Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Teacher Gifts 2012
It is that time of year. Again. Ginger finished preschool last week, and I'm not ashamed to say I cried like a little girl - seriously, bawled - at the end-of-year music program. Saying goodbye to her tiny two-year window of preschooldom was painful, a pain whose only alleviation was the giddy little thrill of putting together a year-end gift for her amazing teacher.
Teacher appreciation week was last month, and our class pooled contributions for a generous restaurant gift certificate for her and the school's music teacher, so our year-end gift was simple. I'll just let you know now, this post holds no new ideas, just a rehashing of former ones I've posted - ain't broke, don't fix it. It's just a good way for me to keep track of who we've given what, when.
And while I was on the teacher gift vein, I've ordered/bought/planned the ones for Hazel's teachers, too, even though she still has a few weeks. Hazel has three teachers - a man and a woman that job share as her 1st grade teacher, and a wonderful grandmotherly full-time teacher's aide. So here's what we're doing.
For Ginger's preschool teacher AND Hazel's woman teacher - a copy of Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman, a personalized "Ex Libris" stamp, and two different colors of archival quality ink pads. I ordered the stamps from Etsy - there are a lot of cool ones on there! This one for Ginger's teacher:
And this one for Hazel's:
my favorite ice pops book (or maybe I'll try this one) and a set of star-shaped popsicle molds. Take a load off this summer, Mr. B.
And for Hazel's teacher aide, who has put up with heaven-knows-what this year, I'm taking an idea from a comment on last year's post. When we went strawberry-picking last Saturday at Homestead Farm, I stopped into their farm stand for a bag of buttermilk pancake mix and a jar of peach melba preserves. I hope she can have some leisurely breakfasts this summer on us.
Finally, that picture at the top of this post? It came attached to a funny - and practical - article I found about teacher gifts here. It's nice to know I'm at least not on the wrong track.