Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Let's Dance The Last Dance

Hi Everyone! If I weren't so tired, I would be getting a little misty here as I type this last newsletter of the year. I know they have fallen away a bit, but I hope they have been of some use to you over the months. They'll pick back up again when we start school in August... But let's not think about that now.

The next couple of days are going to be busy, but I am happy to report that the room is just about packed up thanks to the help of some really great Gagner Gang members. We have done just about all there is to do in our year together with the yearbook put to bed, final assessment results loaded into our reporting systems, report cards printed out, Field Days and the School Picnic all done, and our end of the year trip to Camp Common Ground in the rearview mirror.

I want to thank all of our parent chaperones who helped make CCG possible. We really can't do this trip without you and it does take two days of your life, so we know it's no small commitment. Big ups to George and Karen Parker, Kim Clark and John McNerney, Kristin Blanchette, Melissa Beatty, Maura Nydegger, and Jamie Oberle. I also want to thank all of our room parents for helping make our trip a success by sending prepared and polite kids to school. While at camp, some folks started talking about a city trip for next year. Kelly and I are more than willing to go down that road, so if that sounds good to you, we should probably get a team together to do some research.

Okay, I lied. I do have a couple of things to say about next year. Step-Up Day is tomorrow and we will be together as a new team for the first time. There will be 21 students in the room next year, if numbers stay the same as they are right now. This includes a couple of kiddos from Ms. Primo's class as well as an incoming crop of fourth-graders. At 21, we will only have a net gain of three students, so I am hoping that the room doesn't feel much for crowded than it does now. I will send a letter home tomorrow with a list of essentials for next year. It shouldn't be too much news to you but be on the lookout for it just the same. I'm hoping that we get the master schedule today, so that I can start noodling around with what next year looks like. As soon as I have it, I will share a first draft for you to either dig into or totally ignore until August, for which I don't blame you a bit!

Tomorrow is action-packed, starting with an All-School Meeting followed by an All-School Walk. We will be celebrating Ms. Way's retirement as well as the departure of a few other teachers and staff throughout the day. Step-Up is at 12:30pm and there will be a sixth-graders versus staff kickball game at 2:30pm in the lower field. Last year, we beat the students by about five or six hundred percent and I am gunning for a repeat this year, make no mistake!

Promotion is scheduled to begin at 10:30am on Thursday. The after-party is being organized by Emmy Harvey, so please contact her if you need details. Karen Parker and Vicki Bronson are two names I know are associated with the Promotion ceremony details; Kelly, Sharon, and I have the schedule of the hour-long event all set. Miss Carina will be once again conducting a music showcase, which will start at 10am.

I feel like there are about four dozen things that I should be telling you. If you have any questions for me, don't be shy!

Thanks for a great year. As far as repeats go, let's help our rising sixth graders into their leadership roles next year and send good vibes to our almost-middle schoolers as they embark on their next journey as well.

Have a great summer!

p.s., This is our tradition. We take a picture on the first day of school (above) and recreate it on the last (below). My, oh, my how we've grown!

August 2015
June 2016

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