This necklace is for my nephew Connor's Kindergarten teacher.
I think it's sweet that when you are in elementary school, you get your teacher a present, and in return they usually get you something as well. Kids in elementary school get a "Holiday Party" and get to spend their last afternoon before break eating cookies and exchanging gifts. (At least that's how it was when I was little)
I still remember receiving a Santa face mug from my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Bauman. I still have the mug. (Little fact, Robert Goren on Law and Order Criminal Intent has the same mug on his desk)
I don't know what I got her... probably an ornament!
This is possible, because in elementary school, a teacher sees 20-25 kids a day, and that's it. They spend all day with their teacher, they spend all year with their teacher. Not in High School, I see 150+ kids a day, for 44 minutes.
Now that I teach 8th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, I don't get a chance to celebrate Christmas the last day before break. Sure, I give my students a candy cane - but I'm also the one picking up the wrappers left all over the room, and say to them as I hand out the treat, "Why thank you Ms. Bodenburg for being so nice and giving me a candy cane." That usually gets a grumble out of them, "Oh yeah, thanks." My favorite is, "This is all we get? Don't you have anything else?"
Anyway, only one week left til Christmas Winter Break. 11 days off? I'll take it!