Pre-K Graduation Reverse Parade Celebration!

Fri, Jun 12th 2020 03:00 pm
Saranne Pace, Renee Dikeman, Savannah Ochterski (left to right) Photo from St. John the Baptist School
Saranne Pace, Renee Dikeman, Savannah Ochterski (left to right) Photo from St. John the Baptist School

Pre-K graduation was celebrated in a leveling up event at St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore.  Pre-K 3-&4-year-olds and their families participated in a reverse parade to commemorate the end of the school year and the 4-year-old's graduating to Kindergarten!    

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in the March closure of schools and subsequent distance learning, students returned to St. John's campus to celebrate their graduation from Pre-K with faculty and staff.  Families remained in their cars as they're greeted by cheering teachers/staff at the celebration balloon arch and received their 'diploma,' a memory book, and a class gift.  They'll also had the opportunity to take a photo with their teachers.  A well-developed traffic plan and thoughtful precautions ensured the safety for all.

"We wanted to end the year on a positive note and acknowledge the hard work they're been doing to be ready for Kindergarten next year," explains Pre-K teacher Danielle Plank.  "Our Pre-K team has worked diligently to deliver creative, engaging 'at-home lessons and activities' to develop the fundamental skills necessary for success in Kindergarten."  

"It's an opportunity for everyone to see each other and celebrate their accomplishments" adds Pre-K co-teacher Renee Dikeman.  "Our gifts—sand buckets and pool noodles—are fun, symbolic reminders of what we've instilled year-long:  learning should include 'buckets full of fun' and to always 'use your noodle' in life!"   

"The morning was magical," says Pre-K parent Mary Kate Conrad.  "Once again, our SJS teachers and principal reinvented the wheel with a welcoming celebration full of cheers, applause, and smiles! Although the hugs were missed, Molly received end-of-the-year gifts, as well as her work from the school year, which I will treasure.  At the end of the parade, we went and took a picture at the front doors of the school, some last-day-of-school traditions will never change (despite the pandemic).  I am so grateful for St. John's School!"  

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