An end and a beginning

Audrey Ray contemplates the new school year, and officially becoming a fourth-grader.

Did you do all the things you wanted to do this summer? I did most of the things I wanted to do but not all of them. I hope to still do them before school starts, but if I don’t I could do them this fall.

As I reflect over my summer, the biggest change for me was my dog, BuggZ, dying and then getting a new puppy. Hagrid, our new dog, is an indolent puppy. He doesn’t like to go on walks and we have to work really hard to get him to go. Our neighbors and friends think it’s hilarious that he won’t walk. People say they have never seen a puppy so lazy! I hope Hagrid will become more active as the weather changes.

My parents say that I have grown more independent this summer. I have more privileges than I have had in past summers. I have been allowed to bike farther with friends, take care of siblings while my mom and dad were busy, and have been able to see friends more often. They tell me I get to have these privileges because I’m growing older, and they trust me.

I am excited that summer is almost over and school is starting next week. Summer has been fun, but I am looking forward to fourth grade. I met my teacher, Miss McMaugh, when I dropped off my supplies and I learned that she likes to read and write just like me.

She has a bulletin board that is dedicated to learning new vocabulary words. It is called "Vivid Vocabulary." I really want to learn new words so I was happy about that. She also had lots of books in one corner of the room which I think I’ll enjoy. She mentioned a book series that I didn’t know about and hope to read it in her classroom. 

After meeting Miss McMaugh, I stopped to say hello to Mrs. Fisher, my third-grade teacher. I was happy to see her and she told me that she has enjoyed my articles all summer long. She said if I liked writing my column I should continue writing it through the school year.  So if it’s okay with the Observer, I think I would like to continue my column, Tales of a Fourth Grade Something. So be on the lookout for my column this school year.

Audrey Ray

Audrey Ray is a fourth-grader at Westerly Elementary School.

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Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 2:59 PM, 08.23.2011