Nothing like waiting until the last minute (some things will never change) to come up with a small gesture (for staff) for the first day of school. I looked back on some summer finds and came across this free printable by Bitsy Creations. I printed out the 8x10 version on cardstock and put it in a clear plastic table top frame. These clear frames are so incredibly handy for table-top signage for any occasion! Also, Bitsy Creations has a bunch of really cool freebie signs!
I found some teacher appreciation cards on Pinterest that said: You Were Mint to Teach. But, I wanted something with a heart to match the sign.
Using the "Mint" idea, I created a graphic with a heart on it using Free Fonts - Janda Safe and Sound, KG Ten Thousand Reasons, and Pea Katrina! I decided to stick with "Teach" even though various staff members will be receiving this. My thinking was: every school staff member is responsible for teaching our students in one way or another. Plus, I thought it would be way too confusing to make different graphics with different job titles. Click here to download a free printable that includes a sheet of this graphic!
Next, I put some Life Savers in small gift bags and tied off with colored ribbon. I also bought some Orbit gum packs. Using www.avery.com, I put this graphic along with a personal message on Avery 2x2 inch square labels and printed them. Finally, I stuck the labels to baggies of Lifesavers and to the individual Orbit gum packages. Click here to download a free printable that includes a sheet of this graphic (you can cut apart and tape on whatever).
Here are the final products.
On the first day of school, I will display the sign next to this basket for staff to help themselves.
While it is certainly a very small gesture, I want my staff to know I'm thinking about them on the First Day!
I wish for all of you a fantastic First Day (if you have yet to have yours) and a wonderful school year!