One of my favorite parts of a new school year is when your "old" kids come back and say hi. It totally makes you feel like a rock star! We have had afternoon recess with the 4th graders several times since the beginning of school, and I love when the kids come up to chat about their summer and show off their new haircuts, clothes, and the new inches they have grown! I even have one student who stops by every afternoon on her way home (she passed by our pod) to give me a hug and say goodbye. Love them!
It's a bit bittersweet because I miss those SWEET, TRAINED children! The beginning of the school year is tough because you know those kids that left were ready and trained for 4th, and you are getting brand new third grade "babies." But I think this school year is going to be great, maybe a bit more challenging than last year, but really nothing I haven't seen before. I'm hoping I will finally feel my five years of experience this year!