I don't remember my parents talking about celebrating Christmas at school. I remember a Christmas program when I was in fourth grade. We played the "Good King Wenceslas" on flute-a-phones (recorders) and every time I hear that song today, I remember when I was in fourth grade. My children always had a Christmas program when they went to Orestes School. Everyone looked forward to seeing the kindergartners walking in with pajamas on and carrying a stuffed toy and singing "Away in a Manger". Mrs. Brackett always put on a good show.
Jason, Travis & Michelle LeMaster
Now that I've read mom's recollection, I can vaguely remember the program for kindergartners singing "Away in a Manger", though probably I'm remembering seeing my younger brother and sister. Mrs. Brackett, our music teacher, was a very special lady. She came to America as a young child from Germany right after the war. Her accent was still very think, but she was sweet to the kids. I remember that if she couldn't remember your name, she would say "Hey, Lady" with her German accent. I can still hear her voice.
Update : The pictures have been located.
Travis LeMaster & Amy King, Orestes Elementary, 1977