Getting to Know You...

How do you celebrate your teammates birthdays and Christmas?  I've taught at several different schools and each team had different traditions.  At one school, we each handmade a gift for our teammates from something inspired by Pinterest.  At another school, we bought each other gifts for $10 or less.   I am the type of person that gets a little stressed out when buying or creating gifts - I want to get each person the perfect gift but let's be realistic - I have two little boys at home and I don't have time to hunt for the perfect gift!  

Enter my current school.  Previously, we've always ordered in lunch (Jimmy Johns) on birthdays.  We split the cost of the birthday girl's lunch between the rest of us.  This was always fun, but it was a management nightmare to whoever was tapped to collect the orders, collect the money (and give change!), and order lunch by 10:30.  One of my other teammates and I have always had a great relationship where instead of hand making something, or stressing over the perfect Christmas gift under $10,  we randomly pick up coffee, or buy them a favorite candy bar, or pick up some post-its in their favorite color.  It's great to randomly get a little gift and it really just makes your day!  

This year, I have two new teammates (out of 4 total, so half my team is new!).  Since we don't know our new teammates inside and out quite yet, I put together a quick little survey about their likes so we can start surprising them with little gifts!  

Click on the picture to download your own copy of this survey for your teammates!

How do you celebrate your teammates birthdays and other special events??

Open House

I'm linking up with Mrs. D's Corner for the Building Blocks of Back to School!  I think I barely got to the party on time for Week 1, as Week 2 starts tomorrow!  :)

This week it is all about Meet the Teacher!  Our Meet the Teacher night is the Thursday night before school starts (school starts on a Monday).  This year, Meet the Teacher night is on August 13th and school starts on August 17th - ahhhh!  It's coming way too fast!  Just a few days away!

I'm starting to feel the pressure as I have just a few days to Open House and less than a week until the first student day.  But it will all come together!

My main focus for Open House is to have to my classroom look clean, inviting, and organized.  For some families, this may be the only chance I get to actually meet the parents of some students so I want to make a great impression!  I have a folder for each child stuffed with some basic information for our classroom.

In this folder I have an information brochure, a letter requesting framed family photos (I love to display these!), a student information sheet, and an All About Me bag assignment for students to complete and bring with them on the 1st day of school.  

Here are some freebies for you from my Open House folder!  Click on the picture to grab the file!