Friday, June 26, 2009

Middle School, here we come!

On Wednesday, June 17th we said goodbye to Columbia Elementary, the school that was so good to our family through many rough times. Always understanding, always trying to help, always wanting what was best for Christina.

Christina had her 5th Grade Awards ceremony. All the kids filed into the cafeteria, dressed in their shirts for the party that followed. The theme for the party was "All the places you'll go", an "Around the World" theme. They came in, sang, then filed back out so they could be introduced by their teachers and given their "diploma".

Here's Christina's teacher introducing her class. This was also her teacher's last day - she retired after spending 22 years at Columbia.

Here she is being introduced by Mrs. Bugelski.

The "graduate"!

She went back up several times for awards - Broadcasting, SMART Team, Art Award, Honor Roll and Citizenship Award. Her final report card was 3 B's and the rest A's!!! We were so proud!!

At the end, they all sang again. I fully admit, I teared up. Those 5 years flew by! It feels like yesterday we sent her to Columbia for her first day of First Grade with Miss Blocker!

At the after-party, we'd planned all these outside activities (below, the kids all lined up to "Attach the German Castle" with water balloons), but it was raining. The kids LOVED it - they'd never been allowed to play on the playground in the rain before!!!

Christina and her friends on the playground in the rain!

With the "Around the World" theme, some parents made these AWESOME photo cut outs - Below, Christina and her best friend posed as penguins in Antarctica -

And as an African Lion -

Christina did some dancing (she's on the right, in plaid shorts)

Then she sang karaoke with friends!

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