2019 Life Logs, Day 163: Jonah’s 4th Grade Graduation
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 72, Low 54 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA
The last two evenings have been spent at East Falmouth Elementary School. Last night was Ollie’s first grade concert, the first in his school career. Then tonight, I returned to the school with the Goldstones for Jonah’s 4th grade graduation. He will be moving on to another school for 5th grade and 6th grade. Tonight he 4th graders sang the school song and then a song named “I’ll Make The Difference”—a song of hope that was perfect for the occasion. After each student was awarded their diploma, we all moved outside to the courtyard. There were beautiful pastries and Smitty’s, the neighborhood ice cream shop, came to the school tonight to serve ice cream for all. A couple of years ago, Heather wrote a grant to turn the courtyard into an outdoor classroom and has worked continuously since to make it a reality. Tonight was the first public use of the space and it was spectacular. The new pergola is now surrounded by raised beds, tree stump seats, and Adirondack chairs. It is a beautiful addition to the school and the 4th graders enjoyed posing for photos and signing year books in a lovely setting. Jonah looked quite spiffy this evening in a black sport jacket, long black pants, and a maroon shirt. I managed to get a picture of him with Molly, the ‘girl next door’ who Jonah declared at age five that he would marry, one with his good friend and soccer buddy Kayden, as well as another with a larger group of good friends. But I think my favorite picture was of Jonah checking out his yearbook. All you can see in the photo is the back of Jonah’s head—big hair—and the yearbook. Made me smile. Another nice touch to the evening was that each 4th grader painted a kindness rock that they placed in the courtyard during the evening.
As we move into the next school year, all three Goldpebbles will be in different schools. Ollie will remain at East Falmouth Elementary for three more years. Jonah will be at Morse Pond for the next two years, and Sam will be moving on to Lawrence School where all Falmouth students attend seventh and eighth grade. He doesn’t have a graduation ceremony as he leaves Morse Pond because Morse Pond and Lawrence are both considered middle school, just in two different buildings. Sam’s next graduation will be at the end of eighth grade when he moves on to high school. Could that possibly just be two years away?