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Concert draws huge crowd for first APW Elementary holiday event

The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School Holiday Concert entitled “A Holiday Celebration In Our New School,” provided a wonderful first holiday performance for students in UPK through 3rd grades at the elementary school on December 7.

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“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with the emphasis on “you!” The young students enrolled in the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program looked to special individuals in the audience and pointed as they wished a Merry Christmas to those attending the recent holiday concert at the school.

Under the direction of music teacher Gil Lopez, the evening began with guest pianist Ben Murry who played holiday favorites as friends and family members of the students began to fill the gymnasium prior to the start of the concert. Beautiful artwork, created by the students in Donna O’Hara’s and Mary Alice Flynn’s art classes, lined the hallways of the school leading to the concert venue, and inside, the decorations adorned the walls of the gymnasium.

Holiday lights, and a Christmas tree, continued the festive ambiance which delighted the estimated 1,000 in attendance.

In anticipation of the large crowd, organizers set up overflow seating in the neighboring cafeteria which broadcast the concert onto a large video screen for all to see.

As the first UPK students filed into the room, parents and family members waved and blew kisses to their pajama-clad carolers who began the evening’s holiday songs with “Making a Snowman.”

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Third graders, under the direction of APW music teacher Gil Lopez, performed “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “Little Drummer Boy” during first Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School Holiday Concert entitled “A Holiday Celebration In Our New School.”

When they moved on to their next number, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” they had the audience eating out of their hands as they pointed to specific individuals and emphasized the word “you” as they sent out the holiday greeting.

To get the audience into the holiday spirit, a sing-a-long was held between the changing of the classes and the first song, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” was rather prophetic, when Santa himself entered the room much to the delight of the students and audience members alike.

The Kindergarten students, nearly 100 strong, sang the traditional “I Saw Three Ships,” and “Bet’cha There’s a Santa Claus.”

“Let’s Build a Snowman” and the classic German folk song, “O Christmas Tree,” were sung by the students in grade 1.

“Mr. Snowman, Where Are Your Clothes,” a funny tale about a melting snowman, was followed with “We Three Kings of Orient Are” a song depicting the three Magi in search of the Baby Jesus.

The final songs for the concert were sung by the students in grade 3 and included “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “Little Drummer Boy,” both are classic songs that often remind one of the true spirit of the holiday season.

Concert-goers took that holiday spirit to heart as they said farewell to one another and headed home into the night at the close of the evening, humming as they did.