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  1. AMK

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    I teach kindergarten and we are having a pajama day this week. One of my students told me he doesn't have winter pj's. I do believe him because he is going through a hard time with his family right now. I am thinking about picking up a pair of pjs and letting him change into them once he gets to school and letting him keep them. I don't want to offend his dad who is trying so hard with him but they are going through some hard times. WWYD?
     
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  3. Proud2BATeacher

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    Maybe send a note home to "certain" parents to remind them of PJ day and at the bottom let them know that you will have extra PJs in class for students who forget to bring theirs to school. You could buy a few pairs and then you could always return any extra PJs that aren't needed.
     
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    I like this idea.
     
  5. gigi

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    Great idea Proud!
     
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    Does he have any sweat pants and shirt? These could also be pjs for a boy especially. Many of my 6th graders tell me that they don't have pjs and when I remind them of this, they suddenly have ideas.
     
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    Agreed. Sweats and tees = sleepwear for a large segment of the population.
     
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    I agree with the sweats and tee idea. It could be that this child gets really hot at night and therefore doesn't wear winter pajamas.
     
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    Great ideas. PJ's are really cheap this time of year.
     
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    When we have a PJ day, many of the kids wear sweats. Thats what I sleep in this time of year!
     
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    My kids sleep in their boxers, even in the winter. I've tried everything to convince them to wear p.j.'s, but it's hopeless. They wear sweats and tee's on p.j. days....
     
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    I think the idea of having extras is good as well as the sweat pants and t-shirt idea.

    Buying pajamas is sort of intimate, like buying a child a pair of underwear or getting an older female student a bra. I know you have the best intentions, but these days, we have to be really careful and cover ourselves.
     
  13. JustMe

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    Good idea, Proud! Perfect plan.

    I buy clothing and other items for students throughout the year. I have to be honest...I don't worry much about offending the parents because there is a need and I am able and willing to help fill that need. It's not as though I am buying name brand items because a student has Walmart clothing, which I think would be offensive. I'm buying shirts because a child has worn the same one for eight days, it's filthy, and both arm pits have holes the size of my first. The shoes the student is wearing are three sizes too large. You get the idea. I've actually never called to ask a parent for permission. I want it to be a non-issue. No big deal. Thankfully it never has been a problem...

    Back to PJs, we didn't wear them growing up. I thought it was only something rich people did. I went to a friend's house once and their entire family wore PJs and I felt like I had jumped right into a story book or The Brady Bunch. I was in such awe, which just cracks me up now. :haha:
     
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    How about sweats and slipper socks-- the kind with the no-slip soles? Or sweats and a robe? Less intimate but still "pajama-ish"
     
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    Talk to the school counselor. She could see if the parent needs help. You could do a clothing drive for child. I did that last yr for a little girl in my class. Her parents were really greatful.
     
  16. AMK

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    I will check with the school counselor. If he was still with his mom I wouldn't question getting him anything b/c I know she would be ok with it. He has been with his dad a month and all his things are at his mom's place and he is unabe to get any of his things.
    We have provided him a bookbag, hat, gloves and such..
    I will mention sweats and a tee shirt to him.
     
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    My son doesn't wear pjs on pj day at school, even though he has lots. Along the lines of pjs being intimate, my husband feels that they are not appropriate to wear to school, even if it is a "fun" day or the class "earned" the chance to wear them to school.

    However, I see nothing wrong with buying a pair for him. If dad is offended and sends them back, just apologize and move on.
     
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    Hmmm....we buy underwear and bras for our students. We have even gone as far as to buy sanitary napkins, deodorant and soap. We have permission from the swimming pool across the street from our school to bring in some of our students who need a shower. One of our teachers even reminds a single father to buy personal products for his daughter.
     
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    My guys all wear boxers too (or so they say, I dunno.) Typically on PJ day, they'll either come in sweat pants and a tshirt, or in some cases they'll actually wear (clean!) boxers over a pair of jeans- admin doesn't seem to mind that solution.

    Proud2beateacher, I like your idea of getting the student a cheap set of PJs, but if that doesn't materialize, you could always encgourage him to wear his sweats- lots of guys wear them to bed (that, or boxers apparently).
     
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    We do as well. PJs just don't seem intimate to me...
     
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    I always wore a night gown or t-shirt to bed when I was growing up. Now I wear a t-shirt and shorts.

    I do own about six sets of pjs, and another five pairs of flannel bottoms.
     
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    We had PJ day our last day (Thursday). One of my kids didn't wear them because he didn't have any (He also never knows where he's going to be, with dad, mom, aunt and uncle, grandpa, or friend of family.) I had bought a few pair of cheap PJ pants and told the ones that didn't have any that they were old ones from my nephew. If they fit them, they were welcome to keep them. (I also have some that are supposedly from my niece.)
     
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    Yeah, that... pjs are intimate apparel and I really discourage my own kids from wearing their pjs to school. I tell them it's like Mommy wearing her nightie to teach in... ick and inappropriate!
     

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