The day before the show they practiced for the graduation ceremony and had their pictures taken in their caps and gowns. Jack told me there was a special song that they were going to play and that he was going to smile really big when he heard that song and walk down the aisle. When I started singing a bit of Pomp & Circumstance for him he was very impressed that I knew the song already. And just like he said, when he walked down the aisle he had a huge smile on his face. I couldn't capture it with the camera or the video because we were too far away, but it was there. Even his teacher commented on it.
I spent $60 at Target the day before the show so that Jack would have a nice outfit. I was tired of him not really having any dress clothes. At first I just went to get him a new shirt. Then I decided he needed pants that matched better than the others I had already bought him. I went to get in line and realized that he had no dress shoes and this was not an occasion where his crocs would do. Oh, and I suppose he needs dress socks and a belt to go with that. I bought them all in a size 6 and the outfit was a bit too big for him. But I hemmed up the pants. Actually, I taped them up with masking tape. We cinched in the waist and he looked good! And, since it's a little big, he can wear this outfit for every dress up occasion for the next 3 years...and totally justify the money spent :)
Casey sang two songs with her class and did a really great job. You could tell she was having fun and excited to sing the song for everyone.
Jack's class joined the group and they sang a few songs with the rest of the school. (Good thing he was in a few numbers without the cap & gown so
everyone I could appreciate his nice outfit.)
Then Casey sat with her class and the kindergarten class got ready to graduate.
They all marched in and took their places on the stage.
There was a little bit of time for silliness.
They sang their special kindergarten songs. I am so proud of Jack because I know I could hear his voice when he was singing. That's a big deal for a little guy who wouldn't do any singing with his class two years ago.
Then they got their diplomas. Jack thought he had been tricked because there was nothing actually written on the paper they got.
Jack and his teachers...
And we got one bad family picture :) Doesn't Pat look nice in pink though?
Jack was very excited to graduate from kindergarten. He had a great year with his teacher and friends. They showed a video of the kindergarten students at the end of the program. They asked each one what they favorite part of kindergarten was and what they were going to miss next year. Jack said his favorite part was playing on the playground and that he was going to miss his friends Jon and TJ. One little boy said, "I'm going to miss my friends...some of my friends!"
I thought I was going to cry through the whole thing but once the show started and I was trying to capture everything on camera and video while still enjoying the show I was distracted enough to forget the tears. I'm so proud of the wonderful year that both Jack and Casey had at school. They learned so much and grew so much. On the last day of school when we went to pick them up, I really did tear up. We're going to miss this school next year!