Then came Wednesday. I had been involved in planning the End of Year class party for weeks. There were many parents involved and they did a lot of work in advance! Jenna and I had done lots of shopping for all the things we would need. Justin was taking the day off to help with all the games. Outdoor games would take up most of the morning. The weatherman had predicted June gloom and mid-70s, which was perfect, the kids would not melt!
Jenna woke up sick. She couldn’t even talk and her throat was very red and swollen. We would have to do it without her. I wasn’t at all panicked, really I wasn’t. Fortunately, everyone came through with what they had volunteered to do. Still it wasn’t the same without her. I did my best to take lots of pictures (375) so that she could pretend she was there!
We began the morning with Justin and some of the other parents coning off a large section of the field so that we would have lots of room for the games they had planned. I don’t have permission to use photos of the other people — but there were lots of them, both children and parents/relatives.
Mrs. J divided the class into 3 teams. Each team would play one set of games and then move to the next game. Each game station came with a group of parents to help and to regulate!
Amara’s group ran the egg in a spoon race first! They used little orange ping pong balls and white plastic spoons. Amara did really well with this game. I am betting it is because her balance is so good as a result of her Tai Kwon Do classes.
Next, her team moved to the sack races. I laughed until I had tears! Oh, the pictures I wish I could share! I have one photo with 5 out of 6 of them off the ground in mid jump! First they raced by themselves and then they did three legged races! They used pillowcases instead of sacks. They were having so much fun.
Next up they tossed horseshoes! One of the other Dads was the organizer of this had he did such a great job. I love seeing other Dads get involved and this one often is!
They tried a game of blowing bubbles through the hula-hoops but it mostly resulted in hula hooping! It was too windy and the bubbles were not cooperating!
Their last round of games would be water balloon games! They were going to do this as one group split into two teams for a balloon toss. This was so well organized. They even had a mom standing guard over all of the water balloons (amazing parents filled all these in advance!) so that each student only got one balloon to start. The laughs, the giggles and the expressions on their faces were priceless!
An actual water balloon fight followed this — and the first target was Mr. Justin! I have to apologize publicly to him. I was responsible for the attack and I feel really bad that he fell in the mud and bruised his leg running from these crazy kids. Fortunately, he was only bruised as his day was nowhere near over!
Finally, we went back to the classroom for indoor games and lunch. Justin split them into four groups and there were 4 game stations. I was in charge of the memory game. One of the other Grandmothers was in charge of a game where each student must try to balance dice on top of a Popsicle stick that they are holding in their mouth. Yes, there were two Grandmothers in the classroom that day, too, but it wasn’t the same twp! Justin had them doing some crazy game where you try to see how many little orange balls you can bat into a milk crate using a Frisbee! Another Mom had them playing a colored stick game. While all of this was going on one of the Moms was doing face painting. I didn’t get many of these pictures as I was too busy but I won’t forget a minute of it!
Then the pizza arrived along with a huge bowl of fresh fruit. Those kids love their pizza and they love their fruit, too! They all knew there was a surprise dessert coming but I kept telling them it was broccoli and Brussels sprouts — maybe spinach cupcakes. It was really root beer floats to be served outside! The cheers went up. They were so excited and so were we! The other Grandma and I had volunteered to scoop the floats and Justin and a couple of other moms helped, too! Some of them had never had a root beer float and some of them opted for just ice cream. A few of them came back for thirds!
Wednesday was early dismissal.
The floats were the perfect end to their party.
Only one more day of school!