Thursday, May 19, 2016

Two Hoots and A Holler: It's So Hard to Say Goodbye

Hoot #1
This past week we had our end of the year kindergarten breakfast and program.  During the breakfast, the students got the opportunity to show their parents all of their hard work throughout the year and share their memories of kindergarten.  At the program the students sang a few songs, and the graduating classes were introduced.  We ended our program with a slideshow of "Our Year in Pictures".  The big finale came when all of the kindergarten students jumped up, sang, and danced to "Roar" by Katy Perry.  That is always our favorite part of the celebration!  The kids love singing along and dancing.   It is a very sentimental and emotional day for everyone.  Parents and teachers cried tears of joy and sadness.  We are happy to see our kiddos soar and grow throughout the year, but we are sad to see it end.  We get attached to these kids, and they become a part of our family.  So Ms. Jamie's Jitterbugs and Ms. Jodi's Rockstars deserve this hoot!  They made us so proud this year, and they are forever a part of our lives and hearts.  Thank you Jitterbugs and Rockstars for making this such a wonderful year!  

Hoot #2
 So speaking of how hard it is to say goodbye, we have to say goodbye to our principal this year.  She is retiring after this year, and I am sure it will be filled with days of relaxation and no stress (we are kinda jealous! haha).  We have been under Ms. Kelley for as our assistant principal/principal for 14 years!  To say she is just our principal is a HUGE understatement!  She is our rock, our leader, our friend, our work mom, our inspiration, our supporter, our strength, our role model, our mentor, our everything!  It will be very hard to say goodbye to her this week, and the thought of it brings tears to our faces as we type this.  Our school coordinated a surprise for her earlier this week.  All of the students and staff were instructed to sneak out of the building and meet in the storm shelter.  While we were getting situated, Ms. Kelley was "making a video" about the renovations that are taking place this summer.  They told her they wanted to video her talking about our storm shelter, and led her to us.  When she opened the door, she was SHOCKED!  The entire school was there, and she had no clue!  Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" started to play, flash mob dancing began, and signs were held up by students that said "Thank You for Believing in Us!"  It was epic!  Of course, we teared up at the celebration when she began to give her speech.  Check out these pictures of us waiting for her to enter....

Ms. Kelley, we would like to say, thank you for never giving up on us, even on those days we drove you up a wall!  Thank you for trusting us to better our school and students.  And most of all....

This Week's Holler...
This week's holler goes out to two amazing teachers who we couldn't have survived this year with out!  Amy Willoughby and Amanda Sanders are our sidekicks at work, they are like our work wives haha.  We spend day in and day out with these two ladies, and they help keep us in line.  Without these two, we wouldn't be able to make it through the year!  Thank you both for all of your hard work and dedication to the students and us!  You two are simply the best!  Have a restful summer!  

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