I'll begin with an apology to those who still have to work for four more days (and, in some cases, FIVE)...
Our District decided to put the five furlough days in June... So, happily, I am now officially FREE for two weeks of "Winter Vacation." I no longer care what you call it. All I can say is YEE HAW!
After my concerted efforts to follow the rules for the last two weeks and keep everything "holiday neutral," (see previous two posts!) I eventually had to concede that nothing is ever really under my control.
The bell rang on Friday afternoon, and, amidst the cheering and shouting about the first moments of vacation, I suddenly found myself holding an armload of gifts and cards and chocolate! Better yet, as the students pushed their way to the door, a few sweeties gave me hugs, and then smiled and chorused, "Merry Christmas!"
The sound of those words made my heart swell! I knew that they knew what I knew (follow that?!) and that made me smile. Merry Christmas... the words we didn't say all week could be heard echoing down the sidewalk as they headed for their two weeks away... A few wishes for "Happy Holidays" were also added in and my day was complete!
All week we collected food for our Canned Food Drive. Although we are a little school, we have big hearts. This was a project organized by the kids in Student Council with very little adult help. They looked so delighted as they left each classroom and added to their growing pile of goods--over 300 cans/boxes of food were collected. I can't show my sixth grade "project leader," but if you look closely you can see her hands... the helping hands that made it all happen!
Of course it wouldn't be the same if December snuck by without a Farley Linky Party! Thanks, Farley for bringing us all together again! Here are my current musings...
Check out Life in 4B... You'll love it!
Then, head on over and visit Farley at Oh Boy Fourth Grade Everyone is waiting to hear what's happening in YOUR life.
After you visit Farley, you MUST stop by and read Reagan's "Top Ten Reasons I Know Christmas is Near" at Turnstall's Teaching Tidbits.
I read her post two days ago and I am still laughing... You could be laughing too!