This past Thursday morning Allie headed out the door, backpack in hand, as a kindergartner for the very last time. Despite our running late on the last day of school, we paused to take a quick picture to commemorate the occasion.
As I watched her hop out of the car and cross the street, I admit it, I got a little misty-eyed when it occured to me that although it is completely acceptable for a kindergartener to wave and blow kisses to her mom from across the street every morning before heading into school, a first grader might just be too old for that.
And, just like that...I dropped off a kindergartner and three hours later, I picked up an official "grader."
Although Thursday was her last day of school, the kindergarten graduation ceremony was held on Monday. After attending her very last dance class of the year where she received her first-year dance award in addition to an-almost-perfect attendance award (apparently we only missed one class?!).....
.....we headed to her school for the annual end-of-the-year picnic and kindergarten graduation. In addition to chowing down on pizza and chocolate pie, Allie got to play with her friends on the playground and even received her very own balloon dog-on-a-leash.
After dinner, we headed into the gym to wait for Allie's program to begin.
We were excited to watch Allie and her classmates sing a few songs, including a rendition of "First-Grade, First-Grade" sung to the tune of "New York, New York."
After their songs, each student was called to receive their diploma and have a picture taken with their teacher.
We are so proud of Allie and all the growing and learning she has done throughout this past school year. Happy Kindergarten Graduation, Babe! We Love You!