There were no caps, gowns, or tassels at Friday’s kindergarten graduation, but there was plenty of love for little ones making the Lower School transition.
“If you are in kindergarten, God takes care of you, and next year when you go to Lower School, God will be there, too,” Chaplain Jeff Reichmann reassured students dressed in their Sunday best. “So you don’t have to worry. No matter where you are, God will take care of you.”
Greg Kaiser, principal of the Alan A. Lewis Pre-School, quoted Dr. Seuss in talking about what it might be like to make the change from one end of campus to the other. “Some days are yellow, Some days are blue, On different days, I’m different, too,” he read from My Many Colored Days.
“We’re talking about change this morning,” Kaiser explained. “You are becoming part of our Lower School—and change can be scary.
“But just like Father Reichmann talked about, some things never change. And one of those things is God’s love for you.”
After Kaiser’s remarks, classes gathered at the altar rail, and, one-by-one, students were congratulated by their teachers for completing kindergarten. Lower School Principal Terri Potter then welcomed the 71 students to pre-first and first grades, and accepted a scroll from Kaiser bearing all the students’ names.
Students ended their last Pre-School chapel service by sweetly singing Day by Day:
Day by day
Day by day
Oh Dear Lord
Three things I pray:
To see thee more clearly,
Love thee more dearly,
Follow thee more nearly…
Day by day.