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Old 02-16-2020, 11:59 AM
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I'm retiring at the end of May. I remember last year our librarian retired and gave each staff member a small gift. I don't plan to do that but, is it customary or usual for the retiree to give gifts to some close staff members/friends upon retirement? Thanks in advance for your input/suggestions.


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Old 02-16-2020, 12:08 PM
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I have never heard of that. Only one close friend retired while we worked together and one teammate that I wasn't particularly close to. I mean they both let me have stuff out of their rooms.... but I don't think that's what you meant.
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Old 02-16-2020, 12:13 PM
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I wasn't aware of that happening at any schools where I worked, and I didn't do it myself. I don't think you need to buy anyone gifts unless you were particularly close and want to say thank you for help in the past. But not just because you are retiring.
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Old 02-16-2020, 12:16 PM
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I have seen staff members who are retiring bring in a snack for everyone to share (like munchkins and a box o Joe from DD). I have not seen gifts passed out. My mom, a retired teacher, did not get anyone anything. She still keeps in touch with the parent liason at her old school and buys uniforms for kids whose families can't afford them.
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Old 02-16-2020, 12:20 PM
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As I retiree, I was given gifts by the staff, my district, and individual students and teachers I was close to. I did personally not give any to the remaining staff like your librarian did, but I did send out a staff email thanking everyone for making my time at the school special. I also send out thank you cards for the group and individual gifts I received. We did have a teacher who sent for a bagel breakfast for the staff the first September after she retired.


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Old 02-16-2020, 02:08 PM
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Everyone that retires receives a gift from the faculty/staff and we have cake/punch in the gym in the last day of school. There is a dinner at a local restaurant for all retirees and their family to enjoy.

There was one teacher many years ago that retired mid year. She was moving away to help out a family member that was very ill. She decided to hold a raffle in which everyone’s name was in a huge glass bowl. (Yes, she included cafeteria workers, janitors, and paras.) If your name was pulled, you won a small gift. Some gifts ranged from a $5 gift card to Wendy’s to lovely guest towels! I think she had about 10 small gifts. She was moving away and would not be around for the end of the year dinner. She also had a moving sale for her classroom items and household goods. She donated all the proceeds to the SPCA.
I had not thought about her in years. She was so thoughtful.
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Old 02-16-2020, 03:55 PM
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I didn't give anyone a present when I retired four years ago. I was the one retiring, not them, so it didn't even occur to me to give them anything.

The staff gave me a travel bag full of small presents, and that was nice.

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Old 02-16-2020, 04:21 PM
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When I retired at the end of June last year, I did not want a big hoopla. One colleague (friend) knew I did not want a big deal, so she arranged a very private dinner with 9 people that I had taught with over the years. Yes, she asked me who to invite. I had swag bags made for them by my 1 dil who makes homemade soy candles, bath stuff, soaps, lip balms, among other things. They were a big hit. I just knew they would bring gifts and pay for my dinner, so I wanted to give something back to them to let them know how much I appreciated our years together and loved them. What a great time we had. I only invited 3 from my then current staff, of 9, as they were true friends and we still are. It is what I wanted to do, so I did. No one else at the school got a gift.


Well the custodians did because they could not do enough for me. I truly loved those two men.

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Old 02-16-2020, 04:30 PM
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I was always one who brought in homemade goodies rather than store bought. I always signed up to help out and often planned the little celebrations. I occasionally drop off goodies these days using my recognizable platters. I had few signature favorites that always disappeared so I repeat those.
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Old 02-16-2020, 05:28 PM
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I did give gift cards to my teacher’s aide, the janitors, and the school secretary. I do not know if that is a common thing, but I was grateful for the things they did for me.


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Old 02-16-2020, 06:44 PM
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I brought Munchkins from DD and left them in the lounge with a note thanking everyone for being such awesome coworkers! Four of us retired that year. One did the same with candy kisses but I haven't ever known anyone who actually gave out gifts.

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Old 02-16-2020, 06:55 PM
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I have never seen that happen. I have seen retirees give away "teacher stuff" from their classrooms that they will no longer be needing.
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Old 02-17-2020, 05:41 AM
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Someone at my school just retired and she didn’t give anyone a gift. I wouldn’t have expected that.
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Old 02-17-2020, 04:27 PM
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Thank you all for your replies. I appreciate them all. I'm glad to hear that gifts are not the norm. I may give gifts to a few people who are friends as well as coworkers if there is a party or dinner for me. Usually at my campus, there is a luncheon for all staff on the very last teacher prep day and all teachers leaving/retiring are recognized at the conclusion of that luncheon.
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