With that said, I loved Ashley's 8th grade graduation. For them it is a true ending. The 29 of them will never all be together again. Some of her classmates started at the school 11 years earlier in the 3 year old pre school class. Others started that year when their Catholic school closed. Ashley started in third grade. Six years in one building is a long time.
|From the school day mass|
The first half of the June 3 service
|My favorite picture of Ashley |
from the day
But yesterday's gone, we gotta keep moving on.I'm so thankful for the moments, so glad I got to know ya'.The times that we had, I'll keep like a photographAnd hold you in my heart foreverI'll always remember you
A fitting song to sing at the end of era.
Then began an hour of the usual graduation "pomp and circumstance." You might think with only 29 students it couldn't take that long, but it still took an hour to distribute diplomas and hand out the many awards. We spent at least another half an hour taking pictures and chatting with family not going to the post-graduation party with us (we had a limit).
Some pictures from the day.
|Ashley with the awesome Miss Shields|
|Getting ready with Maddie, Bridget, and Dora|
|Love the smile, but wish it was clearer|
|Giving flowers to the parents|
|Receiving an award|
|After graduation with Lassya, Rose, and Veda|
|Dora and Ashley with their prayer buddy, Grace|
|Ashley will be joining Carly and Reilly next year|
|With the grandparents|
|With Father Gerard|
|The rose she gave me and the carnation she carried|
|School Spirit Award|
|Diploma with class picture|
|President's Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence|
(All As since 6th grade and 90th percentile and above on
After graduation we went to the post party hosted by the 7th grade parents at a country club. The theme was Around the World, which I loved, and fits their home room teacher's passion for international travel. I did not take many pictures at the party.
The goody bag included many treasures: a tee-shirt mysteriously signed by everyone, a class picture on the playground, a mug, a box for memories, a photo album with a few starter photos (which I provided), and some candy. This week a photo montage/video the Klinks put together arrived in the mail as another treasure.
The class has already started to disperse. A couple of days after graduation one moved to Florida and will attend a performing arts high school, another is moving to Pennsylvania. Of the 29, 18 are going to Notre Dame together, the others are going to local public, private, and Catholic schools. They probably won't ever all gather together, but they'll always have graduation and many other memories.