Today was the fourth grade awards assembly. Parents don't know what award(s) their child is receiving, just notification to be at the ceremony. Elena is our "test model" and plans didn't work out for any more kids, and I had no clue what awards were given out since I never attended the ceremony before. Mike and I just showed up. Elena has always made good grades, but she's pretty well rounded too. When it's time to play, she plays hard, but when it's time to work, she works hard. She puts pressure on herself too. I never need to remind her about homework, tests, anything. Sometimes I worry about the pressure she puts on herself, but years ago, talking to her pediatrician, I mentioned it and he told me "it's genetic and you can't change who she is". I roll with it, trying to make sure she has her fun too, but I swear she has the soul of a 90 year old woman.
She received a good conduct award, National Fitness award and the President's Award for Academic Excellence in both Language Arts and Mathematics. I didn't realize what a big deal the award was until her teacher explained to us the criteria that has to be met. I couldn't be prouder. I didn't cry (where did the time go), but I almost did, but Elena whispered for me not to embarrass her, so, I held it in. She's not only smart, she nice, polite, kind, has a great sense of humor and I can't imagine having a greater kid (please remind me of this when she's 13). Monday school is out for the summer and I am so looking forward to hanging out with her.
Middle School, here she comes! (And yes, she was rewarded-Nintendo DSi XL) and yes, she had it set up and was online in no time without any manual, as I trudged through it, she had it up and running).