I felt a sense of loss at 12:00 noon on Friday. I stood at the side of the hallway, watching all of our students leave the building on the last day of school. I gave high-fives, hugs and pats on the back.
I feel like I didn't even get to half of what I wanted to read and learn with them.
I'm happy that my students now get to spend more time with their families and friends. I'm excited that they can enjoy lazy summer days at the pool, at the park, and on the soccer field without the interruption of the school bell.
I worry that some students won't see much outside of their apartment, as they must watch younger siblings or wait inside while their parents work long hours.
I do plan on keeping in better touch with my students this summer. I kept our Kid Blog site up, and I've got a pile of envelopes and summer notes to mail them throughout June, July and August.
I'm sure to stay busy this summer, reading books, collecting ideas for next year, and reconnecting with my own family and friends.
I hope my students have a sweet summer as well, but it sure was tough to see them leave.