Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Day and Teacher Appreciation Week is a week that has been set aside in the United States to recognize the extraordinary impact educators have in the lives of students, and has been celebrated for well over 35 years.

Teacher Appreciation Day is Wednesday, May 5th, 2021, and Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7, 2021. Ben Rush PTA has great activities for your child to participate in this week!

Give a flower: Have your student color one of these flower outlines, take a picture, and send it to a teacher, specialist, and/or staff member. There are many wonderful staff members who help Ben Rush students succeed, we encourage you to send-a-flower to one of our non-teaching staff members this week. We will have limited copies available for you to pick up under the stairs at the front of the school.

Floral collage: Once your student has colored their flower, it can be returned to the school by Friday, May 7th and Ben Rush PTA will create a floral collage to remind Ben Rush staff how much we appreciate them. Feel free to bring your completed flower to Picture Day on May 5th!

Flipgrid Message: Have your student submit a video on Flipgrid sharing a message of thanks to all those at Ben Rush who make a difference to them. Encourage them to think broadly! Include a shout out to teachers, specialists, and other school staff that care for our school and students in P.E, Music, Library, ELL, Recess, front office, janitorial, and much more! See below for additional details about using Flipgrid. We will share the Flipgrid board with them on Friday, May 7th and express our thanks.

Ben Rush PTA will be gifting all staff with a small token of thanks this week, and are ordering a customized gift to be given to staff by the end of the school year. We are able to provide these gifts with generous contributions from our community, please click here if you would like to make a donation to help support these efforts.

Some families may choose to send their own gifts to teachers and staff this year, even a simple card or email of thanks would go a long way to help our educators know how much their efforts have been appreciated this year. If you would like to send a card to your teacher and/or to all Ben Rush staff they can be mailed to 6101 152nd Avenue N.E. Redmond, WA 98052 or dropped off on the cart in front of the school until about 4pm each school day. If you choose to send an e-gift card we recommend sending to yourself and forwarding to the intended recipient to prevent it being filtered to the junk mail folder.

Flipgrid access instructions

Please visit this Flipgrid board and choose the “Log in with Microsoft” option to login option to authenticate with your student’s “s-” email address “@lwsd.org”, this is to ensure only our students, school staff, and PTA Board will have access to the Flipgrid. Students will be able to record a 15 second video, enter their name, and type a short message. Watch for a pop-up message requesting you to allow Flipgrid to use your microphone and camera. If you have any trouble accessing the board email President@BenRushPTA.org.