Last week, we asked our fans on Facebook what they had up their sleeves for Teacher Appreciation Week. The following is a sampling of their creative and heartfelt responses. Needless to say, a lot of teachers are in for a treat!
Rose Alaniz Palacios: Our staff is treated to daily celebrations the entire week. This year’s theme is “Best Teachers in the World.” Each day of the week will have a specific country with food from that country provided in the lounge, plus there will be a corresponding activity for the kids to do. For example, one day is Italy: That’s Amore. Italian food is served and the students will write “love” notes to the teachers. One day is China: Teachers will have lunch catered from a local Asian restaurant and the students will each write fortunes for the teachers. The final day is Americana and the teachers can enjoy the Fruits of Their Labor: students have the opportunity to bring in a piece of fresh fruit for their teachers that day and American food will be provided in the lounge. Each staff member also has their door or office decorated by the Room Reps and students, revolving around the Best in the World Theme.
Kathie Kitron Green: My favorite day is “Thank You Thursday” – we distribute thank you postcards to students, parents, teachers and staff and collect them for 10 days and then will distribute them on May 9th. The cost to our PTSA is a couple reams of cardstock, the good will it creates…priceless. Staff loves the notes they get and it builds on itself – when you get a thank you note, you’re more apt to send one out and thank someone else. I LOVE the spirit this creates!
Laura Kelly Bowman: At Green Valley Elementary in Roanoke, VA we’re planning a whole week of surprises for the school staff and our theme is, “You’re Our Heroes”. Today we hung up 425 paper cutouts on our “Hero Wall” in the entrance to the school for the staff to see on Monday. The kids wrote down why they think the staff is heroes on the cutouts, and their sentiments just couldn’t be more poignant and sweet. What a lift it will give to our staff!
Shalin Hassie: I have been doing this for the past few years and it’s always a hit. Each day I will send something different for my son’s teachers, starting out with flowers to keep in the classroom all week, then a basket of sweet & salty snacks, next day a basket full of classroom supplies, then to end the week with a nice personal gift of some sort (coffee/tea gift, spa gift cards, nice blanket/throw, lotion sets, etc…) Attach a little note signed by your child each day for a more personal touch.
Kelly Wadley Duggan: We celebrate our teachers/staff every day that week, but my favorite is “Souper hero Tuesday”. We’ll be bringing in a can of soup to donate to a local food bank in our teacher’s name. Of course, they’ll get yummy cupcakes in the lounge to remind them we know their super power is teaching.
Theresa Vance Curtis: Today we started the day with a snack of Oreos shaped like apples, candy apples, and their menu for the week in the mailboxes. All of the teachers and staff walked into the school to find their doors decorated as well. Our theme is “You Deserve to Relax” so we have small gifts, events and meals set up for the week to reflect our theme. So far the doors were a big hit!
Tara Bryan Hudgins: Taters for Teachers SPUD Bar on Friday! They loved it last year.
Kathy Barton Goldstein : We give the teachers and all staff little goodies throughout the week and then we have a big luncheon for them on Friday. On luncheon day, we have parent volunteers take over recess duty so the staff can enjoy lunch together!
Pam Trostle: Laurel Elementary PTA hosted Teacher Appreciation Luncheons, as well as providing them with snacks all week long. We collect prizes donated by local businesses for door prize giveaway during their lunch. We also gave a gift for each staff member from PTA. I personally made monogram note cards for my son’s teachers as a thank you gift from our family. We love our teachers!!