School is officially out for summer. (Well, at least for kids. I still have 3 teacher workdays next week.) But I'm happy to say that I survived my tenth year in the classroom. This weekwas crazy busy but a ton of fun. So here is my Friday Five....
1. Field Day
Tuesday was field day. The kids enjoyed all 16 stations including the two water stations in which most of them got drenched. It was an amazing day, despite the irate parent who caused a scene in front of my entire class by trying to start an argument with me. Thankfully my principal was there because of the possibility of this occuring. She was escorted away from the area an banned from the school for the rest of the year. I was extremely proud of how my students remained calm and focused on their activity while thiswas going on.
2. Staff vs. Fifth grade Soccer Game
After a long, but fun field day, we held our 3rd annual staff vs fifth grade soccer game Tuesday evening. There was a great turn out with about 35 kids and 10 staff members. After all was said and done, the staff remained undefeated by winning 4-1.
3. Fifth Grade Dance
Wednesday was a very busy day. We had our annual fifth grade dance Wednesday morning. This was the best dance we've had in the four years that I've taught fifth grade. Most of the kids danced most of the time. We also had a dj.
This is one of our former teachers and who currently tutors. He also happens to dj part time. He graciously offered his time to give the kids a great dance.
4. READ, READ, READ
I've mentioned in a couple of previous posts that my school had a book drive with the goal of collecting enough books to ensure that all of our kids would take home at least 5 books to read over the summer. We exceeded our goal by collecting close to 7, 000 books. Throughout the day there were guest readers who volunteered to read to various classes. We also had an assembly on Wednesday afternoon as a kickoff to summer reading. There was music, cheering, dancing, mascots, and more. At the end of the assembly we passed out the bags of books. The kids were so excited to get their books. It warms my heart to see kids so excited about reading.
5. Saying Goodbye
We had our Fifth grade promotion ceremony on Thursday morning. Many students left early so I said some final goodbyes then. A few others knew that they would not be at school today so there were some final goodbyes yesterday afternoon as well. All of those were easy compared to today. After a pretty uneventful day, it was time to make our final walk to the buses. After I had given each student a big hug, I was headed out to our usual spot where the staff waves goodbye as the buses pull out of the lot. Another teacher walked up to me and said that three of my boys were crying. Yes, 3 now sixth grade boys, two of which were behavior issues were crying. I went back over and gave each of them another big hug and I started to tear up. (This was the first time that I've cries on the last day of school in ten years.) I just couldn't help it. Seeing two of those students crying just broke my heart because I know how far they have come and despite how hard of a time they gave me this year, they really do care and relied on me. It breaks my heart and yes, I'm starting to tear up again. After getting them to calm down a bit, I head over to my coworkers to wave goodbye. As we are walking back towards the building, I see another student who was a behavior issue crying while he's waiting for his bus to come. I couldn't believe it. I teared up again. I'm really going to miss this group of students despite the difficulties that they gave me.
TIME TO PARTY!!!!
I know this is officially number 6, but I couldn't stop at just 5. Once back in the building, it was time to party. Yes, we dance in the halls each year once the kids are gone. We did all the line dances: The Wobble, The Cha Cha Slide, The Cupid Shuffle, and The Electric Slide. I always look forward to this. Many of the staff then headed out to continue the celebration with a few drinks. Always a fun time!!
It was a bit of a rough school year, but I learned a lot about me as a teacher. I will be writing a post soon to reflect on the school year.
Well that's my Friday five (six) for this week. Stop by Doodle Bug Teaching to link up.