Goodbye, Elementary School: Honoring the Past and Moving Forward with Joy
(Inside: Today we are saying goodbye to elementary school. Our family’s been there for over a decade. I can’t believe this day is here. )
Today we’re saying goodbye to elementary school.
Our youngest son is wrapping up 5th grade.
We’re saying goodbye to so many memories.
Captain America backpacks and little shoes climbing on the bus.
Unpacking school supplies into small desks and taking pictures of our kids by the locker with their names on it.
Book fairs, ice cream parties, parent meetings, Bingo night, and family dances.
We’re saying goodbye to sifting through the take-home folders stuffed with stars-stamped-on-top papers.
The baggie books brought home to be read three times each to a family member.
Field trips to the Nature Center, Mill City Museum, a local pumpkin patch, Target Field to see their rainwater recycle system, and Mall of America Nickelodeon Universe.
We’re saying goodbye to finding a show-and-tell item to tuck into a brown paper bag.
Signing reading logs, checking daily planners, and listening to them practice their recorders.
The Fun Run and Field Day and outdoor recess.
We’re saying goodbye to their projects, like the Living History Museum where they researched someone famous, dressed up like them, and showed off their information board and iMovie in front of tables in the library.
The cute Mother’s Day crafts like the Time Magazine cover where the mom is drawn with lines for hair and big round circles for glasses, and shaky crayon words spell out “Mother of the Year.”
Coasters with their picture decoupaged onto it, crooked mugs shaped out of clay, cards stamped with a heart-shaped print of their overlapping hands, pictures drawn of the family, and square 1 art magnets of their painted masterpiece.
We’re saying goodbye to the Halloween parade with proud kids walking through the halls, showing off their costumes.
Decorated Valentine’s boxes stuffed with cards and candy.
Class parties with rotations of candy corn bingo, bowling in the hall where you have to hand pick up the pins, snowman fingerprint ornaments crafts, and creative snacks like Oreo worm dirt pudding.
We’re saying goodbye to musical performances called things like “Wild Things Zoo Review” where they sang “Never Polka with a Porcupine” and “Raptor Rap.”
Parent-teacher conferences where we look at all the various art projects hung around the room, and we snap a picture of the crest they created representing all the things their classmates should know about them.
And chatting with other parents as we wait in the lobby for our kids at the end of the day.
But mainly we’re saying goodbye to the most wonderful teachers and the best school community.
I’m all nostalgic over here.
I’m not remembering any of the hard stuff.
Instead, I’m just feeling grateful.
For eleven years in a place that nourished and taught my kids well.
Today, we’re saying goodbye…
Then looking ahead…
To so many more great family memories still left to make in whatever the next chapter might bring.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.