We prepare ourselves at the end of each year for the students to "Move Up" into the next grade level. On the last day of school the second graders come over from their school and visit their new 3rd grade teachers. The old third graders visit their new fourth grade teachers and, you guessed it, the old fourth graders visit their new fifth grade teachers.
During this time, the old fifth graders are signing yearbooks, watching movies, or are outside on the playground.
Before the day is over we will be visited in the office to sign a yearbook, to be offered something from the class party, or to receive a gift.
It's nice to see our outgoing 5th's to say good bye and wish them luck. We've had them for 3 years. We know the frequent flyers who visit the principal, and we know the one's who have done well also.
But we not only lose students to moving up, we lose parents also. And again, there are the one's you couldn't wait to see go, and those that you will miss.
I received a package from one such family. This mom always treated us at the holidays, secretaries day, and at the end of the year with a container full of puppy chow. The homemade candy puppy chow that is. Delicious! This year was no different except for the note.
The children (twins) each wrote a thank you on the note, but then the mom added her sentiments. We go back a long way.
When her older daughter was in 1st grade I happened to be doing a long-term subbing assignment for her teacher. Through the years, while I was subbing, our paths would cross. Then when I took the office job, we saw more of each other.
This is a mom who always takes time to talk to you. To really ask you how you are doing and mean it.
She's also a mom who writes her children's notes on any available piece of paper, be it a paper napkin that's handy or the back of a grocery store receipt.
She's a mom who will paint her face green and don a blow-up leprechaun outfit and visit the school each St. Patrick's day and cause mayhem and laughter as she runs down the halls and around the outside of the school. And I have pictures of her dressed as a cow for Halloween, udders and all.
She's a mom who you will see running through the neighborhood with her dog on a leash, sometimes with her children following along on their bikes.
And, she's a mom who will drop what she's doing and come in to clean tables at lunch when someone else can't make it.
These are the one's you hate to lose.