Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Our Last Days in The Giraffe Class

While our last week in second grade was only two days long, we had a BLAST celebrating all of the growth we've made as friends and as learners in the giraffe class. With a trip to the park, dance parties in the gym, picnics outside, and one last group hug with fluffy, our days were filled with bittersweet moments reminiscing on all the wonder memories we've made, and lots and lots of FUN!


On Monday, we spent the day at Stratham Hill Park playing all sorts of fun games, going for hikes up to the fire tower, catching frogs, and having an epic water balloon fight! 




































Can we just say that Bunch o' Balloons are AMAZING?!






















One of the giraffes said farewell Monday afternoon before heading off to summer camp, we hope she had a great week!!


Finally, it was time for our last day of school :( While it was bittersweet to see our year come to an end, we couldn't help but smile, laugh, and even cry some happy tears as we reflected on all of our wonderful memories in the Giraffe Class


We started our day with an all-school morning meeting, where we saw some epic performances by the 5th grade teachers and students and then celebrated with one giant game of Freeze Dance!







 Afterwards, we had one last morning meeting as a class, where we read our last morning message together and shared our awesome summer plans with the class. The giraffes also got to check out the AMAZING poster they gave to Ms. Riley of a giraffe made up of all of her favorite giraffes! 


The best gift ever!!! 





Ms. Riley gave each of the giraffes a little something as well--a beach ball, some bubbles, and a framed picture 




















On the back of each photo, it says this message:


Giraffes, being your teacher has truly been one of the greatest joys in my life. Continue to show kindness in everything you do, and remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know. You will always have a special place in my heart!

Love Always,
Ms. Riley



Before recess, we took our last day of second grade pictures with our "Fluffy Floatie" and after recess, we enjoyed a picnic together as a class




















Then, we bid farewell to Mrs. Zampini and our 5th grade buddies...








...we gave Fluffy one last group hug...


...and we said goodbye to second grade and hello to summer! 



Giraffes, your year in second grade has seemed to fly by, and while it makes my heart so sad to see you go, I am so proud of the growth you’ve made since you walked into this classroom back in August.

You’ve learned so much in the last 180 school days, stretching your brain in so many different ways, but what makes me the most proud is to think of all the ways your heart has grown. I’ve witnessed your hearts stretching and growing through new friendships, showing empathy for others, your determination to master new skills, and your optimism with trying new things.

I wish I could tell you in words how much it has meant to me to be your second grade teacher. You all hold such a special place in my heart, and know that I will always be here for you no matter where your journey takes you--roads can always lead back to the giraffe class.

Have a wonderful summer!

Love Always,

Ms. Riley