Dear Moms and Dads of my preschoolers,
The school year is drawing to a close and my time with your children is almost over. I hope and pray I will see you and your children next year, but I know sometimes that isn't possible. I have grown to love and care for your children this year, and I will miss them!
So as the time nears for us to say goodbye, I wanted to take a moment to tell you something.
You're doing a great job.
I have kids myself and know that you might not always feel that way. But I am here to assure you that you are indeed raising fine young people.
Your children are funny. They make me laugh every day. They crack themselves up; big belly laughs and hysterical giggles. I can't help but join in. They tell me jokes with punchlines only a 4-year-old could create. They often think I am hilarious, which is not a character trait other age groups especially notice in me.
Your children are good friends. They love the friends they have made this year in school. They play together, they hug each other, they share with one another. True, it's not always roses and butterflies, but when they have a disagreement with a friend, they apologize and offer forgiveness. They truly care about the friends they have made this year.
Your children are loved. Daily I hear stories about how Mommy took me to the playground, or Daddy loves to wrestle with me. These are the things that they treasure - memories with you. You love them with a fierce love, and they know it and flourish because of it.
Your children are well fed. I help the children unpack their lunches each day and I see the healthy food you prepared with TLC. Sure, I know preparing lunches isn't anyone's favorite task, but their lunches show that you rose to the occasion and gave them good choices each day.
Your children are well dressed. I don't mean wearing the cutest fashions with this one, although that is often the case too! No, I mean you took a moment to listen to the weather forecast and properly dress your child. You also made sure your child had mittens, a hat, boots, snow pants. . .the exhausting list of items children need in the winter months. You made sure they were well prepared for the elements so they could enjoy recess time.
Your children are happy. Ok, maybe not all the time, but for the most part, your children relish life and bounce happily into school with a smile and hug goodbye to you. And if your children are a little sad to say goodbye, you know to give them one last kiss and hug and send them in promptly, knowing they will be fine before you make it down the hallway.
Your children are secure. They are secure in their knowledge of your love, of who they are and their place in your family. They feel safe, knowing Mommy and Daddy love them enormously.
Your children know Jesus. I am always blown away by how much your children know about the Bible and their Savior. They know how much He loves them, even when they might make choices that don't please Him. They know He loves them so much that He died on the cross for them, and they can tell you the whole story. You teach them about Jesus, and they, therefore, know Jesus.
I won't get to see your little ones every day after this week. But I know they have big things ahead of them. So keep up the good work, Moms and Dads. You're doing a great job.
Your child's teacher