By Melanie Lago, Kindergarten and First Grade Level Director
Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains, and the mountains in reply, Echoing their joyous strains. Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? What the gladsome tidings be which inspire your heav’nly song?
-Angels We Have Heard on High
As I recently passed by the music room, I heard the beautiful melody of “Angels We Have Heard on High.” This is the time of year when our first graders are busy preparing for one of our most longstanding and beloved traditions at Beauvoir, our Christmas Chapel. In the midst of these preparations, a special holiday is being celebrated this week and we would like to wish our Beauvoir families a Happy Hanukkah!
For over seventy years, the first graders at Beauvoir have enacted the Nativity story at Christmas Chapel. Many years ago, I remember receiving my annual Beauvoir Christmas card and the picture was of our very own librarian, Mrs. Simpson, when she was in first grade at Beauvoir and played the part of an Angel. She fondly remembers her first grade year and taking part in the Nativity scene and I know the memories our students are making this year will last a lifetime.
This afternoon, our music teacher, Ms. Alipanah, and our first grade teachers unveiled the parts the first graders will each play in this year’s Christmas Chapel. Each first grader plays an important role in the Nativity story, whether they are playing a Shepherd, an Angel, a King, one of the animals (Lamb, Camel, Bull, Donkey), Mary, or Joseph. While I have watched many of Beauvoir’s Nativity scenes over the years, this is my first year working with the first grade classes and I look forward to supporting all of the “behind the scenes” work. I always get a little teary as I listen to the first graders sing “Silent Night” while signing using American Sign Language and our third graders play along with the handbells. I know this year’s Nativity scene will be particularly memorable for me and all of our first graders and their families.