Thursday, 6 March 2014

News from around Brown - March 2014

Junior students will be attending a concert at Roy Thompson Hall on March 31st.  The Toronto Symphony Orchestra will present a concert of memorable, mind-boggling, mysterious music that includes favourites like Henry Mancini’s The Pink Panther. Here is the link for the concert.  This link give students access to sheet music and accompaniments for both The Pink Panther (for recorder) and Mcavity (for voice).

Students will be bringing their recorders so they can play along with the orchestra. Here is the simple version of The Pink Panther:

For more advanced students, here is the complete score:

Here is the accompaniment for The Pink Panther:

On February 20, 2014 a group of grade 4 and 5 Core French students from Room 35, 40 and 41 attended an entertaining French concert by the Juno nominated performer/singer Gregg LeRock at the Bathurst Theatre.  Gregg LeRock “rocked” by playing his guitar and having DJ Ryan mixing the music to hits such as: “La Pizza”, “Mon t-shirt” and “Terry Fox-La Persérvérance”. 

It was an exciting one hour show full of audience participation both from their seats and having students called to the stage to sing and dance.  Teachers were not “off the hook” as during the singing of “O Canada” teachers were called to the stage to hold up the Canadian flag while the whole audience sang.  It was an awesome show.   A very special thank you to our teachers and volunteers who made this wonderful experience possible.  

~Ms. G. Merenda

World Changers enjoyed a busy February promoting Random Acts of Kindness and supporting Free The Children's We Are Love campaign. We managed to raise almost $2100 through the sale of Valentine's button-grams which will go towards helping to build a school in Ghana. World Changers members did a great job of raising awareness among their fellow students as well as raising funds.

Next up, we have our We Stand Together campaign raising awareness about aboriginal issues from February 26 - March 6. World Changers will be visiting the Dodem Kononsha on St. Clair East to hear an Elder talk and ask questions. The Elder's name is Gilbert Sewell and he is a Mi’gmaq Elder, historian, folklorist, storyteller, guide, woodcarver, Mi’gmaq language instructor and small business owner from Pabineau First Nation, New Brunswick. He is the recipient of several awards including the NB Human Rights Award, The NB Eco Award, Orono, Main Museum Award, and the Canadian Merit Award - all attributed to his tireless dedication to sharing, expressing and teaching others about his Mi’gmaq culture. We are looking forward to this visit!

As always if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact co-chairs Allison Fortier <> or Laura Finch <>."

We have started to receive the catalogued books purchased in November. Please come have a peek.

Battle of the Books 
The Battle of the Books is starting after March Break. We are still looking for volunteers to help with this literary competition. Last year we had over 50 children from grades 5 and 6 take place in this activity.  The battles were hard fought and the students are fierce competitors. It was thrilling to see so many active and engaged readers. Please support this  love of reading competition. It's an exciting, social and different way to engage with books.

~Madame Gagnon