Thursday, June 23, 2011

Kindergarten Graduation Day

June 21st was a lovely day. It was the Solstice, the longest day of the year, and even better, our kindergarteners had their graduation ceremony. The event was recorded in words and pictures by our education intern Ms. Sagov with additional photos by Ms. Balaconis.

The kindergarteners all sat on the stone steps by the basketball courts in lovely 80 degree weather with an audience full to the brim--parents, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins, and the first and second grade classes from Perkins cheering them on.

The graduation started with the pledge of allegiance.

Then the kindergarteners sang, "He's got the whole world in his hands," loud and proud!

This was followed by each child reading about their favorite activity from kindergarten into a (much lowered) microphone. The audience couldn't see the papers they were reading from, but the kids drew some wonderful illustrations too!

Some of their favorites including learning subtraction, visiting the aquarium, running, dancing, reading to the teachers, making paper mache globes, and playing with friends. Then there was "getting an education," which pretty much summed it all up!

Mr. Brawer gave out awards for students who excelled in reading, math, and conduct. Then the kids all got their kindergarten diplomas, and Mr. Brawer made sure they all gave him firm handshakes. The kids were grinning from ear to ear as they walked back to their seats.

The grand finale? Our students finished with a poem called...

Kindergarten Kids

We’re Kindergarten Kids. That’s who we are!
Keep your eyes on us. We’re going far!
We try our best to get along.
We’re a kindergarten family and we are strong.
There’s a lot we do. There’s a lot we know.
Keep your eyes on us. Watch us go, go, go!

And then after cake, cupcakes, music, most kids got to leave early. Another special treat for this special day!