So I posted to your thread regarding Teacher Appreciation Week and said how our district hadn't mentioned anything this year during the normal week it usually happens. I was wrong. Well apparently they have moved it to next week (the week we are having EOG - end of grade testing for 3-5) and sent home the flyer today. This is what the flyer has on it (so you can see for yourself): _______________________________________________________________________ May 12 - Hugs & Kisses Monday! * The PTA will supply the Kisses _ Kids supply the hugs! * Give your teacher (specials teachers too!) a big hug! * (k-2) Draw a picture or (3-5) write an essay: "Why my teacher is the BEST" & place in the box in the foyer for a daily drawing of prizes! Don't forget to include your name & your teacher's name. * Bring prepackaged snacks for your teacher to enjoy or place in the cafeteria lounge for all staff to enjoy the week! * Parent: Ask your teacher if you can volunteer, decorate his/her door, read to kids, or help in the library this week. May 13 - Tootsie Two for Tuesday * Kids, do TWO terrific things for our teachers! Be creative! * Don't forget to write your essay: "Why my teacher is the BEST" & place in the box in the foyer for a daily drawing of prizes! * Parents: Please write a letter of commendation & place in box so your teacher will ahve a better chance of winning a daily prize! * Teachers & staff, enjoy your relaxing massages! May 14 - Wild & Wacky Wednesday School Spirit, School Supplies & All Staff Appreciated * Show your school spirit by wearing your *school name* spirit wear! * Bring school supplies to replenish reams of paper &/or glu sticks! * Don't forget your essay: "Why my teacher is the BEST" * Tell cafeteria workers, bus drivers, office staff & custodians how much you appreciate them by giving them a "high 5", handshake, hug! May 15 - Terrific Thursday - Outta This World! * Bring breakfast for staff from 8-11a. If you cannot bring breakfast, please bring a healthy snack and place in the cafeteria lounge for all staff to enjoy! * Bring school supplies to replenish Kleenex &/ or scissors * Don't forget your essay: "Why my teacher is the BEST" * Parents: Ask your teacher if you can help by volunteering soon. May 16 - Friendly Flowery Friday * Bring in ONE flower so your teacher can make a special bouquet! * Show your school spirit by wearing bright colors! * Bring school supplies to replenish pens &/or pencils * "Why my teacher is the BEST" given to teacher & daily drawing! * Parents: letters of commendation given to teachers to enjoy forever! * Kids- the PTA will be giving your teacher certificates of appreciation for you to sign! Smile if you take pictures today! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Last week a flyer came home asking for every family/child to donate $3 so that they can feed the entire staff lunch during the administering of the EOG's all week. What I don't get too is that all these request for supplies. In the beginning of the school year each child is given a supply list that they "have" to get (a general one for each grade - then the teacher tailors it, sometimes then decides after you've bought things that she is not using them to need other/more materials for her needs). This usually costs upwards of $200 per child and if you are really lucky you can find some of it at the dollar store (but sometimes the quality causes it not to last too). Now add to this that each month the teacher sends home a newsletter at the end of the month telling you what your child worked on during the month and what they will be working on the following month with, yup, a list of her "needs" on it which is these same supplies you had to get per child ( and yes paper is one of them as well as scissors). Very often you will get a weekly newsletter too requesting these same needs even more. Sometimes they will list even more things that are "pricey" items that are not normal school items your child would use too often but a teacher would. I get that we need to supply things but this seems to be excessive? Especially in these times. Add in that this district does field trips to the tune of 3-4 per year at the average cost of $22-30+ per child (5th graders go on one that is $65!) It's really scary. I don't recall my mother ever having to buy me all this stuff for school. I also never had to buy all this stuff for the kids before we moved down here either from the other state, nor did they take field trips that cost so much. $5-10 was about it and only 1, 2 field trips if they were lucky in a year! The "quality" of the school isn't better so I can't chalk it up to that at all. In fact I'd say it's worse in most areas (with the exception of getting an IEP quickly and without a fight - even if not implemented right). Not good enough. And they are predicting gas is going to rise to $6 a gallon????? How the heck are we all going to live??