WOW, where did time go? It’s hard to believe another school year has come to a close. The end of the school year brings many exciting events to celebrate. It’s always such an amazing time of the year that brings such joy to our students and staff. I’d like to share some of my most memorable moments from the last few weeks of school:
Rain or shine, our awesome PE teacher, Mr. Kennedy (yes, the kids think the school is named after him) plans a fun-filled day for our students. Due to the size of our student body, the school is split into two field day sessions. While students are having fun rotating through stations for 1/2 of the day, classroom teachers are afforded some extra “quiet time” to complete end of the year paperwork, report cards, etc in their classrooms. Students then enjoy a picnic lunch with their teacher outside, as well as a visit to the Ice Cream Truck, where my partner (assistant principal, Donna M) and I give the students a treat of their choice! The #1 field day station is always the Dunk Tank! Our parent organization, The ABC Parent Group, helped facilitate parent volunteers to help run the stations this year at Field Day, which was a tremendous help this year and we are forever grateful to have their support! This year, our students’ Field Day experience was made even more incredible through the generous donation from 7-11, who graciously paid for each student to have their own Field Day shirt! John Stamenos is one of the 7-11 franchisees in the area and truly believes in reaching out to his community. Through a corporate 7-11 grant for neighborhood schools, we were able to order/purchase Field Day t-shirts for all students K-5, as well as provide each student with a certificate for a free slurpee over the summer.
Principal for the Day
This year, MyOn was a new initiative we implemented for our students to enjoy and read books digitally. We offered an incentive for the top readers in the school to experience being “Principal for the Day”. At the last Spirit Assembly of the year, we announced this special prize to a Kindergarten student and a 3rd grade student. They were SO excited! This letter went home to their parents explaining what their special day would entail. We started the day at Kennedy, welcomed the students in the morning at arrival, made announcements over the PA system, visited ‘secret’ places in the school, went into classrooms to see students learning & met with our School Resource Officer. We then traveled over to the District Office where the girls met our Superintendent & district office staff members. We finished the day with a “business lunch” before heading back for dismissal. Such a fun day! (minus the part when our Kindergarten student pressed the panic button! oops!).
This is always such a special day for our students and families, but for the teachers & staff at our school, it’s a clear example of how much our students have grown and learned this year! To see our Kubbies all dressed up & wearing their caps/gowns is a happy moment, as they perform for their families and shake hands with our Board President and Superintendent for their “diploma”. As student names are called, their classroom teacher also announces what they want to be when they grow up (ex: “Future Policeman” or “Future Teacher”). The students create projects of their future self that are displayed around the auditorium. We love hearing the “Future Presidents” and “Future moms” as well as future astronauts, firefighters, dancers and zookeepers.
Parent Volunteer Breakfast
Every year, we honor our parents who have so graciously volunteered their time to partner and support our school. At the end of the year, we host a volunteer breakfast, where parents can enjoy a quick bite to eat while socializing with fellow parents, friends & teachers. Teachers are asked to provide us with the names and addresses of parents who volunteered, whether helping in classrooms for holiday parties, helping the teacher with cutting/laminating/copying, or volunteering their time to chaperone a field trip. Formal invitations are sent and parents are asked to RSVP. The breakfast is usually a great turnout with between 80-100 parents attending. We always try and provide a small “gift” to our parents as a token of our appreciation for their trust, support and partnership. You can find the tags for the items here and here.
How does your school mark the end-of-the-year? I’d love to hear about your celebrations!