Friday, June 7, 2013

First Free Friday!

That's is my first free Friday...and by that I mean first Friday of summer! Our last day of school was Wednesday of this week...and while the weather has not quite been cooperating (60's in June?)...I am glad to finally relax a bit! Especially after such a busy week...check out what we did over our last few days as I link up with Doodle Bugs for "Five for Friday!"

1. On Monday we received a package from some very special friends in Spain! Paula from Learning in Spain and her students have become our class pen pals this school year and my students are thoroughly enjoying it. I was so elated to see their final letters arrived before we left for summer break! It has been such a wonderful experience for my students to see how valuable their Spanish is in communicating with kids from different countries and cultures! 

2. On Tuesday we prepared for our Super Second Grade Graduation! We had some reflection time and discussion surrounding our favorite activities and events from second grade. Then each student decorated our grad background poster by adding a statement sharing their favorite part of 2nd grade.

3. All of the parents came for our grad ceremony in the afternoon! Each student was presented with a cape in liu of a diploma as they graduated from "super" second grade ;)! They were also given a copy of a DVD we watched pre-ceremony with photos from our year! We also did a fabulous hat toss (which we practiced thoroughly with "eyes in the direction of the floor" ahead of time so there were no eye injuries!). So much fun!

Plus, my fabulous class and their families presented yours truly at the end with a scrapbook they secretly put together with a page completed by each student with photos and messages for me...SERIOUSLY ADORBS.

And...I mean common...the cover is too perfect!

And not only did they spoil me with this beautiful class parents chipped in to buy all of the decorations and graduation treats. Check out what we got to dig in to post ceremony! Delish!

4. As a thank you to some of these wonderful volunteers who have worked with us in particular with reading in our classroom all year the students and I had a little something we put together for them as well!

Each envelope contains a few stationary cards put together with ribbon and with messages from the kiddos along with a Barnes & Noble gift card for our volunteers!

5. Finally, we finished out our week on Wednesday morning with a little yearbook and memory book signing. These fab memory books were created by Mynda Rivera and you can get a copy here. As second grade is the first year we really dive in to cursive, I took advantage of the opportunity for a little extra practice for the students with this handwriting style. Each one had to sign their name in true signature fashion. After the 27th time, I'd say they had it down!

Such a fun week. Kind of bittersweet as I will not be in my own classroom next year. However, I am thoroughly looking forward to my position as a dual coach to get into all of the classrooms and gather and support our staff with a variety of great ideas to share with ya'll in the future! Happy beginning of summer!


  1. Looks like a fabulous week! Lots of fun! Such a nice gift card holder for the volunteers... Thanks so much for sharing your week!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

    1. We had a great time! Can't believe the year is already over! Thanks for visiting!

  2. Your graduation party looks like it was a success! I bet you will treasure your scrapbook forever! Enjoy your summer! :)

    Jenna @ The Fashionista Teacher

    1. Thanks Jenna! I definitely will treasure the scrapbook, it was such a thoughtful gift! Enjoy your summer as well! Looking forward to sharing ideas!

  3. Love your graduation party! Thank you for using my Memory Book with your students! :)
    Have a great summer!
    Mynda @ B is for Bilingual

    1. Thank you for creating such a wonderful end-of-the-year product. It was perfect for the last day!