It’s crazy to think another school year has come to an end! I read a post on Twitter by Bethany Hill:
I knew I wanted to continue to inspire, motivate and remind the staff to keep kids at at the heart of our daily interactions & experiences. We worked so hard all year to create a positive climate and culture, focused on kids, and Bethany’s message was a reminder that we needed to protect that culture! I scheduled a daily morning inspirational message on REMIND that included:
We also started what will sure to be an annual tradition of sending our students off in style on their last day. All staff lined the bus lane and gave high-fives to students as they boarded their bus for the final time this year. Our 3rd graders were the final students to board the busses (for the last time at Kennedy School) and….there were so many students with tears in their eyes! 🙁
As our busses pulled away from the curb, honking their horns, teachers waved goodbye and wished the children a wonderful summer! (Click the links below to see the videos)
The final thought we shared with staff (stolen from Venspired: credit goes to Krissy Venosdale) was:
“Just know that, even if nobody said “Thank You,” today, there’s a kid somewhere who loves you, who appreciates you, and who is wondering about something because of something you said in your classroom. Right now there might be a parent who thinks you are the best thing under the sun because you might be the very first person who has understood her child. There’s an administrator who is grateful to have you on staff at your school. At this very moment, there is a student close to graduating high school who found a photo from your classroom that she has saved all these years because you were her favorite. Tonight, a colleague of yours will go home with a smile because something you took the time to say today. One of your students that pretends not to care about his work will be working extra hard tonight, because he wants to show you he can do it.
You’re appreciated. You matter to more kids than I can count on my fingers and toes, and your message to the world will travel well into the future in the hearts of kids who will grow up with dreams and passions that all started right where you are. In your classroom.
Just in case you forget.”
What are your end-of-the-year traditions?