The faculty and administrators at Alta Vista School share their passion and love of learning with our children every day. We parents love to find ways to show them how much we appreciate their skill, hard work, and care. The AVS Parent Group helps the parent community thank our staff in several ways throughout the year.
We ask that parents refrain from giving any type of monetary gift (e.g. gift cards, money, or store-bought gifts) directly to staff members, although children are more than welcome to give handmade cards or pictures to show their appreciation to faculty and administrators. It is our hope that by giving a monetary gift of equal value from the Parent Group there will be no feelings of unfairness or inequity among our faculty and administrators and no sense of pressure for parents to make monetary gifts.
Monthly Staff Appreciation Brunch
Families from each lower school classroom or middle school advisory contribute a dish or other element to one brunch for our staff during the year. Room Parents notify parents in advance of each class's brunch date and organize sign-up sheets.
Each December, the Parent Group pools parent contributions for holiday gifts for AVS faculty, staff, and administrators. Children are welcome to make cards or pictures if they choose to do so, but we ask that parents refrain from giving any type of monetary gift (e.g. gift cards, money, or store-bought gifts) directly to staff members.
We post staff birthdays on the wall near the school entrance and in an online birthday calendar available to parents and staff. Children are welcome to make handmade cards for staff members, and everyone is encouraged to relay birthday wishes to staff.
The Parent Group gives staff members gifts in celebration of life events (e.g., getting married, becoming a parent).
End-of-Year Staff Luncheon
The Parent Group organizes a luncheon for faculty and administrators to celebrate the end of each school year.
If you would like to help out with any of these Staff Appreciation activities, or if you have ideas to share, please let us know.