It certainly is hard to believe that summer is upon us! Where did this school year go? I want to thank all of the parents for giving me the opportunity to share this past year with your most prized possession, your children. Each and every one of them has touched my heart. This class has been a pure delight to teach thanks to their enthusiasm, willingness to put forth their best effort as both individual learners and as team members, and their desire to share their gifts. Your children were responsible for the smile on my face each and every dayJ.
We’ve been to many exciting places this year! We examined maps and globes, visited Chicago, and explored Illinois. We researched National Monuments and endangered species. We experienced mathematics in a new light. On top of all of this we delved deeper into reading and learned how to use reading to learn. We’ve mastered our multiplication and division facts and unlocked the cursive code. What an accomplishment!
We had our share of honors in the classroom, too! If you had a chance to take a look at the Principal Honor Board or Palos Pride Board you got a glimpse of how hard the students worked. We had fantastic “Young Authors” in our room and two very impressive spellers representing us in the Palos West Spelling Bee. The students’ weekly “Sign & Return” papers also illustrated their individual growth and accomplishments throughout the year. There were millions of other successes accomplished by the students. These were only a few!
I would like to thank all the parent volunteers who have helped make this year so memorable. The field trip chaperones seemed to enjoy themselves as much, if not more, than the students did. The parties and the class picnic were successful thanks to our dedicated Room Parents. Thanks again to each and every one of you! It has been a pleasure working with you towards the success of your children.
Boys and girls, there are a few things you can do this summer to continue the fun we have had. The sky above us is full of wondrous things! The Perseid meteor showers peak on August 11th and 12th. If you are in a dark place you could see two or three a minute! For more information or to find out what else is going on above us go to http://stardate.org/nightsky/meteors/, www.skyandtelescope.com, and www.spaceweather.com. In addition, there will be a total solar eclipse across the United States on August 21st! Also, check out http://www.literacyworldwide.org/get-resources/reading-lists for reading “Choices” lists from the International Reading Association by children, teachers, and librarians. Of course, don’t forget the “Wonders!” web site or “Links for Learners” on our own Palos West web site. Keep studying math facts and READ, READ, READ!
Well, with the year over, I wish you and your family a safe and happy summer. Your children are terrific!! I will miss them!! They are sure to continue to shine in the future!!