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Old 12-22-2008, 08:04 PM   #1
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Question Do you buy your child's school Principal a gift?

I usually don't but it seems everyone is doing that this year. I was just curious on how many people buy a gift for the Principal. My DD is in Elementary School.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:07 PM   #2
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:10 PM   #3
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I do give him a gift. . .but that's because he's my boss as well!! It's usually some type of goody I've made. This year it was homemade chocolate dipped pretzels (he loves chocolate!)
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:19 PM   #4
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:23 PM   #5
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I do give him a gift. . .but that's because he's my boss as well!! It's usually some type of goody I've made. This year it was homemade chocolate dipped pretzels (he loves chocolate!)
That's what I gave my DD5 principal and school secretary too. Funny
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:30 PM   #6
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Well that's what I was thinking. But now I tend to think I am in the minority.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:34 PM   #7
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Being in the "minority" doesn't mean you have to "follow the crowd".. If it's something you're considering doing only because everyone else is, you're not doing it for the "right" reasons.. Make sense?
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Yes! She is awesome though.. she really cares for our kids and is always there for them.. I bought her a big box of candy.. she even gave me a thank you card before we left for Christmas break! Wow.. how thoughtful.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:38 PM   #9
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My son goes to Catholic School so we may be different. But at our school the PTO president sends out a letter asking for donations in any amount. She then splits what she gets between the principal and the support staff at the school. makes it easy and Sister doesn't end up with a bunch of small gifts. I like this. We can donate if we wish to and it is all anonymous.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:40 PM   #10
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I gave our principal and assistant principal a gift this year. They both do a great job. Our assistant principal is there early every morning to get the kids safely out of their cars, and he knew every child's name in the school within the first week.

Our principal is very approachable and does a great job supporting the teachers and the kids. I have never requested teachers for my kids, but she has done a great job determining whose teaching style best suits their learning styles. Both of my DDs have been very happy this year - in large part to the mix of kids in their classes as well as the personalities of their teachers. Our principal is very receptive to ideas for improvement and doesn't take offense if someone has an issue with the school or policies. Her motto is "every child deserves special treatment".

I don't think you need to give gifts, but I wanted them both to know that I appreciate their efforts where my DDs are concerned.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:45 PM   #11
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DD goes to a small school of 216 kids. Her school goes from grades K-8. She knows each and every staff member including the principal. He also knows her and has known her since he was in kindergarten. We do give him a gift ebcause he gives 180% to the school and to the kids.

it's usually a bottle of his favorite wine.

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Old 12-22-2008, 09:00 PM   #12
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Being in the "minority" doesn't mean you have to "follow the crowd".. If it's something you're considering doing only because everyone else is, you're not doing it for the "right" reasons.. Make sense?
Oh I am not buying her anything. I was just curious. I am done buying gifts. I can't buy anymore.
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:11 PM   #14
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DH is a principal and the majority of the students do not give him a gift(he is very grateful for the gifts he gets ----usually sweets or a small ornament, sometimes a tie-- but he doesn't expect gifts from students by any means).
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:13 PM   #15
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In our area it is a school district policy that teachers are not to get gifts, period. The policy also applies to other school employees.
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