PJ’s “Chique” Graduation

I don’t know about you, but I do not remember having an elaborate Kindergarten Graduation? On the other hand, I do remember having a minor meltdown when I had to leave Miss Zoobie’s Kindergarten class. Yes, that was really her name! I basically, gave my parents an ultimatum. I would not go to 1st grade unless Mary Emanuel was in my class. We were like Frick and Frack, inseparable. I was tall; she was short. I was painfully thin; she was round. But, despite our physical differences we were the best of friends, all through grade school.

Well, I digress as I really was here to talk about PJ’s graduation ceremony. I just love The Ancona School for so many reasons, but the thoughtfulness and care that goes into the simplest of traditions is so heartwarming. This year the “graduates” put on a play adapted from the book “Talk Talk”. PJ, like Parker, three years ago, had the lead role! Then they sang “Paz”, a song in Spanish about freedom, peace, no war and no hunger. The teachers then presented the children with scrolls, which were diplomas and a copy of the poem “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten”. Afterwards, we showered the new 1st graders with lots of delicious treats and a big party.

The perfect ending to the amazing journey through Pre-Primary. Of course, a few tears were shed as Myriam has been the boys’ teacher for six years now. But, it is not a goodbye, as we will always have Myriam in our lives as we have grown to be such close friends. Toast to that my “Chique” friends! Happy Summer…

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