This post is for those of you on the PTSA and/or Hospitality Committee for your child’s school. It is where you will find step-by-step instructions to duplicate the “Biffer-Baum Boxed Lunch” for the teachers at your school. Ready? Let’s go!
The Hospitality Committee and Room Parents made “boxed” lunches for every staff member at the school. I included a questionnaire with the invitations asking the following questions: What is your favorite sandwich? Favorite bread? What do you like on your sandwich? Favorite chips? Favorite salad? Favorite dessert? Favorite drink? Favorite dessert? Any allergies?
I asked that the questionnaires be returned by the Thursday prior to Staff Appreciation Week. Once I received them, I forwarded the answers to the parents who signed up to make lunches (coordinated through SignUp Genius). Of course, there were a few teachers that did not return their questionnaires by the deadline. I had to “encourage” them via email to respond, and gave myself a four day buffer to make sure all the parents had the information they needed in time to prepare the lunches.
Let me just say, I was completely floored when I walked into the staff lounge and saw the “boxed” lunches. Clearly, I use the term loosely. I thought I was doing well with “Cat in the Hat” reusable bags and tissue paper for my lunches. I need to step up my game next year. WOW.
Tips For A Successful Lunch
- The lunches at our school are staggered from 11:15-12:30 so we tried to organize the lunches by time. There were 50+ lunches, so those first few groups had quite a few lunches to look through before finding theirs, even with the sorting.
- Prepare a check list (or print off the sign up sheet from SignUp Genius) with the name of each staff member and the person bringing their lunch. As the lunches arrive, check them off the list. Hopefully you will not need to call any parents to locate a missing lunch.
- Make one or two extra lunches, just in case a parent forgets.
- Bring ice and some extra cups. Drinks will be included in each lunch, but after sitting out for an hour or so, they may be sort of luke warm. The teachers and staff will appreciate the ice.
Dr. Seuss Teacher Appreciation Week