Wednesday, April 18, 2012

End of the Year Parent Letter

Today a student left my room and moved to another school.  I will miss him and it has me reflecting…

I don’t remember learning to write my name or when the jumbled up words on a page turned into stories.  I’m not sure if I struggled in school and I don’t remember that much about it.   I didn’t always know that I wanted to be a teacher.  In fact, I know that I didn’t. 

I wish now that I could recall these memories of where my learning began but they just aren’t there.  What I do remember are the faces and voices of the teachers that made a difference.  I can hear my kindergarten teacher’s voice and see her smile.  I remember my first grade teacher and a field trip we went on to a swimming pool.  She played in the water with us.  I remember my third grade teacher used to give me Triscuits and let me read under her desk.
I have no doubt that the memories I do have from elementary school, combined through the years, make me the teacher I am today. 

It is because of this, I am always wondering what memories my students will take away from my classroom.  There is no doubt that academics are important but we all know there’s more to it than that.  I wonder if they will remember that I filled the room with 100 balloons for the 100th day, that I let them throw water balloons at me or that I can’t carry a tune in a bucket but I sing anyway…

It is my hope, that one day they will look back on first grade and remember me.  They may not remember that I taught them to read (which is no small task) but it is my hope that they remember how I made them feel.  Maybe, one day they will stumble upon my end of the year letter to their parents and just for a minute, they will remember…

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  1. Well put. No doubt they'll remember.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. I had a child move today too. :( It was a sad day. I had a few kiddos crying off and on all day. Not only was the child amazing, but the parents were too! And I'm looping with my kiddos so I won't have the privilege of teaching her next year either.

    Love the letter. Thank you!

    Krazy About Kiddos

  3. What a great letter! Thanks for sharing! ~Heidi V.

  4. I'm such a sap. This made me cry. My class this year has been amazing. I am dreading the day I have to let them go. Thanks, I will definitely be using this. Beautiful! :)

    Second Grade Math Maniac Blog

  5. Loved the letter! Can't wait to send it out!
    Rowdy in First Grade

  6. Randi - I agree wholeheartedly. Well said. As a parent, I would appreciate this letter from an amazing teacher!

    Hello Mrs Sykes

  7. What a lovely idea :)

  8. Love this letter!! I will be sending it out in 19 days. :) Not that I am counting.:)

  9. Thanks for the cute letter. I also have a letter, I write to my former students, when they leave as 5th graders for the middle school.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  10. I love this. I've been around long enough that I am now teaching former student's children. What a wonderful privelege. I can't wait to send this home with them. Thank you for sharing.

  11. I'm featuring this post on Bagels and Blogs tomorrow!


  12. I love this Randi! Thank you so much! I have a poem I send out that says many of the same things. =)

    I know you are a teacher that is touching many, many hearts. =)

    Heather's Heart

  13. What a beautiful letter. Very well put.

    We found your blog from Donna's Bagels and Blogs! We're your newest followers :)

    Across the Hall in 2nd

  14. Love this letter! I remember seeing it in a magazine my 1st year of teaching and thinking what sweet words in contained and thinking I should copy and send it home....but I never did. I think this year would be a great year to do that. Thank you for the download!

  15. I heart your letters! Thank you for sharing! P.S. I am a newbie blogger and I just became your newest follower!

    I Heart My Kinder Kids

  16. This is a beautiful letter... also be aware that this letter has been around for many years, I used it long ago so be careful about signing YOUR name to it.

  17. This is such a beautiful letter! Wondering why anonymous is saying that-- aren't we all supposed to share as teachers? I LOVE it & intend to use it- thank you for posting it! :)

  18. It is a beautiful letter and it wouldn't take a moment for any teacher to add a little something from their class to personalize it and sign their name.

    Thank You!

    1. I have used this letter for the last 5 years. At the end I add a P.S. and add a little personal note about the student. Sometimes it's something they have shared, accomplished, or how they touched me.

  19. This letter was shared with me by my student teaching mentor teacher in 1992--it has been around for a while, but I still use it every year.

  20. There is a grammatical error at the end of paragraph one. It should read, ...and more mature THAN she was then.



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