Two days before school was suppose to start last week I got a call to substitute for my son's 5th grade class. His teacher's 21 yr old son had been killed in a car accident and needless to say she needed to be elsewhere. So I had to try and set up the class and make the plans for the 7-8 days before she would return. I've never been a real teacher just a sub but willing to give it a good try. The crazy thing is I was asked to do the "Back to School" night too for the parents which was 4 days after school started. Because I was a manager in retail for so long I'm sort of use to talking in front of people and it doesn't really make me nervous. I just didn't have a lot of answers for them. I hope I did OK.
Well the class is great and I've really enjoyed my time with them. They feel like my class and I'm going to be sad to leave them. The teachers younger son who is 10 is also in our class and came back on Thursday and Friday. We made cards for both the teacher and her son and then we decorated the room with balloons and a big welcome back sign on the board and all the kids signed it too.
She will be back on Tuesday and I will be working half a day to get her caught up on all we've done and make the transition.
So I decided that my son would bring her a few welcome back gifts. We had already made zucchini bread and planned on taking it the first day of school but since she wasn't there then we changed it up a little. We made some big batches of cookies (two varieties) so we bagged some up for her. Then added a box of pencils for the classroom. I made the cute tag from a premade album page- I just made it small. Then I made the fun clipboard by using the kit "Study Hall" from Krystal Hartley. I mod podged it on the plain clipboard and added lots of fun ribbon. I hope our small gifts will help make her sadness a little less noticable for at lease a little while.