Bambi Ross is a local Manor Park resident and former principal at Manor Park Public School. Bambi's Blog features free online activities and resources that are fun for people of all ages!
If elementary and secondary schools were open this week across the city there would be graduation ceremonies happening so I thought today should be Grad day! Today's offerings are for everyone, young and old, who have achieved something during this Pandemic.
If this June marks your official transition from kindergarten, Grade 6, Grade 8 , Grade 12, college, or university I want to congratulate you on your achievement! Way to go! You did it! This certainly won't be a graduation you forget!!
For all of us who are graduating from our Stay at home orders and venturing back out into the world - Congratulations as well! As you reflect back over the last few months, maybe you don't think you achieved anything but you did! You survived transitioning to working from home, becoming your child's teacher. Perhaps you learned a new skill, rediscovered an old hobby, started a garden, volunteered in a new way, or rediscovered the beauty of your community during daily walks. Maybe you finally had time to finish that book you have wanted to read or cleaned out that closet or completed your "Honey Do" list. Maybe you simply enjoyed spending uninterrupted time with your family or reconnecting virtually with old friends and family near and far.
Throughout my life as a student and then as an educator, June has always been the time I have reflected on the past year and planned for the year to come. So this June, as we move through the phases of reopening the city, my hope for everyone is that we take some time to reflect on the last few months and how we want this to impact us we move forward.
So today we celebrate all of us! Congratulations everyone!
This is my Graduation Playlist that I have created over many years of planning Leaving Ceremonies.
"The Climb" Miley Cyrus
"Forever Young" Jay Z
SImple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me"
"Unwritten" Natasha Bedingfield
"See You Again" Wiz Khalifa
"Graduation (Friends Forever) Vitamin C
Maroon 5 "Memories" One Voice Children's Choir https://youtu.be/XB6yjGVuzVo "Good Riddance(Time of Your Life)" Green Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSz16ngdsG0 Sarah McLachlan "I Will Remember You" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSz16ngdsG0 Pink "A Million Dreams" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSBzMU1QyO8&list=PLplXQ2cg9B_oqlMpqWO6NzxeHn0sr63aT Rascal Flatts " My Wish For You" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGB7IWklW3s Lee Ann Womack "I Hope You Dance" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV-Z1YwaOiw My two favourite Dr Seuss books.... "Oh,The Places You'll Go" Dr Seuss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-hW8KOdqnQ "Hooray for Diffendoofer Day" Dr. Seuss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzsdQaB34bU Grad always needs a few speeches so here are some of the best grad speeches of 2020. https://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2020/05/16/the-best-commencement-speeches-of-2020/#32fab13873f0 https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a32521467/virtual-commencement-speeches-class-of-2020/