It has been way too long since I have written a post. Okay fine, it’s only been a couple of weeks, but it feels like much longer. I even started to develop a twitch–it was getting bad 😛 But here I am, sitting at the computer and typing. All is well again.
So why have I been absent as of late? It has been all thanks to the joys of the end of the school year. As a fourth grade teacher, I have been basking in the fun of final assignments, grading, report cards, and shutting down the classroom for the summer. I’ll tell you what, the last few weeks were a doozie. But that’s okay, because… SCHOOL’S OUT! That’s right, on Wednesday afternoon at 1:46, the final bell of the school year rang. All of my darling fourth grade students said their goodbyes (read: kicked me in the shins and threw eggs at my head*) and headed home for summer vacation.
My partner teacher and I then prepared to check out. This entails tying up any loose ends, turning in paperwork, cleaning out the classroom, purging all of the things we no longer needed, etc. It was sheer chaos: our trash pile was nearing the ceiling, and we were running to and fro to get signed out by all of the people in charge. At 2:45 there was a last call to check out for the day. At the sound of the announcement, my partner teacher took off like a bullet to the office while I finished shoving things into cupboards and locking up cabinets for safe summer lodging. And then, suddenly, it was done. We were checked out, stripped of our keys and whistles, and sent on our way.
We then had a couple of in-service training days, but as of now, Saturday morning, I am officially done. Free! Ahhhhh.
*Disclaimer: there was actually no shin-kicking or egg throwing (to my knowledge). My students were a pretty darn nice group of kiddos. 🙂
I don’t have any pictures of the last day of school, but I thought I could share a few highlights from the year. This first set is from a couple of projects that we did this year.
These next pictures are from a whale watching trip that we took in January. It was such a beautiful day and we spotted both dolphins and whales.
These last pictures are from a day at the Oak Glen nature conservancy. This was such a lovely place to spend the day learning, and I can’t wait to go back next year. 🙂
Now it is time to catch up on some blogs, finalize the details for our July vacation, and enjoy my freedom. There will lots of playing with my kiddos, maybe a couple of trips to SeaWorld, and a 10k mud run. Then our much-needed vacation (a southern Caribbean cruise 🙂 ), and finally some desperate clinging to summer before school starts again in August! Hopefully there will be some posting in there somewhere as well. 😉