With the school year almost over, it is an ideal time to thank the teachers who have guided our children for the last nine months. The parents’ association of many schools celebrate the faculty and staff throughout the year while in some schools they are honored during a specific “teacher appreciation” week.
We have done a variety of things at my daughter’s school during her twelve years there. It depended on the age division, parent involvement and leadership. Since she has been in high school, we have supplied the faculty and staff lounge with beverages and snacks each month and hosted a nice luncheon near the end of the school year. I have been responsible for the luncheon for the last few years.
My daughter attends Ashley Hall—an independent, girls’ school in Charleston, South Carolina. There is a lovely campus with a beautiful lawn and hundreds year old live oak trees. Given the setting, a luncheon on the lawn is a must (as well as lots of prayers for good weather).
I chose a travel/bon voyage theme this year knowing that everyone was ready to get away from it all in some way or another. The food table was decorated with antique [looking] luggage, globes and atlases.
The beverage and dessert tables were decorated in a more whimsical par avion (blue and red) theme with colorful, vintage [-like] suitcases and paper banners made from road maps.
Each table had a living centerpiece (taken from my front porch container garden).
Each place was set with a merci treat bag.
The favorite part of the luncheon is always the “giveaways.” I found lots of great ideas that fit our travel theme at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.
Parents donated lots of great items to give away too.
We held the drawing for prizes after lunch.
The prizes are always a hit with the teachers. These two had trouble deciding what to pick. This year we had so many prizes that every teacher was able to select two.
The key to the success of this luncheon–as always–was the great parent volunteers who helped decorate and who donated or made food.
The “Ashley Hall Upper School Faculty and Staff Luncheon on the Lawn” is a wonderful tradition and is just a small way of showing appreciation to the incredible individuals who guide and teach our daughters.
How does your school celebrate and thank its faculty and staff?
Today was a rainy day in Charleston. But I didn’t mind.
I love rainy days.
Its a good thing because we get a lot of rain in the Lowcountry.
Here are some of the reasons why I love rainy days.
How do you spend a rainy day?
“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” –George Santayana
This may be true, but after these last few months of cold, I cannot help myself.
Living in Charleston, South Carolina, I know that I have nothing to really complain about concerning winter. But even here we have had an unusually rough time of it. I also realize that by June, I will already tired of the 90+ degrees days.
But right now I have to believe in the promise of forsythia and dogwood and wisteria. As the sun warms my bones, I stretch and settle in like a cat napping in the sunlight.
All photographs by Amy Watson Smith, 2013