Friday, May 10, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Day 5

Today was the final day of Teacher Appreciation Week!  Of course, that does not mean we don't appreciate our teachers the rest of the year!

For Jaxxon's main teacher, I put together a little box of goodies!  It contains a little bit of everything.  I got the original idea from the Seasons of Joy blog.
 I got a craft box from Hobby Lobby.  I used a 40% off coupon.  It comes with dividers, so you can make the sections as big or small as you like.
I covered the top of the box with school-themed scrapbook paper.  I mod-podged it on, so the top layer would be protected.  Of course I used a tulle bow and attached some pencils to the top.  Using my cricut, I created a custom name tag which can also be reused.

The box was filled with teacher goodies:

  • sticky notes
  • paper clips
  • push pins
  • magnets
  • binder clips
  • clothes pins....not for clothes of course  :)

It was also filled with some sweet treats:

  • peppermints
  • lifesavers
  • hershey kisses
  • now and laters

On the front cover, I attached the candy poem I created.  On day 1, I included these candies and poems for all of Jaxxon's other teachers.

Thank You!

Thank you for all the LOVE you have shown the kids this year.
You are a LIFESAVER to all the children you hold dear.
NOW & LATER the kid’s love for you will continue to reach.
You were MINT to be a teacher, and you were meant to teach!

For all the teachers, I had planned on getting everyone his/her favorite Sonic drink.  This question was of course on the questionnaire I had the teachers fill out.  Jaxxon has had so much enjoyment from passing the gifts out, I wanted him to have something to hand out (since I would be the one bringing the drinks).  I whipped up some chocolate covered popcorn!  YUMMY!  I love this, and it is so quick and easy to make.  I put some popcorn in plastic baggies.  I created a popcorn sign on the computer:

I wanted to POP in
and say Thank you
for all you do!
Love, Jaxxon
This allowed Jaxxon with a gift he could still deliver.  Not only has this been great for teacher appreciation week, it is showing him that it is great to give a gift and not get a gift back in return.

I created some labels on the computer to put on the straw of the Sonic drinks.  This allowed me to deliver with ease.  I ran to Sonic on my conference at 9:00 this morning.  Of course, I had to go ahead and get me and two teachers from my school a drink, as well!

I loved being able to pass out these drinks and just say, "thank you" in person.  I also got a GREAT hug from my sweet little man!!

This week has been fantastic, and I have loved creating these gifts for the teachers.  They have made this first year for Jaxxon so special, and I know this is the strong foundation he needs for a successful academic career!

Happy Appreciating!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Day 4

Here it is already day 4 of this great week.  Although I have only received one handmade sign from a student, I still love this week.  I love being able to make and do things for other people.

On the questionnaire I sent to Jaxxon's teachers, I asked them what their favorite snack food was.
Three teachers said popcorn!  For that, we bought a box of popcorn and divided up the pouches.  We tied a bow on it, and the gift was born.
One teacher likes trail mix, so we got a bag and tied a bow on it.
One likes caramel popcorn, so we got a bag and tied a bow on it.
The last teacher likes peanut butter crackers, so you guessed it!  We bought some peanut butter crackers and we tied a bow on it.
I used my cricut to make little personalized name tags.

I wanted to add a little something extra for Jaxxon's main teacher.  I found this cute sign at the Skip to My Lou site.  She provides the download! I printed out the sign in the two colors.  I bought two frames from Dollar Store.  After putting the sign in the frame, I wrote the number and the event with a dry erase marker.  This will be perfect to sit on her desk.  It can be used for any type of countdown!  I also made one for my very close teacher friend at my school!

In case you haven't noticed, I love tulle bows! Tulle just adds a little something extra to a gift!  I buy it at Hobby Lobby when they have their Christmas supplies on sale for 50% off.  They start putting the Christmas stuff out during July, so you have plenty of time to get it!  During Christmas, they have the big spools of tulle for $9.99!  I use it all year!!

The teachers liked the goodies, and Jaxxon and I liked providing the smile!

Happy Appreciating!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Day 3

For the third gift of this wonderful week, we gave homemade cookies or brownies in an oven mitt.  On the questionnaire I sent to Jaxxon's teachers, I asked if they preferred cookies or brownies.  5 preferred cookies and 1 preferred brownies.

I made brownies to reward one of my classes for good behavior with a sub, so I pulled some out for one of his teachers.  That was great since I was able to accomplish two things with one task!

For the cookies, I love baking snickerdoodles, so that is what I baked. I love these cookies!  The first batch was a little crispier than I prefer, so I kept those for myself (I said I love these cookies)!  The other batches came out GREAT!  Of course, I had to sample them, as well.

We put four cookies or brownies in a ziploc bag, and then we put those in an oven mitt.  I was able to pick these up for $1 from the Dollar store.  We attached a note that said:

Mrs. Keller,
You are a GREAT
Thank you for all you do!
Love, Jaxxon

They were a big hit, so our job was done!  Jaxxon has enjoyed bringing gifts each day.  I hope this helps him to see that it is always good to do nice things for other people.

Happy Appreciating!!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Day 2

On day 2 of Teacher Appreciation week, we sent some candy goodies to Jaxxon's teachers.

I pinned a great idea from this Season's of Joy site.  I adapted the poem just a little.

For his main teacher, I applied vinyl letters to a glass jar from Hobby Lobby (I caught that 50% off).  We filled it with M&M's.  Top that off with a tulle bow, and one great gift is born.  We attached the M&M poem.
Here is the poem:

My Magnificent and Marvelous Teacher

Green is for the inspiration you give me each day.

Blue is for your patience in showing me the way.

Orange is for your warmth and caring style.

Yellow is for the way you always make me smile.

Red is for my life that you have touched this year.
You're a very special teacher just like this box, that's clear.

You place knowledge in our children's hands
and melt into their hearts and lives forever.
You're a "Magnificent" & "Marvelous" teacher.
Thank you for helping the kids on their learning endeavor!

I had Jaxxon color in the boxes.

For his other teachers (we adapted just a little with the poem for our nurse), we put these items in a baggie:

  • two bags of M&M's
  • peppermints
  • now and laters
  • lifesavers
  • hershey kisses

I created this poem and we attached it to the back of the M & M poem:

Thank You!

Thank you for all the LOVE you have shown the kids this year.
You are a LIFESAVER to all the children you hold dear.
NOW & LATER the kid’s love for you will continue to reach.
You were MINT to be a teacher, and you were meant to teach!

His regular teacher will get the other items in her big gift on Friday.

I made some for my math teachers at school.  Hopefully, it brought a smile to the faces of all the teachers!

Happy Appreciating day 2!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Day 1

It is the first day of teacher appreciation week!  This is the first year that I have a child in school, so I had a blast making teacher appreciation gifts yesterday.  My son will take a gift each day of the week.  Of course, we couldn't forget about the librarian, computer teacher, coach, music teacher or nurse.

For the first gift, we made a pencil holder from a used can.

Last week, I created a form using Google docs.  I emailed the form link to all of my son's teachers.  I asked for these things:

  • favorite Sonic drink
  • favorite color
  • favorite snack food
  • favorite type of candy
  • do they prefer cookies or brownies

We painted the cans, using each teacher's favorite color.
Using my cricut, I put each teacher's name on the can with vinyl letters.
I found some cute Dr. Seuss ribbon and glued it on the can.
In the can, we included:

  • pencils
  • pens
  • markers
  • favorite candy

My son said the teachers really liked the gift!  I know how hectic this time of year can be, so if we were able to bring a smile, then we did our job!

Here is your chance for a free gift.  Comment to this post with your favorite teacher appreciation gift you have ever received or given.  The deadline is midnight Friday, May 10.  One lucky person will win any item from my teachers pay teachers store!

Happy Appreciating day 1!