Bittersweet time

Pine leaves behind a lot of memories for parents, former students, her own family members and her staff of five teachers.

"It's definitely been a big part of my life," said 19-year teacher Hannah Morehead, who will be an assistant teacher starting this fall at the Waldorf School in Coldspring-Newtown. She remembers her own children helping out at summer camps that Elmhurst ran.

"It is sad," Utermohle said as the children sang songs like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and "It's a Small World," while parents held aloft phones and iPads with cameras during the graduation ceremony. "I've spent my life here. The school is my mother. My mother is the school."

"It's bittersweet," said Erin Bolton, of Hampden, whose son, Beckett, attended Elmhurst and will enroll at Medfield Heights Elementary School in the fall. Bolton, a cartographer, made a little heart-shaped map of the Rolden area, with a heart denoting the school's location, as a present to Pine.

"It's been such a wonderful place and a special place, It seems like kind of a timeless place" said Kurt Overton, a member of the Roland Park Civic League, as he watched his son, Henry, 4, receive his pre-K certificate.

"It's like a family," said Lauren Sampson, of Hampden, who works for Episcopal Community Services. She is trying to enroll daughter, Sophie, 4, in Hampden Elementary next fall.

"It's got a good vibe to it," said her husband, Adam, a stay-at-home father.

Melissa Green filmed her daughter, Cecelia, 4, singing and reflected on her son, Harry's three years at Elmhurst.

"It was an amazing experience," she said

Now, like Pine, Green is moving on.

"It's done," she said.