South School full of holiday spirit

By Beth A. Birmingham | Dec 21, 2013
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Austin Stone and Quinten Robinson get assistance putting on the finishing touches of their gingerbread houses Dec. 19 at South School. Becky Gamage, mother of fourth-grade teacher Wendy Gamage, helped with the class project.

Rockland — The students and staff at South School in Rockland decked the halls with music and individual class projects Dec. 19.

Music teacher Beverly Pacheco led an all-school sing-along. "Frosty the Snowman" and "Jingle Bells" along with many other traditional holiday songs were belted out.

Third-grader Henry Weinand entertained the school playing "Good King Wencelas" on the keyboard, accompanied by classmates Brian Corriveau and Winter Adams.

Fourth-grade teacher Wendy Gamage added her talent of telling jokes based around each song's subject. "Frosty the Snowman" began with the question "What is a snowman's favorite breakfast? Frosted flakes, of course, was the answer.

Earlier in the day, Gamage's fourth-grade class constructed gingerbread houses and wrapped presents for their families.

Gamage said her class had just completed a two-week study on the history of the Christmas holiday.

The all-important "glue" — frosting — for the gingerbread houses took seven pounds of confectionery sugar to get the consistency right. Additions to the structures were pretzels, gumdrops, candy canes, and many more yummy delights.

The project took nearly three hours to complete.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Third-grader Henry Weinand strokes the keyboard during an all-school sing-along at South School Dec. 19. Weinand learned the song "Good King Wencelas" and taught the vocals to his classmates. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Brian Corriveau and Winter Adams assist third-grade classmate Henry Weinand with vocals on "Good King Wencelas" during a sing-along at South School Dec. 19. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Music teacher Beverly Pacheco tickles the ivory as she plays "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Dec. 19 during an all-school sing-along at South School. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Kindergartener Reese Drinkwater lends her vocal cords to "Jingle Bells" during a sing-along at South School Dec. 19. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Adding the roof to his gingerbread house is Elijah Esancy, a fourth-grade student at South School. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Teacher Wendy Gamage and fourth-grade students Phillip Salo and Jacob Sproes sit among the numerous yummy ingredients they used to construct gingerbread houses Dec. 19 at South School. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Helen Plourd | Dec 21, 2013 13:29

It is so pleasant to have positive news about our students in our local paper.

Stupendous job Wendy, students and Beth!

Retired teacher,

Helen D. Plourd

Posted by: Wendy Marie Gamage | Dec 21, 2013 11:10

I'd like to wish all of our students and their families a very Happy New Year! Thank you Beth Birmingham for your presence at so many of the events happening in our community.  I so much prefer reading the happy news!  I'm so blessed and thankful for my beautiful and crafty mother.  It takes a village to raise a child.  Our schools would never be the same without the help of our faithful volunteers!


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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.

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