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Thursday, May 26, 2011

I thought it would make her laugh

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And it did. I’m thinking Hallmark is really missing the boat on this one.

Inside the card I wrote how touched we were that Mrs. T walked our crying kiddo to the office, cleaned her up, then stayed to offer comfort until I arrived. Above and beyond. Way beyond. And this is just one of the manymanymany reasons we love our kindergarten teacher.

PS: The candy on the right was for the custodian who was called to, um, rectify the classroom after the incident, and was his first we-appreciate-you card and gift ever in the many years he has worked at the school. Seriously? That just isn’t right.

31 comments:

  1. That's so thoughtful! Can I ask how much you'd suggest putting on the gift card? I never know what a suitable amount is so I err on not giving one...lame, I know.

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  2. You are awesome. AWESOME. J. is a custodian and has been called on more than a million occasions to clean up various bodily expulsions and he has never, ever received anything so thoughtful.
    Hope your sweetie is feeling better.

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  3. Very nice of you to remember the custodian too. We gave ours a box of chocolates for Christmas and she remembered the girls on their birthdays with candy necklaces. What goes around comes around.

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  4. So thoughtful and cute on the note. Sorry that one of the girls is sick.

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  5. You are "cool" and classy. Very nicely done. (So.....call Hallmark and sell it!)

    Hope it was a single incident for your little'un.
    =)

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  6. Really, really awesome! I've even had a student throw up all over my shoes....and never received any thank you as classy and nice as you did. And to remember the custodian is wonderful. They are the unsung heroes in the schools! I am sure the staff felt very loved and appreciated!

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  7. What a sweet idea! I have to say that I never received anything from a parent when I had students throw up in my classroom.

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  8. Hey Copperdog, I gave wine and chocolates for this "occasion" but give handwritten cards with giftcards for teacher's bday, christmas, and end of school. I think the amount totally depends on what you're comfortable with, but a giftcard anywhere from $10 to $25 is awesome (and double that if you have twinados, of course). I got cards for a local spa (for a pedi) one time, did the teacher's fave restaurant another time, and I've done Target many times before. I remember my mom (who taught and was a principal for 25 years) coming home with boxes and boxes of candles, lotions, apple-themed things, and knick knacks around every holiday. Every gift was thoughtful and so appreciated, OF COURSE, but let me just tell you that I gained a healthy admiration for giftcards in those decades.

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  9. Totally going to remember this. And, so many other things that you've shared, M3! You rule, yo. xo

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  10. That is wonderful!!! You were so very thoughtful and I am sure that they appreciated it.

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  11. One year I had a serial puker (made herself throw up to get out of working) and never even got a note. You rock.
    And giving something to the custodian? So very classy.

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  12. "... a giftcard anywhere from $10 to $25 is awesome (and double that if you have twinados, of course). I got cards for a local spa (for a pedi) one time, did the teacher's fave restaurant another time, and I've done Target many times before. "

    You are so very generous! As a middle school teacher, I can confidently say that the girls' teachers are so lucky to have you as one of the parents they work with! Classy and thoughtful!

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  13. Anonymous5/26/2011

    You know, as a former primary teacher what you describe as above and beyond really is not and I get concerned when people think that a genuine show of kindness and concern and compassion is above and beyond. Teachers as the one you describe did what I would want and assume any teacher would do. I would be disappointed if any of the many teachers I know did anything less.

    You gesture of appreciation was very nice but I hope it is because of everything the teacher does and you are thanking her for giving your girls a wonderful experience in kindergarten as opposed to what she did when one of the girls got sick.

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  14. Heh...you think of it all! Sorry to hear one of your littles isn't feeling well. Praying it doesn't get shared with the rest of you!

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  15. I can't even tell you how many times I've cleaned up barf!! LOL. And nary a card!! You set the bar high!!!

    Hope everyone is better soon!
    Teacher Snick ;)

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  16. Anonymous5/26/2011

    Yes, custodians are unsung heroes. And their job has become increasingly difficult with the universal precautions stemming from "bodily fluids" issues in recent years.

    The worst is when they throw up in line - getting the heads/hair of those in front of them.

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  17. To Anonymous,

    I also am a former primary teacher, and it sounds like the twins teacher did go above and beyond in this situation. In my class, when someone was ill, the best I could do was find a sympathetic friend to walk them to the office b/c I still had a class of 25 others to maintain order of (especially after any bodily fluid incidents). It wasn't b/c I didn't care about the child, and want to help them, but when you have a class full of other children and no other adult to help, there's only so much you can do. I think it's awesome, M3, that you showed your appreciation to the teacher AND the custodian (b/c really, they have the worst end of the deal).

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  18. You are so sweet!

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  19. You are so thoughtful!! I work in Kindergarten and I do feel for the custodians as they honestly have a thankless job most days. I love that you thought of them:)
    I am surprised you can send wine in to school..are you public or private as I want to work there:)

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  20. poor girl :( nothing worse than throwing up at school (well- maybe the cleaning up part is worse)

    you are one sweet mom- and as a former teacher-- yes cool quality homemade (i.e. mom made) gifts are cool- but gift cards ROCK!

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  21. That is the sweetest thing EVER. You are so thoughtful!

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  22. That was an awesome "random act of kindness" on both the teacher and yourself..Just to say I appreciate your compassion...Should be more people like you!
    ~~HUGS~~

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  23. I've been teaching piano lessons for 18 years now and know all about those little knick-knack gifts. Had no clue what to do with them when I was 18 ! lol. So I totally get where you are coming from with the comment about your mom. Around here the class mom will collect donations from all parents of any amount and put it towards a gift card for the teacher. The teacher walks away with a nice gift card and then some.
    In first grade G's teacher got a hefty gift card to a country club to learn golf (she really wanted to do this) and a huge tree for her yard(big truck had to deliver it) (she really was into this) an awesome scrapbook, and then all the little extras that people put it. She STILL sends pictures of the tree to Gene and he's in 7th grade now!
    As for puke? I don't even do puke when it's my own kids! I've been know to throw out bedding, area rugs, clothing, when it comes to puke. I don't do puke!

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  24. Anonymous5/27/2011

    I can't tell you how much I have learned from you over the years and this is another good lesson! I wouldn't have thought to do that but if I find myself in that situation in the future I will certainly follow your example!

    Sandra

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  25. Thanks, that really helps. End of year is around the corner and I *might* just be prepared for it.

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  26. I would have never thought of this

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  27. I know I shouldn't laugh... but this is awesome. Hallmark IS missing out...

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  28. My son once puked at my daughters gym. I was there but rushed out with him since the vomit was proof of a concussion ( he had bumped his head earlier)

    Starbucks coffee cards make a really nice peace offering for whomever has to clean up the mess ;)

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  29. Anonymous5/29/2011

    As a first grade teacher, I could definitely appreciate this gift. Never gotten any sort of gratitude for dealing with a child's bathroom accidents. Going to keep this in mind for when I have kids of my own!

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