The last week of school is incredibly busy, but especially this year, as most of the teachers are closing down their classrooms/school and changing classrooms.
And the last day of school is the worst. It is so nice to finish the year, and say goodbye to your students. I always tell my students that I will miss them, and that I hope that they say hi and come and visit me next year. I also warn them that I am sure I will forget their names, and to please forgive me, and still to say hi.
But after they leave, that’s when the clock starts ticking. We have to sign up for a check out time. This year I picked 3:15. I don’t know why. It always takes me forever to get out of there. But it was also the last time available by the time I saw the sign up sheet.
I skipped lunch, and worked on my cums. Did that in almost 2 hours, sorted them and all, then walked across the street to bring some food back. At on the way back, and then back to my room to get things moved/cleaned. My check out time came and went, and I was not ready. At around 4:30 I got my VP to come on over and check me out.
I finally got the okay to leave, turned in my keys, and headed home. It is always so nice to finally get in the car and leave for the summer. That last day is a mad scramble to get things done and to get out of there. I’m glad it’s over.
The annual staff v. 6th graders kickball game was today. Wasn’t my year this year. One good kick that was caught in the outfield, then a couple pop flies. One low kick that got me onto 1st. But it was a fun morning. The staff won, again. Everyone did the “Hokey Pokey” afterward.
The last full week of school is finally behind me. Report cards are finished – I think. I worked until about 7 this evening. My Report Card Maker kept freakin’ out. Every 5 minutes or so I would have to exit out of the program (usually with cont/alt/delete) and then restart the program. It was VERY frustrating, and slow going.
On Monday I’ve got a room to finish moving, paperwork to find buried under a mess (thanks to the move), a math test and a writing test to give. Then cums to finish. It’s going to be a couple of late days until the end of school.
The end of the year is coming quick, and this year seems a bit more crazy then usual. I think it’s because almost everyone is changing classrooms. That means, on top of giving end of the year tests (language arts, math, writing, and fluency), filling out report cards, completing cums and A1 cards, most of the teachers (including myself) have to take everything down off the walls, pack up all the cupboards, and move to a new classroom. Plus I need to test my oral language group, which means keeping my entire class occupied while I meet 1 on 1 with each student for about 10 minutes per student.
So there’s a lot to do. My room is a mess. Some cupboards are cleared out, others are not. Most of the stuff that has been cleared out is outside my new classroom, which means later I will have to put those things away. See, no one can completely move until there new classroom is cleared out, but that teacher can’t completely clear out until that teacher’s new room is cleared out. Do you see the dilemma?
I couldn’t stay as late as I wanted because our main line is backing up. So I had to take this morning off to meet the plumber. Tonight is Sarah’s graduation dinner, so I can’t stay too late tonight. I guess I can stay until midnight Friday to finish report cards/move.
Gold Rush went off without a hitch today. Most of the kids had costumes. There were lots of parents there to watch. The play went great, the kids sang great (and only messed up the words a couple times). The square dancing was great! It’s amazing how much the kids enjoy the dancing! Every year they fuss when they start, but by the time the Gold Rush comes, they are loving it and want to practice more than the teachers do.
The Gold Rush town was fun, too. There was plenty of root beer, pie, and water. The kids had a great time playing the different games. I got to be the “preacher” at the chapel to perform the best friends ceremony.
We wrapped up a little early because the kids were getting a little out of hand. After lunch we all watched “Bull-Whip Griffen.”
But the highlight was after the kids went home, when Amy, Kelly, and I had root beer floats and pie. Gayle came in and joined us, and anyone coming in the lounge was invited as well. We sat and enjoyed our feast and conversations.
This morning we had our school Olympics for the upper grade. Mr. K and I were in charge of the “shot putt,” which was really a softball-size 5-pound ball. We weren’t really given any instructions on how to run it, or even how the day was going to go. It turns out each event would get a set of grade-level boys or girls. You ran your event with them, and then when each event was finished, they would rotate.
Mr. K came up with a good way for us to find a 1st – 3rd winner.
The morning was actually pretty fun. Mrs. S let us borrow some of her 2nd graders to help, and I think our event ran pretty smoothly. I think everyone was hot and tired, but it stayed mostly cloudy for most of the morning, so it wasn’t too bad.
We were finished by recess. Everyone got a bottle of water and some grapes when they were done.