The multi-purpose room at Laurel School was a hub of activity yesterday as the school community marked the holiday season with its annual Winter Sing. Unlike typical school concerts, with the kids on the stage and the parents in folding chairs, at Laurel everyone sits “criss-cross applesauce” on the floor. As Principal Linda Creighton described it, “Every seat is the best seat in the house because you’re sitting with your child.”
To better accommodate all of the students and their families, the school held two separate morning performances. And while the student stars and their sometimes-hesitant parents changed at each show, the songs and celebratory mood — six days left until vacation — were the same.
Organized by music teachers Mary Beckstrom and Bob Crabb, the Winter Sing is a Laurel tradition that features holiday standards like Deck the Hall, Dreydl, and Feliz Navidad, as well as student favorites like the Laurel original Winter Celebrations, which was written by Mrs. Sako, the pianist at the show.
Some songs featured student musicians on the guitar, xylophone, or bells — but all required singing by parents and kids alike. And a few even called for dancing!