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Do you give end of year gifts?
Yes a gift/ gift card  
 46%  [ 57 ]
I just write a thank you note  
 5%  [ 7 ]
I do neither  
 38%  [ 47 ]
Other (explain below)  
 9%  [ 12 ]
Total Votes : 123



amother
OP


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 7:52 am
What do you do?
And what are your kids ages?
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amother
Goldenrod


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 8:42 am
In our school one parent collects money from everyone in the class and gives it out to teachers. So $15-20 per child and I’m done
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amother
Hosta


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 8:45 am
I wrote gift/card, but I only gave very small checks this year. We're totally maxed out from paying tuition. I think it's the card that matters more, anyways.
Ages range from preschool to upper middle school.
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amother
Brunette


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 8:48 am
I chip in for a class gift for chanukah and give cash and a card for purim.
I only give end of year gifts to preschool teachers or exceptional teachers to whom I have a lot of hakaras hatov.
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amother
Brunette


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 8:50 am
My friend gives $1000 to every teacher and rebbe for chanuka, Purim, and end of the year.
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Success10




 
 
    
 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 9:14 am
Chip in for the class gift. Buy something nice for tutors, or teachers who went above and beyond.
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amother
Almond


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 9:17 am
Only to those I have to
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amother
Currant


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 9:18 am
I give if it's deserved.
Sad that that's not an option in the poll.
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amother
DarkMagenta


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 9:19 am
Chipped in for class gift and wrote the thank you note on behalf of all the moms.
I also sent a personal WhatsApp message to some Morahs and Verbally thanked them at my daughters end of year performance .
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amother
Cornsilk


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 9:24 am
I chip in to a class gift if there is one. Usually those are done at end of year performances, so not necessarily at the very end of the year.

I have my kids write their own thank you notes to their teachers, with my help if they need. For very young kids I write a brief message and have my kids color a picture.
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amother
Currant


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 9:28 am
amother Cornsilk wrote:
I chip in to a class gift if there is one. Usually those are done at end of year performances, so not necessarily at the very end of the year.

I have my kids write their own thank you notes to their teachers, with my help if they need. For very young kids I write a brief message and have my kids color a picture.

Even if the teachers wasn't nice to them?
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amother
Beige


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 9:31 am
amother Brunette wrote:
My friend gives $1000 to every teacher and rebbe for chanuka, Purim, and end of the year.

May she be blessed with continuous wealth.
I'm not as rich as that. I try to be generous Chanukah and Purim, that's all.
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Ruchel




 
 
    
 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 9:54 am
1000 dollars? This is several months of tuition. I'd be unable to pay school for gifts
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JLi




 
 
    
 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 10:07 am
I'm a teacher.
Teaching 2 classes per grade & substituing
I won't get any gifts, and that is totally fine.

But you know what, even just a small note woth some kind words would mean the world to me.

I put so much thought & time into my classes so the kids can master my subject.

Yet I feel totally unseen by the parents body.
So yeah, that hurts a bit, but I'll get over it.

But if you could manage a small note, no more then 4-5 sentences, it would mean so much...
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amother
Bellflower


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 10:13 am
I tip bus drivers. I do not tip teachers at the end of the year but if my child needs a lot of tlc I will give a thank you note. I do give money chanuka time. But we are on a tight budget. Kids range from 3 to 13.
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amother
DarkRed


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 10:14 am
JLi wrote:
I'm a teacher.
Teaching 2 classes per grade & substituing
I won't get any gifts, and that is totally fine.

But you know what, even just a small note woth some kind words would mean the world to me.

I put so much thought & time into my classes so the kids can master my subject.

Yet I feel totally unseen by the parents body.
So yeah, that hurts a bit, but I'll get over it.

But if you could manage a small note, no more then 4-5 sentences, it would mean so much...


same! I teach in a high school and last year one student gave me a thank you card and I was touched!! although the girls may say thank you, a physical thank you is special!! (by the way, the girls who wrote sweet thank yous on the bottom of their finals...I take a picture of some to save Heart)

I voted I do neither, but then I remembered my 6th grader, I chipped in for a class gift. also, for my high school daughter, this year I happened to send two teachers gift cards who have gone above and beyond.
When they had morahs in elementary, I often gave a gift (mug filled with candy) to the English teachers. now that they're older/departmental, etc, I don't....
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amother
OP


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 12:16 pm
Thx for all the replies… here’s why I asked
DC 9 - class did a chip in I wrote a ty note
DC 7 - I wrote and note and gave an $18 ck
DC 4 - we had a very hard year. At one point the morah called and asked if I can see if it’ll be nogea to switch him out. I live in a small community and with limited options and it didnt work to move him so we left it but it’s been a very very long year: I told DC today it’s the last day and he was singing in the car “I hate school, I hate school”
So I wrote the morah and the assistant a ty card but no gift. Was wondering if I’m wrong? Gave chanuka and Purim both
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amother
Steelblue


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 12:24 pm
amother Currant wrote:
I give if it's deserved.
Sad that that's not an option in the poll.


Actually it’s sad that you think it should be an option

I am not doubting you but it’s sad that you had a negative experience

BH BH so far I’ve only had good experiences
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amother
Honeysuckle


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 12:32 pm
Chanukah - participate in group gift or provide separate tip
Purim - nice mishloach manos with or without tip (I gave to rebbeim only but they work 5 hours a day 6 days a week 11 months a year so I don't do this for every morah)
End of year - thank you card and small gift such as chocolates, candy, flowers, etc.

some years I have done little gifts by Shavuos, Rosh Hashanah, etc. as well
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amother
Pink


 

Post Wed, Jun 19 2024, 12:33 pm
I gave a generous tip on Purim. That’s it for me.
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