Thank you letter to teachers

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2003 - 1:19am
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I have an idea to try and start the school year out with the right attitude among the staff at my ds school. They will all undergo training on the first day of school.

I was thinking it might help to write a letter to them and thank them for getting trained and thanks in advance for watching out for him, etc. I would also like to get a little personal and explain how scary this is for us.

I am hoping this would make them see we arent being difficult, just trying to keep our child safe.

Has any one done this or have any ideas what I should say??

Thanks!

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2003 - 9:40am
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How about a poem? - Something like
A Parent's Thank you
I know part of being a parent
Is realizing the fear
That our children are only on loan to us
And can be taken at the drop of a tear
So think of the basic necessity
Of a child eating to live each day
And the very food that sustains that life
Is the same food that can take it away
Imagine a child who had no idea
That the food upon the table
Contained tiny traces of peanut
That were missing from the label
And as his throat begins to close
Panic told him what would happen
If he didn't get his shot
Of prescription epinepherine
Imagine the trip to the hospital
And the ambulance ride
And having him see the panic
You

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2003 - 12:41pm
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Oh my gosh, first a great idea for a letter and second, what an amazing writer you are Laurasmom. You captured it beautifully, thank you for sharing your poem with us.

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2003 - 12:45pm
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Great idea. I have to write a letter to the parents of my PA daughters preschool classmates letting them know of her allergy. She is four. The thank you note is a perfect way for me to start my letter to the parents. I would start by letting them know how much you appreciate them helping your child stay safe. Let them know you are always available for questions - maybe do a quick Q&A for them. Volunteer to be room mom if you can. I know I will. Good luck! What a great idea. Your idea has helped me too.

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2003 - 1:35pm
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Laurensmom, wow, you completely captured exactly the feelings I was trying to express! Did you use this, and how was the response? Thank you so much for sharing.

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2003 - 1:38pm
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deeanne and leslief, thanks for your input. I know what I want to express to them I was just having trouble finding the words. Getting started writing is hard for me.
Like I said I also want it to be emotional, but you dont want the whole faculty to think youre a nutcase!
Thanks again everyone.

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2003 - 4:27pm
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leslief,
Not an amazing writer, just maybe a lucky hit, if you like it. Never wrote a poem in my entire life.
No momma2boys, I didn't use this. I wrote it in the car on the way home from work thinking about your post.
Feel free to use and if you do, I would be curious at the response.
Good luck.
Andrea

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2003 - 11:01pm
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Quote:Originally posted by LaurensMom:
[b]I wrote it in the car on the way home from work thinking about your post.
Feel free to use and if you do, I would be curious at the response.
Good luck.
Andrea[/b]
My goodness! You are such a sweetheart!
I love this board!

Posted on: Sun, 08/31/2003 - 3:42pm
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Such graciousness on this board! It's nice to see, these days it's not the norm. LaurensMom, that poem was beautiful. Would you mind if I used the poem for my daughter's teacher?

Posted on: Sun, 08/31/2003 - 10:51pm
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SkyMom,
I'm glad you like it. No, go right ahead and use it.
Andrea

Posted on: Mon, 09/01/2003 - 5:15am
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WOW - that put tears in my eyes.
That really captures how I feel, and although I had never come up with the idea of a thank you note (and boy do they deserve it!), I cetainly think it's a great idea and plan on doing several of them (and probably a few catch-up ones as well)!
Thank you for sharing that with us.
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B: asthma, bee sting allergy, mild EA's and eczema
M: asthma, peanut & nut, severe EA's and mod eczema
A: asthma, peanut, nut, fish, penicillin, severe EA's and eczema

Posted on: Mon, 09/01/2003 - 11:25am
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School Faculty and Staff:
As you may be aware, our son, xxxxx will be attending xxxxx this year. I would like to tell you a little about xxxxx. He is five years old, and has a brother xxxxx, who is in second grade. He loves to play baseball, do puzzles, and is a very good artist. He has a great sense of humor and is always smiling and laughing. He can

Posted on: Mon, 09/01/2003 - 12:15pm
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Wow! Very moving poem, it brought tears to my eyes. I wish I could just come up with something that good, while "driving in the car". Your time was very well spent! I guess traffic has it's good side too, it's not all so stressfull.
I'd appreciate your promission to use this for my sons' SK teacher, (giving you of coarse full credit)?
Stay safe and Happy first day of school tommorrow everyone!
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ssmd mom of 3

Posted on: Mon, 09/01/2003 - 12:21pm
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Laurensmom, I also would like to use your poem a little further into the year. I wrote the letter above as a kind of introduction to my ds. I really appreciate your sharing.

Posted on: Tue, 09/02/2003 - 8:38pm
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Thank you all for your kind words. Really...it was nothing. If you would like to use it, feel free. If you prefer written permission just e-mail me, though I assure you it really isn't necessary.
Andrea

Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2003 - 3:25am
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Andrea,
I would also like to use your poem on some thank you cards. I was wondering if you would like to title it?

Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2003 - 3:52am
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Sure, JoJo&Shane...good idea. You sounded like you had an idea...what did you have in mind?
Andrea

Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2003 - 5:03am
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Laurensmom, thank you for the beautiful poem, I would like to use it with the authors name, would you share your name with us, or you can e-mail it to me, I do not want anyone to think that I am trying to take credit for such a fabulous piece of work. If you do not wish to share your name, I will make a note that it was not written by me, but I like to give credit where credit is due.
As for a title, what do you think of "A Parents Thanks"? Just a suggestion

Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2003 - 5:10am
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My name is .
Someone I know said I should send it in to FAAN to see if they would put it in their monthly news letter to share it with others. Do you really think?
[This message has been edited by LaurensMom (edited September 01, 2005).]

Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2003 - 5:48am
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Lauren's mom (AKA Andrea), I really think you should get it published and copyrighted. Thank you again, I know the principal at our school is going to be blubbering just like I was when she reads it.

Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2003 - 10:12am
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Andrea, I would send it to FAAN. I also think you should give it its own thread in the main disc. board so everyone can read it. Most people dont know its hidden here.

Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2003 - 10:13am
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Great idea momma2boys, putting it under the Main Discussion would give everyone a good chance to read it.

Posted on: Thu, 04/07/2005 - 7:53am
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I just came across this and how beautiful, the poem brought me to tears. Thank you laurens mom, you are very talented!

Posted on: Wed, 08/31/2005 - 1:00pm
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LaurensMom aka Andrea,
I would also love to use this poem in addition to the letter I need to prepare for the parents of students in my sons preshool. May we use your beautiful words to explain our feelings to the other parents in my sons class? I would also like to include your name as the author.
Thank you in advance for sharing your words from whats in all our hearts!!
Lori

Posted on: Wed, 08/31/2005 - 1:59pm
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Posted on: Wed, 08/31/2005 - 11:58pm
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Posted on: Thu, 09/01/2005 - 12:18am
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LaurensMom,
I would like to use your poem.
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Love this site
Synthia

Posted on: Thu, 09/01/2005 - 11:12am
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Sorry for taking so long to respond. I didn't notice this had surfaced again.
Everyone, thank you for asking because it is nice to know it has touched so many. Please feel free to use the poem.
I had posted my name a while back but removed it - jsut too much personal info on-line. However, if you feel the need for an author, you can e-mail me for my name at [email]peanutAllergy@comcast.net[/email] or sign it [email]LaurensMom@PeanutAllergy.com[/email]. Either would do.
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Posted on: Thu, 09/01/2005 - 2:16pm
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I had meant to look this up and tape it to the cover of my dd's safe treat box! I handed that in before finding it and here it is. I will find a way to send it to the teacher this year. She seems really on top of things and has several children with alleriges, as well as an anaphylactic bee sting allergy herself!
She might appreciate a stanza about bringing our kids out for recess! There is a huge wetland/meadow area adjacent to our playground. I couldn't help but wonder how many bees fly around while she is out with our kids?! Sorry, my mind just wandered to that. becca

Posted on: Thu, 09/01/2005 - 7:18pm
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Well...I've got a 1/2 hour communte to work this morning. I'll think about that stanza!
:-)

Posted on: Thu, 09/08/2005 - 12:41am
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LaurensMom,
I included your poem in a thank you letter to various staff member of my sons school. I recently had a meeting with approx 18 faculty members (his kindergarten and specialty teachers, lunch aids, guidance counselor, nurses and principals) to dicuss precautions and protocols for PA exposure. I was so happy with the meeting turnout,the support and concern they all gave us.
Your poem was a perfect way to express how we all feel inside. I added it to the end of my personal thank you and added your User name and the website info.
I haven't bumped into all the staff members yet but the one's who I have, his k- teacher, were so moved by it they got choked up. Thought you would like to know.
Thanks for being so kind to share it with us and allow us to use.
Bridget

Posted on: Thu, 09/08/2005 - 9:57am
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Thank you. It was nice to hear that.

Posted on: Mon, 09/19/2005 - 7:48am
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LaurensMom,
May I, too, use this poem to include with my thank you note to the teachers? It is very nice.
Is it copyrighted? I would suggest that.
Thanks.
Michele
Quote:Originally posted by LaurensMom:
[b]How about a poem? - Something like
A Parent's Thank you
I know part of being a parent
Is realizing the fear
That our children are only on loan to us
And can be taken at the drop of a tear
So think of the basic necessity
Of a child eating to live each day
And the very food that sustains that life
Is the same food that can take it away
Imagine a child who had no idea
That the food upon the table
Contained tiny traces of peanut
That were missing from the label
And as his throat begins to close
Panic told him what would happen
If he didn't get his shot
Of prescription epinepherine
Imagine the trip to the hospital
And the ambulance ride
And having him see the panic
You

Posted on: Mon, 09/19/2005 - 10:34am
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Michelle,
I'm glad you like it. Yes, of course you may use it.
[This message has been edited by LaurensMom (edited September 19, 2005).]

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2014 - 11:25am
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Hi, I would like to use the letter, I realize its been a few years since moms were talking about it on this forum, but it seems to be cut off and part of the poem is missing. It ends midsentence at "You..." Do you mind posting it again or emailing it to me at cre8ivebydesign@aol.com or sending me a link where you know its at? My son has severe allergies and I would love to use this to thank teachers. thanks

Posted on: Sun, 07/20/2014 - 12:54pm
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City Girl,
I'm Lauren'sMom with a new user name - can't seem to resurrect my old one (no longer valid email, etc).
I can't tell because posts look out of chronological order but it looks as if you were looking for this poem. I don't know why it is incomplete. Did you find it and if not and you still want it, just email me and I"ll send it to you.
Hope all is well!

Posted on: Sun, 07/20/2014 - 5:09pm
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Hi Laurens mom, yes I would still like the whole poem. The website probably had a character limit and thats why it wouldn't let me see the whole poem you pasted in there awhile back. Or maybe the site morphed since you first posted it and cut it off way after you posted it.
thanks for sending it.
city girl

Posted on: Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:13am
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OK, will try to post but if not, i will email.
A Parent’s Thank you
Part of being a parent
Is realizing the fear
That our children are only on loan to us
And can be taken at the drop of a tear
So think of the basic necessity
Of a child eating to live each day
And the very food that sustains that life
Is the same food that can take it away
Imagine a child who had no idea
That the food upon the table
Contained tiny traces of peanut
That were missing from the label
And as his throat begins to close
Panic tells him what will happen
If he doesn’t get his shot
Of prescription epinephrine
Imagine the trip to the hospital
And the ambulance ride
And having him see the panic
You're trying so hard to hide
My child has a stalker
And it takes a simple form
It overtakes his body
And inside triggers a storm
So, we live our lives carefully
Watching all our dear one eats
But we cannot do it all alone
Its a monumental feat
For we cannot be with him
Waking hours of every day
He wants to test his wings and fly
We let him and we pray
And our prayers have been answered
Our paths have crossed through fate
And with all you do to protect his life
My respect for you is great
You’ve opened up your minds and hearts
You understand what is at stake
You are going out of your way
To make sure there’s no mistake
So, I’d like to tell you
For everything you do
Your efforts may save my child’s life
What more can a parent say but
Thank You.

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