Last Day of School!
Our first year at a new school is done and can be counted as a success. The kids made so many great new friends. They got awesome teachers. And we learned how to navigate a new school, with new traditions. An added bonus, I even made some new friends. Not like my Suncrest friends, but there's potential. :)
First and last day of 6th grade
Macey joined Student Council and had a blast with it, this alone made the move to the new school worth it. Mr. Hodson found ways to challenge her and his love for The Jazz only helped Macey to love The Rockets more. To say she's excited for Jr. High would be an understatement. Moving to a new school for her last year of elementary school was hard. Probably the hardest thing she's had to face yet. But, she killed it and is now only excited to start Jr. High next year.
I actually missed 6th grade graduation because it was the same day as Crew's surgery. Luckily, Paul could go and get some pictures for me. Plus, they got these awesome diplomas.
First and last day of 3rd grade
This year was a struggle. A huge struggle. Miles pushed through, his teacher pushed through, and I learned to become more assertive in a new environment.
We got Miles an IEP for speech and OT. With his IEP we were able to get him a lot of the accommodations he needed to be more successful in a school setting. His teacher and I didn't always see eye to eye, but she loved him and wanted him to succeed, so together we were able to find the way to do that.
Miles won the award for greatest improvement, which was awesome, because I doubt there was a 3rd grader that worked harder than him. It meant a lot to him, and me, that he was recognized for all the hard work he put in. And I pray her remembers what the results can be when he actually tries.
First and last day of 1st Grade
And it was not planned for the boys to wear the same shirt, they are just their favorite shirts. :)
Crew killed first grade. He made so many great new friends. His teacher said he was pretty quiet the first half of the year, but he slowly came out of his shell and was making everyone laugh by the end. He won the award for "Always follows school rules". Sounds about right. :)
I got to volunteer in his class each week and I taught an art lesson once a month, so it was fun to get to know all the kids in his class a lot better.
It was hard for me to move schools too, because I knew all the kids at Suncrest so well and would have so many cute kids hugging me every time I walked into school. Even though the kids at our new school don't need me quite the same as they did at Suncrest, I have hopes I will get to know all of them too.
And the last year these 3 will be together. It's been nice.
First Day of School
Last Day of School
First and Last Day of Preschool
Ruby cried everyday I dropped her off September-December. It was torture, but right when i was about to give up, she decided she loved school and ran in happily after that.
Her preschool was awesome. They played outside everyday for 45 min. They had fish, she ate breakfast there, so much creative play, and 3 amazing teachers. Sad to be done with preschool.
We had our annual back to school celebration.
Park, Pizza, and Popsicles with friends.
And we had a neighborhood BBQ.
All the 12 year old girls that live in our neighborhood.
I also made each kid a binder this year to help us stay more organized and keep my house cleaner. We started the day school got out, work hard play hard. Praying it works.
Here's hoping next school year is easier than this school year. :)
Back to School
We had our annual Back to School Dinner.
Brown bag lunches, like always. Easiest tradition ever and one of of the kid's favorite. The best kind.
There were LOTS of tears the night before school started. Especially for the 6th grader. Change is hard. I was worried the morning would be rough, but they luckily got it out the night before and it was mostly smiles.First day of 6th grade!!!
In Utah 6th grade is still in elementary school, so we moved this poor girl away from her friends that she has had since kindergarten for her last year in elementary school.
It was heart breaking. She is always my child that cannot wait to go back to school and this was the first time ever she wasn't. It was a weird feeling for her and hard to wrap her head around.
So, I bought her this amazing Ravenclaw backpack to help make up for it. :)First Day of 3rd Grade
I have been shocked, and pleasantly surprised, with how well this kid handled the move to the new house and now starting at a new school.
I requested some kids he already knew to be in his class and we had met with his new teacher a few times last school year and had a few school tours with the principal this summer. It paid off, big time. Not that it's been easy, it just hasn't been the all out screaming and rolling on the ground situation that I imagined it would be.
Plus, while we were in the midst of sobbing and comforting kids the night before school started, I got a text from his beloved 2nd grade teacher.
She texted to wish Miles a great first day of school and to tell him that she loves him and knew he'd do great at his new school.
His little face lite right up and he settled down and went to sleep after that. I then went in my room and cried and wondered why in the world we decided to move. :) First day of First Grade:
of all the kids, Crew has adjusted going to all day school from half day kindergarten the best. He is just loving it. And I am jealous of his teacher.
I underestimated the amazingness that is living 1 block from the school.
Life changing and the main thing that makes me know I made the right decision not to stay at Suncrest.
It has been hard switching schools. Hard on the kids and really hard on me. I miss knowing ALL the teachers, the staff, and the kids. I miss all the teachers knowing my family and all of kids names, even Ruby. And I really missed having my friends to talk to on first day of school drop off, plus we missed the party Suncrest would have on the first day of school, OES' welcome was pretty lame. :)
We are learning change is good though and that we are so lucky to get to know more amazing friends and teachers. Although, we still do like to go back to Suncrest and hug and visit some our old beloved teachers. It makes my heart hurt sometimes, but our new school is pretty awesome too and it is growing on us.
I didn't have time to be sad though, Ruby had big plans for our day together.
I don't think she missed them at all. :)
We celebrated an awesome first day of school with some of our old and bestest friends from Suncrest, by going to a splash pad.
And then Ruby started preschool the next day.
She loves it, even though she still cries almost everyday at drop off.
Paul thought it'd be a good idea to go out to breakfast after we dropped Ruby off. I just wanted to go home and cry in private.
Paul's not familiar with my first day of school routine. :)
I am grateful for amazing teachers, staff, and new friends that are helping to make this another amazing school year.
This was the only pic I could get of Ruby.
Schools out for summer
Miles did it! He made it through kindergarten and did pretty awesome too!
He of course had his moments. You know where I had to drag him into his classroom kicking and screaming. But, then the kids would cheer and chant his name, Mrs. Lee would put her arm around him and tempt him with smelly stickers and getting to try a hard book, and I would turn and run out the door while he was distracted.
I do not know what we would of done without Mrs. Lee. She pushed him, motivated him, left him alone when he needed to be, saw his potential and most importantly, loved this kid deeply.
first day of kindergarten vs last day
She told me he is one of her all time favorites and will never forget him. I might of shed a tear. This kid has just been blessed with amazing teachers and we all pray it will continue into 1st grade. :)
Macey was also blessed with an awesome teacher, who told me she wished she had 20 Macey's in her class.
first day of 3rd grade vs last day
Macey had a pretty rough class this year and would get frustrated by their lack of listening and respect they showed her teacher. One night she asked me, "Why don't they want to learn? Don't they know how lucky they are to get to go to school?" :)
Despite her constant frustration with the loudness of her class, she had a great year and it was good for her to learn how to work and deal with kids that were hard for her.
And like always, she still cried on the last day of school, because she is just going to miss all her friends so much. :)
We did our normal end of school stuff.
And met our friends at the park, like we always do.
And I brought cookies and drinks from Sodalicious to celebrate!
We have a lot of kids!
It's crazy to think we've been through 4 school years together!!
We met dropping our kids off for the first day of kindergarten and they both tried to make me feel better about crying. :)
Can't believe we are done with another school year and how much these 2 have grown.
Glad I get the summer to hang out with them!
Back to School
These 2 have been back in school for a few weeks now and I am finally starting to adjust.
We did our annual back to school brown lunch bag dinner. Miles loved being one of the special kids. :)
Macey was all excitement for the start of 3rd grade
She DID NOT want me to drive her to school, she wanted to ride the bus. But I won, and got to drive her. Although I was instructed no pictures. :)
I was proud of myself for not crying after drop off, but that doesn't mean I wasn't devastated to loose my mini BFF.
This girl is growing up and is rocking 3rd grade already.
Now onto Miles.
He had his kindergarten assessment during Macey's first week of school. It was anything but smooth. There was crying, hiding, screaming, throwing of objects and a refusal to follow directions. Pretty much it was horrible.
The good thing is, after that circus act, they at least gave me the teacher I wanted him to have. :) And things have been mostly on the up from there.
Miles had lots of nervousness and excitement about the first day.
I was preparing myself for an all out wrestling match to get him to stay. But he did awesome and surprised me with how brave he was.
Not only did he get the best teacher, he also got some good friends in his class, which has made it so much easier on both of us.
I didn't shed any tears until the drive back home, which was a vast improvement from Macey's first day of kindergarten!
While he's had a few episodes in class, he has a great teacher who is willing to work with him and knows how capable he actually is.
Macey picks him up everyday after school and Mrs. Lee said she's never seen a brother love his sister like Miles loves Macey. :)
I am thankful for wonderful teachers who love, teach, and take care of my kids when I can't be with them.