5 Tips on How to Survive the Last Week of School

It’s finally here! The week you’ve been looking forward to since the beginning of the year – the last week of school! The school year is finally winding down, and you’re probably ready to kick your feet up and jump into a cool swimming pool to celebrate the beginning of summer.

But not so fast! Before you give yourself a pat on the back, you still got one last hurdle to get over – the last few days of school! It might seem like it will take forever,  so we thought we’d help you out with these 5 tips on surviving the last week of school.

Capture Memories on Camera!

class picture

Capture class memories on camera!

It’s the perfect time to take a trip down memory lane and take some group shots of friends, classmates, and teachers! Group shots are recommended and be sure to snap some candid shots of all of you goofing around.

You might think it’s pointless to do so, since you’ll probably be seeing the same faces coming in September. But since class schedules change and students do transfer schools, you might not see your friends and teachers so often that you like.

So get your selfie sticks out, it’s time for group selfies! Remember to tag everyone in the pictures on Facebook and social media.

Make a To-Do List

Notepad - to do list

Notepad – to do list

Making a to-do list on what needs to be done in the last week of school will keep you busy concentrating on one task at a time and will make time go faster! So here are important items to add to the list such as “Return library books to the library” and “Clean out locker“. Make sure to check off each task on the list once it’s done!

Clean-Up Shop

Students helping out to clean the school!

Students helping out to clean the school!

Remember that ham sandwich you tossed in the back of your locker a few months ago? How about those smelly gym clothes you forgot to bring home to wash? It’s time to throw it away or take it home.

Cleaning-up shop means tidying up your desk area, lockers, and gym lockers. You’ll need some garbage bags and some extra school bags, just in case you need to hurl some important books and binders’ home after cleaning out your locker.

If you were also part of extra-curricular activities, ask the teachers in charge if they need any help cleaning up the classrooms or space you used throughout the year. This means taking schedules off the wall, cleaning out cubby holes, washing blackboards and whiteboards, throwing out expired markers, empty pens, and broken school supplies.

Time to Reflect

The end of the school year calls for reflection!

The end of the school year calls for reflection!

Now that the school year is coming to an end, it’s time to reflect. It doesn’t matter what grade you are, every year you learn something new at school and can apply it to life. Here’s a list of questions you can answer during the reflection process:

  • What new things did you learn?
  • What were your achievements?
  • Who was your favourite teacher? Why?
  • What was your favourite subject? Which was your least favourite subject?
  • Which friend or classmate did you click with?
  • What did you enjoy the most about the school year? What did you enjoy the least?

You don’t have to answer all these questions at once, but take 5-10 minutes during the last week of school to answer a few of these questions in your notebook.

Show Love To Your Teachers

kid giving apple to teacher

Give your teacher an apple on the last day of school!

Finally, show gratitude towards your teachers. Teachers do a lot for students off-the-record and it makes them feel so good when you give them a “Best Teacher” greeting card signed by all the students or even just an apple!

Or everyone in your class can pitch in $2 each and you can get a gift like a box of chocolates or if you want to go the extra mile, a gift card to their favourite store or restaurant will sure take them by surprise. There’s nothing like closing out the school year by thanking your teachers, watch their faces light up when you hand them a token of appreciation!

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