Saturday, June 2, 2012

No More Pencils No More Books

Title of this post was taken from the song Another Brick In The Wall Part II by Pink Floyd.

      School is out! I woke up this morning with the sun streaming through the windows. A small smile appeared on my face as I came to the realization that "Yes! I have slept in!" I eagerly looked at my phone to check the time, I thought for sure it was ten o'clock. Yea, it was 7:50. Okay whatever I will take it :). 
      Another school year has come and gone. I just completed my fifth year teaching special education, and will start my third year with the district I am in. It looks like there may be some changes in store for me next year, I'm not really sure yet. I know a few things for certain 1) I love teaching, and I love teaching in this district. 2) I am beyond grateful to have a job. 3) I absolutely love my coworkers. I truly work with an incredible group of educators and leaders. I continue to learn and grow from watching them. The support I've been given as a new teacher in this district, and through my trials, has been nothing short of amazing. I don't want to name names, but you guys know who you are. You hold a special place in my heart, and it's my privilege to work with and for you. 4) No matter what happens with next school year, I will always work hard and do my absolute best. A job worth doing is worth doing right. I grew up hearing this from my dad every day, and he will never know how it has shaped my life. I may not always know everything or have all the answers, but I will always do my best to learn and grow so that I can do my job to the absolute best of my ability. Moving on :)
     Sebastian passed all of his SOL tests, and worked really hard this year given all that he has been through. I am so proud of him for always doing his best. He is such a handsome young man. I cannot believe he will be in 7th grade next year. Where has time gone? He is getting ready to start cello lessons this summer, and we are hoping to do horseback riding again. There are not enough words to express how much I love this child. 

     Tyler made it through another year and will be moving on to 5th grade! She also passed all her SOL tests. Tyler begged last year to switch schools, I debated it and felt it would be best for her to be in the same school as I was so that I could be there for her. I'm glad I made that choice, because there were many times she just needed a hug; however this year was rough for her for a variety of reasons. I think deep down she wants to start over. She wants to go to a school where no one really knows her, and she can make new memories. Like all of us, she is trying to make a fresh start, and while I don't want her running from her problems I also can't blame her. So, she will be off to a new school next year. She is excited and nervous all at the same time. Here she is with her new violin. We haven't started lessons yet, but hopefully soon. Isn't she beautiful!

Mason, my dear sweet Mason. He graduated from Kindergarten this year. It is amazing all the things he has learned. He had incredible teachers who were so sensitive to his needs and there is no way I could ever let them know how much they mean to me. He will be moving on to 1st grade in the fall. He may also go to a new school next year. There are a few things left up in the air so I'm not sure yet. He is such a great boy, and I could not be more proud of him. Here are pictures from his Kindergarten Graduation. Go Mason!

The end of the school year is always bitter sweet. We are all ready for summer and the fun it will bring, but I always get a little sad knowing I won't see my students until August. Like last year a tear rolled down my cheek as I walked out of my room on Thursday. It's all packed and put away. I hope my students know just how much I love working with them. 

     I have treasures from this year that will help me remember just how much I love my job. Here is a letter a student gave me. I cropped off the students name so as not to identify him/her on here. What a sweet child.

It says "I love you Mrs. Dawson. Thank you for helping me with my work." :)
Makes my heart melt.

     Summer is officially here for the kids and I'm sure they will spend a good part of it in the pool swimming with their cousins. Super excited for family time! A few more pictures and I will be done. I have a super cute picture of Mason that I took at church on Sunday, it's so adorable I had to share it. The last two pictures are of a quilt that a fantastic coworker, Brenda, made for me. She is also working on quilts for Sebastian, Tyler and Mason. I wanted quilts using some of Mike's favorite t-shirts for all of us, and last fall my friend Deb and I went shopping and picked out a ton of fabric and materials. She was going to make them for us. A few months after we bought all the material she passed away. This quilt not only has Mike in it, but it will have my memories of Deb wrapped up in it as well. We spent hours going through fabric and trying to pick out the perfect ones for the kids and me. I have no idea how Brenda found time during the school year to finish mine, but she is one talented and giving person. She will never know how much it means to me. So, as I sit here on this sunny morning, I can't help but smile. I have lost so much, but I have gained a lot in the process. Despite all we have been through I am able to recognize my blessings. I still have much to be grateful for.

Seriously?! Isn't this the most adorable picture ever! 

For those interested Mike used transfer paper to make a work t-shirt with the Just For Men picture on it. Underneath the picture he put the following caption.

"Helping Management Stay Pretty One Dictatorial Blunder At A Time."

I wanted Mike's sense of humor in my quilt, and this captures it. The Type O Negative pieces came from his favorite Type O shirt. The white with the dragon was a shirt he wore often. The Kung Fu Panda looking one is actually from a shirt he screen printed in high school, so I have
his art work on there as well. The backward N square was from his favorite Nine Inch
 Nails t-shirt. The grey (and here is a short spelling lesson, grAy is how it's spelled in America, 
and grEy is how it's spelled in England. I've always spelled it grey :) square was from one of his many plain grey work t-shirts. 

I'm taking my memories and moving forward. Literally I'm taking them to the new house, but also in my relationship with John. I'm looking forward to spending more time together. Hope everyone has a great start to their summer!

*You may notice that my grammar and spelling get better in the posts to follow, this would be because John proofreads them for me now :) Grammar never was my strong suit.



beth said...

You sound much more at peace. I am glad you had the support around you that you needed, and still need. John sounds like a very special person and I am glad you have eachother. I cant wait to see pictures of you in the house! James is playing the tuba again next year in band, Im excited that he likes it so much. Gosh knows he has the shoulders for it. Mason is indeed cute. Tyler and Sebastian have so many wonderful things in their future, lucky you are so smart and strong and they have you for their mother.

Mandaly said...

You truly inspire me, and so many others through sharing your journey. AND your smile is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen :) love you so very much!

Beverly said...

I enjoyed reading this so very much !!!! Loved the pics ! Wishing you , John & the kids an amazing & exciting summer !!!!! :)