Last week, we had our last assembly of the school year. I always get kind of a happy/sad feeling at the end of the term. Happy because summer vacation's coming, and I'll get to go to camp and the pool and far out things like that. And sad because it's weird when you spend every day going to school, following a routine, seeing your teachers, and then you just don't anymore. Some of my friends think I'm weird for liking school, but I've got the world's greatest teacher, I get to see all my friends every day, I love getting commendation cards, and I even got a better grade on my Math test last Friday. And best of all, I'm in Baton Club! Speaking of Baton Club, we always have our performance for the last assembly. I don't even get nervous anymore. But I knew Susan and Raychel were a little shook. It was also the 4th grade's turn for Color Guard again, and this time Danny was leading. His mom was so proud of him. She came to assembly (along with the other mothers of us kids in Baton and Color Guard), and even made Danny wear a tie! Man, did he ever hate that! She kept snapping photos, and embarrassing the heck outta him, saying he looked like such a "little man"! Poor Danny! Sometimes parents just don't get that us kids don't like them gushing over us in public like that. (I heard Danny tell Jason that he packed some "normal" clothes in his book bag to change into after assembly). Anyway, both the Color Guard and the Baton Club were backstage, and Mrs. Taylor warned us to be quiet while she was making the announcements. I peeked through the curtains, and saw everyone waiting for the assembly to start..
Mrs. Taylor went out onstage and gave a speech how she was very proud of all the kids for having such a great school year, and how wonderful it was to have parents to enjoy volunteering for field trips, school dances and fund raising. She was also very proud of all the kids in her Music class, Art class, and Baton Club, and that she was going to miss us all during the summer.
Then she announced it was time for the Color Guard to come onstage, and she went and sat at the piano, and played their theme song. There was Danny and April from Mrs. Johnson's class, and Sunny and Kim from Miss LaSalle's class. Danny led the girls onto the stage.
He led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance and "America The Beautiful".
Then each kid in the Color Guard saluted the flag as they left the stage.
Even though Danny was happy to be chosen to lead the Color Guard, I knew he was glad when it was over. I remember how many bats were flying around in my stomach when Miss LaSalle chose me to lead.
Anyway, after we sang "America The Beautiful", Mrs. Taylor introduced The Baton Club! We were performing to "Jive Talkin'" by the Bee Gees, and "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind and Fire.
Susan almost tripped going out onstage, but she got her act together and was outta site!
I think we were pretty groovy, if I do say so myself. My mom brought her new Super 8 movie camera and filmed the whole perfirmance. Far out! I think I'll ask my mom if I could invite Susan and Raychel over for dinner next week, so we can watch the movie of us doing our baton routine. I'll bet they'd really like that!
Until next time, future readers,