Shop Now Login/Register View Quote View Cart
1.800.221.5175
Mathematics
Core Math
Sadlier Math Grades K–6 View Details | Buy Now
Full Access Sadlier Math Grades K–6 View Details | Buy Now
Progress in Mathematics Grades K–6 View Details | Buy Now
Full Access Progress in Mathematics Grades 1–6 View Details | Buy Now
Progress in Mathematics Grades 7–8+ View Details | Buy Now
Supplemental
Progress Mathematics Grades K–8 View Details | Buy Now
New Jersey Progress Mathematics Grades K–8 Buy Now
New York Progress Mathematics Grades K–8 Buy Now
Full Access Progress Mathematics Grades 1–8 View Details | Buy Now
Common Core Progress Mathematics Grades K–8 Buy Now
Let's Target Math Problem Solving Grades 1–8 Buy Now
Let's Target Real-World Math Word Problems Grades 1–8 Buy Now
Critical Thinking for Active Math Minds Grades 3–6 View Details | Buy Now
Preparing for Standards-Based Assessments Grades 7–8 View Details | Buy Now
Vocabulary
Vocabulary Workshop, Tools for Comprehension Grades 1–5 View Details | Buy Now
Vocabulary Workshop, Tools for Comprehension Interactive Edition Grades 2–5 View Details | Buy Now
Vocabulary Workshop Achieve Grades 6–12+ View Details | Buy Now
Vocabulary Workshop Achieve Interactive Edition Grades 6–12+ View Details | Buy Now
Vocabulary Workshop Enriched Edition Grades 1–12+ View Details | Buy Now
Vocabulary Workshop Enriched Edition Interactive Edition Grades 6–12+ View Details | Buy Now
Vocabulary for Success Grades 6–10 View Details | Buy Now
Let's Target Vocabulary Acquisition Grades 1–8 Buy Now
Let's Target Vocabulary and Usage Grades 1–8 Buy Now
Building an Enriched Vocabulary Grades 9–12 View Details | Buy Now
English Language Arts
Progress English Language Arts Grades K-8 View Details | Buy Now
New Jersey Progress English Language Arts Grades K–8 Buy Now
New York Progress English Language Arts Grades K–8 Buy Now
Common Core Progress English Language Arts Grades K–8 Buy Now
Full Access Progress English Language Arts Grades 1–8 View Details | Buy Now
Grammar & Writing
Grammar Workshop, Tools for Writing Grades 3–5 View Details | Buy Now
Grammar for Writing Grades 6–12 View Details | Buy Now
Let's Target Grammar Grades 1–8 Buy Now
Writing Workshop Grades 6–12 Buy Now
Writing a Research Paper Grades 6–12 Buy Now
Grammar & Writing for Standardized Tests Grades 9–12 Buy Now
Reading
From Phonics to Reading Grades K–3 View Details | Buy Now
Close Reading of Complex Texts Grades 3–8 View Details | Buy Now
Close Reading of Complex Texts Interactive Edition Grades 3–8 View Details | Buy Now
Sadlier Phonics Grades K–3 View Details | Buy Now
Let's Target Comprehension Grades 1–8 Buy Now

Sadlier's
English Language Arts Blog

The home of Vocab Gal and other educational experts K–12 resources

December 1, 2016 VG Teaching Strategies Pro Dev Resources, Vocab Gal, ELA K-5, ELA 6-8, ELA 9-12, ELA Seasonal – End of School Year, ELA PD - Other, ELA PD - Vocabulary

8 Gifts to Thank Your School Employees

I find that thanking the school staff who often get overlooked, is one of the best ways to show appreciation. However, it can be a tricky and costly venture, so here is a suggestion for who to thank and how to do so.

Appreciation leads to respect and help! As a teacher, I find it’s most important to recognize administrative staff, custodial staff, and technology staff. That being said, I'm also aware that there are other key players that deserve recognition as well:I find that thanking the school staff who often get overlooked, is one of the best ways to show appreciation. However, it can be a tricky and costly venture, so here is a suggestion for who to thank and how to do so.

  • Art

  • Music

  • Librarian

  • Nurses

  • Physical Education

  • Guidance Counselor

  • Bus Drivers

  • Cafeteria Staff

  • Crossing Guards

If you can't recognize everyone, consider setting up a "rotation of appreciation". Prior to winter break "give thanks" to your librarian, PE teacher, bus driver etc., and at the end of the school year "give thanks" to administration, custodial workers, and technology staff. As teachers, its important that we always remember educating students is a group effort... despite the sometimes lonely moments in the classroom. By showing appreciation to the various people that make up our school community, we will foster an environment of gratitude and unity!

My Top 8 Favorite Gifts for School Employees

1. Individually Wrapped Food Items

From chocolates to bags of popcorn, food is often an easy and inexpensive way to recognize those you appreciate. However, keep in mind that some folks may be on diets or have food sensitivities that would prevent them from enjoying your gifts.

2. Lip Balm

I cannot tell you how many lip balms I have, as they are constantly disappearing. This gift is one that is always helpful, and you do not have to worry about any negative ramifications of food. I especially like the Eros ball lip balms as they are quite a fancy surprise, but you can find them in larger quantities in bulk food stores.

3. Sharpies

I have yet to find someone who cannot appreciate a permanent marker for school or home. I tend to wrap two or three together with a note saying “You’re Sharp!” Again, look at bulk stores to find large quantities of Sharpies at a low price.

4. Post-it Notes

To continue the office supply theme, I know how much we love Post-its in all kinds of fun shapes and sizes. Sometimes I will pair a sharpie and post-it notepad together with a note scribbled on the top.

5. Relaxation Items

By the time holiday break or summer comes around, educators are exhausted! Teachers will treasure small gifts like a pair of fuzzy socks, bath bombs, calming teas etc. Many of these items can be purchased at the Dollar Store!

6. Books

Most teachers try to consistently add new books to their classroom library! Go to a local thrift store (or dig through your books at home) and look for a recent bestseller or classical tale to give as a gift. Both teacher and students will cherish this gift!

7. Anti-bacterial Lotion

I know that most people working in schools try to keep a stash of anti-bacterial lotion on hand at all times. Giving someone a mini-bottle with a note reading “Thanks for keeping me happy and healthy” is a nice, yet cost-effective way to show your appreciation.

8. Giftcard

If you like the ease and practicality of gifting gift cards, have no fear… teachers love gift cards! Amazon, iTunes, Dollar Tree, Coffee Shops, you can’t go wrong. Just remember to keep the gifted dollar amount small!

In the end, giving everyone the same present helps you buy in bulk and type one (often funny) message you can attach to every package. The goal is to keep your gift useful and hopefully, no matter what, the recipient will appreciate your sentiments.

P.S. Not only as a teacher, but also as the parent of two school-age children, I find these gifts work well for all the people who help with my childrens’ education!