Time sure does fly. It seems like it was just yesterday that Amber and I were dropping Kaitlyn off for her first day of first grade, and here we are at the last day of school already. Has it really been 180 school days already?
We saw Kaitlyn destroy her AR (reading) goals, so much so that her teacher had to reset her accumulated total each nine weeks just so she could establish a new goal. She excelled in learning math concepts that I am pretty sure were not taught when I was in first grade. The class did a “Flat Stanley” project in which Kaitlyn’s flat person went on a wonderful adventure in and around Pittsburgh (Flat Kaitlyn posed with Pitt’s 9 National Championship trophies, the 5 Lombardi Trophies the Steelers have won, hung out in the student section of a Pitt basketball game, went to Easter Mass, and made it into the locker room of the Pittsburgh Penguins). The “Flat Kaitlyn” book we got back in the mail was amazing, and it is something we will be able to look back at with her for years to come. Kaitlyn and I also danced the night away at the “Daddy-Daughter Dance” in February.
Kaitlyn was tested for the gifted program, and just like her dad, came up one or two points shy of the standard. All was not lost, however, and her teacher noted in her student file to have her tested again in the fall. Hopefully the test is done a few weeks after the start of school (at least), not a few days.
There was also a lot of growth for Kaitlyn in the area of developing relationships/friendships with her peers. While she still struggles mightily, she expanded on and formed deeper friendships with a couple of kids, and we could not be happier about it (Amber and I have also really gotten to know some of the parents better, too).
Kaitlyn will bring home one last report card this afternoon, and we have no reason to believe that it will be any different from each of the others she has brought home this year and last. We have a big summer planned for her, and I know that she cannot wait to get it started, even though she is a little sad about not going to school for a few months.
This school year has flown by, seemingly faster than it did when she was in kindergarten. It is hard to believe that in less than three months, Amber and I will be taking Kaitlyn to school for her first day of second grade. Unreal.