Students present Christmas program

Third grade students sing and dance to “Hip Hop Elves.” (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)

 

By Suzanne Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Second-graders sing “Feliz Navidad” during the Waterville Elementary School Christmas program. (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)

Waterville Elementary School students held their annual Christmas program Dec. 19 in the school gymnasium. The program was very well attended by parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters and community members.

As a result of the change in the school week and hours, many of the teachers have been providing optional enrichment sessions for the elementary students called Genius Time, held from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Those groups, along with regular individual classes, shared their talents at the program.

The program began with an introduction by fourth-grader Dakota Grillo.

Performances began with the Genius Time groups. Melissa Flaget’s group performed “Up on the Housetop” using xylophones, a keyboard and ukulele. Stacey Biram’s group sang “Silent Night” using sign language to convey the lyrics. Lailee Daling’s group read one of the timeless and favorite Christmas poems, “The Night Before Christmas.” Justin Grillo’s group sang “Christmas Where Are You” as he accompanied them on guitar. Their performance was dedicated to all those currently serving in the military as well as veterans.

Individual classes then took to the stage. Kindergarten and first grade students sang two songs, “Jingle Little Bell” and “Frosty the Snowman,” accompanied by Armando Davila on guitar. The third grade class sang and danced to a delightful song called “Hip Hop Elves,” complete with elf costumes and hats. The second grade class sang “Feliz Navidad” in Spanish and “Happiest Christmas Tree.” Fifth-graders sang the Hawaiian Christmas song “Mele Kalikimaka” in grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts and sunglasses. The fourth grade students sang “Winter Wonderland” and “Little Toy Train,” accompanied by Grillo on guitar.

In between each performance, several students told Christmas jokes as Kellen Gurnard, a fourth-grader, accentuated the punch line on the drums. Gurnard also provided accompaniment on the drums for a couple of the performances.

Kirsten Thomsen’s group created the advertising signs and program covers, while Lou Ann Dodge’s group delivered and hung the posters around town and helped set up for the performance.

Fifth-grader Holly Finkbeiner expressed appreciation to all and then everyone joined in singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Cookies were served after the program.