Cold Spring Jingle Jangle

Cold Spring School’s annual Winter Sing was its usual cute self. Students in grades kindergarten through sixth sang, played various musical instruments and danced for the standing room only guests in the school’s auditorium. Music teachers Pam Herzog and Norma La Tuchie designed the show that represented nearly ever holiday celebration invented, with songs such as “Christmas Time Is Here,” “Hanukkah Tonight” and “Feliz Navidad.”

Fifth-grader Nathaniel Hodson played the cello for the song “Shalom” and the fourth grade class played recorders to the “Kris Kringle Jingle.” Dance numbers came from the kindergarteners, who wore Santa costumes to the song “Must Be Santa.” The sixth grade class dressed as children with sleighs and as reindeer for the song “Winter Holiday.”

A Last Surprise

Montecito Union School’s annual Holiday Concert was so much fun, it was held three times. Each performance on December 15 was separated between grades to allow all students and their families and guests to attend the show. Music teacher Pam McClendon produced a concert filled with a wide variety of musical pieces.

The show began with the Montecito Union student string orchestra, conducted by Ron Zecher. Next was a flow of chorale music sung by the various grades in multiple-part harmony. The kindergarteners did the little angels dance and the sixth-graders mustered movements to jazz.

There was a Spanish selection of holiday songs led by teachers Maria Kalin and Laura Heredia, with students pounding on conga drums and clicking castanets. Principal Kris Bergstrom played acoustic guitar along with Anna Abbey’s piano for the Spanish holiday songs.

A last surprise was saved. Superintendent Dick Douglas waltzed with Mrs. Santa Claus and after the show, students went on stage to meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and receive a small gift.