Happy to be of service

June 27th, 2007 · 72 comments

Cassie in Orlando is a preschool teacher, and brings us this note posted by the school’s director. “I cannot help but be in awe of her after this note,” Cassie says, and I have to agree.

Teachers, We offer naptime as a service to our parents and younger children. After all, we all know growing bodies and minds need lots of rest. I understand that the long hours and darkness can be tempting, but laying down on the floor with a pillow may be frowned upon by parents entering the room; not to mention being against state regulations for the supervision of children. If you are too exhausted during the day, and you continue to fall asleep in the afternoon, feel free to come to me. We can discuss the option of cutting your hours back to a more appropriate smaller amount so you may get more rest. If that does not help the situation, I will be more than happy to help you find a night shift position. Unfortunately, we do NOT offer night shifts at this particular school. Happy to be of service, [heart] L

A classic, no?

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72 responses so far ↓

  • #1   FinleyNY

    Too Funny, I am a preschool teacher at a daycare center..we too have been laying around on the job a bit. We are clever enough to have a spotter when resting or we lay in front of the door..Wakes you right up!It happens at every center..the lights go out the musics playing, your just sitting trying to read or do work…and then Boom..Your asleep! Just try to stay awake

    Jun 27, 2007 at 4:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Leela

    i don’t think anyone who works towards education our children should be allowd to spell it “appropriete”.

    Just sayin’.

    Jun 27, 2007 at 4:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   a teacher

      …or, for that matter, anyone who uses the noun “education” as a verb, or spells “allowed” without an “e”, or (previous poster) does not know that “your” does not mean “you are” — that’s “you’re” — and that “laying around” really means nothing like “lying around,” despite how popular it’s gotten over the past few years (due, probably, to teachers like you… full circle).

      Sep 5, 2008 at 11:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Leela

    i don’t think anyone who works towards educating our children should be allowd to spell it “appropriete”.

    Just sayin’.

    Jun 27, 2007 at 4:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   theobviouschild

    (I don’t think anyone who publicly criticizes another’s spelling should be ‘allowd’ to misspell words.)

    This school director is grace under pressure, and an exemplar of outstanding leadership. Wow…

    Jun 27, 2007 at 4:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Jen

    This is a great note, one of my all time favorites.

    Jun 27, 2007 at 4:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   BoggyWoggy

    What’s wrong with a good nap in the afternoon? Research has revealed that doing a little 20-minute snooze in the afternoon can save lives. So, if an employer were to allow this behavior, low-paid daycare providers would live longer! Hee, hee!

    Jun 27, 2007 at 5:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   DUH

    Am I losing it, or did she sign her initial with a little heart next to it?? All that’s missing is dotting all here i’s with smiley faces.

    Jun 27, 2007 at 5:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   LB

    Um, hello, it is called a job – look into it! You are there to watch small children. You might want to stay awake….

    Jun 27, 2007 at 5:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Cassie

    I “lol” every time she writes “appropriate” because she ALWAYS misspells it. It’s a running joke at the school, because she is always finding a reason to call things “inappropriete” or “appropriete”. Someone had the nerve to white-out one note she left on the time clock and write in the correct spelling.

    Just for the record, my class doesn’t take naps! I was VERY relieved to have that note NOT directed at me. I avoid my director like the ebola virus.

    Jun 27, 2007 at 6:07 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Irish

    A night shift lol Are there night schools now? The world ought to go 24/7 for sure, but I didn’t know schools had that option. Maybe that’s just daycare tho? Or rather… nightcare…

    Jun 27, 2007 at 6:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Psipsina

    People who are entrusted to the education of our children should know the difference between “lie” and “lay,” too. I keep wondering, just what is it that the teachers are laying on the floor with a pillow?

    Jun 27, 2007 at 6:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   PandoraWombat bang

      Of course, if they are actually LAYING something on a floor with a pillow, I think that would almost CERTAINLY be frowned upon by parents entering the room (not to mention against state regulations for the supervision of children).

      I must commend this astute administrator for LAYING down the law about this sort of thing.

      Aug 2, 2008 at 10:12 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   PandoraWombat bang

      Also… am I the only one who recognizes how wonderfully considerate this school is for offering naptime service for parents? Surely these teachers should recognize that sleeping adults are just as much in need of their supervision. I mean, what if they have a bad dream? I’m just saying…

      Aug 2, 2008 at 10:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Prose Before Hos

    Passive Aggressive Behavior…

    In case you haven’t seen it, the new internet rage (apart from LOLCatz) is PassiveAggressiveNotes.com. It features some of the greatest pics on the internetz and acts as the new Web 2.0 outlet for disgruntled roomates and coworkers, including th…

    Jun 27, 2007 at 7:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   teachers can not sleep

    teachers should refrain from sleeping. We can not afford to have parents see teachers sleeping. If you can not stay awake, quit your job. You can not take naps during work, and we can not tolerate it.

    I can not stress enough that you must remain awake. You can not sleep at school. I stress that not is the imperative word here.


    Jun 27, 2007 at 8:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   Writer, Rejected

    What?! I’d pay a bunch of teachers to nap with my kids. Why the heck not? We should change the state regulations that are anti-napping. Maybe then little Junior and Baby Missy would finally learn to sleep better during the day, so they’d be more refreshed for their night-school classes, where they are learning to drink and barhop with Miss. Ellen and Miss. Jane. It only makes sense.

    Jun 27, 2007 at 8:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   Writer, Rejected

    p.s. It’s “lying” down, not “laying: down. Seriously, Educational Director, learn the “appropriete” verb, will ya?

    Jun 27, 2007 at 8:35 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   Norton Zenger

    Yes, God forbid our preschoolers might learn to conjugate verbs incorrectly.

    Jun 27, 2007 at 9:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   i'mwonderful

    besides the fact that “appropriate” is spelled wrong, it’s pretty douchey that this letter wasn’t TYPED. i mean….she’s the director of something or other right? i dont care if it’s a preschool–be professional! a handwritten note with a heart and initial? in response to this, if i were the teacher taking naps, i prob wouldn’t take her seriously. i’d prob start turning out the lights, lighting candles, and playing enya ALL day. the children would be giving me massages while i slept.

    Jun 27, 2007 at 10:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   Anne

    This woman sounds like a raging bitch. She has the handwriting of a high school sophomore and the ‘tude to match.

    Jun 27, 2007 at 10:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   DangerousNerd

    The last sentence is the kicker. God, I love this note!

    Jun 28, 2007 at 12:50 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   Jane

    I worked at a school for one year and that was all I could stand. The teachers were pettier than a bunch of 13 year old girls and were always tattling on each other to the principal. “She didn’t smile at me in the hallway! She lied to me!” I had nicer coworkers when I worked in a beauty salon.

    Jun 28, 2007 at 12:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   Nattie

    Like the way she just sings off as “L”, and also “Happy to be of service.” Many LOLs.

    Jun 28, 2007 at 5:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   Writer, Rejected

    NZ: I’m not as concerned about preschooler grammar as I am about the state of affairs among highly educated school administrators. I mean, if you are going to be *that* passive aggressive, shouldn’t your sentences be pretty buttoned up?

    Jun 28, 2007 at 9:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   Diane

    Once while sleeping during the day while my charge was sleeping, he got up and set my house on fire. You should never NEVER sleep while in charge of a tiny person with a will of their own. Hire a night time nanny to be awake while you sleep. NEVER SLEEP WHEN CHILDREN ARE PRESENT.

    Just sayin,

    Jun 28, 2007 at 9:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   mightydoll

      so when should parents sleep?

      Aug 6, 2008 at 12:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #23.2   CrystalEyes

      Parents??? SLEEP?!

      You don’t *have* kids, do you… :p

      Aug 22, 2008 at 6:17 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   S.S.

    I agree with Diane above. Those little jerks are sneaky.

    Jun 28, 2007 at 10:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #25   Writer, Rejected

    S.S.: You made me laugh out loud. I just snorted coffee out of my nose. Now my keyboard is a mess. Those little jerks…they are really sneaky.

    Jun 28, 2007 at 10:32 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #26   Anna

    I love that she says “I’ll be happy to find you a night shift position” and then immediately follows it with “but we don’t have any here.” haha

    But on the other hand I agree with those who say that the teachers sleeping during naptime is a HUGE problem! I work at a daycare and if I were the director and that were going on on a regular basis I would schedule a meeting not a white-board note! That is serious.

    Jun 28, 2007 at 4:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #27   eh

    team heartL!
    sorry, loser, we do not pay you to sleep on the job. especially one which involves the supervision of hellions.

    Jun 28, 2007 at 5:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #28   S.S.

    Dear Writer, Rejected:

    I’m sorry about your keyboard.

    Jun 28, 2007 at 8:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #29   jen

    Once again, it’s not the content but the medium. I don’t care if the teachers are watching the kids on high-alert with nighttime vision goggles or sleep-stripping and diddling themselves with sidewalk chalk, ya just don’t handle important interpersonal matters with a snide little note.

    Jun 29, 2007 at 8:19 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   Chriss

      That is just ridiculous. Notes are helpful, this one wasn’t snide, and I think you’re kind of crazy.

      Nov 30, 2008 at 1:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #30   Writer, Rejected

    Yipes! Jen’s intimation of preschool sexual abuse with sidewalk chalk is really disturbing. I don’t know. Did we have to go *there*? One step too far? (However, I did enjoy “nighttime vision goggles.”)

    Jun 29, 2007 at 8:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #31   jen

    Hey now, my imaginary sidewalk chalk is for self-diddling only. They’re teachers, not birthday clowns or priests.

    Jun 29, 2007 at 8:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #32   Sarah

    When I was a preschool teacher, the best part was getting to nap during naptime. It wasn’t like you fell sound asleep, you just dozed off, ready to jump awake at the slightest sound.
    The only problem was once my best friend (and fellow teacher) and I fell asleep (dozed off) next to each other (bout a foot away from each other, really), and the dad who happened to walk in complained to the director that he’d caught us engaged in “lesbian activity.”

    Jun 29, 2007 at 9:12 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #33   Psipsina

    I appreciate Diane’s advice, but I can’t afford a nighttime nanny. I plan to stay awake 24/7 from the time my first child is born until the youngest one gets his or her own apartment. You know, just in case the little tykes decide to get up in the middle of the night and play with matches.

    Jun 29, 2007 at 10:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #34   Jacinda

    This note is hilarious. Granted, I don’t have children, and maybe I’d see it a little differently if I did….but hey, everyone needs a little shut-eye here and there.

    Either way, this is one of the best notes. I love her helpful suggestions at the end that just turn out to be thinly-veiled terminations.

    Thank God for this website or I’d never get through my workday.

    Jun 29, 2007 at 11:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #35   joebec

    i just love smiley faces! they make all the bitchiness so much nicer!

    Jun 29, 2007 at 2:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #36   Erin

    I wish my boss would leave notes like this. I work in a daycare and we have a huge problem with staff falling asleep during nap time. My boss’s notes are a little less entertaining.

    Jun 30, 2007 at 3:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #37   Sam

    The #1 sign of a horrible and unqualified supervisor is a person who, instead of having the guts to discipline the individual(s) making the infraction, instead chooses to make blanket comments during staff meetings, or leave notes/send email to everyone.

    If you accept a management position, you’d better step up and have the balls to correct bad behavior from your staff.

    (I hope the submitter prints out the above and hangs it on “L”‘s office door.)

    Jul 1, 2007 at 5:54 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #38   Marissa

    The letter isn’t needed. Just wait until one of the adorable little tykes chokes on a nickel while the teacher is napping. I hope she looks good in orange.

    Jul 1, 2007 at 2:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #39   radmila

    What Marissa said.

    Jul 1, 2007 at 5:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #40   Collaroy

    @ Marissa: the goal isn’t to get a teacher fired but to keep the kids alive. ;-)

    Jul 2, 2007 at 1:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #41   n

    Wow! I guess a lot of “readers” don’t understand the concept of “working, job, and responsibility”. What employer allows you to get paid for sleeping…maybe a sleep research facility would. If you are paid to look after children, DO IT! Just because they are (supposed to be) sleeping, doesn’t mean you can. You’re paid to ensure that they do not come to any harm. And for Psipsina who sarcastically wrote that she/he will plan on staying awake 24/7 when she has kids…heheh, she may find this closer to the truth than she can imagine. However, does she plan on having her child sleep on the floor; or would she be purchasing a proper crib where her child would be confined safely and comfortably?

    Jul 2, 2007 at 6:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #42   Goldie

    Marissa is right on.

    Jul 2, 2007 at 9:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #43   RaggDolly121

    I agree with Marissa!

    Jul 3, 2007 at 8:55 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #44   About to kill my roommate


    Jul 3, 2007 at 2:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #45   It's the principle!

    It’s incredibly unprofessional to sleep on the job…especially when supervising children. If you find yourself that damn tired, take your ass to bed at a decent hour.

    Jul 5, 2007 at 8:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #46   Doesn't everyone have one?

    I think every centre has a childcare provider that is less compentent than the rest. Aren’t we as Early Childhood Educators trying to become professional? As a field we need to be professional so the communities see us as professionals. We need to lead by example not preach.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #47   Mierin

    My favourite part is the light blue gel pen used by every thirteen year old ever. It probably has little sparkles in it.
    Nothing says professional like a mean note with a heart at the end. This note exudes bitchiness. This kind of writing is supposed to die in grade ten, once loopy handwritten-folded up notes with funky coloured letters became passe.

    Jul 14, 2007 at 10:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #48   Midlife Crisis

    This is world-class passive aggression. I’d consider putting rat poison in this woman’s tea if I worked there.

    Jul 18, 2007 at 6:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #49   Jill

    OUCH. Go Team Principal!

    I will freely admit that when my preschool-aged son takes naps, I usually take one myself too. I am a light sleeper, so as soon as he wakes up and starts rustling around, I’m awake again too.

    Then again, I would NEVER tolerate a teacher falling asleep in class, even during naptime. If you’re that tired, step outside and have a cigarette and let the sunshine wake you up a bit. Snarky undertones aside, this letter was spot on.

    Jul 18, 2007 at 10:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #50   Midlife Crisis

    Ladies! If any of your fears were grounded in reality, no one who grew up in the 1940s, 1950s or 1960s would have made it to age 6. Do you honestly believe that preschoolers require constant adult supervision and vigilance? This generation coming up will have all the self-sufficiency of hothouse orchids. Where did you learn this nonsense? How old are you? Where did we (as your parents or grandparents) go wrong that you imagine children are in peril if napping or playing on their own?

    If you think this ugly, hateful note was justified, I feel incredible sadness for you and your children. You cannot protect your child from the inevitabilities of life, but you can rob them of the joy and challenges of childhood that would have helped them become well adjusted and competent adults.

    Jul 19, 2007 at 6:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #50.1   TuesdayPillow

      For Pete (and Christ, and Laura, and Billy-Bob)’s sake, if you are napping around kids you WILL WAKE UP when THEY wake up. They have no concept of being quiet when others are trying to sleep.

      I say have a designated spot for the teachers if they find themselves to be a bit tired RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE of everything. I don’t know about you, but falling asleep and STAYING asleep around kids is impossible when they are up and trying to cause trouble of any kind.

      Jul 21, 2008 at 12:02 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #51   Doesn't everyone have one?

    I for one did not grow up in the 40′s, 50′s or 60′s and times have changes. I am a Early Childhood Educator and I learned the so called “nonsense” of not slepping while I am working from a team of Instructors in my dipolma program. In a daycare or any other job it is NOT okay to sleep.
    I understand Jills point of view and it comed fro a parents perspective. Where does mid-life crisis get off saying this?

    Jul 19, 2007 at 6:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #52   Midlife Crisis

    I won’t argue with you, friend. I think you’re naive to think a team of instructors in an early childhood education program have given you the wisdom of the ages with regards to raising children. Such programs are preparation for working in a regulated industry, which sadly but rightly must put concerns for standardization and legal liability ahead of what might actually be best for the child. You don’t see that now, but I trust you will when you have a few more years of experience under your belt. I admire your willingness to work in such a restrictive environment.

    It’s not OK to sleep on the job? Think about it: that’s something a factory supervisor would say (where it’s absolutely true). I often work 10, 12, even 16 hours a day, and naps make me more productive, efficient and valuable as an employee. But of course I’m not working as an air traffic controller or on an assembly line.

    I acknowedge that you think I’m wrong and apparently don’t have a right to express my opinion about this. How about we simply agree to disagree?

    Jul 19, 2007 at 6:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #53   Midlife Crisis

    I apologize. Even though I believe my concerns have merit, this isn’t the place to express them. You work at a demanding job and provide a valuable service to children and parents, and I’m sure from what you have written that you do an excellent job. I admire the parents and child-care professionals who continue to give their best to the children in their care, even in sometimes exceptionally difficult circumstances. If I could delete what I posted above, I would. All I can do at this point is tell you that I’m genuinely sorry.


    Jul 19, 2007 at 8:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #54   wee1

    When I worked in preschool, teachers always took naptimes in twos and took turns being sleeper and watcher. That actually helped the kids who had trouble winding down, because a completely relaxed grown up has that effect on kids. The Watcher would then wake the Sleeper once the kids were relaxed and/or sleeping, so that one could stay and watch the kids, and the other tiptoed out to take on the kids that either just could not sleep, or that woke earlier than the others. If for some reason only one teacher could be present, then of course she/he stayed awake. But if it is possible to have a teacher participating in naptime actually makes the kids feel secure and relaxed.

    Jul 25, 2007 at 4:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #55   Alison

    Isn’t preschool a maximum of 4 hours? Why did the kids nap?

    Jul 30, 2007 at 6:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #56   Katie

    okay, I’ll admit it. I worked at a daycare post college and nap time was my favorite time of the day. I knew that if I could just drag my hung-over self out of bed in the morning I was only a few hours away from a delightful cat nap and the same went for all of my co-workers. Sometimes we would just sleep right through our lunch breaks. It was great – just thinking about it makes me nostalgic and I want to turn off the lights in my office, download some George Winston and crawl under my desk for a snooze. All that’s missing is the smell of diaper rash cream. Ah the good old days…..

    Aug 30, 2007 at 4:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #56.1   fnnkybutt

      George Winston? In this case, I’d recommend Sharon, Lois and Bram.

      Jul 21, 2008 at 3:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #57   alix

    Ok, that note is my favorite example of passive aggressiveness ever. It reminds me of my old boss a little, only she wasn’t nearly as bad because she had the balls to actually deal with people individually, face to face.
    Naturally, sleeping at work is not ok, especially for liability issues in childcare. However, that note was rediculously passive-aggressive, with all is thinly-veiled threats of cut hours and termination. Anyone who’s worked with kids, or has kids, knows how extremely exhausting it is, so if there are teachers than can trade off being sleepers and watchers, as someone mentioned, that’s an ideal system.

    Nov 2, 2007 at 7:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

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    Nov 28, 2007 at 7:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

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    Jun 26, 2008 at 12:50 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

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  • #61   Booger

    They need to dope them kids so they’ll shut up a minute. Along with the rest of youse.

    Jul 28, 2008 at 6:45 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #62   Tech Guy

    Is it my imagination, or did the author of the letter spell “younger” as “yunger”?

    Apparently, Huked On Foniks is not working in our educational system.

    Nov 26, 2008 at 5:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #63   anon

    I am baffled that anyone finds it acceptable for anyone to fall asleep during any job when you are supposed to be doing said job (as opposed to someone napping during a legitimate break period). I mean, really? People on here find it kosher to fall asleep while on the job? Wow.

    Nov 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

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