Whew! Let me start by saying this- there truly is no tired like the last month of kindergarten tired. Spring days and the excitement of school ending means hyper and emotional students who seem to have forgotten every rule and routine we have instilled in them the last year. Add in AIMS Web assessments, grades due, cleaning out and organizing not one but TWO classrooms, our End of the Year Celebration/Promotion, Mother’s Day and a week of field trips and you make for one tired teacher. Oh yeah, and I start graduate school on Monday! 🙂 Note- please don’t read this as complaining. You all know I live for this kind of chaos and I’m not one for sitting still. Nonetheless, this time of year definitely requires an additional cup or two of coffee.
This week also happened to be Teacher Appreciation Week. Let me preface this by saying I have two of the most wonderful teacher aides/friends/neighbors/life savers ever. These two woman have held me together this year. They have stayed late, come in early and even over holiday breaks when I am in Juneau, all to ensure our class runs smoothly. They have also taken my family in and loved us, fed us, taken us out on the town, and made our time out here more than wonderful. I cannot explain the gratitude I feel for these two and their families. What I can say is that we are now bonded for life. Breanna and Paula- Y’all are stuck with the Carlson girls for life. 😉
As I was saying- this week was Teacher Appreciation Week. On Tuesday I came into the classroom surprised to see my door cutely decorated with the words “We need s’more teachers like you.” Heart melted. I was finishing up AIMS Web testing that day so I was pulling students into our second classroom. Meanwhile Breanna and Paula kept the classroom afloat and in tact. Little did I know that on this day they were also planning a surprise celebration for me. Heart melted again. I walked in to the kids yelling “we appreciate you!” and a table of yummy snacks. The students also made me a “Teacher Appreciation” book. And AFTER school- they brought in the bottle of wine. 🙂 It was the perfect reminder during this busy week that it is okay to slow down and appreciate one another. It was an awesome Tuesday.
Fast forward to the end of the week… Breanna and Paula stayed with me way past dinner time to decorate and get ready for our End of the Year Celebration. Oh yeah, and Mother’s Day. Hours of laminating, cutting, coloring borders and decorating every inch of our classroom later… We had our final product(s).
The event was a ton of fun and I think/hope everyone enjoyed themselves. It was wonderful to watch our students filled with pride and excitement as they sang the songs they’ve practicing for over a month and earned their superlative award.
Tonight we will watch Bristol Bay’s high school seniors graduate. As part of the ceremony we will also watch Paula rock it as the keynote speaker. On Monday we will join Breanna and her family as we watch her son graduate preschool. It fills my heart with joy to be able to be part of these special moments. After all, it is the people in your life that make all the stress and chaos- beautiful.
“It’s the friends we meet along the way that help us appreciate the journey.”