Then, my friend asked me if I gave a present to Molly's teacher on the first day of school. "WHAT?!?!? I was supposed to do that?" Geesh. I was only three days into the school year, and I was already behind. I didn't even think about getting a present for the teacher, but apparently some parents bring them to Back-to-School nights or the first day. We were past both of those already.
Our elementary school is a Title 1 school, which means that it has a lot of lower-income families and wider diversity. I am glad that Molly will be exposed to more diversity, but I also worry that she will get overlooked because she is a good and quiet kid. I worry that kids with more behavior and learning issues will get most of the attention.
So, if a present to her teacher will help keep her in the forefront of the teacher's mind, then by all means, I will do it! I am not above that! Not to mention the fact that Molly's teacher is in charge of my baby girl all day and deserves to be recognized and appreciated for that.
Enter Pinterest. Both the savior and the devil. I found a ton of great ideas, and I talked to my friend Sarah who is a former teacher. She assured me gift cards were always popular, and teachers can always use school supplies. So, I created a "Congratulations on completing the first full week of school" present for Molly's teacher, complete with gift cards to Starbucks and Office Max.
|The whole present. I still have my friend's Cricut machine from Charlotte's birthday, so I just used it to make the tag. Thanks, Sarah! :)|
|What's inside: I got her a cute little notepad with pen, a bunch of pens and pencils, a gift card to Office Max, and a gift card to Starbucks.|
|This is the adorable Starbucks gift card holder that I made. I actually got the idea and the printable here. It was really easy and turned out really cute (if I must say so myself). I just printed it on a 5x7 picture at Walmart, got a Starbucks drink holder, cut it up and attached it with tape and staples. Then, stuck the card in there and tied a string around the whole thing.|
I sent the present in with Molly on Friday. When I picked Molly up on Friday afternoon, her teacher told me how much she appreciated the present, and Molly said that her teacher hugged her two times! So, mission "Get on teacher's good side" accomplished.
I may not be able to cook or garden or any of a number of other domestic "motherly" skills, but gosh darn nit, I can gift it up with the best of them!