Christmas in a Red Envelope

Merry Christmas!

I just want to share with you a special card I received today.

When I began teaching in 2003, I had a couple of great mentors, and one of them told me about the "Good Box". The purpose of this box was to save memorable items from my students and families. Throughout the years I have been collecting cards, pictures, drawings, and special items that have a special place in my heart. 

Teaching is challenging. When I am stressed-out and overwhelmed I dig into my box and "recharge" my batteries to keep going. I still have a rewarding note from Mrs. Tirado, my second grade teacher who inspired me to become a teacher.

Today I was given something that definitely will go in my "Good Box" and in my heart.

My Christmas present came in a red envelope!

Here's the translation (for my English speaker readers)

Ms. Janice, there's many reasons why we are grateful to you. In our daughter's behalf we thank you for accepting the call to be a teacher, by the way, not any teacher but the best teacher we have met. Thank you for opening your heart and your classroom doors to our daughter. For welcoming her every morning with a smile. You have changed our lives and filled us with teaching strategies and ideas on how teach our daughter. Thank you for making your class so entertaining and special with activities, crafts and projects and for the extra time you've invested in our daughter. For every homework you send home. Thank you for teaching our daughter to recognize her name and begin to write it independently, just thank you for each detail of your job, it's reflected in our daughter's development. 
We appreciate your work!
Blessings to you and your family. Your family should feel very proud of you.
The Delgado Family

I was feeling a little overwhelmed today, besides deadlines, assessments and meetings - we had to organize and prepare two Winter Programs, one in Spanish and one in English - with 20 students in each class. Each program had four songs, a cookie decorating activity and the visit of our surprise visitor, Santa Claus! 

When I read this beautiful card, I felt like I was alone in that room, so peaceful! This is the exact reason I began teaching 10 years ago....to make a difference in the children's life and I am very please to say I have. 

This family is just amazing! Mr. and Mrs. Delgado, you are the parents any teacher could wish for - involved, supportive, loving, understanding, advocates and just amazing! Thank you for allowing me to be part of your lives and serve you the best way I know how. 
Just remember this: "Only special parents have special children".

What to you keep in your "Good Box"?

Merry Christmas!

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