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‘Twas the Week Before Break…

Dear Teacher,

I know this week is full of excitement and anxiety…excitement for the students and anxiety for you.  How are you going to keep their attention?  How are you going to keep your attention?  How can you contain and focus the craziness that is the week before Winter Break?

I don’t have a lot of advice for you.  You have to find what works best for you, your students, and your situation.  However, I did write a fun little poem a couple of years ago that will give you a little laugh as you face this week.  I thought I would share it again this year.  It is based on the poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore.  Have a little giggle and enjoy!

‘Twas the Week/Day Before Break

‘Twas the day before break, when all through the classroom,
Each creature was stirring; the teacher, too, I assume;
The students were antsy and moving here and there;
In hopes that the clock would move faster if they just stare;
The administration was nestled all snug in their offices;
With having visions of no calls about students from all of us;
And you in your holiday sweater and matching cap,
Just want to settle your brain for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the hall there arose such a clatter,
You sprang from your chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the door you flew like a flash,
Spun doorknob and moved the door with a crash.
The fluorescent light from the hallway gave off quite a glow,
You looked left and right to see what you could know,
When the noise that had traveled to your wondering ear,
Helped you realize that it was the bell that you did hear.
The end of the day really did come so  quick,
It was just like a present from dear old St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles the students they came,
And they hustled and shouted, and you called them by name:
“Now, students! bye-bye students! Bye you wonderful children!
Bye, students!  Do be careful as you leave this dear buildin’!
To the top of the hallway! to the top of the hall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As papers and dust in their happy wake fly,
When they meet with their bus they jump in not shy;
And back to their houses with them the bus oh it flew
With all of the girls and boys, and their energy too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard you so true
Your prancing and dancing to your door as you did shoo.
You got in your car without turning around,
Down the parking lot you and your car were home-bound.
The school, in your rear view got smaller by  sight—
“Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good night!”
Have a wonderful holiday break, you amazing Teacher!  You rock and you deserve the break.  Don’t forget to relax and enjoy your friends and family!
Love, Teacher
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Almost There…

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Dear Teacher,

You are almost there!  You have almost made it!  Holiday break is just around the corner.  You can almost count the minutes!

You have worked so hard to keep students engaged.  You have poured your heart out.  You have put in the hours and the energy to capture their hearts and minds.  You have tried to make this time before break both educational and memorable.  And you have done it.  You have knocked it out of the park!

It may not have been perfect, you you have done well, my friend.  Great job!  Amazing!  You are such a great teacher!

The students may not always appreciate the work you do now, but you are making a difference.  You are doing so well.  Every minute may not be awesome, but your awesome never stops.  Nice job.  You have done what you do so well.  You are so awesome!

Thank you for all that you do.  Thank you for working so hard.  Thank you for caring so much.  Thank you for being you.

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you!

I hope you have the best holiday break ever!  Take it easy.  Take a break.  Rest.  Relax.  Get charged up for the rest of the year!

You are so awesome!  You are so amazing!  Your students need you and you are making a difference in their lives.  Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Have a great break, you have earned it and deserve it!

Love, Teacher