MAHOMET-SEYMOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT

I’m a custodian for the Mahomet School District and just wanted to say it sure isn’t the same without the kids, teachers/staff in the schools. A eerie feeling for sure walking the hallways and going into a classroom. I miss all of them and I’m sure all the other custodians would be in agreement.

Keep up the great work! Stay safe!

Best Regards.

Chris Roberts

MAHOMET-SEYMOUR HIGH SCHOOL

I am a retired teacher, and have been a substitute teacher at MSHS for 5 years. I miss the students terribly during this time of self-isolation. They always brighten my day, and they have been such a blessing to me! I especially miss the Seniors, and hope I will be able to see them and wish them well before they graduate!

Jan Adams,

MSW, MA Spanish

Dear Students,

I sure am missing you all and the normalcy of school and our routine. I really didn’t think our “see-ya laters” before spring break would turn into this. What a strange time and situation we find ourselves in this school year.

I am so proud of all you have been able to accomplish during this remote learning time. You have stepped-up and completed work that is beyond my expectation. You have advocated for yourselves and asked fantastic questions when you had them. I could not have asked for a better group of students to work with through this trying time. Keep up the great work through these last few weeks. I know you can do it!

You have truly all shown me what amazing things you can accomplish no matter what is thrown at you. I hope you are all healthy and safe, and I can not wait to see you all again soon!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Carolan

MAHOMET-SEYMOUR JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

8th Grade Orange and Blue,

Thank you for all your hard work from science to social studies,

before you know it, you will be able to see your buddies.

We realize poetry, matter, and the Cold War,

Are better in class, when there is more rapport.

Even though, in STEM, you are away,

no worries, our connection won’t fray.

The persistence I applaud,

from circuits to robots, by your work I am awed!

Logging your miles

makes us PE teachers smile....

hope you don’t forget the combination to your lock,

if so, no worries, just learn a dance from “TikTok” ...

During this division

We hope you focus on a vision

Of a world where people share their wit,

And though at home, don’t feel like they have to mask it

In math, you handled the negative exponent,

without even spending much time on it.

Now onto angles and such.

You’ll own them in no time, without much fuss.

Don’t focus too much on social media chatter

While none of us would have chosen this situation

There is an end in sight to this extended break duration

Our sad reality is we aren’t seeing you daily,

but please know this,

you are truly missed…

and definitely matter!

We miss you,

Your 8th grade

teachers

LINCOLN TRAIL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Dear Lincoln Trail

Students,

I hope this letter finds you all doing well. To say that I miss you would be quite the understatement. It’s really weird and sad coming into Lincoln Trail every morning without hearing your voices and laughter through the hallways. I was not surprised to hear that announcement from the governor about schools closing for the remainder of the year, but I still holding onto hope that we would resume this school year. That being said, I don’t want to focus too much on the negativity of the situation but rather look for the positives and remember the good memories from this school year. I share 5 positives things about the week with the teachers and staff of Lincoln Trail every week so I’m going to share a version of that with you by giving you my top 5 memories of this school year. Feel free to share yours with me as well.

1. Family Fun Night in August 2019 before school started. This was a fun night that I was able to see many of you again and meet many of you for the first time. Weather was great and you could feel the excitement in the air for the new school year.

2. Dawg Walk 2019. Even though it rained, we were able to change our plans and location to the Field House in a matter of minutes to keep everyone safe. I’m sure you all enjoyed the sliming of the principals part of that event as well.

3. Our 1st Annual Fall Festival. Despite the cold temperatures, it was great to see so many of you enjoying hot dogs, hayrides, ghost stores and S’mores with your family.

4. Dodgeball with 5G and 5A. These two classes were the winners for the food drive organized by YLC before spring break and their reward was a game of dodgeball. Mr. Herriott and Mrs. Martin take their dodgeball game to the next level.

5. Every single student, every single laugh and every single conversation I have had this year. YOU (students) are what make Lincoln Trail an amazing place. I’m grateful to be your principal and I’m still here for you.

While the doors will remain locked, our thoughts are still with you. You will always be “my students”.

Mrs. Hunter,

principal of Lincoln Trail Elementary

Hi 4D Students!

I can’t believe we are going on almost a month away from each other. I miss you more than ever. I know that you are keeping busy and getting outside, and that makes my teacher heart so happy. Keep loving that extra time with your families. You are going to look back on these memories and be so happy that you have them. I can’t wait to see you SOON! Keep sending me messages, emails, notes, pictures! I love seeing your smiling faces.

Love, Mrs. Schroeder

Dear L.T. Students,

We want you to know that despite the challenges right now, you are ALL still VERY much on our minds every single day. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make sure that you have plenty of choices to keep your mind and body active and engaged while at home through the google classroom and class websites.

We miss you and look so forward to getting back to the business of learning together as a team again. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for ANY reason. #LT Proud!!

Mrs. Keeble, Mr. Hearn, Mrs. Pierce

Dear 3I Students,

I miss you all so much! I love being able to see you in our Google Meet Morning Meetings and have really enjoyed chatting with you as you work on your lessons. I am so proud of you and you are all doing an amazing job with your e-learning. Keep a positive mindset and remember the power of YET! Keep working hard and trying your best. Remember, I am always here for you!

Love,

Mrs. Allison

3rd Grade

Lincoln Trail School

Hi 3E,

I wanted to let you know that even though we aren’t meeting in our classroom, we are still very much hard at work in 3rd grade! The highlight of my week is getting to see your bright and smiling faces in our morning meetings. Keep working hard and trying your best. All of you are doing an outstanding job working through these remote learning days. I am so proud of you and all that you are doing as you learn from home. I am here for you and am missing all of you! Always remember, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Keep moving forward, 3E. We got this!

Ms. Brown

Hi 3C,

While we haven’t been able to greet each other every morning with fist bumps, high fives, or hugs, it has been so lovely to see your sweet faces and talk with you when we “meet” throughout the week. I am so proud of the hard work you are doing on your lessons in this time of e-learning. Thank you for giving your best efforts each day. I know it’s not easy to be sheltered in place away from your friends, so I’d like to leave you with a positive thought from the famous Dr. Seuss... “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”

Until we meet again,

Mrs. Musgrove

Dear 3B Students,

I wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of all of you during this time away from school. I know these days seem hard, but the most important thing is that we are staying safe and healthy. Continue to work hard and stay active! I’m missing each of you, and I hope to see you soon!

Love,

Mrs. Reed

Hi 3G!

I miss you! I am so proud of all the hard work you are doing at home. Keep it up! I am thankful for technology that allows me to still “see” your smiling faces. Enjoy this extra time with your families! Take some time to journal about what you are doing and how you are feeling during this time. You will be happy you did when you grow up. Keep smiling and take every opportunity you have to be kind! I hope to see you soon!

Love,

Mrs. Jarvis

Dear 5H Students,

It has been such a crazy time since March 12 when we left on Spring Break. Never did I anticipate that we would be done with face-to-face instruction for our 2019-20 school year. I am so thankful for technology that allows us to stay connected so I can see your lovely faces! I have enjoyed our daily meetings, your letters, funny jokes, meeting your pets, and emails. It definately helps keep a bit of normalcy and adds a smile to my face. I am so proud of the work that you continue to do each day. Keep learning! I cannot wait for all the hugs, high-fives, and smiles (in person) when this is all over. Stay well and stay safe.

Love and Hugs,

Mrs. Dyer

5th Grade Teacher

To My Fifth Graders

of 2019-2020,

You are brave. You are resilient. You are thoughtful, caring, and kind. You have taken lemons and made the sweetest lemonade, and I am so proud to have had the honor to get to know you, to love you, and to spend this year as your teacher. Because you see, once you are in 5G, you’re always one of “my kids.”

We have grown together this year, and learned far more than you even know. Sure, we tackled writing, reading, math, science, and social studies. We struggled and found success, discovered and pushed hard. But within those four walls, we shared stories, we created relationships and bonds, and we became a family. We took a small project and saw an even greater need, and we supplied 33 families with food, clothing, and gifts. We chose KIND when it really mattered. And as I watch you even in the toughest of times, you continue to do those very same things. So, in the past five weeks, it’s no surprise that you’ve come together even more. You’ve shown up for 25 virtual classroom meetings and together experienced loss, uncertainty, worry, joy, excitement, and happiness, because everything we created before March 14th and everything you’re doing now, well it’s enough to last a lifetime.

5G, you are so ready for 6th grade, more than ready, actually. You have the tools and the hearts to do incredible things in this world. You’ve experienced disappointment and you’ve found a way to overcome and you’ll carry that with you always. You’ve made me better. And when you need a push, a light, or a helping hand, I’m always here. I love you and I’ll forever be your #1 fan.

Love,

Mrs. Martin

Dear 5D Students,

I know this year didn’t end the way we had thought it would, and there were events that we didn’t get to experience. Rather than focus on all the things we missed doing together, I want to celebrate and remember the days we laughed, learned, and were able to be together. There were many days where we had “light bulb” moments of understanding after frustration and hard work, especially with math concepts. Time spent together at the circle table discussing reading. Laughing during Morning Meeting and when something didn’t go as planned. Working together and encouraging each other through engineering projects, science experiments, and break outs. There were many moments where you were kind and helpful to each other and to me. Remote learning has been a different kind of learning experience for all of us, and you’ve handled it with grace and patience because you know teachers are doing our best. I miss being together in our classroom having our discussions and helping you discover and learn new things, but most of all, I just miss you! I looked forward to school each day because of you-your smiles, questions, curious minds, and hugs. Thank you for helping me learn and grow as a person and a teacher and sharing your thoughts and ideas each day!

Adrienne Seal

MIDDLETOWN PRAIRIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Dear First Graders at MPE,

We miss your morning shares and silly stories, your teamwork, compassionate spirit, and inquisitive minds. We miss watching you make friends and invent recess games. We miss making food and eating it with you. We miss your resilience, willingness to always lend a helping hand, and your nonstop dance moves. We miss your hugs and smiles, your thoughtful questions and creative solutions. We miss your recess giggles, your love for nature, and willingness to share twigs, rocks, dandelions, and creepy crawlies with us. We miss listening to you read, learning new things, and trying your best. We miss your toothless grins and your new haircuts. We miss putting band aids on your ouchies, helping tie your shoes, and finding your missing lunch cards. We miss your kind hearts, your problem solving nature, and our class conversations. Overall, we miss all the things you teach us every day. Remember to always choose kindness!

Love Always,

Your First Grade Teachers

Mrs. Mitchell,

Mrs. Jackson,

Mrs. Thompson,

Mrs. Kirby,

Mrs. O’Connell,

Mrs. Snow,

Mrs. Beecher,

Ms. Nelson,

Mrs. Oprondek,

Mrs. Haskett, and

Mrs. White

Dear Second Grade

Kiddos,

We want to let you know we miss you and wish we were back at school with you! We miss your smiles. We miss your jokes. We miss your kindness and daily hugs. We hope you are being helpful to your parents at home and taking this time to learn new things like baking, riding your bike, flying a kite or even doing laundry. We know we will see you soon and can’t wait unit that day comes.

Love,

The Second Grade Teachers

Mrs. Mitchell’s 1st Grade Class,

Hello! I just wanted to send a quick note to say “I miss you!” I hope you are all practicing your reading at home, and I hope you are doing some of the other work Mrs. Mitchell is sending out to you. I hope you are having fun as well.

I have gone to school a couple of times to grab things from my classroom. It is very quiet at MPE and I don’t like it.

I hope we can go back to school soon because I miss all of you. I like to visit your classroom and join all of you for morning meeting.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Coulson -

MPE Reading teacher

To the Kindergarten Squirrel Class -

Hello! This is Mrs. Coulson. I just wanted to send a note to all of you and let you know I miss you. I miss coming in during reading time and morning meeting.

I got to see Mrs. Pagel last week. She came over to get some plants out of my yard. We stayed far apart, but we talked all about the students in the squirrel classroom. She misses ALL of you a lot! I do, too!

I hope you are having some fun, but I hope you are working on your alphabet letters, Popcorn words, math, writing, art, and more. Don’t forget to run around and get some exercise.

I sure hope I can see all of the my friends in the squirrel room soon.

Mrs. Coulson

Reading Teacher

ear Mrs. Myers and the Kangaroo Class,

This is Mrs. Coulson. I just wanted to say HELLO to all of you. I miss coming to your classroom every morning during Daily 5 time. I love to see what you are learning about with Mrs. Myers.

I hope you are having some fun at home with your family, but I hope you are working on your alphabet letters, Popcorn words, math, writing, art, and more. Don’t forget to run around and get some exercise, too.

I sure hope I can come and see you for morning meeting some time soon. Keep working hard and be nice to mom and dad.

I miss you,

Mrs. Coulson

Reading Teacher

Hello MPE boys and girls -

This is Mrs. Coulson. I am one of the reading teachers at MPE. I am usually out for kindergarten car duty with Mrs. Truax and Miss Chris before and after school. I sure miss seeing all of the kindergartners students and their siblings when they hop out of the car each morning.

I have been to school a few times since spring break in March. Last week, I helped Mr. Ryan copy some of the learning packets for all of you. I don’t like going to school when you aren’t there. It is way TOO QUIET!

I hope you are doing some of your school work at home. Make sure you are reading with mom and dad. The more you practice your reading, the better you get. Take some time to do math, writing, art, and more. Don’t forget to run around and get some exercise, too.

I hope we will all be back at school soon. Until that time, be safe and be polite to everyone in your family.

I miss you,

Mrs. Coulson

Reading Teacher at MPE

Dear MPE Students, Wow! I never dreamed I’d be writing you a letter in the newspaper to tell you how much I miss you-- especially your hugs and smiles every day! Just think of all the stories we’ll have to share with each other when we meet again! I really miss getting to watch you work hard at each of your “Body Work” stations, improving every week. I miss seeing you practicing your “Brain Work,” even when it’s tricky... and helping and encouraging your teammates when they need help! Even though we can’t be together in the ABL classroom, you can still make time for “Body Breaks” when you’re doing your E-Learning each week. I’d love for you to send me an e-mail note or picture if you create an at-home ABL station... or just to see your smiling face! Until we meet again, keep working those brains and bodies... and keep smiling and laughing! We’ve got this!! Love & Miss You! Mrs. Raver Action Based Learning, K/2 jraver@ms.k12.il.us

Dear MPE Students,

Hi MPE Kiddos! I want you to know that I’m incredibly proud of you for doing the best job that you can do during this crazy time in our lives. Wow! We will have so many fun stories to share when we get back to school. I really can’t describe just how much I miss all of you right now. I miss seeing your smiling faces each day as you get off the bus, hearing your belly laughs and giggles in my classroom, and listening to you share about your lives. I CAN NOT WAIT to give you all big hugs when I see you next. I’d love to hear from you before we go back to school! Feel free to e-mail me pictures, stories, or anything that you’d like to share with me at kcox@ms.k12.il.us. Keep working hard and showing kindness to everyone around you. I miss you all so very much!

Love,

Mrs. Cox

Whole Body Health and Wellness Teacher

Middletown Prairie Elementary School