The end of the school year brings mixed feelings for teachers and students

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The end of the school year is filled with days that are meant to bring extra joy and excitement for the children. Teachers often start a countdown to celebrate the end of the year with their students. The children start talking about who their new teacher might be and how they will miss their current teachers. This year was like so many in the past. We planned and participated in Fun Day with the district, Kona Ice Day, and our countdown school days were in effect.

While this year’s end of the year would look the same it would also look a little different than most years. There were kids excited for summer and kindergarten couldn’t come soon enough. Then there were few that were nervous for what summer kindergarten would be like. This year we had children that started showing their big feelings of being sad and even mad that the year was ending. Coming to school got harder for them as they didn’t want it to end, they also decided they were upset with the teachers about school ending. Morning drop offs got harder not easier. As teachers we had to have more patience and understanding than before with these little ones that just didn’t want the year to end.

Every year when we start talking about the end of school, I ask families to talk to their children as well, about what the summer will look like. Some families may have vacations to look forward to or spending time together. While other families may be looking to send their child to summer camp or daycare until school starts in August. Whatever their summer will look like it’s always recommended that families take that extra time to talk about it. I explain their everyday is about to change, they know what to expect right now when they wake up on Monday morning. But change is hard and trying to understand what their new routine will look like can be scary for kids.

We’d like to say that the last day was filled with only happy tears and big hugs. We also had tears of sadness with hopes that the school year wasn’t ending, just yet.

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