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Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Graduation"

Today many teachers and staff from Chatsworth, came to our home for Ian's 5th Grade "Graduation". 

It was more then we could have hoped for, the continued support we have gotten from our Chatsworth family has been wonderful. Most of them have watched Ian and Becca grow from kindergarten through 5th grade (6th for Becca). They have been with our family through the good, bad and the ugly as things have changed. Some of them remember Ian running up and down the hallways with his classmates, to using "wally" (that is what he called his walker when he used one) to keep up with his classmates...to using "Zippy" (his power chair) along side his classmates. Oh wait, we can't forget him racing in the hallways with the other students who were in wheelchairs. The smiles on Ian's face as guests began to arrive was priceless. Seeing him laugh at some of the things teachers said to him, again priceless. A special thank you goes out to Ms. F, Ian's teacher from Chatsworth, for running with this after my phone call to her asking if this could be done. A special thank you Mrs. V, one of the speech therapists from school, who made all the cupcakes. And let me tell you they were delicious. 


All of the wonderful staff that came to celebrate with us.

They gave Ian a Chatsworth shirt signed by all of the Chatsworth staff...current and old...it was great to see it. Truly amazing...seeing some of the names brought back many years of memories for me...forget if they did for Ian...
Becca with some of the wonderful staff. 
At this point Ian was just done....WAY TO GO LITTLE MAN! Can't you tell he did not want to be bothered anymore....I can just see him saying "take the picture already and get away from me".

Some how Ian managed to get Outstanding Attendance for Quarter 2...what we found out is that he is marked present by his teacher everyday because they know home and hospital is coming to see him. We all got a great laugh out of this. Ian's certificate of completion....we did tell him that even though he has received this he still must go back to school...and his home and hospital teacher will be here bright and early tomorrow morning. 

67 comments:

Jodi Postol said...

I had no idea you were doing this! It is amazing! I love the smile on his face!

Suzanne Zahner said...

Congratulations Ian! What a great community you have supporting all of your accomplishments.

Amber Puopolo said...

Happy graduation, buddy!

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Ian!!
Lisa Reid Miller

Anonymous said...

mazal tov, Ian ☺
Sherri Knauth

Anonymous said...

How Absolutely fantastic!!
Sara Litchig Hoffman

Anonymous said...

Amazing
Erika Agetstein Buchdahl

Anonymous said...

Ian-Congratulations are in order to you.
Lauren Agetstein

Anonymous said...

So nice. What a special thing. Miss that Chatsworth staff.
Helen Weisman Dagilis

Anonymous said...


Linda Butler

Anonymous said...

Mazel Tov!
Vivian Chait

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful day! Love was in the air. Very proud of you Ian!
Susan Weinberg Lewis

Anonymous said...

I am so sad I couldn't come. I've had the worst luck with illness this winter... And Wyatt with pinkeye.. Germ factory!! So lovely seeing all the pictures. I hope Ian had a great time. Give him a squeeze for me.
Mary Shimkaveg

Anonymous said...

I too didn't go due to a sore throat and sinus issues. Wish I could have!!
Monique Erdos-Gertner

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!
Suzanne Borden

Anonymous said...

There needs to be a "love" button for that! Wonderful! Congrats, Ian :)
Leslie Toll

Anonymous said...

Love this and <3 the staff at Chatsworth for doing this, too!
Annelise Sullivan

Anonymous said...

Congrats Ian!!!
Haley Bach

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea to do! I am sure this will be a great memory for all of you to keep. Ian must have loved seeing some of his teachers and therapists! Hope your day was as special as all of you are!
Carye George Everett

Anonymous said...

Whoohoo, Yay congrats & Mazel Tov to my superhero Ian!!! I'm so proud of your achievement. I love the smile on your face. I know you're a very proud mama
Gina Cohen

Anonymous said...

Spectacular!!
Judy Schwartz

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! So beautiful how your family has united an entire community. It takes a village, & your wonderful, loving family.
Wendy Elover

Anonymous said...

That is so special!!
Jill Rosenthal

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Ian! You are a Rock Star. Hugs to everyone who participated in this wonderful event!
Julie Onnembo

Anonymous said...

It was our honor to be a part of Ian's special day! His smiles were priceless!
Lara Fruman

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!! Congrats Ian!;)
Sandra Huller

Anonymous said...

This is awesome!
Danielle Houseal

Anonymous said...

How wonderful! Kudos to a great school community. LOVE seeing that huge smile on Ian's face!
Connie Lippenholz

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Ian!
Debi Van Camp

Anonymous said...

What an amazing idea! I love the dedication of these teachers! They made made a huge impact on your family!
Laurie fox schimmel

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Ian!!!
Jamie Leboe

Anonymous said...

Love Love Love this!! And so excited to see Mrs. O'Connell. She is one I really miss. I have tears of joy. Love Chatsworth and the Scher crew!!xoxo
Heather Lev

Anonymous said...

This marks a special day that you and your family will always treasure! Tears of joy for Ian!!!
Heather Troutner Scurti

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Ian!!!
Leslie Dickman Hollands

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!
Thesha Lewis

Anonymous said...

That's amazing!! Congrats to him - and to you!!
Laura Monfried Egerman

Anonymous said...

What an amazing family!!!! Congrats Ian!!
Kari Rothenberg Richmond

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful! Congratulations Ian!
Connie Berman

Anonymous said...

Mazes Tovar to Ian! I remember their preschool days, this is beautiful.
Robyn Stevens Brody

Anonymous said...

This just made my night! That is so wonderful and most of all congratulations to Ian!
Reesa Greenberg Szikman

Marci Scher said...

This is so amazing. Tears of joy for Ian and your family. What an amazing group of teachers to do that!
Michelle Rosen Heyman

Anonymous said...

Beautiful
Elizabeth Shamash weatherholtz

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Ian!!! This is truly amazing.
Marlene Ettlin

Anonymous said...

Beautiful
Sherri Eisenberg Flaks

Anonymous said...

Great to see that huge smile!
Audrey d Kline

Anonymous said...

The BEST post!!! Love the Chatsworth staff, love Ian, love you.
Jill granek Suffel

Anonymous said...

Love it!! Wish I could have been there.
Kristin Mazzarese

Anonymous said...

Heartwarming! Beautiful! Congrats Ian!
Samantha Schaefer

Anonymous said...

Congrats Ian!! Way to go on your graduation!
Leah & Jessica Chisholm

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Ian and your family....looked like a great time was had by all....xoxo
Sheryl Mowrey

Anonymous said...

Amazing ! Love that smile, it says it all. What a great thing for Becca too! Just awesome ❤️

Anonymous said...

Great work Ian!
Steve Lunenfeld

Anonymous said...

Really cool idea Marci. Mazel Tov Ian!
Robin Katcoff

Anonymous said...

Ah-amazing. Another incredible chapter in Ian's life. Kudos to you for coordinating something so special.
Michelle Schwartz

Anonymous said...

So happy for Ian. No wonder you always rave about your Chatsworth family. That staff just demonstrated why test scores are a poor measure of the work teachers do and their power to make a difference in a child's total life--not simply school.
Amy Eisenberg Samay

Anonymous said...

Amazing. Another example of the impact teachers have on all our lives. Way to go Ian!
Melissa Willen

Anonymous said...

I think this would have to go down as one of my favorite posts of all time. I am all teary. What a beautiful idea. Mazal tov!!!
Alicia Broth

Anonymous said...

So beautiful!
Sheri Gelvar

Anonymous said...

That's great! Congratulations!
Deana Munchow

Anonymous said...

I wish I could have been there but sadly could not make it. But was thinking of you all. Randie is the best for putting it together. Love to you all!
Donna Hessen

Anonymous said...

You and Brian absolutely amaze me!!!!!! What a great idea, Marci Weinberg Scher!!!!!
Sherri sibel Thomas

Anonymous said...

you got me on the first sentence, Congratulations Ian!!
Arlene Stein

Anonymous said...

Amazing!
Jenny Baker

Anonymous said...

Outstanding!
Karen Henelde

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful Marci- and another example of the amazing mother you are to coordinate something so meaningful for Ian!
Jodie Slatow Nahum

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! You and Brian are wonderful!
Tammi Flax

Kelly O'Connell said...

It was such an honor to celebrate Ian! I truly enjoyed visiting with Ian, Becca, and the entire Chatsworth Family. You and Brian are amazing! Ian's smile filled my heart all weekend!