Retirement Festivities, Part 1

Dear Jasper and Kestrel,

Today was a fun day at school. My students are still working on their story maps, getting things organized before they start writing. It is hard work, making all your ideas come together and make sense!IMG_5533.jpg

After school I walked down to the District Office on Main Street. They were having a party, a small celebration, to recognize the teachers like me who are retiring this year. There weren’t a lot of people there, but my dear friend Amy Ish, who is now on our school board after retiring a few years ago, was one of the board members who came to say a few words.


There were speeches, and music, cake and cider, and goodies! Each retiree got a lovely glass plaque with our name on it, a framed resolution of appreciation, and a frame with two photos: One that we gave to the District when we were hired, and one of this year’s school pictures.

Amy Ish and ME

We took pictures, hugged, laughed, got a little teary, and then the board meeting (which was going to be a lot less fun) was getting ready to start, so I headed back to Uncle David’s house.

I dropped off my goodies and then walked up to school. It was “Pick up your Yearbook” evening! I got mine, talked with some friends and former students, and got back to the house just as Auntie Olga and Liza came home with the groceries. We unloaded and put them away, and had dinner.

My class’s page in the yearbook

I’ve worked a full day, walked 2 and a half miles, and I am ready to lay down. But I wanted to let you know how my day went. I will be back in Portland in 19 days!


Grandma Judy


Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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