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jouwhoo December 3, 2008

2007 Christmas Program at May Roberts Elementary had nothing to do with Christmas.  I've asked the music teacher who is in charge of the program to please have Christmas songs in the 2008 Christmas Program.  Well, my children said that they are practicing the songs now and none of them are Christmas songs.  I wrote another letter to the music teacher in charge to please include traditional Christmas songs in the Christmas program.  Afterall, it is a CHRISTMAS program.  No matter what they call it (last year they called it the Winter program).  It's not what it's about.  I would like to gather all the other parents of May Roberts together and see how many of them feel the same way as I do.  Does anyone else feel the same way?  What can I do to be heard?

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sbozarth23 December 3, 2008

Hi jouwhoo,

Welcome to GreatSchools!! Thanks for joining Elementary School Parents!

My son (1st grade) just finished doing their Christmas Performances. I too, was surprised at some of the songs that were chosen for the children to sing. For example, Pumpkin Stew (I had never heard this song before, and it seemed more like a Thanksgiving song) was one of theirs songs. Albeit a beautiful childrens song it had nothing to do with the theme-Christmas. Fortunately, there were only two "strange" song choices and the rest were traditional Christmas songs.

Have you ever given thought to joining the schools PTA? That would seem to me to be the place were those kind of decisions are made. Have you asked any of the other staff or even the principle why the children are not singing traditional songs? Also, you never said if the music teacher replied to you or not. What did she have to say about the song choices, or your opinion?


MagnetMom December 3, 2008


You might want to talk to the Principal, as well. I'm assuming this is a public school, but the year my daughter was in kindergarten, she was in a "Winter Program." Each grade sang two songs, and she sang Jingle Bell Rock and Frosty. Several grade levels later, I realized that there wasn't a song that was going to mention any of the winter holidays. But we were treated to songs by Cat Stevens (Peace Train?) and other odd stuff.

The next year, with a new principal, there were actually songs that people recognized as being, oh, how do I say it? Christmas-y.

If the music is dictated by the idea that the school is attempting to be so totally PC as to not offend anyone, perhaps several of the parents can band together and ask for a reconsideration. If it's too late this year, then next year.

On the other hand, if the parents prefer a non-religious program, you might have to find another venue (through church or caroling) to get your Christmas song fix in.

Good luck, and let us know how it turns out!


badelk December 4, 2008

I totally agree, what is a christmas progam without christmas songs. I think that is part of the fun of Christmas is hearing all the old Christmas songs. Maybe you could try getting some of the other parents to back you and go to the Superintendent or something. I don't really know but this is just a suggestion.


NannyBiz December 4, 2008

Its the same at our school, Carey Ridge Elementary. All of the songs are about "Holiday" the generic word that has taken over everything Christmas. However, they threw in two actual jewish songs and completely omitted anything that had Christmas in it. I'm all for inclusion, just make it an even distribution and be fair to the majority who want Christmas carols too. Everything is about winter, the Grinch song, jingle bells and other songs that really convey nothing about Christmas and the whole reason we have the program. I am just resolved that the choir is fun for my child, but the meaning of Christmas and its celebration will be from our own church performance, which is wonderful and attending the live nativity (with camels and animals inside the church) for the demonstration of the Christian holiday. If this is really important to you, look to a private school with a religious studies curriculum. Schools are so diverse today, that including other's religious beliefs in music becomes a challenge to not offend some group.

There's nothing saying you couldn't do you own family caroling this year too to enjoy your favorites songs!


jouwhoo December 4, 2008

I've checked out the PTA and there is no local PTA established. I've thought about starting one, but I don't even know where to begin.

I haven't received a reply from the Music teacher yet, but I will keep you informed. I think I will write a letter to the superintendant and principal. I just don't want to seem like a nuisance. What if I am the only parent concerned with this?


MagnetMom December 4, 2008


You won't know until you ask. When you drop off or pick up at the school ask other parents. It's an issue at many schools, but whether it's something that you have to live with or something enough parents can change--you won't know until you ask around.

Good luck!


1seremen December 4, 2008

Jouwhoo, welcome to GS community.
I think you should do what is in the best interest of your children's education.

My daughter's school do not have Christmas program, but class holidays' party. I am a follower of Christ and a practicing Christian and a public school's holiday policy do not border me and my family. Why! My children have a solid foundation with the word of God and we practice the core principle of Jesus Christ, love and compassion. Our church has an elaborate Christmas program for three weeks and my daughter's local choir has a five hours of Christmas program this Sunday.

What can I say! My children are very busy with Christmas activities outside the public school.

Thanks for sharing!


Yecats December 4, 2008

Well, I can understand your frustration, but I think the point you are missing is that they are NOT calling it a Christmas program, so you have set a false expectation. Our school too does a Winter program, in February. I am not sure where you live, but if we were to do a "holiday" program because we wouldn't do a Christmas program then we would need to add Hannukah songs and Kwanza songs and a plethora of other types of songs. Really isn't it supposed to be about the children showing how well they sing and what they learned in their music curriculum not about what the parents "expect". 1/4 of the population where we live is Jewish should we ignore them becuase they are not the majority, 5% of our population probably celebrates Kwanza, should we tell them they don't count. Where do you draw the line? Sometimes it is easier to have no line. Perhaps you should suggest the Winter Program be moved to February like our school, then it would truly be a Winter Program.


jouwhoo December 4, 2008

Yecats wrote: "Perhaps you should suggest the Winter Program be moved to February like our school, then it would truly be a Winter Program."

Yes, I've thought of that, too.


tjlove December 4, 2008

Jouwhoo: If you're interested in starting a PTA and getting parents more involved at your school, we have some great articles on how to get started.
Here's a link to some search results for "PTA"

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