Dear parents,

As I sit here watching your kids write their final “On Demand” of the year (happily sucking on lollipops), it’s hard to believe that the year is nearly over. What a great ride it’s been, and let me say once again, that I am SO excited to be able to do it all over again with them next year. I have always dreamed of being able to follow my class up to the next grade level, and to be able to do it with a group that I love and into a grade level that I know so well, I feel like a really lucky guy. Lucky to have such a wonderful group of fun, smart, motivated, organized, and responsible kids. Lucky to have such a kind, caring, generous, and supportive parent group. Lucky to have found myself at such an amazing community of learners and educators like we’ve got at SIS. I really feel like I hit the jackpot coming here, and I’m so grateful. Thank you all for everything you’ve done to assist us in our journey together, whether that be spending some time reading with your kids at night, helping them study for a major Math assessment (I KNOW so many of you can relate to that one), sending them in with delicious treats to share at any one of our many celebrations, or the time you took to come spend a bit of your day with us in the classroom (whether for a birthday party, publishing party, or conference), please know how much these things mean to all of us. I cannot adequately express my appreciation for how much better you’ve made this year for everyone involved. And, with as great as this one was, I can only say…just wait for next year. It’ll be even better!

So, as we wrap things up with just one more week ahead, I wanted to give you a few reminders about the next five days:

Monday, June 10th- Pool Party. There’s nothing special you need to do for this other than remind the kids to bring their swim stuff. We’ll have our regular lunch period, then popsicles at the pool while swimming.

Tuesday, June 11th- SIS “Game Day,” where children are encouraged to bring in board games from home. So, if you’ve got a fun one you can share that day, we’d love for them to bring it in.

Wednesday, June 12th- Open Mic Poetry Reading. On this day, from 8-9 AM, the kids will take turns reading a poem that they’ve written to all of you.

Thursday, June 13th- From 8:15-9:00, we will have our last get together with our PK buddies. I’d like to ask you a favor that day…could you all please either send your child to school with a bag of popcorn to share, or work together to have perhaps a few parents make bigger bags so that the kids can all share during a little movie party?

Friday, June 14th- Half day/Last day! I know you’ve already received some communications regarding this day, so no need for more explanation from me.

It should be a really busy, and really fun last week. I’m excited to get it underway! If anything else pops up (which I’m pretty sure it will), I’ll let you all know again via WeChat.

Finally, in an effort to revamp our classroom, I am looking for any possible donations of couches/loveseats/chairs. I have already done away with my teacher desk in an effort to make Grade 5 much more student-driven. That has cleared up space which we’re filling with floor desks, bean bags, and pillows. I have just the perfect spot for a three person or two person couch, so if you’ve got one sitting around that you no longer use/need, we’d be happy to take it off of your hands!

If you made it this far, congratulations! Your eyes must be tired now. Go take a coffee break to wake yourself back up, and if you need to get back to me with regard to any of these requests (or have any questions), please feel free to send me a WeChat message.

Just five more days! Woohoo!!!

All the best,

Ben

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