Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Check out the NEW Play and Learn Tab!

Check out the new page on our blog!
Play and Learn has been added to simplify the process of finding websites to explore at home.  :)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Celebrating the Second Grade Program

Unfortunately, the program was not recorded by the local cable company, but hopefully you, as families, were able to get some video memories or digital ones!  :)
I was and am so extremely proud of these students!

Aimee Spahos graciously shared these video links:

Thursday, February 14, 2013

First Grade Program "We're Making Music" Sneak Peek

Ms. Olson's class gives a sneak peek of "We're Making Music"

The First Grade Music program is February 21, 2013!
At 5:30, classes include Mrs. Brezensk’s , Mrs. Juszczyk’s, Mrs. Mandli’s, and Ms. Olson’s.
At 6:30, classes include Mrs. Froden’s, Mrs. Knapp’s, Mrs. Rotunno’s, and Mrs. Schimanski’s.
This is an informal performance, giving families a taste of what we do in music class!  Each class will be featured on stage in one song, and sing as backup, sitting on the carpeted floor of the gym for the rest of the songs. Students may dress up for the program, but will want to wear something comfortable for movement. Please take your child’s coat with you to your seat
Doors to the Primary School will open no earlier than 5:15 pm
Due to copyright laws, DVD copies of this program will no longer be available. The program will be videotaped for future viewing on McFarland Cable TV Channel 98 (analog) 982 (digital). If you plan to videotape on your own, please remember to do so from the back wall of the gym.

Second Grade Extra Credit Opportunity

As an extra credit extension learning opportunity for our rhythm unit, second graders are encouraged to work on Rhythm Trainer      http://www.therhythmtrainer.com/  and email me results of at least 25 rhythms completed.  My school email is kathryn_kellen@mcfarland.k12.wi.us
Participant names will be placed in a drawing for small prizes before Spring Break!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

New Excitement in Kindergarten Music!

The new exciting learning tool in the CE music classroom is our Smart Board!
I am using Sibelius' Groovy Music-Shapes software to give the students an interactive overview of many music concepts. (I found this to be very engaging and effective at my former school with kindergarten students.)
It thrills me to have all my students experience success and engage in learning with the incorporation of technology, meeting the needs of different learning styles!

The Cat's Pajamas thrill Elementary Campus audience!

The Cat's Pajamas, a popular a capella singing group, entertained the elementary campus audience this morning.
The McFarland Music Department is hosting a Fundraiser concert with the Cat's Pajamas on Saturday, February 9 at 7:00 PM in the MHS Auditorium.  Doors will open at 6:30 PM.
There is reserved seating!  Tickets available at (608) 770-2443 or PJELVEKROG@Yahoo.com
$8 Students/Seniors   $12 Adults  (Tickets will also be on sale at 6:00 PM at MHS)