It seems like forever since I’ve written anything on the blog!Â When I returned to school, we jumped right into reviewing for the SOL reading test.Â Then we had a week of tests followed by all of those things needed to close out the different subject areas for the school year.Â You guys have worked very hard finishing up your graded activities.Â I was very impressed with your book reports as they were bothÂ creative and well written.Â
Change is not always a good thing for everyone involved in it.Â For instance, Mrs. Matthews has decided to retire this year.Â That change is a really good one for her.Â She will be able to travel and visit with her grandchildren more often thanÂ last year.Â However, for me, it’s not such a great change.Â She and I have shared children andÂ ideasÂ for the last seventeen years.Â I almost feel like she’s deserting me since I’m not ready or old enough to retire yet!Â I just can’t imagine what itÂ will be like to teach here without her.
SO…. I’ve decided I need to make a change of my own.Â Next school year I will be leaving Olive Branch, my home for the past nineteen years, and will move to Churchland Elementary.Â I will still be teaching fifth grade, but my primary responsibility will be teaching reading.Â
The time is right for everyone to make new beginnings.Â You guys and girls will be starting a new school year in a new grade.Â Mrs. Matthews will begin a new phase in her life where she can pamper herself and her family.Â I, too, will be starting again in a new school, butÂ Olive Branch students and staffÂ will always be a part of my family.Â Â I wish the best of luck to all of you.
Â With much love,