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Week of February 12th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 2/12 (100 minutes.)

6th graders will finish their tests over Unit 12 on Monday. Students who haven’t already taken their tests may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

Upcoming concert: Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre. This concert will feature the 6th and 7th/8th grade Orchestras as well as both PHS Orchestras. I’m sure it will be a great evening of music!

Chaperones/drivers needed: the 7th and 8th graders will participate in the SEWMEA large ensemble festival Thursday, March 15th in Palouse, WA. I would really appreciate it if 2 or 3 parents would be able to transport cellos and basses to and from the event. (Mrs. Lee has already volunteered, thank you!) We have 5 basses and 7 cellos to move. Parents who transport instruments could also serve as chaperones (if they wish) but it is very helpful to have some parents who stay at the festival and help monitor students. Parents can chaperone but not transport instruments if they wish. Please let me know if you’re able to help. I don’t have a time frame yet but will get that information out as soon it is available.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 2/12 (150 minutes.)

Upcoming concert: Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre. This concert will feature the 6th and 7th/8th grade Orchestras as well as both PHS Orchestras. I’m sure it will be a great evening of music!


Week of February 5th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 2/5 (100 minutes.) This is the first practice slip of 3rd quarter.

Solo/Ensemble: congratulations to the students who performed and were adjudicated this past Saturday! I wasn’t able to sit in on all of the performances, as I was also running the festival, but I heard great feedback from Giselle Hillyer, our adjudicator. It was fun to hear her work with the students, she is a gifted teacher and musician.

Many thanks to the students and parents who volunteered their time to help run the festival on Friday and Saturday. Students, be sure to put the time you spent volunteering on your practice slip that you turn in this Monday.

6th graders will have a test over Unit 12 this Thursday. Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

Upcoming concert: Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre. This concert will feature the 6th and 7th/8th grade Orchestras as well as both PHS Orchestras. I’m sure it will be a great evening of music!

Chaperones/drivers needed: the 7th and 8th graders will participate in the SEWMEA large ensemble festival Thursday, March 15th in Palouse, WA. I would really appreciate it if 2 or 3 parents would be able to transport cellos and basses to and from the event. We have 5 basses and 7 cellos to move. Parents who transport instruments could also serve as chaperones (if they wish) but it is very helpful to have some parents who stay at the festival and help monitor students. Please let me know if you’re able to help. I don’t have a time frame yet but will get that information out as soon it is available.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 2/5 (150 minutes.)

T-shirts/sweatshirts have arrived. I handed them out to Gray Orchestra Friday during class and will hand them out to Blue Orchestra Monday during class. They look great!

Dr. Meredith Arksey, violin and viola professor at WSU, will work with the Blue Orchestra this Friday, 2/9. I will be gone that day due to my husband having surgery. Ms. Crowe will be my sub, but it will be nice to have Dr. Arksey in to work with the students.

Upcoming concert: Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre. This concert will feature the 6th and 7th/8th grade Orchestras as well as both PHS Orchestras. I’m sure it will be a great evening of music!

 


Week of January 29th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 1/29 (100 minutes) This is the final practice slip of 2nd quarter/1st semester.

6th graders will have a test over measures 36-40 in Classic Sinfonia this Wednesday, 1/31.

7th and 8th graders may sign up to help with solo and ensemble this Monday. I will need helpers both Friday after school from 3:00-4:00 (or so) and also on Saturday starting at 8:30 and going until approximately 2:00. Students do not have to commit to the entire time period on Saturday, they may work a “shift” of 2-3 hours if they wish. I could also use the help of perhaps one more parent if anyone is available. (Thank you Mrs. Dreewes for already volunteering!)

For those students who are performing in Solo/Ensemble, I will give you your performance time Monday or Tuesday this week. Important note: your warm up time is 10 minutes prior to your performance time. Strings will warm up in the Channel 3 studio and perform in the library at LMS. There will be no piano available in the warm up room; please bring a tuner. Please do not be late! Students should dress nicely, and if performing in an ensemble, students should wear matching clothing such as black and white clothing. (Students do not have to wear black and white, this is just an example.)

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 1/29 (150 minutes.) This is the first practice slip of 2nd semester.

T-shirts/Hoodies from the CustomInk order will be here approximately February 6th.

Update regarding Blue Orchestra trip: we have too many students, particularly first violins, who are unable to attend the W-ASTA/WWU festival, so we will not be going on the trip March 16-18. I will work on an alternative trip, such as going to Eastern Washington University, Whitworth, and/or Gonzaga for a clinic and then going to a performance of the Spokane Symphony or the like. I will send out information about this as soon as I have something worked out.

For those students who are performing in Solo/Ensemble, I will give you your performance time Monday or Tuesday this week. Important note: your warm up time is 10 minutes prior to your performance time. Strings will warm up in the Channel 3 studio and perform in the library at LMS. There will be no piano available in the warm up room; please bring a tuner. Please do not be late! Students should dress nicely, and if performing in an ensemble, students should wear matching clothing such as black and white clothing. (Students do not have to wear black and white, this is just an example.)

 

 

 


Week of January 22nd

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 1/22 (100 minutes.) Students have one more practice slip due after this week before the semester ends on Friday, 2/2.

The week of 1/29 (the last week of the semester) all late practice slips and extra credit concert programs/reviews will be due by Wednesday, 1/31. No late practice slips will be accepted after that date. Extra credit turned in after the 31st will be counted on third quarter’s grade.

6th graders will have a short test in the piece “Classic Sinfonia” on Wednesday, 1/31 (measures 36-40.)

Upcoming concert: 6th grade through 12th grade Orchestras Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre. Please be sure this date is on your calendar!

On a personal note, my father passed away this past Friday. I will be gone from school most of this week. I ask that the students work hard and treat their guest teachers in a respectful manner. I look forward to seeing the students again soon.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 1/22 (150 minutes.) This is the last week of the semester. All late practice slips and any extra credit concert programs are due by Wednesday, 1/31.

I extended the t-shirt/sweatshirt order deadline to Monday since some people were still wanting to order. The link is: https://www.customink.com/g/bue0-00b9-msxg

Gray Orchestra students should be using their study guides to study for their final which will be this Wednesday, 1/24.

We are right on the cusp of having almost too many people who cannot attend the WWU/WASTA State Orchestra Festival trip. We really need to have a representative group in order to participate. Please let me know by next Monday if you are unable to attend. If we don’t have enough people who can go on this trip, we could take a trip to Eastern Washington University and do a clinic with some of their string faculty there and perhaps go to a Spokane Symphony concert. The date for this could be a bit more flexible to hopefully have more people who could participate.

Upcoming concert: 6th grade through 12th grade Orchestras Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre.

On a personal note, my father passed away this past Friday. I will be gone from school most of this week. I ask that the students work hard and treat their guest teachers in a respectful manner. I look forward to seeing the students again soon.

 

 


Week of January 16th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Tuesday, 1/16 (100 minutes.) The semester ends Friday, February 2nd.

Great job to the 7th and 8th grade students on their performance Friday for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly. It was wonderful!

We have a half day Wednesday, 1/17. We will have even class periods that day, so 6th graders will have Orchestra that day but 7th and 8th graders will not.

7th grade students will have a test Thursday, 1/18 over Unit 22. Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

I have given the students a list of dates and times that they can come in after school and work with me on their solo/small ensemble music. I would encourage students to sign up for a couple of time slots as soon as possible.

Upcoming concert: 6th grade through 12th grade Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Tuesday, 1/16 (150 minutes.) The semester ends Thursday, 1/25.

Students who wish to participate in Solo/Small Ensemble need to let me know of their plans by this Friday, 1/19. For those students who are doing solos, I also need to know whether they have an accompanist and if so, the name of the accompanist. The cost for solos is $8 and ensembles is $12.

T-shirts/hoodies are ready to be ordered. Follow this link: https://www.customink.com/g/bue0-00b9-msxg. You may order through Saturday, 1/20. Payments may be made online and the items will be sent to PHS. We need to have at least 50 items ordered in order to get the prices that are listed. Order soon!

Gray Orchestra students should be using their study guides to study for their final which will be next Wednesday, 1/24.

Upcoming concert: 6th grade through 12th grade Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre.

 

 

 


Week of January 8th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 1/8 (100 minutes.)

8th graders will have a test over Unit 41 on Tuesday, 1/9. Students may choose to play the ascending or the descending portion of the Unit.

6th graders will have a test over Unit 10 on Thursday, 1/11. Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

The 7th and 8th graders will be performing for the Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly on Friday, 1/12 at 9:15 am in the Gym. Students should wear their concert black and white clothing to school that day. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend this performance.

We have a half day coming up on Wednesday, 1/17. We will have even class periods that day, so 6th graders will have Orchestra that day but 7th and 8th graders will not.

For those students who are going to participate in Solo and Small Ensemble festival, the fee is $8 for solos and $12 (total) for ensembles. Students should pay Mrs. Deeds in the office. Checks can be made payable to LMS.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 1/18 (150 minutes.) The semester ends Thursday, 1/25.

Blue Orchestra will have sectionals this week. Students need to be sure to bring their own music and a pencil on their sectional day. The schedule will be:

Monday: All
Tuesday: Violins
Wednesday: Cellos and basses
Thursday: Violas
Friday: All

Gray Orchestra students will have a test over line 3 of #29 in String Calisthenics on Thursday, 1/11.

Blue Orchestra students need to commit to our trip by the end of January (if not before.) The trip to the WASTA-WWU Orchestra festival will be Friday, March 16-Sunday, March 18. We need a representative group in order to participate in the festival. If we don’t have enough students (or have too many students from one section not able to go) then we will have to plan on doing something else.

Students who plan to participate in solo and small ensemble on Saturday, 2/3 will need to pay for their entry: solos are $8 and ensembles are $12 (total.) Students should pay Mrs. Lacy in the office. Checks may be made payable to PHS.

T-shirts/hoodies are ready to be ordered. Follow this link: https://www.customink.com/g/bue0-00b9-msxg. You may order through Saturday, 1/20. Payments may be made online and the items will be sent to PHS.

 

 

 

 


Week of January 3rd

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LMS Orchestras 

Extra credit practice slips are due Wednesday, 1/3. There is a regular practice slip due (100 minutes) next Monday, 1/8.

The 7th and 8th grade students will perform for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly on Friday, 1/12 at 9:15 am in the LMS Gym. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend this event. Students will need to wear their concert black and white clothing to school that Friday.

I am managing our regional solo and ensemble festival that will take place Saturday, 2/3 at LMS. I will be asking for a great number of student volunteers for that day and will also need some parent helpers. I will give the students information about volunteering during classes. Students will receive extra credit for any time spent volunteering for the event.

It’s not too late for students to sign up to participate in solo and ensemble festival. Any student who wishes to perform and receive an adjudication may do so. I am happy to help students find music, or they may find their own either by themselves or perhaps through a private teacher.

PHS Orchestras

 Extra credit practice slips are due Wednesday, 1/3 for Blue Orchestra and Thursday, 1/4 for Gray Orchestra. There is a regular practice slip due (150 minutes) next Monday, 1/8.

For Gray Orchestra students, the schedule for PHS this short week is that we have a normal Wednesday schedule on 1/3, so we don’t have 1st period that day. On Thursday, 1/4 we have a normal Thursday schedule and on Friday, 1/5 we have a Tuesday schedule. We will have 1st period both Thursday and Friday.

Regional solo and ensemble festival is Saturday, 2/3 at LMS. Students may sign up to perform either a solo or in a small ensemble. Our adjudicator this year is Ms. Giselle Hillyer, a violin teacher in Moscow. Students need to let me know if they plan to participate in solo/ensemble by Friday, 1/19.

Blue Orchestra students: our trip to the WASTA/WWU State Orchestra festival will be Friday, 3/16-Sunday, 3/18. Please let me know if you are unable to attend this trip by the end of January. It is very important to have an accurate count, particularly because if all students attend, we will need 2 buses.


Week of December 18th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 12/18 (100 minutes.) When we return from winter break on Wednesday, 1/3, students may turn in an extra credit practice slip. There will be a regular practice slip due the following Monday, 1/8.

We will be finishing our MAPC activity on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Students do not need instruments either day, just a pencil and a notebook or binder to write on.

The second week after we return from break, the 7th and 8th graders will have a performance for the Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly. The assembly will be Friday, January 12th at 9:15 am in the LMS Gym. Students will need to wear their concert black and white clothing. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend this assembly.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 12/18 (150 minutes.) When we return from winter break on Wednesday, 1/3, students may turn in an extra credit practice slip. There will be a regular practice slip due the following Monday, 1/8.

Zero period students will have breakfast on Tuesday, 12/19. Please bring something to share.

We return from break on a Wednesday (1/3) and will follow a Wednesday schedule. The first period class will not have Orchestra that day (as we don’t have first period on Wednesdays.) I will see them on both Thursday and Friday, 1/4 and 1/5.

 

 

 


Week of December 11th

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LMS Orchestras

Congratulations to the 8th grade Orchestra class on a wonderful “Giving Bach” outreach this past Thursday! Both the LMS students and the preschool students seemed to have a wonderful time. Many thanks to Becky Krantz and the whole staff of Concordia preschool for allowing us to perform and interact with your students.

Practice slips are due Monday, 12/11 (100 minutes.) Interim reports go out this week for those students who have earned a D or an F in any class.

Students will turn in practice time for this week (week of 12/11) next Monday, 12/18. They may turn in a practice slip when we return from break on Wednesday, 1/3 if they did any extra credit practicing over winter break. There will be a regular practice slip due the following Monday, 1/8.

Extra credit opportunities:

12/12: LMS Band concert, 7:30 pm, LMS Gym

12/13 right after school: students may come and help set up chairs and stands for the Elementary/PHS Orchestra concert. We should be done by 3:30 at the latest. This is worth the equivalent of a practice slip.

12/13: Elementary/PHS Orchestras concert, 7:30 pm, LMS Gym

7th graders will have a test over Unit 19 on Wednesday, 12/13 and 8th graders will have a test over Unit 40 the same day. Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

Students do not need to bring instruments to school beginning Friday, 12/15 through Tuesday, 12/19 as we will be participating in our MAPC activity.

PHS Orchestras

Congratulations to all students on a wonderful concert this past week! Excellent job to everyone.

Practice slips are due Monday, 12/11 (150 minutes.) This is the first practice slip of the new grading period.

Students will turn in practice time for this week (week of 12/11) next Monday, 12/18. They may turn in a practice slip when we return from break on Wednesday, 1/3 if they did any extra credit practicing over winter break. There will be a regular practice slip due the following Monday, 1/8.

Concert: 12/13, 7:30 pm in the LMS Gym. Students should be at LMS no later than 7:00 and go to room 806 for tuning and warm up. Students should wear their concert black for this performance.

Christmas Tree sales: We are signed up to help with the Booster Christmas tree sale this Thursday, 12/14 from 4:00-6:00. I still need one or two parents from 5:00-6:00 to help supervise. Please email me if you are available. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Week of December 4th

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LMS Orchestras

Congratulations to all students on a fantastic concert this past Thursday! Excellent job, everyone.

Also, congratulations to the 7th and 8th graders on a wonderful performance on Saturday for the Kiwanis pancake breakfast. Together with the PHS Orchestras we had over 100 students on the stage and they sounded awesome. Those students who were able to attend the Kiwanis performance, please add 60 minutes to your practice slip for this week. I appreciate your service!

Practice slips are due Monday, 12/4 (100 minutes.) Interim reports go out next week, so students have one more practice slip to turn in (12/11) before interims. Those students who have earned a D or an F in any class will have an interim report sent home.

This Wednesday, 12/6 is a half day for students. We will have odd class periods this time, so 7th and 8th graders will have Orchestra on Wednesday but 6th graders will not.

6th graders will have a test this Thursday, 12/7 over Unit 8. Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

We will be doing our first “Giving Bach” outreach Thursday, December 7th. We will be visiting Concordia Lutheran Pre-school. Please return permission slips ASAP if they haven’t been returned already. Our itinerary for this event is below:

9:30 am Load bus at LMS
10:00-10:30 am Perform at Concordia Preschool
10:50 am return to LMS

Students need to wear their blue “Giving Bach” t-shirts along with their normal school clothing (jeans, etc.) Those students with “Giving Bach” hoodies may wear those as well, but we will just wear our t-shirts for the event. Students need to bring their instrument, music, shoulder rests (violins/violas) and end pin holders (cellos/basses.) I would also ask that students bring a portable music stand that day.

Looking forward to “Giving Bach!”

A little bit of information regarding the online gradebook: there seems to be some confusion regarding “missing” assignments. If an assignment has “EC” in the title, that indicates that it is extra credit. (For example , EC Concert attendance.) If a student has not turned in extra credit, then that assignment is considered missing. However, since it is extra credit, it does not negatively impact the grade. Additionally, sometimes I enter an assignment but do not enter the grades right away. Apparently these assignments are also indicated as missing. Unless the assignment has a “0” for the grade, it is not missing, but rather it has simply not been entered yet.

There are several extra credit opportunities coming up for students. This is by no means a complete list, as there are many performances at this time of year. Students who attend a concert should get a program, get it autographed by a performer (if possible, obviously for a professional performance this may not be feasible.) Signed programs are worth 25 extra credit points, concert reviews are worth up to 100 extra credit points.

Upcoming extra credit concerts:

12/6 7:00 pm PHS Instrumental (Bands and Orchestras) Holiday concert, PHS Auditorium
12/8 & 12/9 7:00 pm PHS Choirs “A Night at the Theatre,” PHS Auditorium (this is the same concert each evening)
12/12 7:30 pm LMS Bands Holiday concert, LMS Gym
12/13 7:30 pm Elementary & PHS Orchestras Holiday concert, LMS Gym

PHS Orchestras 

Congratulations to those students who were able to participate in the Kiwanis Pancake breakfast performance this past Saturday. Together with the LMS Orchestras we had over 100 students on stage and they sounded fantastic! Those students who were able to attend the Kiwanis performance, please add 60 minutes to your practice slip for this week. I appreciate your service!

Practice slips are due Monday, 12/4 (150 minutes.) The end of this grading period is this Friday, 12/8.

Butter Braids will be delivered Monday, 12/4 at 11:00 am. Please plan on picking up your order either in the morning (give us some time to put the orders together) or after school. They need to go into a freezer asap after pickup.

Our Instrumental Holiday concert is this Wednesday, 12/6 at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium. Students should be at PHS by 6:30 pm in their concert black clothing.

We will be helping with the Booster Christmas tree sale Thursday, 12/14 from 4:00-6:00 pm. I will have a sign up for students this week. I do need some parents to help supervise for this event, as I have a conflict and cannot attend. Please let me know if you are able to work from 4:00-5:00 or 5:00-6:00 (or both hours.)

 

 

 


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