It’s really so hard to believe that another school year is upon us! Each year we have the chance to meet our teachers the week before school goes back and I find it is always a great ice breaker to have a little something to give them. We’ve done something different every year (look here to find more free printables and all school ideas), and I think I squealed when the light bulb went off with this idea…. personalized Coke bottles!!! I mean, what could be more Atlanta or more US?!
You can order these darling 8-oz. glass Coke bottles at Share a Coke. They are $5 each and shipping is free with orders over $60. (I also get a small employee discount.) Since I ordered sets (one school and one grade bottle) for each of my littles, each of their teachers, AND Sister’s littles, we qualified for the free shipping. I made cute little “bubbling with excitement” hang tags to go on our packages >> Just right click on the image and save!I can literally think of a hundred different bottles that I could get printed for every occasion… school, teams, parties, weddings, hostess gifts, the list goes on. Also, if you didn’t want to get custom bottles, definitely search the displays in stores with song quotes – I think there are a few that would be cute for back to school as well – “Best Day Ever” and “That’s What I Like About You”, to name a few.
I bagged them up in cello and they were literally the CUTEST gift! Both of the teachers seemed to adore them! John’s teacher said “delicious AND decorative”… I like the way she things :-)
I am saving the sets I got for the littles’ for a last day of school “Sip Sip Hooray” celebration. I had to write that down on my calendar so that I don’t forget by the time May rolls around. Nothing like planning ahead.
Now, let’s talk about actually meeting those teachers. :-) As usual, the baby and I practiced what he would say. “Hi, I’m Whit.” That’s it. We even role played. The best was in the car on the way when he said let’s do it one more time….
Me: I’ll be Ms. M and you be Whit.
Whit: Wait. Who am I again.
Me: You’re you. Whit. Ready? Hi! I’m Ms. M. What’s your name.
Whit: Hi. I’m Ms. M.
Me: No buddy. You’re Whit. All you need to say is “Hi. I’m Whit.” :-)
So, when we get there it went down exactly how we practiced.
Ms. M: Hi! I’m Ms. M. What’s your name?
Whit: (nothing. radio silence. not a word.)
Bless his precious heart. I wanted to pick all 78 lbs of him up and hug and kiss him and run back home. By the time we left his classroom he said he really liked Ms. M. She is extremely kind and welcoming and we found out she’s also a HUGE Disney fan and passholder. She had a scavenger hunt around the classroom to get them familiar with it and he uncovered a few other fun things like Harry Potter books and computers. I have a really good feeling about second grade!!!
John’s fifth grade teacher is brand spanking new. She’s young and energetic and we could already tell that she’s going to be really creative. John confidently walked in, extended his hand and introduced himself. He was allowed to choose his own desk (I’m not sure he made the best choice, but time will tell) and was excited about getting to use spiral bound notebooks this year. It’s the little things. Ha! He knows most of the kids in his class and thinks Ms. M (yes, we have two Ms. M’s this year) is “sooooooo nice”, but said he’s “really nervous about making straight A’s again.” I tell you, we don’t have to push him because he pushes himself. As he gets older, I am often overcome with the feeling that I am parenting myself.
With that, it’s time to kick off our last weekend of summer. Lot’s of pool time, some Pokemon hunting, and a big Sunday Supper is about all we have on tap.
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