Sunday, July 19, 2009

Ben's Graduation

Ben just graduated from his 3rd year in Primary from Montessori...Silver Door. In the Montessori system, the kids are placed in one class for 3 years, so same teachers, same kids but of course they cycle through w/new kids coming in and the older kids (the "graduates") moving out and up to the "Lower Elementary". It has been the most amazing 3 years to start our Ben in school. To make a long story short, we were ever so lucky to have Todd's step mom, Denise, as Ben's teacher (his grandma!). And the coolest part is that Denise taught Todd when Todd was 4 years old in Montessori back in Brooklyn, NY. This is where the story can get long, so I will end it there!

The black board from Ben's loving teachers, Denise and Carla...



For Denise's gift, we took a picture of Ben and Denise that copied a picture of Todd and Denise 31 years ago, then we had it framed side by side...it really was beautiful. This is Ben giving Denise his present starting w/ the card he handmade her...




Denise looking at her new treasure...





A sweet picture of the teacher, mother, and grandma w/ her boys...we love you Denise!


Malesky Family w/ Denise and Carla...


Ben and his "bros"... (Jack & Bayan)


Ben sitting in his "spot" on the rug for the last time ...



Ben accepting his certificate on stage...

In line waiting for his certificate...

Ben w/ his amazing teachers for 3 years...Carla and Denise...


Auntie Susie there to cheer Ben on...

Ben and Dad...

Mommy, Ben and Dad...


Congratulations Ben...we are so proud of you!











2 comments:

Kate said...

the picture of todd/denise and ben/denise made me tear up....simply beautiful Ann!

Jerald said...

Well, Mister Ben is "El Guapo" with his white shirt and tie! And Denise---well, she never ages! What is her secret? She looks radiantly beautiful.

Mom