This really is a post about Teacher Gifts…just keep reading!
Thus it begins…the end of my life. Just kidding! However, Stella does graduate from Preschool on Friday night. Unlike most preschools that held this event in the spring, ours is right at the end of summer. Since it is a daycare setting, the preschool curriculum does not end in May since the students don’t typically leave for break. It continues all summer long with fun summertime activities and themed weeks intertwined. So Friday night will apparently be a big production with caps and gowns and songs that have been worked on for weeks in secret.
I only put a frowny face on my board for me. Stella is ready for kindergarten. Actually, more than ready. And I’m not really sad to see her go. I know she’s going to love it. I’m sad to realize I will now be tied to a school schedule for many years to come. My one day off each week will now have parameters…kindergarten hours. And to me that’s a bummer. That’s an end of a stage in life for me. It means I have a school-ager. Yikes.
Kindergarten starts for us on August 28th. I’m not nervous for her because it’s only 2.5 hours a day. I am, however, anxious to meet her teacher. Being in the same daycare over the years, we’ve gotten to know all of the teachers and always knew who came next. Transitioning to a new school with new-to-us staff is exciting, but a bit overwhelming.
And now there are all of these cute little posts on Pinterest for Back to School crafts, class gifts, and teacher gifts. Eek! I hadn’t even considered any of that. For real. I do have some parting gifts for her preschool teachers. But all I’ve done so far for kindergarten is find a few “First Day of Kindergarten” printables to have her hold in her photo that morning.
I was always warned about giving teacher gifts. So many people have reminded me that many kids can’t or won’t bring in things for teachers for back-to-school or birthdays or holidays. So if you can’t do it discreetly, don’t do it all. Because at this age it only makes other kids feel bad…whether their parents can’t financially or just aren’t creative or just don’t care! That the best thing was just to have the student write a nice note or draw a picture to show appreciation. But how bad is it to add a little gift card in there every now and then to show your appreciation?
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