|A Kindergarten student dresses as a snowflake for the St. Nicholas Concert|
Every year on December 6, the staff and students of IHMS gather in the gym to celebrate the feast day of St. Nicholas. Why is this annual celebration such an important tradition at IHMS?
|Students, teachers, and parents gathered in the gym for the St. Nicholas Concert|
As mentioned in the opening paragraph, IHMS has been celebrating the feast day of St. Nicholas for years with music and “goody bags” for the kids. So, on Thursday, December 6th the students and staff of IHMS gathered in the gym to welcome Saint Nicholas (or Sviaty Mykolaj) with a short musical performance. After a brief introduction by Mr. Picklyk, the program began with the Kindergarten class and eventually everyone singing a song entitled “O xto? xto?”.
|St. Nicholas as he entered the gym for the concert. He can be seen carrying a crucifix and dressed in special vestments because the real fourth century St. Nicholas was a bishop.|
During the singing, St. Nicholas entered the gym and moved to the wall where the students were assembled. He was accompanied by two grade 7 “angel helpers” who remained by his side during the entire performance. Four grade 6 students narrated the concert with a short description before each song.
|St. Nicholas with his two grade 7 “angel helpers” (top two photos) and the four grade 6 students who narrated the concert (bottom photo)|
St. Nicholas greeted the students before sitting down with his angel helpers to listen to a musical performance conducted by Mrs. Stanowych.
|Students from different grades performing for St. Nicholas during the concert|
A highlight of the concert were the two songs sung by the Kindergarten class. When they sang about snow, they wore a snowflake headpiece which made them look even cuter! And in their second song, they made their own music by tapping two sticks together!
|The kindergarten students wore a snowflake headdress during the concert to simulate snow. In one of the songs, they also made their own music by tapping 2 wooden sticks together in “harmony”. In the bottom two photos, their teacher (Ms. Paulic) can be seen distributing and then gathering the wooden sticks.|
After speaking to the kids for a few minutes, he then handed out goody bags to the kindergarten to grade 3 students. The grade 4-8 students found a similar goody bag on their desk when they got back to class.
|St. Nicholas spoke to the students for a few minutes after the concert|
|When the older students returned to their classrooms after the concert, they were pleasantly surprised to find a goody bag on their desk. St. Nicholas was living up to his reputation as an anonymous gift giver! The K-3 students received their goody bag in person.|
The short concert for St. Nicholas was organized by Mrs. Stanowych, the school’s Music/Ukrainian teacher. In addition to the St. Nicholas concert, Mrs. Stanowych is also busy preparing for the school’s two Christmas concerts, both only 2 weeks away. Check back in a few weeks for two more spectacular performances!
|Mrs. Stanowych conducting the kindergarten class during one of their songs|