End of Year Gifts

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  1. katenar

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    Are any of you giving your class end of year gifts? I was thinking of doing a survival kit for my kids for the 5th grade but haven't really decided yet.

    Any other ideas? :confused: I don't want to break the bank but I'd like something cute. Thanks. :help:
     
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  3. glitterfish

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    Hi there, katenar.

    I've been mulling over the same thought. It's hard with gifts at this age because some of the kids will love the cute stuff and treasure it for at least a little while and others will toss it in the trash on their way out the door.

    What are your ideas for a survival kit? I'd love to hear them. Sounds really fun.

    My idea so far is making them each a certificate/award with a special label for each student..."Awesome Artist," "Wonderful Writer".... This depends, of course, on each one's special talents. Then have a little ceremony on the last day of school.

    Last year I just copied a class photo onto cardstock and wrote a special little note for each student.

    I like your idea better, though. Sounds way more fun, especially if you went through and presented each item with a great "flourish" and explanation. You could really get into it! Anyone else?
     
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    :):thanks: for replying glitterfish. I found a list of "survival kit" items on another website. This is what they had:

    A Student Survival Kit
    To make survival kits for your students, place the items described below in brown lunch bags and include this handout:

    "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 gold thread is to remind you that friendship ties our hearts together.
    * 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 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.

    I may add or take away some things as I see fit. Every year I also have the students make a special memory book and everyone wins some type of award. I'm thinking of perhaps making a CD with all the pictures that I've taken of them over the year and putting it to music. That's all I have right now.....if I think of more I'll post it. :2cents:

    Thanks.
     
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    My gift last year was to write a very decent letter into each yearbook. This took hours, but was well worth it. All the students read them and really enjoyed them. I put my e-mail address and phone number, too, and still get e-mails/calls from students (mostly girls at their sleep overs). I know that could be dangerous for some teachers, but elementary students are very good about not pranking my cell. I tell them the number and e-mail address will never, ever change and they can contact me when their 40 if they'd like. Anyhow, free and only a little time consuming.
     
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    I love the survival kit idea! I'm going to definitely use it next year. Most of those items can be found at the dollar store. Much cheaper than what I usually do!

    I also always burn a cd for the kids/parents of every picture I took during the year. I have never put it with music though, just a data cd. Great idea though!
     
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    Ooh, fun ideas everyone. Sounds like a lot of you really get into these going away gifts! Thanks for the ideas.

    I'm going to have a slideshow during the last week of school that includes all of the pics I've took throughout the year. We'll watch it and eat some snacks. I thought about giving out a picture cd, but I think I will do the slideshow instead so we can laugh and smile over the pics together. (Maybe I'll do both!)
     
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    I give each child a DVD of the pics to music and we watch it together on the last day. I also give them each a book from Scholastic. I try to order a class set of 95 cent books, using points. We are moving to a new school this year and there is some anxiety. I may try the survival kits...Cute idea!
     
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    I was thinking about this thread, and I know this won't work this year, but next year I'm doing memory quilts with my students. I have fabric crayons and a HUGE stack of white paper squares. After each milestone (field day, parties, field trips, their birthday, etc.), they color a square. I take it home, iron it onto a white square of fabric, and sew it to the other squares. I love making simple block quilts, and it's super easy to keep going for each child when you're only sewing one square on at a time (30 squares every week or so), and at the end of the year, you just sew some batting and a back on it and you have a really cool memory quilt. I'm only going to have 14-16 students next year, so it will be even easier. They won't know that's why they color the squares, so it will be huge surprise.

    I'm also going to keep a scrapbook going using free scrapbook software from Creative Memories. You just plug the pictures in, write a blip about the activity and you're done. I'm going to see if I can get a copy place to sponsor the printing in color. So these will be gifts next year (I don't have a class this year).

    Free software from Creative Memories: http://www.mycmsite.com/sites/cfrey...productId=&itemSku=&act=&selectedCategory=266
     
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    I didn't do an end of year gift. I got my students juice boxes and 100 calorie packs to snack on. They liked it. :)
     
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    That's a great idea!
     

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