School that is.
Our last day of school was Saturday, June 4th. The last day is called “Vårfest”/Spring Festival. It begins with a service at the Lutheran Church is the school’s catchment area, followed by coffee and refreshments at the school and a program that usually includes some performances, awards, recognition and the handing out of report cards.
Local businesses and organizations give scholarships to each school to distribute to students. Joel got one for “good schoolwork”. Although he’s not an academically strong student, the award recognizes that he’s trying his best.
Sofia getting her report card.
Joel getting his report card.
Mattias and the rest of the Sixth Graders being recognized. It’s their last year at the school.
The last song of the year.
The Grade 6s wave goodbye to their elementary school years (one student is missing from the pic, though).
And a bit of puppy love thrown in for good measure.
The outskirts of St. Pete
Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.