Last Day of School Fun + Summer Plans

Hooray! Summer is officially here! I have been kind of MIA the last couple weeks…Apparently this summer thing has really got me worn out.

Last Day of School Party Ideas

In all reality, the start of summer greeted me with probably the worst case of strep throat I have ever endured. I was knocked out for a good four days before finally feeling like myself again. Wedding planning has kept me busy and this past weekend we celebrated the marriage of Cody’s Dad and step-mom.

Celebrating the marriage of Dale and Janet

I’m back today to write about our End of Year Party (which…teaser! Was the EASIEST and CALMEST EOY party I have ever had!) and share about what I have in store for you this summer.

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End of Year Party

The last day of school was only 12 days ago but I am really having to go back in my memory to flesh out all the details. #summerprobs

I wrote a whole blog post on end of year party ideas at the beginning of May. Our team decided to do a “Popcorn and Pajama Party” mainly because our activity fund had all of $11 in it and we had already asked parents for money a couple times this year so the cheapest thing we could come up with was popcorn, pajamas, and a movie. But it was a hit!

I greeted the almost third graders with a fun door decoration that I literally grabbed out of the recycle bin and whipped up the afternoon before.

End of School Year Party: Door Decoration

My kiddos worked on a “Second Grade Superpowers” packet that allowed them to reflect on this past years friends, memories, lessons, and their goals for next year.

End of School Year Party: Morning Work

At the beginning of the year I always read “First Day Jitters” which would mean that I should probably read “Last Day Blues” but instead I read “You Are My Wonders” which is a book depicting the relationship between students and their teacher. You’d think that it’s teachers giving to kids all year long but in reality our kids give so much to us!

End of School Year Party: Last Day Read Aloud

Then it was time for our Popcorn and Pajama Party. We moved all the desks out of the way and set up the chairs “theater style.” The kids got super excited about this. I also let them take their shoes off.

And apparently no shoes + empty space in the back of the room = a great opportunity to run and slide in your socks.

End of School Year Party: Popcorn and Pajama Party

I popped some popcorn and we had ourselves a party.

End of School Year Party: Popcorn Party

Of course after the movie was over we still had a couple hours to go, but luckily by this point I was only left with 8 kiddos. So we spent some time outside, ate lunch, and watched another movie because IT’S THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

End of School Year Party

Oh! And I also won the “Most Organized Classroom” award at school, which wasn’t really all that surprising but makes me feel like I now have some credibility to this whole “The Simply Organized Teacher” Blog.

I wish I had some fun pictures to show you what I have been up to this summer. But like I said at the beginning, my first four days of summer looked a lot like this:

Summer Plans For The Blog

So now that we are knee deep in summer, I wanted to share a little bit of what I have planned for The Simply Organized Teacher. If you are on my newsletter, you already know that I have been struggling with some motivation.

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I had a lot of really big goals for this summer that included an ebook and an online course on classroom organization. I have decided that both are too much to undertake along with posting on the blog consistently, planning a wedding, and enjoying a summer break.

All that to say, I will be publishing my own book on Classroom Organization and Management. I am currently calling it “The Simply Organized Classroom: Your Complete Guide to Classroom Organization and Management.”

I am planning to launch it at the beginning of July. But if you would like to get a FREE early copy in exchange for a review and helping me promote it, please click here and I will send you a copy! 🙂

Action Items

1. Sign up for my email newsletter for all things The Simply Organized Teacher and receive access to The Organizer’s Bin as a thank you for joining my email list!

2. Sign up to receive updates about my upcoming ebook.

3. Sign up to receive your free copy of the ebook in exchange for a review!

4. Sign up to receive in person classroom organization support from me! This summer is a great time to reorganize your classroom and I would LOVE to help you!

Until next time,

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