Last Wednesday was Sunny's final day of school before the summer holidays.
was a sad week because we had to say good-bye to Sunny's class and
almost all his fellow students. One of them is moving up to a new class
(he is a lot older than the rest of the kids and will be in middle
school from now on). One of them will be leaving the school in order to
attend an inclusive classroom in another town and facility.
most important friend will be leaving his complete home life and
environment behind to live in an orphanage/children's home and this fact is
breaking my heart so much. What is even worse is that the children's home is
roughly two hours away so we will not even be able to visit or meet
him somehow by chance. Sunny's teacher could not go into detail about
the reasons but she mentioned that the social surroundings and
situations of the child were very difficult and that he will be staying
in the home for a longer period of time. When she told me about it she
had tears in her eyes and I know how hard it is for her, too. She is
such a loving and caring person, I can totally see why it hurts her as
much as it hurts me (or probably much more, given that she saw this boy every
day). She pledged for a home in the same town that Sunny's school is
in but the parents and the youth welfare service mutually decided for the
So there are only Sunny and another boy left of the initial class and with no new students to enter elementary school this year Sunny and
the other child are going to be divided to the other two classes left in
Sunny's aide will also be leaving
which is another hard blow that we have to stand. Sunny and him shared
such a strong bond, words were unnecessary between them. They were very, very
close and did so much together. On Mondays the class was usually taught in the
woods and outside and Sunny and his aide loved to saw, hammer, and drill
wood and make crafts. His aide was tireless when it came to working with Sunny and I guess he enjoyed it as
much as Sunny did. I know he will be greatly missed by my son.
am very grateful that he will keep his loving teacher for most of the
days in the new class though. She will be in another class for two mornings a week but otherwise
will be in Sunny's class together with another teacher. I thank the
heavens for that! It is the only good thing about all the changes coming
in the next school year.
The new class will have seven
instead of five students and I wonder if or how this will affect
Sunny's attention span and capability to learn. I hope it will not
affect him in a negative way.
So last week on Monday we had a final farewell barbecue and spent some time together for the last time. The parents were invited, too, so it was a bittersweet experience and I shed quite some tears as you can imagine if you have been following this blog for some time.
I just hope that we will be able to keep in touch with the boy that left for the inclusive classroom since Sunny likes him a lot, too.
I am a bit worried about how Sunny will be able to cope with all of these changes. I hope he will be as happy in his new class as he used to be. He loves to go to school so much, it would be such a shame if that changed. Just imagining it makes my heart heavy.
For now, however, we will try to enjoy the summer holidays that lie ahead of us and I will try not to be consumed by negative thoughts about the coming school year. I will cross that bridge when I get to it.