Plainfield students treat moms to spa day
Brock A. Stein | 5/12/2017, 1:44 p.m.
As a crowd of moms waited in the lobby and lined the hallways, third grade students at Plainfield’s River View Elementary were busy putting the finishing touches on everything they’d need for a day at the spa.
Ice tea, lemonade, cookies and other treats were laid out on classroom tables along with scented lotions and nail polish in preparation for the big event.
The students were getting ready to spend some quality time with their moms and would be pampering them with hand massages, manicures, and plying them with treats a few days ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday.
As he waited for the door to open in his classroom, 9-year old Carson, red carnation in his hand, said that he was looking forward to giving his mom a manicure. He said his mom deserves an hour of pampering after all of the times she spends playing hockey with him the rest of the year.
Third grade teacher Annette Rodriguez said that she and her fellow teachers have organized the event every year for the past 7 years. It’s a good way, she said, for busy moms to slow down for a while and spend some quality one-on-one time with their kids and maybe engage in some deep conversation over the subtle spa music she had playing in the background.
“Everyone is so busy,” said Rodriguez who has been teaching for 14 years at River View and 20 years overall.
“Our moms do so much, it’s just nice to give back.”
Rodriguez said that the team of third grade teachers meets several times during the year to work out the details of the event, making sure to get invitations out about a month in advance to give ample time for moms to take off work or make arrangements in their busy schedules. Though they plan it as a team, she said each teacher brings their own flair to their rooms-turned-spas on the day of the event. In her room, students finished the day with a public reading of a poem about each mom or mom-figure who attended.
The event has become an institution at the school, she said, with mom’s asking throughout the year before the date is set.
“They look forward to it,” she said. “It’s super-special.”
Nikki Siegmund, who was getting her nails painted by her daughter Jordan, 8, had to drive from her hospital job in Berwyn to attend the spa day.
“I wouldn’t miss it,” she said.
Another student, 9-year old Abby, said she was enjoying just spending time talking with her mom, Jill, a teacher at Troy School District.
“It just feels good to spend time with her,” she said.