Thank you Doodle Bugs!
We had a visit from a bear this week! We've had snakes, squirrels and bats, even mountain lion sightings, but never a bear! It started with kindergarten finding bear scat in our play area.
Then the cook found the trash bins caved in and paw/claw prints everywhere. Next, Mr. Bear decided to sit on the stairs to the upper cut. The sixth grade class could see him from their windows. We obviously had to stay inside until Fish and Game deemed our campus bear free. And we were bear free for a few hours. And then he came back!
We all went back inside.
We cleared our counters off so that we could watch if he came into the yard (we sometimes sit up there to watch the snow or rain fall or anything else interesting going on in our yard). We were all a twitter, I tell ya!
Then, to make the story even more fantastic, the bear actually went into a nearby house that belongs to one of my kindergarten students. Twice!! The first time my kinder kid discovered him and dad didn't believe him! Lots of noise and a wide open door got him to exit. The second time the bear climbed in through the bathroom window and ate a loaf of bread.
We had lots to write about in our journals!!
We survived our annual fishing trip to the trout farm.This is a picture of the pond. Last year I took 16 kids, this year I took 28 kids. But I had 15 parent volunteers!! With that many extra eyes, all was well. The best possible news is that I didn't have to fish!! It's not my thang!
We came back and had to draw our fish!
Here are my samples:
We'll paint them on Monday.
I love their fishies so much more than mine!
Aren't they the BEST?
Heart shaped rocks for graduation are done and ready for placement in the school garden.
Look at this closet! Oh my gosh, what a nightmare! I'm not a good putter-backer.
We send home a large paper doll at the end of the year. The parents are to find out what their children want to be when they grow up and then help the child dress the doll appropriately. They are to be holding something in each hand that goes along with the job. Anyway, it's really fun and they always turn out so sweet. I tell the parents that they may come in and get supplies if they don't have any at home. Guess which closet those supplies are in? I've never been so embarrassed!
Guess what I'll be doing this summer!
Here goes graduation.
While everyone else is busy taking down their bulletin boards, I'm putting new ones up for graduation. Lots to do this week. One of the things that I have out on their desks at our graduation reception is their art portfolios. They contain writing samples as well as our art from the year.
Here's how to make the portfolio, if you're interested. I've had over 1000 visits to this post, so I guess it's turned out to be a good thing for other teachers. I'm so glad!
I also read this little poem at graduation last year. You can edit it and put in your own names!
Well we've come to graduation, how fast the year has gone,
It's time to take your sneakers off and put your flip-flops on.
It's time to put your pencil down and remove your thinking cap;
It's time for you to take a trip, and for me to take a nap.
But before we break for summer and out the door I shove you;
I want to take a moment, to tell you each how much I love you.
Annie I love your beautiful eyes, and Kenny I love your giggle;
And Michael I love the way you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.
David I love the way you think and Peter the way you care.
And Christy what I would give, if I could have your hair
Sally I love your artistry and Kathy the way you sing;
And Laura I am forever thankful that you found the diamond from my ring*.
Brian I love your tenderness; And Katie I love your heart.
And Taylor I love the way you are so very smart.
Natalie I love your sweetness, Betty I love your compassion;
And Crsytal please don't ever, lose your sense of fashion.
And Joey, Joey, Joey, how much I love your zest!
I cannot wait for next year (but first I need some rest).
And all of you together! Well, you make me grin from ear to ear.
We've had a fun adventure; it's been a wonderful year.
But now it's on to first grade; and then grades two and three.
And lickity split, before you know it, you'll be as old as me.
You'll be doctors and farmers and fancy cake bakers.
You'll be pilots and poets and computer game makers.
You'll be rock stars covered with shiny jewels, you'll be fireman covered in cinders.
But whatever you are, for the rest of your life, you'll always be my Kinders.
So, my wishes for you come in one last little burst.
I hope you always remember to put other people first.
I hope you always remember to sing and to dance.
And I hope you never find frogs in your underpants.
That last line was a huge hit!
Now, I'm off to pick up a retirement cake for my last two old time teaching buddies. I told them I'm very mad they're leaving me and I'm never going to forgive them. I am now one of the oldest teachers at our school. I still think I'm 27 so it's a little tough to admit...
Anyway, I hope you have a great weekend and that you're not putting up new bulletin boards for graduation! HA!