Please pardon the quality of these pictures, but it was early - too early to mention in fact:) I forgot my camera, so I took these with my phone.
It's been a tradition for many years that I bring donuts on the first day and the last. So that was my first stop! The folder contained what I prepared to say at our awards ceremony as we honored student's achievements. And I brought a change of clothes, since I knew I would need to change so I could pack later on in the day.
This is the first thing I see early in the morning when I park. We walked this track almost every day:)
It will still be used of course, however I will have a different view next year.
As I entered my classroom, I took one look at all those boxes and decided to look elsewhere! I handed out breakfast and important papers for my students instead:) The packing can wait until after the kiddos leave!
Those windows face a high school across the street. I will miss hearing the cheerleaders in September practicing outside on the side lawn, and hearing the play-by-play of the football games at the stadium. It was the "white noise" that I heard while I graded papers and created lesson plans.
Checked the yearbooks one more time to be sure I signed all of them.
Was thankful for the group of students I had this year. These were some gifts they gave me. My favorites are their cards written with their own thoughts:) They didn't know they'd be the last class to leave this building, but they handled it quite well.
Wore a favorite bracelet my sisters gave me for my birthday last year - it makes me smile:) Years ago, my students were pen pals with my youngest sister's class.
After months of writing to each other, they took a bus and came out to meet us and play on the playground. Years later, my other sisters surprised me and bought me coffee one afternoon. I couldn't help but smile when I remembered those visits. And where did the time go anyway??
Put on my dress shoes and checked that I had everything I needed for the assembly. I had a colleague years ago who accidentally wore two different colored shoes - one navy and one black!! I think I've had this fear that I'd do the same ever since!! Doesn't hurt to check:)
Welcomed my fifth graders one last time, enjoyed our day together, and said goodbye. It went by so fast!
I will take lots of lessons and memories with me - including the fact that my own kids spent their elementary years here. I remember eating cinnamon toast with Dan before class began, and Kristen coming back in the middle of the morning to ask for snack money! She will love that I shared that! How lucky was I to have that time with them though?
And so it goes ~
Thanks for the memories RM Elementary!