There are only a few days left in Archer's fourth-grade year -- and therefore in his whole elementary school career. Next year he heads off to middle school (a foreign concept to me; my elementary education went through sixth grade, at which point we immediately went into junior high).
I asked a few weeks ago for ideas for teacher gifts. What I decided on were bookmarks I could make out of leftover sock yarn, and little crochet baskets suitable to sit on a desk and corral post-its, stickers, and the like.
I gave all the special subject teachers (art, music, PE) gifts at Christmastime. So I think I'll be sending these gifts to the administrators -- principal, assistant principal, etc. -- as well as the classroom teachers.
Time is running out. Tomorrow Archer will get at least one award in the end-of-year ceremony (a note was sent home alerting us). Soon he will be done with this school that has served us so well for five full years, headed out into a new adventure. I know my little gifts are inadequate to express how much we owe to the school and its personnel. But I hope they will be accepted in the spirit of our gratitude.