How to Say Goodbye

End of the Year

Saying Goodbye

How do you approach the end of the school year?  For some, the countdown to summer begins immediately after spring break. For me, I am in denial until the very last week:  “It is NOT almost over!” I protest.  But even when the end comes, there is still Evergreen Camp and next year to look forward to.

To make the transition to summer meaningful, we are planning two special events to put closure on the year.  The first honors our elementary class.  On Friday, we will recognize the special journey of our elementary students—in particular those who are departing after many years of learning and growth at Evergreen– through songs, poems and presentations.  We are so proud of our students and their accomplishments!  If you are familiar with the elementary class, you will understand how sad it will be to say goodbye to our beloved students and their families.

The second event takes place on the last day of school.  Students will gather in the gym for a giant Montessori birthday celebration for the school.  We will simulate the earth’s path around the sun and represent the journey we have been on this year.  We will recount highlights of the year, sing, say goodbye and conclude with cookies and lemonade on the playground.   The snacks may be sweet, but the end is always bittersweet.

Regards, John

  1. May 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm | #1

    I share your ambivalence about the end of the year. I hate giving my kids up to the future. Can’t I keep them just a little bit longer….?

  2. May 30, 2012 at 10:50 am | #2

    I agree… it is such a busy time. Everyone is excited for a break but not ready for goodbyes. The next two Fridays be such emotional days.

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