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2017 Kindergarten Graduation Speech

Parents, family, and friends, welcome to the 2017 Oakhill Day School Kindergarten Graduation. This is such a special event for Oakhill and such a memorable celebration for all of you! Kindergarten is a true milestone year. It is a time for your children to remember with pride and joy and it is a time for you to treasure forever as parents.

I know we expect so much from our Kindergarten students today. I remember when I was in Kindergarten – it was many years ago! I only went to school half a day and I still needed a nap mat… 3 hours must have been too much for me! I remember lots of cutting, gluing, and coloring… the staples of the kindergarten year… but I know I learned so much more that year!

After today’s ceremony, each student will receive a scroll entitled “All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten” it is filled with many words of wisdom. Here are a few that stood out to me:

  • play fair
  • share everything
  • clean up your own mess
  • say sorry when you hurt somebody
  • wash your hands before you eat
  • always flush
  • put things back where you found them
  • hold hands and stick together

We are so very proud of our Kindergarten classes and we thank you for being here today to help celebrate their successes during this wonderful year. Parents, grandparents, family, and friends, I would like to present to you the Kindergarten class of 2017!

Through her speech, Mrs. McCanles prepares Oakhill's Kindergarten Graduates for life as a "grader." It is great to hear what each student aspires to do as adults... some want to be firemen, scientists, or teachers. We will have to wait for this group to become Oakhill alumni to see if the have fulfilled their Kindergarten dreams for the future.

Photo Credit: Walker Whimsical Images

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

by Robert Fulghum

Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sand pile at Sunday school.

These are the things I learned:
Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life -
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.

Posted by M. McDaniel in Message from the Head on Monday June, 12, 2017


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