouth and nose to indicate that I felt her pain.

Miss Kentucky said in her Kentucky accent … That’s so wrong on so many lev-ulls. Then Miss Kentucky asked me to go in there and deliver a quick and forceful hygiene lecture from a real man’s perspective. She said they don’t listen to her at all.

When another teacher asks you to deliver a quick and forceful lecture to their class it makes you feel like a guest speaker being paid a large speaking fee and you’re filled with enormous professional pride. I stepped in there. One of the farters, Irving, moaned real loud … Oh, God.

I noted to the fellows how badly the room smelled, and how it was tough for the awesome magic of education to take place when you subtlety try to kill your Spanish teacher with your body odors.

None of them disagreed. They actually seemed proud that I noticed their strategy. They were maybe even a little smug. At least they got Miss Kentucky to leave the room. I’ll have to give them that. I asked them do they frequently, like every day, scrub with soap and warm water … their exhaust systems?

Most of them said they did.

I asked them were they not embarrassed with their gleeful farting?

Nope. One of them said he thought Miss Kentucky likes it because she laughs so hard when we do it.

In the hallway, I heard Miss Kentucky giggle.

I asked them did they know that after several days … that if you don’t shampoo your hair for several days … that it starts to stink? Your greasy hair?

To a man they said they did not know that.

I asked them to shampoo their hair tonight.

To a man they said they probably wouldn’t.

I gave them a long, hard, man-to-man, hygienic look. I said … Listen up! Wash your asses and your hair and stop farting in class so much. And then I walked out while they applauded.

Miss Kentucky taught the last minutes of class from out in the hall. She wouldn’t go back in there.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
9:01 am

Just home from MSP…where the weather was amazing!

@ voice of reason…thought of your comment with online books yesterday:
“Colleges and private schools pretty much already do this.”
When I read, in the USA today, that 9% use online books.

I was confused at this comment last week and asked both of mine, since they are still buying books.

To me, 9%, is not most. According to the article, online books are not much less than the actual book and when students need to print out pages, it ends up being more. Interesting for sure!

I was also thinking about this, when I read yesterday’s topic. Willow may be miles ahead of her peers and has acquired some important skills most HS graduates do not have:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2012-08-13/thrify-ben-franklin-frugal/57039184/1
Wish I knew this when I was in HS!

oneofeach4me

August 15th, 2012
9:13 am

Last year my daughter’s 5th grade teacher did request air fresheners, but not for the reason you mentioned. She specifically asked for the Lavender/Vanilla scented ones as studies have shown it is suppose to help you relax and concentrate better. She actually requested a refill of them right at CRCT time. My kids are also sensitive to smell, however, the lavender/vanilla scent is pretty light and about the only one they can tolerate.

Father Christmas

August 15th, 2012
9:22 am

Just spray them with Febreze on their way in every morning.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
9:24 am

I love to be near kids who smell like fabric softener and shampoo or conditioner. Then, there are the kids who smell like urine or cigarettes. Sad but true. Perhaps catlady will have time to comment on this.

Techmom

August 15th, 2012
9:29 am

MJG – great story about Willow; love the tie-in to her virtual school

How about other odd requests that teachers make? On the elementary “wish list” at my son’s school, they list a bag of candy. I’m sure lots of teachers use small pieces of candy as rewards and that’s why it was on there. One of the parents, a dentist, got super upset at the request and asked the school to remove it from the wish lists.

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
9:42 am

Everywhere I’ve ever taught the students finally figured out that I would toss them a piece of candy when they said something nice about my hair. When you fling rubber chickens at kids while you sport a nice hairdo … well … that’s like something out of David Lynch movie. Candy has a grampaw feel to it.

The cash register ladies at the Publix near where I live, as they’d tally up big bags of candy every other week or so, finally asked me what I did for a living. I told them, proudly. One of them asked me what makes me give out the candy. I said when they say something nice about my hair … I throw a piece of candy at them. The cash register lady looked at my hair. She said you sure must have a lot of patience

Techmom

August 15th, 2012
9:58 am

I love Publix cashiers!

mystery poster

August 15th, 2012
10:05 am

Noses smell, sweaty kid stink.

mystery poster

August 15th, 2012
10:06 am

@mamaS
You DO know that we have no teachers’ union in Georgia, right?

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
10:15 am

@mystery…should we then say either:

You smell bad …

You stink bad…

I typically use the former but maybe others can help us out here.

Also, is everyone on this blog from GA? I never thought that. I also keep in touch with some, who use to live in Ga, but have moved away.

The Coz

August 15th, 2012
10:20 am

I think somebody is phoning it in again.

Denise

August 15th, 2012
10:22 am

I’m like K’s mom. Smells wipe me out. I can’t do most perfumes on other women without getting nauseous or worse, a migraine that puts me under. I can hardly stand the smell of spray that we use to clean our desks at work. Spray air fresheners can be too strong and I can get a headache. Plug-ins are usually okay. Clorox wipes are okay. I am not a teacher but I would feel bad asking a parent to meet my specific needs based on MY medical issues, unless I would buy all the plug-ins and only ask for refills of a certain scent. But then, isn’t THAT being picky?

My ex-SIL is one of those parents that don’t make the kids bathe everyday (even though they play and stink) and don’t wash their clothes and make them wear dirty uniforms and they smell like little goats running around. When they get to my brother’s house, they have to jump in the tub immediately. They are FUNKY. So I understand the need for air fresheners. I would just not know how to go about asking for it knowing I had particular medical issues that would be worsened by using certain kinds.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
10:32 am

ooops…used to live in Ga…sorry!

Voice of Reason

August 15th, 2012
10:35 am

@motherjanegoose

First, I made that comment on August 10th about the lockers and books topic, today is August 15th, you are five days late.

Second, reading that post reminded me of what it’s like when I’m having a conversation with my 5 year old who switches topics randomly like most of us change the channel on a TV. Congrats, I’ve gone cross-eyed.

To your point, I said that because I have personally spoken to many IT directors at Atlanta area private schools. They say that they have either already implemented, or in the process of fully implementing a complete conversion from textbooks to digital.

The initiative is called School 2.0.

This will allow such things as being able to download homework to handheld devices and cutting costs to students by replacing heavy textbooks with technology that most of the kids today already carry. The though being that by implementing this technology now it will help these kids to have the essential tech skills when they enter the workforce.

I can’t speak for the article you mentioned but I work in the IT industry as a consultant so I know firsthand about what these school’s are doing or have already done.

FCM

August 15th, 2012
10:42 am

TWG if I am getting busted at work for typing on a blog it is not for somthing this inane.

Kids do stink. From 4th grade up the kids are required to have deodorant in their back packs. I do think if the teacher is concerned about her room smell, she should buy it….but if you parents did that is on you.

HB

August 15th, 2012
10:44 am

Voice, just curious. How do the prices of hard copies of college text books compare with e-versions? I know often e-books and e-magazines are not that much cheaper than paper versions. Are e-versions of textbooks a lot less expensive? How do they compare with buying used books?

jarvis

August 15th, 2012
10:49 am

I’m a strong believer that no public servants should have labor unions unless the union is going to put the collective bargaining process on a public ballot.

JOD

August 15th, 2012
10:54 am

@Class of 1990 – Hahahahaha! So funny! Almost spit out my drink. I thought the same thing on the snooty toddler post, but didn’t post it.

@FCM – LOL :o) I didn’t know kids are required to bring deodorant now at a certain age! When did that happen?

Denise

August 15th, 2012
11:07 am

LOL! Deodorant is required? That is funny. But putting deodorant over funk is not that helpful. They need to wash up and then put on deodorant.

But on topic – I do agree that the teacher should buy her own air freshener just because, like I said, I know some people, like me, have too many restrictions to impose on other people.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
11:19 am

@HB…according to the article I read yesterday:

Typically, students don’t save much when opting to buy an e-textbook. For example, an organic chemistry e-textbook costs about $100, while the print version of the same book costs just $15 more.

@Voice…I am late because I read it in the USA Today YESTERDAY. It was not in the paper last week. I was very curious about your comment, since I have two in college and neither has confirmed that most textbooks are now online. I am all about learning new stuff and thus, when I read that article yesterday…it reminded me of your comment.

I always share on several topics, dart around too! Some folks can keep up with me and some go cross eyed.. I can even file topics in my brain and recall them when I read something, of interest, that relates to a previous blog topic. Some posters here have met me for a 2 hour lunch, where we dash all over the map on topics and then asked for an encore…imagine it. Some have moved out of state and asked me to let them know when I am coming…haha!

I am NOT an IT person. I am CERTAIN you know oodles more about e-books than me! I just read something in the paper that made me think about what you mentioned. I will acknowledge that not everything posted in the paper is 100% true. You can read the article for yourself and share with everyone how I am dead wrong:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/usatoday/article/57039872

I am speaking about colleges and not private schools, where I have no personal experience.

As some here have mentioned previously, this blog can be like a neighborly chat over the fence…staying true to the topic is not mandatory. If it is TWG will let us know.

Here is something I also thought about yesterday, as I boarded my 12th plane in 10 weeks:
the poster here who said I probably need to fly more to see the TSA harassment ( I do not typically see) in the airports. That was at least a month ago.

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
11:20 am

Here’s an educator’s rule of thumb: no one cuts the cheese this loudly unless it’s an accident, so now the classroom of amped-up, amped-out 8th graders on a Friday looks more like ten blind-drunk monkeys in a boxing match without a bell or a referee.

I’ve about had it by now so I trot to my desk in the back of the room and grab out of the bottom file draw my can of Air Wick “Fresh Waters Aquamarina.” I trot back up to the front of the classroom while they’re still going goo-gaw and press the button and start moving that can right to left and left to right at their heads … and let me tell you, the white spray from this brand new, super charged-up can of room deodorant comes flying out ten feet and makes a hissing noise like a NASA space shuttle on takeoff.

Two kids jump out of their seats and onto the carpet face first as if a SWAT team just busted through the ceiling on ropes. Everybody is having a conniption fit. Debbie’s into cardiac arrest by this point—she’s bugging her eyes out and squeezing her neck with both hands and baring her teeth—and I swear to God if Lurlene had walked by just then and looked through the door she’d have to be carried out of the building on a stretcher. On oxygen.

This is my honors class.

http://www.adixiediary.com

Voice of Reason

August 15th, 2012
11:21 am

@HB

That depends on how much the school itself wants to make on the books. Markup can depend, however, honestly, the thing that is driving this is actually the textbook publishers because they lose money when colleges and universities offer to take back used books and re-sell them. When schools re-sell used books at a reduced rate rather than selling them new, the publisher makes zero money.

Kat

August 15th, 2012
11:39 am

@Dixie Diarist: Your stories are making me laugh so hard this morning – thanks!

For some reason, boys/men seem to think sweaty is bad, but when the sweat “dries up,” then they no longer stink. Ugh, not true! Our kids’ teachers usually tell the parents at the first back-to-school meeting that we may wish to ensure that our children have the proper hygiene products available. Also, they ask for room freshener but not the type that you spray, the type that live in the outlets or something. It would probably work better to spray the offending party/parties, but there you have it.

Teachers’ wish lists could just include scents that are hypo-allergenic or whatever keeps it from messing things up.

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
11:46 am

Thank you, Kat! Obviously I have extensive experience in these areas and exercise the classroom demons by writing about it … exactly what happened … when I get home! Enjoy the next one ..

A BIT TOOTISH, ARE WE?

Miss Velvet marched into my classroom today out of breath and asked if I had any room spray because she’s really had it with them farting all the time in her class.

I thought for a moment … What advice do you give a fellow teacher whose students know they can constantly get away, every day, with farting the moment they walk into her class? Obtain a flame thrower? A Taser?

I think they’ve won, and when they’ve won around here there’s not much you can do to come back. I told Miss Velvet I didn’t have any room spray … I reached into my teacher’s drawer of snacks and headache pills and chewing gum … and pulled out my can of Old Spice “After Hours” body spray.

Miss Velvet said … So yours fart, too?

Nope, I said. I don’t allow farting in my classes. I just like the way this stuff makes the air smells. Super sexy.

Miss Velvet gave me a certain look.

I tossed her the can.

She huffed out.

I guess I just gave her the advice she needed.

http://www.adixiediary.com

gtmom

August 15th, 2012
11:50 am

@Dixie Diarist – Thanks for the laughs! So well written too! Let me know when your book is out.

These stories of yours remind me of a time when I embarrassed myself in Senior English Class.. But man, I will never tell that tale to anyone!

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
11:50 am

@Kat…some conferences are now going FRAGRANCE FREE. I absolutely respect those with allergies but sometimes a bit of fragrance can help a situation where 100 people are crammed into a room for 6 hours. I know it can get stuffy. Who knows?

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
12:11 pm

Thank you, Kat and gtmom! Obviously, I have extensive experiences with these quaint teaching moments, and exercise the demons by writing about these true experiences when I get home! Hold your nose and enjoy the next installment … of many …

A BIT TOOTISH, ARE WE?

Miss Velvet marched into my classroom today out of breath and asked if I had any room spray because she’s really had it with them farting all the time in her class.

I thought for a moment … What advice do you give a fellow teacher whose students know they can constantly get away, every day, with farting the moment they walk into her class? Obtain a flame thrower? A Taser?

I think they’ve won, and when they’ve won around here there’s not much you can do to come back. I told Miss Velvet I didn’t have any room spray … I reached into my teacher’s drawer of snacks and headache pills and chewing gum … and pulled out my can of Old Spice “After Hours” body spray.

Miss Velvet said … So yours fart, too?

Nope, I said. I don’t allow farting in my classes. I just like the way this stuff makes the air smells. Super sexy.

Miss Velvet gave me a certain look.

I tossed her the can.

She huffed out.

I guess I just gave my colleague the advice she needed.

http://www.adixiediary.com

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 15th, 2012
12:11 pm

Dear Dixie — You made me laugh!!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 15th, 2012
12:12 pm

It was a quick topic but a serious one! I am working on topics for the rest of the week today. email me on Momania Faceook if you have a topic you’d like to see — or you can leave here but then people start discussing it!!! I am totally open!!!

missnadine

August 15th, 2012
12:13 pm

the world is coming to an end if this is the most important topic for you to choose.

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
12:14 pm

Thank you, Kat and gtmom! Obviously, I have extensive experiences with these quaint teaching moments … and exercise the demons by writing about these true experiences when I get home. Hold your nose and enjoy the next installment … of many …

A BIT TOOTISH, ARE WE?
Miss Velvet marched into my classroom today out of breath and asked if I had any room spray because she’s really had it with them farting all the time in her class.

I thought for a moment … What advice do you give a fellow teacher whose students know they can constantly get away, every day, with farting the moment they walk into her class? Obtain a flame thrower? A Taser?

I think they’ve won, and when they’ve won around here there’s not much you can do to come back. I told Miss Velvet I didn’t have any room spray … I reached into my teacher’s drawer of snacks and headache pills and chewing gum … and pulled out my can of Old Spice “After Hours” body spray.

Miss Velvet said … So yours fart, too?

Nope, I said. I don’t allow farting in my classes. I just like the way this stuff makes the air smells. Super sexy.

Miss Velvet gave me a certain look.

I tossed her the can.

She huffed out.

I guess I just gave her the advice she needed.

http://www.adixiediary.com

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
12:17 pm

Many thanks, all. Theresa, I just sent yet another installment in this riveting subject … but it’s not taking. Maybe it’s so smelly the computer is dizzy, too. Anyhow, if you could check the hopper … if you dare! Many thanks.

Bernie

August 15th, 2012
12:18 pm

There are Teachers willingly to provide a Bar of Soap and a hand towel to allow those students, who are faced with such a concern to quietly and privately step away and give the problem the attention it deserves. Typically, the students are happier and grateful for this option.

jarvis

August 15th, 2012
12:29 pm

Topic: Living with my mother-in-law while new house is being built. Any suggestions on how to keep the romance living in my wife’s childhood bedroom just down the hall form my MIL?

ebeder@babc.com

August 15th, 2012
12:29 pm

Something else to worry about.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
12:30 pm

@Bernie…some teachers have toothbrushes and toothpaste for their children too. While I applaud their concern, when did this become the teacher’s job? I am faced with Devil breath lots of times and wonder why parents don’t make their children brush their teeth. DUH…I have the answer…their kids don’t want to or the parents are too busy to make time for it. I always tell the kids they need to brush their teeth ( at least) before and after school. It is kind of like peeling and orange and having sticky hands all day long. You should wash your hands! When you eat, you have sticky teeth and they need to be cleaned too!

TWG…sending you a topic I was thinking of yesterday …not sure if you want to use it. I will be facing it soon.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 15th, 2012
1:04 pm

Dixie – i will look for comments.

MJG – are you sending to gmail acount?? I will have to dig i tup — It got knocked off my phone so now i have to reload it!! ugg!!

Augusta

August 15th, 2012
1:17 pm

Jarvis – get a hotel room…LOL

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
1:18 pm

Just sent it…if you e-mail me and let me know, I will send it wherever you wish. You may need to clean it up, as I am not a journalist for sure!

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
1:22 pm

@jarvis…I strictly adhere to the old saying…after 3 days…fish and company both stink. We stay in a hotel 99% of the time. We do NOT stay with relatives. I cannot remember when is the last time I spent the night in someone else’s house. Oh yes, I do…I spent a night with my daughter in her apt. in Athens. It was right before Christmas and she told me that the apartment complex was EMPTY and a little spooky. I thought it was ridiculous until I got there and saw less than 10 cars in the complex. She volunteered to stay and work as everyone else went home for the break. I took our dog with me and it was fun!