Sunday, June 26, 2016

Preschool Graduation...

Five years ago, I sobbed as I dropped my baby girl off at our neighborhood daycare center for her first day of "school" and I headed back to work after 6 months of (unexpected) maternity leave.  That was November of 2011.  

On June 16, 2016, she graduated from preschool from that very same facility.  Ironically, as she exits and graduates, we just sent in our deposit for baby boy to start attending in November of 2016.  So much for not having a daycare bill anymore.





I really have nothing but wonderful things to say about her school experience there.  She has had wonderful teachers and has learned so much.  She is truly prepped and ready for kindergarten.  She has met wonderful friends - many of whom will join her at kindergarten this fall.  Her teachers have loved her and she has loved them back. It's day #2 of summer and Georgia has already asked about when she can go back and visit her teachers again.

Walking into graduation, we got a sneak peek at G's future...





As we took our seats, the director passed out boxes of tissues and I swore I wouldn't cry.  Well, all it took was the pomp and circumstance music and a few words from the teachers and I was a hot mess, along with all the other parents.  

Someone must have told the graduates to take the ceremony seriously because getting G to crack a smile was tough as the graduates walked in to take their seats.




In total, there was about 40 students graduating that day.  Several, like Georgia, have been at the center since the infant room!





After some short speeches from their teachers and the administration, the kids were called up 1-by-1 to receive their "diploma."  Georgia was announced as only she could be.... "Georgia Peach Thoman."  She was given the nickname "Peach" in the infant room and it's stuck throughout all the rooms and teachers that she has had.  I can't count how many times I've heard "Hi Peach!" or "Bye Peach" as we've walked in/out over the years.



Getting the diploma from her teacher, Miss Ferne

As the students came up, their baby photos were displayed behind them on the giant wall.







All grown up and onto kindergarten!

Georgia had been practicing their group song all week long at home...







After the ceremony, the kids returned to their rooms briefly so that they could turn over the all-purpose room into a party space.  Originally, the follow-up party was scheduled for the following afternoon.  However, the weather report for the following day was dismal with storms predicted for the entire day, so they did some quick scrambling and planned an impromptu party for right after the ceremony.  (As an aside, the next day ended up being a BEAUTIFUL day!)



Georgia's Butterfly B class

Mimi stuck around all week so that she could see Georgia's dance recital the previous weekend and then this graduation the following week...







With our little graduate

And for some reason, she instantly looked 5 years older...





My new favorite pic of Georgia and her daddy...





Georgia has adored her teachers over the years...


Miss Nathalie was Georgia's 1st teacher in the infants room and then she ended up being her teacher again in the 2's room after her teacher left unexpectedly and she subbed in for a short time.  I'll always remember her as the creator of "Georgia Peach!"


Miss Bethany was the Asst Director when G started and is now the Director.  She's always taken good care of our girl.


Georgia learned a ton this year from Ms Ferne and Ms Annie in the Butterfly class


Although Georgia graduated on Thursday, her last official day was on Monday, as I wrapped up the school year...







Picking her up for the final time was an odd experience.  However, at least I wasn't too emotional since we'll be back in November with baby boy.  Georgia didn't quite seem to understand either and had a ton of questions on the way home.  She made me promise to always pick her up first so she could come with me to pick up her brother at her old school.

And the official graduation pics...







Onto kindergarten in the fall.  But first... SUMMER!



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