Friday, June 28, 2013

Go long! Go deep! Get open!


Yesterday was the last day of school.  We were pleased to  be invited to attend Rideau Public School's final assembly of the year and see Jonathan's Educational Assistant, "Mr. O," receive an Outstanding Service award from the school board.  When he went up to accept the award he said that, like the Grinch, his heart had just grown three sizes!

His award was not just for his work with Jonathan, of course -- he's had a long career working at several different schools -- but that's the aspect that means the most to our family.  Mr. O's patience and dedication have been a huge part of Jonathan's success at school.  (And no, Mr. O's not retiring.  Whew!)

And then there's "Mr. Yan," another EA who was new to Rideau this year and has become one of Jonathan's best buddies at school.  Unfortunately for Mr. Yan, it was usually on his watch that Jonathan would start acting silly and running into the girls' bathroom (which led to consistent consequences such as no yellow-blue-red) -- but they still had some great times having lunch together and doing exercise.  Mr. Yan introduced Jonathan to such sports phrases as "Go long!"  "Go deep!" and "Get open!"

Thank you  to Mr. O, Mr. Yan, 
and all the other great staff at Rideau.  
See you in September!


  1. Wonderful pics and a wonderful story to end the school year with, Jeannie. And your family looks so handsome in that top photo!


    1. Well, thanks -- we were kinda "wilting" after spending over an hour in a warm gym with a few hundred kids. :-) But it was worth it.


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