Well, yesterday was the last student day for my firsties. I was greeted with lots and lots of beautiful drawings (you know the kind) and "I will miss you" notes. I had the sweetest students this year, and I will definitely miss them.
One little girl, who greets me every morning with "Good morning, Ms. Holk", walked in--and the first words out of her mouth were, "I will miss you tomorrow Ms. Holk". Another sweetie, in the midst of a noisy commotion as the students played with puzzles, looked up at me with a very worried look on his face, and said something I didn't quite hear, when I said "what?", he said, "I love you Ms. Holk!". And it was genuine, and it was sweet. (Awwww!) I of course got teary at that point...and again during dismissal, with all the hugs and the wonderful, sweet, and innocent parting words. We all have those years we'd really like to forget, the kind when we are relieved that the year is over. This was NOT one of those years. It was the kind of year where you're not really ready for it to end...not really ready to let those kids go. I'll look back on this school year fondly for a long time to come.
Today was the last staff day of the year. There are quite a few staff members who will not be returning next year, as we had very severe budget cuts for next year. I will miss all of those who are not returning, and I am very hopeful that many will be called back.
I find that as the year ends it takes me a few days to get into summer mode. I think that for some people it's an automatic switch, not for me--I always feel a little blue at the end. It might just have something to do with the fact that I am a huge "teacher-geek"!
Does anyone else find that the transition is not a super fast and easy one?