On Friday night, my daughter graduated from 8th grade. It is a HUGE deal to get dressed up, do your hair, wear high heels, etc., etc. -- almost like prom. My daughter and I have been having this "discussion" about what she would wear because I don't really agree with all of this fanciness for an 8th grade graduation, but in the end she won and I think she looked beautiful! (And I'm proud to say that she decided ON HER OWN to wear sandals instead of heels...)
Then on Saturday, my son had his Eagle Scout Court of Honor and officially became an Eagle Scout. We had a big lunch afterwards which was a lot of fun! I got to place his Eagle Scout pin on him -- such an honor!
So last week at school, we had to say goodbye to Mrs. Harder, one the most amazing kindergarten teachers in the world. After 38 years of teaching, she decided to retire. (Who can blame her???) How exactly do you honor such an awesome career? The best way teachers and students know how...
1. Each class made her a giant card and presented it to her at the awards ceremony on Wednesday.
2. To honor the endless number of books she has read to students, we got a copy of Sandra Boynton's book, Yay You! and made a Powerpoint of it, having the students read it to her. We projected the Powerpoint at the assembly and it was probably the one time that everyone was absolutely SILENT all morning!
Here is what each item symbolized:
Sharpie -- For the bold mark you've made on the lives of each of us
Lego -- Because you've built our school into a great school
Balloon -- For lifting up your students so they can fly after their dreams
Penny -- For making everyone you meet feel valued
Silly Straw -- For teaching us to find the humor in every day moments
Rubber Band -- You've helped us all stretch to be the best we can be!
Magnifying Glass -- For always seeing the best in every situation
Squishy Eyeball -- For helping your students learn to always keep an eye on their goals
Marbles -- For never losing yours
Amazon Gift Card -- To get some "fun" reading materials
I will miss seeing Mrs. Harder next year, but know that she is off to enjoy a well deserved break!
Speaking of breaks, I hope you are enjoying yours! Have a great week!