Talent was spotted at last week! More than 50 students ranging in grades from kindergarten to 4 presented their talents in a school assembly on Tuesday, April 10 ( to see photos from last year's show). The morning performance was just the preview for the actual show, which took place at last Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Organized by music teacher, Katherine Benard, a variety of acts were performed [Don't see your student's photo here; add it to the gallery].
The students giggled as they watched kindergartener, Ricky Doyle as he presented his original puppet show featuring two Doberman pincher puppets. They were in awe of the numerous dancers ranging from jazz, tap, to jump-rope and hula hoop. Students sang, played piano, and much more.
“Isn’t their dance beautiful?” commented chaperone and co-owner of Studio One Dance Center, Paola Rarick. “They choreographed most of the dance on their own!”
Second graders Mallory Baughman and Lucy Loftus had arranged their ballet number to the song “Cinderella” which ended with being handed a flower from each of their dads.
The evening would not have been possible without the parents and teachers that helped to chaperone, such as Diane Robinson, fellow co-owner of Studio One Dance Center and parent of two at Sliney. Carol Spinello, Literacy Specialist at Sliney, was also on hand to assist Mrs. Bernard in setting up the stage, monitoring the students, and of course, assuring them “they would do a great job!”
Many Sliney teachers also came to watch their students perform.
“She’s really, good Dad,” claimed one student as he watched the final act, a song sung by second grader Lily Stockwell. “You have to videotape her!”
Others were charmed by the skits written by third and fourth graders. “What Happens if you do this to CJ?” featuring a talk show by fourth graders C.J. Doyle and Natalie Leonffu was a fan favorite, as was “Fashion Show,” which featured the men of Branford Fashion, by third graders Cooper Robinson, Nick Lux, and Tristan Lux.
“There is so much talent here,” commented their principal, Dr. Susan Iwanicki-Smith, “Let’s give them all another round of applause.”
Photos and information courtesy of Dr. Susan Iwanicki-Smith