NL Federation of School Councils

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week 2019

February 10-16, 2019

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week will be held Feb. 10-16, 2019. NLFSC encourages our membership to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work and care our teachers and support staff gives to our children on a daily basis.

Teachers and our school staff have some of the toughest jobs. They are there for our children day in and day out, often under tryingcircumstances and with less than adequateresources and support. Their professionalism, dedication, and expertise form the cornerstone of our nation’s public education system.

Without the hard work of teachers, Canadian scientists, artists, and political and business leaders would not be among the best in the world. Many education leaders suggest that the most effective way to improve education in this country is to give our educators and school staff the support they need and deserve

Recognizing our teachers and school staff, for all they do, does not need to be time-consuming, expensive, or reserved for one special week during the year. One of the greatest ways parents can show their appreciation, to those who work in our schools, is by being actively involved in their child’s education all year long.

Parents should establish a good workingrelationship with teachers/school staff early in the school year.

Talk to your children’s teachers on a regularbasis, not just at scheduled parent-teacher conferences. Find out how you can help with homework assignments and reinforce at home what is being taught in the classroom. By being an involved parent, you are showing your respect and appreciation for your child’s teachers and the school.

When parents and teachers establish open communication and good working relations, great things get accomplished for students.

Thank Them for Being Teachers. Teachers play a critical role in the lives of our children. It takes a lot to give a lot. Patience,understanding and kindness are constantly required to nurture a class full of young minds and personalities.

Teachers also play a very important role inpromoting self-discipline in our children and in establishing guidelines and rules for participating in a classroom or group. Their guidance helps our children develop social skills and become competent in group situations. That’s why it’s important for parents to remember those little, often overlooked qualities that make teachers such special people in our children’s lives.

Be sure to tell teachers and our school staff how much you appreciate who they are and what they do.

Here are a few ideas and suggestions to assist with the celebration of TSAW 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.

For more ideas please visit our Facebook page and take a look at the photos, submitted by members, during past TSAW celebrations.