Saturday, May 22, 2010

Staff Appreciation Week

For Staff Appreciation Week at school, we were asked to have our kids write something along the lines of "I like my teachers because (fill in the blank)". I decided to get ambitious and have Audrey complete one for each teacher and aide:

"I like Kristi because she plays with you." So far so good.
"I like Jarret because he plays the guitar." Excellent!
"I like Yvonne because she plays with you." OK, running out of ideas, but I can't argue with it.
"I like Aimee because she throws you in the sewer." OK, all done. Wait...WHAT?

My surprise lasted only a nanosecond, as I immediately realized that this must have to do with Audrey's aforementioned sewer obsession. Luckily I know Audrey (and the school) so well that it didn't even enter my mind that she might be referring to an exceedingly harsh form of timeout. I was surprised, however, that I didn't get a reaction when I sent her little tribute on to school. A few days later, I was on the phone with the teacher about another issue and couldn't help but bring it up. She laughed and said that, yes, this was a little game that Aimee and Audrey played. Audrey likes to throw things down the sewer grate, and Aimee kids her that she's going to throw her down there with the Ninja Turtles.

I'm sure that these teachers have seen it all as far as autistic kids and their fixations. I can't imagine a harder job, and I've always said that you have to be a very special kind of person to work with our kids. So maybe next year I'll go with a Starbucks gift card...or at least a written note from Audrey that is more suitable for her personnel file.

11 comments:

  1. This is too funny, especially that it was just all in a day's work for them. Our SpEd teachers and aids are awesome, and I would do anything for them. This year I baked banana bread for staff appreciation day, but I'm feeling like maybe I should have done more, like volunteered to wash their cars or given them all manicures or something.

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  2. LOVE THIS! There's no staff appreciation here at THTAB, because well..I'm the staff..and there's not much to appreciate! LOL

    :-) Love that, Audrey!

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  3. I love that it was just another day for them when they received that note ;) I think this is the first time I've heard about Audrey's sewer fascination- guess I'll have to do some digging around your blog to find out more :)

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  4. I am so glad that they don't throw her in the sewer. Imagine what doing the laundry would be like? Yeah-we have some pretty terrific people working with our kids-it is nice to read when other people do too. Seems like the crappy ones steal all the attention sometimes..

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  5. You know what would make a great staff appreciation gift? A funny and insightful book by an insanely handsome and talented daddy blogger. That, or a tote bag emblazoned with the image of a semi-nude fat man giving out hugs.

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  6. Last year, I gave gift cards to a restaurant. This year there are more teachers, and they've done such an outstanding job, I think I'd have to buy each one of them a restaurant franchise to show my appreciation.

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  7. Love this, very funny. You're right, it takes special people to work with our autistic children, and I'm always so grateful when I know I've found good ones!
    Come to you from Jen's Blog Gems :)

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  8. That's funny! I wonder what she would write if someone actually did throw her in a sewer. I mean, would it be "I like Aimee because she likes Ninja Turtles?" Just wondering.

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  9. We have that coming up again soon, too. Last time I got everyone a plant. Seriously, I am buying for like 6 people and it gets a bit overwhelming! I should just have Katie write out personal notes like that, save me some cash.

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  10. Anything handwritten by students is always touching especially to the teachers who put their heart into your child's life. Giftcards are nice; a set of handmade cards is great, too!

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  11. As a former teacher, who will NEVER go back, (did I just say that?), I have to say go with the gift cards. If we keep our teachers caffeinated they might stop throwing our kids in the sewers.

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