Goodness, this was a strange and weird school year. When we started back in July this is not even CLOSE to how we envisioned the school year closing out. In July 2019 no one was familiar with the concept of “Distance learning” or was a proficient in Google Classroom as they are now.
It has been, in the words of the grateful dead ‘a long strange trip’ indeed. As I wrote before, we couldn’t have asked for a better teacher. She moved down from 3rd grade to 2nd this year so I felt a great deal of relief that the little guy would be totally prepared for the next level by the end of the year.
School was honestly going rather well. The school has an awards ceremony at the end of every trimester and our little guy was recognized in both the first and second trimester and I was excited to see if he was going to get the hat-trick. but just like many other things in the last part of the year, it did not happen. Like the rest of the world, our lives came to a grinding halt on March 13th. That is when the world basically paused. We got notification on that day that schools in our district would be closed until further notice (which turned into the rest of the 2020 school year).
It wasn’t just the Awards ceremony. we did not get to complete the Jog a thon, although he did get first place in his class for the highest fundraising amount. he really enjoys the event, and it was sad that it like many other things were lost to the time of quarantine.
So this past week was the wrap up. As I wrote here the past few months have been lost and classroom time has been replaced with a daily ZOOM call. This week was a special week of zoom meetings to wrap up the year and on the last call, when the teacher asked if the kids had anything to share, our little guy raised his hand and when called upon only said “I’m sad about this’. It was a very touching moment and brave moment for him to share that with all of his classmates and teacher.
Newmom and the little guy went to go pick up all of his stuff from his desk and many of the items we would have gotten in the Spring Open house, various art projects and writings he has done throughout the year. But there was no open house. No opportunity to see the classroom again (there is a fall open house not too long after school starts so we can see his classroom and meet the teacher). He was so very happy to show off his work from the year and to be honest, it was REALLY good. These are things he was supposed to be sharing with us in the classroom, but open house is yet another Covid casualty.
We say goodbye to one for the history books. The year lost to Covid, the year of distance learning, the year of the home-schooled. And it all came to an end with a Zoom call.
Last Day Zoom Call, it was Beach/Hawaiian themed!!