Thank you notes?

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  1. Ash Inc

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    Hi everyone,
    Everyday I go around to different classrooms to teach music and drama to all of the primary classes. I have about 10 classes I see altogether (some more frequently than others).

    On the last day before break, I found out that I had gifts from 2 students after dismissal. One of the students forgot to give it to me when I saw him, and the other student was in a class that I didn't visit on that day of the week, so the teacher came to bring it to me himself at the end of the day.

    I would have loved to write a nice thank you note home for those students, but of course they were long gone by the time I realized I had gifts from them. I've been feeling bad that I didn't send any thank you home, especially since they were kind enough to think of a gift for their teacher that they only see a handful of periods a week.

    After the break, do you think it would look odd to send a thank you card/note home? I don't want it to look like an after thought I'm sending two weeks late, but I don't like the thought of never saying thank you. I also think it would sound weird to say that the kid/teacher didn't give it to me until later, so that's why the card is late.

    Should I just send one and not mention why it's late? Just a simple thank you for your thoughtfulness? Or would it seem odd doing this so much later?

    Thanks :)
     
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  3. JustMe

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    Families will not consider the thank you card "late". They know the last day is hectic and they know school is out for a couple weeks. No worries. Don't explain things because it's a non-issue.

    If you want, you could mail the cards...but I don't think it's at all necessary.
     
  4. 2ndTimeAround

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    I mail them if I don't get to see the student before break starts.

    But if you choose not to do that, I see nothing wrong with giving a note in January.
     
  5. nyteacher29

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    I always give them out after break.
     
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    I believe a thank you note is always appreciated. I would send one. Personally, I send my thank you notes out in the mail over the break. The last day is just too hectic to get them out before they leave.
     
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    I always give my thank you cards out after break is over. I don't think anyone considers them late.
     
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    Mail those suckers out...today. Now.
     
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    I also work with all of the students in the school. I write thank you notes as the gifts come in, find the students, and pass off the thank-yous. For any gifts that come right before dismissal or I find after dismissal in my mailbox, I put the notes in their teachers' mailboxes, so they end up getting them when they come back from break. I don't think parents expect me to track them down over break or spend money on stamps!
     
  10. 2ndTimeAround

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    They may not expect it, but what a difference that can make!
     
  11. Go Blue!

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    I would wait until after break and hand deliver your thank you notes to each child.

    I would never mail a thank you note home because at my school, most of the addresses we have on file are wrong due to students constantly moving, not actually living where they claim they do, not updating info with the office, etc.
     
  12. chebrutta

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    I always handwrite a thank you card and mail it to the child over break. With gold foil seals. They get a huge kick out of it.
     
  13. looneyteachr

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    I'm sending all my thank you cards after break! Definitely send them - teaches by example!
     
  14. amethyst

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    I would not think it would be expected to get thank you notes to students by the end of the day. The expectation is that you are teaching. I wouldn't expect you to mail it, either. I would it expect you to give it out on the first day back from break.
     
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    Thank you note from long-term sub

    Is it not-good, to send a thank you note to the general class, thanking them for gifts given for the holiday? Some gave gifts (monetary or gift card), the majority wrote a note... It is at least 20 families.

    I can write 20 thank you notes that I can somehow get to the class. But then what? Hand out individually? Put in mailbox? What about the kids who didn't give a gift or note? I wouldn't want to leave them out. But at the same time, if I'm going to have to write a note for every kid, why not just a nice, thoughtful letter?
     

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