Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Elora's special day



Elora was chosen as Sparthenian from her 1st grade class.

A few moments before this picture was taken, her little friend Katelyn was crying because she didn't get an award. I saw Elora put her arms around her. I couldn't hear (from where I was sitting) what Elora was saying to Katelyn but I could tell she was consoling her. Elora kept patting her back in such a loving way.
You can tell Katelyn has still not quite recovered from her tears.

Proud Mommy and Elora
I filmed the remarks Elora's teacher made about her, but the audio did not come out very well. So instead, I have printed out her teacher's words. I did this so not only will Elora have record of it later, but her Grandpa Dale and Grandpa Dennis, who were out of town today, can read it:

"Elora was a very easy choice this quarter. She has all O's on her report card. She excelled in every area academically. She mastered the DRA level 16 reading test the first time she took it. She received her reading medal that she's wearing it now, for the first quarter, which is quite an achievement. This is a goal for the end of first grade so we're very proud of her. She's such a good friend and a good helper in class. Always willing to help, anybody, even her teachers, which makes them very proud.

She has such a kind heart. She has a lot of friends. Everybody enjoys being around Elora. She told me that she loves to do centers in class and that her favorite thing is reading. She also said when she grows up she wants to be a magician. So I think that assembly had something to do with that. It will be fun later on to see if she shares some magic tricks.
I am proud to present Miss Elora."

11 comments:

Tom and Karen Mortensen said...

I love this. Way to go Elora. Keep up the good work.

Dennis said...

Very cool. We're very proud of her. Grandpa remembers first grade really well...it was the toughest 3 years of his life.

-Grandpa Dennis

darlene said...

Someone once told me that "intellect without heart is a very dangerous thing". Elora demostrates that not only is she smart acedemically, but that she has a kind heart as well. She is beautifully balanced, and that is quite evident in the story you just told about consoling a friend who didn't "win". Go Elora!

Jill said...

Thank you Darlene. To me, watching her console that little friend of hers meant far more to me than her academic award.

Dad and Susan said...

This is very sweet. Jill, are you putting all these blogs about her on a DVD? I know you're recording history for her or rather doing a "computer scrapbook." But does she have to go to the computer and look up blogs to see her scrapbook? Please enlighten a computer/blog/newbie. Thanks. Susan and Dad

Jill said...

Susan, I'm going to have a book made from my blog at blurb.com. so my grandchildren will have this history. I don't know about the videos though. Lisa suggested I make a little cd of those to put in a pocket inside the book. If there is anyway I can do that, I will.

Brock said...

Thanks for leaving such a special post about our sweetheart! We are so proud of her. I loved this award because it wasn't just about academics, it was about the whole person.
Erin

Rebecca said...

How fun! I am not surprised that Elora won this award, she is such a cute girl. I do have one question. I have not heard the name Elora before. Do you say it E-lora or El-ora?

Jill said...

It's pronounced A-lora...the A is short.

Lisa said...

What a "neat" girl Elora is! Really! She's remarkably perceptive to recognize another's sadness. Most would ignore or pretend it wasn't happening. Loved that you wrote it out! You're a good Grandma. Honey.

Kris said...

Way to go, Elora!!! Her smile is so sweet, too.