Your child’s teacher the hardest-working, most emotionally-involved, and most enrichment-oriented person in your child’s life other than you.
Take it from a Teacher’s Kid
My mom was a third or fourth grade teacher until well past the time I was out of college. Every night she put in HOURS of extra time grading papers at our kitchen table, worrying about the students in her class, trying to figure out how to approach parents about trouble at home, or just WORKING. There were a ton of Christmases where she bought gifts that she knew couldn’t be provided for her kids – pads of paper, pencils, school supplies, even shoes. (True story – one heartbreaking year she had a student whose mom could only afford to give her son HER hand-me-down tennis shoes. That little boy got a brand new pair of sneakers from “Santa” that year.)
Whether or not you agree with standardized testing, the Common Core methodology, or belong to a home-schooling co-op, you can be certain of one thing: your child’s teacher wants your child to be loved, to be curious, and to be successful.
Every year, my mom would come home at the end of the year with a few apples, some mugs, and if she was lucky, a “Thank You” note from a parent that *got it*. No matter what you do at the end of the school year, do SOMETHING to let your teacher know that you realize how important they’ve been in your life over the last 180 days!
Ideas for Showing Your Teacher Some Lovin’
Write that person an honest-to-goodness “Thank You” note! With the modern technological age, a handwritten note becomes all-the-more meaningful! Even better? Have your kiddo practice those handwriting, grammar, and sentence structure skills that she’s been working on and write a note as well!
Gift cards, gift cards, gift cards! BOOKSTORES, office supply stores, Amazon, teacher supply stores! Your teacher pays out of pocket for an extraordinary amount of supplies throughout the year. I’m sure she’d love some help in getting her room restocked for the next school year!
I’m living outside of Chicago right now, but I grew up outside of Indianapolis. My parents would take me and my brother into the city nearly every weekend for some kind of “adventure,” and my dad nearly ALWAYS took any way home but the highway. So we got to see a ton of the older neighborhoods and areas of the city that you just don’t see driving down I-65. I LOVE Indianapolis- the people, the skyline, the architecture, and most of all the pride that Hoosiers have in their communities. So on that note…
My best friend from kindergarten until, well, now, has one of the coolest jobs I can imagine in one of my favorite places in the world. Libby works for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIBI); the company tries to revitalize green spaces, parks, and neighborhoods through Indy using tons of local volunteers, high school students, and neighbors and encouraging them to take ownership of their own city and surroundings to help it thrive. KIBI’s vision:
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. sees a vibrant city, with every neighborhood landscape thriving and well, and its people empowered, mobilized, and devoted toward that vision. The result: a city defined by strong neighborhoods; inspired places; and a clean, flourishing environment.
My friend has one of the coolest jobs; she’s the Assistant Manager of the Youth Tree Team (YTT) at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Libby works with high school students over the summer on the “Youth Tree Team,” taking high school students all over some of the older neighborhoods in Indianapolis, planting trees and helping clean up forgotten spaces. Basically, she spends her days planting trees in tucked away corners of the city. SO COOL. This is her (and she’s actually pretty girly, despite the F-550 evidence to the contrary):
So – this awesome person just tried Jams for the first time in December, not exactly tree-planting season. This weekend was one of the first that involved being on the job in a major way. She has been saying for months that this would be the “true test” for Jamberry Nail wraps – and whether the Jams live up to everything I claim about them. 🙂 For a little extra sparkle, she wore her all-time favorite Jams, “Midnight Celebration,” for the occasion. So, without further ado….
AMAZING!!! Okay – check that out – over a week into her manicure AND a day spend planting trees. No chips, no scratches, no lifting edges. Verdict? Yes, Jamberry Nail wraps actually work! And I love that while LIbby is off helping the amazing city of Indianapolis thrive and be beautiful, she’s looking on-point and sassy with the cutest nails to ever grip the wheel of an F-550.
Love the look? Midnight Celebration has been one of the top-sellers since it was released! Click here to see it!
I’m so excited to be helping with a Walk MS Jamberry Fundraiser! When we lived out in Connecticut, one of my best friends (shout out to E-Unit!) was involved in the Walk MS event every April. In honor of her cousin with MS, my friend Erica “coaches” and helps organize the team “Tina’s Troopers.” Every year Erica has gotten more and more involved with the organization and fundraising aspects and the team’s participation and dedication has been incredibly inspiring to see!
I asked Erica to tell me why the Walk MS Jamberry Fundraiser and the Walk MS cause in particular are so important to her.
In Erica’s words, “We walk for (my) cousin, Tina, who has been fighting MS for many years. I first heard about Walk MS in 2005 and decided to walk with my mom and aunt. Since then we have been building our MS walk team and as well as participating in various MS events all to raise money to try and find a cure for this debilitating disease. Not only is the cause dear to my heart, but the people at the MS Society make it even more rewarding with their kindness, enthusiasm and dedication.”
For the Walk MS Jamberry Fundraiser, 20% of all proceeds will be donated to Team Tina’s Troopers for the MS Walk event this April. Want to have pretty nails AND feel GREAT about your purchase?? Order in the fundraiser and 20% will go to the National MS Society!