Teacher and Staff Appreciation WEEK
MAY 10 - 14, 2021
A letter from our Staff Appreciation Committee
Dear Audubon Families,
We hope this message finds you well! We wanted to share some information with you concerning this year’s teacher and staff appreciation week. As you may know, we have traditionally celebrated our amazing teachers and staff during National Teacher Appreciation Week, which occurs the first week in May. With additional students and teachers returning to campus the week of May 3 and the many changes that accompany this shift, we have decided to push back Teacher and Staff Appreciation activities to the week of May 10th.
In previous years, with the help of our generous Audubon community (in the form of homemade dishes and volunteers), our PTA was able to provide the 60 +/- teachers and staff with a week of themed luncheons, dress up days, door posters and small gifts of appreciation.
However, atypical times call for atypical measures. Our PTA did not reach its fundraising goals for the year. Additionally, many students are transitioning to a new teacher (some for the second time), the district has strict mandates around volunteers on campus, and the teacher liaisons to the PTA Board - as well as other members of our staff - have requested that we not utilize PTA funds for staff appreciation week this year. Moreover, with sensitivity to the pressed financial situations some families are facing and our desire to keep the week equitable for all members of our staff, some staff have additionally requested that room reps steer clear from pooling class funds for gift cards and the like. Individual families are welcome to bring or send gift cards, handwritten notes and other tokens of appreciation - but no class gifts this year.
Where does this leave us? Teacher and Staff Appreciation week will look different this year.
We will be having a fun spirit week!
Your student(s) can contribute a "thank you" video for our staff.
Please record your video prior to clicking the "Upload Video" button.
Once you click, you'll be directed to a google form which will need to be
filled out prior to submitting your video.
How to Shoot your video:
1. Say "Thank You" in the language of your choice.
2. Shoot in LANDSCAPE MODE in a WELL-LIT space.
3. You may hold up a SIGN with the words "THANK YOU" on it too.
4. You may even dress up in CLOTHES reflecting your culture to make it more colorful :).
5. Please upload by FRIDAY, MAY 7th, 2021.
PTA Sponsored Staff Grab & Go Lunches
We do plan on ordering one or two grab and go lunches for our Audubon teachers and staff (both on campus & those working virtually) that week. Additionally, we are assembling treat bags, with individually wrapped, store bought snacks for their mailboxes each day. While we wish we could do more, we hope our teachers and staff will still feel the love from the Audubon community!
This is great, but I still want to contribute!!
Finally, some families have asked how they can contribute to Staff Appreciation Week. We have put together a Sign Up Genius form for anyone that would like to contribute items for the snack bags, as well as $5 e-gift cards we can apply to the grab and go lunches mentioned above
If families would like to give a gift to their teacher or a staff member(s), please refer them to the list of teacher favorites filled out and returned to room reps at the beginning of the school year.
Thank you all for understanding. We are so proud to be a part of this Audubon community -
and excited to shower our teachers and staff with love the week of May 10!
Please reach out with any questions.
Audubon Staff Appreciation Committee
Robin Barrientos (firstname.lastname@example.org), Amita Rao, Heather Rice,
Sujata Venkateswaran, Marianne Wallace & Cynthia Zhu
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