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Do any of you buy gifts for your Prin. & Asst. Prin.
Old 06-23-2011, 03:51 AM
 
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...for the end of the year? What is appropriate? I have worked under two awesome admins. this year and would like to show my appreciation. Any suggestions? Thanks and have a beautiful summer everyone.


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It was instilled in me that you don't buy gifts for your supervisor/boss. I have given money to group gifts to charity in honor of my boss, though.
I teach in an area where many of my kids rely on the local food bank, so we have given a monetary gift to the bank and given our principal a card that says, "You've helped us feed their minds and hearts each day, so we helped XYZ food bank feed their bodies. In honor of your inspiring and effective leadership, a monetary contribution was made to XYZ food bank. Fill 'er up!/Happy holidays!/Keep up the great work!"
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I don't generally, but I do buy gifts for the aids who work in my room. I usually buy bath stuff or wine...fairly generic and usually well used!

Do you know anything about them (hobbies, fav foods) that could make the gift more personal?
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We only do a gift at Christmas. Even then it is a donation that goes to a charity or non-profit that our principal is close to. I don't feel that they need a gift for doing their job, and they also make much more than I do. How about just a nice thank-you note for a great year. I always enjoy receiving those from parents at the end of the year. Let them know that you enjoyed working under them.
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In the past, I have given a card, with a handwritten note. (That iwas long ago, when we had admin that deserved a pat on the back)! We take up a collection for Christmas gifts, but that's it. Our admin didn't even acknowledge Teacher Appreciation Week this year.


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We take up a collection for bosses' day
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and I throw in some money, but honestly, I tend to think, "They make more than I do. Why am I buying them a gift?"
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feedback. I checked with the more seasoned teachers today and they said that no one gives gifts to the Prin. or AP at the end of the year. I think I'll just give them both a big hug and thank you for a great year.
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I don't recommend doing this. I think buying an individual- rather than group- gift for a principal/boss could be seen as inappropriate, as it could make the admins feel uncomfortable because they aren't buying you one back, and it can be seen as an attempt at "buying" your way into your admin's favor.

If you'd like to give a gift, see if coworkers would like to contribute as well and present it as a group gift from all the teachers (even if all the teachers did not contribute, NEVER single out who did and did not contribute).

If you don't wish to do a group gift and would like to present something as a thank-you, I think handwriting a note of appreciation is always appropriate to give a boss.
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The P and VP at my school give out Christmas gifts to the staff. WE give them gifts in return. We do stuff for them for P day. At the end of the year we just say thanks. If you want to get them a gift do it especially if they have been good to you during the school year. I love gift cards. To start the summer a gift card to a local greenhouse would be great--it all depends where you live.

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Old 06-23-2011, 04:19 PM
 
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I think a note goes a long way, and it won't get you in trouble with the rest of the teachers.


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We give a group gift to their favorite charity at Christmas. I had a male principal who expected a place setting of Lenox Christmas china each year! We did nothing extra at the end of the year. They are so busy closing the school year, my current p and ap would not expect a thing.
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Old 06-23-2011, 06:27 PM
 
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I once brought my P. a birthday gift; other times I just give cards. I don't do it all the time though, and usually not at the end of the year, but mostly around Christmas time. Sometimes I send a thank you text, or even an ecard. Funny how we are all kind of in favor of NOT giving our admin gifts
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It is great you have such great administrators. The only gift I would like to get my administrators would be a pedicure so I can take their toenail clippings and use them to make voodoo dolls and torture them Monday through Friday like they do their staff!
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It seems to me, "Banana11" that someone has ruffled your feathers. Thanks for the laugh!
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