Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. I was going to with the standard (yet, unimaginative) gift card but then I suggested to Lucy that we buy one of the Folkmanis rabbit puppets we got at work around Easter time.
I brought the rabbit home and we tried wrapping it, but no matter what box we chose, or how we laid the bunny, it always looked sad and dead, as if it had been hit by a car.
I think this is a perfect time for a gift bag.
So now my question: If you have older kids (middle school/high school age) do you still actively participate in teacher appreciation week? I admit to pretty much having sucked at it since the boy's been in middle school for a number of reasons:
1. More classes means more teachers. If I do something for one, do I have to do something for all of them? Would they discuss it in the teacher's lounge, "Monty got me a gift card." "Really? Monty got me jack shit."
2. Some of his teachers I just simply hadn't liked and I didn't want to do anything nice for them. Sorry, sounds awful, but it's the truth.
3. Laziness on my part.
4. Cost. If I were to get something for all of his teachers, even if I only spend $10 a teacher, that's $70. So I'd really have to work hard to make the gifts be meaningful and within budget. (See #3.)
I guess as I'm writing this, I'm seeing that my main issue is that I don't want to get something for everyone. The teacher that has had the most impact on my son this year has been his Algebra teacher. He's taught the subject in a way my kid has understood, plus, he's a bit of a hard ass and is constantly pushing Monty to do more. Is it inappropriate to just get something for that one teacher? Would it be lame to send notes to the other teachers thanking them for what they do? Any and all thoughts would be appreciated.