Sunday, June 10, 2018

On The Last Day Of Elementary School

On the last day of elementary school, you picture your child when they first started elementary school:







On the last day of elementary school, you really take in everything around you. The colorful walls. The cheerful posters. You know they won't be as pretty in Middle School:





On the last day of elementary school, you thank everyone who has helped your child to grow because you don't know if you'll ever see them again:




On the last day of elementary school, you hope that your child will remember all the lessons they were taught. No cyberbullying. Be kind. Help others. Always be there for each other:




On the last day of elementary school, you remind to take one last look around. Will they picture themselves as a small kid standing in line? Will they remember the colorful carpet in kindergarten? Criss Cross Apple Sauce?




On the last day of elementary school, you remind your child not to grow up too fast. It seems exciting, but you know they will miss the easy days of elementary school:




On the last day of elementary school, you take a final photo of them walking out for the very last time:





On the last day of elementary school, your heart clenches and you take it all in. You picture your child nervously going in for the first time. You picture your child rushing out at the end of the first day excitedly telling you everything they did. You wonder how the years slid by so quickly. PreK. Kindergarten. First. Second. Third. Fourth. Fifth. You blinked, and suddenly you were at the end of the line.






At the final goodbye. 





81 comments:

  1. Just experienced my youngest's last day of elementary school as well. Middle school, here we come. It's much harder to be involved with the school (as a parent) when the kids get older. We'll see how it goes!

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  2. My daughter is 2.5 years old and I'm looking for a school for her now. Just thinking that she'll leave her daycare makes me scared and emotional. So, I can only imagine how emotional you would have been. Hugs and all the best to you both.

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  3. What a beautiful, nostalgic post :) It must be such an emotional time for you! All the best to both of you :)

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  4. Congrats. We don't have the same leaving the building thing because we just move upstairs for middle school!

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  5. These firsts are always bittersweet for me. I remember every first and last of everything, and they're always a mix of joy, pride, and sadness.

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  6. My boys are going to a new school this year. I have the same bittersweet feelings as we have been going to this school for 20 years starting with my oldest

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  7. See, Des still looks like your top photo of Natalie and I'm already thinking about how he'll look like the last one. Uncool! I need to enjoy the now. Otherwise I'll have a half dozen other babies and I can't do that with a new puppy in the house!

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  8. This is so touching! My daughter will be starting Kindergarten this year and it is still so crazy to me how fast we got to this point.

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  9. It's crazy how fast it all goes by!! I'm sure that one day she will be looking back and will be so glad you recorded all of this for her. I vividly remember my last day of elementary school, our "graduation" and even still have a charm bracelet I received that day. Such good memories!

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  10. Oh gosh what a beautiful post about the last day. I hope Natalie loves being in middle school and does remember all those important lessons.

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  11. This will be my daughter's first year of elementary school. Its only Pre-k, but still. I am so emotional lol

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  12. What a great post! My son (my youngest) just finished middle school and it is hard as his mom to see him grow up but wonderful to see what a great young man he has become.

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  13. It's been so long since my kids were in elementary school, this brought back some memories. I remember how bittersweet it was watching them grow up.

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  14. Ah! I can't remember my last day of elementary school, but I do remember a great teacher I had. It's good to keep these memories for them. She'll love this post later on.

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  15. It is crazy how quickly they grow up! It is so emotional to us as parents bevause it just happens in the blink of an eye. They are so desperate for the school year to end and we are like woah it seems like 9 months ago you where barely taking your first steps and now you are leaving Elementary school! Just slow down!

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  16. Congrats to your little one - what an accomplishment! I remember my last day of elementary school and how we all took photos as a class with our disposable cameras.

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  17. I am a 5th grade teachers o I know firsthand how sentimental this can be. Not just for the students, but even for the teachers.

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  18. My youngest just wrapped up 1st grade. It is sad how quickly he has grown up. With him, it seems time has gone by so much quicker. I remember when my older kids finished elementary. I wasn't sad at all. But then again I still had a baby at home.

    My oldest is a junior this coming school year. And my daughter graduated 2 years ago. I am trying to savor the baby still needing me.

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  19. It is such an emotional day! I just had my son's middle school graduation and I feel so teary and sad that he is moving on to high school. Take it all in as it goes so fast.

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  20. This is such a huge milestone. I love her dress too so pretty. congrats to her on this new chapter :)

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  21. What a cool post! I remember when all my kids graduated elementary school, they felt like "big-girls." Thanks for sharing! :)

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  22. We still have a few weeks left until school is over. I can't believe the school year is almost over. The year flew by!

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  23. I cried on the last day of 5th grade for all of my older kiddos. Time FLEW. Now I'm looking at one graduating this coming school year!!!

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  24. It's so crazy how time flies so quickly. My girls will be entering the 4th and 2nd grade. I can't believe it's summer already and my girls are out of school.

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  25. I can't believe that another year of school has ended. Our kids grow up so fast, whether it's the last day of elementary school or the last day of 1st grade!

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  26. I understand how you feel, as a parent we wouldnt want to our kids to grow up too fast. It is like yesterday that they started going to school, and now they are done with elementary.. time flies..

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  27. I can't really remember my last day at elementary school. Was quite some time ago, so maybe that's why!

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  28. Congratulations to the little kid- well done! I cannot remember my last days at elementary school.

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  29. They grow up so fast! And middle school can be a tough period. I have one in 8th grade and my youngest is going into 4th, I am totally freaked out that I will be done with elementary kids in 2 more years.

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  30. It is crazy how fast the kids are growing up. She is going to do well in middle school!

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  31. I am so happy to see her getting excited for the next life chapter. She is going to love it!

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  32. Congrats! I'm sure she will love her new middle school life. Its great that education nowadays are much more diverse than it used to be. All the best/

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  33. Yay for the last day of elementary school! Looks like you got some really great pictures!

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  34. You post is so sweet! My older daughter will finish elementary school next year! So, I think I will feel the same as you. :)

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  35. How sweet! Our son enjoyed his elementary years and did really great. Too bad I didn't get the chance to take pictures like these.

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  36. So cute! My little one had his last day yesterday. Seems like the time goes by so fast.

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  37. She looks just as cute now as she did then aha, but it really must be a mixed bag of emotions looking at the difference between when she first started and when she left elementary school. I wish her all the best with the rest of her education.

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  38. Oh, someone is cutting onions. It's overwhelming to see them grow and realize it was a bit too fast.

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  40. Take the time to record the memories. Big deal on their first day of elementary school it is a big deal on their last day of walking out of elementary school.

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  41. I got tears in my eyes thinking about this just know. I love the suggestion of taking a photo of them walking out of the school or their classroom. I am so going to do that one day.

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  42. This strikes a cord for me too because both my kids are graduating this June. My daughter goes to college and my son High school time does fly.

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  43. It must be bittersweet seeing your child go from their first to the last day, time must fly by as well.

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  44. I am so familiar with those days! I had my last one in 2014 and I have to say that I miss it dreadfully.

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  45. I can imagine how quickly the whole thing goes. It's definitely a special time in a child's life and you wrote about it very poignantly.

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  46. I remember when my oldest finished elementary school and now she's about to finish middle. Time really flies.

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  47. I remember my last day of elementary school. It is such a bittersweet milestone.

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  48. What a beautiful moment and an important step in your and her life. Good luck!

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    1. My daughter will finish the elementary school next week! I understand everything you wrote here!

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  49. Those elementary school years go by so fast. Well, in hindsight they do. Great photos!

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  50. Ahh, those moments! I could still remember my elementary days and how sad I was to leave.

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  51. So beautiful and so true. It's like we blink and they are grown. You captured this so perfectly.

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  52. Congratulations on your little girl finishing elementary school! Isn't it crazy how quickly they grow up?

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  53. Congratulations to your baby, for her a cycle closes and a completely new one will open!

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  54. Oh how I remember this! And now mine is graduating HIGH SCHOOL tomorrow. It is bittersweet for sure. Enjoy it mama, it goes by so fast :)

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  55. Oh dear, such an emotional post. We are just getting ready for kindergarten so one could say that we are a long way away from finishing elementary. But you are right...it's just a blink away. They do grow up way too fast.

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  56. I still remember my children's first and last day of elementary school. They are all grown now and the years sure have flown by.

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  57. One of the reasons I chose to teach 5th grade is because I understood those bittersweet moments and planned for them carefully. I love seeing your reflection on the school experience.

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  58. I hope she had an amazing first year of middle school. Time really flies by when you have children.

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  59. I remember those days, they were bitter sweet, our kids grow so fast. So many cool things coming ahead for her

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  60. What a milestone! This brings me back. That big moment when the kids have to switch schools is both exciting and scary.

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  61. On to being a big kid now! I have a kid who has one more year in elementary school. We'll see how that goes!

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  62. Oh congrats!!! She is a grown up now. I am sure she is excited about middle school. Good luck.

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  63. Oh my goodness she looks like such a grown up. Good luck to her in middle school!

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  64. Wow. I can't believe it is her last day of elementary school already. Good luck in middle school! She looks so grown up here.

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  65. Looks fun! and congrats on small graduation. it sure is a moment to remember!

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  66. Congratulations to your kiddo! This is such a sweet post to commemorate such a beautiful milestone.

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  67. Isn't that just so touching? You saw your her getting into elementary schhool and now, she's out! How fast time flies!

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  68. Girl you have me crying over here. I'm not ready for the last day of elementary yet

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  69. Goodbyes are so emotional. It's both a sad and happy occasion. And as a parent is both exciting and awful to see your kids grow up. :)

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  70. This is so touching. Goodbyes are sad but we have to remember that it is always not the end, because it is the start of something new.

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  71. What a beautiful young lady. Watching them group up is so bitter sweet, isn't it? I wish her (and you) all the best!

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  72. The last day of elementary school is always so sad!! I bet your sweet girl is ready to move on though!

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  73. OH how I can relate to this so much as my oldest prepares for high school graduation and my youngest son prepares to leave elementary school. I've got 4 more years until my last baby leaves and this is a reminder to cherish it all.

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  74. How sweet! Congrats on your little one!

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  75. So much fun! Hard to believe that they are growing up so fast! On to the next milestone in life!

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  76. That last day is so bittersweet! My daughter was so ready to move on, but then the elementary teachers all lined up and gave out memories (projects the kids did when they were younger), and she was so emotional.

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  77. Oh my word look at how little she was. She is really growing up so nicely!

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  78. This is such a beautiful post. I remember doing this last year with my daughter and remembering all the things I was missing out on with her. It’s felt
    So different after this first year in junior high. Will probably feel more different next year when she will be done and getting ready to attend high school.

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  79. The Last days at school for me, not just "elementary" has always been touching and emotional, having to know fact that I may not see some of my mates again troubles me, but anyway congrats to your little One as she moves on to the next stage of her life.

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