November 18th marked the end of another 6-week grading period, and an invitation from the school counselor to attend the awards ceremony that day, because Sara was going to get a very special award.
She made A-Honor Roll, the Cool Cat Club (95 or above in all subjects) and was nominated for the Respect character award. Only about 5 students got this award, and of these five, Sara was chosen as the Star Student. Only one Student from each school in the district (two from each of the highschools) are awarded Star Student! Sara got a certificate, a T-shirt, and she got an invitation to the City Council Meeting on December 13th, where she will be awarded again. Her picture will be in the local newspaper, too (and I hope I can find out when, so I can buy a copy or three).
I couldn’t be more proud of my little Star Student!
Accepting her certificate for the Respect Character Award
Cool Cat Club lanyard. She already has a pin from last year, that she can add.
She had no idea that she was chosen as the Star Student, or that she would be getting a T-shirt.
She also had no idea that I was there! She walked right past me when her class walked into the cafeteria prior to the start of the awards ceremony, and never saw me… until much later.
Star Student Award
It reads: Presented to Sara For showing superior character and being a role model for your classmates. Your community thinks you’re special.
It reads: This certificate is awarded to Sara. Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule. Be tolerant of differences. Use good manners, not bad language. Be considerate of the feelings of others. Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone. Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements.
Sara is not the only one who was awarded. Melissa got an invitation to the Highschool Awards Ceremony, where she was given an award for last school year (A-Honor Roll all year), a navy blue cord to wear at graduation.
With the exception of one single, lonely B, she’s been an A student since Kindergarten, and I’m sure she will get a cord every year.
SO PROUD of both my girls! ♥
On Tuesday I received an e-mail from Sara’s teacher, letting me know that Sara will receive an award at Wednesday’s award ceremony, in case I could make it. Of course I could! I even snagged a seat in the first row of chairs that were set up for the parents. I didn’t tell Sara I was coming, and she didn’t even see me when her class first walked into the cafeteria.
Her award was for Super Scholar of the Year. It’s a character award, and the teacher’s choice. Only one student in each class receives one.
She got a certificate and a medal.
I was a little disappointed when her name wasn’t called for A-B Honor Roll, but then there it was for A Honor Roll! She received a pin (A Honor Roll for the last 6 week grading period) and a ribbon (A Honor Roll for the entire second semester)!
When she walked back to her seat with her ribbon and pin, is when she finally saw me… she probably saw the camera before she saw me! 😉
Then came the biggest surprise of all, when I heard her name called a third time! This time is was for Cool Cat Club, which means that she got a 95 or better all year!! Out of all the 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders only TWO students received this award (a T-shirt), and Sara was one of them!
Her teacher later told me that she only knew about the Super Scholar award, not the other ones. Sara didn’t know about ANY of the awards.
What a great day this was! Melissa has always been a straight A student, but Sara has to struggle a little more, and gets discouraged easier, but she gives it her all, and she does so well! I couldn’t be more proud of her! ♥
Yesterday was the last day of school, and when I woke Sara up in the morning, she said “I can’t wait for 3rd grade!”
Sara made the A-Honor Roll for the first six weeks grading period. I’m so proud of her! 🙂 She’s already improved so much since 1st grade.
She seems to be taking after her big sister, who received three awards for this grading period. One for Geometry, one for Resposibility, and one for A-Honor Roll.
Yesterday was the first day back to school for the girls.
Sara started second grade, and met her new teacher last Friday. At breakfast I asked her if she wanted me to walk in with her, but she said that she just wanted to get dropped off in the car lane (I’m so proud of her!). When I picked her up in the afternoon, she said that the day went well and that she had fun.
Melissa started highschool this year and was really nervous. We missed the schedule pick-up day because we were still on vacation, but we went last Thursday morning to pick up her schedule, along with a map of the school, and we went to find her locker and all her classrooms. Her school is huge and she’s getting quite a workout, walking back and forth to get to her classes.
This morning she was nervous that she would get lost, but it turned out that she never did, and she said that her day went pretty well.
Dropping her off and (especially!!!) picking her up was a nightmare!!! Good thing we left a little early in the morning, and she had plenty of time to pick up her “blue schedule”, although she didn’t have time to get her ID picture taken. No big deal, since she still has a few days to take care of that. Then picking her up was even worse. I was stuck in school traffic long before I even got to the school zone. I had sent Melissa a text, letting her know that I had left and to just look for the car. I get a text back from her while I was on my way to the school, letting me know that she had to get her picture taken and that it might be a while. No problem, I was stuck anyway. Then I thought about picking her up outside the auditorium, which is of the opposite side of the school, and sent her a text and asked her if she wanted to go over there, but I heard back from her too late (was already across the intersection and in the pick-up line with no way to turn around) so she had to walk all the way over to the other side of the school again. Then I had to deal with these idiot drivers! They leave two or three car lengths between themselves and the car in front of them, and if they would just move up, the back-up wouldn’t reach as far back. Ugh, I hate that!!! Seriously!! It took more than 30 minutes from the time I left home until we were out of the school parking lot! Starting today, the plan is to pick her up in the auditorium parking lot. She said it wasn’t busy at all, and she can stay inside the building (especially in this awful heat, and when it rains) and I can pull right up to the doors. I can take a different road to the school as well, and hopefully won’t get stuck at the stop sign for 15 minutes, waiting to cross the intersection into the school. Oh, and let’s not forget about the idiot who made a left turn out of the right-turn lane at the elementary school in morning, and cut me off (and got honked at!)!!
Then of course we got to go to Wal-Mart, school supply shopping. That was fun! (NOT!) but at least we were able to find almost everything she needed, just need to look for poster board somewhere else. Makes me even more thankful that we ordered Sara’s supplies from the PTA.
Today can only get better, right? But just in case I do disappear, never to be heard from again, you can find me in the rubber room of the local loony bin 😉
Yesterday was the last day of school for Sara and Melissa.
Melissa had finals up until the last day (how wrong is that?!) and is pretty happy that school is finally out for the summer. Sara on the other hand was a little sad because she didn’t want to miss her teacher. Mrs S. is just amazing, and I can see why Sara loves her so much.
Some of you know how extremely shy Sara was when she was little, and soccer has changed that a lot for her, but she still kept her distance. I have never seen her give anyone but me, Greg or Melissa a hug, for example….. until Mrs. S! She helps out in the car lane after school, and it didn’t take very long at all for Sara to just run past me with a BIG smile on her face, and run up to Mrs. S to give her a hug. She did that almost every single day after school.
Greg and I went to the Kindergarten Celebration yesterday morning, and watched them sing songs, and say good-bye to their teacher and principal, then watch a slideshow of how much they had changed during their first year of school. Then it was back to the classroom for just a few minutes, so the teachers could give their good-bye speech to the students. This is where I took the picture of Sara and Mrs. S, and Sara asked me to put it in her room so she wouldn’t forget her ♥
Mrs. S also sent home the sweetest letter to the parents. She told me that it’s not her original, but I know that this is how she feels about her students…
Dear Mr. and Mrs. B.,
I give you back your child, Sara, the same child you confidently entrusted to my care last fall. I give her back pounds heavier, inches taller, months wiser, more responsible, and more mature than she was then.
Although she would have attained her growth in spite of me, it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch her personality unfold day by day and marvel at this splendid miracle of development.
I give her back reluctantly, for having spent nine months together in the narrow confines of a crowded classroom, we have grown close, have become a part of each other, and we shall always retain a little of each other.
Ten years from now if we met on the street, Sara and I, a light will shine to our eyes, a smile to our lips, and we shall feel the bond of understanding once more, this bond we feel today.
We have lived, loved, laughed, played, studied, learned, and enriched our lives together this year. I wish it could go on indefinitely, but give her back I must. Take care of her, for she is precious.
Remember that I shall always be interested in Sara and her destiny, wherever she goes, whatever she does, whoever she becomes. Her joys and sorrows I’ll be happy to share.
I shall always be her friend.
139 Photos + 1 lobster sunburn = watching her have the time of her life!
I remembered to put sunblock on Sara, but completely forgot to put some on myself because I had to rush to get ready and head over to the school, so even though it looks like her face got burned, it’s just the glow from that orange shirt (whoever picked that color was obviously NOT a photographer! LOL)
There are only a few days of school left this school year…. and this is the gift that Sara will give to her teacher.
I painted the frame, but the handwriting is Sara’s. I had her write on a piece of paper, and then I used graphite paper to transfer it to the frame.
Yesterday evening was the Junior Highschool Academic Awards Ceremony, and Melissa received three awards!
The second picture is a copy of the PowerPoint slide, that I had to request. Their timing at the awards was a bit off, and Melissa’s name only stayed up for a second or two, before they switched to the next person. Not long enough for me to take a picture.
We’re very proud of her! Her name was also mentioned on the local newspaper’s website (and possibly in the newspaper itself, too) because she made A-honor roll those last six weeks. And there was an article about Eco-Defenders Club in a local magazine, along with a picture of Melissa, her teacher, and several other club members.
(A little about Eco-Defender’s Club: Eco-Defenders science club finished their fundraisers for the year, and are proud to announce that they successfully saved 17 acres of the rainforest in Madagascar. We will continue to raise awareness this year and spread the word about saving the Earth.)
This week was Celebrate the Arts at the local high school. Melissa performed with her school’s choir on Tuesday evening, and they sounded wonderful! Unfortunately, Greg and Sara didn’t get to go, because the performance was scheduled for 8:20 pm – almost an hour past Sara’s bed time.
On Thursday, Sara brought a note home from school, saying that her art was selected for the art show this week-end. Of course we had to go and check it out Friday evening.
This is her masterpiece that was chosen:
A little bonus post today, because I’m so proud of Sara.
This Friday, she was awarded the Respect Award at school. This is a very special award, and only 5 children out of all the Kindergarten and 1st grade classes got this award. Sara was the first one called by the principal. The principal shook her hand, and told her proud she was of her.
Sadly, winter break is over and it was back to school again today. No more letting the kids sleep as long as they want, and no more staying in pj’s until lunch time.