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Teacher Appreciation Week

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week.  It was my very first celebration like this and ...I loved it!

For the 25 years I worked as a nurse, I never experienced anything like this.  But I guess patients come and go while teachers get to stay with the same students and parents all year.

This is how Heidi and my desks looked all week.

Many of the children brought in a flower or two for each of us.  They were all so lovely and our room smelled awesome.

There was a lily in the bunch and three year old Lily got a kick out of that.  She said "That's a lily and I'm a Lily" and laughed.  Too cute!

I couldn't miss this opportunity to take a photo of my friend and co-worker teacher Heidi with her son Scott. They are standing outside of our classroom.  Scott is in my first grade after school program too.

And here's a photo I captured of our students giving Heidi some love.

In the middle of this celebration week, we still had to do some work. The children are learning to read using their site words.  I cannot believe how three year olds can learn so quickly.  They get to hold a site word and the whole class reads together.
The children were so excited as we started with a caterpillar and over the week watched as it transformed into a butterfly.  We took them outside so we could release the butterflies.
One of the butterflies was so slow to leave as he clung to the orange slice.  But when he finally let go and flew, the children were so excited and waved goodbye.

All week we had the opportunity to wear jeans and even flip flops.  I loved that as I usually live in flip flops.  This photo was taken in our teacher's lounge.  My car pool buddy Tara is standing to the right of me.

We have an exploration time every day for the children.  Ellie was playing with the building blocks instead of actually building with her classmates.  But it provided me with another photo opportunity!

Oh and did I mention that the Parent Association provided us with an English Tea?  What a special treat it was!

It doesn't get much better than this!  Thank you for all your hard work and time Mrs. Parrish.

We had a Pep Rally for Teacher Appreciation Week too.

Our cheerleaders got in on the action and excitement of the pep rally.  Some of these girls are only three years old; too cute!
The winner of our Mismatched Outfit award went to Mrs. Jones.  She went all out.  I just hope she didn't have to stop at the grocery on her way home from school; lol.

Check out these sunglasses!  It was hot and sunny during the pep rally.

Here are some of the teachers playing musical chairs.  The kids got a kick out of this one.  Of course, there's Heidi in her mismatched outfit and dancing.  I love working with Heidi as she always makes everything such fun.  That's a good thing with three year olds!

Many of the children participated in Crazy Hair Day.  Here's Mena who is one of my first grade after school students.  It's a good thing it washes out!

I would love to share more but this post would go on and on.  But we did get to have 15 minute chair massages, a candy bucket and a special lunch brought to Heidi and I from one of our student's moms.  Thanks Jennifer!  It was delish!

All in all, teacher appreciation week was a hit!  We had such fun and it provided me with many photo opportunities.  So to all you teachers out there ...keep up the good work!

You are appreciated!

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. You summed up our week very well! It was so nice to be acknowledged and appreciated for all of the hard work we do. Sometimes I come home so tired, or frustrated after a long day and Al says to remember that I am doing God's work. It helps... but so does the chair massage!

  2. Your pictures are fabulous. What fun and the children are all so special. Such a blessing to work with them. I hope your day was just as Blessed. Happy Mother's Day. Hugs, Marty

  3. How nice is that?! We
    all want to be appreciated!
    Love all these sweet pics
    and that cake looks mouth-
    watering delicious.
    Hope your week goes well.

  4. Debbie, your students are so blessed to have you for a teacher! I love the pictures. The love and guidance you pour into these little ones makes a difference for eternity. God bless you!

  5. What a wonderful week for you and the other teachers, and what a blessing for the children who benefit from your teaching. :-)

  6. Debbie - I am sooo glad that you were shown so much love this week!

    Two of my children are teachers, and I think we ought to do all we can to show our appeciation for the great job you each do every day!
    Blessings to you - Marsha

  7. I was a teacher and I loved this post. My daughter is studying to be a teacher now too. Hoping she can land a job when the time comes! Glad you are enjoying your role!

  8. That looks like such a fun week. The flowers are so pretty!

  9. Wow! What a great school! Great parents! Great kids!! It makes me want to be a teacher! Thanks for helping the next generation, Debbie!

  10. Oh Debbie, this takes me back to the days when I used to work at a preschool! The memories I still hold of those children, who probably now have children of their very own! I am so glad that they were able to show their appreciation for all the hard work you and your co-workers do each day. :)
    Sending hugs! :)

  11. Debbie, It looks like you had a wonderful time at "teacher appreciation week." Usually the younger the grade level, the greater the celebration. I'm glad you are having such a wonderful experience.

  12. Debbie, What a blessing to work with such delightful folks and such sweet kids! I enjoyed each photo and it sounds like just a lovely week. Thank you for sharing.

  13. That is so sweet Debbie! I'm glad you received blessings because I"m sure you're such a gift to these kids and parents!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. So fun to read...I posted on what we made for Teachers Appreciation week...so your pictures go with my son's experience. We have a jar of caterpillars in the house right now...watching...oh we did the crazy hair day - red and blue in the fall...that is the same day he broke his leg.

    Our year is coming to an end and it has been such a blessing...I am glad yours has been also.

    Applauds, Applauds to all teachers.

  15. That is an awesome week of celebration! so many fun photos during your Teacher appreciation week. I love the one of the little cheerleaders at the pep rally :o) Yay for wonderful teachers like yourself!

    Blessings & Aloha!

  16. Hey Debbie,

    I JUST LOVE this post! All the photos and words you shared. Awesome time!!!

    I have been here catching up with you so I read the first few post before reaching this one and enjoyed all of them. I would love to have been riding on that horse in the middle of the city!! :)

    I love you dear friend and I'm praying for you and Greg often! You look beautiful in that photo above with the other ladies. Sending you a big sisterly hug!


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