Each year, on the first day of school, the school community gathers to greet children, teachers, and parents and to welcome the new first graders. New first graders each receive a rose from their seventh-eighth grade “buddies.” Teachers offered a wish for the year, while the first grade teacher shares a story with the new class. The event is followed by a picnic. We hope you enjoy these pictures of Rose Ceremony 2019! Quote overheard at the picnic: “Mom, I like my buddies, ’cause they’re nice to me.”