Although it has seemingly been the month of Cullen around here lately, we have had lots of celebrating to do with the other boys too. Wells finished preschool last week with an amazing (loud) singing performance and yesterday Bennett left the “Kingdom of Kindergarten” and was knighted into the first grade!
(Special thanks to the mom who let me borrow these off of facebook…Kev and I are clearly first year parents are this school and got there too late–20 minutes early– for good seats.)
Kindergarten Coronation is a long standing tradition the school and I have to say one of the cutest things I have ever seen. It was complete with a moat and alligators, two Queens and a Knight announcing each Sir and Lady as they crossed the bridge.
After the exciting announcements, they started with a special prayer from Father Nelson to bless them as they continue on their learning adventure…
then it was time to officially be knighted “Kings and Queens of the First Grade”!
My wonderful friend Jen (thanks, Jen!) watched the littles so Kev and I could enjoy this special time with just B. He was so happy to have us both there.
And then the new royalty feasted on crown cookies, magic star sandwiches, Lance-a-lot fruit skewers, Dragons in a Blanket and Dungeon Drumettes. There was even a “Knightly Grog” to drink.
As the kids were eating, a man walked over introduced himself as a dad of a boy in the class and asked it we were Bennett’s parents. With a little trepidation, we nodded yes and he went on to say “I always ask my son who the best kid in the class is, since he has a little trouble sometimes, and every time he tells me it is Bennett. I’ve told him to follow Bennett’s example! And I wanted to come over and tell you all that my son constantly talks about how well behaved he is, you should be very proud.”
We thanked him, then giggled as he walked away. I know it shouldn’t surprise us every time we hear that B is so good in school (you remember the behavior chart, right?) but it still catches us a little off guard. B is a really great kid, but at home also marches to the beat of him own drum, so picturing him as the model student makes us chuckle a bit.
Bennett my boy-
I can not believe you are done with Kindergarten already! You have thrived this year and I think your desire to always be your best is a true testimony to just how wonderful your school is. You have made good friends, are reading so well and developing your critical mind. You’ve recently announced that you are going to become a priest (first Delta Force/Chaplain combo ever?) and that decision is obviously tied to the strong faith community you and religious education you are getting in the classroom. We couldn’t be more proud of the wonderful feedback we get from your teachers, friends and parents. It is honor that people think your good choices are our doing. You truly are an amazing and unique kid and we can’t wait to see what you accomplish as the King of First Grade.
Happy Coronation Day! We love you so much!