I have never been emotional about the last day of school really. I figure I have spent the entire year getting them ready to go on to first grade with confidence. If they leave me smiling and feeling on top of the world then I have done my job well.
Today, they left smiling, happy and ready to take on first grade.
There were a couple of moments...mothers saying thank-you almost always does me in.
One of our wonderful 5th grade teachers has her kids write thank you cards to all the teachers that they believe have helped them get to where they are...ready to go to middle school...and then they take a Victory Lap around the school and deliver their cards. I got 3 from her students that I had in Kindergarten!
One of my little ones who will be going into 3rd grade next year gave me a card and wanted to know how we are going to stay in touch now. We were in the same hallway this year and had hugs aplenty. I found her and assured her that we would find a way.
Yesterday the kids got to pick all the things they wanted to do today and it was my job to find a way to fit them all into the day! We created from the scrap box (hardly anything is more fun than cutting, gluing, coloring pieces of paper left over from old projects...it's fun to hear them remember what the paper was used for originally), had bubbles and races outside, painted (I almost never get the paints out, but they did a great job), made BIG pictures on BIG paper(they remembered the 9' tall Scakagrall we had made at Halloween), had a picnic snack, sang favorite songs and packed all of their stuff. It is an indication that they don't really get "it" about the end of the year when they ask, "Why are we taking our art boxes home?"...
They wore home the sailor hats they wore the first day of school and were astonished that they fit!
Here are some photos of the day:
Some wonderful "scrap" art...an ocean mural!
Good toss and good catch....(as we show them how it is supposed to be done)
Bad toss and wet feet!
Flying frogs or gorillas....
Coconut race. And then it was lunchtime.There was a lovely salad, but this cake...oh.my.goodness. One of our colleagues provided lunch and the cake! Yummy.
BIG paper pictures. Me and my monsters.
And painting. Look at that concentration.
Remember when I said that if they leave happy and confident then I have done my job well...
...job well done!
It ended well.
All that is left is paperwork, packing and the PARTY!