The fourth grade students at Altmar Elementary School (AES) enjoyed their song “Nuttin’ for Christmas,” during the AES Holiday Concert. The students performed two separate performances, one during the day for students, teachers, family and friends, and another evening performance for a packed house. The Sights, Sounds and Scents of Christmas was this year’s holiday concert theme.
Jazzy Jinglers provided entertainment between class changes during the Altmar Elementary School Holiday Concert. Four member of the group read excerpts from the book “The Polar Express,” as the fourth grade class took their place on the risers. Pictured in front, left to right are: Hannah Comstock; Abigail Babcock; Jacob Smith, with book; and Kody Haywood.
Nova Kowalski was the guest soloist at the Altmar Elementary School’s (AES) Holiday Concert during the Kindergarten’s song “Silver Bells.” Nova is a fourth grader at AES in the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District.
“The Sights, Sounds and Scents of Christmas,” the delightful title of this year’s Altmar Elementary School (AES) Holiday Concert, was a treat for the senses and audiences were left with a gift of Holiday Spirit following the packed performances. AES Principal Denise Penoyer welcomed those attending the concert and thanked the many individuals who worked to produce this year’s holiday musical extravaganza. Custodian Deral Stevens, music director, Gil Lopez and Jazzy Jinglers director Krista Alsworth, were just a few of the many responsible for the thrilling holiday treat. From the magical holiday backdrop created by AES Art Teacher Donna O’Hara, to the beautifully decorated auditorium and overflow seating area in the cafeteria, the school was transformed into a winter wonderland of sights and scenes of the holidays. Artwork, colorful lights and decorations lined the walls and windows in the two rooms and a large video screen was set up in the cafeteria area where hundreds more seats were available to view the production which was broadcast live via a video setup that gave every seat in the house a perfect view of the performance.
The students, beginning with the Universal Pre-Kindergarten classes with their star-themed selections sang delightful songs such as “Star Light, Star Bright,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star,” before ending their performance with a round of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
Between performances a cast of Jazzy Jinglers including: Anna Mullin, Jessica Wiggins, Tori Ware, Emily Sampson, Kody Haywood, Jacob Smith, Hannah Comstock and Abigail Babcock, entertained the audience with charming readings and informative narratives about the Christmas season.
The Kindergarten classes’ carol of the bells featured “Bells Are Ringing,” “Ring, Ring, Ring the Bells,” “Hear the Jingle Bells,” and ended with “Silver Bells” and a splendid solo by fourth grader, Nova Kowalski.
Santa was the focus of the first graders performing “Must Be Santa,” “O’ Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “Santa is Coming,” as their life-size Santa artwork looked down from the walls of the auditorium with jolly St. Nick faces.
Second graders crafted beautiful lace-work snowflakes that perfectly illustrated their songs “Marshmallow World,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and “Suzy Snowflake.”
The Third grade’s theme – gifts, began with the favorite “Nuttin’ for Christmas,” and added “Toyland,” and “Shepherds Came to Bethlehem.” Each student wore a beautiful hand-crafted necklace that they could give as a gift to a special someone in their lives.
Fourth graders took a turn toward the modern with their abstract artwork and their song selections starting with John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Happy Christmas,” followed by “Walking in the Air,” and finishing with the American Folk Song, “What Month Was Jesus Born In?”
Two concert performances were held; one in the early afternoon with many parents, grandparents and friends attending as teachers and fellow students watched each grade level perform their songs. The evening performance took place in front of a packed house and those attending were thankful for the overflow seating with a great view of the video screen. The additional seating allowed for more than 600 total attendees at the concert during the evening performance.