Inside: Thank a Teacher The Day after Halloween on November 1st which is the hardest day to be a teacher!
When I taught elementary school, the hardest day to teach was always November 1st.
The kids were still crashing from the excitement of Halloween and the fun of trick or treating. Plus, most of them had eaten far more candy and sugar than their little bodies could handle and stayed up far later than they usually did to get one more street of trick or treating in before heading home to sort said candy.
Now, I love Halloween. I love candy. I love trick or treating.
And now that I’m a mom, I let my kids eat a little more candy than usual and stay up later than usual because Halloween comes around once a year and my kids absolutely love it.
But I know it takes its toll on my kids and all their classmates.
And I also know the person who pays the price for it are my kids’s teachers.
There’s no way kids can come in the day after Halloween and be ready to learn and dive into lessons. They’re too hyper, too excited, too exhausted, and probably already on a sugar crash.
So while we know teachers deserve all the love and praise every school day, on November 1st, they deserve a prize for dealing with our hyper, and tired kids for us.
For that, we use these fun Thank a Teacher on November 1st cards we pair with a chocolate bar or a gift card for caffeine because they’re going to need it to keep up with our kids.
Other Ways to Appreciate Teachers Throughout the School Year
Teachers are incredible and are of course, underpaid for all they do.
One way to make sure they know we appreciate their hard work and emotional work is to take the time to thank them.
We don’t have to wait for the holidays or Teacher Appreciation Week in May to thank them...any Monday or Wednesday throughout the school year are perfect times to take a minute and send in a note or a coffee or a sweet treat!
We start the year figuring out their Teacher Favorites so we can get them small gifts throughout the year that are meaningful to them.
We also give them this Drink Order Form so we know how best to send in a treat.
And because Halloween is such a crazy time to be a teacher, we send them these Thank a Teacher Cards on November 1st, which is one of the hardest days to be a teacher.
How to Use the Thank a Teacher on November 1st Cards:
1. Print out the notes on cardstock (download them below).
2. Cut the cards apart.
3. Tape a 100 Grand candy bar or a gift card to the notecard. Gift card ideas: Amazon, Target, Starbucks, Visa, local coffee shop, etc.
4. Sign the card from your family or from your child.
5. Gift this to your child’s teacher on November 1st since the day after Halloween is one of the hardest days to teach kids who ate too much sugar, were super excited, and did not get enough sleep from trick or treating.