It’s that time of year when teachers wish for yet more time with students! As the culmination of another year approaches, there are still so many songs to sing, composers to study, and memories to be made!

Image result for recorder drawingFirst of all, the progress made by our 5th grade recorder students has been nothing short of phenomenal. The students play so well, and many have signed up for band next year in middle school. Being in band is a GREAT way to be in a peer group of friends with similar interests, to perform, and to lay a foundation for a lifelong love of music.

Image result for mexican flag drawingIn May, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo by singing songs like “Me Gusta Mi Escuela” (I Like My School!), “Cielito Lindo”, “De Colores” and dancing “La Raspa”. We will also sing “end of the year” songs such as “Go Be Awesome”, “Well it’s Been Fun” and “Who Do We Appreciate?”

Image result for soldier salute flagAs Chairperson of the 31st annual Freedom Fest Patriotic Sing held each year on July 3rd, I would like to extend an invitation for your student to participate in this event. It will be held at the Community Cultural Center at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd. Our children’s choir will sing Patriotic songs honoring our Veterans and our country. Children should attend practices prior to the performance. Practice dates are: Tuesdays – June 4th and 11th at the Britton Gym. Our rehearsals move to the CCC on Tuesdays June 18th and 25th as well as July 2nd. Children should attend 4 rehearsals. All rehearsals are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. We also sing at the Street Dance, in the Parade and at Fireworks. Help us make some home-town 4th of July memories!
The Sing will feature our “Blue Star Moms” and is free to the public. It is a chance for children of our community to sing songs of their country. I always need help with fundraising efforts for the Sing. Please email me if you have ideas about sponsorships. Perhaps your employer would like to sponsor trophies for our Patriotic Sing Essay Contest. I have several options available for both families and businesses.

Not only have we learned songs and played music this year, but we have learned about the instruments of the orchestra, the great masters of music and music theory. We have discovered how music has helped people promote their causes, enabled them to work through adverse circumstances, soothed them in times of tragedy and brought a sense of joy and hope from the use of a melody.
Thank you so much to our Home and School Club for supporting my music curriculum. And, thank you to all of you who have supported our school fundraisers. The children benefit from music, assemblies, and field trips, thanks to your generous support. We have made beautiful music together this year!

With a song in my heart,
Karen Ann Crane