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Please no holiday gifts for the teacher
Old 11-16-2008, 07:11 AM
 
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With the economy the way it is right now I want to send a letter to discourage personal gifts for me. I think about this every year and I believe this is the right time for me to do this. I am not sure how to go about writing this letter and was wondering in anyone had done this in the past.

I would like to encourage handwritten letters or student created art I just do not want any personal gifts at all.

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I've tried and it didn't work
Old 11-16-2008, 07:33 AM
 
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The first time I tried asking for no gift or a gift of a book for the classroom. The second year I asked for a small donation (a few dollars) to a charity that does "gifts that give" instead of a more expensive teacher gift. Both years every single family gave a book or donation AND a teacher gift!

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Old 11-16-2008, 07:48 AM
 
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My friend' school asked students "In lieu of Christmas gifts for your teacher, please bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Food Bank. A gift that keeps giving."
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Old 11-16-2008, 07:56 AM
 
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With the population of students in my school, presents are not too much of an issue, but I do send home a letter at Thanksgiving asking parents to donate books, school supplies or volunteer some time in lieu of gifts. It has worked pretty well.
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How do you make it sound good, so that it doesn't sound like you were expecting a gift from your kids?

I would love "donations" for the room instead of the dollar store stuff they tend to give you, and then I throw it away

Does anyone have a sample letter they give out?


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Old 11-16-2008, 09:25 AM
 
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How about something like this:

"In past years, my students have surprised me with gifts during the holiday season. While I appreciate this generous gesture, the financial pressures of the holidays, especially this year, mean that there are many in our community who are in great need. Instead of buying a gift, please consider bringing in a donation for our local food bank, or making a small donation to a cause of your choice. If your child really feels a gift is necessary, please encourage them to make something or to donate used books that they no longer read to our classroom library rather than purchasing something."
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I thought the letter sounded great and will be using something like that this year
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No Gifts for X-Mas is a good thought
Old 11-18-2008, 07:35 PM
 
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I agree,
Although the gesture of recieving gifts is greatly appreciated, I would preffer not to recieve gifts (or give gifts). Do I sound like a Gringe?
Let's face it. I end up spending too much money on holiday gifts for the staff more so than for my own family. How do I tell my fellow colleagues, whom I adore dearly, that I do not wish to contribute to any group gifts or to purchase for people who are in no need for more "stuff"(like my boss, whom I don't get along with). I have always wanted to make something, like cookies, or craft instead. What do you think?
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Old 11-18-2008, 08:42 PM
 
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I would never NOT accept a gift. I mean give me a break! I spend hours of my time and spend lots of money on my kids.

Heh.

No- really. What's Christmas without a teacher mug?
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I am planning to use a letter, and instead of gifts I am going to ask for donations for our class store or for supplies for the room..paper, pencils...etc..
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