Joyful Holiday Celebrations

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Third-grade students in Mrs. Amy Castaldo’s class held dual celebrations for Christmas and Hanukkah before the holiday break. Under the leadership of Mrs. Castaldo, the students performed the classic holiday song White Christmas in American Sign Language. They also welcomed a special visitor when Earl L. Vandermeulen High School Class of 2018 graduate Ben Zaltsman arrived to share a Hanukkah celebration with them. Ben taught the students how to play the traditional game of dreidel after a lesson on its history and meaning of the letters on the four sides of the spinning top. The visit was extra special for third grader Dean Zaltsman as he welcomed his older brother home for the holidays from Texas, where he is a student at Rice University.