Dates to Remember:

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

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

*Students will meet 1 hour prior to mass for warmups*

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

January 14th-18th

4th grade is leading mass this week and will be playing their recorders at mass!

Students are going to be busy preparing for Catholic Schools Week and our 2nd Annual Lip-Sync Battle!!!

Preschool

We will be reading “The Mitten” and the students will each be given an instrument to play when a certain word is said in the story. We will also be learning the song, “Minka,” which is a traditional Ukrainian folk song. Since our story and song both start with the letter ‘M’ we are going to learn the song, “The M & M Mash.”

On Friday, we will learn the song, “Aiken Drum.” This song is about the man in the moon and the students will help me build the man in the moon by telling me what the man’s arms, legs, head, etc…are made of. The students will also demonstrate a steady beat on each body part while we are singing the verse.

Kindergarten- 3rd grade

We will be learning the song, “Yesh Lanu Tayish,” which is a traditional Hebrew song. The students will be learning new dance vocabulary, some Hebrew words, and a new dance to accompany the song. The students will also use their new dance definitions to create their own dance to this song.

At the end of the week, the students will be learning the song, “Echen Confites,” which is a spanish holiday song about pinatas. The students will new some new vocabulary and some spanish words. We will also sing this song in Spanish and learn a dance to accompany it.

4th graders will be focusing on preparing to play their recorders prior to mass on Thursday. They will be playing, “Gently Sleep” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

5th graders and 6th graders will complete their orchestra project this week. These projects will be on display during conferences in February. The 7th and 8th graders will be learning the song, “Yesh Lanu Tayish,” which is a traditional Hebrew song. The students will be learning new dance vocabulary, some Hebrew words, and a new dance to accompany the song. The students will also use their new dance definitions to create their own dance to this song.

Children’s Choir and Praise Team are preparing to sing for Catholic Schools Week at the end of the month.

4th GRADE RECORDER INFORMATION

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 youtube.com video may help the students practice as well.