Yes, yes, we just got out of school last week. I know most of you have been out for a month, but up here in Seattle, school goes until the 3rd week of June! Luckily we don't start back up until after Labor Day in September. (I like that the summer coincides with the best weather in the PNW, July and August).
The weeks leading up to the last day of school, I attended the kids' field trips. I didn't get to volunteer in the classroom as much as I wanted to this last year because of the little boys at home, so I really wanted to chaperon the field trip while the kids still REALLY wanted me to. Thank you to my babysitting friends for helping me out with the boys so I could attend!
Addy's class went to the fire station. Since it is about 3/4 of a mile from the school, we all walked. Of course it rained on us both directions, but that didn't get anyone down one bit. Here's Addy with her BFF from school.
The fireman pulled out all the stops to make this an incredible afternoon for the kids. The entire station was practically shut down! They had about 15 fireman, EMTs, and police helping out as the groups rotated through stations. They got a tour of the station (including the private quarters and all important fireman kitchen!), a tour of an ambulance, a turn spraying the firehose and riding up the bucket ladder, and a break to eat lunch with the crew. I was so impressed. The kids absolutely loved it!
Carson toured a historical mansion in downtown Puyallup, Meeker Mansion, and also did a walking tour around the town viewing the different historical buildings. It was really interesting to learn more about our little town.
The last week of school we attended 4th grade Author Night where Carson got to display the book he has been working on for the last month. He was pretty excited to show it off, and he has become quite the little author this year!
At the 4th grade awards assembly he was awarded the "Achiever" award. To qualify, he had to meet certain criteria in a bunch of different areas (from academics, exercise, clubs, citizenship, and leadership). He was one of only ten 4th grades to get the award. Pretty proud momma!
Here he is with his teacher, Ms. Suarez. She has been fantastic this year in really helping Carson improve in a number of different areas. I appreciated all the special attention and guidance she gave Carson. So wonderful to have great teachers!
Addy had a "Success Day" in which parents could come and view their first grade portfolio. It was such a treat to have her explain all her artwork and projects to us and watch a year end slide show and video.
Mrs. Gendreau is fantastic and we are so happy she is "looping up" with this class and will continue as her second grade teacher...awesome!
We put these little gifts together (idea from Pinterest) for their teachers. The kids helped me make the homemade jam (strawberries from our very own strawberry patch!). And then we added the "fresh picked" soaps from Bath and Body Works including the chrome soap 'cover'. Love it.
Last time dropping them off as 4th and 1st graders!
We made our traditional slurpee run on the last day of school. Every year my kids are wearing jackets on the last day of school. We had an awesome spring, but June (each year) is really tough! Kids didn't seem to mind.
Over the last few days we sorted through all the papers I saved throughout the year (see that white box on the top of the stack below? I have one for both Carson and Addy in my office) and all the garb they brought home the last few days of school. Have I ever written about my school paper organziation system? I couldn't find it on my blog, I love it and copied it from my friend after reading it on her blog...so here ya go, if interested.
I put certificates, sport and dance team pics, special awards, extra family pictures, birthday cards, special notes, etc. ....all in sleeve protectors in a binder. Simple, no crafty non-sense. It's not a photo album (I do those separately). They sort through the rest and we save whatever artwork, assignments, etc. that can be clipped into a large binder clip. If it is a large item, we make sure we have a picture and then toss it. I try to keep some writing assignments from the beginning and end of year to show improvement, and then I stick their final report card on the top. This way they can unclip the papers and look at them later and then place them all back in the clip. The binder clip stack and the the binder go in a large plastic storage bin with just a few other 'memory items' (cub scout books, dance tiara, pinewood derby cars, etc). Carson is on binder #2, so I think we will be able to fit all of elementary in one storage box. My hope is to fit middle thru high school in a second bin. Thus all childhood memories in two manageable storage bins. If you are like me, I get so overwhelmed with what to keep and toss. This helps me pick the very best items to keep while limiting it to a quantity that won't get out of control! And organized in a way that it can easily be looked at and enjoyed (my kids love looking back at their old stuff).
I also use a plain folder to store any items they made for Trevor and I. My kids are big crafters and constantly giving me darling notes, cards, and letters. I am torn on what to do with this stuff? Don't I keep my own Mother's Day cards and crafts? For now I have a folder for each grade with this stuff from the kids to us. Maybe I'll pull those out of the bin someday to keep. Anyway, that's the only thing I am unsure about it this whole 'system'. Any other school memory-keeping ideas out there that you love?