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Friday, May 27, 2016

Weekly Review 5/23 - 5/27

We hope you have enjoyed the warm weather this week!

The first graders had a very exciting week in music - they started their violin unit! The students first learned how to open up the case and take out the instrument.  Then, they learned how to do rest position and playing position.  These positions are so important because they keep the instrument safe, and helps to develop proper technique.  Then, they learned the four different strings on the violin.  The G is the lowest string, followed by D, A, and E.  Last, they started playing the violin with pizzicato.  Pizzicato is a technique of plucking the strings.  They did a wonderful job, and had such a great time!

The second grade students had a fabulous Memorial Day concert this Wednesday!  

The students performed America the Beautiful, This Land is Your Land, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and Grand Old Flag.  They also taught the whole school about the importance of Memorial Day, and how the holiday was formed.   We are so proud of them!

The third graders have continued to rehearse their belt songs, as well as Juba Jive and March of the Droids.  Here is a bit more information about their performance:

Dear Parents,

We would like to invite you and your family to the 3rd grade Violin and Recorder Concert on Tuesday, June 7th at 8:30 a.m. in the Cafetorium.  Students are encouraged to wear colorful shirts with black bottoms.  No logos, please!

We hope to see you there!

The Third Grade Team, Ms. Berger, Mrs. Niu, and Mrs. Rzasa


The fourth graders have continued to work on their compositions to accompany the Rainbow Fish book.  They are almost finished with the project, and cannot wait to share what they have composed!  They also started the violin unit this week.  We reviewed the parts of the violins and got into height order so that we could assign instruments for next week. 

The fifth grade students have started running through their Where The Wild Things Are compositions, and one class even performed!  Mrs. Conceison's class invited Mrs. Farrell's first grade class to be an audience while we read the book and students added instrumental sound effects and melodies.  Here's a video of the performance:

They did such an awesome job!  Over the next two weeks, the other classes will perform.  The fifth graders also started to learn their song for their Moving Up ceremony. We can't believe that they will be headed over to the middle school next year!

Have a fabulous 3 day weekend!

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