How do you say “Thank you”

June 3, 2008 at 7:57 am 4 comments

This is my question of the past few weeks.

 

With Isaac’s time in his current classroom coming to a close after 2 years, how do you really thank the staff in there? I know they ask for classroom gifts, but putting up with the Monkey’s trailer trash for 2 very long years seems to require something a bit more special for each teacher/therapist.

So, I’m totally at a loss. Here’s the rundown of who I need to get things for:

1. Head Teacher T. She’s amazing, and she’s a first year teacher going back to Grad School to get her Master’s. She’s amazing. Just absolutely amazing…and she’s kicked Isaac’s tush from here to Kansas…and he loves her.

2. Speech Therapist C. She’s been with him for 2 years…and he loves her…and she’s really taken him from nothing to verbal spewage. Isaac adores her. We hear her name non stop.

3. Occupational Therapist P. Another 2 year survivor with Isaac. They’ve got sort of a rocky relationship, because she’s as tough as nails, but really knows what she’s doing. She makes him WORK. She’s made amazing progress with the little weirdo and has really backed us up on some things…and was severely left out to dry by the other 2 at one point, and I still feel terrible about that. But, she’s amazing.

4. Aide S. She’s another one we hear non stop about. She’s really good and is a coffee junkie. She’s new to the room this year, but has really made an impact on the little Monkey.

5. Aide D. Came in at the mid way point of the year, but really is a doll. We love her to death, even though she can be a bit scatter headed. She really knows how to make Isaac stop his garbage…and do what she wants him to do.

6. Aide MJ-She left for back surgery mid way through the year…and Isaac STILL talks about her. She was with him from the moment he entered the school…and he still wants to see her and show things to her. The kick is he talks and talks and talks about her at home, but blows her off at school!! What a kid! She won’t be back until September, possibly. It depends if her doctor will clear her-it was back surgery. We miss her dearly…she is just…well…MJ. They can get things to her for us.

We’re not doing anything for the Physical Therapist yet, because she’s got one more year with Isaac, as she’s the only one in the school.

so, that’s 6 people who we really need to say thank you to.

I’ve gotten the idea for gift cards…but where to? What for? What else?

How do you adequately say thank you to someone who has changed your child forever, for the better?

 

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  • 1. Shelby  |  June 3, 2008 at 9:16 am

    We usually do gift certificates, either to the local mall or a book store, since most teachers love books. One of Celia’s teachers loves ChickFilA, so we did one to there for her on Teacher Appreciation day. There’s always Starbucks, or ColdStoneCreamery (do you have that up there?) for treats.

    Good luck!

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  • 2. Chris H  |  June 3, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    I have to admit, I cheat when it comes to teacher gifts. Since I’m a Basket Consultant (http://www.longaberger.com/christinahay ), I usually go the “Basket Full of Memories” route. I get a basket for each of the special folks (my kids are special needs, too, so sometimes there are many folks! LOL), then write something on the bottom (or handles, if the basket has wooden handles) of the basket, like “Thanks for a wonderful year – June 2008″ or whatever. The kids and I sign the basket and have the kids fill the basket with notes or drawings or whatever things they think will remind the teacher of the “good times”. I blogged about one of those sorts of things here: http://www.angelfire.com/planet/hayshandcrafted/index.blog/1298745/more-catching-up-to-do/
    On the handles of those baskets, we wrote “People to People” on one handle and “Australia 2007″ on the other. Each of the kids signed the basket somewhere.

    Another thing I’ve done for the teachers is a “Teacher’s Summer Reading Tote”. We fill inexpensive small totes (and yes, I get them from the Longaberger Homestead Online…LOL…when the teachers saw mine, they just HAD to have their own!) with sunscreen, a beach towel, a visor or cheap sunglasses, a water bottle, and a gift card to the local book shop. Sometimes, we might throw in a snack or two, too.

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  • 3. Chris H  |  June 3, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    I have to admit, I cheat when it comes to teacher gifts. Since I’m a Basket Consultant (http://www.longaberger.com/christinahay ), I usually go the “Basket Full of Memories” route. I get a basket for each of the special folks (my kids are special needs, too, so sometimes there are many folks! LOL), then write something on the bottom (or handles, if the basket has wooden handles) of the basket, like “Thanks for a wonderful year – June 2008″ or whatever. The kids and I sign the basket and have the kids fill the basket with notes or drawings or whatever things they think will remind the teacher of the “good times”. I blogged about one of those sorts of things here: http://www.angelfire.com/planet/hayshandcrafted/index.blog/1298745/more-catching-up-to-do/
    On the handles of those baskets, we wrote “People to People” on one handle and “Australia 2007″ on the other. Each of the kids signed the basket somewhere.

    Another thing I’ve done for the teachers is a “Teacher’s Summer Reading Tote”. We fill inexpensive small totes (and yes, I get them from the Longaberger Homestead Online…LOL…when the teachers saw mine, they just HAD to have their own!) with sunscreen, a beach towel, a visor or cheap sunglasses, a water bottle, and a gift card to the local book shop. Sometimes, we might throw in a snack or two, too.

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  • 4. Belladonna Boomslang  |  June 26, 2008 at 7:29 am

    I hope this is a problem we end up having next year. We have to make a final decision on DS’s preschool today. I absolutely can’t stand sending him away among strangers!

    Could be worse, of course. The older one seems to have had some concern that preschool might be like Hogwarts – Bye until Christmas. Well, at least I know where he got that odd idea…

    Reply

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