weekly perk. #21

weekly perk.

my boy.
Yesterday was my son’s so-called Moving On ceremony. A fancy way to say graduation for 5th graders. Next year, he goes to middle school. I am now going to ramble on about how wonderful and amazing my kid is.

stupid music.
Pomp and Circumstance always makes me cry. Of course, pretty much any of my kids’ events make me cry. Maybe it’s that they’re getting older… which is not sad, really, but… yeah, I cannot explain myself. If you’re a parent, you probably understand.

kids.Yes, one of these kids is my son.

teacher with guitar.
The school has one male teacher. This is not uncommon in elementary schools… at least not around here. He teaches 5th grade… and at first, my son was disappointed he wasn’t in Mr. L’s class. But when he later learned that Mr. L gave more homework, he was fine with Mrs. R. Still, the kids traded off classes for a couple of subjects so he was with Mr. L sometimes anyway. This guy was great… I hope my daughter is in his class. But I’m completely off topic now…

At every event involving any sort of singing at that school, Mr. L is up there with his guitar, playing while the kids sing. And of course, yesterday the kids had to sing the school song. And an original song written by Mr. L. It was fun to watch. Especially my boy who hates to be in front of crowds. (I still don’t know how he got through the spelling bee finals!)

no applause, please… just throw money.
He got a diploma. His was the first name called for Read at Home award – given to students who read at least 30 minutes each night at least four days each week for the entire school year. (Yeah, I had to sign off daily…) He was also one of the recipients of the Citizenship Award – a certificate and a medal. And finally, the Presidential Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence complete with a letter from President Obama and a pin for his lapel. (Ha! He has never worn anything with a lapel… ever.)


Many pictures were taken of the boy with his friends, Mrs. R, Mr. L, and the principal Mr. M. Much to my surprise, Mr. M announced that the kids could go home with their families. It was only 11am. Even my daughter got to bail on the rest of the school day. [My husband and I were actually going to go out to lunch together… just the two of us. Fail!]

Upon arriving at home, the boy sat at the computer and proceeded to earn points on his ‘math academy’ site that he’s supposed to visit over the summer before middle school starts in the fall. He’s not even out of school yet!

He’s such an amazing kid. No, really. For six years (more than that – during preschool, too…), I’ve had teachers tell me what a smart, helpful, motivated, talented kid he is. Mrs. R told me that he spoke up and debated her on a math question. And ultimately, he was correct and she let him tell the class. I love that she was proud of him for that. She also told me that he’d been concerned he wasn’t reading as many books at home as some of the other students. Of course not, she said, because he’d been reading 500 – 600 page books!

riordan books.

I can’t believe I was worried about him on his first day of kindergarten because he was such a shy kid. He made friends right away and has made many more over his 6 years at the school. I think I’m more anxious about him going to middle school than he is.

[Of course, this is not to slight my daughter. Next year, she enters 3rd grade, and with that, she moves from ground level to upstairs. (Downstairs K-1-2, Upstairs 3-4-5) It’s a big deal to the kids at her school. She’s also the sweetest, most caring, beautiful (looks just like me), intelligent, creative girl in the world. (And I’m totally objective.)]

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About what sandra thinks

Sandra is a writer, sometimes blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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50 Responses to weekly perk. #21

  1. maharedwynn says:

    That’s wonderful! Congratulations to your son, and to his Mom and Dad for raising him up right! 😃

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  2. Haylee says:

    Aww, well done to him and you have a right to be gushing with pride! It’s interesting to hear the things he achieved or had to do (such as the reading requirements) are exactly the same in the UK (at least in the schools I’ve taught in). We just don’t get letters from David Cameron (I’d rather have one from Obama if I’m honest!). And the move upstairs for third grade was also the same in my old school – kids had to practise ‘walking the stairs appropriately’ as part of their transition because they got too giddy!

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  3. That’s awesome! Good job, kiddo! Love, Aunt Meg 😜

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  4. Jeffrey says:

    Well done to him and good on you! They both sounds like wonderful kids.

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  5. Eric says:

    Wow! Congrats to him and you, Sandra. That’s really great! 🙂

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  6. VictoryInTrouble says:

    Aww, that’s so wonderful!! Congratulations all around! 😀

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  7. Sounds like a great kid! Ain’t nothin’ wrong with being proud. Don’t even get me started talking about my boys. You’ll regret it. 😃

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  8. Awww, so sweet. 😊

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  9. So sweet! Congratulations to your son and to you, Sandra! It’s wonderful watching them grow strong (but not too fast if possible, don’t you think? it’s just a mom’s joke!) 😉

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  10. My son is entering middle school too. Gulp! I pray middle school has become slightly kinder. P.S. are those books good? I’m looking for a new series for my son.

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    • My son loves those books! Some are very long, but he enjoys them so he doesn’t care. I haven’t read them personally, but if he’s willing to read 600-page books, he must enjoy them.

      When my husband and I went to middle school parents orientation, I was overwhelmed! But when my son went to the students orientation, he wasn’t nearly as overwhelmed as I was. And that’s just from the schedule/work/etc. I hesitate to think about “mean kids”… (blocking it out for now!) Oh, and I’m FAR more concerned about my daughter when she gets there!

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  11. Miriam says:

    What a wonderful post Sandra. You’re obviously (and rightly) very proud of both your kids. Congratulations to your son on his achievements. Oh and by the way, make sure you reschedule that lunch date. xo ♥

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  12. Oh, Sandra, how wonderful! I can remember those days and I’m sure you’re more nervous than him..I always worried and things turned out great. My oldest sounds a lot like your son. His teachers told me they thought he’d be a judge or a lawyer, he had the art of debate down so well. He’s a very bright and successful engineer now. You’ll love watching your kids grow up and getting to see what they become. And yes, I think it’s always very emotional 🙂

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    • I never seem to see other parents crying at these things… but it happens to me all the time! Oh… and my son was very excited about a robotics program that is likely to be offered for a few weeks in the fall. I love that he’s interested in that kind of stuff! Not surprised, though! Maybe someday he can make me a Baymax. 🙂

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      • Oh, parents sniffle all the time at those ceremonies. At least the ones I’ve been to. It’s hard seeing your kids grow up — I mean, you want it but you don’t! I get it. Robotics would be cool. Both hubby and son are electronic engineers and have worked some with robotics. I admit I had to look up who/what Baymax was! Hope the kids and John enjoy tomorrow!

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        • Haha… I love Baymax… and that movie. I’ve probably seen it fifteen times! But your grandson is probably a little too young for that one. 🙂 Yeah… the kids growing up… mixed feelings. And I’m a worrier… in case you didn’t know that about me. 😀


  13. amommasview says:

    Definitely many reasons to be proud of your children 🙂

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