Connor, nine and a half months ago, I dropped you off at your first day of Kindergarten. You were so excited for what was ahead. You were excited to see your friends from the year before and you were excited to meet new friends. You were excited to get to know your new teacher and you were excited to learn new things. You were excited about learning reading and math. And, from Day 1, you loved Kindergarten.
You loved your friends and your teacher and your assistant teacher and your "Tigers Group". You loved being able to show me the things you had learned. You loved when it was your turn to be line leader. You loved picnics on the back playground or in the courtyard.
You loved recess fighting the bad guys with your friends. You loved making art to show me. You loved Treasure Box Friday. You loved that you only had your clip moved once all year. You loved helping your teacher.
You loved learning to read with comprehension. You loved showing off your money counting skills. You loved all of the different lessons you studied throughout the year like community helpers and Pilgrims and Indians and Presidents and especially dinosaurs.
You loved preparing for your Kindergarten program. You loved teaching your class about dinosaurs this week. You loved hearing all of the things your friends taught this week.
You loved playing on the playground after school. You loved carpooling with Austin. You loved riding to school with "Uncle Jonathan". You loved going to class with your friends.
You loved learning Bible Verses at school. You loved your daily devotion. You loved chapel. You loved music.
You loved Mrs. Patti. You loved Mrs. DiRenzo. You loved Mrs. East. You loved FBC.
And, I did, too!
Today, you have been sad about leaving Kindergarten. You have been sad about the changes that are coming. And, I have been sad, too. But, I know that First Grade will be great because of the wonderful foundation that was laid for you by FBC. You are smart and creative and imaginative and sensitive and friendly and helpful. You are a wonderful student and you will be a wonderful student at your new school. Any teacher will be so lucky and blessed to have you in their class. And, the friends you will meet will be so blessed to have you in their lives. Your tenderness and loyalty will make you friends wherever you go.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
I love you, Connor. And, I am so proud of you! And, I look forward to seeing all that God has in store for you!