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    Monday, June 05, 2006

    My Baby's Not A Baby Anymore

    Caution! This post contains parental bragging! Consider yourself warned.

    Whew! What a week last week was. Thursday night was #1's eighth grade graduation. She has attended a visual and performing arts school for the last 3 years. The public schools run several magnet schools (magnet meaning to draw certain students that are interested in the curriculum). A magnet school focuses on different curriculums. Our district has math, science, robotics, leadership and performing arts magnets. The school that #1 attended for 6th and 7th grade had to close due to budget cuts and because their grant money was gone. It was so hard on the kids to be split up. The district decided to make their elementary performing arts school a K-8th school and only allowed 25 kids to attend in the 8th grade. This is the first 8th grade class to graduate from this school.

    I'm always amazed at the talent that has bloomed in her group of peers. All the students talents were displayed during graduation. #1 played the drums as well as the bass. This is a picture that the newspaper took of #1 during the performance. It was on the front page of the local section. (I would have linked it but it has her full name on it. ) She's a celebrity, lol!

    #1 received 8 awards for acedemic acheivement as well as music awards. My mom and I were taking pictures of her each time she received and award. Mom pointed out that all the pictures were going to look exactly the same so one would have done the trick.

    I cried because this group of kids will never be together in the same sense that they have for the last 3 years. I cried because they will all have to make a name for themselves again when they go to high school next year. Most will be attending the public high school that focuses on the performing arts. It houses over 1000 students. I terrified.

    This week is almost as busy for me as last week. I'll try to download the Chicago pictures (yes, I survived!) and post them soon.

    School's out this Thursday. I'll breathe a sigh of relief then.


    DZER said...

    congrats darlin'!!

    you deserve to brag ... seems as if No. 1 is doing you and Mr. Sign very proud.

    barman said...

    That is so fantastic SG. I am very happy for the entire family. I already knew a little about your daughter and her music but thanks so much for filling in about the magnet schools and stuff. That was great to hear.

    Going to High School next year will just be warm ups for where life will lead her. She is going to do fantastic.

    Good luck on surviving the week and I look forward to your pictures.

    Roxi said...

    awww honey!!!!! I'm so happy that your baby is so great!!

    I almost cried at my brothers graduation.. I am still wondering if he really graduated..

    lovely isent it?

    Nonny said...

    Your daughter is beautiful, like her mother.

    I'm in awe of anyone with musical ability. I'm sure she'll do fine next year.

    buddha_girl said...

    Holy moly! A mother should ALWAYS brag! It's even better because you HAVE something to brag about!

    My school system has had the whole magnet thing as well, but they were all cut out as of the end of this year.

    I'm so glad your daughter was part of a system that seems to have worked for its kids!

    Suze said...

    Jenn, brag away, you both must be so proud raising such talented kids.

    I would have taken pictures of all the awards too. I'm so pleased for you all. :)

    Manny said...

    WOW! She really has something going for her.

    and to think I got all puffed up when my pics posted. sigh..

    I am proud for you.

    sassinak said...

    oh darlin' lovely.

    simply lovely.

    really i don't have anything but that. congrats!

    Michele in Michigan said...

    Congrats, Mama!! I tried to post this yesterday but Blogger was being stoopit

    crabcake said...

    She is so adorable. This little girl playing such a large instrument. My word!

    You should be proud. So you just sit back and enjoy it.

    PS. I had trouble posting yesterday too. I finally gave up.

    Starved said...

    awwww!!!!! congrats honey!

    Anonymous said...

    you have so much to be proud of your children Jenn and you are ONE great MOM!!

    cadbury_vw said...

    well done

    to have a daughter with talent and ability and to have nurtured that spirit

    well, good on you!

    and good on your daughter for her own work and ability

    ell said...

    congrats, proud mama!!

    Big Pissy said...

    You have so much to be proud of~I'm glad you shared it with us! :)

    Congrats to you both!

    p.s. she's a beauty~just like her mom!

    Chrissie said...

    AWESOME!! Really tell her congrats from me!

    and you too! From someone who KNOWS! you done good kiddo! keep it up!