Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10 this year, and while we are celebrating the following week, we wanted to encourage you to appreciate the teachers in your life!

“Day in and day out they [teachers] are at work
preparing the future citizens of the U.S…
…Next to parents they are the most important people in our communities.”
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Our teachers fill the days with joy and laughter through silly songs, stories and interactions. They navigate the challenges with a smile: the busy moments of getting hungry children fed, tired children snuggled up on their cots, and cuddles when there are tearful goodbyes.

They nurture, providing the right physical and mental environment for the children to thrive.

They inspire and fuel curiosity, appreciating the diverse backgrounds, cultures, personalities and talents represented by the children and speaking positively to the potential of each child.

They are innovators; they are students of the children, and based on their observations, provide new experiences to help the children grow their roots strong and deep.

They are communicators, using kind, clear, respectful language and—more often than not—communicating powerfully through silent modeling.

They are collaborators, supporting each other’s classrooms, gladly stepping in to provide a helping hand or share ideas; they also partner with parents and our broader community to support early childhood development.

We are so grateful for our teachers, and that they have chosen to make a positive impact on tomorrow’s leaders and world changers!

teachers and students smiling at preschool

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

If you’re looking for ways to appreciate a teacher, here is a list of ideas based on our survey of  teachers in our community, from early childhood all the way through high school!

Handmade Cards from Students & Families

Some of the most memorable and treasured gifts are a thoughtful handmade card, note or artwork from a student. Teachers also love to hear from families. We are often quick to give feedback to teachers, but have we been just as quick to share the positives? It’s so meaningful when we take the time to share a funny anecdote, a milestone your child crossed, or another positive! 

Another suggestion for your young child is to have them (or help them) complete an “About My Teacher” form. These are such a fun way for teachers to see themselves through their students’ eyes!

sonnet my teacher card

Breakroom Goodies

Baskets of goodies—such as individually packed snacks—and drinks (soda, sparkling water, kombucha, ice tea, iced coffee) are always welcome so that teachers have something extra special to enjoy on their breaks! Be sure to check your school’s allergen policy before donating. Ask your school office if they have a “teacher’s favorites” list that you can look at so you can purchase off of that!

Gift Cards

Personalized gifts are thoughtful, but over the years many teachers accumulate dozens of mugs, tote bags and other gift items. Instead, consider giving something consumable, such as gift cards for an experience (dining or entertainment).  Gift cards for shopping are often welcome, as well, so teachers can buy what they need. Ask your school office for a “teacher’s favorites” list”!

Bring a Meal

Ask your school office or PTO if you can bring a meal for the teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week (or any other time of the year)! Be sure to inquire about dietary requirements so that everyone can enjoy the food! Not having to worry about prepping and bringing lunch is a gift to busy teachers!

Classroom Wishlist

Teachers often have a wish list of materials for their classroom. Ask your teacher how you can contribute or consider giving them a gift card to vendors such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Montessori Services, etc. The bonus is that items purchased from a wish list will usually be enjoyed by not just the teachers, but by many more children in the years to come!

preschool classroom wishlist

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