End of School Year Fluff

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End of School Year Fluff
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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 10:12am

1.  Do your kids go to school on the last day of school?

2.  Do you throw (or let them throw) an end of year party for their friends?

3.  How many *graduation ceremonies* will/have your children experienced in their life time?

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Thu, 06-13-2013 - 12:13pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p>&lt;&lt;I don't make my kids do lots of things, especially socially/friend related.  I let them make up their own minds about those sorts of things.</p><p><strong>You let your kids decide if they want to go to school or not? &gt;&gt;</strong></p><p>You misread the post taking it from a very specific example to a broad example.  As I clearly said above, if it's <strong>social/</strong>friend related, I let my children make those types of decisions.  The last day of school in elementary and middle is <strong>strictly social</strong>, so yes, I let them decide.  </p><p><strong>So you don't consider the last day of school a "school day"? You let them decide because it is usually just a "social" day? Do they usually decide to go because it IS a social day or not go? I saw your comments from this year but what about other years. Does the school make it a half day (leaving after lunch) or have they just decided to leave after lunch on that last day?</strong></p>

So let's excuse a school day away b/c it's just a social one? 

Yes, My kids last school day is a 1/2 one for all of them.  And my little guy's morning was spent playing games, taking pictures, signing books and goodbyes.  My girls finished up testing but I'm sure if they could have traded their day for Daniel's they would have, Lol. 

 


 


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Registered: 06-27-1998
Thu, 06-13-2013 - 12:38pm

<<So let's excuse a school day away b/c it's just a social one? 

Yes, My kids last school day is a 1/2 one for all of them.  And my little guy's morning was spent playing games, taking pictures, signing books and goodbyes.  My girls finished up testing but I'm sure if they could have traded their day for Daniel's they would have, Lol. >>

I'm not sure I would word it quite that dramatic, but yes...as I have explained a few times now, I don't force my children to attend social events and one example would be the last day of school, which is strictly social.  If you wish to do something differently, that's okay too....differences are okay.     I don't know if my boys would trade their finals for elementary school, I think they greatly enjoy their freedom as high school students but maybe not the work and tests, lol.  

FYI, there are a number of students who don't attend the middle school last day for a variety of reasons, some parental reasons and some student reasons.  I don't see the need to force a child or parent into something outside of their comfort zone just because it's techanically called a school day, but I understand that others may feel differently.  

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Thu, 06-13-2013 - 12:39pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
  So let's excuse a school day away b/c it's just a social one? </p><p>Yes, My kids last school day is a 1/2 one for all of them.  And my little guy's morning was spent playing games, taking pictures, signing books and goodbyes.

Apparently only working adults get to enjoy the social days before, say Christmas, New Years.  Many offices slow down right before the holidays, with parties, lunches.  Bonding occurs between employees and even bosses!  Oldest dd's (age 11) class schedule was truncated in the last weeks, but the library and cafeteria are open the full school day.  I told her to pop in early to join in the (much exaggerated IMO) "Oh, my Lord, finals are killing me!"  She did and sat with her same friends ~ she now has plans for the local ice cream parlor, clothes shopping locally and a slumber party. 

jamblessedthree wrote:
  My girls finished up testing but I'm sure if they could have traded their day for Daniel's they would have, Lol. </p>

Yes and yes!

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Thu, 06-13-2013 - 12:43pm

No one wants to miss out on the fun....

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Thu, 06-13-2013 - 12:48pm

thardy2001 wrote:
Apparently only working adults get to enjoy the social days before, say Christmas, New Years.  Many offices slow down right before the holidays, with parties, lunches.  Bonding occurs between employees and even bosses!

IME, many, many people take those days off ... it's usually a very skeleton crew around here. 

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Thu, 06-13-2013 - 12:54pm

Sure, and many, many don't.  For some it's a great time to clean, organize their departments, do what you can't do during busy times.  My working friends and DH discuss this every year.  They save time-off for days schools are closed.  You may get a lot of vacation time but most people don't. 

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Thu, 06-13-2013 - 1:02pm

working at a theater I can tell you that the holidays are a special kind of hell..by the time we've closed up the last christmas show we all want OUT LOL

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Thu, 06-13-2013 - 1:20pm

<<So you don't consider the last day of school a "school day"? You let them decide because it is usually just a "social" day? Do they usually decide to go because it IS a social day or not go? I saw your comments from this year but what about other years. Does the school make it a half day (leaving after lunch) or have they just decided to leave after lunch on that last day?>>

For the third time, yes...the last day of school in elementary and middle school is strictly social and I let them decide themselves if they wanted to go.  My comments about this year are not relevant to this statement because neither of them are in elementary or middle school, they are both in high school.  Its only a school day in name only.

As for past years, I have already mentioned in my op that in elementary school they usually decided to go a half day and left after lunch.  In middle school, they both decided to go to the amusemen park on the last day of school for all the years for at least part of the day but did not stay until the evening/closing time all of those years.

Interesting. Never heard of such a thing until coming here. My kids always have gone the last day of school no matter if they were only doing social things. It is still a school day. My son doesn't even want me to pick him up early on the last day of camp this year as I will be leaving work early. He will get a ride home with a camp friend. 

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Thu, 06-13-2013 - 1:22pm

I'm trying to figure out what's wrong with going to school on an allegedly "just social" school day!  There's nothing wrong with being social.

I don't get it either. I never heard of giving a child the decision if they could go the last day. What about the 2nd to last day and 3rd to last day? The last week is mostly just cleaning up and doing social things anyway. My kids wouldn't want to miss any of that.

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Thu, 06-13-2013 - 1:24pm

So let's excuse a school day away b/c it's just a social one? 

Yes, My kids last school day is a 1/2 one for all of them.  And my little guy's morning was spent playing games, taking pictures, signing books and goodbyes.  My girls finished up testing but I'm sure if they could have traded their day for Daniel's they would have, Lol. 

They started the 1/2 last day at the elementary level last year. I think it just goes with the amount of days needed for the year, not because it is the last day. It was always a full day. Never thought twice to ask my own parents to not go and never thought twice of letting my kids decide. Why wouldn't they want to be social with their friends on that day too.?

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