The Final Countdown


25 student days until summer vacation.  My last day before summer break is June 15th.  The end of the school year causes me anxiety.  The beginning of the school year is stressful. That’s when I am trying to make the classroom look like a Pinterest example on a tight budget.  But it still doesn’t compare to the end the year check off list.

As a teacher we are preparing to take the final state assessments. Also, we are wrapping up units and completing end of the year benchmarks assessments for the class.  Yes, these are things that I have been doing for 20 plus years.  But every May, I hit a roadblock.

I start to reflect on the school year from day one.  My mind pictures each student, the very first time I met them.  Then I fast forward to present day and think.  WOW! We’ve come a long way baby.  I celebrate their growth and success. I take notes on how I can improve. Or, I create a list of  the things that I will focus on during the summer months to prepare for the next school year.

My body hurts. I am physically and mentally exhausted.  I have to go into my prayer closet and ask God to give me the strength that I need to endure. And there is nothing wrong with doing that.

I am sure that teachers at different grade levels can chime in on the demands that they have at the end of year.  Assemblies, field trips, and field day, the list goes on and on.  Saying goodbye to the students is always tough.  This year our last day of school is a half day of school.  So all of the things that we previously did for the last day will be crammed into a half day.

Now time to switch gears and talk about being a mommy at the end of the school year.  This is a big year for Harrison.  He has the 8th Grade Formal and his 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony.  His promotion ceremony of course is on the last day of school, which is also my last day of school.  Don’t ask, I’m not sure of the logistics of how to make that all happen.  God will fix it!

Next week Syd has special olympics soccer and Harrison has his 8th grade trip to DC. My heart always feels torn because  there is just one of me!  I chose to take a day without pay to go with Harrison.   He is excited to have me chaperone.  I can’t even remember if Sydney has an end of the year trip.  If she does, I hope I paid for it and sent in the permission slip.

Can’t forget about their teachers.  I starting buying gift cards for their teachers after Christmas.  So that it wouldn’t hit me all at once.  I definitely can’t forget about the wonderful bus driver and bus aide.  I think Mr. Kirk, her para might also have to get fresh bake goods from Grandma Lola.

No matter if you are on the teacher side, the parent side or both sides like me. The next few weeks will go fast.  I don’t want to rush them.  I want to enjoy my class. I want Harrison and Sydney to enjoy being at the same school together.  Harrison is already talking about what plans I have in place for Sydney when he goes to high school.  I told him to write down his concerns and I will share them at her next IEP meeting.  All he did was smile.

Oh, I almost forgot about Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts to do with the kids.  And you can’t end the year without giving the class a goodbye gift.  Last year’s gift was a crazy straw and kool aid single, for Have a Crazy  Kool Summer!  It is time to make my end of the school checklist and pray that I don’t forget anything.

I was built for this race. I was not built to break.  I will get everything done on time.  Thank God we found the missing library book.  Jesus take the wheel!

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