Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sweet Jeano

Goodbyes are tough.  This week one of our dear classroom friends, Jeono, moved to another school in our district.  No advanced notice.  No visit from the parent. No phone call.  No note in the backpack.  Just a call from the registrar first thing on Thursday morning with the sad news.  I hate it when that happens.

After sharing a tear or two before the morning bell with my classroom intern, Ms. Brown, I knew that we needed to gently tell the class and embrace the moment in order to have closure.  The kids needed it. Ms. Brown and I needed it.

We gathered our little guys on the rug and told them.  And then we talked.  We talked about the best parts of Jeano that Mrs. Pearce could share with his new teacher.  Here's what some of my friends had to say...
  • He was always kind to everybody.
  • He shared his castle with me in the sandbox.
  • He was always good.
  • He was a friend to Andrew.  (Said by Andrew in 3rd person).
  • He will always have us in his heart.
Then we sang "The More We Get Together" and we moved on with our learning day with a little more smiles than tears.  Later, we made a card to send to him at his new school with everyone's picture and autograph.

His new teacher called me to talk.  It was wonderful.  I was able to share every single wonderful word that my little ones had to say about Jeano.  And that was plenty.

“Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything.
It's the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it.”
                                                                                                    Trey Parker


Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I knew Eugene. He was a very helpful little boy. I enjoyed our last time together at the sight word wall the last day. He was so eager to learn. I always enjoyed his smile and will always have a place in my heart for him. Amy Andrews

Dan Gurney said...

That's so sad when a child leaves without the opportunity to say goodbye. I'm sorry for you, sorry for Eugene.

gail said...

We show we care about the children when we help them make an adjustment to losing a classmate but it sure impacts the teachers as well. All too often, the reason they left is a sad one and we can't help that little person who came to depend on us in times of stress. Connections are our way of reaching out and they do help us to feel included and safe. I like finding your posts in my Reader :D

On another note, thank you for including my blog on your sidebar. You send traffic my way every day (Feedjit tells me)

Mrs. Pearce said...

Thanks Amy, Dan and Gail. I had another great opportunity to speak of Jeano in hopes of helping him and his family through a Guardian-Ad-Litum that conferenced with me this week. I have a peace finally that I have done all I could for him.