On Wednesday July 24th, Waterside School Summer Productions put on its 6th annual summer musical: "Alice in Wonderland." With more that 60 students involved, our performers took the audience to a world of "pure imagination" with their creativity, their talents, and their spirit.
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On Friday, June 14, Waterside School held its most special event of the year: "Stepping Up and Graduation." Students from all classes were officially promoted to the next grade level, and twenty-three fifth graders and two early-admission fourth graders represented Waterside's fourteenth graduating class.
In keeping with school tradition, awards were presented throughout the ceremony, including medals to acknowledge students who were "Homework Shining Stars" this year. Emilia Angelov won Waterside's most distinguished award, the "Kruger Cup," which recognizes a graduate who embodies the school's commitment to academic achievement and strong character.
Parent Council President Ana Polanco presented the school with a check for $40,000, all of which came from fundraisers led by Waterside families. The fifth grade graduates then reflected upon their time at Waterside, emphasizing their goal to "Wear the Waterside W" with pride and promising to represent the school wherever they may go. The students expressed their sincerest gratitude to Mr. Kruger and Mr. Edwards for their vision, as well as to Mr. Keels, Ms. Visage, and their teachers for they leadership and guidance.
In addition to the graduates' reflections, Alexis DuPree, a member of Waterside's Class of 2010 and a rising sophomore at Clark Atlanta University, gave an inspiring commencement address. Alexis urged the graduates to stay true to themselves, to remember their roots, and to continue to practice integrity, hard work, commitment, and faith. This fall, Waterside's class of 2019 will matriculate at some of the finest and most competitive schools in the area. Still, it was clear from the graduates' thoughtful reflections that they will always be thankful for the support and foundation that Waterside has afforded them.
On Wednesday, June 12, the Waterside Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes participated in their annual "Stepping Up" ceremony. Teachers from both classes spoke to their students, remarking on how hard the children worked all year, and how they already were emerging as young leaders within the Waterside community. Each class also sang songs they had written for the occasion. The celebration was made all the more special by the older students singing a Waterside favorite, "Watch As We Walk On Our Way," as their younger peers walked out of the gym. The families' pride in their children was impossible to miss- it was a truly joyous occasion.
On Sunday, June 9, Waterside held its annual Alumni BBQ. Over 200 Waterside alumni and family members- ranging from rising sixth graders to college graduates- returned to Waterside School to reconnect, eat together, and share stories from the school year. In keeping with Waterside's mission to provide access and superior academic opportunities, many of the alumni shared exciting summer and career plans, from trips abroad to internships to educational enrichment programs. The joy and energy among the alumni and their families was palpable; it was clear that everyone was happy and proud to be "coming home."
Studying community helpers, the Junior Kindergarten class was most inspired by the mail service. They enjoyed a talk from a parent, who explained the role of a postal worker and what he does each day in his job. The children were eager to write letters to each other, send them in the mail and happy to receive their letters at home.
To celebrate the end of the topic study, JK read The Jolly Postman and Other People's Letters. In the story, a mailman makes his daily deliveries and knocks on the doors of familiar fairytale characters; they receive letters, notes and cards from other fairytale friends. JK then wrote a play script in their own words based on the story. Every child had a part to play on stage, from the narrators, the mailmen, and the Wicked Witch to the Big Bad Wolf! The students enjoyed making costumes, props and the set in their art class. "The Jolly Postman" was a smash hit with lots of laughter and applause.