Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Last Day of School- PreK and 1st Grade

The school year went by fast this year!  The kids had their last day on June 21st.  The official last day was the 26th, but we headed to a camp in FL with Freddy T., so the kids missed the last few days.  

Here are our traditional pictures in front of the brick post in front of our building.
I feel like I took babies to school in September and brought home big kids.





 Yay!  Last day of school!

On Elliott and Lillie's last day they had a little Pre K graduation program in their classroom.

 Lillie and friends.
 Elliott and friends.

The theme of graduation was Fireworks.  They sang Katy Perry's Firework song and as they received their certificate they were given a handful of confetti to throw up in the air like fireworks.

 Last order of business in Pre K was an ice cream party.

 Lillie couldn't wait for the toppings, she was licking the bowl.

 Lillie and Elliott had the best Pre K teacher.  Mrs. Cornoni was full of energy and made learning so much fun.  The kids learned so much.  They were only in school from 8:20 am- 10:40 am and I'm amazed at all she fit in to a few hours each day.  The kids LOVED her! 

 Mrs. Rani was the full time assistant in their class.  She was so caring and compassionate with the kids.  The two teachers together were a great team.

Jack would not let me come to his classroom in the morning to take one final picture, so I brought my camera after school and snuck a few pictures.  Jack had a great year in 1st grade.  His teacher was Mrs. Pascale.  She grew up in Manhattan and came from a family with 4 kids, so they have a little in common.  The cut off date for school in NYC is December 31.  Jack's birthday is December 24, so he is the youngest kid in his grade.  There are no other school systems that have a cut off date that late.  Most are August, September at the latest.  Jack worked so hard this year.  By the end of the year he was meeting grade standards, but it was hard work to get there.  We don't want every year to be a fight to keep up, and maybe it wouldn't be, but because of this and his late birthday, we've decided to let him do 1st grade again.  We think it will only strengthen his foundation in school and be better overall for him.  We're excited that Jack will get to have Mrs. Pascale again next year.  She was great to work with and he really liked her.  Jack is looking forward to a new year in 1st grade.  He has an amazing attitude about it.
 At PS 40, each child is required to shake their teachers hand as they leave.  

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