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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Joy Tunes (Third Grade)

As you know, the third grade has been learning the recorder in music class.  I'd like to remind parents (and students!) of the importance of practicing at home.  Students should be aiming to practice 5 times each week.  Each practice session can be as short as 5 minutes, or up to 30.

In music this week, we have started spending some time using a website called Joy Tunes (  This site is a great way for students to practice through recorder games.  To play, you need a computer with a microphone (most laptops have built-in mics).  You can also download the free app if you have an iPad (

You will need to make an account so the student's progress will be saved.  Here's how to do it:

Go to, and click "Play for Free"

Next, make a username, password, and type in your email address:

Click "CONNECT" to allow the site to access your microphone:

Now you're ready to play!  Have fun :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

DARE Graduation (5th Grade Only)

We are approaching this year's DARE graduation for 5th graders, and therefore starting to learn "I Will Dare."  Below are the lyrics and a recording you can use for practice:


I Will Dare
People can tell me what they’ve done.
May be some things. Maybe none.
But people can’t tell me what to do.
I will choose the way that’s true for me.
Don’t want to fall into the trap.
Don’t want to be somebody’s sap.
I’m better than that!
I’ll go to the mat to prove I can be drug free! Yeah, yeah!

D! I won’t to do drugs!
A! Won’t have an attitude!
R! I will respect myself!
E! I will educate me! (repeat) Now.

People can tell me what they know.
I will listen as I go.
But people can’t take my mind away.
Only I can have a say in me.
Don’t have to follow others’ path.
Don’t have to know their aftermath.
My mind is my own!
I’ll reap what I’ve sown!
I know I can be drug free! Yeah, yeah!


Check your attitude at the door…(repeat)
I’m gonna beat the odds.
I won’t do drugs I won’t give in.
I’m gonna call the shots I my life.
An I’m gonna win.
Don’t push me. Don’t press me.
Don’t call me friend when all you wanna do is drag me
Its time for this to end!
Check your attitude at the door!
I do not want to score!
I only want to win in this drug war!

CHORUS (4 times)

I will dare!
I will dare!
I will dare!
I will dare! Oh! (3rd and 4th time only)
Now! Now!
I will dare!