Oh today I'm a weepy mess. Tonight is Tess's "Moving On Ceremony" which is a little event for the 19 third graders leaving her school this year. She, along with all her third grade friends, will give a little speech (see Tess's speech below) and sing a little song and say goodbye to their friends and teachers and their happy little sheltered lives in this school with stained glass windows in an idyllic park setting and move on to schools with lockers and cafeterias and where there are kids going through puberty.
Good evening. My name is Tess. I came to Lindsley Park Community School when I was four years old. Now I am nine years old. When I was in primary, my teachers – Mrs. Maria and Mrs. Brenda – were very helpful to me when it came to math work. My favorite material in Mrs. Maria’s class was the taster. I liked it because I got to taste a lot of different things and I had to tell which one was bitter, sweet, sour, etc. I felt terrible when I had to leave Mrs. Maria’s class but my sorrows were soon to be cleared up. I was six years old when I met the wonderful teachers Mrs. Brisbon and Ms. Gabby. My first year in their class my friends were Skyla French, Wilary Ramos Lugo, Nitai Naidu, Justin Arellano, Robert Gonzalez, and Oscar Cepeda. My favorite work was the stamp game. I liked it because I got to move some stamps. One of my favorite memories from first grade was a field day we had. It was only Mrs. Brisbon’s class. We walked to a park with our lunches and we played some games. My favorite was the egg toss even though I dropped the egg. When I was in second grade all my classmates were my friends. My teachers were still Mrs. Brisbon and Mrs. Gabby. My favorite work was the grammar boxes because I had to choose which one was the adjective or the pronoun or the preposition, etc. Mrs. Brisbon gave me lots of new lessons and so did Mrs. Gabby. Some field trips I remember were the red court house, the museum of nature and science, the trinity river, and the planetarium. Then something absolutely terrible happened. Mrs. Brisbon told us that she was leaving the school. It sounded terrible. Eventually, I stopped crying but I never got over it. When I moved on to third grade my teachers were Mrs. Toni and Mrs. Gabby. I had all my classmates as my friends. My favorite work was the Racks and Tubes because I could pretend like I was a scientist. My favorite memories from third grade were the holiday parties. I would like to show my appreciation to Mrs. Roberts, Mrs. Gwen, Mrs. Toni, Mrs. Gabby, my parents, my sister, my friends, and Mrs. Brisbon. Thank you very much and once again, good evening.