What are your last-day-of-school traditions?

A mom sent me a note wanting me to ask what are your traditions for the last day of school? She said her mom would always take them out to lunch on the last day because they usually only went a half day.

I’ve been trying to think of something great for us to do. My 11-year-old has been invited to an end-of-fifth-grade pool party up the street. It’s just for fifth graders so the other two are two are not invited. We may swim at home or just hang out. Maybe we’ll go out to dinner? Movie night? I don’t know.

Some of the fifth graders are planning to go to this arcade/laser tag place but that’s not getting me excited. I’m working three different class parties the day before school gets out so I’m just kind of feeling pooped in general.

What are your fun plans for the last day of school? Give us some idea for great traditions to start with our kids. (I am really drawing a blank on this.)

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motherjanegoose

May 23rd, 2012
4:14 am

I am visiting with about 250 Kindergartners today as they traditionally book me on the last day. I know I will be pooped…haha!

OMGMJG!

May 23rd, 2012
7:29 am

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Class A narcissist

catlady

May 23rd, 2012
7:53 am

At school, our tradition is for all the teachers to go out on the bus pad and (happily) wave goodbye to the kids. The bus drivers all blow their horns and the kids lean out the windows and everyone cheers.

With my own kids? We usually just chilled. After all, I had been neck-deep in school stuff for 180+ days, as had they.

irisheyes

May 23rd, 2012
8:13 am

I have to leave before they are even dressed, so no last day of school breakfast. After trying to keep 25 overly excited 7 year olds reasonably calm all day today, I think we’ll just get some take-out. I’m with catlady. It’s been 180 days, and I’m tired!

DB

May 23rd, 2012
8:14 am

@OMGMJG!: I can’t decide if you are calling MJG a narcissist or if you are signing yourself as “Class A narcissist” — TWG asked what people traditionally did on the last day of school, and MJG told us. What is your ‘effing problem? I think it’s kinda cool that a school brings her in on the last day of school as a tradition — they wouldn’t keep doing it if the kids didn’t enjoy it.

Our last day of school tradition was to hit a movie — since the kids are pretty close in age, they could go to the same type of movie, and at that point, there was almost always some sort of “summer blockbuster” that was out. Then we’d go out to dinner, and the next day, sleep as late as they wanted.

TWG, why on earth would you sign up for THREE end of the year class parties?! That’s crazy-talk, girl! I alternated with my kids from year to year. Give some of the other parents a chance!

WOW

May 23rd, 2012
8:15 am

Augusta

May 23rd, 2012
8:29 am

We have a pizza party for the neighborhood kids. We all pitch in and get pizza, drinks, snacks, etc. And beer for the parents……heck yea, we deserve a party too!!!! 4 kids with homework, class projects, activities, etc……yea, I’m gonna have some beers…..

That’s why we do it in the neighborhood…LOL.

Augusta

May 23rd, 2012
8:47 am

Oh, and both hubby and I have off until next Tuesday. We are going to find some fun FREE stuff to do this weekend. Kids are going to my parents Sunday night to spend a couple days with them.

KIM

May 23rd, 2012
8:53 am

I take off my watch and put it on a shelf, then we do something totally fun for the kids. We do whatever they want. And I don’t put my watch back on until we have to go to Meet Your Teacher again. It is a relief to not fight the fight…homeowrk, schedules, no sugar, put on clean clothes, make your bed, eat broccoli, get in the car, get your water bottle, where is your money?, go, go, go….oh! Those d—projects!!!!!!

motherjanegoose

May 23rd, 2012
8:55 am

@ Augusta…not sure where you live but Dacula has a parade on Monday. It might be more fun with your kids ( unless they are too old for it) and perhaps would not work. We have not gone in a few years but may try to do it. I also think Suwanee Town Center is having a Patriotic Concert and there are plenty of places to grab dinner. Just a thought.

Augusta

May 23rd, 2012
9:14 am

Thanks MJG – we LOVE Suwanee Town Center….It also happens to be my birthday today….we are hitting Provino’s tonight (mine will be free)…..We haven’t gone out to eat for a very long time, so this will be a very nice treat.

We bought new rafts so Saturday is going to be a lake day. Going to pack up the coolers and just float around in a cove by Shoals Creek campsite…I’m looking foward to that also!!

motherjanegoose

May 23rd, 2012
9:26 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Do you like Ippolitto’s ( sp?) or Dominick’s? I do not think they do the free entree though. My husband and a dear friend’s husband have the same birthday and we always go to Provino’s. We get two entrees free on the same day and the waitress is usually surprised. We leave a good tip to be fair. Have fun!

Augusta

May 23rd, 2012
9:31 am

Thank you MJG…

Becky

May 23rd, 2012
9:34 am

No last day traditions, guess we might have to start something..The kids Poppy is going to meet them at the bus stop today, so not real sure what they will do.

As for summer break, he has told them that they will be doing outdoor stuff most all summer, so they are happy about that..We have a lot of things planned for them this summer..Going to see the SS Mobile, the Space Center in Hunstville, the Stone Hinge replica, White Water, Six Flags..

@MJG..Enjoy..Sounds like a lot of fun and yes, I can understand why you would be pooped after that..

@Augusta..Happy Birthday..:)

mystery poster

May 23rd, 2012
9:36 am

A colleague and I used to do cartwheels in the hall after the last student left….

Peachy

May 23rd, 2012
9:38 am

A lady in our neighborhood always blasts her kids with water guns when they get off the bus on the last day. It is so funny to watch! And some how, I guess with the excitment of the last day, they have forgotten the previous year and don’t see it coming…

Augusta

May 23rd, 2012
9:45 am

Peachy – we used to greet the kids at the bus stop with Silly String……

Augusta

May 23rd, 2012
9:45 am

@Becky – Thank you!!!

JOD

May 23rd, 2012
9:50 am

We’re still in year-round preschool, so I love all of these ideas. Does anyone’s kid(s) go to a summer program because mom and dad work? I guess this is really only for younger elementary kids.

@Peachy – My favorite idea! I’m hoping DD is old enough for water gun fun this year!

@Augusta – Happya Birthday!

DB

May 23rd, 2012
10:04 am

I LOVE the water gun/silly string idea! How fun is THAT?! My kids never rode a bus, though, so no opportunity there. And I’m guessing it would wreak havoc in carpool!

D

Mandy

May 23rd, 2012
10:11 am

We greet the kids on the last day of school with a water gun fight! Lots of fun for the parents and kids. We also try to have ice cream afterwards. I’ve also heard of silly string fights as well.

Liz

May 23rd, 2012
10:20 am

Our bus driver dropped the entire elementary school bus off at our neighborhood pool. Parents greeted the kids with water guns and water balloons. We also had a jumpie-water slide surprise. Lifeguards came on duty early, we had a pool and slide afternoon, followed by pizza party at the pool for dinner. It was a GREAT memory!

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May 23rd, 2012
10:28 am

Emptied the contents of our lockers into the hallway…crossed the wires on the bell system so they went off at weird times….plug the smaller hole in those 2-hole water fountains so the next person to use it would get hosed in the face…..tapped into the PA system and played Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall”…..pick up the Spanish teachers VW Beetle and put it in the cafeteria……pick the lock on the flagpole and hang the flag upside down…..some kids would grab a fire extinguisher and spray down the hallway (I never did that…I was convinced that was a federal offense and didn’t want to jeopardize my “permanent record” lol)

Me

May 23rd, 2012
10:36 am

I simply rejoice in the knowledge that traffic will immediately be better. As far as an “on-topic” answer we never did anything “special” – seems ours were okay with it simply being the last day of school.

Tom

May 23rd, 2012
10:48 am

Some of the mams in our neighborhood do the super-soaker or water balloon thing when their kids get off the bus.

FCM

May 23rd, 2012
10:48 am

Ice Cream for Dinner with tv/movies until they crash on their own. Blankets, pillows etc in the floor. All chores (except walking/feeding the dog) are forgotten during this time.

Honestly though this year we did it when we found out that eldest had indeed managed to bring her grades up.

My parents will have them tomorrow (the official last day of school) so tonight we have Dinner out and a Wii championship at our house!

Tom

May 23rd, 2012
10:48 am

Oops….”moms” (Freud would be proud)

Augusta

May 23rd, 2012
10:54 am

In my highschool, the seniors did a “paper toss”. Senior lockers were up on a balcony that overlooked the student center. Last day of school, we got all our papers out and threw everything down in to the Student Center……I understand they still do this at my alma mater….

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 23rd, 2012
10:58 am

DB – I was the only one who signed up to lead Walsh’s party — no one signed up to co-chair but at least I have a committee of moms to help with everything. Rose’s class is doing an outside thing and lunch so I am going in to watch her play and do lunch but then I’m on clean up duty — they were begging for help. Then go to L’s school for a little good-bye party from preschool. very sad. loved the preschool and loved her teacher.

Walsh’s party is when I am supposed to be picking up Rose and I am not allowed to bring a sib to Walsh’s school (worst rule ever!!!) so I had to hire a babysitter to keep Lilina and walk and meet Rose at school so I could then work Walsh’s party.

so to volunteer at Walsh’s party is costing me $20 to a babysitter. I wouldn’t be doing if felt like I could not do it.

K's Mom

May 23rd, 2012
11:47 am

Happy Bday Augusta! I love Provino’s and the Suwannee square…your celebration should be fantastic.

My mom and the two little ones and I are heading to the lake today for the weekend, the hubs will join us on Saturday. I have not been south of 14th street since February, so I am excited to be crossing a state line!

Can’t wait to start school traditions. I love the pool party ideas!

motherjanegoose

May 23rd, 2012
11:57 am

We did the silly string thing too! My daughter is home for another day until she heads back to Athens for the summer and came out of her room with some silly string. She said she may try to meet the elementary school bus. I would love to join her but I have to scoot to Kinder.

TWG…ya know I love you but I was one of those teachers who did not want siblings in the room. Here is why:

I am in charge of my students and handle them every day. Not all Moms are in charge of their own kids and it can be very awkward when the siblings are really misbehaving with Mom doing nothing about it. My students would look at me with a ” we are not allowed to do that look” while the sibling simply did whatever they pleased with the Mom in oblivion. I know some siblings are amazing but not all are and I did not want to take a chance. That rule was made by a teacher who did want chaos in his/her class. If a parent brought a child in every week, there could be chaos every week and that is not something the teacher signed up for…handling Moms and siblings. Just my opinion.

Augusta

May 23rd, 2012
12:15 pm

I think it’s only fair to NOT allow siblings to a class party. Let the child in the class have the fun with their class…….I like that rule….

I like that rule at birthday parties too…….I invited your child, not your entire family.

WOW

May 23rd, 2012
12:44 pm

I once invited Augusta to a party and Augusta, South Carolina came. I didn’t invite Augusta, South Carolina,I invited Augusta, Georgia. Jeez!

Such a party foul.

YellsBells&Smells

May 23rd, 2012
1:50 pm

Theresa….ever get the feeling that no one else volunteers becasue they know good ol’ TWG will be there to pick up the slack?

YellsBells&Smells

May 23rd, 2012
1:51 pm

**because** becasue was this girl in high school, and one time, at band camp……nevermind.

catlady

May 23rd, 2012
2:23 pm

MJG@11:57: I agree. It used to work much better than it does not (having younger sibs at school functions). I think the moms did a better job instilling discipline (you WILL do what I say) and did not assume that everything the sib did was cute. A parent without a sib can focus on making the party a great one for the class who is celebrating. Too, I think parents prepared the younger sibs “We are going to big kid school so we need to watch and do what the big kids are doing.” And class trips…why would you bring a 4 year old on a day-long class trip? I always told my mamas that if they needed to bring a sib, they should just drive themselves so they could “leave early” if the little one had too much trouble keeping up. Why would you do that to your child?

Just Another day

May 23rd, 2012
6:22 pm

Just another day…..school is not out in Habersham till June 1st but no sleeping late here. Full time work means full time day care. They have a fieldtrip planned 3 days a week and an inground pool with life guards. He thinks its vacation everyday with no sleeping in!

Gwinnett parent

May 23rd, 2012
9:42 pm

looks like she picked up out there where she left off here, driving the teachers crazy and competing with and trying to control all of the other parents. Good grief, please stay there!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 24th, 2012
12:32 am

I ended up picking up all the trash from the outfield in 103 degree temps today for 40 minutes. Not glamorous work. I am more than happy for other parents to do their parts. If someone else steps up then I don’t have to.

HB

May 24th, 2012
8:37 am

Oh please, Theresa, get over yourself. What was your motivation for volunteering for the clean-up crew? Honest desire to help with the work? If so, do so with a smile and don’t whine about the heat or $20 on a sitter. Or was it that you felt guilty? Or that you like being the parent they know can be counted on to swoop in and save the day? Or that you like to be the martyr (”I have to because no one else will”)? Or that you need to feel overextended to prove you’re Supermom? I suspect it’s a combination of all of these in which case you need to either learn to say no, or say yes, do the job with a smile, and don’t whine about the heat or $20 on a sitter. You made a choice. No one else’s actions put you in a position of having to do what you seem to feel was more than your fair share.

mystery poster

May 24th, 2012
9:51 am

@Theresa…

But, it’s a dry heat…. lol

shaggy

May 24th, 2012
5:54 pm

I am planning to stop the school bus and distribute a couple of cases of beer for their hard work during the year. Then, I’m going to do something for the kids.