Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sailing Into Summer Blog Hop

The end of another school year is quickly arriving and there are still a bazillion and one things to do before your students pack up their belongings and leave your classroom for the final time.  I find this time of year to be a complete blur despite having gone through it for 15 years.  I find that no matter how organized or prepared I am for the last days of school, I am always racing to Starbucks for one last gift card or racking my brain working to find the right words to say to a colleague, parent, or my children's teachers. 

This year, thanks to this blog hop with my secondary buddies, I feel like I have my act together, I am happy to report.  While you may be up to your ears in paperwork and completing final exam grades, here are a few ideas to grab right away, or store on your Pinterest board for next school year to make it easy to show gratitude and say thanks to those co-workers, parent volunteers, cafeteria/maintenance staff, student helpers, etc. 

Classroom Appreciation Printables 

I am BIG on thank you cards and notes.  I feel that it is essential that we take the time to show gratitude toward those that we care about, have given to us, or done some kind gesture.  As adults we must set a good example, so that our children and students learn this important deed.  To help with the task of showing thanks, and making my life as easy as possible throughout the school year, I created this $1 resource.  It is 20-thank you printables that with a simple signature and $1 Spot goodie from Target, are so meaningful.  The person that is on the receiving end of one of these, truly feels appreciated.

Click on the image to grab this appreciation FREEBIE!

Character Pals

I am one of those people that tends to give gift cards to others for all gift giving occasions.  I want the receiver to be able to pick out something that they can truly utilize and not duplicate something they might already have, or have to worry about a return.  Some call it impersonal, I think it is ideal.  I love gift cards!  This end of school, I vowed not to do that.  Instead, I came across this clip artist on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Lauren from Polka Dots & Pals, creates characters in the likeness of people and she is truly GIFTED!  I wasn't sure what I would do with the images, but I had her create my children's teachers.  I sent her a picture, filled out a brief inventory to assist her in creating the image, and VOILA, I had two adorable characters.
Mrs. Bell, my daughter's kindergarten teacher!
Mrs. Chancey, my son's third grade teacher!

I took to Powerpoint and Vistaprint to create these adorable post-its and bags.  Every teacher needs bags for stuff, and post-its are another teacher essential.  Lauren also gave me the go-ahead to send them their jpeg character pal to utilize with resources and blogging fun.  I can't wait to give them these fun end of year surprises.

My friend Lauren will give away one Character Pal to one LUCKY winner, so enter the Rafflecopter for your chance to win.  I can assure you that you will LOVE her creation.

I would love to hear about any teacher appreciation or end of year gift giving that you do to show your gratitude...I am always on the hunt for fun ideas!  Happy End of Year!  You have almost made it! Check out some more ways to make your life easier these last few weeks by checking out these other amazing bloggers.
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At Sunday, 17 May, 2015 , Blogger Lidia Melniciuc said...

Ooh, I love the way you used the character on the bags! What an absolutely wonderful gift! I think I'll order one for myself...I'm sure I'l come up with many uses for my own character! : )


At Sunday, 17 May, 2015 , Blogger Laura McLeod said...

The characters are adorable, and the bags would send any teacher over the moon. I'm going to have to look into them more.

At Sunday, 17 May, 2015 , Blogger Ashley said...

Oh my gosh! I LOVE this gift idea! So creative!

At Sunday, 17 May, 2015 , Blogger janiefahey said...

This is such a creative idea and it's so personal. I too love the gift card, but something like this shows you're truly thinking about the person your giving the gift to. Awesome idea!
Are We There Yet?

At Sunday, 17 May, 2015 , Blogger Sarah Plum said...

I write a heartfelt thank you note to my teammates, administration, and support staff. I also create a small piece of usable art (tote bag, for example) and write a heartfelt thank you letter to my son's teacher.

At Sunday, 17 May, 2015 , Blogger Mrs. Spangler in the Middle said...

One thing I have done is give a package of the "Thanks-A-Lot" Girl Scout cookies to various people with nice cards. This year I am giving my para a wordle of her name in a frame. :)

Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

At Monday, 18 May, 2015 , Blogger Stacie Dempsey said...

That's the best teacher gift idea!! Thanks for sharing!
- Stacie
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At Tuesday, 19 May, 2015 , Blogger Melissa Soeltz said...

Those character pals are adorable! I want to make some for my boys' teachers! Great idea :)

At Saturday, 23 May, 2015 , Blogger Kelly from Glitter in Third said...

I LOVE that idea to create characters. I think I am going to get one done of me... those would be cuteness overdose on thank-you cards to give to parents for Christmas/birthday/teacher appreciation gifts. Thank you for sharing, those are perfection!

At Sunday, 24 May, 2015 , Blogger Julie Faulkner said...

Just added your gift cards tor wish list ! Thanks for joining us!
- Julie


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