June 3, 2009

Saying Goodbye

Today was our last day of school. It was bittersweet for me because it is the end of my very first year teaching. I've thoroughly enjoyed my students and will miss them in the time to come. The letter I sent home to parents pretty accurately describes my sentiments today, so I wanted to share it here:

Dear Parents,

I was given a plethora of advice about my first year teaching. I was cautioned that my first year of teaching would certainly be my hardest, and it was explained that, for better or worse, my first class was one I would never forget. I can say with absolute sincerity that I hope that both pieces of advice ring true. If so, I have a wonderful career ahead of me, and my memories will be cherished forever, for this was truly a wonderful group.

While I am a bit heart-broken to admit it, the time has come for me to "give back" your children, the same children you entrusted to me back in August. I do not give them back in the same condition, however, for we have grown immensely together in my classroom this year. Instead, I give them back as accomplished writers, fluent readers, improved listeners, and confident speakers.

It has been my absolute privilege to observe your children's personalities unfold each day. We've learned, laughed, studied, encouraged, and enriched each other's lives this year. I wish it could go on a bit longer, but give them back, I must!

Remember that I will always be interested in your children. Whatever their futures hold, whatever paths they take, I will be delighted to hear. Please enjoy every moment with them; they are so precious.

Always your friend,
Miss L


  1. As a parent, I would be extremely touched to receive a letter like this. WOW! Very very cool Erin!

  2. Lovely letter. Lovely post. Lovely YOU!