Friday, May 12, 2017

PreK Graduation

The weekend is here! My sister and nephew are flying in for the weekend, so we are looking forward to an extra special Mother's Day Weekend. Before we dive into that fun though, I want to talk about my the big kids and how they are no longer preschoolers! They are officially done with Pre-K and ready for kindergarten.

Last night was their graduation ceremony, and we started out the day unsure if they were both going to make it. Brooke rolled into our room around 4am complaining of an upset stomach and a fever. Sure enough she was running a 101 degree fever. After lots of toast, a banana, half an apple, berry La Croix, and a dose of ibuprofen, her temperature was down and she was feeling like her normal spunky self. Off to school they both went.

Unfortunately around 12:30 I got a call from the school saying she wasn't feeling well, so I went to pick her up. She was so upset that she didn't get to stay for the rest of the day. She cried while we rounded up her belongings. She didn't want to miss any of the last day of school and was so sad to be leaving her friends. Thankfully a 3 hour nap, a few episodes of Paw Patrol, and some shells and cheese were just what she needed to feel well enough to make it to graduation.

They both got to sing their song and walk across the stage to receive their PreK diploma. They have been practicing what they call the "parents cry song," for the last few weeks. Seeing 40 5 year olds sing a song on stage might be the cutest thing ever. In addition to their song, there was also a 10 minute slideshow of pictures taken throughout the year. Their song didn't make me cry, but seeing them with all of their friends and knowing that they won't go to school with most of them next year did. I was definitely a little misty eyed by the end. There are 6 elementary schools in our district, so their friends will be all over the place for school next year. They had some really sweet kids in their class, and I'm so glad that they, and I, got to know them through the year.

Don't even get me started on how much we'll miss their teachers. We love their preschool and will definitely be sending S and C there in a couple years. For now though we are done with preschool and on to elementary school. I am hopeful I can keep them engaged and learning over the summer. If you have any suggestions for activities or programs to follow over summer break, I'd love to hear them. Right now I am equally excited and terrified at the thought of 3 months with no one in school. Time to stock up on sidewalk chalk and bubbles. Summer is upon us, and we're ready, almost. 

Congratulations Harrison and Brooke! We're so proud of the work you've done in school and are excited to see what next year holds for the two of you.

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