does your school have a staff Christmas/Holiday party?

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  1. yarnwoman

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    If so, what is it like? Where is it held? What activities go on?
     
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    Cookie swapping staff lounge mid-month

    Post holiday cocktail party out in late January
     
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    We've really had a wide range. Some years it's at the school gym in the evening with karaoke and people bringing covered dishes. Some years we have had it at a restaurant and people dressed up, white elephant exchanges.

    We haven't heard anything yet this year about one. Our morale is pretty low right now, I wonder if anyone would actually come.
     
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    Usually on a Friday Evening, at someone's house. It started working out better when is wasn't at the P's house. She's not well liked, in fact if she plans on attending this one I won't be there. She has been making us miserable this year.

    At the party, there is either a gift card exchange or an ornament exchange. This year they are doing the ugly sweater contest. I won't be participating in that if I go. I don't have so much money during this part of the year that I can blow some on something that is ugly. :lol:
     
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    Which is exactly why you need to buoy each other....we were having the same morale issues...we just decided that despite pressures and mandates and admin issues, we CAN and MUST pull together...laugh together, bang your head son the wall together, bring coffee or donuts to a team meeting, tiny little notes of appreciation,Friday cocktails...it helps:love:

    You could just wear a plain cardigan, hang ornaments from the buttons, wind garland around your neck.:D
     
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    Last year we had it at a casino (it's really close to our schools). Well, we weren't gambling, we just rented out one of their dining rooms and had a buffet. We had a gift exchange, I don't know what's it called, when you don't know what's inside, but you chose it, and then I think you can exchange it with others, not sure.
    The rule was that you had to bring something from your house that you don't use, even something like a candle, and not spend any money. (although some people had gift certificates).
    It was nice. I'm not sure if we'll have the same thing this year.
     
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    We have one every year. I am refusing to go this year. They are meeting at a bar for karaoke which I don't have a problem with. I have a huge problem with the theme .... get this ... "White Trash"!! I refuse to go anywhere with people representing my place of my employment with such a theme. I guess I'm too old to find the theme funny.
     
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    Everyone brings a covered dish or dessert, and we eat them during our lunch time.

    This year, we are supposed to be doing a Secret Santa, but since everyone where I work is broke as a joke, I don't know how many people will actually do it.
     
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    That's terrible!
     
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    On our last day of school, which is a half day, we have lunch at school(purchased from a local restaurant) and do a white elephant gift exchange.
     
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    My schools do, which I've never been to & my grp of SLPs do too. Us SLPs also have an end-of-the-yr luncheon. I don't know whose idea it is, but somebody picks some strange restaurants that I'd never go to on my own. This Christmas is the same ' hole-in-the-wall' place we went to last Christmas. Everyone pays $10. I don't see anything appealing about it. Their food isn't anything special & it's not like us SLPs can't afford anything better. A chain restuarant would be much better.

    We have the option to bring a wrapped $10 gift & last yr, ea person went around choosing to unwrap a gift off the table OR they could "steal" a gift that someone else already picked/unwrapped.

    This yr, we're doing a Secret Santa, specifically picking a gift for a name given to us at random. They had us answer 5 gift suggestion questions to mk it easier to find something.

    Other than that, we just sit around, eat & talk.
     
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    I love our Christmas Party. This year, it's in a local hall. We have catered food and a DJ.

    I think we're also doing a Yankee Swap sometime later.
     
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    We have a lunch where we bring covered
    dishes and after school we have desserts and an ornament exchange, very low key. There is also an evening party at someone's house, I've only been once and there are no real planned activities.
     
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    We do. My sped team chooses names. I also exchange gifts with my 6th grade core team. This year I purchased Disney Santa mugs on Black Friday, and plan on filling them with candy.

    We also do a pot luck dinner. I bring "funeral potatoes" as we call them in Utah:)
     
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    We'll have a potluck lunch the first week in December (half the staff bring food, then near the end of the year the other half will), a cookie exchange the week after that and then an evening out for dinner and a live show. I haven't gone the last couple of years, but this year I will. There are some dramatic changes in the works for our school and this will be the last year we are all together as one staff.
     
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    We've done it different ways - Secret Santa, lunch in the lounge (which I hate, because 1st grade is one of the last to go to lunch). This year, our new Principal is planning a party/dinner at a local restaurant. I dunno about gift exchange or which restaurant, or even the date, lol. We'll see!
     
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    I've worked at my school for 20 years, and I've never been to a Christmas party. They have one at a local restaurant in the evening. It's not very well attended.

    We also do a holiday room where people bring treats to share from November to Christmas break. I do enjoy that.
     
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    For those of you that have holiday parties in restaurants, is it paid for or do you have to pay for your meal/split the bill?
     
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    Other than a quick lunch bite at Panera, I can't remember the last time I ate a meal in a chain restaurant. When I go out with colleagues or friends, we tend to go to local establishments with good food, Irish pubs, bistros...our after holiday paries tend to be in one of these kinds of places...lots of nibbles, a few hot items on buffet and cash bar. Since we aren't getting a sit down meal and everyone pays for their own drinks, it keeps the price down, which is appreciated by all....Some of our retirees even come, so it's nice to see everyone!
     
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    I agree. I would not attend that party, and I'm surprised the staff is okay with it.
     
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    We have a holiday party coming up - the invite requests cocktail attire. I didn't go last year because it was my first year at the school and I was afraid I'd be underdressed - don't own a cocktail dress! I might go this year. Many of the parents and alumni of our school also go.

    We also have a faculty-only holiday party with apps and drinks after school the day before break. Everyone goes to this!

    Our school also does a Xmas festival on a weekend day before break for students and family with games, food and music performances by the students.
     
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    We've been through three principals at my school in the time I've been working there. The first principal had holiday parties, the second one didn't (for four years!), and the current one says he's going to but we haven't gotten any information about it so I'm a little skeptical.

    All our holiday parties have been off-campus. One was at a hookah lounge with a buffet-style setup of all sorts of Middle Eastern food. It was tasty! Another one was in the ballroom at one of the big casinos in town. That one was catered/sit-down and there were raffle prizes. Last year's was in the ballroom at an ultra fancy golf club outside of town. That one was catered/buffet with raffle prizes.

    All the holiday parties had a cash bar and we got one or two drink tickets. If you wanted more than that, you had to buy your own drinks. They served iced tea, water, and coffee for free.

    I seem to remember that the holiday parties were always free for staff members to attend. If we wanted to bring a guest, we had to pay for them, maybe like $15 or $25.
     
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    Our parent council throws a beautiful lunch for us mid-month.

    The December social committee usually plans something. This year we are going to a dinner theatre.
     
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    We have a staff Holiday party at a hotel downtown or a hall. Usually $40 to $50 a person to attend, outside guests welcome, catered food and music. I hear it is a great time, but I never go and don't plan to this year.
     
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    We pay our own.
     
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    We have a small faculty, so we have a potluck dinner at somebody's house, usually on a Sunday evening. Everybody brings their families. The kids play; the adults talk and watch the football game that's usually on.
     
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    We're having something at a restaurant. $15 per person and cash bar. This seems kind of expensive to me, but I'll probably suck it up and go. I am trying to be a team player and keep people smiling! :) No word on gifts, however I will probably just do cards for my team and admin.
     
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    We will have a staff breakfast which is a carry in meal, and the office staff will be presented their gifts.

    We also have a dinner at a local restaurant with staff and spouses and do an ornament exchange. It's a nice evening out, and usually lots of fun with the ornaments and games. This year it's at Olive Garden. Previous years have been local restaurants, some better than others.
     
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    The teachers in my district are big on eating at locally-owned eateries! :thumb:

    This morning, I went to pick up a breaksfast to-go order for my BF and me at a downtown restaurant (family-owned). It's nice to enter a restaurant where people know you by name and truly appreciate your business!
     
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    I work with a very young staff. I think the majority of them (about 80%) are under 25 years old.
     
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    The staff is supposed to dress up. The teachers that do go would have a ball blocking all the photos that will be popping on FB the day after the part -- there is no way that you can make "white trash" pictures professional:eek:hmy:
     
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    We usually have a potluck on a Sat evening at a staff member's home. Sometimes we do a white elephant exchange. Morale is low and I am sure attendance will be low; unfortunately, the people who complain and whine the most won't come, but they need to be part of our solution and help make work a more pleasant place.
     
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    Principal pays for all staff meals; we pay for any guests. The person who plans is given a budget from the principal, then find a restaurant that will work within the budget. It is usually $15 per person.
     
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    well at least what my school does seems to be the norm. Someone's house/potluck or at least partly potluck/white elephant gifts.Thanks!
     
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    Same here.

    Never mind that my roommate went to the same dinner theatre with her company and she didn't have to pay a cent!
     
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    Us too! The local sushi place gives us a 'teacher discount':) dh and I have a few local places we go for 'date nights' ....the proprietors recognize those that go often...it's more personal, and I feel you get better treatment than a chain. We often chat up the owners...they appreciate that. One BYO Italian pace we go gives us a complimentary Sambucca with the check.:whistle:
     
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    Someone usually organises a night out. However they usually end up as drunken debauches. I don't go as I don't want to see my colleagues falling over. Our phys ed dept always organise a party before we break up for the Summer. Although I teach science I am classed as a honourary member of the dept as I frequently help out with sports events and drive the minivan with school teams to away fixtures. They, surprisingly, are usually more genteel affairs. Our arts dept do likewise and again I get an invite for my contribution to their dept. Strangely the Science dept have tried a couple of after school get togethers but no-one really enjoys them and they don't run late!
     
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    We are having a "family party" at a staff member's house this year. I don't think it will be well attended. I have no plans to attend unless my team decides to go. For one, I don't have kids, and therefore find parties with other people's kids annoying, and two, our school morale is pretty low. It's on a wednesday evening. My team is talking about doing our own thing either in addition to or instead of that which is going to be a lot more fun. We weren't told to bring anything so I'm not sure what will be there.

    At my last school the holiday parties were extremely well attended and were actually "real" parties on the weekend. We had a great time and I wouldn't have missed it for anything. People were super comfortable around admin so that didn't dampen the fun any.
     
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    We're having one in the school library. Your supposed to bring a dish to share and an ornament for the ornament exchange. This party will be the same as last year. I don't think I'll be attending. I went last year and it was boring. Many of the staff where I work feel the same. We wouldn't mind even paying to go somewhere for our party.
     
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    We have a potluck in the cafeteria. Every department brings a different dish (ugh, every year LA get potatoes, rice, and pasta... I'd really like to make dessert for once!). Then they raffle of different door prizes. It's nice, cozy, and fun to just hang out for a change.

    We also have it on a PD afternoon :D Well, we're developing professionally by building relationships, right?
     
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