At fifth grade graduation the kids all dress up and look cute so they can receive awards and watch a slideshow of pictures the teachers have taken throughout the year. There are three "special" awards--PE, music and the Principal's award, and then the teachers choose some sort of award for all the kids.
Kendra's award given by her teacher was "Outstanding Character--For Always Doing The Right Thing". Kendra was a little sad because she knew she wouldn't receive the PE or Principal's awards but she sort of thought she might get a music award--after all, she was the lead in the school musical and sang solos, etc. But I told her that the award she received is WAY more important than any music award--when someone recognizes you as a person of exemplary character, you can't ask for better! Later that day I stopped to speak with her teacher, and she was in tears as she told me how she chose that award from her heart for Kendra. I couldn't be prouder.
The last day of fifth grade is pretty fun at our school---our principals cook hot dogs for the kids and they get to hang out on the playground and have a fun lunch. It was lucky for me that my class was at lunch for part of the party time and I could go outside to take some pictures of friends and adults that were instrumental in Kendra's time at our school.
|This is D, who has been in class with Kendra since 2nd grade and has designated herself as Kendra's bodyguard. :-)|
|One of Kendra's besties...K. Her family is moving this summer. :-(|
|The first friend Kendra had in Texas and the daughter of one of my closest friends. They are also moving this summer. Waaaa!|
|Mrs. Hill, Kendra's homeroom teacher this year (taught ELA and social studies to her, and the one who gave her the award)|
|Kendra and S became friends in 2nd grade. She is a total sweetie.|
|M and Kendra were together in class the last two years.|
|The awesome Mrs. Meier (our Teacher of the Year, by the way) who taught Kendra math and science this year.|
|A is another "teacher kid" and she and Kendra have spent many after school hours together|
|Ms. Karina was in charge of the kindergarten bus-rider team, of which Kendra was a part. She picked up a line of kindergarteners every day at dismissal and took them to the bus. Ms. Karina loves Kendra so much!|
|To K's right is M, who is just a doll and has been friends with Kendra since 1st grade.|
|I'm so glad for PACK so Kendra could get to know this cutie, T. She is an amazing actress and such a NICE kid!|
|M & Kendra were co-anchors on our morning announcements for two years. They had an awesome chemistry and worked together really well! The kids just loved watching these two in the mornings!|
Summer is here---wahoo! And then it is on to 6th grade....