Brooklyn graduated from K4 this week! We are so proud of all she has learned this year. And if you think that we shouldn't make a big deal about finishing K4, our district doesn't do a graduation for Kindergarten (K5) so this ceremony is all we get! :)
Just a few months ago Brooklyn was starting out this year, which I wrote about here and here. And now look at her!
On Wednesday, the K4 morning classes had their "Branching Out" ceremony. The theme was "It's a Wonderful World."
|cute stage decorations|
|I added an arrow to help you find her ;)|
Isn't that a crazy amount of four year olds??? And to think they have the same amount of kids in the afternoon classes! Insane.
The kids said the pledge of allegiance, the school pledge, and sang two songs (one of which was "What a Wonderful World," of course!)
Then came the LOOOOOOOOONG part. They named each kid one-by-one, and each child walked to the principal sitting on stage as their name was called, shook hands with the principal, and then paused for a parent to take the picture. It took an hour to get through all these kids! I was so impressed with all of them for sitting so patiently!
Then, since the kids are then divided up between four different elementary schools in the district, they placed a leaf on the tree that designated the elementary school they would be attending in the fall. It was kind of sad that only three of the kids in Brooklyn's actual class were going to be in her elementary school next year. But I'm sure she'll make new friends!
|Brooklyn's new school: Marcy Elementary! -- Where Nana went to school as a little girl!|
|the other three girls had to get a picture in, too!|
During the program, Lauren fell asleep, Cassidy sat beautifully (AMAZING!!!), and Selah... well, she kept running down the aisle to get on stage. And after each child's name was called, she yelled back at the principal. Definitely the loudest one there! Oh well. Can't have all of them behave perfectly at the same time now, can ya? ;)
We made sure to get a picture of Brooklyn with her teacher Mrs. Schultz. This lady was so impressive. I was amazed every time I went to help in the classroom with how quietly she controlled all 23 kids in the class. She was kind, but kept the kids in order at all times. I hope all of Brooklyn's teachers are as proficient and sweet!
And to conclude the festivities.... we stopped at Dunkin Donuts and made it a "Donut Day!" This is the girls' favorite surprise.
You did a fabulous job in K4! I know it was hard to get up and go to school every day this year, but you were a trooper. You made new friends, came out of your shell a bit, and learned so much -- even how to read and do some simple math problems! Daddy and I are so proud of you. We are sad that next year you will go all day to K5, but we know you will be learning lots of new things and growing up is a good part of life. We are having fun watching you get bigger and smarter, except now you are starting to figure out when Daddy and I spell secret words to each other... uh oh!
Mrs. Schultz is proud of you, too. This is a little bit of what she wrote in your progress report:
Brooklyn has a quiet personality, but when she gives one of her big smiles I know all is well. She seems to enjoy school and I have loved having her in my class this year. As a teacher it is so fun to watch students like Brooklyn who love to learn new things! Brooklyn, I wish you a wonderful summer and a fantastic year in K5. Your new teacher will be very lucky to have you! Love, Mrs. Schultz
Now we are going to make the most of this summer and have lots of fun times together! Are you ready?
Love you so much,