Housatonic Valley Waldorf School Shares Thanksgiving Assembly With Family
Housatonic Valley Waldorf School invited student's family members to attend its Thanksgiving Assembly on Wednesday, November 23.
Before the ceremony officially started, guests were able to view the student's colorful lesson books that they created for the school year.
Students worked hard making their lesson books, and also put in much time and effort into preparing for their assembly performances.
The first grade students started off the show by reciting the poem "One is the Sun," which complemented the theme of learning about numbers in math class. They also sang "Red in Autumn."
Music and chorus teacher Danielle Fascione directed the second grade class members for their first piece on the flute called "Two Wrens." The second grade also recited the Aesop animal fable "The Fox and the Grapes," "Three Little Mice," and did a choreographed dance to the Ghanaian song "Tue, Tue, Barima."
A special celebration kicked off the third grade class's performance, where the crowd participated in singing happy birthday to a student. Third grade teacher Genevieve Dagobert explained that her class would be singing "Harvest song," because the students have been learning to farm. The class had even visited the River Bank Farm to harvest vegetables.
The fourth grade class recited and sang "The Song of Hiawatha" by H.W. Longfellow.
The crowd erupted in laughter hearing the tongue twister song "Percy" by the fifth grade class. All the lyrics were written in alliteration about a pig named Percy. They also sang and performed "America the Beautiful" on the recorder.
The fifth and sixth grade chorus was led by Ms Fascione as they sang "Autumn Vesper" by Audrey Snyder.
A humorous tale called "Ode to My Socks" by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was performed by the sixth grade class as it correlated with the students' study of South American geography. They also sang and played a variety of drums during the ancient Rome choral piece "O Fortuna." It gathered a huge roar of applause from the audience for the students dramatic and powerful performance.
The fifth and sixth grade Spanish class recited "El Sistema Solar." In addition to the piece, they turned off all the lights as students stationed themselves all around the room holding colorful illuminated orbs that represented the planets and stars.
Midnight Ride," also written by Longfellow. Each student had the opportunity to tell a piece of the story and showcased a colorful drawing representing a different event in the event's timeline.
When the eighth grade students performed, they educated the crowd about Paul Revere's "
The seventh and eighth grade chorus performed next and sang "Something Told the Wild Geese" by Sherri Porterfield.
Closing the Thanksgiving Assembly was the seventh grade class. They recited "The Highwayman" with their Cranky Theatre. They explained that "the cranky" is a moving picture that works on a crank - it was made from a white cabinet that was embellished with colorful paint splatters. It also had cranks that moved one large sheet of paper along the screen. The drawings were mainly in black ink, but had some sparse colors illuminated in the light. The seventh grade students and Eric Lifgren, father of a seventh grade student, had worked together to create the Cranky Theatre.
As the students finished their performance and the cabinet doors to the Cranky Theatre closed, students and their family members were invited to join the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School for a lunch and bake sale to celebrate all the student's hard work.