The goodbye circle is where we sit and listen to each other say good bye with a compliment or a positive memory about each other. We look at them and speak from the heart. It is very touching and sweet what these boys who have known each other a very long time, say to each other and to their teachers . Listening to these sweet boys touched my heart deeply. So many thank-yous for playing with me, being my friend, shared interests, growing up together, standing beside me…. whew! not many dry eyes for the adults. It is our hope they remember all the positives and continue to be kind to each other and themselves.
We are a family and it becomes very evident the last week of school. A 5th grade student reminded me to schedule the goodbye circle for the last day. When I asked him why it was important to him he said, ' Because it is a tradition and I have been practicing.' He was remembering the two previous year's goodbye circles he had participated in.