Back to School Goody Bags

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  1. ThirdGrade123

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    I usually put together back to school goody bags. In the past, I made Back to School Survival Kits. However this year I have 27 children and I'm afraid that I'll become broke making them!

    Do any of you give back to school goody bags or gifts in general. If so, what are they?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. luvmykids

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    I usually do a survival kit as well. This year I have 23 on my list (usually have 19) so I am just going to do a smaller bag for each student.
     
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    I used to, but now I don't. They get so much new stuff anyway that it doesn't seem to make much of a difference to them. If you teach low-income students, though, it might be helpful. I'd still probably just stock the room really well with extra supplies.
     
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    Just curious, what do you guys put in your survival kits? That is such a great idea!!!
     
  6. Pooh42

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    To stick with my jungle theme I ordered my items from Oriental Trading company
    they had the jungle/zoo bags, erasers, notepad, pencils, stickers, and bookmark
    the jungle card will say:
    A Warm Jungle Welcome To Our Class
    Eraser: Because we all make mistakes and that's ok
    Smarties Candy: For how smart we are
    Stickers: We'll stick together
    Notepad: We'll have fun writing
    Pencil: We'll be a sharp bunch
    Bookmark: We'll read lots of great books
     
  7. 4shawnee

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    I give the students a "ticket coupon" to bring back the first day of school at our assessment day. The kids come the week before school starts for 30 minutes to meet me, pick out their desk, bring their school supplies and do a reading and math assessment.
    At the end, I give them the coupon and on the first day of school they get their goodie bag. This year, I put a notebook (small spiral), stickers,fun pencil, and bookmark. I struggled with ideas too- so let me know what you're doing- thanks!
    Shawnee
     
  8. ChristyF

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    I make goodie bags, but most of what I put in there is what I would normally give them. (5th grade pencil, bookmark, and sticker; highlighter (They "write their name in lights" by highlighthing name, number and date to make sure they put them); large eraser, pen, and other bookmarks I would normally give, in addition they get - sucker, bag of Cheezits, activity pad, and keychain rubiks cube).
     
  9. bonteach

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    For 3rd, I usually give a pencil, a pen, a cute eraser and a magnet that has my name and number on it. I also give a bookmark. I cant think of what else, but there may be one other thing.
     
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    Oh - thanks for reminding me! Here's mine:

    A Student Survival Kit - The items in this bag have special meaning:
    * The cotton ball is to remind you that this room is full of kind words and warm feelings.
    * The chocolate kiss is to comfort you when you are feeling sad.
    * The tissue is to remind you to help dry someone's tears.
    * The sticker is to remind you that we all stick together and help each other.
    * The star is to remind you to shine and always try your best.
    * The rubber band is to remind you to hug someone.
    * The penny is to remind you that you are valuable and special.
    * The toothpick is to remind you to "pick out" the good qualities in your classmates.
    * The bandage is to heal hurt feelings in your friends and in yourself.
    * The gold thread is to remind you that friendship ties our hearts together.
    * The eraser is to remind you that we all make mistakes, and that is okay.
    * The Life Savers are to remind you that you can come to me if you need someone to talk to.
     
  11. Mimi223

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    I always give goody bags. What I do is leave of crayons from my school supply list and then inside the bag I give the students a box of 24 crayons. Then I fill it up with pencils, erasers, candy etc etc
    Crayons are .20 at Target and I only have 19 students.
     
  12. Lotte

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    Hear hear!
    (I don't understand why teachers give so much to their students.. If they are low income then maybe they could borrow some things from school, but unless...? Nope.)
    Starting school is already a big shopping sprea for them..
     
  13. ChristyF

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    Again, most of what I give is things that I want them to have and that they might not have day 1 (I live and teach in a very low socioeconomic area). I guess you're right I don't "have to" give them anything. I choose to do so to be nice. I've never considered doing otherwise. I remember getting small things from my teachers and they meant a lot. I guess that's why I continue to do so.
     
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    On another message board I found a cute/inexpensive "goody bag" for students. The teacher put Lucky Charms cereal in a bag with the following note attached:

    Welcome to ___ grade!
    This special treat is to remind you that I’m glad you are in my class. Search the bag, and inside you should find:

    A yellow star to remind you to always shine.
    A pot of gold to remind you that you are worth a million.
    A colorful rainbow to remind you to always do your best.
    A blue moon to remind you that sometimes we will all make mistakes.
    A green clover to give you luck as you start fifth grade.
    A purple horseshoe to remind you that U matter!
    A red balloon to remind you to soar above the clouds and try new things.
    And most importantly, a pink heart to remind you that as your teacher, I care about you!

    I thought this was a cute idea with an inexpensive price tag, and I plan to use it to start school with my 5th graders this year. Have a great year!
     
  15. runsw/scissors

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    I make goodie bags with the following and pass them out the first or second day.
    pencil top eraser with smiley face: we all make mistakes but it's not the end of the world
    book mark with study skills listed:enough said
    4 or 5 stickers: they can reward themselves for hard work when they want
    a pencil: Welcome to my class or something else on it
    a few smaller sticky notes: They may need to remind themselves of something important

    I try to keep the baggies smaller and the objects practical. The symbolic things are nice, but I never know what to do with them later. I'm sure the kids wouldn't either and that most of the stuff would eventually find its way into the trash bin. Not how I want to spend my money.
     
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    This is a great idea. I don't know how many kids I have yet but maybe I'll try to put something together for the first day, or maybe even the 2nd day, which is a Monday so I get an extra two day to make them.
     
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    I like all those ideas. I think it will make the kids feel special,--most of them will remember for years to come that Mrs._____ gave them that goodie bag in _______ grade. My second grade teacher gave us all buttons that said "Kids are special people too!" (it was after pictue day and she glued the tiny picture of each of us on the back of our pins). Most of them are going to be nervous about their first day and this sounds like a wonderful way to get them to calm their nerves.
     
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    I teach in a low income area also, so I make sure my students have some things. I usually make them a bag that they can take home at open house or on the first day if they don't come to OH. Inside, I just put a pencil, some candy, and a sheet of stickers. On their desk on the first day, I have a gallon ziploc bag with a pencil, crayons, and scissors. At our school we're supposed to provide crayons and scissors.
     
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    wow - maybe i'm mean but i don't give any 'goodie bags' out - i do, however, make sure all my students have all the supplies they will need for school - in my room - we share everything. i send a letter home to parents saying, in my room, no supplies are needed, but do have a wish list of items for the class. i also tell them not to bring anything in they don't want to share. i spend all my money making sure there are crayons, markers, pencils, erasers, glue, scissors, etc. for each child to use and share. i do give them each a bookmark the first day - but that's it.
     
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    i love the lucky charms idea.....
    i have only given small things that first day....i teach first and i stress that our classroom is filled with smarties (readers and writers) each letter i write my class is entitled dear smarties and they get smarties throughout the year. i just start it that first day!

    i do think kids like to receive things....it isn't a must but they remember if your class had a niche.
     
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    I don't think it's a common thing to do...I truthfully don't know of many teachers in my district that do, but I agree, if it's something you'd enjoy doing, by all means go for it! I have more fun giving it then I think the kids have receiving it...It's kinda like a hostess gift- fun way to end that first day of school I do agree, it's a nice little ice-breaker- I'm so stealing the lucky charms idea- easy and adorable! I am going to stick a note in the bag saying "Michael" had a great first day of school! I remember my sons first grade teacher brought that little note home, and it was a nice feeling :)
    Here's to goody bags! Have fun:p
     
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    Back to School Presents

    I ALWAYS give out a present the first day of school, this year my theme is sports so I found really cute and inexpensive water bottles with assorted balls as the topper that I will place on each child's desk.:D
    Inside the water bottle I will put a pencil, bookmark, eraser, highlighter and a healthy snack for the first day of school.
    I even buy a present for my son that day and my husband has never forgotten and always has flowers waiting for me when I come home that day. After all it's the best time of the year....:)
     
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    momto2- I LOVE the waterbottle idea with surprises inside! I'm soooo stealing that next year!- thanks!
     
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    WOW! Lucky you!!!!!!!:) That is so sweet!:love:
     
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    I just read the post about flowers aloud to my husband...I don't think I'll get the same treatment though!!!
    He has his own celebration as he gets the house back to himself as my 3 children and I leave him to his home business!
     
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    Shoot, I'm going to try and steal it for this year if I can find the cups! I allow my kids to have water bottles at their desk and this would be perfect! :D

     
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    I Love all your ideas!! Hopefully,I will be able to put this to good use this year IF I get a contract (keeping my fingers crossed).
    Best of luck to all of you!!
    Munchkin
     
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    bonteach, where do you get the magnet with your name/number on it??
     
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    I made the magnet. I print my info on a business card and buy the sticky backed business card sized magnets (at Office Max) and stick them on. It looks really good when it is done!
     
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    I order the "Welcome to 4th Grade" bookmarks from Really Good Stuff that have a school word search on the back. I also give them a mechanical pencil. They choose a pencil and bookmark and work on the word search while I am taking up supplies and assigning lockers.
     
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    You can also get magnets printed really cheap at Vista Print...search the web. I've ordered invitations from them and was very pleased with the results!!! If you only include your name and phone number, not the grade or school, you could easily order a pack of 100 and use for several years to come!!!:) I think I might just have to do this! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    I always made a small gift bag with a cotton ball, sticker, lifesaver, smartie, eraser, bandaid . . . But this year we are VERY RESTRICTED on candy and sweets. I don't want to start out on the wrong foot so I could use some NON candy ideas.
     
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    If any of you have a Hobby Lobby where you live, they have really cute cups. They are little school themed cups (chalk, apples, ABCs, etc.) and you can get 5 of them for $1. I plan to put a pencil and some candy or something in them for the first day of school. I love all these ideas! :thanks:
     
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    I have also included a roll of the Smartie candies in each goody bag because all of my kids are smarties. Sometimes we all need a little help to get going in the morning though. In that case take a smartie pill or two (candies) as needed! Just keep them at home.
     
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    I just gave each child a "cool" pencil with a really cute eraser on it, but the 4th grade teachers at our school gave a really great gift. Our kids can have water bottles on their desks, so to keep them from having huge bottles and to keep from getting the desks all wet when the bottles sweat, they gave each child a can koozie with a bottle of water in it. They told the parents that their child could bring water every day, or wash out the original bottle, fill it and bring it back, but they could only bring bottles that would fit in the can koozie. They had them on the desk for Meet and Greet today. I think I might get some over the weekend and do the same thing.
     
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    I love the can cozy Idea what size bottles fit?
     
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    a 16.9 oz bottle fits perfectly.
     
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    they used to be really cheap at Micheals like .33 cents each, but I think they have gone back up, Micheal's is having a teacher appreciation day at the end of the month with a discount on total purchase. But you could talk to the store manager to see if they will give you a deal??? never know.
     
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    Yes, I usually include a special pencil, eraser, crayons, bookmark, modeling clay in a zip lock and a fruit snack. They have the chance to look through their bags while I greet students and new parents.
     
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    I am not sure where bonteach gets their magnets. But...Last year I gave each of my k kids a magnet that said "Look what I did in kindergarten!"
    I used Print Shop Deluxe. They have an option to print out business cards. I designed it using that option and printed them. Then I stuck them onto business card magnets that I found at Staples. They had a sticker that you peel off and then you can stick on a business card. It sounds confusing but it was really easy. They also make magnetic paper that you can put right into your printer. Hope that helps.
     

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