but the assistant wants EACH staff member to give $5 to buy her giftcards....Humm we have 100 staff members so that would be $500!!! I think this is CRAZY! I mentioned maybe she would want us to donate to our janitor in honor of our principal...back story...our janitor is a GOD SEND she sends us thank you notes does the whole school and it is SPICK AND SPAN!!! haha she mentioned to me how embarassing that she has NO FRONT teeth and wanted to know of a dentist... I thought it would be a nice gesture... a lot of teachers like this idea and what happened to our sunshine fund of giving her some nice flowers and a card! I don't know about you but the end of the year gifts are WIPING MY BUDGET DRY!!!
Why do teachers donate their money to buy something for the principal, when the principal makes much more than the teachers. But the principals don't donate to buy anything for the teachers.
I can't complain because our principal does very nice things for all of us. But the average principal, not so much.
My principal is leaving too and they are taking up a fund to get him a gift. At Christmas a fund is always taken for principal and assistant principal gifts. I've always been ok with it all, but recently I've started to wonder. I know the office staff gets nice things for secratary's day from principal and assistant principal. For teacher appreciation week we got little things in our boxes that might total a $2.00 a person. We are the ones in the classrooms trying to get the kids to pass the state test for whatever state you live in and that's what we get. I'm tired of giving!
Our principal was transferred to a new school in Feb. and instead of buying her anything we had a breakfast. Each grade level did something (a song, a skit, etc.) and then we had a separate assembly with the kids. It was much cheaper (the cost of whatever food each person brought) and I'm sure it meant a lot more to her.
At my school we have a sunshine fund. THis is the place where all gifts come from. They give gifts at holidays for office staff, principal, AP and cafeteria staff. Then if you are a member of the sunshine fund and you go into the hospital they send a card and flowers. If you are not a member... you get a card. If someone leaves at the end of the year they give flowers, card and donate a book to the library.
We have a courtesy committee that rotates every two years and consits of a teacher from each grade level, a specialist, and a para.... we ALL pay our dues in the fall of $25. This covers all births, surgeries, weddings, Christmas (for custodian, principal, secretary), Boss's Day, Secretary's Day, Nurse's Day etc... It words out great!
Our school took up a collection for the janitors, and the teachers I work with are always complaining about "the awful job the janitors do" at our school. I asked how much was collected on the last day for the janitors (to be divided among 3) and was told $6.00 was all that had been given by at least 25 teachers and staff. Two other teachers and myself each gave an additional $15.00 apiece to raise the amount to $51.00 when we heard that...
One of our janitors is slightly mentally disabled, the other two are old enough to collect social security. One has shared with me that she does actually collect SS and works part time at our school to earn more income. I hate where I work sometimes, I honestly do. My coworkers giggled and thought it was funny not to have given to these janitors, yet I have to hear on and on about their "Christian" activities from their same mouths?! I know that is not what this vent is about, just got me going again...
If your staff wants to take up an additional collection for the janitor that would be wonderful.
I understand the expense of working at a school this time of year -- our principal is leaving, 2 are retiring, 1 is moving through voluntary mobility, one is taking a years leave of absence, 1 will not have a job at our school next year and 2 are getting married in the summer.
I'm not sure how donating to the janitor has anything to do w/ the principal leaving, but maybe I missed something.
In any case, I think asking for 5 bucks a person isn't terrible, BUT, why does the principal need a gift if he is leaving? I think a lunch (everyone brings something) and a nice card that all staff signs is good enough.
If the principal was retiring, this would be a different story. We collected $$ for our long time princ who retired, had a nice dinner and roast, etc.
I don't think the janitor has anything to do with the principal. I think her point is why do they have to give money to their principal that is leaving? She thinks they should collect money for the janitor (someone who really needs it) instead of giving it to the principal (who makes more than them).
Anyway, I agree with the OP. I think that would be great to do for the janitor. We love our janitors. They are awesome and they do not get the credit they deserve.
At our school we give $20.00 at beginning of school. Then each month each grade level brings in food for a breakfast for the school. The everytime someone gets pregnant or married-we are asked to give money. What my question is what happens to the money that we give at the beginning of the year???I think that audits should be done on monies gathered within a school. We have a ton of Relay for Life fund raisers at our school with no and I mean no accountable audit of monies collected. I think some of it goes into the pocket of the main fundraiser and the PE teacher's pocket. There! I said it! This is a gut feeling and I could be wrong-but I really think this is happening.