This quarter is also filled with many wonderful opportunities for holiday and seasonal lessons. If your child is not allowed to participate in any holiday themed songs or activities, regardless of what holiday, please make sure they are prepared to inform me so they can be given another fun, alternative lesson. We do not learn any sacred holiday music in music class. Halloween is a time to learn some wonderful pieces of classical music that have been used for "scary" movies or cartoons or were written for some degree of "spookiness". These are not Halloween-based and are safe for all children to learn. During November, we have several Native American songs and instrument activities available. For the December holidays, we will learn simple songs about the season of winter, but will not be learning and "Christmas", "Hanukah", or "Kwanza" songs but do have some secular holiday favorites we use to play along with rhythm sticks and jingle bells. Once again, if you prefer your child not participate in these holiday-themed lessons, please make sure you let me know.
Now that we have made it through the first quarter, it is time to start a choir at Sylvan Park Elementary. During the first week of November, information about the choir, including interview dates, will be sent home with all 3rd and 4th graders. The choir will be a great addition to the music program with the hope that it will continue to grow each year. Rehearsals will be one afternoon a week from 3:15-4:30 on either Monday or Wednesday to avoid conflicts with those participating in the Disney production. The limit at this time will be between 30-50 members and it will be a year-long commitment. More information will be made available as we near the first of November.
Lastly, a huge thanks to Jennifer Ohnstadt for her generous donation towards the Orff Instrument repairs.
Mr. Matthew L. Burns
Is it the end of the first quarter already? It's hard to believe that we have already been in school for nine weeks. I hope everyone enjoys the week off and gets some much needed rest.
Just a few updates and reminders going into the second quarter:
A few "heads-up" notifications:
Thank you for a great first quarter and I look forward to the next one here at SP.
*Students that are no allowed to participate in any holiday-themed lessons will be given alternatives for those days such as attending another related arts class or a specialized and fun activity separate from the lesson. Please notify me of any accommodations that need to be made.