For the first graders, the rose represents the promise of the beautiful and complex human beings that they are becoming. For the older children, the rose represents the bold, strong, and lovely young people they have become.
This week our third and fourth grade teachers discussed the rose ceremony with their classes. They impressed on our students not just the motions of the ceremony but their own responsibility to help and guide their younger schoolmates during their time with us. Just as the 4th grade safety patrol belts are a symbol of responsibility and maturity, the rose ceremony symbolizes this transition to maturity.
We hope our first grade families enjoyed our first rose ceremony.