Sunday, June 30, 2013

The End of an Era...

As I have mentioned a few times, we have come to the end of an era in our family as our ten years tenure at our neighbourhood school has come to a close....  We were blessed with an outstanding school just a few blocks away from our home, which blessed us in so many ways,l some of which include:

- Many, many, amazing teachers
- A great academic focus
- An endless supply of parents wanting to help out
- A PAC that was very active and did a great job fund raising so the kids
  could enjoy Hip Hop lessons, have a local artist come in regularly and work
  with each classroom, buying laptops and PC computers for a computer lab,
  putting on three amazing musical productions involving the whole school,
  fund raising and getting a new playground and many other wonderful
- A school that wanted to teach children to give to others through supporting
  a Compassion Canada child and his village in Uganda, to adopting sister
  schools in low income districts and having food, warm clothing, sports
  equipment, book and Christmas hamper drives for them.
- There was an amazing sense of community in that school and we will walk
  away carrying many, many wonderful memories for years to come.

My son's graduation ceremony capped our experience at that school, and it was one of the best I have been to at that school.  You could not ask for a better group of kids or a better group of parents.  Here are a few fun pictures.

The grad posing in the VIP Photo Op spot.

Each grad had their picture in a star and they were interspersed between black silhouette images of people in various silhouette poses around the gym.  Totally forgot to get a wall shot of the silhouettes - silly me!

The seven recipients of the Service Award (the one bending forward is the teacher).  The number of recipients of this award speaks volumes to the caliber of kids in this graduating class.  Usually there are only one of two kids who get this award and this year there were seven!   Best part is two of my son's best friends also received one (they are on either side of him) so I'm thrilled he has chosen some great guys as buddies :)

Last but not least, my favorite picture.  Oh how I love these two!! I am beyond blessed to be their mother and ever so thankful that they are such good friends!  My heart is full :)

We do have some family pictures, honest, but they are on my daughter's fancy, shmancy camera and I have to get her to download them for me LOL!

Thanks for letting me gush :)



Lynn said...

I love the pictures and the happiness that exudes with them. Congrats to your son on his award! And big congrats to you and your hubby on a job well done! xoxo

Mary Ann said...

Wonderful photo's!Beautiful lil ones!!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

I have no problem with gushing -- I think it is quite fabulous you have great kids! :)

Ravengirl said...

Marisa, you have beautiful children! I'm so pleased to read about your wonderful school experience and their success to date!

nwilliams6 said...

Wow! Impressive school, teachers, awards, philanthropy, pictures, kids, and of course Mom! Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures. Hope you have fun at the beach today! Hugz!

Benzi said...

You are truly blessed. School is such a wonderful experience for you and your kids. There will be many memories from this school that I know you'll never forget. Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos.

Carol Hurlock said...

Congratulations to the graduate and your family. An exciting and wonderful time and your family. I am so happy for you.
Bear Hugs,

Elise said...

CONGRATULATIONS to you and your darling BOY! Bravooooo!

Andrea Ewen said...

Congratulations to both your son and a parent, a sad end to an era but bigger and better things to come! Your son reminds me of mine...a total ham in front of the camera! :)