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what do your schools do for valentine's day. anybody make the valentines? i think that's what we're doing tonight. i'm not thrilled with valentine's day 'cause i feel pushed since dd1 is in school to have some kind of card for the kids, but dd1's b-day is the 12th so it's hard to get motivated ahead of time. she really likes to "make" things so i'd like to encourage that, but the whole class the night before is a bit much. i think i'm going to have to do a lot of helping.
 

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DS's class is having a party for the last 45 minutes of school. Parents will be bringing treats, the kids will be handing out valentines, and the teacher has some games or activity planned. He is in 2nd grade.<br><br>
This year he will be handing out store bought valentines, but in the past we (and I do mean we <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) have made valentines. So much fun. Those are the best kind to get!
 

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Is your school anti-candy? if not make these. You just need dumdum or other kind of small round lollipops and construction paper. Super easy and my son loved cutting out the heart "flowers"<br><br>
They are ones on the right<br><br><a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=channel186343&contentGroup=MSL&site=living" target="_blank">http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jh...SL&site=living</a>
 

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my youngest had a little party today (she goes tues/thurs) and her school has a no candy rule. she gave hair thingies to the girls and little jellybean footballs w/hearts on them to the boys.<br><br>
oldest dd has a party tomorrow-also no candy-she's giving the girls heart headbands and the same footballs to the boys.
 

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Ds (first grade) should be having his Valentine's Day celebration in class tomorrow, but we are anticipating a pretty big snow storm, so it will likely be postponed til Thursday. He did make all of his Valentines this year. We kept it simple: white construction paper and a variety of stamps and stickers. He decorated the outsides of 25 cards and wrote the same message on each one:<br><br>
To _______,<br>
Happy Valentine's Day!<br>
From,<br>
__________<br><br>
I really wanted him to get that handwriting practice more than anything! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> His party at school will consist of distributing the cards and eating some snacks. I am in charge of fruit, and his teacher wants each serving individually packaged, rather than bringing in a platter or fruit bowl. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: So I am trying to decide whether to wash all those berries and grapes and package them tonight, or believe the meteorologists that we're getting a big storm and school will be canceled! What should I do?!?
 

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teach- where are you? here in the Boston area they said the storm has shifted north so tonight it will be very little and mostly rain along the coast. Then tomorrow afternoon the max will be 3-5. However Northern Mass, NH etc is still supposed to get slammed.
 

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We are south of you. Fairfield County, CT. I thought we were supposed to get nailed between tonight and tomorrow, but I haven't checked a report since about noon...it could be way different now. If it's headed north of you, is it going to skip us all together? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Our school suggests Friendship cards, and if kids bring them, they have to bring them for everyone in the class. They asked for home made only.<br><br>
thankfully, ds had a playdate on Saturday, and his friend's parents had the kids make the cards. Some of them are a bit, well, minimalist, but they're all done. It gives me insight into who he likes (i.e. the ones that are nicely decorated!)
 

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Heres the link <a href="http://www.boston.com/news/globe/city_region/breaking_news/2007/02/storm_moving_no_1.html" target="_blank">http://www.boston.com/news/globe/cit...ving_no_1.html</a><br><br>
looks like a little snow 1-3" but mostly sleet and freezing rain for you...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Fairfield.html" target="_blank">http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Fairfield.html</a><br><br>
I was SO hoping for a big storm!
 

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thanks y'all for the hints. our school is anti candy, but we did a construction paper variation on the martha stewart flower hearts and cranked 'em out. dd1's handwriting was greatly suffering toward the end of the marathon, but we got them done. whew.
 

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I always tell myself that this year my kids will make their valentines but being a full time WOHM and all the other life things that get in the way I end up buying them and the kids fill them out and tape a lollipop to them.
 

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I totally understand this! I also WOH full time. But, since I am a teacher, I am super-picky about a few, particular school-related things in our lives. I have always appreciated the students who took the time to make their Valentines, in the same way that I prefer to look at homemade Halloween costumes. So, those are two things I make sure to do with my children. And because I am waaay short on time, we started our Valentines one weekend in JANUARY!! One Saturday, he made all the cards. The following Saturday, he wrote the greeting in each, and last weekend, he wrote the Valentine's message and signed his name. Of course, there are many (MANY!) other things we skimp on around our house, due to lack of time! This is just one of those "things" for me...
 

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Teachma- we got NOTHING here south of Boston but they still cancelled school. How about you??
 

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Only about half an inch of icy stuff. And no school here! Guess V-day in my class and my son's will be celebrated tomorrow...I hope those berries are still fresh, since I bought them on Sunday! I'm sad for the kids that they can't go out and play. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Oops - probably a little late for this suggestion, but maybe hold on to it for next year.<br><br>
I have some rubber stamps and just used white cardstock that I cut and folded into little notes. DS stamped the design that he wanted with red and pick inks, put a little sticker on them to hold it closed and then wrote the names of his classmates on the outside and his name. I also had a "To: From:" stamp so it made this process a little easier. He LOVED making them.
 

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DD is in preschool, but they do celebrate so I get a big box of cards and have her "sign" each card and we put together a candy packet for everyone. I love Valentines day because it includes all kids and is a nice pick me up for a child who has a hard time at school because most schools have the all or none rule when it comes to handing out Valentines cards.
 
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