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Teacher Appreciation Ideas for a Theme – YOU are INCREDIBLE!!!

Bulletin Board PDF File

(Pre-note: All the files I created, I printed through Alphagraphics in Bountiful.  Grant, the owner, was exceptional to work with and I never print anywhere else.   Also, I will include all the PDF’s later today after I work on this year’s Teacher Appreciation, I am in charge of, that comes in just under 2 weeks.  A different theme with loads of fun that I will  post about next year.  Lots of files to finish making and details to go over.  Each picture you see on here will have a PDF file to go along with it.  Each file is press quality.  None of that grainy stuff.  I am a print snob.)

Eagle Bay Elementary Teachers and Staff are INCREDIBLE!!!!  They really are.  Back in 2009, because of circumstances beyond the person’s control, and with less than 2 weeks to the event, Teacher/Staff Appreciation had no one in charge of it.  I decided that being PTA Treasurer was a cushy job (LOL!!!) and that I could head up this event with no problem.  I wanted to create a theme that was fun, easy to work with, and had endless possibilities.  Somewhere on the internet, (I don’t remember as it was 3 years ago) I found someone’s post on a blog that showed they had used The Incredibles when they decorated their Teacher’s Door.  As soon as I saw that, the ideas started flying and what you see is the result of my imagination and love for the Teachers and Staff.

This is a sample of what the door kits I made looked like.  I made sure to make the kits ahead of time, so that it was a simple task of just hanging them up.  It is easier to get people to volunteer to hang up door kits than it is to get them to volunteer to come up with an idea all by themselves and then put it up.

Instructions PDF File

Isn’t it cool that we can find just about any font we want on the internet now?  The have an Incredibles font which I used to make these signs.  There are some that I made specific to individuals, all the rest had this.

Our Teacher is Incredible PDF

This is the Pow that was used to put behind the teachers to get the more super hero affect.  It was cute.

Pows PDF file

I created a special poem to the teachers and used it for their doors.  These are my true feelings of how much I love teachers.  Growing up in a divorced family, I stayed after school a lot and was the teacher’s helper.  In Elementary, I would stay after school and go around to the different teachers to see if they needed my help.  I grew to love them and their kindness towards me influenced my decision that I wanted to be a teacher someday.  This poem is from my viewpoint of what I saw growing up from Elementary through High School.  My favorite High School teacher, Mrs. Thompson, became a really great mentor to me and even gave me her clothes she didn’t want anymore, which I LOVED!!!  You have to understand that all the girls in high school, even the popular ones, which I was NOT a part of, envied her.  The reason?  She NEVER wore the same outfit to school twice.  EVER!!!  They even kept track of it one year, which I thought was hilarious.  That is how many cute and stylish clothes she had.  Then you had me, whose mother didn’t have a lot of money and we did our shopping at the D.I., which didn’t bother me at all but I got teased incessantly about it from those popular girls.  I think I had even purchased one of their outfits one time and they knew it. (I realize this is becoming a extrememly long side note, but it’s important to my feelings on teachers. )  So, back to the story, my Senior year, Mrs. Thompson approached me and asked if I would like to have her clothes she wasn’t using anymore.  Imagine, if you possibly can, my thrill and excitement that I would get her clothes and that I would get to wear them at school, AND that those same girls who teased me, who wanted her clothes, would KNOW they were Mrs. Thompsons!!!!  The irony was beyond my wildest imagination.  She was an AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, kind hearted, and caring teacher, whom I love and I am still in contact with today.  Thank you, Mrs. Thompson, for your kindness towards one girl, and for making my life a little bit better my Senior year because of your thoughtful act of charity towards me.

Teacher Poem PDF file

I made this sign for the bottom of the door as a signature that this was from the students in their class.

Dashes and Violets PDF file

For each Teacher/Staff person I made them into either a Mrs. Incredible or a Mr. Incredible.  All the women loved that they looked skinny and tall . . .

. . . and all the guys loved that they looked buff and super strong.

We had a number of teachers who were pregnant or who had just had a baby, so on their doors I included a little Jack Jack.  All the rest of the doors had just the teacher or teachers who were in that classroom.

Jack Jack PDF file

For the Principal, Vice Principal, Secretaries, Custodians, Lunch Ladies, and all Specialist, I made their signs more individualized.

I thought it would be cute and appropriate to have our Principal, Mrs. Wade be the lady who seemed to be in charge of all the Super Heros, well, at least their clothing for sure.  Mrs. Wade LOVED it!

I always like to include the Officer who works with our school when I do these things.  Officer Winkleman thought this was the neatest thing he had ever seen and couldn’t recall a time he was ever included in the Teacher/Staff Appreciation week.  Don’t forget your Officer who works so closely with the kids!!

Attached to the thank you gift of movie tickets to the Kaysville Theatre, we had the little thank you note as seen below.

Thank you notes PDF file

On the Wednesday, while the teachers were off having some free time to themselves, I had a helper in each room come in and help the students fill out a paper telling the Teachers and Staff why the students thought they were Incredible.  We put them together and gave them to the teachers and staff the next day.  A copy of it will be pictured below.

Our Teacher is Incredible Student Notes PDF

PLEASE REMEMBER that I worked hard on these and to direct people back to my blog.  Please do not re-post onto your own. Thank you for respecting the creativity and copyright.

More – The Challenge to Become

Often times we have said in the past that “Less is More” when it comes to stuff in your home, schedules of the family, hobbies, pretty much anything you can think of.  Yet, here is the one time where I have to say that “More is More.”  Years ago, my husband was truly inspired by Heavenly Father and put together a slide show for someone very close to us, in hopes it could help him in his life.  Ever since then, I have LOVED and my children have LOVED watching this over and over again as we feel the spirit testify to us of the truthfulness of it’s message.  In today’s world the youth are so plugged into technology that they are essentially unplugging themselves from their family, their friends, and God.  What a shame that we give our children sooooo much that could help turn them away from what they need most in life, the gospel.  Our teenage son is frustrated at times with his lack of a cell phone while allllll his friends round about him have one and use it constantly.  Yet, our own personal choice for our family has been one my husband and I have never regretted making.  When you take away all the distractions society and Satan put out there, what do you have left?  More time to put towards the things our Heavenly Father would want us to do.  Less things to pull us away from Him and more chances to become who He knows we can become.  So I share this with you, asking that you watch in the same spirit it was created and please direct others here, if you know someone who could use this in their life as well.

Here are a couple of conference talks that would be a great way to start Family Home Evening tonight.  Pray about which one your family needs and then let your spirit be inspired to share what He wants you to share.

More or Less

The Challenge to Become

Three Towels and a 25 cent newspaper

Choose you this day

The Standard of Truth has been Erected

Standing in Holy Places

Of things that matter most

Why we CREATE at My Heart & Home

When I first saw this Mormon Message  back in October of 2009, I immediately fell in love with it for various reasons.  It was inspirational, it made me think better of who I was and the power I had to improve myself through the companionship of the Holy Ghost.  Today, it takes on an entirely different meaning.  As I watched it again, I felt a new thought.  THIS is what we are trying to do right now.  Tricia and Carrie need no help in the area of creativity.  Tracey and I, on the other hand, have both said we are not the creative type really.  We do our best with what we are given and every once in a while we come up with something that we can say, “That’s creative.”  At least that’s how I felt until now.  I realized at this moment that we ARE creating.  Every time we share something with you, now matter how small, we are creating some way, through the spirit, to help the lives of people around us.  We are hoping that someone, who reads a post will be inspired to better themselves, their family, their relationships with others, and/or their life in one way or another.  That through Heavenly Father’s help we can hope to create some thing that reflects his love for you in every aspect of your life.  It’s really why we still blog, because we love to share, help, and inspire those around us.  So though the amount of people who read our blog everyday are small numbers, we cherish each and everyone of you, and know that everyone matters in His eyes!

Love,

Valerie

How to laminate a sticker one sided

I figured it out!!!!  I was always so frustrated that I couldn’t laminate my stickers to make them last longer on all my games.  Well now I can!  YEAH!!!!  And I just HAD to share it with you.  Below is the step by step picture process.

First take your laminating sheet and put 2 8.5×11 sheets of recycle paper or throw away paper laying side by side so the edges are hanging over the edges of the lamination.

Then lay your sticker sheet over the 2 pieces of paper and close the top of the laminating sheet over the whole package.

This is what it will look like in the laminating sleeve.  The edges hanging over are the extra papers placed in there.

The outside papers will be fine going through the laminater outside of the cover sheet.

Peel open one side and you can see the back of the sticker sheet, or crack-n-peel, came through just fine.  This is why you have the papers sticking over the edge of the lamination.  It cause the front and back not to adhere to each other.  Thus giving you a one sided lamination job.

Here is the one sided lamination.

Put the sticker on your project and you have a finished result that will last for a long time!

UPDATE:

Since then I have figured out a way to laminate two sheets at once, without wasting paper.  Just take your two sticker sheets and put them back to back, making sure your printed side is facing out.  Put these in the laminating sheet and run through the laminate machine.  You are now using both sides of your sheet to laminate each sticker side on one side.  When you cut off an edge then the two papers separate and you have your one sided laminate sticker!

Conversation Cards – Movies

This would be a good one to use if you want to know more about your spouse, friends, or family when it comes to the movies.  Enjoy!

Movies

Fun Friday – Tissue Paper Recycling

I always hate when we get presents with lots of tissue paper in it and I have to throw it all away, at the same time wishing I could reuse it.  However, it’s quite easy to tell if it’s been previously used or not.  This has always been a pet peeve of mine until now.

I recently learned a cool trick, maybe some of you or most of you know it, but you CAN re-use it and have it look new.  How you say?  Iron it!  Yes, you can iron tissue paper without ruining it and use it for future present giving.  Such a simple trick and somehow I didn’t know about this until now!  Set your iron to a wool setting making sure there is NO steam and iron away.

Fold nicely and store in your drawer until you need it at a later time.

This would be a great item to use to teach children how to iron. If one gets ruined, no big deal, simply throw it away and try again.

Another good tip idea for tissue paper is to use it when ironing on transfers to clothing.

Let us know if you have other good uses for tissue paper and we will add it to our comments on this post!  We love to get new ideas from everyone on our topics.

FHE- Parable of the Ketchup

This story is from the April 1999 Friend.  However, I love it so much that I wanted to share it with you.  Illustrations are nice to have but doing it right in your kitchen is even better.  Just squirt ketchup on the floor when it comes to the part in the story where the ketchup bottles break.  I like to leave it there for a while through the story until the end where Carrie is explaining to her primary about the Atonement.  Then take a small mop and clean it up as you talk about the atonement.

Object lessons are so much more powerful then just reading a story and showing pictures along with it.  Just make sure your young children know not to take the bottle and start squirting ketchup all over the floor just for fun!

Parable of the Ketchup

What’s on the menu? – Easter Story Cookies

This post is more about a tradition idea than it is about menu planning but I couldn’t resist sharing this idea with you!  As I was thinking about  a recipe that I could post, I thought about the Easter Story Cookie recipe.  I found it in a book called “A Christ-Centered Easter” by Janet and Joe Hales.  I love this book!  I have used it for the past few years as we have tried to really focus on the reason we celebrate Easter – the resurrection of our Savior.   This book also has recipes to have a passover dinner and other recipes that are related to Easter.  (We used these recipes to create a fun quarterly primary activity – we are so excited to teach the children about the last week of the Savior’s life and to let them taste the food eaten in the passover).  There are activities, stories, play ideas and so much more in this book that focus on the Savior and this special time of year.  

Easter Story Cookies are fun to make and they also teach your children about the resurrection through symbolism.  You can use this for a Family Home Evening before Easter or it is a great activity for the Saturday night before Easter.  When you wake up on Easter morning you can check the oven and talk about how those who loved the Savior would have felt when they discovered that his body was gone.  The cookies are hollow in the center which also represents the empty tomb.  This activity is more than a recipe.  It can set the spirit of Easter Sunday for you right from the beginning of the day.  I’m looking forward to trying it with my kids this year.

St. Patrick's Day Game . . . Don't Eat Lucky!

Need a fun and easy game for St. Patrick’s Day?

“Don’t Eat Lucky” can be played in school groups or as a family!

 

You will need:

1 Bag of Candy and the Printed Game Cards

Instructions to play the game are included in the packet.

 Don’t Eat Lucky Game Packet

Have FUN and ENJOY spending TIME with YOUR FAMILY!

Here I Am . . . In case you were wondering!

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted in a while!  I have been working hard on my calling as the Food Storage and Preparedness Specialist for my ward.  It’s been a lot of fun and a lot of work!  I created a blog – www.preparednotscared.blogspot.com and have prepared a new post for each day of the week.

Each day of the week will focus on a different area of preparedness.  Our goal is to be prepared as a family both physically and spiritually.

Here’s a rundown of what you can expect:

Sunday: Vital Records Pages and Journal Pages

Monday: Family Home Evening Lessons

     Week 1: Primary Theme & Scripture

     Week 2:  Safety & Preparedness

     Week 3:  For the Strength of Youth/Mormonads

     Week 4:  Family History

     Week 5:  Family Service Project or Family Activity

Tuesday: Ark Prep 101 – Preparedness Topics

Wednesday:  Preparedness Project

Thursday:  Family Activities

Friday:  Preserve It . . . Canning Corner

Saturday:  Food Storage Meals & Menu Planning

By the end of the year, you should be well on your way to becoming more prepared!

We have added a link on the left side of the page.  Hope you enjoy! 

Trish