Celebrate: Home for the Holidays

This week was spent getting ready to perform our annual musical pageant. Time, patience, and talent were needed. Kids are excited. Adults are stressed. Learning the lyrics, the movements, and doing it together is a challenge.  The task is big, especially for the youngest of kiddos. This is not my strong suit. So I followed the lead of the musicians on staff and tried to keep calm.

After hours of practice, the rough spots smoothed out, and students rose. They stood together and sang, danced and played.

And, there were a few who stood out. Those who shine a bit brighter in the spotlight. Those who pay attention to their beat.  Those who turn it on big time. This is their time.

My school is home for many kids. This week many came home.  Former students, I haven’t seen in years came to watch cousins, siblings, nieces and nephews perform. They came back to visit and remember their time.

This week I celebrate students reaching up to be their best, those who listen to their tune and perform with full hearts, and those who dedicate themselves to finding and nurturing the music that lives in children.

This week I celebrate my school for being a place that is home for our students, past and present.

Happy Holidays!

Thank you, Ruth Ayers, for your blog Discover, Play, Learn, that provides a weekly space for the practice of celebration. Read more celebrations here.








10 thoughts on “Celebrate: Home for the Holidays

  1. What a wonderful tradition! In a former school I taught in and my own children attended, we had an annual Lessons and Carols. It was a lot of work, but it made the school a special place for many students. Traditions, music, and love should be a part of every holiday. Blessings for your holiday.

  2. So great to create and honor traditions at school whether in a pageant or another format that brings communities together! Schools fill so many roles because students and families have so many needs. A PERFECT holiday celebration, Julieanne!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family as well! ❤

  3. Those ending traditions, before break & at school’s end, are so enticing for all, current & past students. I love that you have it, and that you saw so many former students, maybe parents too. I ran into a former student this week & had coffee with her, home from Brandeis, a lovely young woman today as she was when in middle school. What a pleasure it is to see & hear about those who’ve moved on. Thanks Julieanne. I hope you have a Merry Holiday & restful vacation.

  4. You remind me that as I am at a BRAND new school, it is SO important to do those things that ensure our school is a home…In the year new, I am going to speak up to ensure my school is having traditions that the 3rd graders I teach now will want to return to see years from now! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a wonderful winter break, my inspiring west coast friend!!

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