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Holiday Gifts for Teachers That Are Guaranteed to Please

The search is on for gifts to express appreciation for your child’s teacher and the important work they do. Supplies are one thing that’s always welcome – they’re practical and useful gifts that can save a teacher money and provide a lot of fun for the class. If you want to give teacher more of a “treat” that they get to enjoy for themselves, we can help you with that, too!

Here are some ideas to help make it easy to find the perfect gift. Be sure to include your kids in the process of shopping! If you’re thinking of supplies, not only is it fun for them to select the items they want to use, they have expert knowledge on what is needed… and they may know some of your teacher’s likes and hobbies to help give a gift a personal touch.

Desk Items “Just for Teacher”

Pads of paper, pens, and pencils are items that always seem to disappear. Quality equipment (such as staplers) are also worth their weight in gold! Stationary is great for all the nice notes teachers like to write and send home. A chic desk organizer is something every teacher can appreciate – either on its own, or a creative “gift basket” for the other items you may want to gift!

Sophisticated Treats for the Classroom

If parents are pooling resources for a group gift, there are often costly supplies that are usually out of budget. STEM toys and games, electronics, books, and specialty paints are enjoyable for kids and teachers alike and can be purchased in group gift situations.

Personalized Items

If your child’s teacher has everything already, consider personalized items including notepads, adult labels, and stamps with custom impressions like “Good Job! – Ms. Smith.”

Little Luxuries for Teacher

Easy-to-care-for plants for the classroom, their favourite tea or hot chocolate mix for breaktime, funny signs for their desk, a pleasant hand lotion to keep in their drawer for winter-dry hands… the possibilities are endless!

Arts and Crafts Materials

Things like crayons, glue sticks and construction paper may not seem exciting, but these resources are used daily for lessons and activities – and teachers use more of them than you may think!

The Trusty Gift Card

Gift cards are easy to coordinate for a joint gift and guarantees the perfect choice, especially if you don’t know the type of pens – or wine – they prefer!

Don’t forget to have fun with the presentation. You can make gift baskets with a caddy, tote, or desk organizer as the base. Or perhaps try assembling your gift in the shape of a snowflake or tree to capture the spirit of the winter season!

Most importantly, don’t forget to include a thank you card with personalized note from you and your child; these are treasured keepsakes!

 

To make your shopping easier this season, we’re pleased to partner with Staples to give away school supplies and a $250 Staples Gift Card (total value, $300). Enter via the contest below! We’ll be drawing the winner on December 7, 2018. Good luck!

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Report Cards Are Out and Parent Teacher Interviews Are Over. Now What?

November is famous (or infamous) both for the first report card or progress report of the school year and parent teacher conferences. This is a time of varying emotions for families – pride, confusion, and even panic in some cases. You’ve seen the report card and (may have) met the teacher. Now, action is on the mind, and you may be thinking, “What do I do next”?

Make notes after the interview: Write down key comments while fresh on your mind, especially if new information of importance is presented. This can include marking down academic strengths, weaknesses, and learning skills to work on.

Read the report card again: Parents may find it interesting to read the report card again after the parent teacher meeting. Some feedback may have been missed, or some information may have a new meaning.

File away report card and notes: Whether you have a physical or electronic file folder, remember to save these important documents somewhere you can readily access them to check up on progress throughout the year and access them prior to the next report card.

Sit with your child to get their take on results: Your child will have a lot of insight on their leaning. Ask them what they think about the results communicated to date. If you are able to have regular discussions about school during the year, it will help avoid any surprises during report card time.

Celebrate accomplishments and stay positive: If your child’s report card had lower marks, find areas of success and ensure they are recognized. Avoid comparisons with any friends or family. It’s important to stay focused on what is realistic for your child.

Don’t fear ongoing communication with your child’s teacher: While the parent teacher interview signals a time for a formal discussion, remember that your child’s teacher is available for ongoing communication when needed.

Make a plan: Prepare a follow-up plan with your son or daughter by thinking about what activities and goals you can set for the school year. Work with your child to consider any additional support they may require. This can be in the form of family members, teachers and tutors.

Stay big picture: Remember every report card is different and that some years will be more challenging than others. It’s still very early in the academic year – there’s lots of time to introduce positive change and behaviours!

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