One Smart Cookie

Dear Emma Grace,

It isn’t the Christmas lights causing that glow you can see surrounding our house this week, it is the beaming that can only come from the very proudest of parents.

You received your very first report card on Friday. When we had talked with your teacher last month at conferences, she had explained that we shouldn’t expect to see all “4s” and “5s” on the first report card. We are supposed to take the entire year into account, and we would see progress throughout the year as you worked against the benchmarks.  Your teacher actually said, “if they had 4s and 5s on the first report card then you’d have to wonder what they were doing in kindergarten, and why they were not already in first grade.”


Um….guess what?

Yeah, you got almost all 5’s on your report card (you did get all 5s on Reading and Listening and Speaking), a 5 = Excels in grade level standards. Plus there were a couple of 5s and a few 4s in Math, a 4=Meets grade level standards. I’m afraid you may have inherited Mommy’s horrific math skills, (sorry ’bout that) but still…girl you are smart! Not that we didn’t already know that, but it is nice to have some validation.

tree hugger

Your teacher also wrote in the comments:

Emma is a happy and cooperative student. She is always eager to participate and perform her leadership responsibilities. Emma demonstrates good listening and organizational skills which allows her to complete her work neatly and accurately. She is a good friend to her classmates and is well liked in return.

trying on an angelic pose

Awww….that’s my girl!

We are so very proud of you, Peanut! I hope your thirst for knowledge continues throughout your life and you never lose that excitement for learning.



8 Responses to “One Smart Cookie”

  1. 1 carey December 15, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    oooooooh, that is SO wonderful!! congratulations on a FANTASTIC first report card!!

  2. 2 ksmcnulty December 16, 2008 at 4:39 am

    Great Job Emma!!! I am proud of you as well. And I understand the validation to what you already know as a parent :o)

  3. 3 Vicky December 16, 2008 at 5:29 am

    How could she not be smart, look at her parents! Plus, she definitely has “wonderful personality” in those genes also!

  4. 4 Christina December 16, 2008 at 5:44 am

    Awww, there’s nothing better than a report like that. WTG Emma and Mom & Dad!

  5. 5 Aunt Vicki December 16, 2008 at 6:20 am

    We are so proud of you, Emma Grace! We have always known you would succeed at whatever you were attempting — but a first report card like that is so wonderful! Way to go! Ahem — don’t look now — but it certainly is a reflection on her parents and the way she is being raised! Let me repeat — way to go!!

  6. 6 PapaStan December 16, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Have to add my “attagirl” even if it is to yesterday’s post.

    GOOD JOB, Emma-zing

    Now, to what Aunt Vicki, and Vicky said about being in the genes, and great parents and all, ya gotta remember who started this whole thing, thank you very much.

    Love you, and the job you’re doing as parents.


  7. 7 Maya December 17, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Wow! Super exceller! That is so awesome!

  8. 8 Kat:) December 19, 2008 at 6:51 am

    Awesome Em:)

    Now, can you please come speak with Sarah. I dread her report card today. I can see it now– talks non-stop, giggles constantly, and can not take anything seriously.

    Anyway, again, well done:) keep it up!!!!

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