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Hats top off kids’ play

First grade students at Sulphur Springs perform songs in an unusual way

Posted: December 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Nathaniel McLaughlin carries a snowman cutout as his first grade classmates sing "Frosty the Snowman" at Sulphur Springs Community School during the Holiday Hats program in Canyon Country on Wednesday.

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Hats off to the more than 60 first graders in three classes at Sulphur Springs Elementary School in Canyon Country who sang carols for their parents decked out in various styles of head wear during a holiday assembly.

The classes were instructed by music consultant Jill Finch who led her youthful charges through a series of musical numbers last Wednesday including “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Snow Day.”

The children changed hats throughout the assembly beginning with cowboy hats, then to winter hats, reindeer hats and In-n-Out Burger hats.

“The kids love the songs,” said Finch, who teaches music in an eight-week rotation schedule.

Students had rehearsed since the beginning of November for the assembly.

“It’s a lot of work, but worth it,” said first grade teacher Janet Yessayan. “We practice in the classrooms as well as with Mrs. Finch.”

An audience of enthusiastic parents and grandparents captured the children’s performances on a sea of video cameras and smartphones held aloft. The audience was invited to sing along, accompanied by Finch on the piano, to “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” as students changed hats.

The assembly was the capstone of the students’ social studies module on multicultural traditions. To wrap up the students’ studies, a multi-cultural feast was offered to guests after the assembly.

The final songs of the assembly featured the children wearing ribbons and bows and singing “Good Things Come in Little Packages Just Like Me” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Finch was presented with thank you gifts from the children for her work putting the show together.

Yessayan asked the audience to give Finch a second round of applause.

“There are many days she came in on her day off to work with the students,” Yessayan said.

Guests then lined up in the multipurpose room to sample the variety of foods supplied by the students’ parents that reflected different cultures around the world.

Among the foods available to sample were hummus and pita bread from Israel, tiramisu from Italy, soft pretzels from Germany, caramel waffle cookies from Holland and soda bread from Ireland. Food representing the cultures of the United States, Mexico and other countries in the United Kingdom were also among the offerings.

Finch said parents can look forward to a special Mother’s Day program in the spring, as well as second and third grade students learning the recorder will perform in a school year-end concert.



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