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MKA’s Primary School Celebrates Third Grade Closing Exercises

MKA’s Third Grade Closing Exercises were held at the Primary School on Friday, June 10 on a beautiful, sunny morning. Co-Director of Primary School Margaret Gonzales welcomed the students, families, Trustees, and Head of School Nigel D. Furlonge. She shared that when the year began, students were “eager to learn and connect, [and] all students shared the profound need for community and belonging. They found it here at Brookside.” To the students she said, “You are outspoken, clever, serious, competitive, and a bit opinionated, yet you charm us with your empathy, sensitivity, and ability to reflect and grow; plus, you are loads of fun!  In many ways, the roads you’ve traveled have made you wise beyond your years.” 

During the ceremony, songs were sung and certificates were awarded. Mr. Furlonge concluded the morning with much appreciation for the Primary School teachers, families, and students themselves. He said, “I’ve seen your love and passion for music, dance, and the arts flourish. I’ve appreciated your art on the walls. Here at Brookside, you learned to problem solve and to be a reading boss. You’ve learned how to write beautifully and with imagination. Finally, I know that you learned how to be kind and caring Cougars.” We wish our newest 4th graders all the best as they move on in their school career!

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