Dates to Remember:

Veterans’ Day-Friday, November 9th at 1:00pm in the school gym

Christmas Concert– Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00pm in the St. Mary’s Church

Catholic Schools Week- Sunday, January 27th at 10:30am Mass in Bird Island

                                          Saturday, February 2nd at 5:00pm Mass in Olivia

Spring Concert– Thursday, March 28th at 7:00pm in the school gym

1st Communion– Sunday, May 5th at 10:30am Mass in Bird Island

Graduation- Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:00pm in the St. Marys Church

September 24th-September 28th

7th grade is leading mass this week!

Children’s Choir is singing for mass this week!

Students will be learning the BOLD School Song this week for the pep fest on Friday.

Students will also be learning a special song to accompany our marathon theme this year, the kick-off for our marathon will be on Thursday afternoon.


We will be reading the book, “The Perfect Square” by Michael Hall. We will be adding sound effects to the story and listening to the Minnesota Orchestra’s music composition for this piece. We will be using the pictures that accompany this story to learn about sequencing and the “sol-mi” pitches and completing a paper project at the end of reading this story.

1st grade – 3rd grade

Students will be completing a Rockin’ Rhythm Reading Unit this week. These activities will review our basic notes, rest and introduce our time signatures. We will be clapping these rhythms as well as using instruments to demonstrate these rhythms. At the end of the unit the students will create their own compositions with the rhythms we used.

If time allows at the end of the week we will start to talk about melodic direction and how melodies can be derived from a musical scale. Students will watch the lesson video about pentascales and learning a song called, “Give Me Five.”

4th Grade

Students will starting the recorder unit this week and introducing our first three notes so that students are able to play the song for their white belt. We will be talking about the fundamentals and how to test on belts. We will also be rehearsing our Children’s Choir music for mass.

5th grade-8th grade

 The non-band students will be start a Garage Band Unit on their IPads. This week students will be introduced to the app and how to create loop browsers and add instruments.

Children’s Choir

We will be performing on September 27th School Mass and continue to rehearse these pieces and the hymns for that mass. Our iPads are all set up and we will be using them during rehearsals.


We have recently started our Recorder Unit in Music Class. I use a curriculum called Recorder Karate and each time a student masters a song, he or she will have earned a belt for that song.

Usually, I would listen to students in class to assess, but since this is a larger class I would like to try a different form of assessment in order to be better utilize my time in the classroom with the students.  I have created a Google Voice account with the phone #320-365-1105. When a student feels ready to test for a belt he or she will call this number and leave a voicemail:

“Hello, Mrs Strandberg. This is (student name) testing on (song name).” The student then proceeds to play the song he or she wishes to test on that day.

Here are some play-along tracks for the students to practice with on their Recorder Karate songs!

If the above links are not working, this video may help the students practice as well.