Day 180 (of 183) maintaining mindfulness in a final week
Finishing off a year is never easy. And I’m not really good at good-byes; I can blame my heritage or say it’s because I like the theory of year-round schooling (though my interpretation is a tad ‘different’) but no matter what, I’m mindful that it ain’t easy.
It’s because good-byes are hard that so many try to sabotage relationships because going away mad is easier than just going away (book prize to first to email me with where that song reference comes from: UPDATE: already claimed: @cliffwaldie That’s Motley Crue…Don’t go away mad (just go away) )
It’s because the days are longer and the sleep is less (or maybe because there’s so much to think about and rethink about that is limiting the amount of sleep…..tough call.
It’s why I probably overthink a lot of our ‘windup activities’. One of which I have been very thrilled with has been the ‘whole-school field trip’. Today we went to the local WaterSlides. And by “we” that’s staff, students, family, pre-school….heck I think I ‘okay’ virtually every request I’ve received. And seeing the extended families that show up is really neat. Even allows school-friends to introduce parents to each other (wanting to arrange summer play dates….)
I also overthink our Year in Review video (based on our Month in Review videos but hard to keep it close to half an hour….) AND the photo medley that is on while parents et al find seats for our final recognition assembly (and celebrating our students moving on to middle school). Thanking staff that is moving on (hint: I’m in this years list….) and the community and individuals who do amazing work to make our learning community thrive.
This year we are trying a swap to our usual routine: big events at the start of the final week, and calm/routines with the classrooms (mostly) to gently launch the summer-break-away-from-school……we will see if our thinking about our thinking (synthesis shoutout to @adriennegear ) leads to benefits to our learners (and our staff as we welcome a new lead learner for the upcoming year).
But so glad the week started off on such a positive note.