Mrs. D. made goodie bags for the kids. She included some classroom supplies - she'll get all new stuff next year. So AJ got some miscellaneous crayons, markers, and pencils. Unfortunately, one pencil was so sharp it stabbed through AJ's book bag and punctured her leg a little. Luckily, I had a band-aid in my car.
In wrapping up the year, we've gotten to see some collections of AJ's school work. You can really tell as time went on how she improved. She likes to write and read now.
The PTA is considering having yard signs made as an awareness campaign for our school. I mentioned this to AJ -and she said the signs should say, "Avondale School teaches you to write and read." It was her opinion that every parent in the area would want their kids to come to our neighborhood school then.
We're looking forward to a lot of fun things this summer - at least 2 and maybe three or four trips. Day camp. Vacation Bible School. A whole bucket list of local summer things: splash pads, swimming, movies, play dates. But looking back over the school year, we can see how much fun she's had, and how much physical and emotional growth has gone on. We have formed friendships with the other parents and we will definitely have to see some of these kids over the summer.
I really enjoyed our first year in public school. I still think we're really living our values - we believe that we can help build our school into a better place, and we believe in the teachers and staff there. We trust our only child and her education there because it is a great place. And we love going to the local park, supermarket, fair or party and seeing kids we know...it helps so much for AJ to be able to just walk up and play with a friend on the monkey bars instead of random introductions.
AJ is doing well - she's healthy, and reading and writing like a kindergartner (at least). Most of the time (when it's not bedtime), she's happy. We can't wait to see what she'll do next.