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Staff Gift Ideas

Staff Gift Ideas
Our generous families often ask what our teachers would like to have as a gift so that they may best tailor presents for them. In order to make it easier on you, below is a list of teacher and staff personal preferences and dislikes. In no way do we want you to feel obligated to give a gift!  But for those of you who would like some gift ideas for easier shopping, please see below! We will do our best to keep this list updated. Thank you!
Ms. Sanchez (K) - Loves all foods: brownies, chocolate chip cookies, Doritos, popcorn, sugar cookies, and Z-bars, but dislikes all mint things!  Also enjoys the scents of cinnamon, coconut, pumpkin, and vanilla.  She collects hats, and enjoys dancing - Hip-Hop, drawing, going to the movies, hiking, ice skating, and writing.  Favorite music genres are Bachata, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Merengue, Rap, Rock, R & B, Salsa, and Soul.  Prefers Amazon gift cards and Disney, Gap, Nike, and Target stores.  Loves coffee, tea, water, books, massages, and plants!
Mrs. Voloshin (K) - Loves chocolate, coffee, candy and especially oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! But dislikes cinnamon in all foods or scents. Enjoys all types of music. Allergic to cats!  Likes mani/pedi, massages. Prefers gift cards from Starbucks, Target or Nordstrom. 
Miss Yakas (K Aide) - Likes Bark things, oreo thin mint cookies, dark chocolate covered almonds, pita chips, and trail mix. Likes to drink coffee, tea, and coke. Likes the smell of roses, sea cotton blossom, and cherry blossom, but nothing with fruit or vegetable smells. She's a big fan of Stitch, Beauty and the Beast and Tinkerbell, and collects crystals, make-up, and sea shells. She enjoys boxing, jiu jitus, running, hula and tahitian dancing, and drawing. She likes hip hop, R&B, musical theater music, Rock, and the Beatles, and any adventure, comedy or musical movies. Gift cards she likes are amazon, target, starbucks, jamba juice, and See's candy. She enjoys movies, books, massage, plants, and mani/pedis, but is really into musical theater, travelling, and playing with her puppy.
Miss Dreibelbis (1st) - Likes dark chocolate, K-Cups for coffee, chips and salsa, cheese and crackers, M&Ms and chocolate covered ANYTHING! Wine to pair with these snacks is also a plus. Enjoys holiday, vanilla, and fresh scents, but nothing too sweet. A collector of school and office supplies and San Francisco memorabilia. Ms. D loves dancing and traveling and enjoys shopping at Sephora, Target, Nordstrom, Trader Joe's, Starbucks and TJ Maxx.
Mrs. Spurlock (2nd) - Loves dark chocolate, goldfish crackers, and popcorn, but not flavors that mix fruit & chocolate!  Like lavender, collects coffee mugs, and listens to Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, and Pentatonix.  Her hobbies are knitting, crocheting, craft projects, and board game nights.  Likes gift cards from Starbucks, and stores like Bath & Body Works, Michael's, and Target.  She drinks coffee and tea, and also likes books, mani/pedis, massages, and movies.
Mrs. Valladares (3rd) - Likes chocolate covered gummy bears, barbecue chips, skinny popcorn, Indian food, and Mexican food, but doesn't like cornLikes to drink Coffee and Tea. Likes the smell of jasmine, but does not like pine scent. Enjoys cooking, baking, and reading. Her favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and North& South. Enjoys listening to Adele and OneRepublic. Likes gift cards for Starbucks, Amazon, Target, and anything related to movies, books, massages, and mani/pedis.  Allergic to nuts, peanuts, soy, and melon.
Mr. Dyson (4th) - Mr. Dyson likes books, music, and Philz Coffee, niche apple varieties, dried fruit, and beef jerky.  He’s not a fan of sweets (except for pecan pie).  He loves local bookstores like Bird and Becket or Dog Eared Books.  He enjoys going to movies when there is something good out.  He loves surfing and supporting shops like Aqua Surf Shop.  He is also a sucker for shoes, clothes, and accessories.
Ms. Daniels (5th) - Likes dark chocolate, dried fruit, jerky, and popcorn, but is not a fan of taffy, candy corn, peeps, or black licorice. Likes the smells of clean laundry, fruit, and baked goods, but no floral scents. She enjoys crafting, painting, going to the theater, reading, and collecting tea, pretty journals, colored pens, and magnets. Enjoys Broadway musicals, Billy Joel, the Beatles, and movies like The Princess Bride and Labyrinth. Likes shopping at Target, Michaels, and World Market. Drinks Tea, Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, and Sugar Free Redbull. Also likes massages, plants and mani/pedis.

Ms. Reda (6-8th) - Likes Thai food, Sushi, smoothies, and any baked goods, and also likes drinking coffee, tea, white wine, and red wine. Does not like candy. Likes the smell of Gardenia and Jasmine, and collects shells, magnets, and photos. Her hobbies include being outside, dancing, singing, and baking. Overall, she likes any gift, including hugs and the gift of laughter.
Mr. Trapasso (6-8th) - Likes music (singer/songwriter), books, Peets gift cards, black tea.

Mr. Yurman-Glaser (6-8th) - Loves music, amazon.com gift cards, coffee, tea, and other drinks. Enjoys eating and playing guitar, books, plants, movies. Does not like tomatoes.

Ms. Kitty (Music- K-8th & Spanish - K-2) - Likes Vegetarian foods - Indian, Thai, Mexican, Italian. Does not eat meat or fish. Likes citrus scents and not the smell of socks! Prefers gift cards to Target, Costco, Amazon, Starbucks, and Peet's. She collects little, music-related things, Totoro, anything cat, dog, and cockatiel related.
Sr. Cohen (Spanish - 2-8th) - Likes spicy vegetarian foods, nut butters, healthy trail mix, organic fruits, spicy dips, music, green tea, traveling, reading, dining out, movies, running, biking. Does not like coffee.

Mrs. Kleytman 
(Art - K-8th) - Likes banana bread and carrot cake, but not tofu!  Enjoys the scent of jasmine and lychee, but not skunks.  She collects art books and prefers gift cards from Amazon, Peet's, and Target.  She also enjoys coffee, tea, books, and plants.
Mr. Dela Cruz (Technology) - Likes Auntie Anne's almond pretzels, movies, traveling, H & M, Coffee, tea, and other drinks, the color black.
Mr. Marquez (Head of Information Technology) - Likes Starbucks cards, massages, movies, baklava, and Mediterranean food.
Mr. La Spina (Head of Maintenance) - Loves Italian food, and his favorite colors are blue and green!  His favorite snacks are chocolate cookies or biscotti & coffee, his favorite scents are cinnamon and citrus, and his favorite music are Scotch/Irish/Andean.  His favorite animals are birds and wild butterflies, his favorite book is Don Quixote, and likes to watch nature/science documentaries.  He drinks coffee, scotch, and wine, and when he gets stressed out, he runs, but his hobby is to listen to music and relax.
Mr. Lee (Extended Care Director) - Likes spicy foods, coffee, tea, juice, movies, books and going out to eat. Does not like ginger or parsley. Collects Sci-fi and enjoys working on models. Enjoys gift cards to Starbucks and Target.
Ms. Alvarado (Kindergarten After School Instructor) -  Likes to eat gum, pasta, and sushi, but doesn't like ketchup.  She likes the scent of flowers and mint, but not gasoline.  Her hobby is volleyball, and her favorite music are Hip Hop and R&B.  She likes Amazon, Starbucks, Subway, and Target. She drinks coffee and tea, and likes books, mani/pedis, massages, movies, and plants.
Ms. Lederman (First Grade After School Instructor) - Coming soon!
Ms. Carr (Second Grade After School Instructor) - Loves sandwiches, mac & cheese, and Annie's Chocolate Chip Bunny Grahams!  Also enjoys brocolli, chicken french fries, pasta, peach ring candies, pickles, and salami, the color blue, the scent after it rains, the smell of Fall, and any music, except country and rap, but loves 5 Seconds of Summer and Disney and the scent of bubble gum.  Favorite books are classic literature and murder mysteries, favorite movie is Spider-Man: Homecoming, and favorite TV shows are Law & Order: SVU, Reign, and the Ghost Whisperer.  She collects pens, and loves penguins, tea, and hobbies are cross stitching and embroidery.  Allergic to all types of NUTS.  Likes Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ikea, Old Navy, and Target.  She drinks coffee, tea, and likes books, movies, and mani/pedis.
Ms. Manuel (Third Grade After School Instructor) - Likes brussels sprouts, Cheese-Its, In-N-Out Burgers, pasta, pizza, sushi, white cheddar popcorn, coffee, matcha,  tea, and super spicy food!!!  Enjoys the smell of chocolate, lavender, maple syrup, and marshmallows, reading, baking, and painting, and prefers receiving books and gift cards to Amazon, Bath and Body Works, Barnes and Noble, Forever 21, Ikea, In-N-Out, Starbucks, Target, and Trader Joe's.  She collects Peppa Pig stickers and candles, and her hobbies are baking, gardening, hiking, knitting, and painting.  Her favorite music are Hannah Montana, The Jonas Brothers, and K-POP.    Allergic to pollen.

Ms. Bolus (Fourth - Fifth Grade After School Instructor) - Loves burgers, chocolate covered strawberries, dark chocolate, dried mangoes, french fries, and ice cream, but not butter or oranges!  Also likes classic rock and the smell of Eucalyptus, Japanese Cherry Blossoms, marshmallow, and peppermint, but not skunks.  She collects board and card games and candles, and her hobbies are drawing, math problems, origami and singing, and prefers gift cards from Amazon, Bath & Body Works, Sephora, Starbucks, and Target stores and stationary.  She also loves to drink apple cider, boba milk tea, coffee, & tea, and likes books, Disney music, mani/pedis, massages, and movies!
Mr. Weast (Middle School After School Instructor) -  Likes burgers, goldfish crackers, steak & potatoes, but not fish, McDonald's, or mustard.  Likes the scent of flowers and leather, and collects bear things and western stuff.  His hobby is gardening, but doesn't like the smell of grapes, generic candles, or that new car smell.  His favorite music are Country, Electronic, and Japanese Indie.  He likes Amazon, Safeway, Subway, Target, and Uniglo.
Ms. Lepolo (After School Instructor) -  Coming soon!
Mr. Willson (Office Manager) -  Loves white chocolate, and pretty much any food as long as it's not spicy. Likes black tea, but does not like coffee. Enjoys playing video games, and likes gift cards for Playstation Network and Google Play. Enjoys collecting succulents. 
Ms. Leonard (Vice Principal) - Likes Mexican, Thai, and Japanese foods, plants, flowers, cooking, gardening, Rock and 80's Alternative music, mani/pedi, books, movies, decaf coffee, and tea. Enjoys gifts cards to Starbucks, Peets, or Target.

Ms. Clayton
(Principal) - Likes coffee (vanilla lattes), books (fantasy, sci fi, memoirs, true crime(!), pedagogy), movies, music, musicals, yogurt pretzels, the scents: vanilla and cinnamon, the color blue. Does not like scents that are too fruity, strong floral, patchouli, cigarette smoke! Enjoys gift cards to Starbucks, Target, and Amazon. Allergic to chocolate.