Monday, June 11, 2012

Here's to the Moms and Dads

I spent most of the year with 25 first graders.  (I started with a whopping 27!) A teacher to student ratio of 1:25 is a bit daunting.  I was greatly outnumbered, and there's only so much of me to go around.  Thankfully I had several moms and even a dad who volunteered in the classroom, working with kids who needed that extra one-on-one.  It's hard to adequately thank them for being my hands extended.  This post is about my thanks to them.  In light of all they did, it wasn't much, but I hope they knew how much they were appreciated.


First I wrote each of them a personal note.  There's something a little extra special about handwritten notes to people who deserve lots of thanks.


They each received a magnet of our crazy class picture too.


Thanks to Snapfish for the magnets by the way.


Then I got busy in my kitchen, which doesn't happen very often.  The inside of my oven is evidence.  Would you believe it's never needed cleaning?


My dad's the real baker in the family, but I can seriously pull these off.  They're so easy to make.  I've yet to mess them up. 


Not only are they easy cheesy to make, they're amazingly delicious.  Volunteers or no volunteers, you should make yourself a batch.  Let me know what you think!

(Click on the recipe for your own copy.)

And here's to the moms and dads who bless and bless and bless everytime they walk into my classroom.
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22 comments:

  1. What a sweet idea-- I love the idea of giving classroom volunteers a magnet with a class picture!

    ❤- Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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    1. Thank you Stephanie. I hope they enjoy our magnet pictures!

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  2. I love your magnet idea...thanks! These s'mores cookies are wonderful...thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    1. Lori J - I'm glad you enjoyed the s'mores cookies. They are so easy to love! (just like you)

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  3. Love handwritten notes! Your handwriting is SO neat!! I'll have to remember the magnet idea for next year. Thanks for sharing.

    Laurie
    http://firstgradelyonsden.blogspot.com/

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    1. Laurie, thanks! People say I should have a font named after me. :) I'm glad you like the magnet idea.

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  4. Nothing better than a handwritten note! Well, that, and a homemade cookie that just BEGS me for a glass of cold milk. Mmmm, that reminds me that it's June Dairy Month in Wisconsin; ah, thanks for the memory. Those parents are blessed to have you as their child's mentor and guide!

    Barbara
    The Corner On Character

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    1. Barbara, thank you for the very sweet comments. You must try a batch of these cookies. That Wisconsin milk will taste even better with one (or two).

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  5. You are so sweet! I'm sure that there's nothing that meant more to your parent volunteers as your heartfelt letters and all the effort that you put into this! :)

    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. Lisa, thank you for your very kind words. You're good at giving them.

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  6. How sweet of you to do all of this for your volunteers! That recipe sounds delicious! Your parents will remember you for how much you cared and appreciated their help with the children. :)
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. Lori, the cookies are definitely delicious. You might have to try them out. I do hope my parents know how much they are appreciated.

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  7. Love the handwritten note! Those cookies look delicious!! I just joined Weight Watchers, so I'll have to save the recipe for later.
    Connie:)
    welcome to first grade room 5

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    1. Connie, they are so delicious, but definitely save them for later because it's hard to eat just one. :) Good luck with Weight Watchers!

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  8. That's a lovely gift. Your parents are going to be thrilled!

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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    1. Thank you much Barbara. I sure hope so!

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  9. Wow, great idea! I will have to bookmark this... love the note and the magnet! I'm have a newbie blog... stop by if you have a chance
    Tori's Teacher Tips

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    1. Tori, thank you for coming by and following. I love each new friend I make here on my blog. I'll definitely be dropping by.

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  10. That is so sweet. I agree, nothing better than a handwritten letter. I like to mail a note to my students before school starts, but sometimes it is hard to do when you don't have a list. But at then end of the year would be a perfect time to reflect. What a keepsake!
    www.kindertrips.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for coming by and following. I enjoy making new friends here on my blog. I hope you feel right at home.

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  11. Love the ideas. I bet these cookies would go perfectly with the spiced iced tea I am making my volunteers. Hmmmm....I will make them this weekend-just to try them out, of course! ;)

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    1. Keri, you'll definitely have to try them out and let me know what you think! Warning: It's hard to eat just one.

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