When one door closes... another will open

   I am happy and yet so sad to announce that my time at my school is over.  My husband's career has taken flight and we are moving to greener pastures.  These greener pastures will be in our home town and we are so thrilled to be moving back with family and friends. 

   I'm reflecting on my time at Stone Elementary and remembering how bitter sweet it was.  I knew that I may not always stay at Stone, but I never knew how hard it would be to leave.  I remember a second grade teacher friend telling me how hard it is at the end of the year to say goodbye to her students.  I never had to know that feeling, because I see the same students year after year.  Now I understand what she means.

   It was not easy standing at the front of the class, 6 classes a day for 5 days telling the kids that I was not coming back.  Over the next couple of weeks I received more drawings and paintings then I knew what to do with.  I have put them all together in a notebook for safe keeping. You never know the difference you make until you look at all the love flowing out of 3 notebooks.  I have been at Stone for 4 years and I haven't thrown away one piece of art a student has given me. (With the exception of some with no names....)

   I don't know where I will end up as of yet, but I am excited to begin a new adventure.  
Here students write messages for me on my board. 
 The very last thing I did before locking my door for the last time was erase my board.
The wonderful cake from my faculty and staff. 
The pic doesn't do it justice. This cake was huge!
Toothless the class mascot was loved by all students. He will hopefully have a permanent place in my old room. I made this poster for the students and left it on a board with a note to the new teacher in hopes that she will leave it up. 
 Just doesn't seem real

I hope my next room has a nice view like this.


Kathy said...

Good Luck in your new adventures!

First Grade a la Carte

Hope Hunter Knight said...

Best of luck to you, such a sweet send off!

Art Project Girl said...

Congrats Becca! Will you keep the blog? The students art work on the board is such an awesome tribute! So sad and so happy at the same time.

Becca Ruth said...

Yes I will keep the blog. I've not done a good job keeping up with it this year, but I intend to change that. I figure a change of scenery will make for good topics.

Phyl said...

Good luck to you and your husband! Your line about erasing the board really 'got' me, as I prepare to retire after 36 years teaching, 27 in my district, where many of my students are the children of former students. If it's that hard to leave after 4 years, what's it going to be like after 27? You've made me think.

Look forward to seeing what you do next! Best of luck to you :)

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Angie said...

Good luck on your move! It is hard to leave your students!

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