Today is my little girl’s last day of PreK. Here she is walking in to school this morning...the last time she'll do that as a preschooler.
And even though her teacher has an end-of-school celebration planned for her class, it just seems like there should be some kind of ceremony…a graduation of sorts. After all, this is the last year she’ll go to school three days a week. Next year, she starts Kindergarten. From here on, it’s “real.”
So, I’d like to take a moment to address my little graduate. She’s come so far. All of them have. And like all graduates – big and small – they have so far to go, too. Cue music.
Graduates of the PreK Class of 201, congratulations! Today marks the end of your preschool years. The next time you go to school, you will be Kindergarteners. You will go to school every day. You’ll be learning to read and write and do math. You’ll sing new songs and play new games. And you’ll be learning about things you can’t even begin to imagine. This is just the beginning of some of the most exciting days of your lives.
You’ll meet so many new people and make so many new friends. But promise me you’ll always remember the friends you made in PreK. And always remember the important lessons you learned in this class: Be a good listener. Be a good leader. Be polite. Treat your friends like you want them to treat you. And always have a heart of gold.
You’ve heard of Winnie the Pooh. Once upon a time, Christopher Robin told Pooh something very important that I’m going to tell you today. So listen closely boys and girls because I want you to remember this next year when you’re in Kindergarten: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”
If you can remember those three things, you’re gonna do great in Kindergarten.
Congratulations, PreK Class of 2011!