Eastvalley Day at the Braves is Sunday, April 28, Rain or Shine!
Our Eastvalley Eagle Chorus will start the game by singing the National Anthem!
Every child needs a ticket to enter the stadium.
- Wear the full chorus uniform with tennis shoes (Black from the waist down, chorus shirt tucked in, etc. No hats, no shorts). You can bring clothes and sunscreen to change after we sing.
- TIME & MEETING PLACE: 12:05 PM – Enter the SunTrust Park complex and go to the 3rd base ramp near aisle 135/137
- TRANSPORTATION: Chorus members are to arrange their own transportation and must be accompanied by a parent or a supervising adult. The adult will be responsible for children at SunTrust Park. No child shall be dropped off without an adult. Please arrive with plenty of time to use the restroom before 12:20.
• SUPERVISION: The supervising parent/adult must stay with chorus members until Dr Bernard begins the warm-up at 12:30. Parents cannot go in the tunnel as per stadium rules. Children will be supervised by the Braves organization from that point until after we sing the Anthem. Have a chat with your child about staying with me & not wandering off. After we sing, you are in charge of supervising your own child. Directors will walk the kids up to the 3rd base ramp near aisle 135/137 after we sing. Please meet us there to claim your child.
• VIEWING, PICTURE TAKING: About 1:20 PM, the chorus will go on to the field at the 3rd base line to sing our National Anthem. (Somebody please video/DVD and/or take pictures of us!) Ask nicely and stadium personnel may let you get close to video/photograph. We will likely sing by 3rd base, or behind 2nd facing home plate.
- FEED/WATER/BATHROOM YOUR CHILD: Please be sure your child has eaten at least 30 minutes prior to our meeting time of 12:20 PM. Food gives energy to concentrate and perform one’s best. Food must be digested and the throat cleared to do our best singing. Drink water to clear the throat. There will be no bathroom breaks from 12:20-2:00 (or later if there is a rain delay), so please insist that your child go before we meet. If there is a rain delay, if could be much longer.
- PICK UP YOUR CHILD: After we sing, Directors will walk the kids up to the 3rd base ramp near aisle 135/137. Please meet us there to claim your child. At that point, you are in charge of supervising your own child. Children will not be allowed to wander off looking for you.
- Cell Phone and Ticket: Make sure your child has his/her ticket in case we can’t find you at aisle 135/137. If your child has a cell phone, they should probably have it to contact you if necessary.
Leaving the opera
The Talent Showcase auditions are April 17-18, 2019! The public performance is Friday, May 10th at 6:30 PM!
Tickets to the performance cost $4 for adults and $3 for Students & Senior Citizens over 65 at the door.
Ticket proceeds go toward the purchase and maintenance of our Eastvalley stage and performance equipment such as curtains, sound system, lighting and related supplies. None of the judges, staff members, or parents who help with the talent showcase are paid for their time or services. We all volunteer to make this experience happen for the kids!
You must audition if you want to be in the showcase. If you are selected to perform in the Talent Showcase, you have two required rehearsals: Monday April 29, and May 6 from 2:45-4:30. If you are only performing in the group finale, you will be finished with rehearsal by 3:15 each rehearsal day. Download the permission slip: TALENT SHOWCASE 2019 permission
If you have a talent, we want to see it!
Who will be the next Eastvalley Star?
It will take a lot of practice, so START NOW!
Order your music! Get your costume and props!
Reserve a time on the sheet outside the music room door in April and attend the audition on either April 17th or 18th after school.
WE WANT YOU TO TRY OUT!
We would like a wide variety of acts of all ages K-5, including vocalists, instrumentalists, gymnasts, dancers, comedians, puppets, magicians, actors, etc. (No lip sync, please.)
The Talent Showcase is Friday, May 10th at 6:30 PM!
If you are selected to perform in the Talent Showcase, you will have two required rehearsals: Monday April 29, and Thursday May 6 from 2:45-4:30.
REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION (what I need to do to get in):
- Reserve a time on the sheet outside the music room door in April and audition on either April 17th or 18th after school. Try-outs are limited to approximately the first 24 acts to sign up. You must be picked up by 15 minutes after your try-out and after rehearsals or you will be sent to the After School Program (ASP) and charged accordingly. (Your child must be registered for ASP and have paid the $10 registration fee if you plan to use this service).
- Perform your whole act at the audition (3-4 minutes maximum) in costume at the audition. You will have two minutes to set up/ take down your materials. If using a soundtrack/music, you must use it during the audition. No excuses. No saying, “it’s on order.” Get it now.
- Perform your whole act in costume at both rehearsals in the cafeteria. Attendance AT ALL REHEARSALS is required. If you miss a rehearsal, you will not be in the showcase. All group members must attend all rehearsals.
- If using a soundtrack to sing/ perform with, it must not have the solo vocal/ instrument on it (no lip syncing or singing along with the voice on the recording). IE: you must use a Karaoke style recording without the solo voice part. You must use it during the audition. No excuses. No saying, “it’s on order.” Get it now. Music needs to be an audio file, not a video file.
- The performance must be in good taste, have audience appeal, and show a genuine talent (ex: just standing on stage and reading a book doesn’t have much audience appeal). The faculty sponsors will determine audience appeal and appropriateness. See the rubric below.
- Students must provide their own costumes, recordings and equipment for the audition and performance. The school will furnish a cd player, flash drive player, a piano, and three stand microphones on the stage.
- Only about 20 or fewer “featured acts” will be selected to perform their act in the talent showcase. Other students who try out but are not selected as a “featured act” may participate in the large-group finale.
- Only current Eastvalley students (K-5) are eligible to participate—parents/teachers/coaches may assist but no students from other schools.
- The sponsors may add other rules or restrictions as deemed necessary.
SCORING RUBRIC: During the audition, the acts will be scored as follows.
|Talent Showcase Rubric||Not Ready
|OVERALL ENGAGEMENT||NOT READY
Sings, plays or otherwise
performs at a level that might not
engage an audience.
Sings, plays or otherwise
performs at a level that would probably engage an audience.
Sings, plays or otherwise
performs at a level that will definitely engage an audience.
The performer(s) appear awkward or uncomfortable on stage. Facial expression, &/or body language &/or demeanor not appropriate.
The performer(s) appear fairly comfortable on stage.
The performer(s) are very confident on stage and very comfortable performing. Facial expression, body language and demeanor are appropriate.
• Brought props or
• Memorized song
• Well rehearsed
Performance would not be ready even with another week to prepare.
Obvious problems with audition due to lack of preparation.
This is still a “work in progress”.
Performance has potential to be ready with another week of preparation.
The performance is stage ready now!
|AUDIENCE APPEAL||NOT READY
The audience could be uncomfortable with the performance.
The audience reaction could be negative.
The audience would be mostly comfortable with the performance.
The audience reaction could be positive.
The audience would be very comfortable with the performance.
The audience reaction would definitely be positive.
Even if you are not selected as a featured act, you may participate on stage in our group finale!
Start practicing now! Good luck!
Our musical, Cinderella, opens tonight at 6:30! Cinderella is a fabulous show and I know you’ll enjoy it!
Tickets cost $5 adults, $3 students and senior citizens. Cinderella Flyer-1hvu63e
For those of you who don’t have time for dinner before the show, Chick-fil-A is planning to sell sandwiches, wraps, nuggets and more at Eastvalley before the show beginning at 5:45 tonight and Friday (not Thursday). So if you’re hungry, our partner in education has your back.
Eastvalley Family Braves Day!
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies ~ 1:35 pm 1st pitch
DISCOUNTED SEATS JUST FOR EASTVALLEY FRIENDS & FAMILY:
This is our cost for the tickets. This is not a fundraiser.
We have Eastvalley seats in two sections:
Diamond Reserved (sect #113/114) for $51 (only 130 of these seats available)
or General Admission for $8
Game opener: Eastvalley Eagle Chorus selected to sing The Star-Spangled Banner
(Chorus students do need to buy tickets even though they are singing.)
Fill in the form at this link, Eastvalley Braves 2019 Ticket Order Form make your check payable to Eastvalley, and drop your payment and this form in the cafeteria safe.
- Tickets will be sent home with your child the Tuesday before the game
- Discounted ticket sales end WEDNESDAY, March 13th and are subject to availability.
WE WANT EVERYONE TO COME! Invite your friends and family!
What better way to celebrate Spring than to have some fun with friends and family,
hear the Award Winning Eastvalley Eagle Chorus and watch some baseball!!
Come join us! It will be lots of fun!! ♫ Dr. Bernard
Friday Chorus Field Trip Info:
At 10:20, the kids will drop off backpacks in the hall outside my classroom.
At 10:22 they get in the cafeteria line. If you bring your lunch, bring it in a disposable bag so you don’t have to find a place to put your lunchbox during the field trip.
At 11 we get on the bus.
At about 1 we warm up and then sing for three judges who will critique our performance. Then another judge will work with our kids to improve our performance.
At 3 we get back to school!
Parents, make sure you have made arrangements to pick your child up at 3 PM or to use the ASP service ($7).
Dear Chorus Families,
- Several kids were confused about Monday chorus rehearsal times: all Mondays through February end at 3:30; March 4, 11, 18, and 19 end at 4:30. We still have room for several chaperons for the Feb 15 field trip if you’d like to join us. See details below.
- I’d like to reiterate what I said in last week’s email, but also add that children with fever should not stay for chorus… “remember that if your child has a scratchy throat, s/he should still attend rehearsal and learn by listening. Every rehearsal is critical at this point in the year.”
- March 2 is International Night at Eastvalley! The chorus is invited to sing a song at 6:15! For this optional performance, the kids don’t wear chorus uniforms. I hope most of our chorus kids will be there to sing!
- Is your full chorus uniform ready for Feb 15? We only have ten days before the District Choral Festival Field Trip: February 15 from 11:00-3:00. Since we will return after the regular school busses run, please make arrangements now to pick up your child at 3 pm as a car rider or plan to use Eastvalley’s ASP The kids need to keep practicing the music with the link to my website, http://www.cobblearning.net/drbernard/2018/12/20/chorus-festival-music/ Many of the kids don’t yet have verse 3-4 memorized, so please take some time helping them with the lyrics and soundtrack on my website. We have room for up to 15 chaperons on this trip, so let me know if you want to ride the bus with us! You can also meet us there if you want to enjoy the free concert! We perform our two songs at 1:30. Elementary Choral Festival, February 15 2019, Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta, GA 30066.
- Our Cinderella performance is only five weeks from now! If you have costume questions, see my website first, then feel free to email me. http://www.cobblearning.net/drbernard/category/chorus/cinderella/ Let’s begin wearing costumes on March 4th!
- Eastvalley Day at the Braves: April 28, 2019; Details TBA. We’ll sing the national anthem to start the game! The Braves will expect us to be in the stadium at about 12:20. EVERY CHORUS STUDENT MUST PURCHASE A TICKET TO GET INTO THE STADIUM. We expect to begin selling discounted tickets in a week or so.
- State Honor Chorus Students: Please memorize your music at home because we only have three weeks before your performance! If you have trouble with the CD, send in a flash drive and I can copy the practice tracks for you.
Eastvalley students are learning instrumental music with Soprano Recorders in all 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade music classes. These instruments are used every year at Eastvalley. You may purchase a Soprano Recorder at a music store if you choose, but do not purchase a toy recorder from the dollar store or a department store—they do not sound the same as a real musical instrument.
Download a recorder order form:
For your convenience, you may purchase a recorder through Eastvalley with the order form above. Click the link for the form and turn it in with your payment to the school safe. Thanks!.
Dear Chorus Families,
It’s crunch time! The kids and I counted up the rehearsals we have remaining before our Cinderella performance: only 8 weeks! If your child plays a mouse, Cinderella, or Fairy Godmother, please note the last paragraph before my signature line. If you have costume questions, see my website first, then feel free to email me. http://www.cobblearning.net/drbernard/category/chorus/cinderella/
Eastvalley Day at the Braves: April 28, 2019; Details TBA. We’ll sing the national anthem to start the game! The Braves will probably expect us to be in the stadium at 12:20. EVERY CHORUS STUDENT MUST PURCHASE A TICKET TO GET INTO THE STADIUM. We expect to begin selling discounted tickets at the beginning of February.
We only have four weeks before the District Choral Festival Field Trip: February 15 from 11:00-3:00. Since we will return after the regular school busses run, please make arrangements now to pick up your child at 3 pm as a car rider or plan to use Eastvalley’s ASP program. The kids need to keep practicing the music with the link to my website, http://www.cobblearning.net/drbernard/2018/12/20/chorus-festival-music/
Parents of all mice, Cinderella, and Fairy Godmother, we need to have an additional rehearsal on Friday January 18th from 2:30-3:30 to work out some challenging movement details. Please reply to this email and let me know if your child can make it or not. Also, I’ve been trying to find mice costumes that aren’t too hot. Most are like sweat pants and our kids will burn up. The best thing I’ve come up with is grey leggings. I saw some online at Target that look lightweight. Will you mice parents please let me know what you can find that would be lightweight leggings and long sleeve grey top? The chorus is purchasing matching ears for the kids.
We are excited to announce that Eastvalley has joined the Quaver Music family!
We renewed our license to use 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!
- Go to https://www.quavermusic.com ;
- In the top right corner, click “Sign Up” ;
- As you sign up, use your Eastvalley computer lab/lunch number where you create “my Quavername” ;
- Create your account using your computer lab password as your Quaver password so you can remember it;
- Enter a parent’s email address;
- 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)!
Enjoy creating and learning about music at https://www.quavermusic.com
Dear Chorus Families,
I hope you enjoyed your break, and hope the kids are energized and ready to return! Our chorus rehearsal on Monday Jan 7th will be intense because we are gearing up for an extraordinarily busy few months! See our calendar below and subscribe to the chorus calendar on my website! http://www.cobblearning.net/drbernard/2018/12/20/chorus-festival-music/
As a reminder, our January and February rehearsals end at 3:30 with pickup at 3:35. Our March rehearsals end at 4:30 (including the principal cast rehearsals on Thursdays).
Notes from last week:
Eastvalley Day at the Braves: April 28, 2019; Details TBA. The Braves will probably expect us to be in the stadium at about noon.
District Choral Festival Field Trip: February 15 from 11:00-3:00. Since we will return after the regular school busses run, please make arrangements now to pick up your child at 3 pm as a car rider or plan to use Eastvalley’s ASP program. The kids need to begin practicing the music with the link on my website, http://www.cobblearning.net/drbernard/2018/12/20/chorus-festival-music/ (I’m guessing some of our proactive kids have already been practicing!).
Lastly, with PTA funds designated for music class, we renewed Eastvalley’s subscription to Quaver music for every Eastvalley student! Quaver is now updated to run on all mobile devices, too! Take a look at my website for account creation directions, access codes, etc. This is a fantastic way for you and your kids to learn all about music! http://www.cobblearning.net/drbernard/2018/12/21/quaver-account-creation-directions/
|Feb 14||Elementary Choral Festival field trip. Pick up at Eastvalley is at 3 PM.|
|Feb 22-23||5th Grade Statewide Honor Chorus in Athens
(five auditioned 5th graders)
|March 4||Cinderella Musical dress rehearsal 2:30-4:30|
|March 11||Cinderella Musical dress rehearsal 2:30-4:30|
|March 18, 19||Cinderella Musical dress rehearsal 2:30-4:30|
|March 19||Two Cinderella AM Assembly preview performances 8-10:30 AM|
|March 20, 21, 22||THREE Cinderella Musical performances on Eastvalley stage at 6:30 PM.
On opening night March 20, the students will stay with the directors and a group of parents after school to rehearse and then we will feed them and get them into makeup and costumes for the show!
|March 25||Chorus year-end celebration (end of chorus rehearsals for the year) 2:30-3:30 led by parent volunteers|
|April 28||Sing the National Anthem for the Atlanta Braves! Ticket details TBA|
“SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL” on the top right hand corner of this website to receive email updates when I post. http://www.cobblearning.net/drbernard/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me. Enjoy the remainder of your break!
QuaverNotes are the currency at Quaver.com and you can get 100 for free with the code below!
I hope all the Eastvalley students will set up a quaver account with the information on my website. Eastvalley paid your registration fee, so let’s all have fun using this fabulous music learning tool!
Dear Chorus Families,
This is a busy week for the Eastvalley Eagle Chorus
Our FREE holiday concert is in the Eastvalley cafeteria at 6:30 PM on Tuesday December 4!
Here are some bullet points suggested by a parent to help organize the chaos!
Tuesday – AM school sing-along and PM performance. For the morning sing-alongs, no uniform required. The kids meet on stage at 7:50 am. For the 6:30 performance, full uniform, call time 6 pm in my classroom.
Thursday – Cinderella rehearsals continue every Thursday except the early release day (Dec 20).
Thursday – Chick-fil-A performance if you can make it: EV spiritwear or school clothes, meet at 5 pm in Eastlake Shopping Center Chick-fil-A, we’ll sing through our program at least once, so I’d expect to be there until 6.
Friday – field trip Full chorus uniform, chaperones meet me at the stage by 8:55. We leave shortly after 9 and return for pizza at 1.
On November 9th, our 5th graders will go to Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center to hear a live performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra!
We always enjoy the music more if we understand what’s going on, so take a look at this study guide and listen to the music links in the study guide:
We will wear our nicest clothes for this field trip because it is so special to go to the symphony!
Links to the music:
Words to Know
Pitch: How high or how low a musical sound is.
Timbre: The quality or color of sound that makes one musical instrument or a voice different from another.
Dynamics of Sound: The volume, whether loud, very loud, soft, or very soft, produced by an instrument or voice.
Melody: A sequence of notes assembled using a variety of rhythm and pitches to create a musical statement. Typically, a mode is selected to create the mood of the melody. When more than one voice or instrument is involved, or where harmony is present, the melody is the dominant tune of the composition.
Tones: The particular sound of an instrument or voice, as well as the performer’s particular coloring of that sound. For example, the tone produced by a certain clarinetist could be said to be rich, dark, and mellow; this is the result of the natural sound of the instrument, combined with the performer’s particular technique of playing.
Mode: An arrangement of eight notes according to a fixed pattern of whole steps or half steps to create a certain mood. The mode used in a lullaby, for example, is different than the mode used in a victory march.
Rhythm: A repeated musical sequence in terms of long and short sounds.
Legato: An instruction to perform a specific passage of a musical composition in a smooth, graceful, connected manner.
Staccato: An instruction to play specific notes in a crisp, detached, separated, distinct manner.
Conductor: The leader of a musical ensemble who uses gestures and other physical movements to indicate how the music should be performed bythe musicians.
Score: The printed or published document containing the combined instrumental and vocal parts of an entire musical composition, stacked together on a sequence of pages.
Enjoy your trip!
This time of year, you may be able to find costumes on sale for our musical, Cinderella!
All the main roles know which pictures to identify with. If your child doesn’t have a lead role, s/he is a princess/prince. As a member of our EV Royal Court, your child can dress as royalty in the fashion below. Let me or Mrs Steinheimer know if you have questions.