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4/12/10 7:25 A

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I ask the students if it is ok for me to save it to have with my lunch, or dinner if I get it in the afternoon. Then I can decide if it's worth it or not. I've never done the thank you note. I should add that for next year.

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12/15/09 6:15 A

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I like Illiniteacher's idea about requesting books donated to the class. It is too late this year, but I'll make a note of it for next year. With budget cuts, we could also ask for dry board markers, copier paper, liquid hand soap, or other supplies that are becoming more scarce.
I also regift or put food items in the teacher's lounge or main office.

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12/14/09 10:23 A

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Re: homemade food items-- REGIFTING is my mode of choice! If it's not something that my slim 18 year old son would eat, I give it to friends or family WITH what ever it was I was giving them anyway. If you host a Christmas party, you could also put it on your table for others to enjoy.

Around my school, we put things down near the coffee maker also. Now, that does create temptation for everyone, but it also distributes the calories more evenly. (and for those of us who are dieting, we just bring our own coffee to work so we don't have to go down there... heh heh heh. :-)

Of course, the thank-you notes to the kids are a must!

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I write thank you notes, too...what better way to model good manners and writing? I also give most edible gifts away, often telling the child how I'm saving it for later. If I have any question about a homemade treat, I toss it. (I teach middle school, and we have had some "incidents".)

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12/13/09 10:13 P

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It is too late to send out a note for this year but it is possible to send a nice note to suggest that anyone who wants to give a gift consider donating a Scholastic/or other book to the classroom, as the teacher doesn't need anything for herself. I know that what I cherish the most are notes from parents telling how I have helped their child, not anything to eat.

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I never eat homemade items! You could leave things for the custodial staff. It is okay to toss when you get home. The children will never know. You can write the thank you note and they'll still know that you appreciated the thought.

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I regift what I can to neighbors or family. If is is a packaged item, I see if I can donate it to a group in my area. Sometimes, I toss the gift, too (especially homemade cookies).

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12/13/09 8:19 P

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I don't know about all of you, but with the last week of classes approaching, I know that most of my students feel the need to bring me a Christmas treat or present...which usually ends up being chocolates, cupcakes etc.

Does anyone have any tips on how to avoid consuming a million extra calories that don't result in crushing our students?

I always find it tricky.

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