Teacher Appreciation Week: Just pony up the gift cards

I am seeing an interesting trend this year in Teacher Appreciation Week that both our schools (middle and elementary) just asked for gift cards that they could give out to the teachers. (Teacher Appreciation Week runs May 6 to 10.)

The middle school has asked for parents to buy $25 gift cards and just leave them in a collection box in the front office, and I guess they are going to distribute them among all the teachers.

The elementary school asked for the same thing.Now the elementary school said they will be doing lunches and other treats but we have not gotten a mass email about it so maybe a committee is handling that.

The schools here never do the daily stuff like our school in Gwinnett did. They never ask the kids to wear their teacher’s favorite colors, or bring in a flower or book on a different day.

So what are your schools asking for this year for Teacher Appreciation Week? Are they looking for gift cards too? Are they doing other things as well?

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Karen Pirkle

May 1st, 2013
5:38 am

Our room mother asked for money at the first of the year, for birthdays, Christmas gifts and teacher appreciation gifts. We have only been asked for that and homemade cards by the kids. Easy enough. Plus we will do something a little extra, as we really do appreciate our daughters teacher and parapro. They rock!

TallMom

May 1st, 2013
5:50 am

Our Teacher Appreciation week was back in April. They asked for simple, reasonable things. One day, each child was to bring in a flower for their teacher. It could even be one they picked from their own yard. Room mom would provide a vase.

Next day, bring in something for the classroom…post-it notes, stickers, pack of pencils, etc. Nothing big.

Another day, each grade level was assigned a “staff member without a classroom” (ie: school nurse, front office staff, custodians, etc) and asked to make a card, telling them how much they’re appreciated.

The fourth day, the kids were asked to be extra helpful to their teachers.

The final day, room moms asked for parent volunteers to supervise the class while the teacher went to the cafeteria for a special appreciation brunch, hosted by the PTA.

I think all total, between 3 children I spent MAYBE $20.

THAT’S reasonable.

catlady

May 1st, 2013
5:56 am

Home room teachers sometimes get a gift card or a gift, but those of us who are not don’t. I “get mine” when my students do well. Frequently I get a verbal bouquet from a parent or former student. I treasure those!

Frugalady

May 1st, 2013
6:43 am

I get mad when the PTO (or the room mom) wants money and then spends it on something useless. I’d rather give a gift card directly to the teacher(s), and it’s usually a rather generous one :)

Frugalady

May 1st, 2013
6:50 am

p.s. I usually get mine from Kroger when they have 4x fuel points. So if I buy $50 in cards that’s worth $4 in gas savings to me ($50 = 200 points = $0.20/gal savings * 20 gallons :) They should have a deal coming up for Mother’s Day

motherjanegoose

May 1st, 2013
6:56 am

This is kind of like: who likes camping, the beach or the mountains? Not all teachers like the same thing. I liked flowers, coffee mugs and ornaments but a $5 gift card for tip to Brusters would be super too.

I did not like a plate of homemade cookies or brownies. That is perhaps just me. I would rather have a written thank you and drawing from the child.

BTW, I have said this before but it is worth repeating: one year I went to Tuesday Morning and bought paper tableware for festive meal: plates cups napkins and tossed in the plastic untensils. Might be fun to have pretty paper goods to eat off of when the teacher does not feel like doing dishes. They liked it.

In any event, if your child has good teacher APPRECIATE HIM OR HER. My HS Government teacher is retiring this year. I am friends with him on Facebook. Imagine it! Long time to teach!

Mayhem

May 1st, 2013
7:40 am

I don’t like giving gifts that are EXPECTED. Gifts should come from the heart. And don’t tell me to “Just pony up a gift card”. That’s extremely rude.

We only did teacher appreciation at the elementary school level. It gets to costly at the middle/high school level. $25 per child per teacher adds up to A LOT of money.

FCM

May 1st, 2013
7:40 am

My daughters teacher spent most of the year on Maternity Leave or being out due to her pregnancy. My daughter does not feel connected to the teacher so I am reluctant to do anything.

The PARAPRO on the other hand is awesome. She helped the kids (many of whom are ADHD) navigate the various transitions. In particular she has been great with my daughter. So I want to do something for her.

The Chorus/Music teacher is another one that has just been awesome. He really gets her and keeps her in line. This child wakes up singing and goes to bed singing. She worked extra hard in classes b/c she knew that bad grades or behavior oould get her kicked out of chorus. Being active in Chorus helped her to break out of her shell and socially connect to her peers.

Besides, with Fine Arts being brought up again to have funding cuts, I really think he needs appreciation. He is having his doctorate conferred this summer but still wants to teach ES Music. That is dedication. I am trying to think what to do for him.

MS is a different ballgame. She had 4 different reading teachers, 2 differnt math teachers, science, orchestra, PE, health, technology, English, and social studies. Do I do for all? Just the ones she likes best? How about the 2 that really have helped her get with the program this year (social studies and science…which are ironically subjects she hates and does not do well)? These 2 teachers have talked to her, offered her extra help in any subject, and been sure to really let her know when they see she has done well.

YES my kids lots of those same things from me, but I am MOM. Isn’t that my job? These are teachers and I really hope that those that are going above and beyond know we parents appreciate that they do!!!

Me

May 1st, 2013
7:40 am

We have always contributed to the whole “teacher appreciation week” idea but why is it that other professions don’t request monies for their “appreciation weeks”? I don’t recall ever hearing of or being asked to contribute to a “banker”, “fireman”, “law enforcement”, “EMS”, “grocer” or really any other “appreciation week” objectives. I’m curious why teachers seem to have something of a “perk” that not many others enjoy. Please don’t misunderstand – I am as in debt to my many teachers as anyone else and I dearly do appreciate their efforts but I also appreciate my maid, my garbage collector, etc.
And, before anyone starts speaking of salaries (or lack thereof) and having to spend monies out of pocket, every teacher knows this when accepting the job/contract so that should not be a “reason”.

FCM

May 1st, 2013
7:47 am

In the past I have gotten a potted plant (geranimums do well)…when they were kindergarten the note said “Have some coffee, have some tea, sit in your garden and remember me”…..The teachers told me in the next year it was so cool b/c they would see it where ever it was and then think of something happy about the past school year.

One year I did hydrangas and the teachers got so excited. They were both big gardners and could not wait to go have their husbands dig the ground up to get it planted. The note said thank you for growing me. Again, the teachers said it was great b/c when they looked in the garden they would think of the class of 20XX.

I have also done g/c to home depot because almost everyone has a fix it up project they would like to do. The male teacher in particlar was thrilled as he had told his parents he would work on their house. He was going to get some new tools.

Pony up you cheap fools

May 1st, 2013
7:49 am

These teachers are the “parents” of your kids for a good chunk of the week…your garbage collector is not.

FCM

May 1st, 2013
7:50 am

@ MJG I require my children to write a note to their teachers thanking them for the work they did in the school year. Regardless of what we purchase each child writes their own note (or when younger drew a picture).

OH one class had all the kids draw pictures and put them in a book for the teacher and the parapro with a photo of each child next to their drawing.

FCM

May 1st, 2013
7:54 am

@ ME…Adminstrative Professionals Appreciation Day was 4/26. So that is one other.

malleesmom

May 1st, 2013
8:01 am

I haven’t heard what’s being done this year, Since our move to MN, we’ve been pretty disconnected. That being said, my DD is less than thrilled with her teacher (elementary) so we will not participate in any teacher appreciation efforts. I do not agree with the “just send gift cards” mentality. If something like that was requested, even if I liked the teacher, I would decline. JMO

Me

May 1st, 2013
8:17 am

@Pony Up — Exactly what part of my very first sentence did you ignore?
Perhaps you missed this portion, “We have always contributed to the whole “teacher appreciation week”…”?
@FCM, touche’ -

bgb

May 1st, 2013
8:35 am

“The elementary school asked for the same thing.Now the elementary school said they will be doing lunches and other treats but we have not gotten a mass email about it so maybe a committee is handling that.”

- Waldo

abacus2

May 1st, 2013
8:38 am

Our school has had no money for teacher supplies. We sell ice cream at lunch to buy paper for the copiers! I do not need any more calendars, cups, or knick- knacks, but I would greatly appreciate gift cards to help buy supplies for my science classroom. I’m usually out around $700 of my own money every year. Even $5 helps!

Tired

May 1st, 2013
8:54 am

$25??? That’s a lot.

beth

May 1st, 2013
9:20 am

This year (new school for us), teacher appreciation was not 1 whole week. Instead, it was divided up into several days throughout the school year. I liked it this way much better! Anyway, I remember one of the requests for a teacher appreciation day was for everyone to bring in an outside/playground toy. Parents brought in soccer balls, footballs, jump ropes etc. For Christmas, our class collected enough money to buy the teacher an iPad. I’m not sure what we are going to do for the end of the year yet. Any Ideas????

I was room mom for my daughter’s kindergarten class last year and since it was nearly impossible to get anyone to contribute money, I had to come up with a whole week of “Free Gifts”. One of the “free” things I did was to buy a piece of scrapbook paper for each kid, write on it “I appreciate Mrs. X because…” and then send it home for them to fill out and include pictures, drawings etc. I collected them all and put them in a scrap book. It turned out really cute!

catlady

May 1st, 2013
9:26 am

I know teachers from more affluent areas get gift cards. My daughter at FBES always has parents who are so kind! They give her restaurant cards and other nice things. I have never heard of having gift cards requested, however!

My school is 75%+ free lunch, so I don’t expect anything, but it sure is nice to get those written or verbal bouguets– makes my day or week!

I sent written notes to the MS and HS teachers who had been so kind to my kids. One has told me since then that she had never had that happen before–how sad!

catlady

May 1st, 2013
9:28 am

Beth– no one will ever top the iPad! Wow!

RJ

May 1st, 2013
9:33 am

“And, before anyone starts speaking of salaries (or lack thereof) and having to spend monies out of pocket, every teacher knows this when accepting the job/contract so that should not be a “reason”.

Really? I never knew I would be buying my own supplies like a printer, ink cartridges, paper, dry erase markers, unofrms for students, educational resources. Nobody EVER told me to expect that to happen. Over the years I have spent well over $1,000 to do my job. This year, I was told there was no money for dry erase markers and a pencil sharpener. I refused to buy one. Since I make less today than I did six years ago due to furlough days and no cost of living increases, I can no longer afford to do these things. So, I did without. I still spent about $20 on pencils, erasers, etc, but that is the least amount I’ve ever spent in any school year.

On topic, the PTA had fundraisers and is handling it this year. I will send e-cards to everyone. As a teacher, I don’t expect anything at my current school.

Same here

May 1st, 2013
9:34 am

We did get a note asking to contribute $25 or more per child for a bagel breakfast and a goodie bag. Seriously? For a 3 year old? You are asking for a $250 per teacher in this economy? There are 10 kids per teacher and the money collection is daycare-wide, meaning the funds will be shared across classrooms. I gave $5 to the fund, which I think is enough for a breakfast and a gift card. I have a problem with the a “community” collection. It just ticks me off when some PTA moms dictate how I should show appreciation, in this case $25 or more cash given to them.

That said, I am always very generous with a Christmas gift to our teacher and in general I do show appreciation every day. I will be buying some nice flowers and a nice box of chocolates and my son will be making a card for her.

I personally think KIDS should show appreciation every day and more on the special week (honestly never understood why week – why not one day?) vs. parents just giving a check. Check is not an appreciation.

DB

May 1st, 2013
9:35 am

Personally, I think it’s pretty tacky of the school to send out a request for $25 “gift” cards. Hello? It’s A GIFT — not a tribute payment. What if parents want to give something else — like a handwritten letter, or some other sort of gift? Are those not appreciated? Our homeroom mom used to collect $5 or so from each kid, and then put together a gift basket from the entire class. One year she collected enough for a spa day. Other years it was a nice gift card to a favorite wool shop (teacher loved to knit). Another year it was a new lens for a camera buff. Anyway, it was personal, based on the teacher’s interests and needs. I dunno — a $25 gift card thrown in a basket just seems pretty cold. :-(

Me

May 1st, 2013
9:52 am

@RJ — Perhaps a number of years ago it wasn’t “common knowledge” that teachers would have to purchase their own supplies; nor do I understand why that expectation exists at all. And why ARE you spending your own money? That simply isn’t a teacher’s responsibility.
If no teachers ever performed these functions then the precedent would not have been set. I would not blame a single teacher for refusing to spend their own monies. I am certainly in the minority here, I’m sure, but I had rather pay a 1 or 2 mil increase in property tax than to have teachers spending their own money.

FCM

May 1st, 2013
10:10 am

@ RJ – I can understand that in this economy, with teachers asked to make more sacrifices, that you resented not having the expo markers or having to buy supplies.

As a parent, I have added expenses I resent too. Because Susie’s mom is out of work and cannot afford the school supplies, I am asked to send in to a “classroom pool” of supplies. Even if there are extras I won’t see them because the grade will stockpile them for next year. In addition, I found some of the supplies are sent to our “partner school” because most of their kids are like the ones Catlady talks about (75% free lunch and here because they relocated after Katrina).

Fees for child care went up, fees for Summer Camp (again I too HAVE to work if I want to feed the kids!) are up 15% this year (and that includes the one my church runs!!!). School lunches went up (probably b/c more kids are on free lunch).

The PTA wants their money to keep what they do going. The school “Foundation” needs money to help get the teachers dollars for on-going education, as well as paying the Science Lab (and teacher there of), and the school nurse since the School Board cut funds on that. Now the board wants to cut music and art. I have no doubt the Foundation will at least give it a good shot at funding those so we can keep those programs.

Your furlough days mean I have to pay a sitter/daycare $50/day extra to watch my child while I work so I keep food on the table.

My annual salary may be a bit higher than yours–it might not be, but when you figure in all my out of pocket expenses I cannot afford to give you paper, supply the other kids, supply the “partner school”, help pay for the needed teachers (science, FA), and the school nurse.

In the meantime my boss is asking me to do more work at home or to stay late because of the LEAN cuts we have had to make. We may not be furloughed, but our work load has increased along with your class size. The offices are not hiring but letting attrition happen. Additionally some companies are still laying off or sending jobs “offshore”. And I do it because again I want to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table just like you!

GardenDiva

May 1st, 2013
10:19 am

What a bunch of nonsense! Teachers do their jobs and GET PAID. That’s all the thanks that should be needed or, especially, expected.

FCM

May 1st, 2013
10:20 am

@ ME… My taxes did go up! I also agree that RJ should not spend her own money.

I think we have some tough decisons ahead. CCSD is going to have a hearing on 5/14 at Walton HS about the 2014 budget. I encourage parents to attend, or call the board…..But for 2015 I think we need parents (preferably those that work in accounting) and the School Board to sit with E & Y and look at what we really need to do get a working budget again.

If revenues are down, then yes we need to spend less…maybe close a few schools and add classes to another. Something.

Blue Fish in a Red Lake

May 1st, 2013
10:32 am

Our school had a Teacher Appreciation week, but it was individual – the things brought in were given directly to the child’s teacher. One day was bring her flowers, one was “favorites”, one was class supplies, one was a student made card, and yes, rounding out the week was “random gift cards.” (in values up to $10) The room moms also arranged a special breakfast and lunch. You could do as many or few of the days as you liked.

Given how many other times throughout the year the school does fundraisers (and I do understand why they are needed given the education budgets and climates), one starts to near burnout past Christmas, especially with multiple children in the same school.

Me

May 1st, 2013
10:40 am

@FCM — You’re in Cobb? Millage rate for school board is 18.90 mils and hasn’t changed. If your taxes increased it may have been related to some other increase, perhaps assessment or such.

Tired

May 1st, 2013
10:53 am

Also – I’d be uncomfortable with the lack of accountability of throwing gift cards in a basket for someone else to divvy up. At $25 per card, that’s potentially a significant amount of money and only a few people know exactly how much it is and where it goes. Bad idea.

Mayhem

May 1st, 2013
10:53 am

Very well said FCM (10:10)!!

missnadine

May 1st, 2013
11:11 am

I know this won’t be popular, but I agree with the poster who said that teachers know the low pay before going into teaching. You have a job, you get paid. Just like everyone else who has a job.

Mayhem

May 1st, 2013
11:28 am

“The middle school has asked for parents to buy $25 gift cards and just leave them in a collection box in the front office, and I guess they are going to distribute them among all the teachers.”

What do you do when you have 15 gift cards in that “collection box”, and 20 teachers? How are they evenly distributed?

Does anyone in the school office get recognized? The janitors? The School Police who directs traffic before and after school? Sadly, Office Jiminez was hit and severely injured in front of Lanier High School back in January. They had a benefit basketball game for him. But does he get a gift certificate during this “appreciation” week?

Why just the teachers?

Once Again

May 1st, 2013
11:39 am

Government Schools – pay up or else. Teacher Appreciation Week – pay up or else.

Homeschooling parents – hooray, you deserve appreciation every day of the week for doing the best thing you can for your children and our country. No formal government certification but tons of appreciation from those of us who know where the foundation of liberty for our future will be coming from. Thanks.

jmb

May 1st, 2013
11:42 am

You nailed it FCM. Yes, teacher’s put forth a lot of effort, time and money to do their job but many other professions do as well with much less recognition.

Once Again

May 1st, 2013
11:42 am

Private school teachers are getting generally far less pay than government school teachers, generally no taxpayer subsidized pensions, etc. and based on outcomes are doing a FAR better job of educating kids. They know their pay going into it too.

missnadine

May 1st, 2013
11:49 am

Someone mentioned that is is only just recently that teachers have been paying out of their own pockets, but this has been going on for decades. My kids are 23 and 25s and I have been hearing the same story since they were kids. So, I ask -why go into a profession that pays so little, knowing full well what it pays, and how you will likely have to sepnd your own money. Is it for the love of kids? if so, then accept the shorcomings, or do something about it as a group. Lots of parents can’t afford the extra gifts, and the pushy PTA moms don’t help.

Becky

May 1st, 2013
12:04 pm

My two were sent home a list of small things to bring in each day..Plant one day, card, something sweet, something salty..Nothing on the list was a big ticket item..They did say that if gift cards were sent in, drop them off at the office and they would divide them between teachers..Oh, HECK no..If I spend money on a gift card for a certain teacher, then I will hand it to her…

As for teachers pay, I have no clue what most teachers make, but I have heard of plenty of them making well over $65K per year..That’s not chump change to me..But I send in gifts because they put up with 15-20 children per class that some have no manners, no care and no concern in the world..I wouldn’t be able to deal with little Bob, telling me every day that he doesn’t have to mind me or little Sara crying every day because she doesn’t want to be in school..They work beyond “normal” school hours..So if I want to spend $25-$50 for my two to take a gift to their teacher that they both think makes the sun shine, then I will be happy to do it..

Teacher, Too

May 1st, 2013
12:12 pm

I don’t think teachers are the ones asking for anything, except for maybe a thank you if he/she goes above and beyond for your child. I certainly don’t expect anything from parents and/or students. It’s lovely and unexpected when a note of appreciation comes my way, and it’s just as lovely when a little gift card accompanies it. But, I love teaching whether I am “appreciated” or not by the community.

I will say this, though. When I was ill a couple of years ago and spent a good bit of time at the doctor’s office, I sent a note of thanks to both my doctor and his nurse, and I gave them both a gift at Christmas to express my appreciation for their excellent care. Is that really any different from showing a small amount of appreciation for a teacher whom you think has gone beyond the expectation? Maybe he/she spent time tutoring your child (before or after school, for which said teacher is volunteering the time) or maybe the teacher has gone out of his/her way to accommodate special circumstances– perhaps many absences for which extra work had to be gathered, instructions typed or hand written, ect…

When you have excellent service at a restaurant, don’t you give a little more of a tip to show your appreciation?

When you go out of your way, beyond your job description, isn’t it nice to receive a thank you? Or maybe you get taken to lunch by your boss, or maybe you get a bonus….

Teachers don’t expect appreciation (at least this teacher doesn’t) , whether it’s a designated week or not, but it sure is nice when their efforts are noticed.

RJ

May 1st, 2013
12:17 pm

@FCM, please keep in mind that teachers are parents too. Whatever expenses you have, we have. I pay childcare for the one year old. Thank goodness the middle child is in high school. Not only are class sizes up, but so is the amount of paperwork. Rarely do I get to leave at 3. Maybe on Fridays. My son doesn’t get free lunch, so we pay full price, which for high schoolers is very expensive. My kids don’t go to school in the district that I teach, so when I’m off they’re not. Guess what, I also pay that $50 drop in rate. And our kids want to attend summer camps like yours. My hubby and I were trying to figure out how we’d be able to afford to send my son to a camp he’s dying to go to. It may not happen. The money just isn’t there. Again, we’re parents too!

I work in a school with very low parental support. I doubt that I’ll get even a thank you card from a parent. That doesn’t bother me. What does bother me is the parent that continues to change phone numbers without notifying the school. The parent that teaches their kid how to fight than how to read. The parents that don’t believe their precious angel does any wrong. I don’t do this to get rich, but I do wan to be provided with the necessary tools to do my job. And by the way, I am one of those fine arts teachers. I teach 600 kids a week and am expected to give weekly grades, year end assessments in grades 3-5, performances, etc. We all have it tough, but I don’t know many professions that ask “employees” to pay to do their job.

FCM

May 1st, 2013
1:09 pm

@ RJ you obviously missed the fact that I said I want to pay my bills just like you! Yes, if your a teacher, female, and a parent your a working Mom too.

It always amazes me though that teachers tell me that since I am a working parent I am not there for my child. That I am leaving them to raise the kid etc…And yep I have heard PLEANTY.

Fact is your a working mom expecting the daycare to “raise” your kid too. Maybe I do get to dress nicer, maybe I do work in a fancy office building…trust me I still deal with ADHD people, bullies, demands and so on.

Sorry, I may empathize with you but I have no sympathy for you. NONE.

RJ

May 1st, 2013
1:12 pm

Becky, the only teachers I know making that kind of money have been in it for a long time AND have multiple degrees, probably a doctorate. I wish I could make $65,000 a year. I’d be jumping for joy:)!

Hillbilly Dave

May 1st, 2013
1:13 pm

My gift card is in the form of my yearly property tax that goes to pay their salaries.

RJ

May 1st, 2013
1:17 pm

@FCM, you come across as pretty bitter. I don’t need your sympathy. You just keep doing what you do. Your kids will be educated, you’ll stay employed, and the earth will continue to spin on its axis. I just shared facts with you. That’s all. You either like them or you don’t. I refuse to debate with anyone about my job and make comparisons. I’ve worked in the corporate world. I know better than you ever will what the differences are. Have a great day. Smooches:)!

FCM

May 1st, 2013
1:23 pm

@ RJ…I’ll fight like mad to get your job kept, I really do appreciate the FA teachers. I would get rid of the ES & MS Psychologist, the Fitness teacher, and the ES Guidence Counselor before I got rid of a FA teacher. I’ll fight like mad to get supplies put BACK in the budget. I’ll fight like mad to get those salary cuts to hit at the top (Dr. Hinojosa you’re overpaid!).

If the school district shows that it can work within a budget, and be fiscally responsible (thus far that is a big NO) I would support increasing taxes. A joint parent/school district board to approve the budget…after a company like E & Y comes in to assess where cuts should be made (just like in companies)…with a calendar that makes sense (Sept – June) is needed and I can support that. Using “Foundation” funds to buy supplies but NOT fund furthering teacher education is something I can support (many employers expect you to stay current without paying you to learn).

HB

May 1st, 2013
1:30 pm

“We all have it tough, but I don’t know many professions that ask “employees” to pay to do their job.”

Lots of jobs require employees to pay for their own uniforms, shoes that are required for certain work, etc. I also know many people who use their own tech devices to do office work for convenience, efficiency, etc. I take my iPad on work trips rather than use one of the heavy, clunky, slow office laptops. That’s my choice.

Are teachers actually required to purchase supplies or are you doing it voluntarily rather than go without? If the latter, please stop! You want budgets increased? Then stop supplementing school funds with your own. Work with less paper, fewer markers, etc. either by figuring out how to make do and be successful with what you have or by allowing the situation to cause enough problems that those making decisions about funds will actually see the lack of supplies as a pressing issue.

FCM

May 1st, 2013
1:30 pm

@ RJ are you new?….Everyone (even catlady, MJG etc) know that I am not bitter but get accused of it when we talk teachers. Most here know I looked into being a teacher (I come form a LONG line of them and most of my cousins are teachers) and said no thank you I don’t want to deal with OTHER people’s children all day. However if you are a really good teacher (and I think most on here have figured that out)…I will support you 100% and pay out of my pocket to help you. In fact, I have and do.

To think because you’re a teacher you should get lament your choice of job that does not give you expo markers? UH NO. To think that we parents should keep finding deeper pockets to make up for the fact your school board hands fiscally irresonsible decisions down while they continue to put their kids in Private schools? UH NO.

FCM

May 1st, 2013
1:32 pm

And yes corporations do expect “employees” to pay for things: cell phones, internet, and actually some of the office supplies if they don’t like the ones provided (like the teachers asking for bounty b/c they don’t like the brown paper towels).

beth

May 1st, 2013
1:34 pm

I think alot of people who complain about “having” to show appreciation to their kid’s teacher are the ones who never volunteer in the classroom. I can’t imagine not thanking my kids teacher with something even if it’s just a special note. I do not work in the education field, but volunteer regularly in class and at the school and see how hard it is to control large and getting larger groups of 6/7 year olds. I bow down to teachers and their skill at actually creating a real learning enviornment. What they do is not easy. I work with a reading group on a weekly basis and just trying to get a small group of 5 or 7 kids to stay on task and accomplish something on a time limit and be able to say that they learned something is really hard!!!! And our school is pretty afluent. I can’t imagine working in low income schools.

We have already done teacher appreciation week, but I know that I plan to take care of my teacher at the end of the school year. I was a nervous wreck when we entered into this new school for 1st grade. I was afraid no one would hear me when I said that I thought my daughter had dyslexia. Her teacher (although legally she couldn’t say the word dyslexia) not only heard me, but saw my daughter’s potential and worked her butt off to make sure she was getting what she needed in the areas she needed it. And just last week we found out that my daughter was accepted into the gifted program. I am sure this would not have happened without the encouragement and patience of her teacher.