For every Back to School Night, my principal and I write a note to each of the teachers (and there’s a lot of them) and leave it on their desk. The notes are personalized for each teacher, providing them with much deserved praise and words of encouragement. For Open House, we leave a small (yet clever) gift. Each teacher receives the same gift, but we have found that the teachers love the gesture and like that we take the time to make each of them a small gift. These gestures take just a little time and some personal thought, but the payoff is huge. Our teachers feel valued, appreciated, and part of a family. Plus we have fun making the gifts!
Life can get busy and work is a major contributor to the daily grind, but it is important to not forget those that make work a fun place to be. Work is what you make of it. If you treat others with appreciation and let them know they are valued, then it’s hard to not become a family. And don’t forget the fun! We are often cracking ourselves up as we create the small gifts for the staff. We try to include our personality and humor in our gestures because work should be fun. If the teachers are having fun, how can the students not be having fun as well?
Small gestures can be fun and humorous and they can also be powerful during the most difficult of times. We always take the time to write a note, make a phone call, or send flowers when someone needs support. This is true in our school family and in our neighborhood community as well. These gestures are small, yet they are powerful. In times of need, these gestures are appreciated. These gestures create a ripple effect in our community. Our community becomes closer and stronger, as it becomes part of our culture to go the extra mile. Our community is large and at the same time small. When someone in the community is in need, the support floods in. It all starts with one small, yet powerful, gesture.