Time to get gifts for teachers. I am lucky – I only have two kids in school. I am even more lucky that some of us moms from preschool went in on some gift cards for the 4 teachers that frequent Julia’s classroom (more on that in a minute). I do want to thank the teachers – but it is just more complicated than getting a little trinket these days. Nathan has his main teacher and then he has teachers of “specials” ie. art, spanish, PE. I know that some parents get gifts for all of these teachers. I don’t even know who these people are so I am not going to do it this year. Take one point off the “good school mom” scale. Then there is a pressure of what to get his main teacher. I think it is pretty widely known these days that teachers have no need for a plastic apple with “world’s best teacher” on it. I decided to go with a gift card to Panera. Of course, when you go the gift card route the monetary value is clearly stated – so the value is a whole ‘nother decision to make. I went for $10.
Back to Julia. She has one teacher and two aides in her class. The speech teacer also has an office in her classroom and works a little with the kids. None of us like one of the aides and she doesn’t say two words to us parents. We reluctantly gave her a gift card as well. Same with the speech teacher – some of us wanted to and some of us did not. In the end we got all four gift cards to a shopping center – $5 a teacher and there were 4 of us.
I recently realized that parents also give gifts to bus drivers. I hadn’t thought of that one. I got him a $5 Panera gift card. He is a really good bus driver and has taken good care of Nathan during bus drills. I hope $5 isn’t too cheap but he can get a nice lunch off of it.
One of the moms in Nathan’s class is putting together a scrapbook. I had to develop some pictures, go pick them up and gather up my scrapbooking supplies and spend about an hour making 2 pages. I am sure it will be nice but when I think of all the time, thought and stress than went into this whole end of the year circus it makes me a little crazy.
Well – I am done…until next Christmas….