My dear little Jo,

Congratulations on completing 4th grade! I know this particular school year was not easy for you. After three wonderful years at the previous school, you had to enroll in a new school, adjust to a new environment, and try to find new friends.

I am fully aware that the road was not easy. But I am so glad that you are able to maneuver it. Not only you made friends, you also learned different new skills.

You learned to play trumpet properly
You learned to stand up to those who didn't speak truthfully
You learned to reason with me
You learned how to accept changes that are happening in you
...most importantly, you learn to be true to yourself

You came home yesterday with a the Cooperation Award. You told me that that award was for working hard and for helping those around you.

It means a lot to me, and I hope it means a lot to you too. It may be just a printed award, but to me, it speaks volume about who you are as a person.

Although I really don't want to see you growing up, I am happy to see the kind of person you're growing into.

5th grade is going to be a different story. There will be many more things you have to learn and to adjust, and I am sure it will go for both of us. I look forward to sharing this journey together. I'll be there with you, every step of the way.

Jars of stars and oceans of love,

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