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MinonsMovie Wed 31-Aug-16 14:31:12

I love the idea of an apple for the teacher.

Something that says, "I value and respect the role you will play in my child's life this year and we are here and ready to learn".

I'm thinking a little hamper with bits and bobs for the class room, or a voucher for a useful shop.

But something is holding me back. Is this lovely and thoughtful, or is it just too cringe?

MrsChrisPratt Wed 31-Aug-16 14:34:55

Totally cringe

RJnomore1 Wed 31-Aug-16 14:36:46

I think sending your child with everything they need and mentally prepared to learn might be the best thing you can give the teacher at this point.

MinonsMovie Wed 31-Aug-16 14:36:52

Thank you, o worried that. I love giving gifts but I know that's a risk. blush

Is yours a teacher or parent perspective?

iwantavuvezela Wed 31-Aug-16 14:37:21

no that would be too much for someone you have never met, and make other children feel as if they should have brought something.
Rather arrive on time, with a child that has hopefully slept, eaten breakfast, and ready for school.

HellsBellsnBucketsofBlood Wed 31-Aug-16 14:37:43

Why would you give them a gift at the start of the year? I don't get it.

Idliketobeabutterfly Wed 31-Aug-16 14:38:00

Yikes, no.

elQuintoConyo Wed 31-Aug-16 14:38:24

Jeez Louise, i don't even do Christmas/end of year gifts blush

MinonsMovie Wed 31-Aug-16 14:38:58

RJ if that's the case I can just stick a bow on her and we're set! grin

MrsJoeyMaynard Wed 31-Aug-16 14:39:03

I would just stick with a present at the end of the year to thank the teacher for the role they played in the year just gone, personally.

Pagwatch Wed 31-Aug-16 14:39:19

Say what?
A gift at the start of the year?

<totally boggles>

Lilaclily Wed 31-Aug-16 14:39:29

In a weeks time you could well feel totally differently about them !

How do you know you'll respect them already ?!

Mistoffelees Wed 31-Aug-16 14:40:08

I'm a teacher and if I got anything like this it would make me cringe, save any gifts until the end of the year and even then a thoughtful message in a card is always more appreciated than chocolates.

Cheerybigbottom Wed 31-Aug-16 14:41:13

Oh no please don't start this off, if you love giving gifts donate to a food bank. grin

MinonsMovie Wed 31-Aug-16 14:41:21

Thanks everyone. That was my gut. But I just love the idea of surprising people with unexpected gifts, but if it's cringe then it's not a nice surprise, it's akward. Question answered, thanks all.

MinonsMovie Wed 31-Aug-16 14:41:53

Food bank gets lots from us but I hear your point smile

BikeRunSki Wed 31-Aug-16 14:42:05

The teachers I know say that the best "gift" you can give them is to support your child, help with reading and times tables, make sure homework is done, read to them, interest them in extra curricular activities, get involved in the school as much as your circumstances allow and make sure your child gets a good night's sleep on school nights! It's not about stuff, it's about attitude and respect for learning.

OSETmum Wed 31-Aug-16 14:42:16

Please don't make this a thing! And I say that as a parent and a TA. There's really no need!

RJnomore1 Wed 31-Aug-16 14:43:43

Hair bow on her, pat on the back and off she goes job done then 😄

Cheerybigbottom Wed 31-Aug-16 14:44:36

I think you would do well fundraising for the school though, you want the school to do well and know that staff who feel valued are an asset. Perhaps look at joining the PTA? (Is it still called that?)

TheGreatDessert Wed 31-Aug-16 14:45:01

You are overthinking. No apple! 🍎

Pagwatch Wed 31-Aug-16 14:45:24

The gift giving to teachers at my DDs last school was entirely an excercise in sucking up and excruciating to watch.
I don't understand it. I've always helped my DC get a gift at the end of the year for a teacher or member of staff that they were particularly fond of. That's it.

HerdsOfWilderbeest Wed 31-Aug-16 14:46:16

I think just a quiet word to thank her in anticipation and let her know you are supportive and to let you know if there is anything you can do to help at home would be fine.

MinonsMovie Wed 31-Aug-16 14:47:12

herds that's a nice idea.

randomer Wed 31-Aug-16 14:47:58

how about start a little something pairing the school with a less wealthy school in a developing country?

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