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Last Day of School: tears, cheers, and a blessing

Collaborating one last time as third graders!

Collaborating one last time as third graders!

 

AT THE END OF THE YEAR

(An excerpt from John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us)

As this year draws to its end,
We give thanks for the gifts it brought
And how they become inlaid within
Where neither time nor tide can touch them.

Days when beloved faces shone brighter
With light from beyond themselves;
And from the granite of some secret sorrow
A stream of buried tears loosened.

We bless this year for all we learned,
For all we loved and lost
And for the quiet way it brought us
Nearer to our invisible destination.

* * *

Everyone knows that the last day of school is a day like none other–routines are overturned, furniture is moving, brooms and dustpans are active, and everything is being done for the last time. Sadness, joy, and excitement are all mixed together. Since it is difficult to sum up our 2015-2016 school year with words, here are a few photos from the last day of school. A little bit of everything has been happening within our walls today. We wish everyone a blessed summer, and are looking forward to a fresh, new beginning in the fall!

 

third grade white board

We made it!

 

Fifth and sixth grade decorating canvas bags.

Fifth and sixth grade decorating canvas bags.

 

Ms. Abby’s kindergarten class making one last visit to their garden bed.

 

Fourth graders-- studious for at least part of the day-- strictly out of habit, of course.

Fourth graders– studious for at least part of the time, even on the last day of school– strictly out of habit, of course.

 

Kindergarten teachers enlisting older kids to do their heavy lifting.

Smart teachers enlist the older kids to do their heavy lifting.

 

Ms. Joy's class- last nature walk

“Look at this, Ms. Joy!” One last Friday afternoon nature walk for Pre-K 3.