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BernardandMissBianca
08-19-2009, 07:13 PM
SO I have been voluntold to make/buy back to school gifts for the teachers this year. It is new territory for PTO this year, we are trying to build a good relationship with the teachers (it's been very much us and them in years past).

Anyway, I'm making post it note holders, but what else should I do? we have 16 female teachers and 4 male.

joyah
08-19-2009, 07:21 PM
Buffy love the volutold!!!

Anyway alot of our teachers use stickers and stamps for great job, excellent and what not. or if the school has the single cup coffee makers how about a few boxes of mixed, they even have them in teas now.

Just a few thoughts off the top of the head I'll try coming up with some more if the brain allows.

rlovew
08-19-2009, 07:25 PM
If you have dry erase boards in the classroom a back of dry erase markers is nice. I always needed extra pencils and paper as the school year started.

If you want something cute like this:

You are all SweetTarts for all you teach our children.
You deserve 100 Grand every Payday.
We know sometimes our kids act like Airheads orNerdsor like they're from Mars(we do, too!)
You bring them AlmondJoy; when you teach about the Whatchamacallit and ignore their Whoppers

I have seen a few others but this is the one I foun d in the google search.

To be honest durring the first week of school- someone providing a little breakfast (friut, pastries, juice, and maybe a breakfast casserole) would have been the most awesome thing they could have done short of working in my classroom.

Rebecca
****** We really <Skor> to have such a great staff at (School Name).
****** <U-NO> we think you're great!*

PinballFamily
08-19-2009, 07:29 PM
OK - I'll bite (and probably put my foot in it!)

What is your budget?

The primary reason I ask is that teachers usually have SO much of the crafty stuff/candles/mugs/candy that they're ready to spit! The kind ones smile and say thanks when given yet more of these items, but secretly are thinking "More of the same...! Ugh!!! To the Goodwill I go...")

IMHO, teachers *always* are spending their own money on supplies for the classroom. If you're already making a post-it-note holder for each teacher, perhaps along with the post-its inside, there could be a gift card - even if only for $10 - to Staples or wherever you think most of your teachers would be shopping. THIS would definitely be appreciated by teachers of any gender! And would help your PTO get off on the right foot for the beginning of the year...

Just my two cents!

lovingthemouse
08-19-2009, 09:05 PM
OK Buffy - first you head up to my school and run all these gifts by me - i'll give you personal opinions!!! Truly, i have never been given a gift at the beginning of the yr - not in 32 yrs! Teaching in an urban school, i rarely get them at the end of the yr, so a thank you is much appreciated!!
So Buff - you know how to get here, just let me know what time you want me to sample them!!! What a great "voluntold" you are. :hug:

PS Pinball Family - you are right on the money there!!

BernardandMissBianca
08-19-2009, 11:47 PM
The principal is doing a welcome back breakfast for the teachers, PTO is doing a welcome back coffee for the parents.

No real budget. This is kind of a last minute make-it-up-as-you-go thing. I could do staples gift cards maybe.

Rebecca I've seen the back to school survival kit poems but with such an age range (pre-k to 8) I don't think everyone would get it, ya know.

No mug shall ever be given on my watch!!! LOL I come from a long line of teachers so I know that rule. I did give out 2 paint cans to the pre-k teacher one year, hers had margarita mix and her aide's had gift cards to local restaurants. If I had more time I would alter mini paint cans but school is back 4 days after I get back from Disney so no time to do much.

I think all of our chalkboards have been converted to dry erase but I'll have to double check. I can't be positive about that one. What about chalk? Red pens?

Caroline, awe. :hug: I'm sorry you don't get goodies from your kids. I know a lot of them can't afford a big gift but a hand made card would be nice. If you come to Lisa's next crop I'll have a bunch of goodies for you!! You know you are one of my most favorite teachers!!!

LOL, I did hand made invites to our Shopping fundraiser last year, they all looked scared when I hand delivered them instead of stuffing their mailboxes. Especially the counselor I almost had fired and almost sued last year. That is a fun story! honestly they don't know what to make of me and the President of PTO. I think, they think we have an ulterior motive when we don't. We just want to make the school a better place.


OK ideas so far:

Tissues - cause let's face it, I'm practical and every class needs tissues

clorox wipes - Yes, no?? I usually donate a bundle to my kids classes but hey that's 4 out of the 13 so why not all of them.

post it note pad - Should I wrap this one, or stamp handmade by on the back?

gift card - Dunkin donuts and Staples or just Staples?

stickers - motivational

I was also thinking of doing a flower pot with cricut flowers and something like Sowing the seeds of knowledge or teacher's are the sunshine, student's are the flowers. Something, I don't know.

BernardandMissBianca
08-19-2009, 11:51 PM
I also have one more question. the second grade teacher is only coming back for a month before her maternity leave. An aide is moving up into her position for the rest of the school year. Should I make 2 gifts, one for Mrs. K and one for Miss D, or just one, and if just one then who does it go to?

joyah
08-20-2009, 06:43 AM
Buffy I've done the cricut flower pots that said thanks bunches for the end of the year and they had flower seeds in them. I think all the teachers kept them as they were and planted the seeds in their gardens at home.

I have pictures somewhere of them.

rlovew
08-20-2009, 07:26 AM
I also have one more question. the second grade teacher is only coming back for a month before her maternity leave. An aide is moving up into her position for the rest of the school year. Should I make 2 gifts, one for Mrs. K and one for Miss D, or just one, and if just one then who does it go to?

I would get stuff for the aide now - so that you have the same stuff as for anyone else but I would present it to her when she takes over the class so the other aides don't feel slighted.

Rebecca

rlovew
08-20-2009, 07:29 AM
I think all of our chalkboards have been converted to dry erase but I'll have to double check. I can't be positive about that one. What about chalk? Red pens? Chalk is helpful if teachers use it- I never did- I covered any area of the chalkboard that wasn't converted. Colored pens are always helpful- many elementary schools are encouraging moving away from red pens to using various colors but any of them are helpful.

Caroline, awe. :hug: I'm sorry you don't get goodies from your kids. I know a lot of them can't afford a big gift but a hand made card would be nice. If you come to Lisa's next crop I'll have a bunch of goodies for you!! You know you are one of my most favorite teachers!!!

LOL, I did hand made invites to our Shopping fundraiser last year, they all looked scared when I hand delivered them instead of stuffing their mailboxes. Especially the counselor I almost had fired and almost sued last year. That is a fun story! honestly they don't know what to make of me and the President of PTO. I think, they think we have an ulterior motive when we don't. We just want to make the school a better place.


OK ideas so far:

Tissues - cause let's face it, I'm practical and every class needs tissues

clorox wipes - Yes, no?? I usually donate a bundle to my kids classes but hey that's 4 out of the 13 so why not all of them.

post it note pad - Should I wrap this one, or stamp handmade by on the back?

gift card - Dunkin donuts and Staples or just Staples?

stickers - motivational

I was also thinking of doing a flower pot with cricut flowers and something like Sowing the seeds of knowledge or teacher's are the sunshine, student's are the flowers. Something, I don't know.

Those all sound like good useable things- the biggest thing is making the gift things they can use instead of things they have to find a place to keep.

Rebecca

morgansmom2000
08-20-2009, 09:20 AM
I decorated a metal DVD case and put a small steno pad in it for Morgan's 2nd grade teacher. I also altered a checkbook/calendar pocket and gave that to her. She LOVED the notebook case.

Mom-to-2-Princesses
08-20-2009, 11:19 AM
Would you be able to make personalized notes for each teacher?

You can do it easy, doesn't need to be notecards, envelopes, just a cute paper for them to staple to papers, send a note home, reply to a question, etc.

One year my girls sat down with a Disney print studio program, chose a cute clip art, typed their teachers name, and printed 50 sheets. Each sheet had 4 of the items in it, then we cut the paper, placed in small box and voila! the teacher had a personalized set of 200 notes. Both teachers told me several times what a thoughtful, personalized, useful gift it was. It would be even easier to do know with the cool printshop programs most of us own.

Good Luck with whatever you do -- it's the thought that counts and the teachers are going to love it!

BernardandMissBianca
08-20-2009, 11:47 AM
Oh good idea! I could make note paper.

I was going to have the goodie bag all set for the aide at the same time, I just wasn't sure if I should give one to the regular teacher since she'll only be there for a month.

Lisa
08-20-2009, 08:09 PM
I like the idea of giving practical items; notecards, tissues, wipes, sticky note pads, the cricut flower pot, a staples or DD card.

DisneyIsTerrific
08-20-2009, 09:16 PM
I like the idea of giving practical items; notecards, tissues, wipes, sticky note pads, the cricut flower pot, a staples or DD card.

I think these items are a good idea too. I also think something should be given to the teacher who is going out on maternity leave and her aide who is taking over. I think it would be awkward to leave either one out.

BernardandMissBianca
08-20-2009, 09:23 PM
The pregnant teacher was there today. I don't think she'll make it to October. She is having lots of problems and the baby is really big. She's having multiple ultrasounds and stress tests.

But I will have a goodie for both teachers ready and available. I already gave baby gifts to the 4 teachers who were/are pregnant.

party of 3
08-21-2009, 08:36 AM
I decorated a metal DVD case and put a small steno pad in it for Morgan's 2nd grade teacher. I also altered a checkbook/calendar pocket and gave that to her. She LOVED the notebook case.

did you take pics of these things?? i'd love to see them if you did!

morgansmom2000
08-21-2009, 10:20 AM
did you take pics of these things?? i'd love to see them if you did!

I'll have to look for them on my other computer. I'm sure I have them somewhere ;)

logan&tylersmama
08-21-2009, 08:17 PM
i made logans second grade teacher an altered 2 liter soda bottle. inside it i included - hand sanitizer, post it notes, dry erase markers, pens, penciles
i covered it with fall paper - put her name on it -
will drop it off in the office next week - since next week is the last week of summer vacation.
DH called me a suck-up
I guess i am trying to butter her up - before i tell her we are taking logan out of school for 4 days at the end of september to go to disney

caroline - if you were my sons teacher - i would give you gifts - no matter what my DH called me :)

jennifer

Lisa
08-21-2009, 08:18 PM
while cooling my heels at the dr's office, I was looking at June/July issue of Family Fun. One of their suggestions for an end of the year gift was making truffles and put into a cute little paper box. I thought that would be a good thing for a nice welcome back to school gift for the teachers.

BernardandMissBianca
08-21-2009, 08:33 PM
you want me to bake??? did that poison get sucked into your brain????

logan&tylersmama
08-21-2009, 08:35 PM
truffles arent really baking buffy - --- you could do it
you could always get some of your yummy trader joes brownies
jennifer

BernardandMissBianca
08-21-2009, 09:25 PM
I can do brownies!!

Lisa
08-21-2009, 10:19 PM
Don't mess with me, woman! I am on steroids!:eek:

bringing some brownies to SDV? :goodvibes

BernardandMissBianca
08-21-2009, 10:23 PM
UH oh, roid rage!!! Is that why you are still up? I know when I take them I can't sleep.


Yes, I'm headed to Trader Joes tomorrow, hopefully they will fit in the box I'm going to ship down. Don't want to take them on the plane TSA may swipe them! LOL

Lisa
08-21-2009, 10:44 PM
Just what an insomniac needs, more issues sleeping.:rolleyes:

BernardandMissBianca
08-21-2009, 10:46 PM
sorry!! how long does the pack last?

morgansmom2000
08-22-2009, 06:25 AM
Buffy, do you have Cricut Design Studio (or even just the trial version and George)? I saw this cute box just now, would fit a little yumminess in it. Click (http://sopranoannie.wordpress.com/). I could probably alter it for you if you don't have the full program, because you can only cut using which ever cart came with your Cricut on the trial version.

party of 3
08-22-2009, 06:57 AM
i made logans second grade teacher an altered 2 liter soda bottle. inside it i included - hand sanitizer, post it notes, dry erase markers, pens, penciles
i covered it with fall paper - put her name on it -
will drop it off in the office next week - since next week is the last week of summer vacation.
DH called me a suck-up
I guess i am trying to butter her up - before i tell her we are taking logan out of school for 4 days at the end of september to go to disney

caroline - if you were my sons teacher - i would give you gifts - no matter what my DH called me :)

jennifer



ooohhh did you take a pic of it? i'd love to see it!

morgansmom2000
08-22-2009, 07:58 AM
Holly, here are the notebook holders and date books. Mine is the one in the middle, bottom row.

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp203/stampinupwithjennifer/SimcoeIsland9342.jpg

And here they are open.

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp203/stampinupwithjennifer/SimcoeIsland9332.jpg

disneydreamingdebby
08-22-2009, 08:14 AM
If you are giving the teacher who is going on maternity a gift, you could give her it when you give the others their gifts. As for the aid taking over, will she be there when you give out gifts? If not, give it to her when she takes over. Are your teachers using technology? Depending on cost, a flash drive would be a great gift. Another idea (but not sure at elementary level) kit: bandaids, hand sanitizer, lotion, tissues. What about notecards or thank you cards?

party of 3
08-22-2009, 08:36 AM
jennifer-
those are awesome! i love them all. what a great idea.
thanks for the pics.

Lisa
08-22-2009, 08:55 AM
Jennifer, those are adorable. What did you use for cases? I think that will be a great end of the year gift. :thumbsup2

PamCo88
08-22-2009, 09:01 AM
I like the idea of tissues, hand sanitizer, wipes, dry erase markers/chalk and office supply gift cards especially if you can give it to them before school starts.

party of 3
08-22-2009, 09:06 AM
Jennifer, those are adorable. What did you use for cases? I think that will be a great end of the year gift. :thumbsup2

thanks for asking Lisa. i wanted to know too, but thought i had bugged her enough!

Mickeyteacher
08-22-2009, 09:18 AM
thanks for asking Lisa. i wanted to know too, but thought i had bugged her enough!

I want to know also! These would make great gifts for the room moms/ volunteers in my room!
S :)

morgansmom2000
08-22-2009, 11:40 AM
Give me a minute...It's on the tip of my tongue and I have to go look in the mirror.

(None of you are ever a bother, by the way)!

morgansmom2000
08-22-2009, 11:44 AM
Got it! (https://www.effectuality.com/store/item.php?product=view&store=us&itemid=88&catid=5&lng=en&pid=7291)

Shipping is on the high side, but if we combined an order (for us local gals), we could split it. ;)

BernardandMissBianca
08-22-2009, 12:14 PM
Very cute ideas everyone.

I think for now I'm going to concentrate on the post it notes and when I get back from SDV I will gather the rest of the supplies.

I like the pocket calendars too. And the flash drives, I know the newer teachers use these.

Jennifer, did the note pads fit in the cases or did they have to be trimmed? Are they Steno pads?

I will post a pic when I'm done!

party of 3
08-22-2009, 01:20 PM
Give me a minute...It's on the tip of my tongue and I have to go look in the mirror.
:lmao:
Got it! (https://www.effectuality.com/store/item.php?product=view&store=us&itemid=88&catid=5&lng=en&pid=7291)

Shipping is on the high side, but if we combined an order (for us local gals), we could split it. ;)

count me in!

morgansmom2000
08-22-2009, 06:43 PM
Hehehe, I wondered who would pick up on that ;)

Lisa
08-22-2009, 07:40 PM
Count me in for at least 20.:teacher:

lovingthemouse
08-22-2009, 07:50 PM
Jennifer, I love those tins!! They would make great stocking stuffers too. If you decide to send in an order, would you let me know?
When we went to the Cape crop weekend in March- i won a paint can. It had sat untouched til last weekend. I loved doing it so much. that I want to do more. Why is it that I am always in on the tail end of things?

Lisa
08-22-2009, 10:06 PM
LTM, I am so glad you liked doing the altered paint can! It's a great container for giving gifts in too. Think of the possibilities, a baby themed can for a baby shower, halloween, christmas (put candy canes in hooked on the rim) and easter basket, etc.

BernardandMissBianca
08-22-2009, 10:24 PM
Hmmmmm. Maybe if we buy some and split it, I can do them and the calendars for Xmas gifts.

I'd be in for 20 or 30.

morgansmom2000
08-23-2009, 07:24 AM
Sounds good, just let me know how many you want and I'll figure out costs (your share of shipping will be based on the number of tins you buy - I have a formula to figure percentage ;) ).

party of 3
08-23-2009, 08:23 AM
Jennifer, I love those tins!! They would make great stocking stuffers too. If you decide to send in an order, would you let me know?
When we went to the Cape crop weekend in March- i won a paint can. It had sat untouched til last weekend. I loved doing it so much. that I want to do more. Why is it that I am always in on the tail end of things?

i love doing the paint cans LTM! i just love when the are finished. i have my template's now so the most time it takes me is decorating it once the paper is on. i did a yellow one for ds teacher for the end of the year gift and filled it with all her favorite things. -ds sent her a note before and asked her to fill in the blanks!- it worked like a charm! mom actually picked out the ribbon that went around the edge and it was a perfect match! she had the knack for that sort of thing.

jennifer-count me in for 20 i guess. i'll make them for school and maybe i'll make them for xmas presents too. i bet they would like nice decorated for a gift card.

morgansmom2000
08-23-2009, 08:37 AM
May I see a picture? And, how do I get a template?

Buffy, I don't think I ever answered your question. They are the little "legal" pads. I just measured a spare I had here, they are 8x5. You need to cut about an inch off the bottom to get it to fit.

party of 3
08-23-2009, 08:47 AM
you can see a pic. let me see if i can upload it. my computer acts up sometimes. and i'll make you a template if you like.
do you have the cm circle cutter thingy?
give me a few to upload it. or attempt to!

morgansmom2000
08-23-2009, 08:49 AM
I do have the CM circle cutter thingy. It may, however, be in the POD, I haven't seen it in a long time.

Did you upload it yet?





Now?





How about now?








:lmao:

party of 3
08-23-2009, 09:07 AM
hold your horses will ya!

morgansmom2000
08-23-2009, 09:09 AM
hold your horses will ya!

I'm waiting...

party of 3
08-23-2009, 09:44 AM
ok here you go.....


http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a381/holls111/IMG_1047.jpg

this was bubba's teachers

and i think i have some of the other ones i've made....


http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a381/holls111/IMG_6601.jpg


http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a381/holls111/IMG_6592.jpg

party of 3
08-23-2009, 09:47 AM
if you are going to make them you will need to dig your cutter out of the Pit-of-Dispair! (did i get it right??)

BernardandMissBianca
08-23-2009, 10:36 AM
Here's mine I did a few years ago!

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i125/BernardandMissBianca/teacherscan2.jpg

I carry my tools in these for SDV.

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i125/BernardandMissBianca/Can2.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i125/BernardandMissBianca/Can1.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i125/BernardandMissBianca/Can3.jpg

morgansmom2000
08-23-2009, 05:52 PM
Oh, really cute!

POD is actually a POD. We had our house on the market and "decluttered" so we have a lot of stuff still in storage. We keep talking about getting a shed, but we haven't gotten around to it.

Teacher03
08-23-2009, 05:56 PM
I love all the ideas! I'm going to remember this thread around Christmas.

GBShorts
08-23-2009, 07:48 PM
Just a random thought, but what if you gave a gift to the teacher who is expecting that relates to her pregnancy/baby? Instead of getting her something for her classroom, get her something for being a mommy...it could be anything from an at-home spa kit (lotion, stretch mark cream, shower gel, etc...) to a gift card for diapers or somesuch. That way she still gets a gift to know she's appreciated, but it suits more what she's going to be doing very soon!!

I can't wait to see your finished product you choose to do!