It is with very mixed emotions that I write this last newsletter post. It has been a wonderful year and I get teary eyed thinking about all the progress everyone has made. The independence, the reading, the writing, the behavior, the friendships, the math skills, their speech, their fine motor skills and in general, the growth that each and every student has made. I am very proud to be a part of their learning. I am so very thankful to each of you for sharing your child with us. The "village" here at Wines takes care of each child as if they were our own. We look out for each other and therefor we share in the joy of their accomplishments. Just the other day I was watching one of them greet our peers from kindergarten during our peer to peer time. This was one that would not even participate earlier in the year. WOW!
It is also with mixed emotions that I realize that retirement means I won't be back next year teaching them or writing to you. However, we are fortunate enough to have learned this week that Ms. Alicia Manns will be moving into this classroom as your child's new teacher (K-2) She has spent the last 3 years heading up the self contained classroom at Bryant. The district is closing that room which makes her available. I have known her for these 3 years and I believe she will be a great teacher in room 107. She's young and FULL of energy and has the right attitude (a great attitude). She came to visit on Monday and met the kids and staff and spent the morning getting to know a bit about everyone. I can rest easily knowing she will be here to care for and love the returning students and any new ones to the program.
The end of the school year is always filled with lots of activities and goodbyes. We had field day last Friday, our field trip to the waterpark and the trip to the downtown library and Sonic Lunch. Lots of pictures to end the year. I hope you have enjoyed all the photos, they really say more than words about how much the kids love school and all the various shenanigans that go on everyday. I could not be more proud to have had this group for my last class. Being a teacher has been more than I ever thought it would be and I have "loved" every minute of it. A parent from many years ago asked me a question at the beginning of the year. He said to me "I just want to get something clear......this is your job and you CHOOSE to do it????" Yes, I chose this job and I cannot think of anything I would have rather done as a career.
Be well, take care and I hope to run into you around town! Beth (aka, Mrs. H)