The 2017 National Teacher /Staff Appreciation Week (TSAW) in Newfoundland and Labrador will be held February 12-18
NLFSC encourages our membership to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work and care our teachers and support staff gives our children on a daily basis.
Outside the family unit, our teachers and school staff are the greatest influences in our children’s lives. They don’t just teach, drive a bus, clean or do administrative work. They care for, guide and help our children become the best that they can be as students, individuals and citizens.
Celebrating this important week gives us all an opportunity to publicly salute and recognize the significant contribution our teachers and school staff make to our children and our province.
Here are a few ideas and suggestions to assist with the celebration of this special week:
Monday – Hang a “We Love Our Teachers/Staff” banner on the front of the school. Place a red apple with a note from the Home and School Association/School Council in each mailbox or on each desk.
Don’t forget the bus drivers and custodians. – Make a daily draw for a donated prize.
Tuesday – Hang a collage made of photos of teachers/staff and students at work and play and decorate the halls with balloons and paper apples on which the students have written stories,
poems or drawn pictures. Serve coffee and treats in the staff room. – Daily draw.
Wednesday – Place flowers in staff room. Serve a buffet lunch. Be sure to arrange for supervision so all teachers and staff can attend. – Daily draw.
Thursday – Have cheese platters and a fruit basket in the staff room. Give each staff member a bag filled with pens, notepaper, etc.- Daily draw.
Friday – Hold a Teacher/Staff Appreciation Tea/lunch. –Daily draw or draws depending on the number of prizes that have been donated by local businesses. – Raffle grand prize winner draw.
The celebrations and ideas don’t need to be costly. A heartfelt homemade card, notes on classrooms doors, and banners also go a long way in making your school staff feel appreciated. An email message or face-to-face “Thank you” will never be forgotten.
Every school has dedicated teachers and other school staff such as Secretaries, Student Assistants, Bus Drivers and Custodians. TSAW lets them know they are appreciated, that we want to work with them, and that we are on the same team.