Gifts For The New School Year

Aloha everyone!  I have been working diligently in my class all week and it is all set to go!  I will have my classroom reveal tomorrow!

This year we have had some changes at my grade level.  There were three of us before and we had been working together for a few years.  Well this summer one of the teachers I work with decided to move to the mainland.  Our numbers were also high so they added a new class.  We also have a new SPED teacher at our grade level to cover the high number of incoming students.

So this year we have 3 new people on our team.  All three of them are new to second grade and I wanted to welcome them to the grade level with a little Back To School Gift.

I know how overwhelming it can be at a new grade level and I wanted to let them know I am available to help them with whatever they need.  I knew they might have a hard time coming to me and asking for certain items so I decided to just put many of my TpT store items on a zip drive and give it to them.

I actually found some new and used zip drives in my desk.  I just cleared off the old info and added some products.  I used some bright washi tape and decorated this one for a little flair.

I also wanted to give them a little gift bag, but was unsure of what to put in it.  I went shopping after school on Thursday evening and the only store we have in our little town is Long's Drugs.

I hit the school supply isle and I spotted these.

They were only $1.50 and who doesn't love highlighters?  Well this was my inspiration.  I decided to put together a bag of fluorescent goodies.  It is so popular right now I didn't have any trouble finding items in the store.

Playdough for stress relief (couldn't find fluorescent stress balls)

I know these aren't fluorescent, but every care package should have chocolate!

I found some cute fluorescent bags in the card isle.  I liked the pink, but we have a male teacher on board now so I got him a green bag.  I got home and whipped up those tags to finish it off.  I tied them on with some bright yarn I had at school.

I handed them out at the end of the day on Friday and they loved them!  I thought they were simple and fun and a great way to start bonding with my new teammates.

If you would like a copy of the tags just click {HERE} to grab them in Google Docs.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for pictures of my classroom.  Don't forget to check out this great Educents deal.  There is still time to grab this great bundle!


  1. Oh my goodness! What a cute idea! I was looking for something that I could give my support staff (S/L, OT, etc.) and these would be perfect!

  2. Missed seeing you on Instagram etc. these last few days.....knew you were working hard setting up !! Love the little goodie bags, how lucky to work with you ( and not just for treats;) Hope you have a relaxing weekend !

  3. What a fantastic idea! I was trying to think of something because my ENTIRE team of 5 is brand new this year and 3 of the 4 new teachers have never taught second grade before. I think a little gift (LOVE the flash drive idea) will help us build a little bit. Thanks so much!

  4. These are so fun! I would love to be on your team! :)

  5. What a thoughtful gift! They're lucky to have you :)
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

  6. Very cute idea! Good Luck with your school year. Teachers report back on Tuesday for us. I am very excited to begin my new experience at a new building. Take Care

    Mrs. Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis

  7. Wow what a generous gift! Those teacher will love working on your team! What a nice way to welcome them in!

    Rambling About Reading

  8. You are so thoughtful! :) I'm sure that will make them feel so welcome! :)

    First Grade Fabulosity {2nd Grade}

  9. Love your gift bags! Thanks for sharing the labels. Have a great year.

    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

  10. How cute and thoughtful! Love the tags!

    Teach On.

  11. I've been searching and searching for a cute idea to give to my new 2nd grade team (I'm the newbie on the team) and your idea was PERFECT!! :) Thanks for the label freebie and gift bag ideas! Love your blog!

  12. What an awesome idea! You Rock- and I am going to use this idea!

  13. What fun! I love them. Wish I worked with you too. :P

  14. This is just what I have been looking for! My team will be different this year, too, so I wanted to kick off the year with a little gift. The Target dollar section has a TON of neon items right now, so your tags are perfect! Thank you!!

    EduKate and Inspire

  15. What a thoughtful gift. It's so sweet that you gave them flash drives with some of your products on them. It sounds like you are the dream grade level partner; nice, willing to help, thoughtful, and empathetic to their new surroundings. This is the kind of thing I would love to do for my grade level partners (when I get some). Thanks for being such a great role model.


  16. Thanks for sharing these cute tags!

  17. That is so kind of you and such a cute idea! I'm sure they loved it and you made them feel so welcome. :-) Thanks for sharing the tags!

    The Craft of Teaching

  18. You are such a gem! Can I come work with you? Having a great teaching team makes all the difference. I hope you have a fantastic year!


  19. Thank you so much for sharing! What a fun thing to do - wish I had a TPT store and awesome products like you to share, but I think the gesture will still start the year off on a positive note all the same. Great idea. :)

  20. These are great! Thank you for sharing. I was looking for something like this and they will even match my classroom colors :)

  21. Love this! Having difficulty opening tags. Any suggestions?


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