Hamilton K-8 celebrates ‘Christmas Around the World’

The first grade class perform Mexican Christmas favorites at the Hamilton K-8 Christmas Around the World open house event, Thursday, Dec. 14. Diane Sieker photo

The Hamilton School K-8 Christmas Around the World open house was celebrated Thursday, Dec. 14, in the multipurpose room at the school. Teachers, staff and parents cheered the students on as they performed songs from different cultures in this informative and very entertaining morning. Snacks and festive activities were also offered in various classrooms throughout the campus.

Each class had a theme pertaining to a specific culture in the world. The kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth and fifth grades performed songs and were attired in the costumes of the countries they represented. The fifth grade and middle school bands performed instrumental renditions of several holiday favorites.

The kindergarten class celebrated Russia and sang “Carol of the Russian Children,” “The Forest Raised a Christmas Tree” and “Joy to the World.”

First-graders wore straw hats and represented Mexico with a performance of “Piñata Song,” “Piñata Song in Spanish” and “La Nanita Nana.”

The second-grade students presented French Christmas music, complete with festive and bright berets. They sang “Jingle Bells,” “The First Noel” and “Pat a Pan.”

The third-grade classes personified children from Wales and performed “Deck the Halls,” “Good King Wenceslas” and “Here We Come a Wassailing.”

The fourth and fifth-graders went “down under” to Australia for their humorous renditions of “Aussie Jingle Bells,” “Orana to Christmas Day” and “Christmas Where the Gum Tree Grows.”

The fifth-grade band members performed “Down at the Station,” “Good King Wenceslas” and “Lightly Row.”  Students in this group meet twice a week for small group instruction in addition to their normal classes.

The Hamilton Middle School band played “Carol of the Drum” arranged by Paul Lavender, “Jingle Bones” by A. Glover and “Dance of the Reed Flutes” arranged by Michael Story.

“Holiday Open House is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Hamilton K-8 Principal Carol Robilotta. “Thanks to all of the families who made our Holiday Open House such a success by donating refreshments! Thanks to our PTSA for serving refreshments and helping with cleanup.”

The performances were greeted by cheering, applause and plenty of photo opportunities for parents. Proud parents and grandparents and excited siblings shared smiles and fun with the school children.

“The students worked so hard and did such a great job performing. I’m so very proud of our Bobcat students,” said Tabitha Stillman. “Thanks to Sharon Evans, Cindy, Haley, Jessica, Carol and Amber, and the middle school students who all decorated to make everything look so pretty.”

The event was an excellent kickoff to the Christmas holiday season and appreciated by all.

For more information about the Hamilton K-8 PTSA and upcoming events at the school, please follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/1958325670849439/.

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