End of year poems

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  1. ChristyF

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    Jun 27, 2003
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    May 2, 2006

    Someone had posted looking for a poem for the end of the year. I found these in a search. I haven't finished reading them because I kept tearing up. This year is going to be different. In the past, I always knew that I had one more year with my kids. I would see them right next door in 5th. Now they are leaving me completely to go to the Jr. High. That's hard! Ok...here's the poems. I love the one to the parents, I really think I'm going to use that one.

    End of Year Poems:

    You're a very special person,
    And I want you to know.
    How I loved to be your teacher,
    How fast the weeks did go!
    Please come back to visit me
    As through the grades you grow,
    Try hard to learn all that you can
    There is so much to know!!
    The one thing I try to teach you
    To last your whole life through,
    Is to know that you are special
    Just because you are you!!!
    ----submitted by Tammi

    To my class,
    I'm glad I was your teacher
    I've come to love you so.
    I can't believe the end is here.
    I hate to see you go.
    Remember all the fun we had
    in all the things we did,
    But most of all remember...
    You're a very special kid!
    I've worked with your flower,
    And helped it to grow.
    I'm returning it now,
    But I want you to know...
    This flower is precious,
    As dear as can be.
    Love it, take care of it,
    And you will see...
    A bright new bloom,
    With every day.
    It grew and blossomed
    In such a wonderful way.
    In September just a bud,
    January, a bloom;
    Now a lovely blossom
    I'm returning in June.
    Remember, this flower,
    As dear as can be,
    Though rightfully yours,
    Part will always belong to me!
    Summer's Here
    Summer's here!
    Another year of school is at an end.
    We've learned a lot and grown a lot
    and made a lot of friends.
    We'll say goodbye,
    now summer's here,
    it's time for us to part.
    But we'll remember all our friends
    and keep them in our hearts.
    -Helen H. Moore
    Great Expectations
    It's time to say, "Good-bye."
    Our year has come to an end.
    I've made more cherished memories
    And many more new friends.
    I've watched your children learn and grow
    And change from day to day.
    I hope that all the things we've done
    Have helped in some small way.
    So it's with happy memories
    I send them out the door,
    With great hope and expectations
    For what next year holds in store.
    -----------by Maria Cuellar-Munson
    I'm glad I was your teacher
    I've come to love you so.
    The year now ends and we must part.
    Always know you're in my heart*
    Have a wonderful vacation....
    Remember to come visit me next year!
    Love, Mrs. Biggins*
    Do You Remember?
    Do you remember way last fall
    When we were only this tall
    Now look at us
    We're way up here
    And my we've learned a lot this year
    In fact they think we're really great
    that's why we get to graduate.
    Here's what I gave my kinders last year- an idea/poem I
    adapted and added to, from one of the mailrings- it was a
    big hit! I just used cute paper cups to put the things
    in, wrapped with clear cellophane and attached poem.

    A Cup of Goodies Just for You!
    This little cup of goodies is to you from me with lots of
    love. Inside I have put some treats for you to use this

    A piece of sidewalk chalk (be sure to ask
    your parents where it's okay to draw!)

    A Bandaid for one of those summer ouches!

    Hugs and Kisses for those times you need them!

    A pencil and eraser so you can practice writing.

    A postcard with my address so you can write to me and let
    me know how you are!

    A *SUPER STAR*1st grader coupon- bring this to me next year
    for a dig in the treasure chest!

    End of Year message to dedicate to a student

    Student's name here.... (centered)
    *Keep your feet on the floor
    ... but let your love for learning soar.

    *Keep your nose clean
    ... but soil your hands with hard work.

    *Keep your good common sense
    ... but don't forget to use it.

    *Keep doing your work
    ... but remember the difference between "done" and
    "well done".

    *Keep yourself in your own space
    ... but let your thoughts mingle with those of others.

    *Keep your area clean
    ... but clutter your mind with knowledge.

    *Keep your sense of humor
    ... but share it when it will make someone else feel

    *Keep turning in your library books on time
    ... but never stop checking them out.

    *Keep quiet in the halls
    ... but speak loudly and proudly when presenting your

    *Keep striving for answers
    ... but never stop asking questions.


    Possible farewell poems

    " You're a very special person
    Though at times you may feel bad
    You are special to your mother
    And important to your dad
    Your parents may have chided you
    And you've never understood -
    That they wanted what is best for you
    And did it for your good.
    Because you are so special
    They want to see you grow -
    Into the kind of person -
    That people like to know.
    Life isn't always easy
    But you have to hold on tight
    To the knowledge that you're special
    And always do what's right.
    If you learn to cope with problems
    And be careful what you say
    If you keep the ten commandments
    Then there will come a day -
    In the not too distant future
    When you'll be very glad
    That you were important
    To a loving Mom and Dad."
    --- ©Florence McInnes (my mom)
    --- Sent in by her daughter Pauline Richard --- Canada

    " Forget about the days
    when it's been cloudy,
    but don't forget your hours in the sun.
    Forget about the times
    you've been defeated,
    but don't forget the victories you've won.
    Forget about the mistakes
    that you can't change now,
    but don't forget the lessons.
    Forget about the misfortunes
    you've encountered,
    but don't forget the times your luck has turned.
    Forget about the days
    when you've been lonely,
    but don't forget the friendly
    smiles you've seen......
    Forget about the plans
    that didn't seem to work out right,
    but don't forget to always have a dream."
    --- Unknown --- Sent in by Vicki Hoyle

    December 10, 1999
    Don't Ever
    " Don't ever be reluctant
    to show your feelings
    when you're happy, give in to it...
    When you're not, live with it.
    Don't ever be afraid to try to
    make things better
    you might be surprised at the results.
    Don't ever take the weight of the world
    on your shoulders.
    Don't ever feel threatened by the future
    take life one day at a time.
    Don't ever feel guilty about the past
    what's done is done.
    Learn from any mistakes you might have made.
    Don't ever feel that you are alone
    there is always somebody there
    for you to reach out to.
    Don't ever forget that you can achieve
    so many of the things you can imagine.
    It's not as hard as it seems.
    Don't ever stop loving
    Don't ever stop believing,
    Don't ever stop Dreaming your Dreams."
    --- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Andrew Ho ---Malaysia
  3. ChristyF

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    Jun 27, 2003
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    May 2, 2006

    (It was too long so here's the rest)

    * June 23, 2000
    I wish for you...
    Comfort on difficult days
    Smiles when sadness intrudes
    Rainbows to follow the clouds
    Laughter to kiss your lips
    Sunsets to warm your heart
    Gentle hugs when your spirits sag
    Friendships to brighten your being
    Beauty for your eyes to see
    Confidence for when you're in doubt
    Faith so that you can believe
    Courage to know yourself
    Patience to accept the truth
    And love to complete your life.
    --- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Jennifer Prugh ---
    I hope you will keep your roots open wide
    Take in all her food and keep it inside

    Yes, a gardener can work all night and all day
    But the flower must be willing to take in each ray

    So work very hard in your garden each year
    Do the best you can and you'll have nothing to fear

    Grow strong and tall, reach up for the sun
    Stay as nice as you are and have lots of fun.


    Now I know my ABC's.
    Colors, shapes, and days.
    I sang some songs,
    Learned some poems, rhymes, and fingerplays.
    I played outside on sunny days,
    And inside when it rained.
    My little hands and feet were busy every day.
    My teacher was ____. I kept her on her toes.
    She tied my shoes, combed my hair, and even wiped my nose.
    But now it's time to say "Good-bye"
    To all my preschool friends.
    School is over, summer's here.
    But learning never ends!
    The Kindergarten Class (tune: The Addams Family)
    Da-da-da-dah (snap, snap)
    Da-da-da-dah (snap, snap)
    Da-da-da-dah (snap, snap)
    We learned our ABC's
    And counting one, two, threes.
    And now we know all these---
    And we learned how to share,
    And we learned how to care.
    Just ask us if you dare---
    It seems we've just begun,
    And now it's almost done.
    This year's been so much fun---
    So we must say so long
    With this our little song.
    But we'll be back before too long---

    K-I-N-D-E-R-G-A-R-T-E-N (tune: Mickey Mouse Club March)
    This year is almost over,
    And we don't want it to end---
    Reading, writing, numbers
    And making lots of friends!
    Kindergarten....We had fun!!
    Kindergarten...We had fun!!
    We know we can do anything if we TRY, TRY, TRY!!
    So off we go, but don't you know,
    That we will not forget---

    First Grade, Here We Come! (tune: Oh, My Darling)
    Oh, we're ready, oh, we're ready,
    To leave kindergarten.
    We've learned many things
    And had lots of fun, too.
    So we're ready, so we're ready,
    First grade, her we come!
    We are looking so happy,
    'Cause school will be fun.
    Off to First Grade (tune: Oscar Meyer Theme Song)
    Oh, I'm ready to go off to the first grade,
    That is where I really want to be - e-e-
    'Cause when I go off to the first grade,
    Everyone will think I'm really neat!
    Kindergarten Cheer (Put in your own school's name)
    One, two, three, four
    What are we yelling for?
    (Logansport) Kindergarten!
    Rah! Rah! Rah!
    Do we love it?
    Yes, yo bet!
    And the longer we yell it---
    (Logansport) Kindergarten!
    (Logansport) Kindergarten!
    Yea! Yea! Yea!

    We have done graduation several different ways, but always
    have a short program in which the children "perform"----
    usually we divide the months of the school year up and each
    class takes 2 or 3 months and recites poems,
    fingerplays, or sings songs we learned
    during that month. Before they begin their
    recitations/singing, they all say this poem:

    We have gone to kindergarten ONE WHOLE YEAR
    And that's a very long time.
    But before we leave, we want to share with you
    A year of songs and rhymes.

    I really enjoy learning from all of you!

    Graduation Day songs:
    Kindergarten, Here We Come!
    (tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star")
    Kindergarten, here we come!
    We know we'll have lots of fun.
    Lots of things to make and do.
    Reading, writing, counting, too.
    Kindergarten, here we come!
    We know we'll have lots of fun.
    by Linda Ludlow

    Tune: "I've Been Working on the Railroad"
    I've been going to my preschool,
    All the whole year long.
    I've been going to my preschool,
    And I've learned a lot of songs.
    I can count and say the letters,
    I know my colors, too.
    I've been going to my preschool,
    All the whole year through.
    Graduation day, graduation day,
    Graduation day is finally here.
    Graduation day, graduation day,
    Graduation day is finally here.
    Kindergarten, here I come.
    Kindergarten, I will be there soon.
    Kindergarten, here I come.
    I'm so glad it's finally June!
    by Lori Fink

    Tune Battle Hyme of the Republic
    We're going to kindergarten very soon you know
    We've been in preschool all this time
    We've had a year to grow
    We're going to learn to read and So look out
    here we come
    We are going to kindergarten
    We are going to kindergarten
    We are going to kindergarten
    So look out kindergarten here we come!

    I've been going to _______________(name of school)
    All the whole year long
    I've been going to ________________
    And I've learned a lot of songs
    I can count and say my letters
    I know my colors too.
    I've been going to _________________
    All the whole year through.

    (Sung to the tune of "The Beverly Hillbillies" theme song)
    Come and listen to the story about what we did this year,
    We've been working very hard and we think that it is clear.
    We have learned a lot and we made a lot of friends.
    We're leaving kindergarten and we're on our way again.
    First Grade, bigger numbers, bigger words.

    The last part is spoken like in the theme song ("Beverly
    Hills, swimming pools, movie stars).

    Here is a picture that you can treasure
    Teaching you has been a pleasure!
    The year now ends and we must part,
    Always know you are in my heart!
    You're a grand old school
    You're a high ranking school
    You're the best in the whole U S A
    Here the kids are smart
    and do their part
    their loyal to you everyday
    Every heart beats true for our own colors too
    You're the best school in every way
    Should Auld aquaintance be forgot
    but our school is here to stay
    ____________School! (Of course you would insert your own
    school here. The children yell this part and raise their
    diplomas up in the air)

    Tune Battle Hyme of the Republic
    We're going to kindergarten very soon you know
    We've been in preschool all this time
    We've had a year to grow
    We're going to learn to read and write
    We're going to have some fun
    So look out kindergarten here we come
    We are going to kindergarten
    We are going to kindergarten
    We are going to kindergarten
    So look out kindergarten here we come!
    To the Tune of "It's a long way to tipperary". WW 1 song
    (before your time, maybe someone at the school remembers)

    It's a long way to the first grade
    It's a long way to go.
    But we'll get there in September
    'Cause we know what we should know.
    We know our reading and our writing
    And we do our math too!
    It's a long,long way to the first grade
    But we'll get there real soon!
    (Sing 2 times with enthusiasm! )

    First Grade, First Grade
    (Tune: New York, New York)
    Start spreading the news
    We're leaving today.
    We want to be a part of
    First grade, first grade

    We've worked very hard
    Our teachers are proud.
    So open up those doors to
    First grade first grade.
    We know our alphabet
    And numbers too.
    We all can write our names
    And tie our shoes!
    So when summer's done
    And we're finished with play
    Our mom's will send us to
    First grade, first grade.
    If we can make it here
    We'll make it anywhere
    So here we come
    First grade, first grade.

    (We ended with the da-da-dadada-da-da-dadada-da-da-dadada-
    da. The kids hooked arms and did the kicking while singing
    this. It was a total riot. The parents joined in singing
    the da da part.l We rolled laughing)
  4. Rosieo

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    My son's kindergarten teacher (10 years ago) gave us this one and I cried so hard. I have been using it with my first graders ever since. I have another wonderful one that I also use with my first graders but it is at school. I will post it tomorrow.
  5. ChristyF

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    May 2, 2006

    That's the one that got me. I had already planned on writing the kids, now I know what I'm sending to the parents.
  6. tikibad

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    May 3, 2006

    See, this is the part that I don't like... well, it's not that I don't like it, but it's kind of hard for other people to get what you are saying.

    If anyone who is not a teacher were to read these poems, they would say, "awww... that's nice" .. but teachers cry... why? because we live the life that is hard for non-teachers to understand.

    I have LOTS of friends, but when need some comfort from someone about something that happened at school... I can't turn to no one because I know that no one would feel me.

    And again I have gone babbling... STOP!
  7. Rosieo

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    May 3, 2006

    tikibad - Parents get what we are saying. I have been on both ends...parent first, then I became a teacher.

    Here is another that I use:


    A is for the alphabet which we know how to say.
    B is for busy bodies -- at work and at play.
    C is for colors -- red, black, blue, and green.
    D is for drawing pictures, the best you’ve ever seen.
    E is for exercise to keep our bodies strong.
    F is for the fun we’ve had as we have gone along.
    G is for the good friends we made throughout the year.
    H is for happy faces, filled with love and cheer.
    I is for imagination used at every turn.
    J is for good jobs and the praises that we’ve earned.
    K is for kindness, we use in our play.
    L is for learning -- more and more each day.
    M is for minding and showing our respect.
    N is for never knowing what to expect.
    O is for the obstacles we learned to overcome.
    P is for puppets and for playing rhymes on a drum.
    Q is for all the questions we’ve asked throughout the year.
    R is for reading stories, even those that bring a tear.
    S is for different snacks, several we have tried.
    T is for talking. It’s not to be denied.
    U is for unusual; it fits some things we’ve done.
    V is for our volunteers -- parents every one!
    W is for the world of words, the world we dipped into.
    X is for extraspecial kids -- it’s him, it’s her, it’s you.
    Y is for yes, it has been a great year!
    Z is for second-grade zest. We’re ready have no fear!

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