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On Wednesday, January 23, Waterside School honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior with its annual school-wide assembly. The second grade class presented a spoken timeline of Dr. King's life and achievements, and all grades took to the stage to share their own tribute with the school. The entire community then joined together to sing Stevie Wonder's iconic song, "Happy Birthday." The students learned that this jubilant song was written to lobby for Dr. King's birthday to be an American national holiday; throughout the assembly, the students shared their extensive knowledge of Dr. King and other influential Civil Rights leaders.

The presentation culminated with a video of Waterside students and alumni sharing their dreams for the future. One student explained: "Dr. King taught us that no dream is too big or too small...and because of that, we will continue to dream."

The video emphasized that- in every way- the dream still lives. Indeed, Dr. King's fight for equality and his fierce desire for justice have made the dream of Waterside School a reality.

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On Friday, January 18, Waterside was treated to some powerful gospel music from the Gospel Knights of Concordia College. With the help of some Waterside fifth graders, the Gospel Knights performed songs that had all students, teachers, and parents in attendance clapping, singing along, and celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King's upcoming birthday.

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On the evening of December 19th, the gymnasium was overflowing with students, parents, alumni, and friends as Waterside celebrated the joy and spirit of the holiday season. The holiday concert included jazz and gospel selections along with traditional songs. All in attendance were treated to a surprise performance; over a hundred alumni, parents, and teachers joined together to cap the night off with Stevie Wonder's hit, "What Christmas Means to Me." In keeping with the concert's theme of "Share the Joy," the fifth grade narrators reminded that, "Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy, and keep choosing it every day." It was truly a magical evening, and the highlight of the holiday season at Waterside.

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On Tuesday night, the 4th and 5th graders helped kick off the holiday season by singing some Christmas carols at the 8th annual Harbor Point Tree Lighting in Commons Park. Cheered on by many parents and community members, the students started the event bringing a little holiday cheer singing "This Christmas," as well as "Dreaming of a Blue Christmas," an original blues medley of some holiday favorites.

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On Thursday, November 15, 2018, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders went on a field trip to Greenwich Academy where they met the renowned author, Matali Perkins. She presented her journey as an immigrant in America as well as her unique perspective on the art of storytelling. The Greenwich Academy and Waterside students worked together to create a work of art inspired by Matali Perkinsí book, "Rickshaw Girl."

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