I would like to respond to the letter written by Rhiannon Malbeuf in the December 23, 2010 Free Press regarding Malaspina Elementary’s Christmas concert.
I am a lucky individual to have had all my children enrolled in the Malaspina School community. I have spent a number of years volunteering in the school and have gotten to know the staff fairly well.
I am confident when I say that the staff at Malaspina is dedicated to the education of our children. The Christmas concert, which saw Santa’s elves trying to save Christmas, was to provide entertainment for the school community. With different religions, values and customs we can no longer teach an exact idea of Christmas. Your values and customs could be completely different than mine.
Having a comedy about the crisis at the North Pole was to provide entertainment without excluding or offending different customs, which it most definitely did. It was an amazing production.
Ms. Malbeuf states that “our children don’t even know any traditional Christmas music, they don’t practice that anymore.” In response to that, the day after the concert the children and staff met in the gym for a Christmas singalong. The notice of this taking place was also stated in newsletters. If you would like your children to know traditional Christmas carols, perhaps teaching them at home would be a solution. Shouldn’t we be teaching our own children the traditions that we want them to learn at home? This is the parent’s responsibility, not the school’s.
The staff at Malaspina, the students and a number of parent volunteers spent hours of their time rehearsing, sewing, decorating and encouraging each other to come together to provide entertainment for us, their families. Numerous requests went out in school newsletters requesting assistance, if Ms. Malbeuf wanted to have some input, perhaps next time the school sends out the call for volunteers, she answers.
I would like to thank the parents, the children and staff for a performance well done.