2017-06-15 / Family

School celebration has an international flavor


AROUND THE WORLD—Sumac Elementary students learn songs and dances from various countries for the school’s inaugural Festival Internacional, presented June 6 at the Agoura High Performing Arts Center. 
Courtesy of Laura Leininger AROUND THE WORLD—Sumac Elementary students learn songs and dances from various countries for the school’s inaugural Festival Internacional, presented June 6 at the Agoura High Performing Arts Center. Courtesy of Laura Leininger Sumac Elementary presented its inaugural Festival Internacional with the whole school performing to a packed house June 6 at the Agoura High School Performing Arts Center.

The students learned the opening and finale songs in Spanish, ASL and English as well as a song and dance from another country or another time in U.S. history.

Outgoing principal Alina Silvestre had the idea for Sumac students to present a multi-cultural celebration of Sumac’s dual Spanish immersion program.

Laura Leininger, school music specialist, designed backdrops of each country. She also fashioned costumes for all 400 students.

Earlier in the year, teachers selected countries for their children to study for the Olympic- themed jog-a-thon. Leininger matched songs and dances to represent each country chosen.

Maestra Castillo shared her culture from Columbia with her students and Mr. Tally’s third-grade class as they learned the Cumbia.

Maestra Burns shared her Peruvian culture with her kindergarten students as they learned to dance the Huaylas and Tondero in front of backdrops of Machu Picchu and Peruvian architecture.

Mrs. Stein’s kindergarten class played rhythm sticks for a New Zealand folk song and dance “E Papa Wairi” set in Milford Sound.

Mrs. Poretz’s Journey’s class gave a Hawaiian rendition of “It’s a Small World” on a Hawaiian beach with Diamond Head in the background.

Second grade teachers Mrs. Sandoval and Mrs. Rasmussen’s classes played castanets while dancing a Spanish flamenco to “El Vito” in front of the Spanish aqueducts after learning about De Cervantes’ character Don Quixote from “Man of La Mancha.”

Mrs. Birkett, Mrs. Carsillo, Mrs. Liu-Barba’s fourth graders square danced in Paramount Ranch to represent California history, after studying Guatemala and France earlier in the year.

Maestra Hewitt and Mrs. Duim’s first-graders presented the Mexican hat dance in front of a backdrop of Chichen Itza,

Ms.Seideman’s third-graders sang and danced a French song “Ah! Si Mon Moinet Voulet Danse” in the Canadian Rockies.

Mrs. Argano’s class sang and danced an Italian “Tiritomba” in front of the Coliseum.

Mrs. Crisman’s second-grade class danced a Urugauyan tango “La Cumparsita.”

Mrs. Given and Lorch’s fifth-grade classes danced an Argentine tango “Adios Muchachos.”

Sumac also noted the first group of students who began the dual immersion Spanish and English education program as kindergartners six years ago.

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