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December Band News

December Band Notes

Ø  Our annual Winter Band Concert is Tues. Dec. 4th at 7:30pm at Johnson. The concert will feature all of our grade 6, 7, and 8 band students. Admission is free but there will be a silver collection as well as treats for sale.

Ø  Band students please meet at Johnson auditorium at 7:00 pm for your warm-up. (Beginners in the gym; Gr. 7/8s in the music room.) Remember to arrive in uniform-burgundy music shirt, black pants, black socks, and black shoes. (*Jazz warm up at 6:45. Wear a dress shirt and tie over your band shirt.)

Ø  Thank you for supporting our Lamontagne fundraiser and thanks for your patience with the back-ordered items. Our last JAM fundraiser, Chocolate Sales, will begin in January. All orders must be prepaid (~$60-90). More details to come in the New Year!

Ø  Thanks to the RSO Chamber Players for a delightful concert on Mon. Nov. 26th and for generously donating tickets to Tafelmusik's Galileo Project concert on Fri. Nov. 30th. What great opportunities for our students! Congratulations to Taylor Dzikowski (GF), Reanne Daviduk (HB), Keegan Gibbs (GE), and Austin Bereti (JB) on receiving a pair of tickets each. Thank you for your leadership and hope you enjoy the concertJ!

Ø  Your child's report card should include a band mark and a band comment sheet. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact your child's band director.

Ø  Congratulations to the following Gr. 7/8 band students who have been nominated to represent the Johnson area in the Regina Public Schools Jr. Select Band in January: Melissa Kozey, Caitlynn Lovett, Sierra Bushell, Tanisha Sarty, Madison Tegart, Kaylyn Veresh, Mackenzie Brown, Riley Kaszas, Matthew Mann, Nour Abdalbyine, and Mackenzie Tuchscherer.

Ø  Check out Johnson Collegiate's high school band and choir concert on Wed. Dec. 12th at 7:30pm at Johnson. Enjoy an evening of music and see what's next after elementary band.

Ø  Please join us at our next JAM meeting on Tues., Dec. 11th at 7:30pm in the Johnson staff room. We are looking for more parents to represent Ferguson, Bryant and Glen Elm.

Ø  Looking for some musical gift ideas? How about . . .a private music lesson, a wire music stand, an instrumental music CD, RSO concert tickets, or a pop music book for your child's instrument. Don't forget reeds, valve oil, or a fun music pencil for their band folder!

Hoping your holiday is filled with peace and harmony! See you at the concertJ

Ms. Smith & Ms. McArthur

Progress Reports

Progress Reports went home on March 20. See below for some information on the new format:

Regina Public Schools Grades 1 through 8 students are bringing home a new progress report in the 2012‐2013 school year. Parents or guardians are vital partners in a child's education and want clear, meaningful information about how their child is doing at school. The new Progress Report:

  • Encourages ongoing communication between you and your child's teacher;
  • Continues to report on all academic subjects;
  • Includes a more detailed Outcome Progress Report that specifically reports literacy and numeracy outcomes; and
  • Continues to use the Personal/Social Growth Rubric to demonstrate how well your child is developing the citizenship and work habits essential for success.

Why the change?

  • New outcomes based provincial curricula
  • Educational research
  • Desire for greater clarity and consistency regarding school grading practices
  • Criteria for outcomes thus creating meaning for students and parents
  • Separates student achievement from behavior and effort
  • Helps inform teacher instruction
  • Teaches students what quality looks like

What are outcomes and indicators?

  • Outcomes: the important understandings and abilities to be developed in each subject area
  • Indicators: a breakdown of what students need to know and/or be able to do to achieve an outcome

What can parents expect for the November reporting period?

  • A focus on your child's learning based on curricular outcomes
  • A conference focussing on what is going well and on opportunities for growth
  • A Progress Report with a Level of Achievement for each subject area
  • An Outcome Report that reports on each outcome ELA, Math and FLA (French Immersion learners)
  • Personal Social Growth Rubric

 

 

 

Author Visit Coming Soon!

Tyler Enfield aka The Karakul will be at Henry Braun on Wed. Nov. 2nd. He meets with the classes from Grade 1 - 6 at 10:45 a.m.

His wish for us: "May creativity stalk you!"

Learn more about his books here:

www.TheSecretWorlds.com

Learn about his creativity workshops here:

www.TheTinderbox.ca

Students who wish to purchase his books must return the order form with a cheque or money on Wed.

 

Battle of the Books

Henry Braun is having a battle of the books! See the attachment for more information and a registration form!

SCC Starting Room Parents Program

The SCC is in the process of implementing a Room Parent program. The Room Parent will assist with special lunches, communicate with parents about SCC news, attend SCC meetings when possible, and otherwise assist the teacher. They are still looking for parents to volunteer whose students are in the followin rooms: Fulcher, Schenher, Desjarlais, Flett and Rilling. If you are interested, contact the SCC at henrybraunscc@hotmail.com.

November Band Notes 2012

* Are you a band student who attends regularly, comes prepared, stays focused, practices regularly, and plays well? If so, thank you for your leadership! If not, what can you do to improve your contribution to our team?

* Please join us for our Winter Band Concert on Tues. Dec. 4th. All band students are expected to perform. Your uniform t-shirt will arrive before the concert. (Have you paid for it yet?!) You will also need black pants, black socks and black shoes.

* Thanks to everyone for their support of our Lamontagne fundraiser. Chocolate sales begin in January--another great way to pay off your JAM fees ($20) and save for our year-end events.

* We are very excited to be offering Gr. 7/8 jazz band again this year. We hope to have them ready to perform at our Winter Concert. Stay tuned!

* On Mon. Nov. 26th (day 1) all band students will be bussed to Johnson for an RSO Concert at 9:30am. Students will return to their schools at recess. No instruments today!

* Report cards are coming soon! Please look for your child's band mark and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress please contact your child's band director.

* Our next JAM meeting is Tues. Nov. 13th at 7:30pm at Johnson. Please join us!

* Band Parents: Are you getting our emails? If not, please email Ms. Smith (raelynn.smith@rbe.sk.ca) to get on our list or update your email address.

 

Food Bank Drive Coming Up!

In recognition of World Food Day on October 16, our school has decided to participate in the FCC Drive Away Hunger program by collecting donations of food for people who are hungry in our area. By participating in this program, FCC will include our school in two draws for a $500 donation to be used to make improvements at the winning schools. We will be collecting food starting on Tuesday, October 9th until Wednesday, October 17th. You and your child can donate as many food items as you wish.  Prizes will be given to the classes who donate the most food. For more information on FCC Drive Away Hunger, visit www.fccdriveawayhunger.ca.

Below is a list of most needed food items according to Food Banks Canada:

  • pasta products and rice
  • canned meats and fish
  • dry and canned soups and stews
  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • flour
  • breakfast cereal
  • canned/powdered milk
  • fruit juices
  • pasta sauce
  • beans and legumes
  • infant formula and baby food

Thank you for your support. Working together, we can drive away hunger!

 

New Progress Reports Coming

Regina Public Schools Grades 1 through 8 students are bringing home a new progress report in the 2012‐2013 school year. Parents or guardians are vital partners in a child's education and want clear, meaningful information about how their child is doing at school. The new Progress Report:

  • Encourages ongoing communication between you and your child's teacher;
  • Continues to report on all academic subjects;
  • Includes a more detailed Outcome Progress Report that specifically reports literacy and numeracy outcomes; and
  • Continues to use the Personal/Social Growth Rubric to demonstrate how well your child is developing the citizenship and work habits essential for success.

Why the change?

  • New outcomes based provincial curricula
  • Educational research
  • Desire for greater clarity and consistency regarding school grading practices
  • Criteria for outcomes thus creating meaning for students and parents
  • Separates student achievement from behavior and effort
  • Helps inform teacher instruction
  • Teaches students what quality looks like

What are outcomes and indicators?

  • Outcomes: the important understandings and abilities to be developed in each subject area
  • Indicators: a breakdown of what students need to know and/or be able to do to achieve an outcome

What can parents expect for the November reporting period?

  • A focus on your child's learning based on curricular outcomes
  • A conference focussing on what is going well and on opportunities for growth
  • A Progress Report with a Level of Achievement for each subject area
  • An Outcome Report that reports on each outcome ELA, Math and FLA (French Immersion learners)
  • Personal Social Growth Rubric

Sample reports and other information will be available in early October on the RPS website.

Band News - October

ü  Thanks to all beginner band students and parents who came to our Beginner Band Workshop. We are excited to have you join our music family. Special thanks to Judge Bryant for hosting! Thanks also to JAM and Saskatchewan Music Educators' Association for sponsoring our event.

ü  How are you doing with fitting practice time into your family routine? It is SO important that students establish a good practice routine (10-15 min x ~5x/wk) right from the start. While some weeks this may be difficult please do your best to play regularly. We're counting on you!

ü  As you settle into your new routine please commit to helping your child 'stick with it.' Music stimulates the creative mind and unleashes multi-dimensional thinking that reinforces the highest level of intellect, sensory awareness and memory. The benefits of music study extend far beyond performance. Learning an instrument can help children master the disciplines required for success in life and can profoundly shape their lives. Don't Give Up!

ü  Lamontagne fundraiser packages went out Sept. 19th. Orders (payable to JAM) are due Fri. Oct. 12th. Though fundraising is optional, it's a great way to pay for Jam, t-shirt and spring event fees. JAM & t-shirt fees are due Nov. 1st.

ü  Please feel free to join us at our next JAM meeting on Tues. Oct. 9th at 7:30 pm at Johnson. We are desperately seeking a TREASURER!! If you have some book keeping skills and can offer some time we REALLY need your help!! We are also looking for an auditor to complete a review.

ü  Please plan ahead to join us on Tues. Dec. 4th at Johnson for our Winter Concert. Band students will need their uniform t-shirt, black pants, black socks, and black shoes.

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