The Friday before school was out, Jarem had an awards assembly for the school which was immediately followed by a class awards party. He received this certificate. After the party, they had the cute owl cake which said, "Kindergarten was a hoot" with ice cream too. Then, their teacher gave them each got a big rubber ball and they got to go around and have their classmates sign it. It was a fun time.
The following pictures were taken on the last day of school (May 24th):
Jarem has had a great year with Mrs. Williams this year. She has been just what he needed...very loving and kind and an incredible teacher. After the initial class divisions, he ended up with only 16-17 kids in his class, and they were a really cute and sweet class. I think he has learned more than any of our other kids did in Kindergarten mainly for 2 reasons: 1) he didn't know as much going in, and 2) he was the only one of our 4 kids to have all-day Kindergarten. For the rest of the kids, I was much better about making sure they knew everything before they went to Kindergarten and then Kindergarten seemed like kind of a waste of time for them excepting the social aspect (of course).
Jarem has learned SO much in Kindergarten. He went into Kindergarten knowing almost all of his letters and only a few sounds. He is reading now. A few nights ago he read the whole book of "Green Eggs and Ham" by himself. He was so proud because it was 62 pages! I am proud of all he has accomplished this year in Kindergarten.
Tessa has also had a great year and was blessed with a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Harrison. This was Tessa's first year in the PASS program for the gifted and talented. Mrs. Harrison has done an excellent job in making sure Tessa is always challenged. She has really pushed her far. Mrs. Harrison also really made Tessa understand and love science. A few weeks ago when I was fixing Tessa's hair in the bathroom, we had some leftover birthday balloons that kept lingering next to us. I would push them away and they kept floating back next to us. I said, "I wish those balloons would just go away". Tessa said, "I bet the negative ions in my hair are attracted to the positive ions on the balloons creating static electricity". I was like, "Yeah". I bet that is exactly what it was. :)
Anyway, I am very proud of her for getting straight A's the entire school year. Good job Tessa!
Jesikah also had a fantastic year in 6th grade. Her transition to middle school was nearly seamless. She had all A's all year with the exception of one B. She was moved up to both advanced language and advanced math during the school year. She maintained an A average in every class and was ranked #5 on her team at the end of the year awards assembly. I believe they said that she had a 96.7% average which includes all her classes for all of 6th grade. She has been excellent at always keeping up with her homework without ever needing a reminder from me.
I am also proud of her for working hard to learn the clarinet in band. She practiced diligently and is getting really good.
Alex also had a successful year in school this year. This was his first year of high school, and he worked hard and got all A's for both semesters. This was also his first year of early morning seminary. He had to be there at 6am each morning before school. Getting up at 5:15 is not easy for a teenager, and it was a bit hard for him to get up sometimes, but he had a pretty positive attitude about it for the most part. He only missed a few days of seminary all year. And, he memorized all of his scripture masteries for seminary for the year. It was also his first year making the soccer team, so we are proud of him for his work in soccer as well.
Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of the 5 girls together.