It’s been a busy couple of days getting all of the end of the year activities done, and as soon as Bryce gets home in less than an hour it will be the official start of summer vacation.
Kindergarten graduation was yesterday, so Brenna is officially a first grader now! yeah, Brenna! Here she is belting out the little song that they learn for their program: Hey kindergarten, we had a lot of fun but it’s time we say good-bye. See ‘ya later, alligator!…. and then it ends with them all yelling “First grade here we come!” Bryce, Beth and Carissa all sang this song at the end of their kindergarten years too :)
And today was the 5th grade graduation ceremony. It started off with the presentation of the Officer David Pratt award. Officer Pratt has been the DARE officer assigned to our school for many years and this award was established by him to honor the 5th grade student who best exemplifies leadership and citizenship. This Officer Pratt:
and after Mrs. Patchen finished reading this wonderful letter and tribute to this year’s chosen recipient, it was announced that it was our Elizabeth!
They didn’t tell us beforehand, though Beth had a sneaking suspicion it might be her. She knew Mrs. Patchen was presenting it, so it was someone in her class, and her classmates were all guessing it was going to be her. Here she is accepting her award from Officer Pratt.
She received this engraved glass plaque along with a copy of the letter and a certificate. Her name will also be engraved on the large plaque that hangs in the hall at school with the names of all the past recipients.
and we are also very proud of Carissa, who along with Beth, was given an award for getting all A’s every quarter this year. There were only three students who achieved this this year.
Mark is visiting his mom this week, so he didn’t get to see the end of the year ceremonies. I am very thankful for Grandmama who was here to share the honors with us, and who helped keep Sarah entertained during the hour.
Those are awards for all A’s this year and perfect attendance. He says there was some sort of ceremony yesterday after school, which he didn’t tell me about. He picked up his t-shirt, medals and certificates at the end of school today when his band teacher let him know about them. He’s improved a lot on keeping track of assignments and homework on his own over the last couple of years, so I guess next year we will be emphasizing letting his parents know of before and after school activities that he would like to attend in a timely manner!