Elfis and the Frozen Princess!

The Eastvalley Eagle Chorus will perform Elfis and the Frozen Princess at the November 2 PTA meeting. This 30-minute musical will thrill you, touch your heart, and make you smile! Come hear this free performance following the 6:30 PM PTA meeting on the Eastvalley Cafeteria Stage.

Synopsis:

Everyone in the village of Icebergia is shivering with excitement when they hear that the Arctic-renowned band “Elfis and The Sleigh Riders” is coming to perform at the Snowflake Festival! The King and Queen have invited everyone in the entire Kingdom of Frozonia to attend, including all the princesses who live in the land.

All except one – The Abominable Snow Princess. An oversight or a deliberate act of omission? No matter to her. An insult is an insult!

After crashing the Festival, the Abominable Snow Princess takes her revenge by casting a freezing spell on Snowella, the daughter of the King and Queen. Snowella is unable to move!

Despite the usual efforts to break a spell, nothing seems to work. Until, that is, Elfis steps forward. A gentle song sung tenderly to a scorned princess is the only way to thaw a frozen heart.

And then it turns out the omission was a big mistake anyway, and they live happily ever after!

There are plenty of messages in this musical: kindness, forgiveness, acceptance, peace, and of course, letting it go.

Butter Braid Fundraiser!

Strawberry Butter Braid

Dear Friends,

The Eastvalley Eagle Chorus is holding our one and only annual fundraiser from now through October 18th. We are selling Butter Braid pastries and cookies. The pastries (about 1.5 pounds) cost $14 each and the cookies cost $16 for a 2.5 pound package! They come frozen and will be delivered on November 6th. The pastries take 8-12 hours to thaw and rise before baking, and the cookies need a couple of hours to thaw before baking. See the Butter Braid website for nutrition facts and ingredients:  http://butterbraid.com/nutrition_ingredients_braidedpastry#.WdONmVUrLct

Eastvalley Chorus members, download extra copies of the three flyers here:

Exclusive Extra flavors 2017

Butter Braid Details 2017

Butter Braid Order Form 2017

Your purchase provides the Chorus $6 from each pastry and $7 from each cookie dough sold, and helps support music program activities including sheet music, equipment, director training, professional learning opportunities, and chorus-related expenses.

Butter Braids are perfect for your Thanksgiving or holiday celebrations and make great gifts for hard-to-buy-for friends and relatives! This year we have NINE pastry flavors and five cookie dough choices.

The pastry flavors are:

Apple;

Blueberry Cream Cheese;

Cinnamon;

Cream Cheese;

Strawberry Cream Cheese;

Double Chocolate;

Raspberry;

Cherry;

Four Cheese and Herb.

 

The cookie dough flavors are:

Chocolate chip;

Peanut Butter;

Macadamia Nut;

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk;

M & M Candy cookie dough.

See any chorus member for details, or drop by the school office to pre-pay your order before October 18th. We’ll deliver your Butter Braids and Cookies on November 6th. Thank you for your support!

Free QuaverNotes Code!

I hope you’re using Quaver Music at home!

Have you used our back-to-school QuaverNotes code yet?

Looking for a way to earn free QuaverNotes? Here’s a special code– BackToSchool17 — you can use to give each account 100 free QuaverNotes! Your students have until October 31, 2017 to enter the code, but the QuaverNotes will not expire.

Below are instructions to redeem the code:

  1. Go to QuaverMusic.com
  2. On the Log In window, click the “Click Here!” button next to the “Have a special Quaver Code?”

3. Then enter the Quaver Code (BackToSchool17) and click the “Enter” button

Best wishes!

Reflections Contest!

The deadline to turn in entries for the PTA Reflections contest is Monday, October 2nd. I hope we have several music entries for each grade level this year! If you have questions, Eastvalley’s parent chairperson can be reached at [email protected].

See Dr Bernard’s steps to composing a song for ideas on how to make a winning music entry!

http://www.cobblearning.net/drbernard/2017/08/30/steps-to-composing-a-song-on-a-keyboard/

Reflections Forms, Rules and Links

The Georgia PTA website is up and running again, however the Reflections information is not easy to access. Please use this LINK to go directly to the Reflections page.   Below are some shortcuts to important resources:

Official Rules

 

Student Entry Form

 

Special Artist Rules

 

Judges Packet and Rubric

 

This year entries will be judged by division, not by grade.   The divisions are: Primary-grades K-2;  Intermediate- grades 3-5  We will be accepting the top 4 entries of each division. 

There has been some confusion about acceptable formats for film, music and dance. I have confirmed with the state that we will accept flash drives or CD.  Please refer to the rules for how to label the drives. It is very important that they are labeled correctly. They must be clear of all other files. Remember that all flash drives and CDs must be placed in a manila envelope with student entry form in a plastic sleeve taped to the back. 

Annie Callbacks on Friday Sept 15 from 2:30-5:30

Dear Chorus Families,

First, let me apologize for the duration of Annie auditions on Wednesday afternoon. We had about triple the number of kids audition than we’ve ever had before. (Today we had only about a half dozen!)

Congratulations to several of our students who are being called back for a 2nd (and final) audition for a leading role in our musical, Annie!

As stated in the chorus registration paperwork, call backs are on Friday, September 15th. We expect them to run from 2:30-5:30 PM in the music room. See the approximate time chart below.

We need to see and hear the following students perform the roles in the chart below so we can make our final Annie casting decisions. Some kids are listed under two or more roles, in which case we need to hear all of them. We plan to announce the cast during chorus rehearsal on Monday, but may have an idea before we leave on Friday.

We intend to hear the roles in the following order, but may need to pull different groupings of kids in at different times to see how well they synergize on stage.

These times are approximate, but our best guess:

2:30-2:45 Annie, (singing Tomorrow and acting p. 31-32 in script)

2:45-3:00 Hannigan, (singing Little Girls and acting p. 6-7 in script)

3:00-3:20 Grace, (singing NYC and acting p.21-22 in script)

3:20-3:35 Lily, (singing Easy Street and acting p. 22 in script)

3:35-3:45 Star-To-Be (singing NYC)

3:45-4:20 Orphans: Molly, Kate, Tessie, Pepper, July, and Duffy (singing Hard Knock Life and acting p. 1-2 & 6 in script)

4:20-4:50 Warbucks with Annie (singing NYC and acting p.31-32 in script)

4:50-5:25 Rooster with Lily (singing Easy Street and acting p.22 in script)

 

Annie Callback List as of 9-14-17 at 5 PM.  This list is subject to change/addition.

Callbacks mean that we want to hear more from you.

It doesn’t mean that you are or are not getting a certain part. We will announce the cast next week.

If your name is not on this list, we may have already seen enough from you to cast you in a certain role that we feel would be best portrayed by the one-and-only you!

 

Annie Yasmin C Evie T Anna G
Mrs. Hannigan Aletta Ella W Madison G
Grace Farrell Anna G Erin W Aletta Rose Naomi B
Rooster Nathan C Bryce B Oliver
Lily Ella W Annabelle S Evie Ariya S
Star to Be Anna Grace L. Yasmin C Erin W Sydney M Johanna J
Oliver Warbucks Ben M
Molly-littlest Sydney M Elvira Lily B Ella F
Kate-Next to littlest Anna Grace L. Johanna J Emma M Miranda B
Tessie- cry baby Julia S Maeson M Jessica H Hannah E
Pepper- toughest Annabelle S Blake Z Colleen M Haylie P Siena R
July-quietest Peyton A Ava K Arshiya Taylor B
Duffy-oldest McKinley Jhennifer T Deziray L

 

Break a leg, and congratulations again!

 

Welcome to Chorus 2017-18

Dear Chorus Families,

Mrs. Steinheimer, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Barrett, Ms Cunningham, Mrs. Ugokwe and I welcome you to the 2017-18 Eastvalley Eagle Chorus! I don’t yet have email addresses for all the chorus families, so ask your friends and neighbors if they received this email.

I’m writing to remind you that auditions for our chorus spring musical, Annie Kids, begin on Wednesday, September 13. See my Annie Audition website for all the details: http://www.cobblearning.net/drbernard/category/annie/

Also, a week later, we’ll hold auditions for our November musical, Elfis and the Frozen Princess. See my Elfis website to download the script and decide what part you’re interested in: http://www.cobblearning.net/drbernard/2017/09/06/protected-elfis-and-the-frozen-princess/

Both of the audition pages are password protected. Email me for the password if your child has forgotten.

You can “SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL” on the top right hand corner of this website to receive email updates when I post.

Another communication tool I use is the Remind 101 texting service. If you’d like a text from me before important events, please send a text to phone number 81010 with the message @6821f0 . If you have trouble texting to the number 81010, you can also send the same message (@6821f0) to this phone number: 678-212-5221. To receive messages via email, send an email to [email protected] .

Best wishes for a successful school year,

Dr. Bernard.

Steps to Composing a Song on a Keyboard

Keyboard Composition

 EQ: How do I create and compose a song?

Strand: Creative Expression and Communication

 We’re going to compose Pentatonic (Octatonic for extension/differentiation) patterns on the keyboards

 

Word Wall time!

 Pentatonic        Octatonic          Rondo form      Composer

 Instrumental    Lyrics       Tempo      Rhythm     Melody

 Pitch         Ostinato         Vocal   

  

Dr. Bernard’s Steps to Writing a Song

  1. Decide on a subject (ex: Within Reach)
  2. Do you want instrumental, vocal or both?
  3. a. If vocal first write the lyrics (words) or pick a text to set to music (a poem or a line of a story) .                            b. If instrumental, skip to step 5
  4. Determine the tempo and rhythm of your words (Say the words out loud. How would you speak them to a friend? While giving a speech? How fast did you speak them to get your meaning across? Which words are longer sounds and which are shorter?)
  5. Determine where you want the pitch of the melody to go higher or lower (up or down). When you say your words, where does the pitch naturally go up and down?
  6. What instrument sounds would help convey your meaning?
  7. Practice it
  8. Record it!

 Self assessment for 4th and 5th grade kids:

  • Does my composition have a Rondo ABACA Coda form?
  • Does my song have an ostinato (repeated pattern) for each section (ABACA Coda)?
  • Does my song use a Pentatonic or an Octatonic scale pattern for the melody?

 

After you get rich and famous, please remember to donate lots of money to Eastvalley’s music department. 🙂

EARLY DISMISSAL ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30TH

  • EARLY DISMISSAL ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30TH

    Hello EV Parents!  This is just a reminder that this Wednesday, August 30th, Cobb County Schools will have Early Dismissal across the district for staff professional development.  Eastvalley students will begin dismissal at 12:30.  There will be no FAST Activities on Wednesday.  The After School Program will run from 12:45-6:00 PM.  Please make all necessary arrangements to ensure your child is dismissed safely and correctly on Wednesday, August 30th for Early Dismissal.  Thank you!

Quaver Account Creation Directions

We are excited to announce that Eastvalley has joined the Quaver Music family!

We have a two-year license to use all the fabulous resources at https://www.quavermusic.com

Every student has music homework! The homework is, use QuaverMusic to learn music skills! Create your own login with your Eastvalley computer lab/lunch code so you’ll never forget it!

  1. Go to https://www.quavermusic.com ;
  2. In the top right corner, click “Sign Up” ;
  3. As you sign up, use your Eastvalley computer lab/lunch number where you create “my Quavername” ;
  4. Use your computer lab password as your Quaver password so you can remember it;
  5. Enter a parent’s email address;
  6. Use your new login and password to log on to the fabulous QuaverMusic.com website!

Below are the secret Quaver codes you’ll need to have access.  You can access all grade levels with the code for “everyone” (C6PVWV)!

Grade Level

Quaver Code

K

ER7LBH

1

RQ4PFE

2

BMMXTT

3

RRM3KT

4

JGTN3R

5

3F9RT8

Everyone!

C6PVWV

Enjoy creating and learning about music at https://www.quavermusic.com

District and State Honor Chorus

Dear 5th Grade Chorus Students

Update 8-28-17

The link to download the District Honor Chorus practice tracks is: https://sites.google.com/site/gmeadistrict12/home/songs-for-download-1

Congratulations to all the kids who auditioned. All the kids did so well that we’re having sing-offs on Mon, Tue Aug 29, and Wed Aug 30 before school, and Tue Aug 29 after school to narrow the field down to only eight for District Honor Chorus since so many kids tied for the highest two scores. The sing-offs are only for Arshiya, Blake, Rose, Sadie, Siena, and Yasmin who tied for the 2nd highest score. 

The sing-off song is the first verse of The Star Spangled Banner.  Practice with a chorus on YouTube or other choral recordings. The criteria for judging are pitch matching on all five phrases of the first verse and tone quality on each phrase of the first verse.

Break a leg!

 

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You are invited to audition for the District Honor chorus and the Statewide Honor Chorus! These are two completely different groups, so our students may try our for one, the other, or both at the same time.

Only eight students from each elementary school may attend the District Honor Chorus, so selection is a great honor. The District Honor Chorus is a 1-day event on Friday, October 20th, and is held at the Mount Paran North Church, just off East Piedmont Road. After Oct. 20th, District Honor Chorus is done for the year.

Only four students from each elementary school may attend the State Honor Chorus, so selection is a huge honor! The State Honor Chorus is a 2-day event on Friday and Saturday, February 23-24 (during our winter break) and is held in Athens, GA. After Feb 24, State Honor Chorus is done for the year.

Auditions will be before and after school on Wednesday, August 23rd. The sign-up sheet for an audition time is outside the music room door. The Honor Chorus audition will be the standard chorus audition as posted on my website.

District Honor Chorus Info:

Students chosen for the District Honor Chorus first learn the music here at school in before-school rehearsals and at home by rehearsing daily with a practice CD. The students then combine with other skilled singers and a renowned director (Dr. Melissa Arasi) to rehearse all day and then present a free public concert at 6:00 PM. There is no competition involved, just the joy and challenge of singing challenging music with other gifted musicians! The songs for this year are: Where the Music Comes From; Possum Gonna Play; I Want Wings; Mother Doesn’t Want a Dog; A Little Bird; Orange Blossom Special; and One Voice.

Parents must provide transportation to and from the church the day of the District Honor Chorus event. (Parents of students selected are also responsible for all transportation to before-school rehearsals.) Eastvalley is required to have at least one parent chaperon at all times for the District Honor Chorus—we will try to cover this in at least two shifts. I will be there the entire time, but will have meetings and supervisory duties.

Students must learn the music prior to the event, so students chosen for the Honor Chorus will have before-school rehearsals every Wednesday morning from 7:05-7:45 beginning September 6 in the Eastvalley music room. The morning rehearsals are mandatory—students who miss a rehearsal/are tardy more than once will be removed from the District Honor Chorus. Students are expected to practice the music at home almost EVERY DAY with the provided rehearsal CD. The $40 District Honor Chorus fee includes the Honor Chorus sheet music, practice CD, event t-shirt, medal, and an afternoon snack at the event.

 

Statewide Honor Chorus Info:

Students chosen for the State Honor Chorus first learn the music here at school in before-school rehearsals and at home by rehearsing often with a practice CD. This music is completely different from the district honor chorus music. The students then combine with other skilled singers and a renowned director to rehearse all day Feb 23-24 to present a free public concert on that Saturday evening. There is no competition involved, just the joy and challenge of singing difficult music with other gifted musicians!

Parents must provide lodging and transportation to and from the State Honor Chorus in Athens. (Parents of students selected are also responsible for all transportation to before-school rehearsals.) Eastvalley is required to have at least one parent chaperon at all times for the State Honor Chorus—we will try to cover this in at least two shifts per day. I will be there but will have meetings and supervisory duties.

Students must learn the music prior to the event, so students chosen for the State Honor Chorus will have before-school rehearsals every Wednesday morning from 7:05-7:45 beginning January 10th in the Eastvalley music room. The morning rehearsals are mandatory—students who miss a rehearsal/are tardy more than once will be removed from the State Honor Chorus. Students are expected to practice the music at home almost EVERY DAY with the provided rehearsal CD. The $60 State Honor Chorus fee includes the Honor Chorus sheet music, practice CD, event t-shirt, and medal.

 

Auditions:

Auditions will be before and after school on Wednesday, August 23rd. The sign-up sheet for an audition time is outside the music room door. The Honor Chorus audition will be the standard chorus audition as posted on my website. Students interested in both the District and State Honor Chorus only need to audition once…it is the same audition material. The eight highest audition scores of students interested in District Honor Chorus will be accepted. The four highest audition scores of students interested in State Honor Chorus will be accepted to that group. Some students are often in both groups, but they don’t have to be.

 

Good luck and best wishes. Email me if you have questions!

Extended School Day August 21st

On August 21st, the Cobb County School District has extended the school day by 45 minutes as a result of the solar eclipse.  In preparation for the event, we purchased the NASA certified protection eyewear for our 4th and 5th grade students and teachers.  Only students in those grade levels will be allowed to view the eclipse live outside with proper eyewear and parent permission.  Permission slips will be sent home in Tuesday Tracker folders on August 15th and must be returned by Friday, August 18th.

Students in K-3rd grades will be allowed to watch a live stream of the event from their classrooms.  Any students that have a portable classroom will be brought into the cafeteria to watch a live stream of the event.  As always, you are allowed to check your student out prior to 2:00 pm. We are asking for no checkouts from 2:00pm – 3:00 pm. There will be additional support in the front office from 11:30-12:30 to assist with early checkouts.  Dismissal will begin at approximately 3:05 with bus students. Please feel free to call the school if you have any further questions or concerns.

Chorus Auditions Have Ended!

Auditions were:

August 7-11       Morning Chorus Auditions 7:15-7:45

 August 7, 9, 10       Afternoon Chorus Auditions 2:30-3:00

 

Dear Parents of 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders,                                                    7/26/2017

The award-winning Eastvalley Eagle Chorus is an auditioned group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders from Eastvalley Elementary School. The chorus regularly stages a holiday musical production and a spring musical event, and participates in other performances throughout the year. Past performances include PTA meetings, the District XII Large Group Choral Performance Evaluation Festival, Broadway Junior Theater Festival, Eastvalley’s International Night, Eastvalley’s Summer Celebration, and the “America Sings!” event at Stone Mountain. The chorus also appears in assisted living centers and preschools, and often sings the National Anthem at community and sporting events such as Kennesaw State and Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball games and for the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park!

The 2017-2018 chorus will rehearse every MONDAY beginning on August 28 from 2:30 until 3:30, except as noted on the calendar. Chorus practice is canceled only on days when there is no school (holidays or inclement weather). Students are expected to attend every rehearsal in full. Routine appointments (medical, orthodontist, dentist, etc.) must be scheduled at times other than during chorus rehearsals.

The Eastvalley Eagle Chorus has outstanding potential. If your child would like to audition for this acclaimed group, try-outs will be held before and after school on the dates listed above! Returning Eastvalley Eagle Chorus members are not required to re-audition.

The chorus audition consists of intonation/pitch-matching skills, tonal memory, and singing one verse of the patriotic song, “America” demonstrating good tone quality, pitch and breath control. The audition is rigorous and only the students who earn at least 10 out of the 11 possible points on the audition are allowed into chorus. (We practice the audition in music class, so the students are familiar with the process.) Often, students who don’t pass the audition in 3rd grade will try again at the beginning of 4th or 5th grade and earn a spot in the chorus after the additional year or two of vocal practice in music class. Click on the black video below to practice the chorus audition:

I have included the lyrics to America for individual practice, and the music may be found on many websites. If they don’t open in your browser, try another search engine (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc).

“America” sing-along with lyrics video

http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh697.sht electronic piano part

My country tis of thee,

Sweet land of liberty,

Of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died!

Land of the Pilgrim’s pride!

From every mountain side,

Let freedom ring!

 

Auditions are:

August 7-11       Morning Chorus Auditions 7:15-7:45

August 7, 9, 10       Afternoon Chorus Auditions 2:30-3:00

We look forward to your audition! Good luck!

 

2017-18 Eagle Chorus Calendar

August 28 1st Chorus Rehearsal of 2017-18!
Sept 13, 14, 15 (callbacks on 15th if necessary) Spring Musical Auditions:

Annie Kids 2:30-5:00

Sept 20-21 Holiday Musical Auditions: Elfis and the Frozen Princess
Oct 5th-March 8 Thursday rehearsals for leading Annie roles
Oct 4-18 Butter Braid Fundraiser
Oct. 20th District Honor Chorus all day field trip

(only eight 5th graders—auditions TBA)

Oct 30,

2:30-4:00

Dress Rehearsal for

Elfis and the Frozen Princess

November 2,

6 PM call time in the music room

Perform

Elfis and the Frozen Princess

at PTA Meeting

November 6, 2:45 PM Butter Braid Delivery
January 17 Wednesday rehearsal due to no school on Monday
Feb 8 Chorus sings for PTA
Feb 15 LGPE Field Trip during school
Feb 23-24 Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus in Athens

(only four 5th graders—auditions TBA)

March

5, 12, 19, 20

2:30-4:30

 

Annie dress rehearsals

March 21-23, 6:30 PM THREE Annie performances on Eastvalley stage!

Admission is $5 Adults, $3 Students.

On opening night, the students will stay with the directors after school to rehearse and then volunteers will feed them and get the kids into makeup and costumes for the show!

March 20 2 AM Assembly “preview” performances of Annie for student body
Apr 9 Chorus end of year celebration led by parent volunteers
May? Sing National Anthem for Atlanta Braves? (The Braves put out the schedule in January.)

 

Chorus Parent Paperwork Package

 

Dear Returning and New Eastvalley Eagle Chorus Families,

Our first rehearsal is August 28th! Your membership paperwork and fee must be turned in before then. Please download and complete the paperwork package at: 2017 18 chorus parent letter pkg-1dkj0vn

If you were not in the Eastvalley Eagle Chorus last year but would like to audition, please see our audition page at http://www.cobblearning.net/drbernard/category/chorus-auditions/

Our calendar includes the following dates, but we may add more as the year progresses:

August 28 1st Chorus Rehearsal of 2017-18!
Sept 13, 14, 15 (callbacks on 15th if necessary) Spring Musical Auditions:

Annie Kids 2:30-5:00

Sept 20-21 Holiday Musical Auditions: Elfis and the Frozen Princess
Oct 5th-March 8 Thursday rehearsals for leading Annie roles
Oct 4-18 Butter Braid Fundraiser
Oct. 20th District Honor Chorus all day field trip

(only eight 5th graders—auditions TBA)

Oct 30,

2:30-4:00

Dress Rehearsal for

Elfis and the Frozen Princess

November 2,

6 PM call time in the music room

Perform

Elfis and the Frozen Princess

at PTA Meeting

November 6, 2:45 PM Butter Braid Delivery
January 17 Wednesday rehearsal due to no school on Monday
Feb 8 Chorus sings for PTA
Feb 15 LGPE Field Trip during school
Feb 23-24 Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus in Athens

(only four 5th graders—auditions TBA)

March

5, 12, 19, 20

2:30-4:30

 

Annie dress rehearsals

March 21-23, 6:30 PM THREE Annie performances on Eastvalley stage!

 

Admission is $5 Adults, $3 Students.

On opening night, the students will stay with the directors after school to rehearse and then volunteers will feed them and get the kids into makeup and costumes for the show!

March 20 2 AM Assembly “preview” performances of Annie for student body
Apr 9 Chorus end of year celebration led by parent volunteers
May? Sing National Anthem for Atlanta Braves? (The Braves put out the schedule in January.)

 

Chorus News!

Dear Chorus,

Congratulations on a fabulous year. Your directors are already planning an incredible year for 2017-18. We met for hours yesterday to narrow down a list of potential musicals for next year. If all goes as planned, we’ll do a holiday musical (Elfis and the Frozen Princess) at the November PTA meeting, sing for PTA again in February, sing for Judges at the LGPE, perform a musical in March (one we are considering is Annie!), and host a Talent Showcase in May! Of course, we’ll try to find a date to sing the National Anthem for the Braves again, too!

We have a busy year planned, so enjoy your summer break and keep making music!