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What Are You Doing For Teacher Appreciation Week?


What Are You Doing For Teacher Appreciation Week?

Budget friendly ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Location: Jacksonville, Florida
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Latest Activity: Mar 12

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We will Be Having a lunchon For all of our teachers on may 7th thru may 11th given by the PTA at Kelly Miller Middle School our Address is 301 49th street N.E. Washington, D.C  20019 we hope you will…Continue

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I'm looking to have a banner made (actually 2 banners) for teacher appreciation week.  Does the National PTA have a preferred vendor?  Thanks!

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Comment by Karen Bantuveris on April 19, 2011 at 8:05pm

Skip to My Lou has all kinds of DIY and easy teacher appreciation week ideas - links logged here:

Teacher Appreciation Week - Great Simple Ideas

Comment by Ruth Beauchamp on April 19, 2011 at 7:45pm
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Comment by sandy mcnulty on March 20, 2011 at 2:17pm



  We do a secret theme for our school's staff(80 people), this year is Around the World-Monday they'll receive a passport visa and pencils, Tuesday they get a fortune cookie and chopsticks, Wednesday French pastries for breakfast, Thursday Ireland w/gold coin candy in little pots, Friday we get a caterer to set up a taco/burrito bar.  We get donations and have a gift for everyone.  We decorate the school in countries flags. 

Comment by Becky Kerkesner on March 12, 2011 at 10:40am
Last year in addition to a catered meal, we had gift card flower bouquets.  Read on...we asked families to send in gift cards, any amount any store.  We took glue dots and placed the gift cards on paper flowers we cut out from our die cut machine.  The flowers with gift cards attached were then taped onto wooden skewers and stood up in a basket in floral foam and covered with moss, making a gift card bouquet.  We had so many gift cards donated we had to make 2 baskets.  We divided out the number of gift card flowers out over 5 days and each day our Principal pulled that many names and announced the winners over the announcements.  That day's winners went to the office and picked the flower/gift card of their choice.  It was such a success I may consider doing it again.  So many teachers/staff were able to receive something, rather than giving 1 big gift basket a day (as we have also done).  It is amazing how many parents are out there just waiting for opportunities to do something for PTA, and especially those that cannot physically come in and help at the school.  They wait for moments when they can give in some way.
Comment by Michele Diane Maeder on January 28, 2011 at 5:50pm

Last year to celebrate Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week our PTA has been very fortunate that a local business donates breakfast (pastries) one day, we purchased frozen custard with waffle cones from a local business for another day.  And on the last day we provided lunch.  In b/t those days each teacher recieved a post it pad that had a saying on it that was related to teaching.  We inlcuded homemade centerpieces that had quotes about education to put on the tables in the teachers lounge for the week.

Comment by Aparna Vashisht on January 28, 2011 at 12:19pm

Here are some budget friendly ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week:


With the holidays now upon us and the economy still in question, affordable but still personal gifts are first on everybody’s list.  Our family is no exception.  With a large extended family and extensive holiday travel, our family started looking for affordable personal gifts years ago.  One of our favorite ways to show our loved ones they are valued during the holiday season is to bake and prepare candies for them.  We bake everything from traditional chocolate chip cookies to the more difficult biscotti and prepare everyone’s favorite candy, whether that is chocolate covered pretzels or peanut butter fudge.  These gifts are always a big hit!

About a year ago, I decided to give the kids’ teachers something a little different.  So we started giving “Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar” along with a $25 gift card to a local teacher supply store to her homeroom teacher and “Other Cookies in a Jars” for the rest of her support teachers.  The “Cookies in a Jar” are super simple, affordable, and the teachers always seem to love them.

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Do you give thank you gifts to teachers?

Today I thought I would provide a list of gifts teachers enjoy receiving. You will notice that all the gifts are cost effective and the student would be able to have the most input in deciding on the gift.

Teacher Resources: Pens, Whiteboard Markers, Colored Paper, Stapler. You name any office supply and most teachers would love you for it. I am known for using purple pens when I correct students work so one year I got a box of purple pens!

Books: As a new teacher my classroom library was full of my old books from when I was young. Through the years new additions have included books from past students. And each student has signed their name and year.

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Comment by Brenda Drummer Martin on July 25, 2010 at 12:49pm
Great ideas! We usually do a catered luncheon or potluck....these ideas inspire me and I will share some with our board! I'm also thinking on the spot here of combining a red carpet type atmosphere, where we can get some students to nab a few teachers during the week and ask for interviews, just asking one question such as, "What made you want to become a teacher?", then the students will write down responses (we can help as necessary). On luncheon day, (or maybe other days also) the school TVs can roll quotes from the teachers along with a picture if possible. ( Possibly some parts of this idea could have come from the NPTA or KYPTA conferences.....not sure...but I will suggest...)
Comment by Brandi Phillips on April 30, 2010 at 11:44pm
Our school has a theme for each day with some kind of treat for the teachers/staff: Monday -breakfast, Tues - salads, Wed-lunch, Thurs-dessert,Fri-fresh fruit. Along with each day we have a themed gift basket to give away in a drawing. In order to encourage the students (this is for a HS), we have put together a movie gift basket, complete w/candy, DVDs, popcorn & a gift card to a local movie. Each time a student gives a teacher a "thank you" card their name will be entered t owin the movie basket. We are also putting a little something in the teacher's mailbox each day. Post-it notes w/ a sticker that says, "Your dedication is noteworthy". A pack of extra gum that says, "Thanks for your EXTRA hard work". A payday candy bar w/ a label that reads, "You deserve an extra PAYDAY".
Comment by Kim W. on April 23, 2010 at 3:58pm
The PTA gives a small gift on Monday and then we send home a letter to the parents on Monday asking the students/parents to participate in different activities throughout the week beginning on Tuesday. Tuesday is bring a flower (made, home grown or from store), Wednesday - wear your teachers favorite color, Thursday - write a thank you note and Friday - bring a dessert to put in the teachers lounge for all to enjoy. If the PTA caters a meal this is the day we usually do that as well. The teachers love it and it is cost effective for all :)
Comment by Shondra Carter on April 21, 2010 at 7:44am
Our PTA has requested the help of our partners, parents and other organizations. We have secured five great gifts as raffle prizes (restaurants, groceries stores and a massage parlor). We will pull a teacher's name each day and they when the gift of the day. Our partners have all made a donation so that we can give the teachers a reception and we have massage therapists (a few of our parents) coming to give brief massages. We purchased little thank you cards from Dollar Tree and small gift sacks so that each teacher can get a treat in their mailbox one day. Also, we got the students involved where many of them are writing poems or letters to the teachers and some will be read over the intercome each day.

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