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Kindergarten Memories (Daddy’s)

From the first day of Kindergarten to the last, Alan had a blast!  And I enjoyed taking part in Alan’s school year equally as much.

There were lots of memorable moments, and here I’ll try to capture the best of the ones that I shared with Alan — in hopes that Alan and I will read this post years from now and be able to recall the good feelings from these special moments.

On August 17th, I took Alan to his first day of school/orientation on when he met his teacher and made his first new Kindergarten friend – Noah.  Alan was brave, even though he later admitted to being nervous to meet so many new faces.  I hope to always remember him returning to me and proudly telling me about making a new friend.

On September 28th, I came to school for Donuts with Dad and stayed for the first day of centers.  Alan took the bus to school that day, and I met him in the gym where the kids waited until they were permitted to walk to their classrooms at the first bell.  I hope to always remember the expression on his face when I entered the gym and he excitedly stood up and flagged me down.  That day he also laughed hysterically when his friends Julian and Tony climbed on my back.  It’s a story he loved reminding me of all year long. 🙂

On November 16th, I came back to school for another day of centers.  During bellwork, Alan’s lost a tooth for the first time.  I hope to always remember the surprise on our faces.

On December 16th, Veronica and I read to Alan’s class and shared stories about Alan when he was the “Smartie of the Week.”  I hope to always remember how proud he was to have his parents talk to the class.

On March 22nd, I volunteered for centers again.  When we were taking a picture together, Alan gave me the warmest hug I can ever remember him giving me.  I hope to always remember the feeling of that hug.

On April 26th, I came to school to watch Alan participate in the Q & U wedding.  Alan turned to look at me and laugh every time the assistant principal – acting as the minister – told a joke about Mr. Q having to buy gifts for Mrs. U (I later found out that Alan wrote about that in his journal too).  I hope to always remember how happy Alan looked when he laughed at the jokes.

On May 18th, I came to school with Alan in the evening for the end of year Kindergarten Program.  It was an emotional night watching the video slideshow and realizing the year was just about over.  Maybe I don’t need to remember how sad I was!

On May 23rd, I helped supervise Kindergarten Field Day.  I hope to always remember how excited Alan was that his group started the day on the playground with me.

On May 25th, I took Alan to the bus stop in the morning and attended his last day of school lunch.  I hope to always remember him peaking out the bus window and smiling to me, as well as him calling my name when he saw me at school while standing in the lunch line.

Other memories I’ll take away from Kindergarten include working on all the special projects with Alan and the Monday night poem homework assignments.  Alan had to read and answer questions about a weekly poem, which we typically worked together on after school on Monday nights.  His favorite part was competing against Daddy in the word search game we created. 🙂

Last Day of Kindergarten

Alan’s school year is now in the books!  This morning I photographed Alan getting on the bus one last time as a Kindergartner.  He was still chewing his breakfast as we waited for the bus. 🙂

At school, the kids had an all-grades awards assembly in the morning.  There the kids also recorded a “Let’s Go Cavs” chant on video for the Cavs!  The photo below was taken just before the chant by the assistant principal (and posted to Twitter).  Alan appears on the very left edge of the photo in a gray shirt in approximately the 5th row.

Note: The Cavs went on to clinch their third straight Eastern Conference title by beating the Celtics tonight!

Later on in the morning, I stopped by the school to have lunch with Alan.  Parents were invited in for a hot dog lunch on the last day.

Before I left for work, I watched the kids dance and play in the gym during indoor recess.  It looked like they were having a blast.

Later in the evening Alan told me that he and his friends didn’t want summer to come because they like school too much.  Good news for them is that first grade is just under 12 weeks away!

Picnic at the Park

Alan and his classmates continued their busy month of May today at the annual Kindergarten “Picnic at the Park.”  I joined the kids as a volunteer supervisor at their field trip to Highland Heights Park.  It was a near perfect day weather-wise.

Parents arrived around 9:00 to begin setting up for the Kindergartener’s field day, and the kids arrived on buses around 9:30.  Alan was partnered with Maddie for the day, and they were assigned to group 5.  Natalee – Alan’s former preschool classmate – was also in their group.

I was assigned to playground supervision duty, and Alan’s group was sent to my “center” first — the best in the eyes of 6-year olds.  Alan loved it, as the Highland Heights Park is known for its daring climbing opportunities.

The kids all wore their green Mayfield shirts, that read “I am a Mayfield Wildcat” on the front and “Class of 2029” on the back.

After finishing climbing, Alan and Maddie tried out the seesaw.  They had a nice flow going!

Alan then rotated through stations that included tag, soccer, an obstacle course and even temporary tattoos before it was time for lunch and playground free time.

At lunch Alan sat with his best buddy Xavier.  His Donald Duck and Goofy temporary tattoos can be seen on his left hand. 🙂

After lunch Alan proceeded to the kickball, chalk-drawing, hoola-hoop, and bean bag toss stations.  Eventually I was able to leave the playground and meet up with him.  He ended the day at the bubble station with Sam, which turned out to be a lot of laughs.

From there, the kids went back to school around 1:45 to pack up and head home on their buses.  I met Alan when he got off the bus and we made a special Tuesday afternoon trip to McDonald’s for some extra time together.  It was a great day!

Video Slideshow Program

Tonight after school, kids and their parents went to Mrs. Feldman’s room for what appeared on the school calendar as an “Open House.”  When Alan and I got there, we found out it was a gathering to watch a video slideshow of the year in Kindergarten!

The kids loved seeing each other in the slideshow and had plenty of comments as the images rolled on.  Parents loved it too.  It was the first time I got to see the pictures taken of Alan and I during centers, Alan’s “Smartie of the Week” family day, and the Q & U wedding day.

Before the night was out, the kids were presented with a basket of candy, small toys, and glowsticks. And the parents didn’t go home empty-handed either.  I walked away with a copy of the DVD we watched in the classroom, a photo album of Alan’s pictures from the year, Alan’s journal, and other drawings shown below — which I absolutely loved.  I’ll cherish them as reminders of a wonderful Kindergarten year for Alan.

Kindergarten Adventures

Today Alan went to Grady’s house after school.  It marked the first time he rode home on a friend’s bus.  According to Alan, the two classmates played on Grady’s trampoline and swing set until Mom picked him up.  He was definitely proud to have a little taste of independence.

It’s also worth noting that Alan went through the proper approval channels to set this meeting up, including getting permission from his parents and the school office to ride bus #29 instead of bus #3.  Earlier this year, when Alan made an executive decision to board Grady’s bus without informing anyone in advance, he was a bit surprised by the reaction of the bus driver and ensuing call to Mom’s work.

He’s come a long way this year. 🙂

Centers, Sports Day at Millridge

Today was another centers day for Kindergarteners — the first after busy season at work for me — so I jumped at the opportunity to drive Alan to school and spend the morning with him and his classmates!

It also happened to be Sports Day at school, so Alan and I both went in Cavaliers attire. During bellwork, Alan had to write and answer the following questions in his journal:

  1. What is your favorite sport?
  2. What is your favorite team?
  3. Who is your favorite player?

Alan responded with “baseball,” “Indians,” and “LeBron James.”  All very understandable answers!

When it was time for centers, I manned a station with a math game.  The kids rotated through in groups of three or four.  Alan was in a group with his best friends Xavier and Grady.  I loved how all three kids combined to cover the Cavaliers, Indians, and Browns with their shirts.

Side note: Alan ended up winning the math game.  Later in the day, when I called Alan after he got home from school, he revealed to me that he thought he won because he was wearing his Cavaliers championship shirt.

After the math game, Alan and his friends rotated through other tables that involved puzzles, coloring, and drawing.  At one station Alan drew a plane and a truck (specifically a Target truck) that he gave to me to take home. Obviously I loved it.

At the conclusion of centers, I stayed with Alan as the kids ate their snacks, then left for work afterwards.  I would’ve stayed for the whole day if I could have!

“Smartie” of the Week

This week at school it was Alan’s turn to be the featured “Smartie” of the week!  As part of the fun, he got to wear a crown, be the boys line leader, and lead calendar activities all week.  He also got to present his “All About Me” poster (see 12/5/16 post) to the class and have his parents come in and read to the class!

We came in to school this afternoon and read two of Alan’s favorites: Hot Rod Hamster and Ten on the Sled.  Alan turned the pages while we read. He also called on students during the interactive portion of Hot Rod Hamster.  Afterwards I shared facts about Alan — including his love for baseball and the Indians — to the rest of the kids.

It was quite an exciting day overall for Alan, since the kids wore their pajamas to school and watched Polar Express together. At the end of the day, I was presented with another Christmas gift from Alan: the Rudolph artwork pictured below. 🙂

Lost Tooth, Centers


Alan lost his first tooth during morning bell work at school today!  I was with him when it happened, as I was a classroom volunteer today for centers (I led Thanksgiving-themed bingo).  When the tooth fell out, Alan noticed something white on the table and looked at it and said “What’s this?”  Somehow I knew it was going to be his tooth before I looked over.  Mrs. Feldman gave us a tooth-shaped carrying case (pictured below) for safe keeping. 🙂

It seems like a long shot that Alan would lose his first tooth on the day I was at school with him.  However, my first tooth also fell out when my Mom was with me on the first day of kindergarten.  What are the odds…


11/17/16 Update: This morning when Alan woke up, he found that the tooth fairy came and left him $1 in an envelope. He was excited. 🙂

Centers and Donuts with Dad

Today I visited Millridge for two reasons.  First, Alan and I attended Donuts with Dad together.  Then, I volunteered to help Alan’s class with “centers” — a special session where parents and volunteers lead groups of 3-5 students at a time through various enrichment activities.

Activities can include anything from puzzles and math problems to building and crafting. The center I led involved using sticks of various sizes to make objects and shapes based on each child’s imagination.  Alan made a train with his supply. 🙂

I loved coming in to see Alan in his element — he seems to be enjoying his first couple months of school very much.  And Alan was proud to have his Daddy volunteer in class.  Before centers, we presented Alan’s foot project to the class together.  I let all the kids know just how much Alan loves planets and outer space.

After centers, Alan asked me to stay for snack time and then morning recess.  I of course stayed and helped push kids on the swings.  At first I wondered why the teachers weren’t helping push the kids…but that question was answered as soon as I was running up and down the line pushing eights kids at once!

Centers are typically held on two Wednesdays per month, in place of specials.  You can bet I’ll be coming in again as the year goes on!

Happy 6th Birthday Alan!!

This little guy is now 6 years old!

The birthday boy decided to celebrate his birthday at the MHS pool this evening, as it’s easily one of his favorite places. He particularly enjoyed swimming the length of the pool with his paddleboard and showing me the new tricks he’s learned in the water recently. He’s been daring enough lately to try swimming without a paddleboard too.

Alan got to sleep in today, since there was no school due to a teacher workday (he wore the birthday crown yesterday at school though, and received a birthday drawing from each of his classmates).  Then he played at home all day until Mom and Dad got off work and brought cake. Just before going swimming, Alan got a long-awaited call from Blaze (from Blaze and the Monster Machines) to wish him a happy birthday!

Not a bad way to celebrate a 6th birthday!  But there’s still more fun to be had this weekend!  To be continued…


Open House

Tonight the kids left a surprise for parents when we came to open house: They made replicas of themselves at their desks! (Photo taken by Mrs. Feldman).  I left a surprise right back, leaving a message to Alan in his journal. 🙂

Based on what we heard tonight, it’s going to be a fun year for Alan and the rest of the Millridge Mustangs in Mrs. Feldman’s class!


Ice Cream Social


Tonight Alan attended the first after-school event of the year: the annual ice cream social!

Alan introduced me to some of his new classmates, including Piper (pictured above), Julian, Grady, Josh, and Gabriel.  And we saw old friends Ella, Riley, and Mrs. Jones too!

Alan enjoyed the extra time out on the playground, but his favorite part was watching balloons go up into the sky!


First Day of Kindergarten!


Today Alan kicked off his kindergarten year at Millridge, and I was there to enjoy it with him!  On the first day, as part of the “ease-in schedule,” parents attended an informational session in the cafeteria while the kids played in the gym.  Then afterwards, Alan and I took a practice ride together on a school bus around Mayfield.

Alan met his teacher, Mrs. Feldman, and saw his friends Joshua (who offered a big hug), Xavier, Riley, and Gabriel today — and even made a new friend named Noah!  Xavier and Noah will be in the same class as Alan this year.

Alan also saw Mrs. Schmid (a preschool helper) and told her all about his summer, including the trip to Disney World!

Onto another great school year at Millridge!

Kindergarten Sign

Safety Town

Today Alan took another step closer to being ready for Kindergarten.  He’s now a safety town graduate!

Alan was fortunate to have Natalee in his class with him this week.  He told me they sat together on the bus ride during the bus safety lesson because they are best friends.

Alan also told me his favorite activities of the week were when the kids got to go inside a police car and fire truck.  It was like a dream come true for him!