Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Blue-Who! End of the Year...

I'm feeling a bit sad and blue....or perhaps red would be a better description of how I'm feeling...Red as in SUN-BURN!  Today one of my owlet's moms paired up with another mom and hosted a pool party for the first grade class.  I spent a lot of time in the pool playing, splashing and laughing with my wonderful former students!  I did announce towards the end of the party that I had failed every student and the whole group would have to repeat first grade.  Yes...This group is that amazing.

We had a half day of school before heading out into the blistering Michigan sun!  We had an ice-cream party to celebrate reaching our reading goal for May, did some money work, read a story about a boy who drags a doughnut through town, which ends up drawing quite a large following, before he finally stops and eats it!
 I then read this poem I had written for my kiddos while shedding a tear or two...
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I placed a copy of the poem on a clipboard that I had customized for each child.  My kids were fascinated by highlighters, so I gave them each a new highlighter, paper and a plastic back-scratcher, too!

From blah...
to wow!

End of year gift ready to be delivered!

So, summer is here and I am looking forward to a bit of rest and relaxation.  I love linking up with other bloggers.  Have you checked this one out?  Jeannie at Kindergarten Lifestyle has made it so easy to link-up and share how YOU know when it's summer.  Along with my sunburn...

Time to find some Aloe Vera and soothe the skin I am in...Welcome summer!  Don't forget to enter my giveaway....CLICK HERE TO ENTER!


  1. You sound like an amazing teacher and those gifts for your students are so thoughtful. Congrats on ending another successful year :)

  2. I know it's a bittersweet time for you. Keep busy, lady; the birds are waiting to be discovered by you. LOVE the duct tape (I hope you used Duck Brand duct tape; it's my favorite).


  3. What a lovely poem! I get to teach a 2/3 next year, so I get to keep half of my 2nd graders for next to choose who to let go is so difficult. Your clipboards are adorable!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  4. I love your Blogs :D You are a great teacher i hear many wonderful things about you while walking the halls of WSLS! You are loved by many. Keep up the good work!

  5. Such a sweet poem! My first grade teacher threw a pool party for my first grade class at her apartment complex when I was a firstie years ago. I've never forgotten that party or my first grade teacher!!

    ❤- Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  6. What a nice and simple gift idea for your kiddos! I'll bet they really enjoyed it! :)

  7. As always, you're amazing, Jen.


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