Beep. Beep. Beep.
This morning was the annual fifth grade breakfast. It’s almost like a graduation, but each student doesn’t get a diploma; it’s more of a group sendoff to middle school. I give out certificates to my library helpers for the year and the classroom teachers give out other awards.
Alice, my most devoted library helper, has health issues and must stay inside for recess. Because of this she has been extraordinarily faithful in helping with first grade classes and library tasks during that time.
Alice loves the library and library work so much that her teacher likes to say she’s my “Mini-Me.”
Intelligent, mature, well-behaved, willing to work, yet still a bit of a kid inside: Alice is that rare student that comes along only once every few years that you wish you could teach for her entire school career, guide into college, and befriend as an adult as well. Today I got to publicly thank her for her devotion to the library and coincidentally express birthday wishes at the same time.
I’ll miss her.
Another trip to the kindergarten hallway reveals they have been reading The Grouchy Ladybug. If you can translate the following kindergarten spelling, you will see it reads “I feel grouchy when I am at school.” With three student days to go, kids who are already mentally on vacation, and final grades due tomorrow, I think it’s fair to say he’s not the only one.