OUR LAST STAFF MEETING OF THE SCHOOL year ended with singing. Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t people naturally prone to sing together. Rather, our administration is not only deeply invested in providing support for our staff, but they also have an openness to try new ideas. One of those ideas involves a choir that has both teachers, staff and parents singing together. And so on this last meeting, we sang. We had a choir director and everything. It was super enjoyable, and such a pleasant way to end the year.
We still have day 179, though. Our 5th graders were promoted today. They looked lovely in their sport coats and flowing dresses. They looked both older and younger at the same time. The 5th grade teachers decided to go ahead and let everyone who submitted a speech, speak at the ceremony, as a result, there were ten student speakers. Many of those who spoke were from my leadership class, and it was hard not to get all caught up in my feelings. They are leaving us, and I want them to stay.
After school let out this afternoon, we had our end-of-year luncheon. The worst part is that due to budget cuts, we had to bid some really great friends farewell. We also got to celebrate the retirement of some hard-working souls, who we will miss dearly, but we all recognize they deserve a break! And then we all gathered to sing.
Tomorrow our kinders get promoted. They are so adorable in their fancy dresses. I love their cute faces, and their sweet little voices as they sing songs about the months of the year, and the days of the week. They’ve been practicing for weeks, and tomorrow is their big moment to shine.
After that, everyone packs things up and we leave. Instead of seeing my teacher friends every day, I will have to wait several weeks to see them. Some will travel far and wide, and others will teach summer school or run summer camps. I taught extended school year, last summer and loved it, but this year someone else gets that job. I will be poolside with my kids, and later will head to Philadelphia to hang out with all my tech best friends.
I cannot believe that summer is here. I always feel nostalgic as it comes to an end. We each pack up our classrooms and disappear. We return later, tanned and well-rested. It is sort of like the world’s longest weekend. Right now, though, my classroom is in shambles. I have pulled the stuff out of every cabinet and am focused on getting ORGANIZED for next school year. This is NOT my natural state. I spent far too much time chatting today, too. I have got to STAY focused if I am going to get things back in order by tomorrow afternoon!
Enjoy the warmth of the summer sun and . . .
Keep moving forward,
P.S. BUD!! I hope you liked your yearbook!