Tomorrow is our last day of fourth grade, each year seems to go by faster and faster. It has been a true privilege for Mrs. Kenney and I to get to know your children, our children, this year. We will truly miss each and every one of them. Please have a safe, happy summer, and come back to visit often. I leave you with this:

Dear Parents, 

I give you back your child, the same child you confidently entrusted to my care last fall. I give him back pounds heavier, inches taller, months wiser, more responsible, and more mature than he was then. 

Although he would have attained his growth in spite of me, it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch his personality unfold day by day. I give him back reluctantly, for having spent nine months together in the narrow confines of a crowded classroom, we have grown close, have become a part of each other, and we shall always retain a little of each other. 

Ten years from now if we met on the street, your child and I, a light will shine to our eyes, a smile to our face, and we shall feel the bond of understanding once more, this bond we feel today. 

We have lived, loved, laughed, played, studied, learned, and enriched our lives together this year. I wish it could go on indefinitely, but give him back I must. Take care of him, for he is precious. 

Remember that I shall always be interested in your child and his destiny, wherever he goes, whatever he does, whoever he becomes. His joys and sorrows I’ll always be happy to share. Your child will forever live in my heart. 

With heartfelt love, 

Mrs. Bristle