Sophie’s class dances on stage

Sophie’s first-grade class at Tioga Hills Elementary School danced on stage during Morning Program this week. Look for her in a purple dress toward the right of your screen!

(This is the first video I shot with my new Nikon; still can’t beat the Flip for ease of use and simple editing.)


Thank you, Mrs. Waterman!

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Sophie and I talked about her teacher and about kindergarten for a little video (see below). Kelly Waterman, Sophie’s teacher at Tioga Hills Elementary, has done a beautiful job with this class. It can’t be easy to spend the entire day with a roomful of spirited, inquisitive 5- and 6-year-olds (I’m exhausted after the car ride home some days!) but this woman does it with amazing poise.

Sophie loves going to school and has made remarkable progress with reading and writing during the course of the year. Her class has taken field trips, learned about computers, planted flowers and sung songs. We’re so grateful that our daughter has had this positive experience at the beginning of elementary school, and we hope it will provide a good foundation for the rest of her education.

Sophie’s progress in kindergarten

Earlier this week, when I asked Sophie about my upcoming conference with her teacher, our conversation went like this:

Sophie's school picture

Sophie's school picture

Rachel: What’s Mrs. Waterman going to tell me about you this week?

Sophie: Wow! Your daughter is doing great!

Rachel: {Laughing}

Sophie: Mommy, you know what I’m thankful for?

Rachel: What?

Sophie: Your laugh.

Rachel: {Stunned silence}

So today I actually had the meeting. And Mrs. Waterman did, in fact, tell me my daughter is doing great. Sophie is doing better with reading and math than most kids her age, has demonstrated remarkable kindness to one boy in the class who has special needs and generally seems to have made the transition to school very nicely.

What more could I ask for? It’s a good day to be a mom!