Happy Valentine's Day!
I had my date last night with my "big" Valentine.
And I had my date today with my 22 little ones.
In case you don't remember from your school days, Valentine's Day is like Christmas, the 4th of July and Halloween rolled into one. Seriously, it's HUGE. On top of that, the 5th grade ran a Candy-Gram fundraiser (chocolate rose suckers to be delivered today)--and, since I'm the one who was kind of heading it up, my class was (by proxy) in charge of the prep and delivery. Needless to say, it was not the most productive of days. It was, however, a lot of fun.
First, they had to Shower the Teacher with Gifts. I am currently looking at 7 heart boxes of chocolate, a tube of chocolate hearts, and random other pieces of chocolate. I have 2 beautiful chococlate roses. I have 5 adorable stuffed animals (and half were from my boy students, which surprised me).
We took took of CandyGram deliveries first thing this morning. Then--because I'm the most evil of teachers--I gave them both a social studies test AND a science test. And after THAT....it was Valentine time. (I wanted to do it before lunch, since we have reading after lunch and I didn't want to take away from that.)
We passed out our Valentine's (SO. MUCH. FUN.) and while they were looking through their "mailboxes", I passed out juice and chips and various snacks that the kids had brought. Lots of kids brought candy, too, of course. One mom brought in a cookie decorating kit (and, thank God, stuck around to help with the execution, LOL). The kids were actually very well-behaved (after bouncing off the walls most of the morning; giving them their candy and Valentine's seemed to soothe the savage beast). As they sat there, contentedly reading Valentine's, eating, and talking to their friends, I overhear X., my student from Guatamala, say, "This is the best day EVER."
(And the funniest thing about it was that he wasn't even talking to anyone. He was just sitting at his desk, munching on a cookie, delirious with happiness. It was adorable.)