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...all over but the shoutin'!

Posted by Suzanne D on 5/27/02 at 22:09 (085400)

Hello, Friends,

Well, tomorrow is our last day of school! I always come to this time of year with mixed emotions: I am ready for a break and feel I have brought this group of students as far as I can, and yet, I will miss them and I always think 'If I had just another week or two...'.

This ends my 22nd year of teaching, with two years of substituting before that, and it doesn't get any easier as time goes by to close the school years. In fact, it may be harder now than it used to be. I know more now the challenges these children will face as they grow up, and sometimes I would like to just 'freeze' them in time at this stage. But of course I can't and wouldn't if I could. I have had them for a precious time, and I confidently and prayerfully let go of them to send them on to their next teacher, hoping I have left something in each of them to help them be the best they can be.

I just wanted to tell each of you that as these children walk out my classroom door tomorrow afternoon, a little of each of you goes with them! Because of YOU - your patience and interest, your information and advice, your kindness and encouragement - I was able to keep on during this most physically challenging year for me. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! You truly helped keep me going during this school year.

I would like to give each of you a smile and a personal thank you, but writing this is the best I can do! Thank you to my 'PF Family'! You're the greatest!

Suzanne :-)

Re: ...all over but the shoutin'!

Laurie R on 5/27/02 at 22:27 (085406)

Dear Suzanne , I feel the same way as you do when it comes to the end of the school year . I always cry a little on the last day of school. The teachers are so awesome and my youngest is in 3 nd so she still only has one teacher all day long .... This year she has an awesome teacher , we will all miss her next year ... We always get the teachers flowers or a gift with a thank you card at the end of the year to let them know how much we appreciate all the do . You truly have a hard job teaching kids...

Thank you for all your kind words to all of us , it is so nice to hear .

Much love to you , Laurie R

Re: ...all over but the shoutin'!

wendyn on 5/28/02 at 07:42 (085420)

Have a great summer Suzanne - you deserve the break!

Re: ...all over but the shoutin'!

Carmen on 5/28/02 at 07:44 (085421)

Those kids are never going to forget their Teacher...I promise you Suzanne the impression you made was unforgettable. Even at their age. I remember my kindergarten teacher even at 31 yrs old!!
They were so blessed to have had such a special teacher.

Re: ...all over but the shoutin'!

Necee on 5/28/02 at 08:13 (085433)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Suzanne.....I know this is a very emotional time for teachers like you, the ones who give 110% to each child, and who really care about those kids as if they were their own.

You have made an impact on their young lives, although they are too young to realize it just yet......I'm possitive that later in life they will reflect back and remember the kind teacher who laughed with them, cried with them, loved them and taught them about life.

Thank you Suzanne for becoming a teacher and for giving your all to our children.
Happy trails....
Necee

Re: ...all over but the shoutin'!

Kathy G on 5/28/02 at 08:28 (085435)

Have a wonderful summer, Suzanne! It's so nice to hear from a teacher who isn't 'burnt out' as so many of my friends are! One, a first grade teacher like you, still shares your enthusiasm about the teaching process and the children, but is so inundated with paper work and testing that she gets terribly frustrated. She says she just wishes they (the adminstrators and specialists) would just go away and let her teach the way she used to! Another, who teaches Readiness, still loves the teaching and the children but has many physical ailments that prevent her from doing the job she once did. And a third, who teaches middle school, should have quit about ten years ago. He's so burnt out that there's no remnants of the good teacher he once was, which is so sad to see, but not a good thing for the children with whom he comes in contact.

When does school start in Kentucky? We don't get out until around the 15th of June in NH and that's early for us. We didn't have any snow days to make up this year. We usually start the Thursday or Friday before Labor Day. Are your schools air conditioned? I would imagine it gets very hot and if you don't have air conditioning that would be a factor in your getting out earlier than we do.

Keep us posted on your summer. I hope you're not going to teach summer school this year. Your feet need the rest!

Take care!

Re: ...all over but the shoutin'!

Sharon W on 5/28/02 at 10:59 (085449)

Suzanne,

I have a dear friend who is a junior high Spanish teacher... your post reminded me that she should be done with grading finals, and turning in her grades... She is always a little sad at this time of year, because she, too (just as YOU obviously do), CARES about her students and misses them when they move on.

So, thank you for reminding me that this would be a good time to call her and ask if she wants to get together!

-- Sharon

Re: Thanks, everyone!

Suzanne D on 5/28/02 at 14:47 (085466)

I appreciate all your comments! And, yes, Sharon, now would be a great time to call your friend; I am sure she would be glad to be remembered.

Kathy, our school year begins the first of August. We are on an alternative calendar, with breaks in Oct., Dec., Mar., and then the months of June and July. Yes, thank goodness we are air conditioned! I taught for about 8 years before we had air conditioning, and although we didn't start then until the end of August, we had some mighty hot days to begin school.

My small school contains kindergarten - 5th grade. We have a tradition of lining the downstairs hallway and clapping for the 5th graders as they walk out to the buses for the last time. It is an emotional time for them and for us. Today, one of the two 5th grade teachers walked out for the last time as she is retiring. It was a hard time for her.

Then the staff forms a line to wave as our nine buses leave the parking lot. I am glad to be a part of a small and caring school community. Second semester next year we are to join with an even smaller school and move to a new building. We hope to take the same spirit with us. (And I will be taking carpeting and mats as the new school is concrete with tile. :-( My present school has wood floors with carpeting.)

Laurie, parents like you are getting more rare. I am sure your daughter's teacher will very much appreciate your gestures of appreciation to her. And even more so, knowing what a challenging year you have had. I have received a handful of notes at the end of the school years, and I have kept each of them.

Thanks, everyone, for patiently listening to all my school stories. I DO appreciate that! People sometimes tire of all the school talk; I can see it in their eyes. But, it is a big part of who I am, and it just comes out!

Take care!
Suzanne :-)

Re: Suzanne

Rich on 5/28/02 at 15:50 (085477)

I've been thinking of you too! Our last day of kindergarten is Thursday and we ARE passing to 1st grade! Not that I was worried, except for that one incident of signing my name! LOL

We started off the week with an awards ceremony at school and all the classes played rythym music, all patriotic songs. My little girl played the tambourine and you should have seen the smiles. We just missed perfect attendance, I checked her out in December after a field trip to do some mommy/daughter Christmas shopping. Not thinking! There was only one other little girl who got the award.

Thank you for saying we all helped you get through this past year. I feel that way too! I couldn't have dealt with alot of this stuff without the support I have received here. This site was the best 'find' on the internet for me and it was by complete accident. I didn't even post to the message board for months! LOL

I hope you have a wonderful, restful summer. Teachers are so special and deserve way more encouragement than they get.

We were truly blessed with our teacher this year. She replaced a retiring teacher half way through the school year before we started, actually replaced my 1st grade teacher at the same school. This is a great school, both academically and emotionally for our kids. We are lucky to live in the district we do. I know 'your' kids are lucky too!

I registered my little one for K-4 this past Friday. The first day of school falls on her 4th birthday! She and I are both excited. I brought her to see the school and meet her teacher and she loves it! It's a private school on the Abeka system. She is so ready after learning along with big sister!!

This got longer than I intended, just wanted to say you deserve to have a wonderful summer. Glad you made it throughout the year, I know that was a challenge...

thinking of you...
Rich

Re: Rich

Suzanne D on 5/28/02 at 16:10 (085486)

Thank you! I appreciated what you wrote and enjoyed reading about your little girl. I can just imagine her playing that tamborine with all her heart! You seem to be a very supportive parent - the kind teachers love to work with.

Our awards program was this morning. You mentioned perfect attendance... We have two kindergarten classes, and one child between them received that award. The other first grade class had none, and I had five with perfect attendance, and one who only missed one day. I credit that - and said so publicly - to my special volunteer who comes each Friday and washes our desks in the classroom. She is a memeber of my church and was in self-contained special ed until she turned 21 (They can attend by law until that age.). I was concerned as she needed something to look forward to after graduation and thought of her helping us in this way. She loves the children, and they appreciate her. She comes to all our parties and gives and receives valentines, etc. I DO think it is no accident that we had fewer absences due to sickness!

Thanks for your message.

Suzanne :-)

Re: Rich

Rich on 5/28/02 at 16:26 (085491)

That one award was between a total of seven classes! Of course, chicken pox usually hits about that time. Funny that you mentioned the desk cleaning, never thought about that! I did have fun helping our teacher, although I was drastically slowed down with my feet about midway through the year. She was very understanding and really 'loved' my little girl. That made a big difference, that she is such a caring teacher. Sounds like you!!!!

Rich

Re: ...all over but the shoutin'!

Laurie R on 5/27/02 at 22:27 (085406)

Dear Suzanne , I feel the same way as you do when it comes to the end of the school year . I always cry a little on the last day of school. The teachers are so awesome and my youngest is in 3 nd so she still only has one teacher all day long .... This year she has an awesome teacher , we will all miss her next year ... We always get the teachers flowers or a gift with a thank you card at the end of the year to let them know how much we appreciate all the do . You truly have a hard job teaching kids...

Thank you for all your kind words to all of us , it is so nice to hear .

Much love to you , Laurie R

Re: ...all over but the shoutin'!

wendyn on 5/28/02 at 07:42 (085420)

Have a great summer Suzanne - you deserve the break!

Re: ...all over but the shoutin'!

Carmen on 5/28/02 at 07:44 (085421)

Those kids are never going to forget their Teacher...I promise you Suzanne the impression you made was unforgettable. Even at their age. I remember my kindergarten teacher even at 31 yrs old!!
They were so blessed to have had such a special teacher.

Re: ...all over but the shoutin'!

Necee on 5/28/02 at 08:13 (085433)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Suzanne.....I know this is a very emotional time for teachers like you, the ones who give 110% to each child, and who really care about those kids as if they were their own.

You have made an impact on their young lives, although they are too young to realize it just yet......I'm possitive that later in life they will reflect back and remember the kind teacher who laughed with them, cried with them, loved them and taught them about life.

Thank you Suzanne for becoming a teacher and for giving your all to our children.
Happy trails....
Necee

Re: ...all over but the shoutin'!

Kathy G on 5/28/02 at 08:28 (085435)

Have a wonderful summer, Suzanne! It's so nice to hear from a teacher who isn't 'burnt out' as so many of my friends are! One, a first grade teacher like you, still shares your enthusiasm about the teaching process and the children, but is so inundated with paper work and testing that she gets terribly frustrated. She says she just wishes they (the adminstrators and specialists) would just go away and let her teach the way she used to! Another, who teaches Readiness, still loves the teaching and the children but has many physical ailments that prevent her from doing the job she once did. And a third, who teaches middle school, should have quit about ten years ago. He's so burnt out that there's no remnants of the good teacher he once was, which is so sad to see, but not a good thing for the children with whom he comes in contact.

When does school start in Kentucky? We don't get out until around the 15th of June in NH and that's early for us. We didn't have any snow days to make up this year. We usually start the Thursday or Friday before Labor Day. Are your schools air conditioned? I would imagine it gets very hot and if you don't have air conditioning that would be a factor in your getting out earlier than we do.

Keep us posted on your summer. I hope you're not going to teach summer school this year. Your feet need the rest!

Take care!

Re: ...all over but the shoutin'!

Sharon W on 5/28/02 at 10:59 (085449)

Suzanne,

I have a dear friend who is a junior high Spanish teacher... your post reminded me that she should be done with grading finals, and turning in her grades... She is always a little sad at this time of year, because she, too (just as YOU obviously do), CARES about her students and misses them when they move on.

So, thank you for reminding me that this would be a good time to call her and ask if she wants to get together!

-- Sharon

Re: Thanks, everyone!

Suzanne D on 5/28/02 at 14:47 (085466)

I appreciate all your comments! And, yes, Sharon, now would be a great time to call your friend; I am sure she would be glad to be remembered.

Kathy, our school year begins the first of August. We are on an alternative calendar, with breaks in Oct., Dec., Mar., and then the months of June and July. Yes, thank goodness we are air conditioned! I taught for about 8 years before we had air conditioning, and although we didn't start then until the end of August, we had some mighty hot days to begin school.

My small school contains kindergarten - 5th grade. We have a tradition of lining the downstairs hallway and clapping for the 5th graders as they walk out to the buses for the last time. It is an emotional time for them and for us. Today, one of the two 5th grade teachers walked out for the last time as she is retiring. It was a hard time for her.

Then the staff forms a line to wave as our nine buses leave the parking lot. I am glad to be a part of a small and caring school community. Second semester next year we are to join with an even smaller school and move to a new building. We hope to take the same spirit with us. (And I will be taking carpeting and mats as the new school is concrete with tile. :-( My present school has wood floors with carpeting.)

Laurie, parents like you are getting more rare. I am sure your daughter's teacher will very much appreciate your gestures of appreciation to her. And even more so, knowing what a challenging year you have had. I have received a handful of notes at the end of the school years, and I have kept each of them.

Thanks, everyone, for patiently listening to all my school stories. I DO appreciate that! People sometimes tire of all the school talk; I can see it in their eyes. But, it is a big part of who I am, and it just comes out!

Take care!
Suzanne :-)

Re: Suzanne

Rich on 5/28/02 at 15:50 (085477)

I've been thinking of you too! Our last day of kindergarten is Thursday and we ARE passing to 1st grade! Not that I was worried, except for that one incident of signing my name! LOL

We started off the week with an awards ceremony at school and all the classes played rythym music, all patriotic songs. My little girl played the tambourine and you should have seen the smiles. We just missed perfect attendance, I checked her out in December after a field trip to do some mommy/daughter Christmas shopping. Not thinking! There was only one other little girl who got the award.

Thank you for saying we all helped you get through this past year. I feel that way too! I couldn't have dealt with alot of this stuff without the support I have received here. This site was the best 'find' on the internet for me and it was by complete accident. I didn't even post to the message board for months! LOL

I hope you have a wonderful, restful summer. Teachers are so special and deserve way more encouragement than they get.

We were truly blessed with our teacher this year. She replaced a retiring teacher half way through the school year before we started, actually replaced my 1st grade teacher at the same school. This is a great school, both academically and emotionally for our kids. We are lucky to live in the district we do. I know 'your' kids are lucky too!

I registered my little one for K-4 this past Friday. The first day of school falls on her 4th birthday! She and I are both excited. I brought her to see the school and meet her teacher and she loves it! It's a private school on the Abeka system. She is so ready after learning along with big sister!!

This got longer than I intended, just wanted to say you deserve to have a wonderful summer. Glad you made it throughout the year, I know that was a challenge...

thinking of you...
Rich

Re: Rich

Suzanne D on 5/28/02 at 16:10 (085486)

Thank you! I appreciated what you wrote and enjoyed reading about your little girl. I can just imagine her playing that tamborine with all her heart! You seem to be a very supportive parent - the kind teachers love to work with.

Our awards program was this morning. You mentioned perfect attendance... We have two kindergarten classes, and one child between them received that award. The other first grade class had none, and I had five with perfect attendance, and one who only missed one day. I credit that - and said so publicly - to my special volunteer who comes each Friday and washes our desks in the classroom. She is a memeber of my church and was in self-contained special ed until she turned 21 (They can attend by law until that age.). I was concerned as she needed something to look forward to after graduation and thought of her helping us in this way. She loves the children, and they appreciate her. She comes to all our parties and gives and receives valentines, etc. I DO think it is no accident that we had fewer absences due to sickness!

Thanks for your message.

Suzanne :-)

Re: Rich

Rich on 5/28/02 at 16:26 (085491)

That one award was between a total of seven classes! Of course, chicken pox usually hits about that time. Funny that you mentioned the desk cleaning, never thought about that! I did have fun helping our teacher, although I was drastically slowed down with my feet about midway through the year. She was very understanding and really 'loved' my little girl. That made a big difference, that she is such a caring teacher. Sounds like you!!!!

Rich