A long-awaited break is just around the corner. As the break approaches, here are some activities you might implement with staff to let them know you are thankful for the opportunity to work with them.
WORDS OF THANKS
Make paper cutouts in the shape of turkey feathers. Write on each feather a personal note to a staff member; tell why you are thankful that he or she is on the staff. If these are comments that might be made public, have each teacher add his or her feather to a turkey body posted on the wall of the teachers' lounge.
Have an assortment of pies (pumpkin, squash, blueberry, apple) in the staff lounge for members to enjoy. You might even do this a week in advance of Thanksgiving and give each staff person the opportunity to order a pie for the holiday. Make the pies available on the day before the break.
"TALKIN' TURKEY" BINGO
On the morning before Thanksgiving break, give each staff member a BINGO card containing 3-6 games. Call numbers during student passing periods so that time is not taken away from instruction. When a staff member gets BINGO, the winner calls the office and a student runner carries the card to the office to be verified. The student selects a prize donated from local vendors for the winning staff member.
What to do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers? Plan a "Leftover Lunch" for one day the week after Thanksgiving.
GRIN AND SHARE IT
It was the day before Thanksgiving, and the butcher was just locking up when a man started pounding on the front door.
"Please let me in," the man said desperately. "I forgot to buy a turkey, and my wife will be furious if I don't come home with one."
"Okay," said the butcher. "Let me see what I have left."
The butcher went out to the freezer and discovered that there was only one scrawny turkey left. He brought it out and showed it to the man.
"That one is too skinny. What else do you have?" the man asked.
The butcher took the bird back into the freezer, waited a few minutes, and brought the same turkey back out to the man.
"Oh, no," the man said, "that turkey doesn't look any better. You had better give me both of them!"
Drive your staff happy!
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