The end of another year has arrived. This is always such special time of year, when we celebrate all that the students have accomplished and we say good-bye to our 5th grade students who move onto the next school building for 6th grade.
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Each of my groups has their own celebration in which we pass out awards for demonstration of character traits that make each of us unique or that help our group learn well together. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. While we compliment or acknowledge many of these traits daily during our group time, there’s just something special about being recognized on paper — seeing the kids eyes sparkle, a smile form and seeing them sit a little taller after receiving their official recognition makes these moments special.
Ah, the 5th graders….such a tearful time — while I smile and celebrate with them, I am always holding back tears of knowing that I will miss them. The crew this year, have all been with me for at least 2 years, some as long as 4 years. I’ve watched them grow as learners and as young people. I’ve experienced a large part of their early learning journey with them. After we passed out our Character Trait Awards, we read a poem and letter I wrote to each of them and feasted on some delicious pizza and snacks. We ended our celebration with a game of Pie Face….it involves a huge dollop of whipped cream, a timer and a slap-stick hand that if you’re unlucky, or lucky…depending on how you look at it, may come splatting into your face! Such a fun way to celebrate an especially fun group of kids!
Scroll down for a few pics and video clips of us anticipating getting creamed! The videos uploaded sideways..don’t know why…but still fun to watch–be sure to turn on your sound too!
Thanks to all my students for a fantastic year of great learning! Have a wonderful and relaxing summer!
Love, Mrs. B