Although you're not their parent,
You care for them each day.
You cuddle, sing, and read to them
and watch them as they play.
You see each new accomplishment
You help them grow and learn.
You understand their language
and you listen with concern.
They come to you for comfort
and you kiss away their tears.
They proudly show their work to you
You give the loudest cheers!
No, you are not their parent
but your role is just as strong.
You nurture them and keep them safe
though maybe not for long.
You know someday the time will come
when you will have to part.
But you know each child you've cared for

I am Glad I was your Teacher!
I'm glad I was your teacher
I've come to love you so.
I can't believe the end is here.
I hate to see you go.
Remember all the fun we had
in all the things we did
But most of all remember...
You're a Very Special Kid!

You're a very special person, and
__(name of student) you should know
how I loved to be your teacher,
how fast the year did go.
Please take the time to think of me
as through the years you grow,
try hard to learn all you can,
there is so much to know.
The one thing I tried to teach you,
to last your whole life through,
is to know you are special
just because,__,you are you.

This Hand I Hold
This hand I hold I touch it now
For all eternity,
And the knowledge that I share
I give from me to you.
In hope that all you do and say
Reflects the lessons learned,
And all the awards that you receive
Are ones that you have earned.
I am your present teacher
And your true friend,
But when the year is over
My thoughts of you won't end.
For in my dearest memory
Forever you will be,
And when you go I hope that you
Will take a part of me.
This hand I hold I touch it now
For all eternity,
And the knowledge that I share
I give from me to you.

Great Expectations
It's time to say good-bye
Our year has come to an end.
I've made more cherished memories
and many more new friends.

I've watched your child learn and grow
and change from day to day.
I hope that all the things we've done
Have helped in some small way.

So it's with happy memories
I send them out the door,
With great hope and expectations
for what next year holds in store.

Dear Parents,
I give you back your child, the same child you confidently entrusted to my care last fall. I give him back pounds heavier, inches taller, months wiser, more responsible, and more mature then he was then. Although he would have attained his growth in spite of me, it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch his personality unfold day by day and marvel at this splendid miracle of development. I give him back reluctantly, for having spent nine months together in the narrow confines of a crowded classroom, we have grown close, have become a part of each other, and we shall always retain a little of each other. Ten years from now if we met on the street, your child and I, a light will shine to our eyes, a smile to our lips, and we shall feel the bond of understanding once more, this bond we feel today. We have lived, loved, laughed, played, studied, learned, and enriched our lives together this year. I wish it could go on indefinitely, but give him back I must. Take care of him, for he is precious. Remember that I shall always be interested in your child and his destiny, wherever he goes, whatever he does, whoever he becomes. His joys and sorrows I’ll be happy to share. I shall always be his friend.
~Author Unknown
In the year__ at the beginning of September
You came into my class, how well I remember.
Some of you were smiling and giggling a lot
Some were very quiet and a few tears I could spot
You came here to learn, to be taught how to read
You were then very much like a tiny new seed
You were all in my garden just waiting to grow
So this gardener got busy with her rake and her hoe
I fed you the water and let in the sun
You took in the soil, but we had only begun
Each day as I worked in this garden of mine
I saw you all growing so strong and so fine
Then finally one day I took a good look
And saw each of my flowers reading a book
It was obvious then that you had worked too
Soaking up all the food I had given to you
But although you have blossomed, you still need to grow
So I'll pass you on now to another gardener I know
She too has a rake and hoe she can use
And plenty of food from which you can choose
I hope you will keep your roots open wide
Take in all her food and keep it inside
Yes, a gardener can work all night and all day
But the flower must be willing to take in each ray
So work very hard in your garden each year
Do the best you can and you'll have nothing to fear
Grow strong and tall, reach up for the sun
Stay as nice as you are and have lots of fun.
Summer’s Here
Summer’s here!
Another year
Of school is at an end.
We’ve learned a lot
And grown a lot
And made a lot
Of friends.
We’ll say goodbye,
Now summer’s here,
It’s time for us to part.
But we’ll remember all our friends
And keep them in our hearts.

~Helen H. Moore
End-of-the-Year Song:
(tune: "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah")
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay,
My, oh, my, summer's coming our way.
Plenty of sunshine, swimming and play,
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, school's out today.

There's a sadness in the air.
It's over. It's done, but wasn't first grade fun?

Oh, zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay,
Summer's coming, coming our way!
~Author Unknown

Websites to visit:
End of the Year at Teaching Heart
End of the School Year
Scholastic- End -of -the- Year Tips
ABC Teach End of the Year
A to Z Teacher Stuff/End of the Year
The Teacher's Corner/End of the Year Activities
Child Fun End of Year
End of School
Memory Book at Billy Bear
Memory Book

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