Is it really Back to School… Already? Are you ready?
The summer just seems to go too fast doesn’t it? The relaxing summer days just breeze by so quickly. No lesson plans and grading papers for teachers, No scheduling sleep and homework or study time for parents and total freedom from it all for the kids, except for that summer reading packet of course.
Well by this time, all of the summer projects should be complete (unless your kids are like mine and they leave it till the week before school starts again). You can relax and spend some fun time without any anticipation of how the year is going to be. Center your days on family fun activities and soak up the sunshine and remainder of the summer weather. There’s just a few weeks left of total freedom for all and then its…. back to school again.
Time to think about new clothes, trying out for the school or district sports team, starting the year off with a positive, successful attitude, and getting school supplies. Oh that dreaded supply list. Seems like every year, the list gets longer and longer and every teacher wants something different. Then in the younger grades you have to put your child’s name in and on everything.
Well, we can’t help you extend that mid-summer freedom, but at least we can help you get part of that supply list in order and personalized so you’re not spending your days with a magic marker in hand writing names on everything. We have a great selection of accessories all personalized with a name, a photo, school name or any special message you would like.
For the younger students, think about personalized pencil cases, book bags, note pad covers, and rulers. Back packs, bag tags, and bookmarks also help to keep all their supplies organized and labeled with their name. For the older Middle and High Schoolers the big rage this year are cell phone cases, laptop bags, id bag tags, bookmarks, ipad and, kindle covers.
We also have a nice selection of personalized Teacher supplies. Shopping at TAGDesigns.com for your back to school list can help you make a dent into the supply list, squeeze just a little more time out of the summer and start the new school year off right.
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How Can You Thank a Teacher?
With Teacher Appreciation Week quickly approaching, (Monday, May 7, -Friday May 11, 2012). I often think of a few special teacher friends and the impact they had on both mine and my children’s lives. Having many friends who are teachers, and having made friends with quite a few of my children’s teachers, I’ve often seen first hand, the struggles and politics they deal with on a daily basis from administration and regulations, test scores etc, all while trying to teach and create a great learning environment and experience for your children.
Donald D. Quinn compares a classroom teacher’s job to a doctor, lawyer, or dentist having 40 people in the office, all with different needs – "some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for NINE MONTHS."
I think I would run from the room, shrieking and tearing my hair or just hide and cry! What would you do?
Yet our teachers face this challenge every day of the school year, actually embracing it! They became teachers because they wanted to help children – to make a difference. They live to see the light bulb go on in your child’s eyes, when he or she understands and "everything makes sense."
How do you thank a person who has meant the world to your son or daughter – the person who has made your child feel unique and special? She has encouraged your child to understand the responsibility of meeting a deadline, planning ahead, doing work daily to meet a larger goal. Hopefully, she has also inspired your child to learn independently. How can we THANK someone for changing our child’s life – for igniting dreams – and giving our kids the means to achieve their life’s goals?
First and foremost, remember to tell him or her face to face how very much their efforts are appreciated. – Write a note, and have your child write one too. -Along with that, it is always appreciated if you write a note to their Principal or Supervisor letting them know what a wonderful experience your child has had in that particular teacher’s class. Bring out an experience or subject where the teacher was directly involved with assisting your child or how they helped your child build self esteem, or finally get that math equation. Those notes go into the teacher’s file and go a long way when review time comes. Of course, small thoughtful personalized gifts are always loved by teachers of all grades. Personalizing a gift for your child’s teacher shows them that they are special and are an important part of your child’s life and learning experience.
On a personal note, this year, I have one child graduating High School and another College! We’ve experienced wonderful teacher’s throughout our school years. Their tireless dedication has brought my children forward to being successful, productive and happy adults.
What a beautiful circle – the teacher gives her all to make the year exciting and challenging for your child. Your child blossoms, becoming a stronger person. You take the time to thank the teacher for being there when you needed them, and he/she feels wonderful, knowing they did, indeed, make a difference!
There are lots of things that will touch a teacher’s heart, plus give them something they’ll use every day. A cute suggestion is the "World’s Greatest Teacher" orTeacher’s Change the World Treat Jar. She’ll love keeping small rewards in it each year for her current students. A Personalized Teacher Tote bag or Clipboard, Personalized Leather Portfolio and Coffee Mug will help her keep organized, smiling every time she uses them. At TAGDesigns.com We have a wide variety of
Have you thanked a teacher today?
Who Guards your Gate?
"Always be nice to secretaries. They are the real gatekeepers in the world." ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
Truer words were never spoken. Whatever the title – ‘secretary,’ or ‘administrative assistant,’ and whatever the specific duties listed, this person’s job description is, ‘do whatever it takes to make the office run smoothly and make the boss look good.’ These professionals are worth their weight in gold. They’re in the trenches handling endless details so that their bosses are organized, primed and ready for their travel, meetings, trips, speeches or presentations. They hold the fort when the boss is out of town or under the weather, communicating needed information in whatever direction is necessary. How in the world do you FIND someone like this?
Colin Powell says it best, “Look for intelligence and judgment and, most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners. Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego and the drive to get things done.”
The term, ‘secretary’ was derived from the Latin word secernere – meaning ‘to distinguish," or ‘to set apart,’ with the connotation of something private or confidential, as with the English word secret. A secretarius oversaw business with confidentiality for a powerful individual, something all administrative professionals do today.
Administrative Professionals Day/Week, as it is now called, began in 1950, due to a shortage of office workers. Three main people, Mary Barrett, president of what is now called IAAP, (International Association of Administrative Professionals), C. King Woodbridge, president of Dictaphone Corporation, and Harry Kelmfuss, public relations account executive at Young & Rubicam, worked together to start what they called, "Secretaries Week," in order to recognize the secretary’s valuable skills and to bring more people into the career. The popularity of the day has grown through the years, celebrated with lunches, training opportunities, seminars, time off and gifts.
And how do you encourage this dynamo to STAY with you, year after year? How do you THANK someone for doing all this and making it look easy?
Show them you appreciate everything they do for the business. Sincere words of thanks and praise should be a common practice. Of course, a great salary is a sure clue that they are valuable. A bonus now and then especially when they’ve made you looked great, once again, helped you to score that new client or reminded you of your spouses birthday, anniversary and just keep your office or business running like a well oiled machine.
Personalized gifts are always a great way to thank the people who make your work life easier. When you personalize a gift for your assistant, you show them that you appreciate their untiring efforts and they are special.
Some suggestions would be Our Mohogany Name Plate Desk Set,
So, whatever the title, Secretary, Admin, Office Manager or Assistant, personalize your gatekeepers day this April!
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