A Holiday Tradition

A Holiday Tradition

Head of School Mike Vachow welcomes Grand Friends to Forsyth

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, we welcome Grand Friends (grandparents and special friends) to Forsyth. The highlight of our Grand Friends’ visit to the School is the performances by Forsyth kids of all ages.


Pre-Kindergarten (3-4 year olds) perform for Grand Friends

After visits in the classroom with a short activity and a snack, the Pre-K children and their Grand Friends moved to the multipurpose room for a charming performance with their teachers, Mrs. Santa Cruz and Mrs. Pelc. They showed their families some of the things they do in Morning Meeting and performed a few songs.

>> See Pre-K and Jr-K photos. [downloadable]

Junior-KIndergarten (4-5 year olds) performed on stage in The Rand Center

Junior-K children performed on stage in The Rand Center for the first time ever. Their teachers had collected quotes from the kids about Thanksgiving and what they are grateful for, and in between songs, shared those thoughts with families in the audience. The Junior-K teachers–Mrs. Byrd, Mrs. Winkeler, Mrs. Alexander and Mrs. Maglasang–developed and led the program.


Lower School performance of Disney music

Music teacher Mr. Thomas led a Disney program for both Lower & Upper School performances in The Rand Center. Forsyth students in Senior-Kindergarten – Grade 2 performed “Mickey Mouse Mash-up,” “You Can Fly,” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

>> See Lower School photos[downloadable]



Music teacher Mr. Thomas directs Upper School kids in "Circle of Life," the grand finale of the program

Mr. Thomas choreographed complex Upper School performances that Forsyth kids carried out flawlessly. The first songs – “Under the Sea” and “Go the Distance” – had Grades 3-5 on stage together. Then Grade 3 departed, Grades 4 and 5 seated themselves on the risers, and Grade 6 took center stage for two songs: “Seize the Day” and a Forsyth sixth grade tradition, “Family.” The grand finale was truly grand. For “Circle of Life,” sixth graders moved off stage and down the center aisle of the Rand Center (with the audience), third graders rejoined the fourth and fifth graders on stage, for an uplifting rendition of “Circle of Life.” It was spectacular, with precision choreography and singing that earned a standing ovation from Forsyth families. And with that, School dismissed for Thanksgiving holiday. It was a memorable start to Thanksgiving.

>> See Upper School photos[downloadable]

Sixth graders performing at Grand Friends Day

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