One Sunflower

I gotta remember to do this next year….

on May 29, 2012

On Wednesday, the second to last day of our school year, my aide turned to me at some point and said, “This has been one of the best endings of the year we’ve ever had.”  I agreed and together we discussed some reasons why we thought this.

We decided one factor was that we had our end-of-the-year parent event on Tuesday rather than waiting until Thursday.  Our school year ends 3 weeks earlier than the rest of the students K-5 but there are all-school events that happen in the last few weeks.  One of them was the Jog-a-thon and even though it was scheduled on Tuesday, we decided to piggy back onto that event with our own celebratory experience.  Most of my students have working parents but if there is a special school event, they try to schedule a visit to school during their lunch breaks.  So I invited them to come for some or all of the day, and bring their lunch.  Of course they love to potluck so we had lots of food.  I passed out student portfolios and we sang “You are Special” to each child and had a wonderful time.

This meant Wednesday and Thursday were low key and fun without being stressful for the children or me.

Another reason I think this year felt different was because of the projects we did over the last few weeks.  We took a wonderful field trip to a grocery store and a park with an amazing playground and we made gifts for some of our favorite people.
Mother’s Day was the occasion of our first gift making – drawing and painting portraits of our mothers – and then we continued by making portraits of our favorite bus driver and cook.  I wrote verses to the tune of Itsy Bitsy Spider and we sang to them.  The cook posted all their portraits above the serving counter.

The kids felt good about themselves and the pacing of the last few days felt normal, not fast and stressful.

Here are the songs if you need one for someone special:

Kurt is our bus driver
and we love him so.
Every day at half past noon
it’s off for home we go.
This way and that way,
the bus goes to and fro.
Kurt is our bus driver
and we love him so.

Gini is our cook;
we love her, yes we do.
Every day she makes us
our delicious food.
Pizza, veggies, fruit,
and (sometimes!) chocolate moo.
Gini is our cook;
we love her, yes we do!

9 responses to “I gotta remember to do this next year….

  1. I love the sweet singing poems and how calm I felt as I read this…you have this blog to remember…I’m so glad for writing ! xo nanc

  2. Ruth Ayres says:

    What an awesome reflection. There is just something about year-end reflections that I’m partial to. Thanks for sharing yours.

  3. elsie says:

    I love that you were able to end low key and calm. I know the bus driver and cook must have felt very special with your gifts of song and paintings. This is a great way to end the year!

  4. Donna Smith says:

    Some years were like that, where you got just the right things done at just the right times, so it didn’t get all bottlenecked at the last minute! How fun to be able to relax and enjoy those last few days!

  5. These special songs are truly lovely! What a sweet time for the families, to hear each child celebrated – and special adults in the school, too. Congratulations on a beautiful ending to what has sounded like a great school year!! Happy summer!!

  6. pamelahodges says:

    Love the songs. A life to celebrate. A year to celebrate.

  7. Charming…great that you recorded the things that made this year end especially meaningful.

  8. I love your reflection about the school year. Sounds like it was a great one. I hope next year is equally as good (if not better)!

  9. Terje says:

    Closing the year with appreciation and potluck, leaving some room for relaxing in the end, is a good idea.

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