End of Year Gifts for Students and Parents

It's that time of the year again: Time for end-of-year gifts. 
(Because YES, I am STILL IN SCHOOL over here in central North Carolina!!!!)

Thanks Tara for hosting this fun linky party!


Did you know that Scholastic has "Dollar Deals" every month? I bought dollar books for my kids for Christmas, and they loved that. I decided to buy a dollar book for each student for the end of year too!

In April, one of the "Dollar Deals" was Sideways Stories from Wayside School. We have read all 3 Wayside books as a class this year and the kids absolutely go crazy for them! I figured they wouldn't mind having a copy of their own to re-read.

I wrote an individualized note to each student inside the front cover about how great they are, how much I will miss them, blah blah blah....... (trying not to cry)......

We also made some bookmarks that will be stuck inside the Wayside book. I made a blank bookmark for each student and wrote names on them. The bookmarks were then passed around the room for every student to add to.

I projected a list of character traits to compliment on the board for students to use if needed. I encouraged them to think of a word that hadn't been used yet. 

They did a great job! Once every bookmark had been through every student, I collected them to laminate and keep until the last day. The kids haven't seen their own bookmarks yet and keep asking me about them! They are excited!

I think these gifts will be appreciated by both students and parents and are functional keepsakes. In all, my total cost was $26 for gifts for my 26 students! 


I'm not going to pretend that this was my idea, because it totally wasn't. (Thanks, Pinterest!)

For my room parent and super helpful other parents, I have made cute tags to put on cute pitchers that say a cute saying: "Thanks for PITCHING in this year!" Get it? CUTE, right?

I found these awesome pitchers at Target - where else? They remind me of the Kool-Aid man. 

I LOVE how they turned out! I stuck some lemons and limes on the inside along with a personalized thank-you note. I hope the moms love them!

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  1. What a fun twist on those end of the year gifts! I love the bookmark idea!

    Learning at the Teacher Table

  2. I love me some $1 books! I did the same thing! :) I love the idea from Pinterest with the pitchers...what would we do without Pinterest?! I remember in college when I was introduced to it in its beta stage and you had to have an invite. They told me I would get hooked... 4 years later...yep! :)

    Miss Johnston's Journey
    L. Paull Designs for All

  3. Ok, I think I saw your signs on IG "Thanks for pitching in" the other day and I did not understand what you were going to do with them. All I could think of was baseball (maybe we watch too much baseball at my house!). This makes so much more sense and they are adorable, your parents will love them!

  4. So cute! I love the pitcher...so easy and cute!

    A Tall Drink of Water

  5. LOVE $1 books! I love your bookmark idea as well. I am in awe! I also LOVE your pitcher idea! Who wouldn't love that! Great job! I can't wait to look around your blog some more!

  6. LOVE those pitchers!! I'm sure your volunteers appreciated them!!

  7. The bookmarks are so special!! They will be treasured for years to come, I'm sure!

    ABCs and Polkadots


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