I hope to read this note to you tomorrow, but I hope you are able to read this note many years from now on your own. I am so very proud of you.
You started first grade in August. I’ll have to admit, I was apprehensive for you to start first grade. Maybe even more nervous than when you started kindergarten! I loved your kindergarten teacher, Mrs. S. She was kind, communicative, and would give you extra assignments or more challenging books based on that smart brain of yours – she went above and beyond and I’m thankful she was your first elementary teacher.
I didn’t think another teacher could live up to such a high standard set by Mrs. S. But you started 1st grade anyway. Other than a happy note home, we hadn’t really heard anything from your teacher, Mrs. C. Papa said, “No news is probably good news”. I agreed but was still curious to hear how things were going from your teacher’s perspective.
Last night we had our first parent/teacher conference of the school year. Your music teacher saw us walk into the building. She greeted us warmly and walked us to your classroom. Once in the classroom she proceeded to tell us how creative you are and a joy to have in class. She took delight in telling us about the songs you have thought out and put together on your own with full verses and choruses and the way you enjoy dancing. The word diva may have come up, and a comment that theatre might just be for you. I was not anticipating that feedback, and here is a note to self to research musical/theatrical outlets for you!
We then met with Mrs. C. She went over all the subjects you are currently studying: math (sequencing objects, number line, counting by 5’s, counting by 2’s, and tallying), social studies (following rules), language arts (creative writing, spelling, and reading). Nor, you are aceing all of these!
Mrs. C informed us you’re in one of the highest reading groups, you’ve hit the sight words for this quarter (if we want to do things at home, she encouraged us to move on to the next set), you understand and excel at math, and it’s clear you enjoy writing as noted by the stories that fill both the front AND back of your worksheets.
Papa almost cried happy tears reading your fishing story.
I’m so proud Norah – proud you enjoy learning, proud you are learning the knowledge and skills that will be with you the rest of your life, proud that this is the first step in your education…Oh, the places I know you will go! While all of this makes me proud, there is something else, if you can imagine it, that makes me even more proud. And no, I’m not done using the word proud.
Papa has a question he likes to ask your teachers – “What role or part does Norah hold in the classroom or among her peers?”
Mrs. C was quick to respond. She called you a leader; someone who is inclusive and makes sure no one is left out. She also called you a peacemaker. Nor! Do you know how amazing that is? In a world often full of hate you are choosing love and inclusion. Now THAT, that makes me more proud than any A or 100% percent on an assignment ever could!
I love you, Nor. I’m not always the best mom. I can be quick to anger when stressed or tired, and I often demand a lot from you. But I hope that never makes you doubt how blessed I feel to be in this life with you as your mama. You are a joy and are making this world better even at the age of six! I can’t wait to see all the other beautiful changes you will bring to this world as you grow.
P.S. In other news, your Papa yanked out your top right tooth tonight making the total count — three missing teeth! You’ve lost all three in the last month! You’re ready for UNO Hockey season! GO MAVS!