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Week of March 25, 2019

2nd Grade Folk Dance Night

Join us on Friday, April 5th for a fun night of dancing as 2nd Grade students show off their fabulous dances that they have been working hard on! Bring your families along as students showcase and help teach dances and just have fun with friends and family members. Please check the learning log as well as email for regular updates on this  event!

Week of March 11, 2019

Singing Opportunity for students aged 8-18

Voce, a Vienna-based choir, is looking for student singers aged 8-18 to perform in a production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood). Noye’s Fludde is a one-act opera that features a large (40+) children’s choir to act as the animals boarding Noah’s Ark. The performance expertly blends professional singers, a chamber orchestra, and a youth choir and orchestra. It is a wonderful, unique experience that can’t be found anywhere else!

Students who participate will sing alongside professional opera singers and Voce, which is a Vienna-based choir comprised of music professionals and experienced singers from the surrounding communities. [https://www.voce.org/] They will get to design their own animal masks and ultimately perform on Sunday, May 19!

Here is a link for the google doc where you can find further information and registration: Voce Noye's Fludde Student Chorus Flyer 

2nd Grade Folk Dance Night

Join us on Friday, April 5th for a fun night of dancing as 2nd Grade students show off their fabulous dances that they have been working hard on! Bring your families along as students showcase and help teach dances and just have fun with friends and family members. Please check the learning log as well as email for regular updates on this  events!

Week of March 4, 2019

5th Grade Musical

Musical rehearsal updates are below:

  • Next rehearsals are Tuesday 3/4 and Wednesday 3/5 from 4:00-5:00 pm.
  • The next set design meeting is on Tuesday 3/4 from 4:00-5:00 pm for Group 1 and Wednesday 3/5 for Group 2. .
  • Tickets for the musical go on sale next week! Stop by the main entrance before or after school (8:30-9:00 am and 3:30-4:00 pm). Tickets will stay on sale until we sell out.

If you have any questions, please email kathleen.krupa@apsva.us.

2nd Grade Folk Dance Night

Join us on Friday, April 5th for a fun night of dancing as 2nd Grade students show off their fabulous dances that they have been working hard on! Bring your families along as students showcase and help teach dances and just have fun with friends and family members. Please check the learning log as well as email for regular updates on this  events!

Week of February 25, 2019

5th Grade Musical

Musical rehearsal updates are below:

  • Next rehearsals are Tuesday 2/26 and Wednesday 2/27 from 4:00-5:00 pm.
  • The next set design meeting is on Wednesday 2/27 from 4:00-5:00 pm for Group 2.
  • Tickets for the musical go on sale next week! Stop by the main entrance before or after school (8:30-9:00 am and 3:30-4:00 pm). We will also sell for families in extended day on Tuesday, 2/26 and Wednesday, 2/27 from 5:00-6:00 pm. Tickets will stay on sale until we sell out.

If you have any questions, please email kathleen.krupa@apsva.us.

Week of February 19, 2019

5th Grade Musical

Musical rehearsal updates are below:

  • Next rehearsals are Tuesday 2/19 and Wednesday 2/20 from 4:00-5:00 pm.
  • The next set design meeting is on Wednesday 2/20 from 4:00-5:00 pm for Group 2.
  • Tickets for the musical go on sale next week! Stop by the main entrance before or after school (8:30-9:00 am and 3:30-4:00 pm). We will also sell for families in extended day on Tuesday, 2/26 and Wednesday, 2/27 from 5:00-6:00 pm. Tickets will stay on sale until we sell out.

If you have any questions, please email kathleen.krupa@apsva.us.

Week of February 11, 2019

World Heritage Night - 2nd Grade

It is not too late to sign-up to perform at World Heritage Night with fellow 2nd graders! If your student would like to perform at this event on Thursday, February 21st, please email caitlin.harris@apsva.us. We will meet in the music rooms at 6:45 pm to practice our dance before heading to the gym at 7:00 pm for the performance.

Week of January 28, 2019

5th Grade Musical

Musical rehearsal updates are below:

  • Next rehearsals are Monday 2/4 from 4:00-4:30 pm, Tuesday 2/5 and Wednesday 2/6 from 4:00-5:00 pm.
  • All crew members should begin attending rehearsals on Tuesday 2/5. They will be learning their jobs quickly, so make sure they are attending every rehearsal until the performance.

If you have any questions, please email kathleen.krupa@apsva.us.

Week of January 21, 2019

World Heritage Night - 2nd Grade

Hello 2nd grade families! As we approach February, we are looking for 2nd grade students who are interested in performing for World Heritage Night. All students have been preparing folk dances from around the world and we will be showcasing a fun dance from Russia called "Sasha" at World Heritage night. If your child will be attending this event on February 21st and would like to perform with other 2nd grade friends, please indicate on this Google Form. If your child is not attending this event, you do not need to fill out this form.

5th Grade Musical

Musical rehearsals are well underway and we would like to give you a few reminders:

  • If a student misses rehearsal, they should visit Google Classroom to see what they missed and practice at home.
  • All students should be working on memorizing songs and lines at home as well as in rehearsal.
  • Rehearsals next week (1/29 and 1/30) are all cast rehearsals to finish choreography.

Week of January 14, 2019

General Music - 2nd Grade

2nd grade has begun their folk dancing unit with the Russian folk dance, “Sasha!” as well as “The Noble Duke of York”. This unit will help us prepare for two exciting events - the World Heritage Night on 02/21, as well as the first annual Folk Dance Night on 04/05. Please check the learning log as well as email for regular updates on these events!

5th Grade Musical

Due to the snowdays, the musical calendar is changing slightly. We are not adding any extra rehearsals as of now (if we miss any other rehearsals we will have to add make-up rehearsals), but will rearrange the choreography being taught at each rehearsal. Below is the remaining dates for January:

  • Tuesday, January 22: I Wan'na Be Like You and Colonel Hathi's March
  • Wednesday, January 23: Shere Khan the Tiger, Mowgli Runs, and Trust in Me
  • Tuesday, January 29: That's What Friends are For (parts 1 and 2)
  • Wednesday, January 30: The Bare Necessities

If you have any questions, please email kathleen.krupa@apsva.us.

Week of January 7, 2019

General Music - 3rd Grade

This week we are beginning recorders with 3rd grade students! Our first lesson will include learning the three positions of the recorder and learning our very first note! Ask your 3rd grader what they did in music this week!

5th Grade Musical

Set design begins rehearsal today in room 216 with Ms. Williams and Mrs. Burke. Their meeting will end at 5:00 pm. Please pick up at Door 1 (main entrance).

Today’s cast rehearsal is our first day of learning choreography. All members of the cast should be present to learn the dancing for the Jungle Prologue.

Week of December 17, 2018

5th Grade Musical

This week we will not have after school rehearsal for the musical (no rehearsal 12/18 and 12/19). After Winter Break, we will begin choreography rehearsals. These rehearsals will go until 5:00 pm. Please remember to pick up your child at the main entrance of Discovery (Door 1). If you have any questions, please email kathleen.krupa@apsva.us.

Week of December 10, 2018

5th Grade Musical

This week we will have rehearsal on Monday, 12/10 and Tuesday, 12/11 (due to our early release on Wednesday). These rehearsals will run from 4:00-4:45 pm. Please pick your child up promptly at 4:45 pm at the main entrance of Discovery (Door 1). If you child is walking home, they will also exit Door 1. Students who attend Extended Day will be dismissed from rehearsal directly to Extended Day. If you have any questions, please email kathleen.krupa@apsva.us.

Discovery Voices

Great job to all Discovery Voices members at an excellent concert last week! Ms. Harris and Ms. Krupa are very proud of all of the hard work that you have put in so far this school year. The Discovery Voices will take a few weeks off to rest our voices and to prepare the music for the spring concert. Our rehearsals will begin again on Monday, January 7th. If you have any questions, please email caitlin.harris@apsva.us.

Week of December 3, 2018

5th Grade Musical

If your child is participating in The Jungle Book Kids, please make sure they are on the Google Classroom. We will post all updates for rehearsals, practice tracks/videos, and answer questions on the forum. If your child has not yet joined, the code is q60j3t1.

Our next rehearsal is Wednesday, December 5 from 4:00-4:45 pm. All Cast members should attend this rehearsal.

Your child should have received a sealed white envelope at our rehearsal yesterday. Inside this envelope you will find a calendar of rehearsal dates, the expectation letter, and t-shirt order form. If you have any questions or concerns, please email kathleen.krupa@apsva.us.

General Music - Kindergarten

During the past few weeks, Kindergarten students have been exploring numbers through music. We have been singing, playing instruments, and moving with numbers 1-10. Students have practiced listening to a drum and counting the number of times played as well as taking turns playing our drums. As we enter the holiday season, we will begin to do festive activities that include The Nutcracker music and songs about winter and snow.

Week of November 12, 2018

General Music - 5th Grade

As we enter quarter 2, 5th grade students are beginning to expand on music concepts that they have learned throughout their elementary school career. They are reading complex rhythms, playing in harmony, singing in multiple parts, and categorizing instruments based on their timbre.

Week of November 5, 2018

5th Grade Musical

All 5th Grade parents should have received an email about our spring musical The Jungle Book Kids this morning. If you did not receive this email from either Ms. Krupa or Ms. Harris, please email kathleen.krupa@apsva.us.

Cast auditions will be held on November 27th and 28th from 4:00-5:00 pm. Students can access audition materials on Google Classroom. Students should use code q60j3t1 to view the musical classroom.

Below are the cast sign-up and crew application. Please fill out the Google forms below by Tuesday, November 20th.

Please find the cast sign-up here.

Please find the crew application here.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email kathleen.krupa@apsva.us.

Week of October 29, 2018

5th Grade Musical

All 5th Grade parents should have received an email about our spring musical The Jungle Book Kids this morning. If you did not receive this email from either Ms. Krupa or Ms. Harris, please email kathleen.krupa@apsva.us.

Cast auditions will be held on November 27th and 28th from 4:00-5:00 pm. Students can access audition materials on Google Classroom. Students should use code q60j3t1 to view the musical classroom.

Below are the cast sign-up and crew application. Please fill out the Google forms below by Tuesday, November 20th.

Please find the cast sign-up here.

Please find the crew application here.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email kathleen.krupa@apsva.us.

Week of October 22, 2018

Piano Accompanist

The Discovery Voices are in need of a piano accompanist for this school year! If you have experience accompanying for a chorus or other ensemble and are interested in volunteering for our winter and spring concerts, please email Ms. Harris at caitlin.harris@apsva.us asap!

Week of October 15, 2018

General Music - 4th Grade

4th grade students have begun the year by taking the knowledge that they learned last year and expanding it in many forms. Students have performed more complex instrument parts while singing, reviewed rhythms as well as added a new rhythm called syncopation, and practiced fun new folk dances. We will continue to build on this knowledge as the year goes on as well as learn new concepts and vocabulary to add to our list.

5th Grade Honors Chorus

If your child is interested in auditioning for the 5th Grade Honors Chorus, view the parent letter and sign them up for one of the audition days via this Google Form. Auditioning students are expected to memorize a short song that all students are learning during general music. Visit the Elementary Honors Chorus website to view practice tracks for the audition. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Ms. Krupa or Ms. Harris.

Week of October 8, 2018

General Music - 3rd Grade

In 3rd grade music class, we have begun the process of performing in two-part ensembles through singing, speaking, and playing instruments, exploring movement through new pulses, identifying new rhythms, and beginning to identify the five line staff. These music concepts will help develop the skills that students will need to begin their journey with recorder. Look out in the next few months for recorder orders! We will be sending order forms out via email and posting on the Learning Log.

Week of October 1, 2018

General Music - 2nd Grade

Our first month of 2nd grade music has been jam packed full of reviewing concepts learned in 1st grade, such as rhythms, high and low note names, singing and playing technique, and movement etiquette. As we approach the second quarter, we will begin to add new music terms to our vocabulary, learn more challenging instrument parts to accompany songs and poems, and learn many new folk dances.

5th Grade Honors Chorus

If your child is interested in auditioning for the 5th Grade Honors Chorus, view the parent letter and sign them up for one of the audition days via this Google Form. Auditioning students are expected to memorize a short song that all students are learning during general music. Visit the Elementary Honors Chorus website to view practice tracks for the audition. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Ms. Krupa or Ms. Harris.

Week of September 24, 2018

General Music - 1st Grade

During our first month of school in 1st grade music, we have explored our steady beat and pulse of songs, reviewed proper instrument techniques, and discussed high and low pitches. We are looking forward to a great 1st grade year of expanding our knowledge with rhythms, singing, and playing instruments!

Week of September 17, 2018

5th Grade Honors Chorus

If your child is interested in auditioning for the 5th Grade Honors Chorus, view the parent letter and sign them up for one of the audition days via this Google Form. Auditioning students are expected to memorize a short song that all students are learning during general music. Visit the Elementary Honors Chorus website to view practice tracks for the audition. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Ms. Krupa or Ms. Harris.

Week of September 10, 2018

General Music - Kindergarten

It has been wonderful getting to know all of the new faces in Kindergarten this year. During the beginning of the school year, Kindergarten students explore their singing and speaking voices, new instruments, movement activities, and games that are introduced through a farm animal unit. Ask your Kindergarten student what the new animal of the week is!

5th Grade Honors Chorus

All 5th Grade students have the opportunity to audition for Arlington’s 5th Grade Honors Chorus. If your child is interested in auditioning for this select group of singers, please fill out this Google Form and view the expectation letter. Ms. Krupa and Ms. Harris are preparing all 5th grade students for this audition. If your child would like extra help preparing for their audition, feel free to reach out the their general music teacher.

Week of September 4, 2018

Chorus

(4th & 5th)

Attention all 4th and 5th grade families! We are excited to begin our 4th year of music making with The Discovery Voices! If your child would like to participate in this years 4th and 5th grade chorus, please fill out this Google Form by Friday, September 7. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, September 10 during the school day.

Week of June 4, 2018

Chorus

(4th & 5th)

  • We are so proud of the two performances that the Chorus put on this week. THe students sang with expression shared so much joyful music with both the student and parent audiences. We are looking forward to starting up a new season of chorus in the fall! Information about signing up for the 2018-2019 school year will be announced in September.

General Music -

4th

  • The fourth graders had a meeting with the music teachers on Tuesday to discuss plans for next year’s musical. We are looking forward to a fun season doing Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids! More information regarding the musical will be coming out in the fall.

Week of May 28, 2018

Chorus

(4th & 5th)

The following information was emailed to chorus parents this week:

Monday, June 4 - Chorus Assembly

  • Students should report to the gym at 2:35 pm in their concert attire
  • The assembly will begin at 3:00 pm

Tuesday, June 5 - Chorus Concert

  • Students should report to the music room at 6:30 pm in concert attire
  • The concert will begin at 7:00 pm in the gym
  • Parents are invited to attend the PTA meeting in the Dining Commons afterward

Concert Attire

  • Black shoes
  • Black pants/skirt
  • White dress shirt/blouse (polos are fine)

General Music -

5th

  • The fifth graders are working hard to prepare a performance for their promotion ceremony. We are looking forward to celebrating!

Week of May 21, 2018

General Music - 1st

  • First graders are mastering rhythmic reading on multiple levels and enjoying adding rhythm to literature.
  • At this point in the year, they have explored and identified all unpitched classroom instruments and are enjoying an element of choice in adding percussion to songs, stories and games.

General Music -

Pre-k/

Montessori

  • Students in preschool and montessori are continuing to develop their skills in taking turns, singing and moving safely through the music room. We are also enjoying exploration of pitched percussion instruments (xylophones and glockenspiels).

Week of May 14, 2018

General Music - 2nd

  • Second graders have begun a unit on Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf -- not only a masterful musical work but a lesson in identifying the families of the orchestra. Prokofiev’s music tells a story of a boy named Peter, his grandfather, and the animals they meet in the woods. Each character is represented by a unique theme played by a particular instrument (or instrument family) of the orchestra. Students are learning to identify which character they are hearing as well as the instrument being played and the family of the orchestra to which it belongs.

General Music - 4th

  • Fourth graders are being exposed to and learning to identify musical characteristics from 25 different cultures or time periods around the world and throughout history. How do we check for understanding? World Musical Genre Bingo! Students love playing this game to demonstrate mastery!

Week of May 7, 2018

General Music - K

  • Kindergarteners were excited to play the “big kid” xylophones today standing up! Until now, students have played the instruments on the floor. Now, we are all tall enough to stand at the instruments like the big kids! Students added music to literature as we created sound effects to match the story of Jump, Frog Jump!

General Music- 3rd

  • Third graders began a composition project this week using the notes they have learned on the recorder and setting goals to be able to play their own original works.

Week of April 30, 2018

General Music - All

  • This week, each grade level learned a different traditional Mexican folk song in honor of Cinco de Mayo.
  • Third graders demonstrated mastery in music literacy as they took an end-of-year assessment in note-reading. Students will be able to see their progress as they compare their baseline score (same test at the beginning of the year) with their end-of-year score.

Chorus

(4th & 5th)

  • The Chorus enjoyed a special visit from members of the Yorktown choral program. Our guests shared a spectacular a capella performance as well as their experiences in middle and high school choir. Fourth and Fifth graders were then given the opportunity to ask any questions they wanted about what it’s like to participate in a secondary choral program, and even what general middle and high school life is like. We are looking forward to another visit from them next year!

Week of April 23, 2018

General Music - 2nd

  • Second graders are learning to identify dynamic changes in music and respond to them through movement.

Chorus

(4th & 5th)

  • The chorus members were delighted to have a visit this week from members of the Yorktown High School choral program. The high schoolers came to share their experiences in taking chorus in middle and high school and answered questions from the 4th and 5th graders about what to expect. We also enjoyed a lovely a cappella performance from the visitors and shared a song of our own as well.

Week of April 16, 2018

General Music - 4th

  • Fourth graders are continuing their music theory practice by identifying the hexatonic scale. Each class is collaborating on basic compositions, and students are beginning to work independently on composing their own works.

All Music

  • In honor of our upcoming River of Kindness event this week, the entire school is learning a song about kindness. Kindness is Everywhere teaches about seeing a need and sharing kindness with everyone.

Week of April 9, 2018

General Music - 3rd

  • Third graders are learning about Rondo form and are enhancing musical performances by creating ostinati (an ostinato is a continually repeated musical phrase or rhythm).

All Music

  • In honor of our upcoming River of Kindness event next week, the entire school is learning a song about kindness. Kindness is Everywhere teaches about seeing a need and sharing kindness with everyone.

Week of April 2, 2018

General Music - 5th

  • 5th Grade has learned about Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg from the Romantic Period over the past few weeks, focusing on “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from the Peer Gynt Suite. They have identified two musical terms from this work (accelerando and crescendo) and experienced them through movement.

Week of March 19, 2018

General Music - K

  • Kindergarteners are learning to distinguish between locomotor and nonlocomotor movements. They are also building their aural skills by demonstrating form through movement.

General Music - 1st

  • First graders are continuing to explore new classroom instruments and working on demonstrating proper playing technique while maintaining a steady beat.

Musical

  • Congratulations to the cast and crew for a fantastic production of Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr.! We are so proud of all the 5th graders who participated in this program and are excited for them to continue pursuing musical theatre in middle school!
  • We are currently in the process of editing the video recording of the performance. All participating students will receive a complimentary DVD as soon as they are finished.
  • Many jackets, water bottles, patrol belts etc. were left behind in the music rooms after this weekend; if your child is missing any personal belongings, please remind them to come check our rooms!

Week of March 12, 2018

Musical

If you have not yet purchased tickets, please fill out this Google Form to set aside your tickets. You will pick these tickets up at the door before your performance with the full payment of tickets.

  • It’s show week! Cast and Crew families: please make sure to check your email with all dates and times students will stay after school.
  • This week’s rehearsals are on Monday, 3/12 and Tuesday, 3/13 and both go until 5:30 pm (please note this change in time).
  • There will not be rehearsal on Wednesday, March 14 (early release).
  • Cast and Crew members will be receiving their shirts this week. If you placed an order but have not paid yet, we have your shirt set aside.

Week of March 5, 2018

General Music - 3rd

  • Students are growing more comfortable with their recorder technique and are enjoying learning new notes so they can learn harder, more interesting songs! If your child keeps a recorder at home and would like some music to practice on their own, please email Mrs. Walker for more information (josephine.walker@apsva.us).

General Music - 4th

  • Fourth graders are learning to sing, play, move and create in Rondo Form (ABACA) which encourages whole-class input and collaboration in performance.

Musical

  • Next week’s rehearsals are on Monday, 3/12 and Tuesday, 3/13 and both go until 5:30 pm (please note this change in time).
  • There will not be rehearsal on Wednesday, March 14 (early release).
  • Cast and Crew members will be receiving their shirts this week. If you placed an order but have not paid yet, we have your shirt set aside.

Week of February 26, 2018

Chorus

  • The chorus sang beautifully at our first annual Heritage Night last week! We are looking forward to their next performance on June 5.
  • Please continue to encourage your child to access the practice tracks on Google Classroom. We have fewer rehearsals this month because of inclement weather and the APS calendar, so it is important that choir members are keeping up with the music at home to stay on track.

Musical

  • The Cast T-shirts have been ordered. If you signed up for a shirt and have not paid yet, please send $10 (cash or check made to Discovery ES) with your child.
  • There will not be rehearsal on Wednesday, March 14 (these are early release days). Rehearsals those weeks will be on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • PARENTS: Please keep an eye out for communication from Julie Rucker or Gretchen Davis about volunteering for the musical. There are many different ways to contribute. Thank you in advance!

Week of February 19, 2018

General Music - 2nd

  • Students enjoyed learning musical form through movement this week. Using their listening skills, they were able to distinguish between each section of a musical example and demonstrate changes through both locomotor and nonlocomotor movement. Two 2nd grade classes even got to do this outside to enjoy the beautiful weather!

Chorus

  • The chorus has been asked to perform at Discovery’s first annual Heritage Night on Thursday, February 22 from 6-8 pm. They will perform one selection from their spring concert repertoire. Please let us know using this form if your child is available to perform that night.
  • Please continue to encourage your child to access the practice tracks on Google Classroom. We have fewer rehearsals this month because of inclement weather and the APS calendar, so it is important that choir members are keeping up with the music at home to stay on track.

Musical

  • The Cast T-shirts have been ordered. If you signed up for a shirt and have not paid yet, please send $10 (cash or check made to Discovery ES) with your child.

  • There will not be rehearsal on Wednesday, March 14 (these are early release days). Rehearsals those weeks will be on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • PARENTS: Please keep an eye out for communication from Julie Rucker or Gretchen Davis about volunteering for the musical. There are many different ways to contribute. Thank you in advance!

Week of February 12, 2018

Chorus

  • The chorus has been asked to perform at Discovery’s first annual Heritage Night on Thursday, February 22 from 6-8 pm. They will perform one selection from their spring concert repertoire. Please let us know using this form if your child is available to perform that night.
  • Please continue to encourage your child to access the practice tracks on Google Classroom. We have fewer rehearsals this month because of inclement weather and the APS calendar, so it is important that choir members are keeping up with the music at home to stay on track.

Musical

  • The Cast T-shirts have been ordered. If you signed up for a shirt and have not paid yet, please send $10 (cash or check made to Discovery ES) with your child.

  • There will not be rehearsal on Wednesday, February 14 or Wednesday, March 14 (these are early release days). Rehearsals those weeks will be on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • PARENTS: Please keep an eye out for communication from Julie Rucker or Gretchen Davis about volunteering for the musical. There are many different ways to contribute. Thank you in advance!

Week of February 5, 2018

General Music - 1

  • This week First Grade music, we are notating using So and Mi as well as using movement and singing games to celebrate Valentine's Day. Students will also learn new musical terms for loud and soft.

Chorus

  • The chorus has been asked to perform at Discovery’s first annual Heritage Night on Thursday, February 22 from 6-8 pm. They will perform one selection from their spring concert repertoire. Please let us know using this form if your child is available to perform that night.
  • Please continue to encourage your child to access the practice tracks on Google Classroom. We have fewer rehearsals this month because of inclement weather and the APS calendar, so it is important that choir members are keeping up with the music at home to stay on track.

Musical

  • The Cast T-shirts have been ordered. If you signed up for a shirt and have not paid yet, please send $10 (cash or check made to Discovery ES) with your child.

  • There will not be rehearsal on Wednesday, February 14 or Wednesday, March 14 (these are early release days). Rehearsals those weeks will be on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • PARENTS: Please keep an eye out for communication from Julie Rucker or Gretchen Davis about volunteering for the musical. There are many different ways to contribute. Thank you in advance!

Week of January 29, 2018

General Music - K

  • This week in music, we used movement and singing games to review coins. Students played a guessing game where they each got the opportunity to sing a solo!

Chorus

  • The chorus has been asked to perform at Discovery’s first annual Heritage Night on Thursday, February 22 from 6-8 pm. They will perform one selection from their spring concert repertoire. Please let us know using this form if your child is available to perform that night.
  • Please continue to encourage your child to access the practice tracks on Google Classroom. We have fewer rehearsals this month because of inclement weather and the APS calendar, so it is important that choir members are keeping up with the music at home to stay on track.

Musical

  • The Cast T-shirts have been ordered. If you signed up for a shirt and have not paid yet, please send $10 (cash or check made to Discovery ES) with your child.

  • There will not be rehearsal on Wednesday, February 14 or Wednesday, March 14 (these are early release days). Rehearsals those weeks will be on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • PARENTS: Please keep an eye out for communication from Julie Rucker or Gretchen Davis about volunteering for the musical. There are many different ways to contribute. Thank you in advance!

Week of January 22, 2018

Chorus

  • The chorus has been asked to perform at Discovery’s first annual Heritage Night on Thursday, February 22 from 6-8 pm. They will perform one selection from their spring concert repertoire. Please let us know using this form if your child is available to perform that night.
  • Please continue to encourage your child to access the practice tracks on Google Classroom. We have fewer rehearsals this month because of inclement weather and the APS calendar, so it is important that choir members are keeping up with the music at home to stay on track.

Musical

  • The Cast T-shirts have been ordered. If you signed up for a shirt and have not paid yet, please send $10 (cash or check made to Discovery ES) with your child.

  • There will not be rehearsal on Wednesday, February 14 or Wednesday, March 14 (these are early release days). Rehearsals those weeks will be on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • PARENTS: Please keep an eye out for communication from Julie Rucker or Gretchen Davis about volunteering for the musical. There are many different ways to contribute. Thank you in advance!

Week of January 8, 2018

Chorus

Please continue to encourage your child to access the practice tracks on Google Classroom. We have fewer rehearsals this month because of inclement weather and the APS calendar, so it is important that choir members are keeping up with the music at home to stay on track.

Musical

Cast T-shirts are $10 (cash or check made to Discovery ES). All money is due no later than Friday, January 26. Please be sure to complete the google form online to indicate the desired size.

Please note an error on the rehearsal calendar; there will not be rehearsal on Wednesday, March 14 (this is an early release day). That rehearsal will be moved to Monday, March 12.

Week of January 8, 2018

Chorus

Please continue to encourage your child to access the practice tracks on Google Classroom. We have fewer rehearsals this month because of inclement weather and the APS calendar, so it is important that choir members are keeping up with the music at home to stay on track.

Musical

Please note an error on the rehearsal calendar; there will not be rehearsal on Wednesday, March 14 (this is an early release day). That rehearsal will be moved to Monday, March 12.

Week of January 2, 2018

Chorus

We are excited to begin our spring concert repertoire! Please encourage your child to access the practice tracks on Google Classroom every few days to keep up with the new music.

3rd Grade Recorder

We are excited to begin the long-awaited recorder unit! Your child will be receiving their recorder this week (Monday students will receive theirs next week), and we will begin the new unit right away.

Week of December 11, 2017

Chorus

Optional Field Trip for 5th grade

We have 50 students signed up for the field trip and are looking forward to starting this new tradition of performing at the Walter Reed Adult Day Health Care Center!

PARENT DRIVERS: Please look out for an email detailing the logistics for the morning of the trip. We will meet at the bus loop with a list of students that you will be driving.

Winter Concert

The choir will perform their winter concert THIS WEEK on Wednesday, December 13 at 7pm. All singers should report to Mrs. Walker’s room at 6:30 to warm up. Concert attire is black shoes, black pants/skirt, and a white top/blouse/dress shirt (polos are fine).

Musical

Our first few rehearsals have been very productive! Please remember that rehearsals go until 5:15 pm; carpooling for pick-up is highly encouraged. We will be reaching out to parents about helping out after winter break.

Rehearsal on Wednesday, 12/13 is CANCELLED; we’ll see you at the chorus concert!

Week of December 4, 2017

Chorus

Optional Field Trip for 5th grade

Be sure to complete the field trip form for the optional field trip to carol at the Walter Reed Adult Day Health Care Center. Forms are due Monday, December 11. Thank you to the many parents that have volunteered to drive!

Winter Concert

The choir will perform their winter concert on Wednesday, December 13 at 7pm. All singers should report to Mrs. Walker’s room at 6:30 to warm up. Concert attire is black shoes, black pants/skirt, and a white top/blouse/dress shirt (polos are fine).

Musical

Our first few rehearsals have been very productive! Please remember that rehearsals go until 5:15 pm; carpooling for pick-up is highly encouraged. We will be reaching out to parents about helping out after winter break.

Rehearsals on Wednesday, 12/6 and Wednesday, 12/13 are CANCELLED.

Week of November 27, 2017

Chorus

Optional Field Trip for 5th grade

Be sure to complete the field trip form for the optional field trip to carol at the Walter Reed Adult Day Health Care Center. Forms are due Monday, December 11. Thank you to the many parents that have volunteered to drive!

Winter Concert

The choir will perform their winter concert on Wednesday, December 13 at 7pm. All singers should report to Mrs. Walker’s room at 6:30 to warm up. Concert attire is black shoes, black pants/skirt, and a white top/blouse/dress shirt (polos are fine).

Musical

Our first few rehearsals have been very productive! Please remember that rehearsals go until 5:15 pm; carpooling for pick-up is highly encouraged. We will be reaching out to parents about helping out after winter break.

Rehearsals on Wednesday, 12/6 and Wednesnday, 12/13 are CANCELLED.

Week of November 13, 2017

3rd Grade Recorder

If you indicated that your 3rd grade child will be purchasing a recorder, please send in $6. We will place the order once we have collected all of the money.

5th Grade Chorus

Permission slips for the December 18th field trip to the Walter Reed Adult Day Health Care Center were sent home on Thursday. This is an optional field trip for 5th grade chorus members. Permission slips are due no later than Monday, December 11. Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to drive!

Musical

Our first few rehearsals have been very productive! Please remember that rehearsals go until 5:15 pm; carpooling for pick-up is highly encouraged. We will be reaching out to parents about helping out after winter break.

Week of November 6, 2017

3rd Grade Recorder

If you indicated that your 3rd grade child will be purchasing a recorder, please send in $6. We will place the order once we have collected all of the money. An email will be sent on Thursday afternoon if you have not yet paid.

Week of October 23, 2017

4th & 5th

Grade Choir

If you are interested in purchasing a Discovery Voices t-shirt, please fill out this Google Form. We will be placing the order on Friday, November 3.

Week of October 16, 2017

5th Grade

Musical

The cast list for Peter Pan Jr. will be posted on Friday, October 13 on the music bulletin. Our first rehearsal will be after school on Tuesday, October 31 until 5:00 pm.

4th & 5th Grade Choir

Please remind your child to access the Choir Website at least once per week to listen to the practice tracks. They will need to log in with their APS login to gain access.

Week of October 9, 2017

5th Grade

Musical

We are looking forward to musical auditions after school on Tuesday and Wednesday! The cast list will be posted on Friday afternoon on the music bulletin. Our first rehearsal will be after school on Tuesday, October 31 until 5:00 pm.

Kindergarten

This week will be the conclusion of our six-week farm unit. During each week of the farm unit, a new animal is introduced which is associated with a new instrument and a selection of singing and movement games. Through this experience, students are developing their singing and rhythmic timing as well as social skills such as taking turns, sharing and listening. We will continue to develop these skills and explore the music room throughout the year.

Week of October 2, 2017

5th Grade

Musical

Crew assignments have been posted. We are looking forward to auditions for the cast next week! Students auditioning for a lead role will try out after school on Tuesday (10/10), and students auditioning of an ensemble part will try out after school on Wednesday (10/11). All patrols should still report to and complete their patrol duties on those afternoons.

4th & 5th Grade Choir

We are excited to announce that we are in the process of planning an optional community outreach field trip. More information on this will be forthcoming.

Week of September 25, 2017

4th & 5th Grade Choir

Registration is closed and we have 89 students in the choir! After an extremely productive first two weeks, we are very excited about preparing for the Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 pm! Stay tuned for t-shirt order forms coming out soon.

Week of September 18, 2017

5th Grade Musical

All 5th grade students have the opportunity to audition for the 5th grade musical, Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.! This week in music, we will be informing students on where they can find the audition information as well as all of the information we are sending parents via email. This information will be sent via email today. If your child is interested in auditioning for a role in the cast or applying for a crew position, please read through all of the expectations and commitments before filling out the Google Form.

If your child is interested in being a member of the crew, they will fill out the Crew Application form, as well as the Google Form below. If your child is not placed in a crew position, they will have the opportunity to sign up for an audition. All students who audition will be placed in a role.

Our first 5th grade musical blew everyone away and we want to continue the tradition at Discovery. If your child is interested in participating in the musical, please review the attached information and sign them up here. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the expectations or calendar, please feel free to email Miss Krupa (kathleen.krupa@apsva.us).

Students can find audition information on our new Google Sites (sites.google.com/apsva.us/discoverymusical). This site is only available for students to view and access. You will need to login to your APSVA account. When listening to recordings on our website, you will need to click download before being able to listen to them. Once it downloads, you can close the tab that it opens and listen to the recording directly from the site (you may need to refresh the page). If you have any issues, please feel free to ask Mrs. Walker or Miss Krupa during music class.

Eco-Action

If you are interested in being a Green Leader this year at Discovery, you should sign up for Eco-Action! We meet once a month on Thursday mornings from 9:00-9:45 am. Eco-Action will be promoting all of the sustainable aspects of our school and learning about new fun ways to keep our school Green! Click here to sign-up if you are interested!

Week of September 11, 2017

5th Grade

Musical

All 5th graders have the opportunity to audition for the musical this year, Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. More information will be coming out next week about signing up.

4th & 5th Grade Choir

All 4th and 5th graders who love to sing are encouraged to sign up for the choir! All details are below and you may click here to sign up. Our first rehearsal is Monday, September 11.

5th Grade Honors Choir

All 5th graders who love to sing are ALSO encouraged to audition for Arlington County Honors Chorus. More information about Honors Choir can be found here.


Week of September 4, 2017

The Discovery Voices - 4th and 5th Grade Choir

The Discovery Voices is an exciting opportunity for 4th and 5th grade students to experience a higher level of music-making in a choral ensemble setting. Below is some important information regarding choir. Please read through all of the expectations before signing up here.  Registration ends the day of our first rehearsal on Monday, September 11th.

Attendance and Participation

We will rehearse every Monday and Tuesday during Explorer Time (3:05-3:35 pm) in Mrs. Walker’s room. Although attendance is mandatory, students may be excused if they are asked to attend extra Explorer Time (this must be arranged ahead of time by the homeroom teacher). Students are expected to arrive on time to rehearsal every week and to attend all performances. Appropriate participation is essential to the success of the performance ensemble. Inappropriate behavior such as excessive talking, inattentiveness and routine unpreparedness may result in dismissal from the choir.

Google Classroom

Choir members are expected to review their music outside of rehearsal. All materials necessary for practicing at home will be provided on Google Classroom. Students are expected to keep up with Google Classroom on a weekly basis to stay informed and prepared.

Attire

Formal Attire: Black pants/skirt, white dress shirt/polo and black dress shoes
Informal Attire: Blue jeans, Discovery grade level T-shirt and sneakers

Choir Performances

All performances are mandatory for participation in choir. Please review the dates and times below:

Winter Concert:         Wednesday, December 13, 2017
                                
Students arrive at 6:30 pm at Discovery. Performance begins at 7:00 pm.

Spring Concert:                 Tuesday, June 5, 2017
                                
Students arrive at 6:30 pm at Discovery. Performance begins at 7:00 pm.