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Thanks, teachers!

Uploaded: May 31, 2016
It's that time of year when many parents buy or make their children's teachers gifts to say thanks for a wonderful school year.

As a parent, it's not always easy to figure out how to say thanks. I think the most important thing is to do something. Whether it's you or your child saying thank you in person, in a note, in an email or on the phone. Giving a gift card or contributing to a gift from the entire class. Or making/buying something that you or your child think the teacher will enjoy.

I hope our family can keep the spirit going and also thank the adults working with our kids during the summer. Adults making all of the summer classes, camps, lessons, storytimes, community events, etc, fun and memorable.

How do you thank the teachers in your child's life?
We need your support now more than ever. Can we count on you?

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Posted by Jennifer Bestor, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park,
on Jun 6, 2016 at 6:22 am

Saying "thank you" -- especially in writing -- is definitely #1. Even better is if you can personalize the note with a hand-drawn picture on the front or inside ... or take advantage of printing cards through iPhoto. A good photo of the instructor or teacher doing their job will be treasured.

And, while thanking someone at the end of a year or right before the holidays is always nice, there's nothing like a spontaneous thank-you for a special experience. Did the coach or teacher take a few extra minutes to help your child with his serve or her book report? A jam jar of flowers, a wrapped piece of fruit (orange, apple, kiwi, plum) or a small bag of nuts with a note is perfect.

Best of all, recognizing someone else's effort -- then feeling and showing gratitude -- is a life-enhancing skill for your child.


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Jun 6, 2016 at 9:35 am

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Jennifer Bestor - Thank you for sharing your great thank you ideas. Yes, it's a wonderful skill for kids to learn.


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Posted by Mr. Kauffman, a resident of another community,
on Jun 6, 2016 at 6:12 pm

I've been a kindergarten teacher in the Oak Grove School District in San Jose for 17 years now and over those years I've received many different kinds of thank you's from families like : gift cards $---alright, personal thank you cards from parents/kinder students---Super, A letter from a student whose graduating from High school back east,who let me know I was the most influential teacher in her life (with details why) and the one teacher she'll probably remember 10 years from now---Priceless! Of all the ways I've received thank you's over the years, the ones I've saved or remember are those with a heart felt note that spoke to how I made some kind of difference (no matter how small) in their child's education whether it be academically,emotionally, socially or behaviorally. Mr. K (Hayes Elementary School Teacher)


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Jun 6, 2016 at 8:05 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Mr. Kauffman - Thank you for sharing how treasured a thank you note can be.


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