A mix of holiday favorites – some song in both English and Spanish – along with a little travelin’ music, filled the air this week as South Pasadena elementary schools hosted their respective winter programs.
Joyful with good cheer and spirits bright, the entertaining programs were held in front of large festive gatherings at year’s end as students now look forward to a two-week vacation, not returning to local campuses until January 6.
MONTEREY HILLS SCHOOL
Monterey Hills School divided its annual program into two parts, the transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade and second grade performing on December 18 in the school’s multipurpose room, and the third, fourth, and fifth grades singing on December 19.
Appreciative audiences attended every event.
Among the songs heard during the programs were traditional favorites like “Up on the Rooftop” and “Must Be Santa” to others with special meaning, including “Little Drummer Boy” and “Potpourri de Navidad.”
A few fun ones were also tossed in, from “Christmas on the Beachof Waikiki” to “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.”
MARENGO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Marengo Elementary School students welcomed parents, grandparents and friends to their winter concert performed in the local middle school auditorium.
Among the songs heard were “Merry Hula” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” by the kindergarteners, “Big Panda,” “Favorite Things,” and “First Snowball of the Season,” by the first graders, “Build a Snowman,” Jingle Bell Rock,” and “Marshmallow World,” by the second grade, and “Let it Snow,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “A Million Dreams” by the fourth graders and the fifth graders who sang “Home for the Holidays” and “Sleigh Ride.”
ARROYO VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Arroyo Vista’s program was void of traditional holiday music, instead the annual All School Sing, entitled California Dreamin’, took guests on a road trip through song with the entire school performing “If I had a Hammer,” the third graders “Big Yellow Taxi,” kindergartener/pre K “On the Road Again,” second grade “Blowin’ in the Wind,” 4th grade “Lodi,” first grade “I Can See Clearly Now,” fifth grade “Route 66” and the program winding up with everyone’s voice singing “California Dreamin’.”