Everything You Need for Back to School
It is back to school season and this post has everything you need for back to school. I am sharing with you my favorite supplies, backpack hacks, teacher questionnaire, & the email I sent my kids' teachers this year.
Back to School Shopping
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Someone asked on Poll the People "what gifts do teachers actually want?"
I asked teachers to elaborate and also tell us what they don't want.
Here are the results.
The most requested item was gift cards.
And the least wanted item is mugs, cups, and teacher things.
The best way to know what your child's teacher likes and dislikes, is to ask them. They are the human beings who are with your child 8-40 hours a week. They play an essential role in our lives so if you can afford to give them a gift, give them something you know they will love.
My PTO sends our teachers this questionnaire and puts it on the website for everyone, check to see if your PTO/PTA does the same. If not, send this one to your child's teacher. I promise they will not think you are weird, instead they will be so grateful.
A budget friendly gift that I love to get for my kids' teachers is to buy a box of their favorite prepackaged snacks and drinks so that on any given Thursday my kids can walk in with Diet Coke and Cheeze-Its as a little mid week surprise.
Letter to my Child's Teacher
The other day I shared with my instagram & Tik Tok audience that I wrote an email to my kids' teachers introducing myself and my kids, despite that being different than my philosophy as a teacher.
My goal was for their teachers to know both the positive and negatives about my kids and to know that I see them as my teammates in my kids' education. I wanted the teachers to know that I will support them when their is an issue and can always call me because I know my child is not a perfect human being an we are working together to help them grow.
A few of you asked if I could share the framework for the email, so here it is.
Hi Teacher's Name,
I hope this helps you write a back to school email, letting the teacher know that you are a friendly face that they can reach out to if needed.
First Day Photo Hack
This hack saved me the last two years.
On the first day you are trying to make lunch, pack backpacks, eat breakfast all for the first time in a while. It's stressful and you don't need to add on the taste of taking a picture. If you think for one second that I have my life together well enough to make breakfast, get ready, pack lunches, and have a photo shoot all before 7:15 you are dead wrong.
Take it the day before. Bonus that way your outfit is already picked out.
I hope you and your kids have the best school this year. You deserve it. I hope all the teachers are filled with joy and excitement as their students come in to their classes. I pray the kids are eager to learn, make strong meaningful friendships, and see school as a blessing. And I pray the teachers and admin feel supported by the families at their school.