Lunchtime that day was especially fun.
"This is what school is about," Jaques-McMillin remembered saying at the time. "This is why we do what we do. They're so happy."
The next few hours went by in a blur -- in some ways, much like at Plaza Towers. There were the students and staff doing what they'd practiced in tornado drills -- the sirens, and more.
Jaques-McMillin felt stronger, more resolute this time than when the last EF5 tornado -- the strongest such classification -- came through Moore. When that happened, she was alone and horrified.
This time was different. She had a sense of purpose, beyond simply making sure they survived.
"I have 675 students that I promise their parents every single day, I will protect your kids," Jaques-McMillin said. "I'll feed them, they'll be safe, and I'll give them back at the end of the day."
Briarwood Elementary didn't survive the tornado, but everyone who had been inside did.
They included 4-year-olds and students set to move onto seventh grade, though they were still kids at heart.
Yet on Monday, one of them reached down to a teacher, who was trapped in the rubble with water from a busted pipe blowing in her face.
"He grabbed her hand and said, 'Calm down, I'm going to dig you out."
And he did, just a few days after letting loose during a "Glow in the Dark" party.
"Here they were, being silly on Friday night, ... dancing, being sixth-graders," Jaques-McMillin said. "They grew up really fast."