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May 27, 2017

End-of-the-Year Thank You Gifts

By Amanda Nehring
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    We’ve almost made it to the end of the academic year — hooray! The end of school is the perfect time to thank all of the people that made the year so successful. From colleagues and office staff, to parent volunteers and your own students, each helped to create the learning environment and classroom community you all shared. Before you part ways for the summer why not give one of these quick and cute thank-you gifts to the important people in your school life?

    Co-Teacher

    Every year that I have taught in my multi-age, first and second grade class I have been blessed with a fabulous paraprofessional or co-teacher who has helped keep me sane. There is no bond like that of co-teachers, so at the end of the school year I always like to show my appreciation for my “other half” with a gift. In Illinois, we have had some 80 degree days recently that have gotten me longing for the pool, so my co-teacher gift theme is “You were my lifesaver this year!” I made a cute tag with a border by From the Pond that you can download and pair with an inflatable pool float, Lifesaver candies, and any other beach-themed items you’d like.

     

    Colleagues

    Any teacher will admit that they would never survive the school year without their incredible colleagues. Just think of the teacher next door who watches your class so you can run to the bathroom after your third cup of coffee. There’s also your grade level team that shares ideas and lessons plans, helping you remember that you aren’t alone in your struggles to teach 6-year-olds to compose and decompose numbers. Demonstrate your endless love for your teammates and teacher friends by giving them a colorful present that says, “Thanks for brightening my year!” Attach the tag I created to a new pair of sunglasses, a bottle of sunscreen, a package of colorful highlighters, neon nail polish, or fun lip gloss and watch your colleagues end the year with a smile. The downloadable tag that I created for this gift, as well as the remaining four tags, feature borders from Scholastic’s Word Workshop and clipart from Scholastic Printables.

     

    Office Staff

    The front office is filled with amazing staff members without whom school would not function. From the secretaries who know every student by name and the principal who keeps everything organized, to the nurse who fixes scrapes and the social worker who fixes friendships, office staff deserve some love in June too! Tell each of these hardworking men and women that they are a star by attaching this printable gift tag to a Starbucks gift card, a package of Starbursts or a sheet of colorful star stickers. Sign your name to your gift or leave it anonymously on their desk to say thank you for all they do throughout the school year.

     

    Parent Volunteers

    Nothing makes a child more excited than when their parent volunteers in their classroom. Come to think of it, nothing makes a teacher happier than to have that help! Reward your year’s volunteers with a sweet gift guaranteed to quench their thirst for summer fun. Attach a wooden spoon to a pretty pitcher and container of lemonade or iced tea and finish it off with my downloadable label. The English version of the gift label says, “We appreciate all your help ‘pitching’ in this year,” while the Spanish version features an equally silly pun, “¡Ay JARRAmba!, ¡Cómo nos ha ayudado!” In either language this thank-you gift will be a treat for parents to enjoy all summer long.

    Students

    Our students are the reason we can call ourselves teachers. They challenge us to create engaging lessons, share their triumphs and their struggles, and teach us to see the world through the eyes of a child. By the end of the year we have formed such a strong bond with our students that we often want to send them out with a little token of our love for them. It will make your kiddos smile to hear you say, “It blows my mind how smart you are!” when they read the gift tag on their end-of-the-year prize. You can pair that sweet message with a package of bubbles, a cute mini-fan or some bubble gum that students are sure to love.

    Lunch Helpers

    My final thank-you gift goes to the saints of the school, the lunch and playground supervisors. I honestly don’t know how they can keep track of hundreds of giggly students running at full speed around the schoolyard, but they always manage to do so with a smile. The tag to accompany this present says, “Hands down, you’re the best lunch supervisor around!” This theme will go hand-in-hand with a pair of gardening gloves, a bottle of lotion or hand sanitizer, or a new set of nail files for summertime manicures.

     

    I hope these six printable tags and their accompanying gift ideas will provide you with some inspiration for simple ways to thank all the people that helped make your school year a wonderful one. While we’re saying thanks, I wanted to let you know how much I have appreciated your readership this year. I wish you a wonderful summer full of relaxation and time to recharge your educator engines. If you are still looking for more ideas for end-of-the-year gifts, check out the following posts written by some of my amazing Top Teaching colleagues:

    ·       “Picture Perfect End-of-Year Student Gifts” by Lindsey Petlak

    ·       “Teacher Gifts: Theme Baskets on a Budget” by Meghan Everette 

    ·       “Quick and Easy Thank-You Gifts for Classroom Volunteers” by Genia Connell 

    ·       “Treasured End-of-Year Gifts That Won't Break the Bank” by Brian Smith

     

    We’ve almost made it to the end of the academic year — hooray! The end of school is the perfect time to thank all of the people that made the year so successful. From colleagues and office staff, to parent volunteers and your own students, each helped to create the learning environment and classroom community you all shared. Before you part ways for the summer why not give one of these quick and cute thank-you gifts to the important people in your school life?

    Co-Teacher

    Every year that I have taught in my multi-age, first and second grade class I have been blessed with a fabulous paraprofessional or co-teacher who has helped keep me sane. There is no bond like that of co-teachers, so at the end of the school year I always like to show my appreciation for my “other half” with a gift. In Illinois, we have had some 80 degree days recently that have gotten me longing for the pool, so my co-teacher gift theme is “You were my lifesaver this year!” I made a cute tag with a border by From the Pond that you can download and pair with an inflatable pool float, Lifesaver candies, and any other beach-themed items you’d like.

     

    Colleagues

    Any teacher will admit that they would never survive the school year without their incredible colleagues. Just think of the teacher next door who watches your class so you can run to the bathroom after your third cup of coffee. There’s also your grade level team that shares ideas and lessons plans, helping you remember that you aren’t alone in your struggles to teach 6-year-olds to compose and decompose numbers. Demonstrate your endless love for your teammates and teacher friends by giving them a colorful present that says, “Thanks for brightening my year!” Attach the tag I created to a new pair of sunglasses, a bottle of sunscreen, a package of colorful highlighters, neon nail polish, or fun lip gloss and watch your colleagues end the year with a smile. The downloadable tag that I created for this gift, as well as the remaining four tags, feature borders from Scholastic’s Word Workshop and clipart from Scholastic Printables.

     

    Office Staff

    The front office is filled with amazing staff members without whom school would not function. From the secretaries who know every student by name and the principal who keeps everything organized, to the nurse who fixes scrapes and the social worker who fixes friendships, office staff deserve some love in June too! Tell each of these hardworking men and women that they are a star by attaching this printable gift tag to a Starbucks gift card, a package of Starbursts or a sheet of colorful star stickers. Sign your name to your gift or leave it anonymously on their desk to say thank you for all they do throughout the school year.

     

    Parent Volunteers

    Nothing makes a child more excited than when their parent volunteers in their classroom. Come to think of it, nothing makes a teacher happier than to have that help! Reward your year’s volunteers with a sweet gift guaranteed to quench their thirst for summer fun. Attach a wooden spoon to a pretty pitcher and container of lemonade or iced tea and finish it off with my downloadable label. The English version of the gift label says, “We appreciate all your help ‘pitching’ in this year,” while the Spanish version features an equally silly pun, “¡Ay JARRAmba!, ¡Cómo nos ha ayudado!” In either language this thank-you gift will be a treat for parents to enjoy all summer long.

    Students

    Our students are the reason we can call ourselves teachers. They challenge us to create engaging lessons, share their triumphs and their struggles, and teach us to see the world through the eyes of a child. By the end of the year we have formed such a strong bond with our students that we often want to send them out with a little token of our love for them. It will make your kiddos smile to hear you say, “It blows my mind how smart you are!” when they read the gift tag on their end-of-the-year prize. You can pair that sweet message with a package of bubbles, a cute mini-fan or some bubble gum that students are sure to love.

    Lunch Helpers

    My final thank-you gift goes to the saints of the school, the lunch and playground supervisors. I honestly don’t know how they can keep track of hundreds of giggly students running at full speed around the schoolyard, but they always manage to do so with a smile. The tag to accompany this present says, “Hands down, you’re the best lunch supervisor around!” This theme will go hand-in-hand with a pair of gardening gloves, a bottle of lotion or hand sanitizer, or a new set of nail files for summertime manicures.

     

    I hope these six printable tags and their accompanying gift ideas will provide you with some inspiration for simple ways to thank all the people that helped make your school year a wonderful one. While we’re saying thanks, I wanted to let you know how much I have appreciated your readership this year. I wish you a wonderful summer full of relaxation and time to recharge your educator engines. If you are still looking for more ideas for end-of-the-year gifts, check out the following posts written by some of my amazing Top Teaching colleagues:

    ·       “Picture Perfect End-of-Year Student Gifts” by Lindsey Petlak

    ·       “Teacher Gifts: Theme Baskets on a Budget” by Meghan Everette 

    ·       “Quick and Easy Thank-You Gifts for Classroom Volunteers” by Genia Connell 

    ·       “Treasured End-of-Year Gifts That Won't Break the Bank” by Brian Smith

     

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