It's officially Teacher Appreciation Week! And this year — more than ever — our teachers deserve to be celebrated.
In recent weeks, teachers across Washington have rallied to learn new methods of teaching (hello distance learning!) and connect with their students in creative ways, all while juggling their own personal concerns and hardships amidst the pandemic. They have become a beacon of hope and stability to our children in these uncertain times, and the same goes for countless parents who are facilitating schoolwork at home for the remainder of the school year.
So, in case you haven't actively participated in Teacher Appreciation Week in the past, let this Monday, May 4, through Friday, May 8, be an opportunity to honor the teachers in your life for the immense effort and extraordinary investment they are making in all our lives right now.
An in-person gift isn't in the cards due to social distancing, but there are many ways to send appreciation. Consider one of these avenues. And teachers, if you're reading this, know us here at Seattle Refined couldn't appreciate you more. Many of us are here because of your years of commitment and encouragement. Thank you for all you do!
Send an email
Craft a note of gratitude and send it via email this week. Help your child do the same! The more emails of appreciation, the better! Since emails are free, don't be stingy! You can email your child's current teacher, specialists, past teachers and maybe even a teacher from your own childhood.
Mail a restaurant gift card
Teachers are still in and out of their classrooms, so feel to send them a surprise to their school's address. With all the home cooking lately, consider blessing them with a gift card to a local restaurant. Support a small biz while feeding a teacher something delicious? Win-win! Check out our running list of Seattle area restaurants with to-go/delivery/no contact options for ideas.
Shop handmade with a lanyard upgrade
Most teachers wear a lanyard while at school, and since in-person teaching will eventually be back in session, why not help your teacher return in style? Etsy has some amazing customizable leather lanyards, as well as this boho-chic option.
Email a Starbucks E-Gift Card
Did you know you can email gift cards through the Starbucks website? It's fast and easy, and every teacher will thank you for comping their cup of joe (or tea).
Surprise them with a Sips by subscription box
Speaking of tea, if you know your best teacher is partial to a hot cup of tea, support their zen with a Sips by subscription box.
Create a video message
Kids will get a kick out of recording a video message for their teacher(s). And it sure fits the times seeing that we're living in the age of Zoom calls and Google Meet hangouts. Make it short and sweet, and it will surely bring a smile!
Help build the classroom library
All teachers love books! Gift one your family loves as a token of appreciation or check out Bookroo, a book delivery service available in a picture book option for younger grades or a chapter book one for more advanced readers. Recommendations from my early elementary readers include "Sarabella's Thinking Cap," "Violet the Pilot" and "Maybe Tomorrow?" which have elements of growth mindset, resiliency, and emotional intelligence.
And last but not least, I checked in with a 5th-grade teacher inquiring about her specific hopes for Teacher Appreciation Week, and she said, "Any kind words from my students, of course, and Amazon gift cards; I can get anything there!" She added with a smirk, "And please read my emails, I promise I'm doing my best to include just essential, valuable information!"