I can’t believe that the school year will be over at the end of the week. This is going to be one of the hardest weeks of my teaching career. I hate losing this 6th grade! I know that I have a couple of more grandchildren right behind Gabe. However, I’ve watched Gabe and many of you grow up right before my eyes. I actually remember Gabe crawling down these very halls with his blanket as the dismissal bell rang and me not knowing where he was. Frantically I ran out of my room looking for him only to find him with his blanket clutched tightly in one small fist up against a tiny cheek while he sucked on his finger sitting by the library. He was intently watching everyone leaving for the day. As they left, they carefully walked around him and some leaned over and touched him on the head and said “bye Gabe.” I remember some of you so little and just adventurous. Many of you played with Gabe in our yard, played baseball with him, started kindergarten with him, and laughed, fought, and at times even shed a tear with him. I know school isn’t over for you. You are just entering a new chapter of your life. For that I’m so happy for you. You are going to have so much fun in the Jr. High/High School world. You have the world before you!!! However, I’m being a little selfish because I don’t want to give you up. You are a wonderful group, and I’ve really enjoyed you in my class. Just like Gabe keeps telling me, “Nanny, just hang on. In a year we will be next door.” I am going to hang on to that. Also I know that through Gabe I will continue to see all of you. Hopefully you will continue to talk to me through our post. Show the world what I see and what your family sees. You are the best!!!! I’m so proud of you, and you all have my heart. Best of luck!!!!