End of the School Year

The end of the school year is always fast, furious, and fun.
Emotions run wild, both with children and teachers.

The week started with visits to every child’s house.
Really.
How cool is that, to have your teacher come to your house.

We painted rocks and read a story.

We laughed, cried, told “Remember when…” stories
from school, and shared gifts.

Landon gave me an Eric Carle thank you book.

Charlotte painted a beautiful picture with a note,
“Dear Jennie, I love when you read me books.
And I love drawing with you.
I miss eating yogurt at lunch with you.
Love, Charlotte.”

We had a final Zoom with children and families.
They wanted teachers to open a gift from the Aqua Room.
Oh, my!  A yearbook.
You may remember that rainbow over the tree photo.

The final event was a car parade.
Teachers waved pom-poms and blew bubbles
as families drove by.
Omar from the Groton Police Department
led the parade.  He is wonderful!

Families had their cars all decked out, cheering and honking.

Staff had a final, farewell lunch together
before touring the renovation at the school.

This will be my classroom!

We hope to move back in at the end of the calendar year.

It was quite a busy week.  I may shed a few tears later today.
I will definitely smile as I look through photos.
Next year is right around the corner.
I have the BEST new idea already in the works!
Stay tuned.

Jennie

About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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68 Responses to End of the School Year

  1. What a fun and creative way to end the school year. The elementary school a couple of miles away had a parade and we could hear the horns and fun all the way over at my house! It was a hit with everyone who heard and saw it.

    • Jennie says:

      It really is a fun thing to do. Families and teachers loved it, and it was a great way to say goodbye and thank you. Best to you, Deborah!

  2. srbottch says:

    Certainly a year for the record books, eh, Jennie. My hope and prayer is that years from now, all these kids will be grownups and they’ll say, ‘why, I remember when…and there was this wonderful teacher who showed us how to adjust and survive’. Nice work, Jennie. Have a wonderful summer.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    That sounds like a great way to wrap up a year that was so challenging. You guys met that challenge well, Jennie. You should all be proud.

  4. K.L. Hale says:

    Now THIS is what education is all about! That pic of you and Nathan ❣️ all the pics….the memories and what wonderful ways you closed a strange year indeed. You’re an amazing lady Ms. Jennie! My hats off to you and the wonderful group with which you work. 💚

  5. Thanks for including us in your final day, Jennie. I imagine all were very happy.

  6. Ritu says:

    Oh how emotional 🥰🥰🥰

  7. I am sure this is an emotional time for your, Jennie. What a lovely farewell. I hope that you are able to enjoy that wonderful new classroom soon.

  8. quiall says:

    The memories I have of some of my teachers will last my lifetime, I hope.

  9. petespringerauthor says:

    I LOVE the idea of going to the students’ houses. They must think you’re a rock star. (They’re right! 😎) One of my favorite ways to wrap up the school year was to take a bike ride with my students and their families. We’d bike over to a local park, play some games together, eat lunch, have an awards assembly, and have some kind of performance by the kids for their families. It was one of the best days of the school year.

    How exciting to be getting a new classroom next year. Enjoy your summer! A job well done, my friend. Just think of all of the students you influenced this year in positive ways.

  10. Opher says:

    What a great idea – but aren’t you guys social distancing? It’s very stringent here. Everyone has to be at least two metres apart. What’s the Corona situation like there?

  11. Darlene says:

    What a wonderful way to wrap up this year. I am so impressed with how you handled it all. The kids will remember. xo

  12. beetleypete says:

    After such a strange year, saying farewell to your kids must have had even more emotional impact than usual. But you have that wonderful new space to look forward to when you return.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, it was a bigger emotional impact for me, and also for the children. I’m always the glass half full, so that newly renovated building (first renovation since it was built in 1984- the year I started) will be wonderful to look forward to. Best to you, Pete.

  13. Shoes says:

    Wow! What a great way to end out the year. What a year it ended up being.

  14. Delightful! Such a wonderful way to say, “We miss you and love you!” together. Wishing students and teachers everywhere a blessed and beautiful summer! ❤ xo

  15. The Aqua Roomers know how to party!!

  16. What a wonderful way to end an unforgettable school year Jennie. God bless you and your fellow teachers for coming up with so many innovative ways to continue educating your young pupils. You have my deep admiration. I hope you have a lovely summer in between planning for the Fall.🤗

  17. CarolCooks2 says:

    Oh, Wow what a fitting end to a strange year but you and so many teachers have risen to the challenge, Jennie ..(.clap) what memories both you, the children and their families have made…A new classroom as well to look forward to…Hugs ❤ Enjoy your summer 🙂

  18. Such a lovely moment and memories

  19. jilldennison says:

    You simply ROCK, my friend!!! Oh how I wish every child could have you as a teacher! Great job … now enjoy your summer, for who knows just WHAT next year will bring.

  20. This is an awesome post.

  21. Linda Kosinski says:

    Nice post Jennie!!   Sent from Mail for Windows 10 From: A Teacher’s ReflectionsSent: Friday, June 26, 2020 6:03 AMTo: lkosinski@grotoncommunityschool.orgSubject: [New post] End of the School Year Jennie posted: "The end of the school year is always fast, furious, and fun. Emotions run wild, both with children and teachers. The week started with visits to every child’s house. Really. How cool is that, to have your teacher come to your house. We painted rocks "

  22. sjhigbee says:

    You’re right – it is always an emotional time, especially this particular year, I should imagine. I love the idea of the car parade – what a lovely way to give the children suitable closure at a time of social distancing! Our children don’t break up for another month, but I’m hoping they will be able to do the same sort of thing here…

  23. Elizabeth says:

    I will be very interested in what accommodations you will have to make in the fall around the virus. The initial rules for Connecticut schools are daunting and hard to imagine implementing.

  24. Some of your students will never realize how different this year really was but for you it really was one for the books. You ended the year with the great style and aplomb as usual. Not many can say they had the wonderful experiences you gave your Aqua room students. I certainly hope next fall tells a more cohesive story. Hugs to you and enjoy your summer.

    • Jennie says:

      Definitely one for the books! It was a great goodbye after too many months of Zoom. I hope the guidelines ease up before September. I’m not sure I can effectively teach wearing a mask. That’s just one of the many restrictions. Fingers are crossed. Thank you, Marlene!

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  26. dgkaye says:

    Bittersweet beautiful Jennie. Amazing connections and love despite the Covid barriers. ❤

  27. Annika Perry says:

    Jennie, what an emotional and heartwarming finale to the school year!! 😀 I’m deeply touched how as staff you found such a wonderful solution to mark the occasion… visiting every child at home, the fantastic farewell parade. Almost as if I can hear the hooting of the cars! Good luck with the new building and I’m not in the least surprised you’re already brimming with ideas for the new school year. Take care!

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you for your comments and enthusiasm, Annika. It was wonderful. I’m hoping school restrictions and guidelines ease up in September.

  28. Such a heartwarming share. I know that your collection of photos with your teaching experience is a book reflecting the love of teaching! Cheers!🌺❤️🌺☕️☕️👍👍

  29. Oh Jennie…. you are not on your own with Tears… Just reading i have had to pause several times to wipe my eyes to continue reading… The LOVE you and your teachers show your students and the LOVE you receive back shows you are doing such an important job on this planet..
    You plant seeds of Love, Imagination, adventure, you plant seeds of knowledge, to ask questions and seek answers…
    The Love you plant will remain within these Young Hearts for the rest of their lives…
    Just like that teacher of mine, Mrs Woodhouse, who when I was 11 and went to the big school out of my depth, alone and a loner, took me under her gentle wing of encouragement.. She brought me into her world of Books of adventure, and imagination.. And I give thanks even today for the love and her insight of knowing just what it was I needed…

    Thank you…. This was a brilliant share Jennie. ❤
    Much love your way ❤ 💖🙏💖

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