May 2019

The blood, sweat and tears, the countless hours of rehearsals, and the last minute panic is over! Thank you to staff and parents for their support and the grade six students for a wonderful performance last week. Your strong support of the music program is outstanding, and truly enriches the lives of everyone involved!

Coming up in these last two months, students will begin to prepare for the year-end concerts and assemblies. If your child plays a musical instrument or takes dance or participates in some kind of performing arts, they are welcome to showcase their gift at our annual talent show, “A Touch of Class”. Students need to have taken classes or lessons for one year in order to participate in this event. More information about these concerts will be given out near the end of May. Start practicing!

April 2019

Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful spring break and are ready for our Spring term.

It’s Circus Time at Sunalta! We would like to invite you to our Spring Concert on April 11th at 2 pm and 7 pm. Our Division 2 students will be performing circus acts to live music, performed by their peers. You’ll hear singing, ukuleles, recorders, xylophones and many more musical surprises.

Our recorder club scheduled for February has been postponed and will take place on Tuesdays at lunch in the month of May. Students in grade 4-6 are welcome to come and play recorder duets and trios.

February 2019

Thank you to all the students who shared their hard work, talent and love of music during our Sharing Classes at the end of January. It is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to learn about different genres of music and different instruments.

Division 2 classes are working hard on repertoire for the spring concert, as well as developing literacy skills and ensemble performance skills through recorder and a variety of other instruments. Our Division 1 classes are playing singing games and rhythm instruments. Through this activity we are developing understanding of musical concepts such as melody, rhythm, harmony, and form. Of course, all students are also learning a repertoire of songs with a focus on expressive and in-tune singing.

We will be starting an optional lunch hour recorder club for students in Grades 4-6. It will run on Tuesdays from 12:20 to 12:45. Our first meeting will be Tuesday February 5th and it will run until Tuesday March 12th. Students must bring their own recorder for this club. Please remind your child that their recorder should always be in their backpack.

January 2019

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a joyful and relaxing holiday. Thank you parents for your kind words and generous gifts. Welcome back to Music in 2019! We’re looking forward to learning lots of new songs, instrument skills and singing games this winter and spring. Stay tuned for information about a lunch hour recorder club. Division 2 students will soon begin working on repertoire for our Spring Concert.

Grades 1-6 will be having Sharing Classes at the end of January. Students are encouraged, but not required, to prepare a short performance (1-2 min) to share with their own class during music time. This could be on an instrument they are learning outside of school, or it could be performing a song or playing an instrument they are learning in music class. Small group performances are welcome, but students are reminded that they must prepare by practising together.
Mrs. Neufeld

December 2018

November seemed to fly by in the music room at Sunalta. We submitted our Grade 6 entry to the CBC Music Class Challenge earlier this month, and are still waiting for it to be posted to the website. There are many schools entering this year from across the country, and the final date for submission is Nov. 27. Top ten schools in each category will be announced on Dec. 11, and the winners will be announced on Dec. 18. Here is the link to see all the wonderful Canadian music, arranged and performed by Canadian students. Sunalta’s entry should appear there any day now.

Our Division I students are working hard on their upcoming musical, “A Bugz Christmas”. Our Christmas concert will take place on Thursday December 13 at 2 PM and 7 PM. Many thanks go out to the creative and generous volunteers who have come forward to help create costumes for our young actors. We know you are going to enjoy this show – with lots of humour and well-prepared music to entertain you! Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students – please wear red or green tops with dark pants for our performances.

Our choir and handbell group are excited about performing for you as well at the Christmas concert. On Dec. 14th, both groups will travel to Silvera for Seniors. We have several songs to perform, and also plan to sing some favourite carols with the residents.

Please note that Grade 6 Graduation Committee will be selling Crave cupcakes (yum!) along with limited edition Sunalta School mugs ($10.00 per mug) at both the morning and afternoon Christmas concerts on Thursday, December 13, 2018; all funds will go towards the making the Grade 6 Graduation memorable! Rafiki bracelets will be sold to support our WE ACT club during the evening and afternoon concert. We will be auctioning off two paintings created by students this year at the Christmas Concert. Proceeds from our “Peace Dove” painting will be donated to the Veteran’s Foodbank and proceeds from our “Burgundy Forest” created by all our students in Division 1 will support Art Residencies at the school. Please see the attached photos at the bottom of the newsletter. We will start the bids for each painting at $ 100.00. If you would like to bid on the paintings prior to the concert please call the school.

Please join us for Carols by Candlelight on December 18 from 2:00 to 2:30 PM and on December 21 from 10:45 to 11:15 AM.

December is a month filled with opportunities to enjoy participating in the arts, both at school and in the community. We wish you a wonderful holiday with family and friends, and hope you will have many opportunities to enjoy the beautiful music of the season!!

Ms. Neufeld

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