Mrs. Niu - Mrs. Rzasa -
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

---Concert Reminder---

Tonight's the night!

The 4th and 5th grade band and chorus students have been anxiously awaiting the big performance this evening!  Please have students arrive at Memorial School in their concert attire (black bottoms/white tops) at 6:30pm.  If you arrive at the school earlier, please stay with your children until 6:30 to allow the music teachers to finish getting ready.

All students will report to the GYM at 6:30, and we will send the band students to the music room at 6:45 to set up their instruments. 

The concert this morning for the school was a huge success, and we know you will enjoy the show!  We look forward to seeing you there.  :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A welcome and a farewell

This week has been such a busy one in music.  Not only are we in full concert-preparation mode, but we are also excited to welcome back Mrs. Niu from her maternity leave!

We wish Ms. Maxwell (who has been covering Mrs. Niu's classes for the first 3 months of school) the best of luck!  Thankfully, she will continue to work with Memorial students as a permanent sub.

I have also updated our most recent songs in grades 1-4...make sure to check them out!
~Mrs. Rzasa

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Concert Info

Attention 4th and 5th grade parents:

Concert information has been updated for our upcoming concert! (see "Concert Information" in left-hand sidebar)

All 4th and 5th grade students are expected to attend the evening concert.  Thank you for your support!

Attention 4th and 5th grade students:
Don't forget to check out the song lyrics- Click on your grade level to find the words to each of our chorus songs.  The more times you sing them, the more comfortable you will be with them!  All of the great musicians practice- it will help you sing your best at the show! :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Veteran's Day

Tomorrow is the 4th grade assembly teaching about Veteran's Day.  If you or someone you know is a veteran, please invite them to attend!  The students will be singing 3 songs, one of which will include the whole school.  We are looking forward to this exciting and heartwarming event!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mr. Papadonis

Yesterday was Mr. Papadonis' last science lesson, as well as our opportunity to thank him for all that he has done for the students in Burlington.  The whole school sang "Thank You," and it was just beautiful!  Ms. Maxwell and I want to thank all of the students for your hard work in class to learn that song.  Simply amazing!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thank You Song

Here are the lyrics to the special Thank You song we have been learning (grades 1-5!)

(solo part omitted)
We can say "thank you"
Oh, we can say "thank you, thank you"
We owe so much to you.
For all you did and do.
We've seen your light shine through
And we learned a lot from you!
You're a great teacher.

Our science teacher
You're a great teacher
Thank you.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

New Blog Features!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I added a page for each grade level, located on the left-hand side of the blog.  There you will find lyrics to the songs we have been doing in class!

If you recieve blog updates via email or Google Reader, you will not be notified when those pages get updated, so please check back often :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Winter Concert

The date of our 2011 Winter Concert is:

Wednesday, December 14th

More information will come soon regarding time and concert attire!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday's Assembly

Wowza!  Everyone did such a fabulous job yesterday at our first assembly! 

We were thrilled to see how well-behaved Memorial students were while we honored those who helped to get the new school built.   We were even more excited about everyone's hard work and dedication to learn 2 new songs in only 2 music classes.  Both the Memorial School Song and Put Your Hand in My Hand were performed beautifully!

Thanks to all of the students who did their best for our first performance!

Friday, September 9, 2011

First week!

We just wanted to let everyone know that we had an amazing first week in music!  The students met Ms. Maxwell, who is currently subbing for Mrs. Niu while she is on maternity leave (Mrs. Niu gave birth on September 7th- congratulations!).

We have also been working on songs that we will sing at the Dedication of the New Memorial School next Thursday.  Here are the lyrics so you can practice!

Memorial School Song:
We are happy and proud
here at Memorial School.
Some of us were born in town,
others born around the world.
But we find our "True North" at Memorial School!
Teachers, students, faculty and
all our families love it at Memorial School!

Put Your Hand in My Hand:
Put your hand in my hand, you can be my friend.
We don't have to look the same to let our voices blend.
We can trust each other, we can try again
If you put your hand in my hand, I will be your friend.
If you put your hand in my hand, I will be your friend.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Meet the Music Teachers :)

Hello- We are so glad that you came to visit the Memorial School music blog!  

Here is where you will find information about upcoming concerts, lyrics to songs sung in the class, music recordings, videos, and much more!  Since we are new to the school, we'd like to share a bit about ourselves, and we can't wait to learn more about you!

Mrs. Niu
~I am from sunny southern California so I get cold pretty easily, especially during the long winter months
~I went to UCLA for my undergraduate years. Go Bruins! Then I got my Master's Degree at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. 
~This is my first year teaching in Burlington. I used to teach in Fairfax County, Virginia
~My main instrument is the piano
~I LOVE to eat so I welcome any kind of food that you might want to bring in for me! Especially dark chocolate! Don't forget to give some to Mrs. Rzasa!
~My hobbies include hiking with my husband and my dog Toby, running, biking, and of course eating

Mrs. Rzasa
~This is my third year teaching in Burlington
~My main instrument is viola, but I also play violin, piano, and flute.
~I grew up on Long Island, NY, and went to college at Boston University
~My favorite foods are sesame chicken, broccoli, and cannolis!
~I love to listen to many different kinds of music
~In my free time I watercolor paint, sew, make cards, and skateboard
~My favorite holiday is Halloween :)

We're looking forward to meeting everyone on Wednesday for the first day of school.  It's sure to be a great year!

Mrs. Niu and Mrs. Rzasa