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Old 05-11-2009, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Rogers, Arkansas
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Is it common in the US for teachers (especially playschool teachers) to get presents from their students/ parents at the end of the year? If teachers here normally get something, something small "from the toddler", or something useful (giftcard, chocolates etc) from the parent? In Ireland, primary school kids often give something small at Christmas, but playschool/ daycare teachers and secondary school teachers rarely get anything. My 15 months old twins go to playschool 2 days a week, and the new teacher (the old one left 5 weeks ago) has been amazing with them. She's the first non-family member my girl likes! They are moving up a class and won't have the same teacher next year, so I am not sure whether it is expected/ appropriate to give a present and if so, what?
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:46 PM
 
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Anytime you feel someone has done a great job or something else that you feel deserves more than just a simple thank you, then yes it is appropriate. I don't think it's expected but it will be surely appreciated. When you acknowledge that someone is doing a fine job it gives them that much needed reassurance that what they are doing is important no matter what field they are in.
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Nova Scotia
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Anytime you feel someone has done a great job or something else that you feel deserves more than just a simple thank you, then yes it is appropriate. I don't think it's expected but it will be surely appreciated. When you acknowledge that someone is doing a fine job it gives them that much needed reassurance that what they are doing is important no matter what field they are in.
I second that! it is very thoughtful of you to be thinking of her.
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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I have had teachers tell me that what often means the most (instead of a trinket and/or ANOTHER apple figurine!) is a letter from the parent (or child..or both) explaining what positive impacts that teacher has had on the child or family.
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:43 PM
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I like to give $5 or $10 in lottery tix & wish them luck!
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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I usually gave gift certificates to Target or Walmart. Teachers often spend their own money on classroom supplies. When my kids were in jr. high and high school, I did have them write notes of appreciation to those teachers who really made an impression on them. I believe that notes from students telling them their work was appreciated was a nice thing.
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:56 PM
 
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I always wrote a personal note. A friend mentioned she has her children write notes. I think I will do both this year along with the gifts (gift card, some chocolate, and something extra for the wonderful amazing teacher that is getting laid off due to budget cuts).
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:33 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I would say it's not "expected" but common. I know the teachers cherish homemade gifts from their students, or at least my mom who has been a teacher for 35 years, does.
My oldest son (7) loves to go out now with his pocket money and go hunting for the perfect gift for his teacher each year. It's become a tradition for us to go out one day, walk through our downtown stores, until he finds just the right thing he thinks his teacher will love. Last year he chose a beautiful sun catcher which created rainbows because his teacher loved rainbows.

When he was younger he would make a card (with help) for his preschool teachers.

Don't feel obligated to get something just to get something. But if you think the teacher did a great job than know they will really appreciate whatever your children bring them as a way of saying thank you
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Right where I want to be.
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Do teachers get end-of year presents in the USA?


Yes, it's called summer break.

Some parents do give gifts but I don't. If the kids want to give something that's fine with me though. The kids will usually try to let the teacher know how much they enjoyed their class but it's up to them if they want to get a little gift or make a card...or not.
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:18 AM
 
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It depends. When I taught preschool, I'd get some stock teacher presents or even a flower from a garden. It was all good, even just the thanks yous.

Preschool teachers do a special job, so please thank them. They are not 'just babysitters.'
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