Good morning, Everyone.
If we were having coffee together, I would wish everyone a very fun-filled summer. Monday will be the last day of the 2018-2019 school year at the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary school. The school is small and compared to the neighboring districts. There is one class for each grade from K-6. Currently, there are no more than 23 children for each class. We are a cozy community of children, families, and educators.
After the music, art, citizenship, perfect attendance, and a plethora of club participation and accolades, each class weaved from their row of seats to the next grade’s row. The sixth graders walked up on stage for congratulatory applause. My sweet K- kids left their short-legged wooden chairs and took their place in the first row on scooped-back plastic chairs. Happy tears day.
Friday was a half day for all of the children—so much to sort, put away, and cleaned out. Of course, there were last-minute meetings, too. In the morning, the 2019 Remsenburg-Speonk seniors from the high school walked through the hall of their elementary Alma mater—such wonderful young women and men! I hugged and congratulated a few of my former special needs students who had done so well since leaving their little school with the big name.
Monday is another short day for the kids. My students will visit the first-grade classroom and teacher. Report cards will be distributed, and the last of the art projects and classwork will be packed up. A summer activities packet will also be added to the backpacks. Then it’ll be time to wave goodbye until September.
Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great!
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.