ACE Teacher Appreciation!

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To our amazing Teachers,

Where would we be without you? Even during tough and uncertain times, you show up ready to go the distance for your students! You have ensured you were able to connect with each student and family after spring break. You went above the call of duty to ensure they had the resources and information they needed for food, shelter, and support. You thought of ways to bring smiles to their faces---and bring joy to their hearts when there was so much sadness and fear in the world. You adapted instantly and learned technology overnight! Who would've thought you'd learn Zoom, Google Meet, & Microsoft Teams in a matter of days!

This teacher appreciation week is special because of the heart you have shown when others have crumbled under the pressure. You have shined your light even brighter with the creativity you have expressed in your new online video lessons, spirit weeks, video messages, and more.

While we are somewhat disappointed in the new state of the world...find happiness when you look around and see all that you have been able to accomplish in these few short weeks. Also, find peace in knowing that no matter what-we will come out on the other side of this together...stronger and better than we ever were before. The one thing we know about our ACE family is that you are determined, resilient, and passionate and nothing will stop you from giving your students the best.

We are going to adapt and evolve to give our students the education they deserve to compete globally. We will provide the education that grows the next scientist, mathematician, engineer, politician, or doctor that will lead our world into a better future.

For all that you do, we express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation...THANK YOU!

-ACE Core Team

A Thank You Letter to Teachers

A Tribute to Our Teachers

Heart of A Teacher
by Paula J. Fox

The child arrives like a mystery box…
with puzzle pieces inside
some of the pieces are broken or missing…
and others just seem to hide

But the HEART of a teacher can sort them out…
and help the child to see
the potential for greatness he has within…
a picture of what he can be

Her goal isn’t just to teach knowledge…
by filling the box with more parts
it’s putting the pieces together…
to create a work of art.

The process is painfully slow at times…
some need more help than others
each child is a work in progress…
with assorted shapes and colors

First she creates a classroom…
where the child can feel safe in school
where he never feels threatened or afraid to try…
and kindness is always the rule

She knows that a child can achieve
much more when he feels secure inside
when he’s valued and loved…and believes in himself …
and he has a sense of pride

She models and teaches good character…
and respect for one another
how to focus on strengths…not weaknesses
and how to encourage each other

She gives the child the freedom he needs…
to make choices on his own
so he learns to become more responsible…
and is able to stand alone

He’s taught to be strong and think for himself…
as his soul and spirit heal
and the puzzle that’s taking shape inside…
has a much more positive feel

The child discovers the joy that comes…
from learning something new…
and his vision grows as he begins
to see all the things he can do

A picture is formed as more pieces fit…
an image of the child within
with greater strength and confidence…
and a belief that he can win!

All because a hero was there…
in the HEART of a teacher who cared
enabling the child to become much more…
than he ever imagined…or dared

A teacher with a HEART for her children…
knows what teaching is all about
she may not have all the answers…
but on this…she has no doubt

When asked which subjects she loved to teach,
she answered this way and smiled…
“It’s not the subjects that matter…

It’s all about teaching the CHILD.

Teacher Appreciation Week Deals

In times of unprecedented changes due to the coronavirus pandemic, teachers have stepped up their game to a brand new level. Their work, efforts, and resilience go above and beyond to ensure students are ready for the challenges ahead. Therefore businesses across the nation are showing their appreciation with lots of amazing deals. Please see below for a list of local deals. Dates and requirements of the offers may vary by location. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out. Some locations may require for you to have an app or be signed up for emails. In some cases a valid Teacher ID is required to get a hold of the freebie or receive the discount. Some locations even offer deals to homeschooling parents.

Barnes & Noble: The bookstore is offering discounts of up to 25% off the publisher’s list price during Teacher Appreciation Week.
Bruegger’s Bagels: Bruegger’s is offering 20% off all gift card purchases next week from May 4-10.

Cici’s Pizza: From May 5-10, guests can purchase large specialty pizzas at participating locations for $5.99 online. The deal can be found at and excludes the meat eater, supreme, and zesty veggie pizzas.

Costco: Teachers can join Costco as a new member and receive a $30 Costco Shop Card. Educators can visit Costco’s discount page.

Einstein Bros. Bagels: People who want to show their appreciation to teachers can gift them a treat from Einstein Bros. Bagels. The company is offering selected bagel gifts available to send to all the new teachers. Customers can gift bagels via Door Dash. Homeschooling parents are included.

Michaels: Teachers can get 20% off their entire purchase during the week of May 3-9.

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes: Teachers can get $3 off a purchase of $10 or more using coupon code THANKS for online orders only from May 4-8.

Pinkberry: Teachers will receive 50% off any swirl, one per person, per visit, with valid ID, the week of May 3-9.

SONIC: Guests can use the SONIC app for contactless ordering and enter promo code “TEACHERS” to enjoy a free Large Drink or Slush with purchase, May 4-8 at any drive-in.

Royal Hawaiian Orchards: Teachers can get 25% off their purchase by visiting and entering the code HEROES. Offer active May 4-17, no ID required. All nurses, homeschooling parents, and teachers are welcome and encouraged!

Verizon: Teachers can get an unlimited plan discount starting from $10 a month per account to $20 a month per account. Customers can apply online through Verizon’s discount page.

Tribute to Teachers: "Keepers of the Flame"
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