Specialists’ Presentation from Back to School Night

Written by Lila Jorge. Posted in 1st Grade Art, 1st Grade Music, 1st Grade PE, 2nd Grade Art, 2nd Grade Music, 2nd Grade PE, 3rd Grade Art, 3rd Grade Music, 3rd Grade PE, 4th Grade Art, 4th Grade Music, 4th Grade PE, 5th Grade Art, 5th Grade Music, 5th Grade PE, ES Art, ES Music, ES PE, Kindergarten Art, Kindergarten Music, Kindergarten PE

Thank You NoteThank you so much to all the parents who attend our Back to School Night yesterday evening.  We really appreciated the turnout from so many families and are truly grateful to part of a community that deeply values the importance of an outstanding education.

As promised, here is a links to specialists’ presentation.  We hope the parents who were not able to attend will take the time to read through the information.

Specialists Presentation

Throughout the year, we will be updating the blog with information about the different concepts and topics that students are exploring. Our teachers will be using the blog as the primary platform for communicating with parents and we will continue to encourage families to visit the site regularly.

Many thanks again for all the support!

Music Room Tour

Written by Rachel Grove. Posted in 1st Grade Music, 2nd Grade Music, 3rd Grade Music, 4th Grade Music, 5th Grade Music, ES Music, Kindergarten Music

Welcome back to school! And welcome to the music room!

This year is off to a great start for each class. It is so fun for me to see the students returning, and how they really grew in the last year of music.  I love that I get to work with the same kids year after year, because I am able to witness so much growth. I see them retaining information and being able to pick up right where we left off!

For those of you who did not make it to back to school night, and have not made it down to the music room yet this year, I wanted to give you a virtual tour of our room this year. So now you will be able to envision where your child is spending their music class each week. Please don’t hesitate to stop by! Here’s to a great year!

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Welcome Kinder!

Written by Rachel Grove. Posted in ES Music, Kindergarten Music

It has been a wonderful first few weeks getting to know this new group of Kindergarteners. Since Kindergarten is the first year that the students have me as their music teacher, it is always fun to watch them walk into the music room wide-eyed, and begin to learn what our music class is like!

The beginning of Kindergarten music is all about establishing a foundation. The foundation that we are setting right now is what they will build on for many years! I am beginning to equip them with the most basic and essential tools, that we will continue to sharpen all year long.

In our first few lessons, we have spent a good amount of time becoming comfortable and familiar with the music room and its procedures. As I have seen in the upper grades, once these are in place, our time in the music room can go incredibly smoothly. Since our room is a large space in which such a large variety of activities take place, it is so important to lay down these routines and expectations from the beginning. It is a new space to these students, and there are many new daily norms to learn, including our hello song, their line spots, scatter spots, story spots, circle spots, transitions, instrument care, line-up routine, and goodbye song! Whew! They have done an amazing job of adapting to these new things in this new room!

In the midst of learning these routines, we have had a lot of fun as we begin to make music together! We have been laying the foundation of steady beat, vocal exploration, and imaginative play. The songs, stories, and activities that we have been doing are paving the way to label these important elements.

I have attached a few “ASK ME” questions, for you to ask your child and give them the opportunity to share with you some of the new poems/rhythmic chants and songs that we have learned in music. I’ve also included a digital copy incase they need a little prompting. 🙂

“ASK ME”:

– Ask your student to tell you about the pie I was baking for my Aunt, and what happened to it! Ask if they can sing you the song “No more Pie”.Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 1.29.08 PM

 

– Ask your child how my Aunt came into town, and ask if they can sing “Engine #9” for  you while sliding their hands like the train. Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 1.29.57 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Ask them to perform for you “Here is the Beehive” (speaking the words, not singing yet) with the hand motions.Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 1.32.53 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialists Back to School Night Presentation

Written by Lila Jorge. Posted in 1st Grade Art, 1st Grade Music, 1st Grade PE, 2nd Grade Art, 2nd Grade Music, 2nd Grade PE, 3rd Grade Art, 3rd Grade Music, 3rd Grade PE, 4th Grade Art, 4th Grade Music, 4th Grade PE, 5th Grade Art, 5th Grade Music, 5th Grade PE, ES Art, ES Music, ES PE, Kindergarten Art, Kindergarten Music, Kindergarten PE

Schedule Cardsp4Just in case you did not get a chance to visit the Specialists’ presentation during Back to School Night, here is a link to the presentation slides!

Specialists Back to School Night Presentation