Off to a GREAT Year!

Jared and I went to Alayna and Eli’s Parent Teacher Conferences this week. Alayna is in Kindergarten this year and she absolutely LOVES it. She is our social butterfly and the thought of missing a day (even if deathly sick) sends her to tears!

Mrs. Ence her teacher had nothing but wonderful things to say. She told us that she is one of the stronger and outgoing personalities in the class and she has made a friend with one of the more challenging girls in the class. Alayna has taken her under her wing and does everything she can to help this other student to stay on task. Mrs. Ence said most of the other students tend to stay away from this child but Alayna has made it her personal responsibility to take care of her. My heart melted when I heard this. What an example of unconditional love. She probably doesn’t even realize what her friendship means to this girl. Her compassion and patience is an example to me!

Alayna’s Math Example: They were asked to draw set numbers of things such as; draw 4 of something, 2 of something, 1 of something. I wondered why they were sad…Alayna said the little girl is getting scratched by the kitty and her friend with the blue hair is sad for her too. LOL! 😛
Alayna is not only doing well socially she’s a rock star academically. She’s one of the top students in her class and he’s already trying to write sentences and reading small books!
Alayna’s Writing Sample: Alayna is one of the few in the class starting to write sentences. It says, “I want a makeup set.”…. Well what little girl doesn’t!?! 🙂
Her teacher said she is joy to have in the class. 🙂 We couldn’t be more proud of her! 
We went to Eli’s Conference next. He has Ms. Davis. She is AMAZING!!! She’s very good friends with the boy’s 1st grade teacher Mrs. Smith, who is the Gold Standard of teachers. Ms. Davis is definitely giving her a run for her money though. We are so incredibly thrilled with her. Eli’s had some stinker teachers and it has been a wonderful blessing to him to be in her class this year. 
Ms. Davis couldn’t stop talking about how much she loved having Eli in her class and what a great kid he is. She said he’s a lot of fun because you can give him a hard time and he “gets it”. 🙂 (Must be from the years of training from his sarcastic!) 

She told us that he’s one of the two top students in her class and that he brings a lot of laughter and joy to the classroom. It seems he’s a bit of a class clown but he knows where to draw the line. 😛 One of the favorite jokes he likes to play is when Ms. Davis lets the girl line in first and he and his buddy like to slide in trying to go unnoticed as one of the girls. When they get caught Ms. Davis says, “Christine and Elizabeth is that where you are supposed to be?” LOL! She said if they are going to pretend to be girls she’s going to call them by girl names. Jared and I thought it was hysterical!

Eli has really come out of his shell this year. Last year was a tough year for him with some bullying from a close friend and it affected him in a lot of ways. This year he’s a new “man” and it’s so awesome to see him grow into an outgoing, confident, self assured person. He is also becoming quite a performer. He’s been chosen for a small group solo in the 4th grade program and in chorus! He also applied for the school’s Peach Helper Program and was chosen for that as well! 🙂 He and a friend apparently went to Mrs. Smith’s class one afternoon and asked her if they could sing “The Counties of Arizona” to her class. Being the awesome teacher she is she said of course! She later wrote me and told me about how cute it was!! I was blown away when she told me. Hahaha! He’s quite a little show off. 😛

Eli is in his 2nd year of A.L.P. (Accelerated Learning Program), but this is his 1st year of the “pull-out program” where he leaves his regular classroom and goes to A.L.P. for Math and Language. Both Ms. Davis and his A.L.P. teacher Mrs. Warfield gushed about his writing abilities  They said he’s so advanced for his grade level that it must be a God given talent. His use of similes in one writing sample she showed us she said is something 4th graders aren’t typically capable of! Mrs. Warfield also said he LOVES math and he’s very good at it. They both said he’s a wonderful student and pleasure to have in their classrooms! 🙂 What parent doesn’t love to hear such accolades about their child!?! 🙂

Eli’s Writing Sample: He had to write about his Hero. 😀

My kids are pretty good at melting my heart. I couldn’t believe he chose me as his Hero! 🙂 It sorta made my day!! It also cracked me up when he said, “She is usually nice to all her kids.” Hahahaha!!! He is a blessing and joy to our family and I’m so thankful that his teachers feel that way too. 
So to sum it up, Alayna and Eli’s teachers love them to pieces and they are super smarty pants!! 🙂 What more could a Mamma ask for!?? 😀

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