maternity leave almost over and some ?'s

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  1. AMK

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    Dec 1, 2011

    I am headed back on Jan 3rd from my maternity leave. I know some of the parents b/c I had their previous children. All of the parents are aware that I am returning so it is no surprise. But some really aren't understanding this concept of my sub leaving (becoming an aid in a classroom) and me returning.

    I have met the kids and will be going in December to read to them. The 1st few days I am allowed to kinda go off the curriculum so I can get to know the kids.

    My sub is my former student teacher and has been wonderful. She really kept a lot of the samethings that I did/do in place so it's an easy transition.

    Do I send home a letter to the parents in Jan?
    What are somethings I can do with the kids when I head back?
    Do I get my sub and aid a present for everything? They are wonderful ladies.

    ANY advice would be appreciated to make this an easy transition for me. I cry everytime thinking of leaving my baby.

    P.S I teach kindergarten
     
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  3. karebear76

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    Dec 1, 2011

    I had a great sub during my last maternity leave. She had been a long term sub the year before when those kids were in 3rd grade, so she already knew them, and had great rapport.

    I couldn't decide what I should do, until someone gave me the advice of a letter of recommendation. I did so, knowing that she was moving to Texas with her new husband shortly after. It was perfect. As your sub seems to already have a job, not sure how much this helps you.

    I didn't get my first maternity leave sub anything. Never even occured to me to do so. Follow your heart.
     
  4. Blkjacq

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    Dec 2, 2011

    I'm with ya! I go back to work on Dec 12. I hate that I have only 1 more week left with my little one, but she's my third, so I've been through it all before. I know she'll be OK. :)

    I did start the school year as their teacher, so I guess my situation is a bit different. I got my sub a gift card to her favorite restaurant and a nice card thanking her for letting me take my leave and enjoy my time off without worrying about work.
     
  5. mopar

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    Dec 3, 2011

    I wrote a letter to my parents before I went on leave (it wasn't from the beginning of the year). I would definitely write a letter and include all your contact information.

    I would spend some time getting to know your students. Use some of your first day of school activities that you didn't get to use.
     

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