Farewell to Elementary
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Now We Say Farewell To Elementary School

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It’s a bittersweet day today. This is the twins’ last day of 5th grade. I’m not one to get too emotional about these kinds of things. But this one hit me a little harder than I expected. I’m not sad that they are growing up, but more about what they are leaving behind. We love this little school. I’ve known these teachers for many years. My oldest went here too. We loved this school so much that when we bought our house when they were in Pre-K we kept them there even though we were out of the district. I am looking forward to the next chapter of their lives as we navigate middle school. They are excited about moving up.

Hold on to the tiny moments and cherish the little snuggles. They grow up so fast.

First day of Kindergarten
(Michael on the left & Paul on the right)
5th grade
Last day of Fifth Grade
(Michael on the left & Paul on the right)

Michael’s Journey

The teachers here are amazing. Michael actually had the same kindergarten and 1st-grade teacher as our oldest son did. His kindergarten teacher really helped us navigate going through the system to get his speech impediment approved so he could get services through the school. Her daughter ended up being his speech teacher during his 4th and 5th-grade years. His 2nd-grade teacher was a friend of mine, and he was friends with her sons. She saw potential in him and he got tested and made it into ALPHA, which is the advanced class. 3rd grade was a little rough for him. It wasn’t anything the teacher did. Bless her heart she had to have all the ALPHA kids which were 5 boys who were all a little wild and friends. That’s also the year we finished at home thanks to Covid. They got to go back to school at the start of their 4th-grade year. That year they had three teachers that switched out. One of them was their Pre-K teacher. She was excited to see how they had grown. I think 5th grade was their best year.

Paul’s Journey

I kept the boys separate so that they could be independent. Paul’s kindergarten was such a sweet lady. 1st grade was so good for Paul. He has ADHD and that teacher got him. She would help keep him busy if he was having a hard day versus punishing him. She had him tested for ALPHA and he got in. The best part she ended up moving up to 2nd grade with that entire class. I tried to talk her into just following them all the way up to 5th grade, but she wouldn’t do it. Paul was really mad that Michael got into ALPHA this year. He liked having something he didn’t have to share with his brother. As I said earlier 3rd grade is the grade that they had to be in the same class. It actually went quite well. They have their own set of friends, and it worked out just fine. 4th and 5th grade was pretty uneventful for him.

Keepin’ it real,

Magan Outlaw

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