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On Thursday, January 23, Waterside School honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual school-wide assembly. Each class took to the stage to share their tribute with the school. Junior kindergarten performed "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," a song written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson, and first grade presented their own adaptation of King's iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. Second and fourth graders shared the accomplishments of other change-makers who have been inspired by Dr. King, ranging from Ruby Bridges and the Little Rock Nine to Greta Thunberg, Colin Kaepernick, and Alicia Garza.



The presentation culminated with third, fourth, and fifth grade students singing John Legend's song "If You're Out There." Its message- a call to action for young people to be the change that we want to see- echoes Waterside's mission to empower its students and instill within them a belief in their own worth. The students emphasized- in every way- that the time is always right to do the right thing. Indeed, Dr. King's fight for equality and his fierce desire for justice have made the dream of Waterside School a reality. Watch opening video.










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On the evening of December 19th, the gymnasium was packed with students, parents, alumni, and friends as Waterside celebrated the joy and spirit of the holiday season. The "Home for the Holidays" concert included jazz and seasonal medley selections along with traditional songs. It was truly a magical evening, and the highlight of the holiday season for everyone at Waterside.









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In the spirit of the season, on Tuesday November 26, the Waterside community celebrated its annual Thanksgiving luncheon. Students and faculty gathered in the gym to give thanks, and the School's beloved chef, Ingrid Moore, prepared a traditional feast for all. Instead of sitting with their own classes, students dispersed among the long, family style tables; younger students ate and visited with older students, and family members and faculty members served and joined the children for the meal. As always, the annual Thanksgiving luncheon reflected the Waterside community's true appreciation and gratitude for the many blessings in their lives.







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