I love a good Teacher Appreciation Week. When I was a teacher this week couldn’t come at a better time; it was usually during a crazy, hectic spring-is-insane kind of week, and the parents at our school always did an amazing job of making us feel loved and valued. I learned a lot of great ideas as a teacher, and now that I am a parent with kids in preschool (and soon-to-be kindergarten) I was excited to shower the teachers at our preschool with some TLC. Hopefully my ideas will give you some inspiration, too.
My kids go to a local preschool that has a very laid-back feel. I love it. There isn’t a lot of fuss about anything- the kids are there to be loved and to learn to love school. The teachers love what they do. Can’t ask for much more than that!
In years past, I’ve done a “Thank You Party” for the teachers that taught my kids. It was really fun, but the longer they are at this school, the more teachers they come into contact with, and hosting an entire staff at my house… well, I do love a good party, but I’m not quite ready for that. So this year, now that I’m not pregnant or teaching, I decided this is the year to do a real Teacher Appreciation Week. Here’s what I did to prepare and put it into action!
I emailed our preschool director to get the message out, and she forwarded my email to all of the parents at our school. I requested that all of the parents let me know if they wanted to help out, contribute money, or whatever was easiest. I also let everyone know that participation was not required, as I didn’t want to pressure anyone into doing something when they had already planned their own thing. Very quickly we had a plan, which you’ll see below.
Then I gave a questionnaire to all of the teachers to find out what they like to eat, do, etc. I thought this would help the parent get to know the teachers and also get everyone excited about the week. When the teachers filled these out, I compiled them into a simple Word document and emailed it out to the parents to help them with ideas for personal gifts, etc. Here’s the questionnaire- feel free to download it! Just click and “save as.”
I also put out sign-up sheets for parents to bring in treats on two days. One day is for healthy snacks and the other is sweet treats- a little bit of both sides of the spectrum. To help with costs for decorations and gifts for the directors and cook at the school, I also put out a collection envelope. This was very helpful- it gave me a budget to work with, and any remaining money can be put towards a gift card to a book store or a place like Lakeshore Learning. This also allowed super-busy families to contribute and help out without stressing out.
The Thursday before Teacher Appreciation Week I passed out this sheet to all of the teachers so that they could know what they had to look forward to for the week. It’s always fun to know what’s going on and be informed, right?!
Once the plan is in place everything sort of takes care of itself. The only really involved thing was this past Monday. Everyone brought in flowers when they dropped off their kids, and we needed to get them into vases so that each room had fresh flowers to enjoy for the week.
I had help from two lovely moms, and another decorated vases for us- they are perfect! I showed up with an empty bucket and some trimmers for trimming stems. It took us about an hour to get the flowers removed from their wrappers, separated into 10 bouquets, and trimmed to fit the vases. I was very thankful for the help- doing it by myself would have taken a few hours. I also downloaded this adorable bunting from Urban Bliss- I think it was intended to be used as flash cards, but I wanted something cute to hang, so I just punched holes and used some ribbon. It looks super cute. I also sewed together some streamers thanks to the amazing Dana. I made these for Jack’s Party and they will become a staple in our house, for sure.
Parents bring in treats. I was planning on setting them out, but my son, Jack, was sick, so an awesome mom pitched in and set stuff out for me so I didn’t contaminate the food. Thanks, Jessica!
I called our local Jamba Juice and got a great deal on 20 smoothies. They even gave us a nice discount since we were a) ordering a boat-load of smoothies, and b) it was for amazing teachers. Score!
Parents bring in treats. Easy!
I pick up bagels and cream cheese to bring in, and parents bring in their own gifts. I also bring in gifts for the director and cook of the school. Hooray for Teacher Appreciation Week!
What do you do during this week for your kids’ teachers? There’s tons of inspiration on Pinterest, but I’d love to hear what you have done, too!