Monday, June 20, 2011

"First Class" teacher

OK, I'm looking for some feedback here. If there is anyone that still reads my blog, I would love to hear your opinion on something.

Aubrey's original first grade teacher retired in December and she has had the sweetest, most wonderful new teacher since. I say "new" because she was new to the class and this is her first teaching job. She finished her student teaching in December & started with her own class after Christmas break.

We just found out that she's being transferred to another school for the new school year- budget cuts, seniority, and a bunch of other bull. She is the best 1st grade teacher at the school, in my opinion, but since she's been there the shortest time, she's the first to go. What ever happened to merit-based job progression? Doesn't apply here, I guess. But I'm not bitter...

Anyway, on a positive note, I want to give Miss Barfuss a FIRST CLASS send-off. Since this was her first class on her own, I want to use that as my theme. I want to make her a basket of things like you'd get flying first class- a blanket, a neck pillow, a cute little eye mask, ear plugs, etc. (I don't think a warm wash cloth is going to work here.) I am cooking up a card that looks like a plane ticket for all the kids to sign.
Get it- FIRST CLASS- FIRST CLASS? Does it make sense to anyone else?

Did I just hear crickets chirping?

So, I have only flown first class one time & it was a long time ago. What else should go in the basket? A DVD? A steak? Bottled water? A handsome flight attendant? Lotion?

Also, as a parent, would you be weirded out if you got a little note asking for a few bucks to go in on the gift? I somehow became the room parent for the class, so I have financed a lot of things there this year...

Thanks for your advice- which I'm sure you'll give....right...about...NOW

11 comments:

Sally said...

I have had notes before from other classmates mothers asking for donations for a big gift for their teachers before. I can't imagine anyone getting offended, they just might not donate.

I think that is an awesome idea, and I got the "first class" idea right off the bat. Very clever!

Laura said...

Sounds like a great idea! And I agree about the contribution thing- people may not contribute but shouldn't be offended either... their may be one, but then, isn't there ALWAYS one?

Kelli said...

I would not be offended. I have an outline for a ticket if you want it. It is a cute idea and I have never flown first class so I don't know. I just know I glare at them as I pass all the way to the back of the plane:)

This Place is a Disaster! said...

Our school has no problem asking parents for ideas, donations and or money if preffered . . . but it's probably because our parents do't mind being asked. I personally think it would be fine.

Hillary said...

I love the handsome flight attendant with a steak combo! :D I'm not real seasoned with first class flying either, sorry I'm not more help!

Beth @ Free Stylin' said...

CUTE idea Corrine! I love the theme. And I agree with others - ask for donations. Some will donate, others may not. It may be a little pricey, but could you get her a gift certificate for a restaurant? (Only Wingers comes to mind!...probably to a yummier place.) Since most airplanes don't offer food choices anymore - except in First Class - it kind of goes with the theme.

Frank, Heidi and Family said...

That is a great idea! We have a Miss Barfuss too, I wonder if they are related. Anyway, anything "spa like" would be appropriate I think (travel size) and I like the food certificate idea as well as any snack items. You bare so creative!

EmLouisa said...

For Teacher Appreciation week a room mom in Aidan's class sent us all a note home asking us to write a little note to the teacher thanking her for doing a great job and then asked for a donation to treat her to something really nice. The class ended up getting about $200 so they gave her a gift card to her favorite clothing store (she loves shopping), a gift certificate for a mani/pedi at a nice salon, an iTunes gift card, a box of chocolates and a case of diet coke. She loved it! I loved it too because I diden't ahve to come up with something on my own. ;)

Sabrina said...

Bean, when I went to Japan the first class passengers had their own little sundries. For your first-class send off, I am thinking a lotion, hand sanitizer in a scent that you think that she would love.

Natty said...

What a darling idea! Okay, I don't know if my opinion is late, but here it is. I love it when other parents ask for donations 'cause then everyone's little contributions can go a long way. Secondly, first class they always have an amazing basket FULL of huge cookies (sometimes warm), big candy bars, fancy chips, & they let you take whatever you want & how much. So think BIG. Also, little individually wrapped hand wipes. You are on the right track with the blanket & pillow, so cute! The funniest thing I've seen though is the eye masks so you can rest during the flight. --my hubby works for the airlines, that's why I know these things...:) -- Whatever you pull together will simply be amazing.

Corrine said...

Thanks for all the great ideas! we're giving it to her next week & I'm sure there will be some of all of your suggestions. I'll post a picture when it's done.

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