Friday, May 24, 2013

Kindergarten is OVER!

We made it through the first year of public wasn't always easy, but summer is here and we are all happy!  The year started off with girl drama and some school challenges, but by the end of the year, Bennett had lots of friends, learned to read, can do simple addition and did a lot of growing up!  The last week of school was a fun one, with Spirit Day on Monday, birthday celebration on Tuesday, a picnic and awards ceremony on Wednesday, and then the last day of school yesterday followed by ice cream with our carpool friends. 

Since Bennett's birthday fell on the last day of school, which is pretty chaotic, Mrs. Greer suggested that I come in on Tuesday.  I arrived Tuesday morning to read a couple of birthday books to her class.  I love this special time, all of the kids are so cute and excited for any parent to come in.  They all sit Indian style on a rug and gather around me (I feel like Mary Poppins).  Bennett wore her special birthday hat that Mrs. Greer gives each child, and got to sit front and center.  Preston tagged along, and had fun sitting on the carpet with all the "big kids."  I later came back for lunch with the birthday girl, which is the tradition for the parents.

Wednesday, I was back at the school for another lunch (my third time that week), and then the awards ceremony.  Each kindergarten class had their own, and it is the teacher's discretion to come up and award each student with a little award.  It was cute, and I loved how the students started shouting out their guesses as it went on.  Mrs. Greer was very creative, hitting on all types of talents of various kids, but I was most proud of Bennett's award of "Hardest Worker."

ABC's of Kindergarten
They were all acting silly
We all love Mrs. Greer

Thursday, May 23rd, was Bennett's birthday.  Unfortunately, she woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and the day didn't start off well.  Though she awoke to balloons on the coveted middle stool, and birthday cards and presents from us....she wasn't a happy camper.  The fact that she only opened gifts that were clothes didn't help.  But even when we told the kids that they were also getting a trampoline after we go back from the beach, that didn't make things better.  She still cried and was in a bad mood, which put us all in bad moods too (happy summer).  Fortunately, I was able to get one photo of her smiling before I dropped her off for her last day of school.

After school, she was in a better mood...probably cause she knew we were out for ice cream with our carpool buddies.  I think everyone in Homewood had the same idea, as Edgewood was slammed with kiddos getting ice cream, icees, and just walking around.  The lines were long, but quick, so it worked out perfectly.
Last Day of Kindergarten!
B, Ella Serotsky and Harper King

Now that school is over, we are starting off our summer right!  Headed back to the beach before all of the kid's camps start!  We have a fun, busy summer planned, so here's to no drama and lots of memories!!

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