Monday, May 8, 2017
Younger Kids News
I found myself, once again, sharpening the pencils in my classroom this morning. I don’t know how many times I have done this activity this year, but it has been a lot! The pencils are getting short and stubby, perfect for small hands and fingers, and perfect as a symbol of reflection on the school year that is rapidly approaching its end. How many skies have these light blues colored? How many trees came out of the greens? How many rainbows or daisies or soccer balls have these pencils penned? Like tearing the April calendar page away to reveal a crisp, fresh May, this is just another way to measure the passing of the school year.
Our last sharing theme required the kids to bring in items that showed their growth. We saw charts showing how many inches taller they have gotten, training wheels that had been shed and books that had been read. I would have showed my classroom pencils which get smaller as those who use them grow.
We are so thankful for the time that we have been given with your children this year. Long after the calendar page is recycled into something new or the pencils, finally too short to be sharpened any more, are discarded, we will have this year with your kids in our hearts and minds. We look at our students now and reflect on their growth with you through report cards and conferences. And we are amazed. What a difference nine months makes!
We would like to invite you to join us for a celebration of your child’s growth. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 23, during our final week of school. On this day we will host an Authors’ Celebration and we would like for you to be a part of it. Your child will be presented with several books that show the amazing progress she/he has made this year. The item parents are always most excited for, your child’s Portfolio, will contain work from the first day of school all the way through this month. We will provide coffee and some breakfast goodies for everyone. This event will run from 8:00 – 9:00, but it isn’t necessary to feel that you must be here for that whole time. Come when you can and stay for whatever duration works for you. We look forward to seeing you there!
Have a super week…
Seth, Annie and Rachael