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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

At the end of the School Year

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, May 31st in fact. And all across America that means its time for the students to display their works of art and perform musical wonders for parents, siblings and grand parents.

We have art night which is always fun. All the hallways are decorated with works of art created by the kindergartners through the sixth graders. There is paper mache, pottery, paintings, chalk drawings, painted neck ties and more. It is fun to be there with your child as they take you around to see all the art they have created. Their eyes light up as their art work is admired and praised by us proud parents. It is also fun to see the other parents being dragged around by the hand by there very excited and proud children.

The sixth graders put on their traditional end of the year choir performance, "American Pop Forever". They sang songs from the 50's through the 90's. There were solos from "The Supremes," "Elvis," "Bon Jovi" and more. It was about what you would expect. And it was wonderful! The kids wore costumes from the various era's and pulled of a pretty good set of moves to the iconic "YMCA".

Kira is a flutist in the band. Last night was their final concert of the year for parents. I was very impressed with how far they have progressed since Christmas. At Christmas they were very mechanical and a bit off-key. For this concert they were enjoying the music more and less concerned about mechanics so they were much smoother. They played, "Don't Stop Believing" and you can tell they enjoyed that piece of music the most. They were loud and on beat and the music flowed. Here is a short clip of one of the songs. If you look closely, you can see Kira's forehead just above the music stand on the conductors left.

I have come to really enjoy the art nights and choir performances and band concerts. With all the troubles the world is facing right now, when I see the kids smiling and proud of what they have accomplished, all is right with the world. It seems to me that our future is in good hands.

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