Monday, May 05, 2008

the room-moms are conspiring against me

This is Teacher Appreciation Week at the kids' school, otherwise known as the week that might cause me to completely lose my mind.

Each day the students are asked to bring something for their teacher. Things like fruit, chocolate, small gifts, home-baked treats, handwritten cards, flowers, etc.

This year our school decided to adopt a uniform plan so that every teacher would get the same items the same day of the week. With three kids at this school, that plan sounded lovely to me. I thought I might actually stay sane this year.

I thought wrong. Evidently, the room-moms (for my childrens' classes) didn't get the memo about keeping things easy and uniform. I've got three children bringing three different items each day this week. I'm thinking of making a spreadsheet to keep it all sorted out! Not my idea of fun.

Add field trips, and track meets, and scouts, and programs to the mix this week, and tell me if you can see how fast my head is spinning. And it's only Monday morning. *sigh*

I'm so happy that we only have school four days this week! My brain is going to need a vacation by the time we get to Friday!


Holly said...

You know what I'm sending? Nothing this week. I have in mind an end of year gift for all the teachers, but I just can't keep up with the list this week. I'm doing good to make lunches on the days the kids ask for them :)

Praying for your cold, Meredith!
I'll call soon!

Gretchen said...

Oh, I'm sorry you have a cold. Bummer.

Yeah, our parent group is making a real effort this year to simplify and to spread the love over the course of the year, rather than making parents crazy during one week in May. May is crazy enough. And you know what? The teachers were often overwhelmed and probably a bit overloaded by all the gifts in the past. They seem to be enjoying their monthly treats. Plus, this year all the keepsakes were made by the kids in the classes (how, I don't know), so the gifts were given from the ones who actually should be doing most of the appreciating. ;)

Shall I say a prayer of protection over your children's room moms? Is the wrath of Mer approaching. LOL


Natalie Witcher said...

i teach my own kids, maybe I should give myself some appreciation gifts!

meh said...

Just ran over from La Vida Dulce...I feel your pain. It is "that week" for us too. Mercifully, 2 of my kids are out of the age group requiring teacher appreciation gifts. One of my other 2 kids insists that it is actually the teachers who should be appreciating the kids this week because without the kids they would be unemployed. Comic relief!!

Kecia said...

Homeschooling good news: no teacher gifts or parties to help with!
Homeschooling bad news: Nobody gives me appreciation gifts and our parties are pretty small.
Oh well--

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

I got asked this week when I was putting Drew in school. All I could think of was "don't rush me!"

I knew I had a good reason!

Gina said...

So, I totally opted out of all these things for the year. We have purchased NO books from bookorders, done NO fundraising, gone to NO special events after school. I just get so tired of the kids coming home after school and saying,"Oh, by the way, Mom, I need to do/bring/have/ XYZ for school tomorrow." We live in a tiny town. There is nowhere to buy XYZ without driving 1/2 hour one way!
Even if they asked I wouldn't participate in teacher appreciation week (x5)! I don't even volunteer anymore (GASP!)!

Brenda said...

I just read the "Momfidence" article in Woman's Day mag. about exactly what you're going thru. All the crazy stuff happening this time of year multiplied by the amount of kiddo's one has. The spreadsheet sound like a good idea!

God bless your week.
Brenda :)

Betsy said...

Haha...I am on the receiving end of all those gifts, so I appreciate what you moms are going through. That sounds totally crazy not having to send in the same things on the same days, though!

I always think that May and December win the prize for most hectic months of the year!

Regular, with half and half and raw sugar said...

That's pretty funny. Your life is a glimpse of what mine will be in 5 years. I love it!