If you think the first day of school is crazy for you and your kids, imagine what it must be like for their teachers. They've been back to work for a week or two already, getting prepared to welcome your children and maybe 30 of their classmates back for a great year of learning. The morning of the first day is just as hectic for them as it is for you, but they don't get to then head off to a nice quiet office or finally-empty house!
Start the year off right by gathering your fellow parents to pitch in and host a "Welcome Back" breakfast for your children's teachers and the school staff. It shouldn't be fancy, or time-consuming to eat; ideally, it could sit in the teacher's lounge for a bit wthout much tending.
Think muffins, bagels with an assortment of cream cheese, and a gluten-free treat. Make sure you have lots of coffee... that alarm came even earlier for them that first day. Offer pitchers of orange juice and water as well. Add a nice fruit salad, and you have a lovely basic breakfast.
If you have the capacity to set up some heated dishes, an egg casserole in a chafing dish would be nice, as would some sausage and bacon. You can use foil baking pans to make the food easier to transport. Just make sure everything you offer is fresh and good-quality; school staff have to eat enough cafeteria food during the year!
If you have time and budget to do a small gift, a travel mug or water bottle they could fill at the breakfast and use during the day would be ideal. And no matter what, make sure they know you appreciate all their hard work.
How do you show appreciation to your children's teachers?
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