Week 37: 05/22/17 – 05/26/17

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It’s hard to believe we have reached the point in the year where we only have 4 days left! It has been a great year of teaching & learning, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your friendship and support.

In the middle of packing away materials, finishing report cards & last minute projects, there is one part of the year that is so bittersweet….the good-byes! Remember to take time to tell your students what they mean to you this week. Have lunch in the classroom or outside. Ask each student to share their favorite memory. Share your favorite memories with your class. Send a Kennedy Kubbie positive postcard to every student and put it in the mail on the last day of school to wish them a great summer! ENJOY THESE LAST FOUR DAYS! It’s the happiest & saddest time all in one. So, while you’re counting down the last 5 days and trying to cross off those final items from your never-ending to-do list, remember to enjoy your final time together & make your end of the year count! :)

For those of you moving on to new adventures, remember that you’re only as good as your last exit…….and for those of us returning, know that students remember the educators that we are the last week of school…..so let’s make sure they remember the best of what we have to offer. This last week (4 days) is going to FLY by so please commit to making them count. Let’s all feel great about what we’ve accomplished this year! Finish strong and wrap up the year with a beautiful bow…Have a wonderful week and remember to be great for our Kubbies and each other.

“No one has a problem with the first mile of a journey. Even an infant could do fine for a while. But it isn’t the start that matters. It’s the finish line.”

  ― Julien Smith

Here’s our final week at a glance for the 2016-2017 school year:

Monday, May 22nd
2nd Grade Picnic @ North Park
Summative Meetings (Bring your laptop)
8:45am-10:30am (127, 130, 132) Kinder Graduation Practice @ LMS
9:00am (101, 103, 109 & 110) 1st Grade Trip to the Schiller Park Library
10:00am (100, 102, 108) 1st Grade Trip to the Schiller Park Library
11:30am-1:30pm (128, 129, 131, 133) Kinder Graduation Practice @ LMS
8th Grade Graduation @ E. Leyden HS (6:30pm)

Tuesday, May 23rd
Kindergarten Graduations (9:00am and 11:00am) @ LMS
FINAL Faculty Meeting @ 2:50pm (Presentation Space)

Wednesday, May 24th
2nd Grade Field Trip to Brunswick Zone @ 9am
1st Grade Picnic @ North Park
Kindergarten Screenings
Summative Meetings (Bring Your Laptop)
3rd Grade Dinosaur Fair (10:30am-11:30am)
Class Building during CPT

Thursday, May 25th
Happy Birthday Monica Sloma :)
PreK Celebrations (8:15-8:45, 9-9:30, 9:45-10:15 and 10:30-11:00am)
Kindergarten Screenings
LAST Day of School ~ All staff report to the bus lane at 2:25pm for our annual tradition of “waving goodbye to our students” …. *Check out our photos/videos from last year here.

*Looking to remove items from your classroom for next year, or better yet — find some great treasures that others are looking to find new homes for? Check out the END OF THE YEAR SURPLUS LIST

Week 36: 05/15/17 – 05/19/17

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend. I saw this post from a blogger named “Farley” & wanted to share:

I have come to realize Mother’s Day is a celebration of
living moms
angel moms
birth moms
adoptive moms
moms with fur kids
step moms
grieving moms
those trying to become moms
and those that care for kids like a mom

Everyone’s path through life leads them on a different journey
as some may be on a mountain… others might be in a valley
but both travelers need LOVE!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone
you may not hold the roadmap to your life but
remember to count your blessings along the way, follow your heart,
and always look for a sliver lining.

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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, May 15th
2nd Grade Field Trip to Brookfield Zoo

Tuesday, May 16th
Kindergarten Picnic
DARE Graduation @ 2pm (LMS)

Wednesday, May 17th
1st Grade Field Trip to Stahl Family Theater
3rd Grade Picnic
Board of Education Meeting @ 7pm (LMS)

Thursday, May 18th
1st Grade Field Trip to Brookfield Zoo
SLT Meeting @ 3:00pm

Friday, May 19th
Kindergarten Graduation Practice (8:30-10:30 and 11:30am-1:30pm)
3rd Grade “Fly Up Day” – to Washington School @ 9am
1st Grade Picnic

Week 35: 05/08/17 – 05/12/17

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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, May 8th
Melissa out of building @ Admin Academy
Happy Birthday Jen Mauck :)
3rd Grade ZOO Trip

Tuesday, May 9th
Kindergarten ZOO Trip
Pennoyer 1:1 Site Visit (8:30am and 12:45pm)
Marine Biologist visits with 2nd Grade Classrooms

Wednesday, May 10th
1st Grade Dress Rehearsal @ LMS (8:35am)
2nd Grade Goes to LMS for Buddies Activity (8:45am)
1/2 Day SIP <—click for agenda
Support Staff Luncheon @ 11:15am
*Did you sign up to cover a duty? Let’s show our support staff how much we appreciate them!
Retirement Party @ Biaggio’s (4:00pm)

Thursday, May 11th
Last Day of Reading Room
1st Grade Memorial Day Performances @ LMS (9am)
Mentor/Mentee Celebration @ 3:45pm

Friday, May 12th
FIELD DAY @ North Park
PreK Picnic @ Kennedy Park

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