So, this is what I did last Wednesday morning:
I went to an hour-long awards ceremony for the 3rd Grade at my kids' school with my 3-year-old and 20-month-old. It was not a fun or pleasant experience. It was one of those trials by fire I talk about. The kind that is refining and purifying you as a parent and person. Sabina didn't want to stay in the stroller and Luca didn't want to stay by me at all or even be quiet. He even attempted to play with his dinosaur on the body of the mom in front of us. I controlled the chaos by taking a few trips to the bathroom, water fountain, and lobby of the school. But it was all worth it to see Rocky walk across the stage to accept his awards and for Luca to squeal to go see "My Rocky."
After the ceremony, we were invited to go upstairs to the classroom for a reception and readers' theater presentation. Thankfully, they started with snacks so Luca was able to settle down to the business at hand, and Sabina only managed to get chocolate on her fingertips and mouth. Is it really gross to suck the chocolate off your toddler's fingers?
This is most of the class presenting "Charlotte's Web." Rocky read the part of the farmer, Mr. Zuckerman - as represented by the character tied around his neck. It was pretty good, actually.
Rocky got this awesome Accelerated Reader Trophy
for completing all 4 of his AR goals this year! This is
really an amazing accomplishment for an unmotivated reader.
I guess he found his motivation!
He also made the A-B Honor Roll for the year. This sweet medal will be a keepsake and plaything for years to come.
Another certificate for the scrapbook as well!
The Math Growth award is for students who showed over 1 year of growth in math in the S.T.A.R. test.
Math Excellence award is for scoring 1 or more years above grade level in math on the S.T.A.R. test.
The Sunshine Math Superstar was awarded for scoring 30 or more in the classroom competition that consisted of advanced math Sunshine tests.
The FCAT is Florida's standardized tests that the schools and teachers are measured by (not to mention the students). Rocky was awarded awards for outstanding performance in Math and Reading! That means he scored an achievement level of 4 or 5 on the tests. (Actually it was a 4 - I'm so proud of him!)
All in all, "Rocky" Ryan James had a great year; I have to give a special shout-out to his teacher Mrs. Stepien who came back to teach after having a baby the 1st quarter. Thanks so much!
Tomorrow I will recount the thrilling adventure I had at the 5th Grade graduation ceremony!
Verse of the Day:
"The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God."