Our last day was truly bittersweet (a word we discussed at some length at Morning Meeting, and which we all agree is the perfect word to describe the end of our school year). For the sake of posterity, we did some of the usual activities – Garden outside, Morning Meeting, singing songs – but we also provided some opportunities for closure (for the students AND the teachers!)
We had a special snack of … Compost! But not the kind you’d expect. Using chocolate pudding, crushed Oreos, and gummy worms, the Beavers created one last compost stew to enjoy at the end of the morning.
We also had a Collaborative Work Auction. Over the course of the year, the Beavers have been prolific. We gathered all of our collaborative projects on the rug (murals, the puppet theater, classroom charts – to name a few) and drew names for selections. The Beavers were “easy breezy” about their choices, understanding that everyone was getting a special part of our classroom. They cheered their friends on as they chose artwork that truly represents the work we’ve done together over the course of the year. The Beavers exclaimed, “Good choice!”, and, “I love that piece!” as each student gleefully brought their selected piece to their locker.
Choice Time was a bit different this week. After a discussion about all the learning, exploring and fun that has taken place during this favorite time of day, we opened the entire room up and all of the classroom materials, for our first ever Open Choice. During this period of time, the Beavers were able to play, explore and create in any of their favorite areas of the classroom. We loved watching their ownership over our classroom as they made special requests for favorite materials to be put out. After our final Choice Time the Beavers reflected on their favorite aspects of Choice. Ask your Beaver to share with you their thoughts.
To close out the year, we empowered your children to help us get the classroom ready for the next year’s group of students. We spent time stuffing cubbies with work from the year, organizing shelves and materials, counting puzzle pieces and game pieces, taping ripped pages in favorite books, testing markers and bagging donations for Ndonyo Wasin. A favorite clean up job was the job of the “sparklers.” With wet towels in hand your children scrubbed surfaces, chairs and tables to make our classroom shine! We loved seeing the Beavers in action caring for a classroom they love so much.
We had our last summer birthday celebration! Happy Birthday to this summer Beaver!
I remember when we…
Vivian: …had birthday celebrations
Elfie:… played with Hollow Blocks, especially the basketball arena
Pearl: ….played Jingle in the Garden
Téa: …had Field Day with everyone, and had all the birthday celebrations, and really played at Garden with just everyone!
Charlotte:…. had Denisse’s baby shower
Asher: …..when we played with the friends and I love to play games with them in Garden
Harper: …..when we had Denisse’s baby shower
Steelo: ….when we first went to Library
Harry: ….had Denisse’s baby.
Jalen: ….we went to Yankee Stadium
Alex: ….me too! Yankee Stadium!
Lucia: …..Had denisse’s baby shower
Ruby:….. went to see the statue of the girl who first saw Packer in the Chapel
Kaleem: …. made our video and I got to see what a superstar each Beaver was!
Milo: …..crunched up together
Arjun: …..played Dragons and Chickens
Carmen: …..had all of our Birthday celebrations at Packer
Jake: …..made the Eye of the TIger movie!
Cate: …..had the baby shower!
Ava: …..had Choice Time, and playing in Hollow Blocks
Emerson: ……went to the Met and the fun playground after.
Erica: ….when we first came to school on the very first day. There were some old friends and new friends! It’s amazing to see how well we know each other now. You really learned to love and respect each other this year.
Sara: …… when we had our first trip together, and made vegetable soupl! And then the teachers added too much pasta so it was more like pasta stew with a little bit of veggies, but we all loved it because it was our recipe.
Thank you to all of the Beaver families for an incredible year. We have cherished coming to school each day to warm waves, hugs and smiles from your adorable children. We have learned alongside the Beavers, sharing in discoveries, overcoming challenges, and investing in ideas. It has been our honor to call ourselves the Beavers’ teachers. They truly were a special group!
We wish you a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you next September! Please remember…. ONCE A BEAVER, ALWAYS A BEAVER!!!
Lots and Lots of Love,
Erica, Sara, Kaleem and Denisse