Monday, June 18, 2018

She Got Squishies At Her Fifth Grade Graduation

Elementary school is over for good.


My daughter graduated fifth grade about two weeks ago. Did I cry? Yeah.


I loved that there was a ceremony. My son didn't get one when he finished fifth grade. He just came home from school like normal and was all, "I'm done."




But Natalie's school had a ceremony, and the school recommended showing up early. They weren't kidding. The ceremony started at 9. I got there at 815 and there was already a long line.






Luckily I had a book, so I just sat down at my place in line and read. When it started to move, I lucked out with a front spot because it was only me (my husband had to work). I got the one vacant seat in the row.





Before the graduation, they had slide shows of all the kids.




And then the ceremony began with the kids walking out with partners.




I teared up, because they had the graduation music in the background.

The principal and vice principal spoke, and names were called out for As, A&Bs, and the citizenship award. Then each kid was called up to get their graduation certificate.




I teared up again.




There was closing remarks, and then it was over. Kids were able to go home with their parents. There was cake and time to say goodbye to friends and teachers.


Oh, and I'm proud to say that I brought a proper gift this time.





Remember in the past when I'd forget? At Natalie's violin recital I gave her an old Tic Tac. After her school play I gave her a coupon for a free taco.


This time I got her a bag of squishies:






I mean, yes, I could have done flowers or balloons. But those are only good to a point. My daughter loves squishies so I figured, hey, graduation gift!


She was pleased.





She also said goodbye to friends. Many of them are going to the same middle school, so she'll see them again, but some are moving or headed to a charter school.



She also said goodbye to her teachers:







It took us a bit to finally get out because she had to say goodbye to so many people.





And then of course it was hard, because we'd never be to that school again. I wrote about how it's tough saying goodbye to elementary school.


So that was the fifth grade graduation!


Did you or your child have one? I didn't! You just finished elementary school and moved quietly onto middle school.


44 comments:

  1. She looks so pretty. Man she is growing up fast. I remember my 6th grade graduation so fun. She will remember the gifts and the day mom.

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  2. I don't think we had an elementary school graduation. Maybe just an assembly! Congrats to Natalie!

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  3. Reading this post made me further realize how awful my school was, we had no graduation, no event, no fun, literally nothing. Anyways, congratulations hope they have a great future ahead.

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  4. How exciting for Natalie and you as parents. New chapter begins.

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  5. I love her dress, she really looked like an accomplished graduate I have to get some squishies for my neices and it always seems like they have a birthday or event.

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  6. She looks absolutely adorable in her outfit. From the looks of it she's enjoying her a bag of squishies.

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  7. My son just graduated 5th grade and did not have this big ceremony. They just did one with the school but no parents

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  8. I keep telling my kiddo he needs to stop growing up so fast! She looks absolutely adorable! I am so not ready for my kiddo to graduate. I will be a huge mess as he walks down the aisle. It looks like she is enjoying that bag of fun squishies!

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  9. Our schools here don't do anything like that, but next year when my youngest is in 5th grade, they do a luncheon with the parents a few weeks before school lets out for the summer - so I am looking forward to that.

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  10. I didn't have a 5th grade graduation and neither did any of my kids or grandkids. I don't think it's a thing here. Congrats to your daughter. I LOVE her dress!

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  11. She looks beautiful! Congrats to her and I love all the squishies they look super adorable and awesome, I would of loved them at my age of 23!

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  12. She is growing up so fast, such a beautiful young gal :) congratulations to her :) Squishes looks so adorable :)

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  13. My daughter's school had a fifth grade graduation. It was such a bittersweet time for me!

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  14. This is so funny. I also got my seven year old squishies as a gift ( for her birthday though), and she just loves them. Congrats to your daughter!

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  15. Congratulations! She looked gorgeous for graduation day. I was going to say adorable, but she's heading to middle school now. I love her gifts as well. Such a great idea.

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  16. Congrats to your little one and yay! Squishies! They are such a trend right now and who can blame the little ones?! They are absolutely adorable.

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  17. I would have teared up too if it's one of my kids. In private school, at least in my children's school, they don't do graduation until 8th grade.

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  18. I love that they had a slide show for the kids! So awesome!

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  19. So cute how the kids walked out with partners. They sure clean up well don't they.

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  20. How fun, my daughter loves squishies! My daughters school didnt do anything like this for her and she just finished 5th grade. What a fun time.

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  21. I don't recall having a 5th grade graduation when I was younger! I think this is a lovely way to recognize the children's efforts the whole year! I really like her dress! What a lovely celebration! The squishies are adorable!

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  22. Such a sweet post. It's never easy seeing your kids grow up. I get emotional just seeing my younger siblings grow up, so i can only imagine once i have kids of mine own.

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  23. Aww! How sweet, my daughter also graduated 5th grade. I didn't have a 5th grade graduation or a an 8th grade one -- only at 12th grade graduation!

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  24. Congrats on her graduation! I wish we had one for my oldest when she finished elementary school.

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  25. She looks absolutely adorable. This is so funny.I love her dress very much.

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  26. aww. Congrats to your daughter! I'll tear up too when my daughter starts school. She's beautiful!

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  27. Omg this is way to sweet! I would definitely tear up knowing my baby was done with elementary school too. She looks so cute and congrats to her!

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  28. She looks so beautiful! I love squishies!

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  29. What a fun ceremony! We had something like this in 6th grade. I also love her gift!!

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  30. That look of pride on that young face is special. It looks like a great day for the kids.

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  31. Awww I would cry as well. She looked so beautiful :) You can be so proude

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  32. What a lovely graduation from elementary school! You certainly got her a lovely gift and you seem very proud of her - I would be too.

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  33. Squishies aren't cheap! Nice going there, although tacos are great too.
    I don't think we had a 5th grade graduation. I only remember the 8th grade one, but Des had a little kindergarten one today!

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  34. Summer Mitch RyanJune 20, 2018 at 8:33 PM

    Congratulations dear! You did well and look what you got. Congratulations Mommy for raising a great daughter.

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  35. Congratulations to your daughter! My son graduates PreK tomorrow and I am gutted by how fast the time goes.

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  36. Yay!! I can't believe she starts middle school soon! I would have definitely teared up!!

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  37. Oh wow, congratulations to your little girl Natalie! This is indeed such a great milestone for you and of course for her. Good luck on middle school!

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  38. Aw what a lovely ceremony! It's good to celebrate achievements like this, and squishies are always an awesome gift!

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  39. i love seeing milestones like this. Youre little girl is growing up so pretty and always smiling. Lovely ceremony!

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  40. It happens so quickly! Wishing her the best of luck on her educational journey!

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  41. Congrats to your daughter! I love the bag of squishes they were cute but good luck to her in the upcoming school year for middle school.

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  42. The squishes look so adorable and your daughter is so beautiful. Lovely pictures honestly. Congratulations :)

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  43. Ohh I wish I had that too when I was back in Middle School! She's so lucky! One day she'll look back to these happy memories! Also I think it's a way to boost the confidence of the kids this way.. It's like they hit a milestone!

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  44. Oh, we don't have anything like that here. But I bet you are so proud, they grow up so quickly x

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