I have been very thankful for this year though, because in comparison to previous years, 4th grade has been a wonderful experience! Wesley is really coming into his own and making friends. He finally got to participate in the gifted program and was able to spread his wings through that avenue.
And this has been an excellent year in AWANA. Last year, you may recall, he received the Book One Award... which is the award given to kids who have completed the first book (huge surprise, right?)
This year, he received the Excellence Award... which is for children who have completed THREE Books!
He was so proud of himself! He puffed out his chest and told me his goal next year was to win the Timothy Award, which is the highest award reserved for kids who complete all of the books for the T&T program (3rd-6th grades)
I think he is on track to accomplish that goal!
Monday night, Wesley emptied out his book bag and discovered all sorts of things he had been meaning to give me (haha) Some of the forms had deadlines back in April... including the school photo order form! Another form was a permission slip for Fun Day this Friday (we barely got that turned in on time). And one other tiny little slip of paper was stuck in with the bunch. It was a paper I had never gotten from this school before.
It said, "Congratulations! Your child will be receiving an award on Wednesday at 10:30 AM." I jumped up and down and cheered! It has been a couple years since we've gone to an awards ceremony and it was just a tremendous confirmation that all the struggles with homework and assignments were worth it! Wes had no idea what the award was so we waited for the big reveal this morning.
Granny even came over for the big day :) ... and I didn't manage to get her picture :(
So, what award was it?
Wesley made the President's List! That is for the students who maintained all A's and B's for the year!!!
I couldn't be prouder! Granny and I spent a good 10 minutes taking turns hugging and bragging on him!
It must have made him stand a little prouder... and a little taller... because according to this picture he's almost up to my chin!!
I guess he's not my Little Man anymore!
Now that Wesley has finished elementary school (*sniff sniff*) I can see big things on the horizon. Wonderful times lay just around the corner!
Just like our back doors on a chilly May day... the future is wide open!