When I taught at my old school, it was common for students to move mid-year. Military parents would receive orders mid-year, and off the kids would go! This also meant I had an new students arriving mid-year at times.
But at my current mid-west, middle-of-nowhere school, it's very uncommon for students to move away. It's very rare for them to leave mid-year. So when a parent contacted me a little while ago to let me know that her daughter's last day would be November 15, I knew I had to do something special to send her off.
As I thought through the things we could do for her, I decided upon a memory book. I gave a page to each of her former teachers in the school, the principal, and all of her classmates. Once the pages are returned to me, I'll bind it and have it ready to present to her on Tuesday.
That left me with the question: Where could I find a memory book that would work for this purpose? I searched and searched. I found a few things, but none quite suited to my needs. So, I created one, and I'm giving it away to you for FREE, just in case you have a similar need. You can grab the freebie here, or you can click on the image below.
Because it's uncommon in my school, our class has also collected some new school supplies to give to the girl who is leaving. We figured that if you have to start a new school in the middle of the year it would at least be nice to have some fresh new supplies!
We've also decided that her desk will stay "Abby's desk" all year long, even though she won't be here with us. We'll sure miss her!