If anyone who attended the Chester Grade School 1st through 4th Grade Christmas Program didn't already have the Christmas spirit before, they sure did after experiencing this year's event.
Sue Colonel, Chester Grade School General Music teacher, did a wonderful job of teaching the elementary students the music, words, movements and proper expressions to get the crowd's attention and hold it throughout the 30-minute program.
Colonel, with Vicky Beers on accompaniment, had the 12 songs of the program divided into separate performances utilizing all four class groups individually - in combinations and altogether.
The first song was performed with all grades singing "Christmas makes Me Sing." The first graders then stood alone and sang, "Santa's Coming Down the Chimney."
First and second graders combined for a performance of "Up on the Housetop." Colonel then quickly moved to the right side of the stage and directed the third graders in a spirited version of the holiday tune "Jingle, Jingle, Jingle."
Third and fourth graders combined to sing "Here Comes Suzy Snowflake," after which all four grade levels combined once again to form a mass choir for their rendition of "Frosty the Snowman."
Moving back to the left side of the staging area, Colonel brought up the second graders to sing "Let it Snow." Fourth graders then had a turn to shine by themselves as they sang "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas."
"Here Comes Santa Claus," was the next song to be sung and the first and second grades combined to execute this performance.
The third and fourth graders next took center stage and helped to spread holiday cheer and hope as they sang "No School Tomorrow if it Snows."
This comedic song tells the story of kids wishing for snow so that school will be canceled.
The final two songs, "Santa Claus, Santa Claus (You are Much Too Fat" and "Feliz Navidad," of the concert were performed by all four grade levels.
Teachers who attended and assisted with the organization and supervision of the students included first grade teachers Rachel Marshall, Priscilla Martinez and Joyce Wingerter; second grade teachers Alisa Herrell, Kasi Jany, and Amanda Middendorf.
Third grade teachers were Melissa Duncan, Mandy Lochhead, and Rebecca Vieregge. Fourth grade teachers were Stephanie Jany, Sarah Surman, and Tammy Liefer.
Special education teachers were Rachel Francis, Lynne Gonzalez, and Adrianne Klump. Finally, paraprofessional teachers were Denise Andrews, Jenny Schroeder, Tammy Grah, Gina Hafertepe, Vicki Hoskins and Laverne Misselhorn.