Wednesday, May 10, 2017

5th Grade Promotion and Memory Book

Good Morning 5th Grade Parents,

I apologize for the tardiness in this information as many of you have already been asking and I have yet to send it to everyone. 

We are officially less than a week out from our 5th Grade Promotion! I honestly cannot believe this time of year is already here and I really don't want to think about our 5th grade babies leaving us for middle school. I know that this year has been one full of challenges and unknowns, but I am impressed with the grace in which the majority of the 5th graders handled these stressful situations. This is a great group of 5th grade students and your children will be missed greatly, so please remember to come and visit us with stories of your adventures next year!

Now on to the good stuff, Promotion and Memory Book Details...


- I want to stress first and foremost that this project is intended to be a reflection upon your child's time at Mayo, not a burdensome undertaking which causes stress to you and your child. This is NOT REQUIRED, but it is a great way for you and your child to look back on your time at Mayo and share those times with other Armstrong students and parents.

- The 5th Grade Memory Book is a traditional culmination of a student's time not only during their 5th grade year, but their entire time at Mayo. This can be in the form of a Scrapbook or a Powerpoint/Slideshow (students have been working extensively on Google Slides this year, this could be a great way for them to show off their skills).

- The Memory Book can consist of many things, most often students include pictures from different Mayo activities at school and on field studies, with their friends in and out of school and with their Mayo teachers. You can also include anything else that you think will make your book special or memorable. 

- Memory Books need to be completed and returned to Mrs. Smith by Tuesday, May 16th at noon so that they can be set up for display at the Promotion Reception. Memory Books will be on display in the cafeteria after Promotion for students and parents to look through. We will also provide computers for any slideshows if needed.


- When: Tuesday, May 16th
- Where: Wilson Auditorium
- Time: 6:30PM

- We ask that all 5th graders arrive at Mayo NO LATER THAN 6:15 and meet in Armstrong Large Group Area.

- Promotion is another very special Mayo tradition that both students and teachers look forward to every year. Promotion is a time for 5th grade students to be recognized for their work not on this year, but previous years at Mayo as well. It is a time for students to reflect on their friendships formed with peers and their bonds formed with teachers. 

- There are a couple of things that in my opinion make Mayo's promotion extra special. Every year we like to make future predictions for each 5th grader. This may be done in the form of a story or a guessing game. The other special part of our promotion is the gift bag that each 5th grader will receive, it is filled with 4-5 gifts that represent different lifeskills that students may find themselves relying on during their middle and high school years.

- We will also have a guest speaker joining us to address the students. This is oftentimes a teacher or staff member that the 5th graders choose. This year they voted between many beloved Mayo teachers, past and present. The votes were tallied and Mrs. Corinne Moore (previous Mayo Armstrong and Goodall teacher) will be the guest speaker at this year's Promotion. The students are super excited :)


- We ask that 5th graders dress nicely for promotion, however; it is not a formal dress-up event. What I mean by this is that in the past we have had 5th graders go all out on their dresses and this is not necessary. Students may wear nice slacks, skirt, or a dress and these must follow TPS dress code.

--> Dresses/Skirts must be not shorter than fingertip length.
--> No spaghetti straps for tube tops.
--> No jeans or sweat pants/sweat shirts Heels are not recommended as 
--> students will be walking in the length of the auditorium and walking the stage to receive their promotion flowers.


Last, but certainly not least, the 4th Grade Parents will be hosting a reception in the Mayo Cafeteria immediately following the promotion. There will be cake and refreshments and this is a time for students and families to look through each other's memory books.

Please e-mail me if there is anything that you are unclear on or if you have any questions or concerns. I want to thank you all for trusting us with your children and letting us be such a large part of their lives.


Elyse Smith

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