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Winter Break in the Long Beach Unified School District begins on Christmas day, Monday, Dec. 25, through Friday, Jan. 5. Classes resume on Monday, Jan. 8. Friday, Dec. 22, is a minimum day for all K-12 students in the district. Classes will be dismissed between 12:50 and 1 p.m.

Private and charter schools have independent schedules. Parents and students are encouraged to check with their school's office for holiday closure information.

In the spirit of Christmas, here is a list of private, charter and public schools in the district celebrating the Christmas holiday with public holiday programs, musicals and events.

Elementary and Middle School

Westerly School

Westerly alumni and family are invited to the school's annual Winter Alumni Affair at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Westerly campus, 2950 E. 29th St. Appetizers, beverages and campus tours will be available. To RSVP, email Advancement@WesterlySchool.org.

Bethany School

The K-8 program at Bethany School is stepping back into the ’70s with their Christmas program from 6:45 to 9 p.m. today, Dec. 14, at 2250 Clark Ave. Kindergarten through second grade students will perform music and song and third through eighth grade students will perform a musical celebrating the birth of Jesus.

In addition to the school's Christmas program, Bethany Church Long Beach is hosting a Christmas Eve candlelight service for students and the public at 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 2250 Clark Ave. The event will feature caroling, cookies, cocoa and Christmas stories for the youngsters. 

Classes are dismissed early on Friday, Dec. 15, and will resume on Monday, Jan. 8.

Go to bethany-school.org for more information.

St. Cornelius Catholic School

St. Cornelius Catholic School is hosting Christmas mass at 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24, and at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon on Monday, Dec. 25, at 3330 N. Bellflower Blvd.

Students will be dismissed for the Christmas break at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19 and will resume classes Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

St. Lucy School

St. Lucy School presents a "Christmas at the Grand" performance at 7 p.m. tonight, Dec. 14, at 2320 Cota Ave. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Maple Village Waldorf School

For interested parents and family, Maple Village Waldorf School is hosting a holiday class walk-through from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 4017 E. Sixth St. Warm refreshments will be provided. Email Alice.Stevens@maplevillageschool.org. For more information, go to maplevillageschool.org

High School

Wilson High School

The Bruins are hosting a winter dance concert for students and their guests at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14 and Friday, Dec. 15, at the CSULB Carpenter Center, 6200 E. Atherton St. Tickets are $10. For information, go to lbwilson.schoolloop.com.

St. Anthony Catholic High School 

Students and family can get in the holiday spirit with St. Anthony's holiday movie night featuring the move "Elf" at 6 p.m. tonight, Dec. 14, at the courtyard, 620 Olive Ave. Admission is free and popcorn, nachos and drinks will be available for purchase.

On Friday, Dec. 15, the Catholic school is raising money for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Beach by hosting the schools annual ugly sweater contest. Students can participate by dressing up and donating $1. 

For more information, go to longbeachsaints.org.

Jordan High School

The Jordan High School band is putting on a holiday show from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today, Dec. 14, at the school's gym at 6500 Atlantic Ave. For information and tickets, email Ron Scipio, band director, at rscipio@lbschools.com.

Ernest McBride High School

McBride is in the giving spirit and collecting new, unwrapped toys for donation to patients at Miller Women's and Children's Hospital. Donations can be brought to the school at 7025 E. Parkcrest. Toys should be appropriate for ages 5-16 years. Go to http://mcbride-lbusd-ca.schoolloop.com for information.

Keep up-to-date with more LBUSD happenings at lbusd.k12.ca.us.

Stephanie Stutzman can be reached at sstutzman@gazettes.com.

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