Our era at McGaheysville Elementary School has come to an end. I can't believe it!!! Ryan started Kindergarten at MES in August of 2008 and Lydia and Emily have now completed 5th grade in June of 2016. My mom once said to me that while my brother and I were going through various stages of childhood, it often seemed as if it took a long time to get through various events, but when she looked back on the time that had passed all at once--time had gone so quickly. This is so true!! I felt like we would never get completely out of elementary school (even though I love MES!!), but as I look back on the past 8 years, it really has flown by!!!
Ryan's first day of Kindergarten
Lydia and Emily had their 5th grade farewell on June 10. They both received several awards as well as being presented with their completion certificate. The 4th grade parents host the farewell (I helped with the hosting when Ryan was in 4th and when Lydia and Emily were) which was so nice. The little photo booth was a big hit!!!
Emily and Lydia with their first MES teacher, Ms. Therese Warner and their last MES teacher, Ms. Marianne Cline. In Pre-K there was just one class so they had to be together. For 5th grade we decided to put them together because we don't feel they will be together much in middle school. Their strengths are so different which will cause them to have different classes. They even picked different electives. Ms. Cline is retiring after this year. She has some new grandbabies on the way. Twins even!! Two amazing women!! We will miss you MES!! We've come a long way baby.
Lydia photobombing behind Ryan Layman and Owen Garshwiler (2 of her classmates)
Owen Garshwiler with Emily and Lydia. Owen came to MES in the 1st grade. He was in Emily's homeroom class that year. We happened to run into him and his family at the soccer field one day. Owen and Emily saw one another and hugged each other. This caused me to meet Owen's mom, Molly, and this started a great friendship. It is so true that your friends are who your kids friends are. :) It has been great having the girls in school with Owen all these years. Owen has a younger sister, Cate who still has two more years at MES.
Lydia and Emily were accepted in the Pre-K program at MES. This was difficult to make happen--especially with two kids needing to get in there. While at the farewell, we got the kids who are still at MES who were in that class, together for a picture. L to R--Lydia Washington, Emily Washington, Therese Warner (teacher), Emma Cude, Lilly Raynes, Austin Nichols, Ulnemic Chen. Damien Burner and Kobe Marsten were also in that class and still at MES, but Kobe was not at the farewell and Damien left before we had the idea to take this picture. :(
Processional for the 5th grade farewell
Crazy girls!!! Marley, Katelyn, Hayleigh, Emily and Lydia
Bulletin board made for the 5th graders