PTA Teacher – Staff Appreciation
Common Questions & Answers
When is the luncheon?
DATE: Thursday, December 18th
TIME: During your child’s lunch time
Kindergarten & 1st Grades: 11:10am to 12:00pm
2nd and 3rd Grades – 12:05pm to 12:55pm
4th and 5th Grades – 1:00pm to 1:45pm
Q: Where is the luncheon?
A: In the Purchase School Multi-Purpose Room (across from the gym)
Q:What is the purpose of the luncheon?
A: All year, our children are taught and supervised by a group of wonderful men and women. This is your time to say, “Thank you and Happy Holidays.”
All the teachers and staff attend this lunch, and we hope to have a wonderful showing of families.
Many classes use this time as an opportunity to give teacher(s) a thank you gift from the entire class (your Class Mom may have already asked you for a donation).
Q: Will there be lunch for parents?
A: Yes, we serve a lovely Italian-themed buffet (vegetarian options available), but we must have your RSVP by Wednesday, December 17thh to Danielle Kalauu at email@example.com). Dessert, coffee and beverages are also available.
Q: Will my child(ren) be attending this lunch?
A: No, your child(ren) will be making his/her way through a regularly-scheduled day.
Q: I have a younger child, who does not attend Purchase. May I bring him/her to the luncheon (and may he/she eat?)
A: Of course!
Q: What time will my teacher be there?
A: Lunch schedule is as follows:
Kindergarten & 1st Grades: 11:10-12:00
2nd & 3rd grades: 12:05-12:55
4th & 5th Grades: 1:00-1:45
Q: Where do I sit?
A: We have open seating, but we encourage you to sit with your teacher and other parents from your class to make your teacher feel comfortable, welcome and appreciated.
Or, if you see a “Specials” teacher, non-classroom staff or aide, you can also sit with him or her. Either way, PLEASE make the effort to say “hello, welcome and thank you.” ALL of our teachers and staff work very hard, and it’s important to acknowledge, thank and welcome them, as well.
Q: What can we talk about, if not my precious child?
A: Like Open House, please do not use this opportunity to discuss your child. Some suggested topics:
*How wonderful the food is
*How wonderful the teacher is
*How many children/grandchildren does your teacher have?
*How old are the kids/grandkids?
*What school do the kids/grandkids attend/what do they do?
*Are the kids/grandkids married?
*Where did the teacher grow up?
*What college did he/she attend?
Q: Do my teachers enjoy this activity?
A: Yes, they greatly appreciate and enjoy it, but please recognize that this is somewhat nerve-racking for teachers to walk into a room, wondering if any of “their” parents will be there, and if so, what they will talk about.
Q: How are my donations (asked for by your Class Moms) used?
A: Your donations are put out for the lunch. Don’t forget, there are three lunch periods, so if you don’t see your donation at your lunch period, it may be eaten/used before or after you are there.
Q: How can I help?
A: Please be on time, and please do everything you can to make everyone feel welcome, happy and appreciated!
As a gift from the PTA and school families, we encourage all of our teachers to fill a special container with cookies and/or candy to take home to his or her family. Once the lunch is over, they are also welcome to take home food. We also bring food up to the Teachers’ Lounge so the teachers and staff may enjoy it the following day. Additionally, Mrs. Kolasch and Mrs. Ensign bring any and all remaining food to a homeless shelter to help those in need.
Also, your class mom sent an email asking for donations of food and/or paper goods. If you volunteered to bring something in, please don’t forget. All non perishable donations can be brought in Monday, December 16th at the end of the day, or Tuesday morning, December 17th by 9 o’clock.
When at lunch, if you see your area of the table is a mess, please clean up. We have volunteers to help us, but the more extra hands, the prettier the room will look!
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to find any of us.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, December 18th!
Jill Gans firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Heilbrunn email@example.com
Marcy Modica firstname.lastname@example.org