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Teacher Appreciation Week

Surprise Me!

This week is national Teacher Appreciation Week. Both my sons have great teachers and I love this opportunity to thank them. My oldest son has a team of teachers that help him through the day. There are four in particular that I wanted to thank each day with a small something. Here are some ideas I am thinking about:

  • You are out of this world” tag attached to a Milky Way or Mars candy bar
  • You deserve an extra payday!” tag attached to a Payday candy bar
  • There is no ‘sub’stitute for you!” tag attached to a gift card for the local sub shop
  • You are ‘extra’ special” tag with a pack of Extra Gum
  • Thanks for helping Blake ‘bloom’” tag with a bouquet of flowers
  • We appreciate the ‘mounds’ of work you do!” tag attached to a Mounds candy bar
  • Thanks for giving Blake a hand” tag with hand lotion
  • Thanks a ‘latte’!” tag with a gift card from local coffee shop, special coffees or travel mug
  • You are ‘souper’! – soup mix, custom decorated soup bowls or homemade soup
  • Thanks for holding everything together” tag with fun paper clips
  • Just a note to say you are specialcustom made note pads , purchased notepads or post it notes
  • You are a ‘treasure’ tag with Treasures candy
  • You really measure up” tag with a cool ruler, yardstick or measuring tape
  • You are ‘sum’body special” tag with a calculator or math game for the class
  • You are the apple of our eye” with a basket of apples (construction paper leaves with nice sayings—A+ teacher, you’re special etc. can be hot glued to the stems)
  • You are ‘tea’rrific!” tag with a selection of teas
  • You deserve a ‘break’ today! Thanks for your hard work” tag with a Fast-Break candy bar or McDonald’s gift certificates
  • You are a smart cookie” tag with homemade cookies
  • Thanks for a ‘picture’ perfect year” tag with movie coupons or nice picture frame
  • Thanks for making our school year bright” tag with a package of highlighters
  • Thanks for helping Blake grow” tag with flower seeds
  • You are o’fish’ally the best!” tag attached to Goldfish Crackers
  • Thanks for lighting the way” or “You light up our world” with a flashlight or nice candle
  • We are your biggest ‘fan’!”with a cute desk fan, hand held fan or paper fan.
  • Thanks for the ‘time’ you spend with Blake” tag on a cute clock, fun watch or pretty appointment book
  • We are fortunate to have you!” tag with a Chinese take out box filled with fortune cookies
  • You have been a ‘bright’ spot in our year!” tag with a package of highlighters
  • You are a joy!” tag attached to an Almond Joy candy bar
  • Thanks for giving Blake a hand!” tag attached to work or garden gloves filled with candy
  • You have been just ‘write’ for Blake!” package of nice pencils or pens in a case or container
  • You rock!” tag with pop rocks, rock candy, Rock Star soft drink or painted rock for a paperweight
  • You have been ‘key’ to Blake’s success!” tag attached to a key ring, maybe a pretty handmade beaded one
  • We are ‘nuts’ about you!” tag attached to some nuts
  • You ‘float’ above the rest” tag attached to a balloon or a fun pool float for the summer
  • You are worth more than a 100 grand to Blake!” tag attached to a 100 Grand candy bar
  • You ‘mint’ so much to us this year” tag attached to some mints
  • You were ‘mint’ to be a teacher!” tag attached to some mints
  • “Here is a ‘pat’ on the back for doing such a great job!” tag attached to a gift certificate for a massage
  • You are an ‘amazing’ teacher” tag attached to an Amazing candy bar

You can find more ideas here.

Do you have any ideas that you have used to thank your children’s teachers? I would love to hear about them!

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

~Cynthia Ozick


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