She always does the pledge of allegiance in sign language now.
They do a wonderful fifth grade promotion at Mayo. I enjoyed seeing these kids all together up on stage as eleven year olds. The teachers play a guessing game where they read a prediction about a child and if you think they are talking about you the child stands up and then you sit down when you know it isn't you. This was so much fun to watch. This was Emma's.
This crafty and creative young Mayoan spent her time in and out of school trying to create anything she could with whatever material she could find. She was particularly adept at sewing, knitting, and crocheting leading her to study fashion design in college. She now owns a boutique on Cherry Street. Go by and check out what new creations Emma Jane Plunkett has in store!
But the surprise of the night, and something that I was ill prepared for because I had never been to a fifth grade promotion before, was the award for students of the year. There are two students who are awarded student of the year each year. This award is voted on by the faculty and it came as such a surprise because Mayo has, in my seven year experience there, never singled people out. It is the type of place where everyone gets an award. So at first when this man that I didn't know got up to speak, I didn't know what was happening. He was not very clear in his diction and he was saying something about academics and leadership and overall outstanding student and then he said the award goes to "Emma Jane Plunkett".
She was so thrilled! We were so proud! Emma Jane would tell me that I am not using enough exclamation points to appropriately capture our emotions. However, I think I was too surprised to be properly overjoyed! It all happened so fast. But Mike got this beautiful shot of Emma. And she stopped and looked at us for the briefest of moments (good girl, Emma).
There are so many selfless things you do as a teacher, but this is right up there in the top three. To come to a ceremony at night and sit through two hours of talking just to be there at the end to hug our kids...it means the world to our children that you are there for them. This gesture in the end, could not show your dedication to these children any more. The end of school, when things are so hectic and life is so crazy and you have so much to do, thank you for coming. And for those of you who organize this night, thank you, thank you, thank you. It was so special.
Best friends and beautiful girls who are off to middle school together.
Both sets of grandparents made it to this special night. So glad they got to see Emma get her award.
Three special teachers who are moving on to greater things this year. They are leaving great big shoes to fill.
I love these kids. You could not ask for a better group of kids than these. Polite, hilarious, intelligent, funny, witty, all three of these kids received awards for being avid readers...love them.
The two students of the year, Sophie and Emma. Seven years ago they looked like this...
Now they are beautiful young ladies who have made their momma's proud this night. They are both such outstanding students who make good choices. I was telling someone that I could not have asked for a better booster shot for "good behavior" for going into middle school. Just when she was starting to think no one notices how hard she works or how she follows the rules. Just when she was starting to think that the only kids who get attention are the ones who receive negative attention. This award gives her the recognition she needs to "keep on keepin' on". This is the first real earned award she has ever received. This is the first time she has been singled out among her peers. Thank you Mayo.
Thank you Mrs. Jimenez!
Thank you Mike for raising this amazing girl with me. She is everything I hoped she would be. She is the perfect blend of the two of us, a lover of adventure and the outdoors, jumper of cliffs, inhaler of books, seeker of knowledge, nerd extraordinaire, and as witty as the day is long. Her character is strong and sure and she will look out for those who need looking out for.
Emma, every parent thinks their kid is outstanding. That is what we are supposed to feel and think. To have you recognized as outstanding by your school is a wonderful accomplishment that YOU achieved. You earned this award through outstanding scholarship, leadership, citizenship and integrity. My heart is full of pride for you my dear. I love you so.