A Gold Medal Year

It seems like just yesterday that Amber and I were taking Kaitlyn to school for the first day of 4th grade, and here we are at the end of May and the school year is over already.  But what a year it was.  It was a Gold Medal year in fact.  Penguin Gold

Kaitlyn grew so much as a person this year and experienced so much, that it is hard to know where to start (and yes, I know I could go month-by-month, but where is the fun in that?).

This year saw Kaitlyn compete for her school in the local Mini Mu competition, and to earn an award to boot.  She earned a spot in the 4th grade performance, and knocked it out of the park.  Her water conservation poster earned her recognition from the city, too.  Once again, she read all of the Sunshine State Young Readers books, one of a handful of students to do so.  She also blew away her AR goal each grading period within the first few weeks.

The most important thing Kaitlyn did all year was to continue to excel in the classroom.  Amber and I could not be more proud that her final report card only has one letter on it where the grades are shown: A!  We know that we are fortunate in that Kaitlyn pushes herself and keeps herself motivated to do her best in school.  As parents, Amber and I know that we just have to keep encouraging her to do her best and keep reminding her what her goals for herself in the future are (dolphin trainer and a foundation) and that the only way to achieve her goals is to excel in school.

This is my favorite part of sharing Kaitlyn’s report cards, the part where I share the comments from the teacher (once again, we were blessed with amazing teachers who knew how to get the most out of Kaitlyn).  Here is what her teacher wrote for the final grading period:

I enjoyed Kaitlyn’s sweet spirit this year.  Kaitlyn has done a wonderful job in 4th grade.  She has mastered all of the 4th grade benchmarks taught in all the academic areas.  I know that she is ready for the challenge 5th grade will bring, and am confident she will continue to shine.

Kaitlyn certainly has earned a relaxing summer (though five minutes before I started writing this, she was working on her summer school packet, and while I was writing this, she asked how many pages she should work on each day to finish her assignment by June 14), and Amber and I plan to do our best to make sure she gets one.  She will certainly have herself an interesting summer, filled with travel, adventures, and experiences.  I can’t wait to share them.

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