Eastvalley Family Braves Day!

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

Chorus Field Trip Friday!

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).

Free Quavernotes!

A New Code for FREE QuaverNotes!

 

Need a new QuaverNotes code? The current code is “ThisLittleLight.” 

It will give each account 100 FREE QuaverNotes! Your students have until March 1st, 2019 to enter the code. As a reminder, QuaverNotes will NOT expire. Below are instructions to redeem the code:

1. Go to QuaverMusic.com
2. Click on your Avatar on Quaver Street
3. Click the MY ACCOUNT tab
4. Enter the code where it reads ENTER QUAVERCODE

Chorus News!

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.

 

 

  • 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.

Soprano Recorder Order Form

Dear Parents,

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:

Recorder order form

Recorder order form SPANISH

Recorder order form PORTUGUESE

 

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!.

Chorus News!

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.

 

Quaver Account Creation Directions

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!

  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. Create your account using 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

Important Chorus Rehearsal January 7

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 6821f0@mail.remind.com.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me. Enjoy the remainder of your break!

100 Free QuaverNotes!

Hello,

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!

A New Code for QuaverNotes!

 

Need a free QuaverNotes code? The current code is “NewYearNewStart.” 

It will give each account 100 QuaverNotes! Your students have until February 3rd, 2019 to enter the code. Below are instructions to redeem the code:

1. Go to QuaverMusic.com
2. Click on your Avatar on Quaver Street
3. Click the MY ACCOUNT tab
4. Enter the code where it reads ENTER QUAVERCODE

 

Holiday Concert Tuesday December 4!

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.

    Happy Holidays!

5th Grade Field Trip to the Atlanta Symphony!

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:

ASO Study Guide Heroes Orchestra 2018-19

We will wear our nicest clothes for this field trip because it is so special to go to the symphony!

Links to the music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DF5zg_af9b8c

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Cinderella Costumes

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.

Important  Chorus Reminders

Important  chorus reminders:

  1. We start rehearsing on Friday at 6:30 PM in the Lassiter Concert Hall. It may take 30 minutes to get there from your home with Friday night traffic. Please be a few minutes early.
  2. If you child’s new robe doesn’t fit, please bring it to Lassiter Friday night at 6:20 and we’ll try to swap with another child.
  3. Next week is Conference Week at Eastvalley. As listed on the chorus calendar, we have full chorus rehearsal from 12:30-2:30 on Monday and Wednesday. The kids who were cast as main parts in Cinderella also have rehearsal on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30-2:30. (If your child is on the cast list, s/he should be at rehearsal on Tuesday and Thursday).
  4. Butter Braid orders should have been entered on line at the following link several days ago. We are still missing responses from about 25 parents. Butterbraid/Cookie Order Form 2018
  5. If you didn’t sell Butter Braids, please click the link and mark “no” to that question so we don’t keep looking for your order form. 🙂 It should take you about ten seconds. Thank you to the families who made donations to the chorus in addition to or instead of selling Butter Braids. Your kids will benefit greatly from your investment in their musical activities!
  6. If you’re not already on my chorus text list, please subscribe: Remind 101 texts and emails: 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 6821f0@mail.remind.com .

Eastvalley Eagle Chorus to Sing with Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra!

Dear Eastvalley Eagle Chorus Families,

The Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra has asked us to sing a song with the orchestra on their October concert at the Lassiter Concert Hall. We sang a song with the orchestra last year and it was a smash success! Has anyone read William Shakespeare’s Macbeth lately? The lyrics from our song are by Shakespeare, and the music is by one of America’s greatest modern composers, John Williams. Any guesses?

We will sing Double Trouble from the movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! The Ga Phil has paid for and ordered the music for us, so our responsibility is to make the song sound professional by mid-October. The concert will be on Sunday, October 14 at 4 pm in the Lassiter High School Concert Hall. Watch a video of the song on YouTube and sing along with the lyrics! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CKr2ULMMcA

As an added treat, we'll sing a second song, too! We will sing A Close Friend from "Fantastic Beasts." Click here to listen and download a practice track:

The performers will get in free to the concert, and Eastvalley families will receive a "buy one adult, get a child free" ticket voucher. Also, we’ll need to rehearse with the orchestra a couple of times before the concert. Learn more about the orchestra at: http://www.georgiaphilharmonic.org/index.html

Butter Braid Sales!

Our Chorus ButterBraid fundraiser begins on Monday, September 10, 2018! All Eastvalley chorus students have the order forms.

Butter Braids cost $14 and the delicious cookies cost $16. The items come to us frozen and must stay frozen until you are ready to use them. Braids must defrost over night, and cookies defrost for a short while before baking. They are processed in a factory that also processes products with nuts, so advise your child to avoid them if he/she is allergic. See the Butter Braid website for product details: Click on the item picture for nutrition info: https://butterbraid.com/nutrition_ingredients_braidedpastry#.W23XTGeov5p

Please begin selling ASAP! You can read more and get some fantastic “seller” ideas on the Butter Braid website: http://butterbraid.com/seller-resources   I particularly like the “Top 10” list and the “Sell To” list (attached to this email). They also have nutrition information on the website.

If you will be seeing family over the holidays, you may want to plan on ordering some extra Butter Braids for your gathering! Delivery is Monday, November 5th, so you will have them in plenty of time for the holidays!  Remember to collect the money when you make the sale.

Checks are payable to Eastvalley Elementary or parents can collect the money and write one check to cover the total amount.

 More details and selling tips:

People love Butter Braid pastries, but if they are ordering for the first time, let them know a little bit about the product.

  • It is a light and flaky pastry that is hand-braided and comes in a variety of mouthwatering fillings.
  • It is made with 100% real butter and other high-quality ingredients.
  • The pastry comes frozen and will keep for many months in the freezer.
  • Butter Braid pastries are great for holidays and other special occasions.

 Butter Braids cost $14 each (our chorus keeps $6 from every braid sold). They are delivered frozen and need to thaw/rise 10-12 hours before baking. Checks are payable to Eastvalley Elementary. Proceeds go towards chorus activities and supplies such as stage renovations, lights, sound system improvements, sheet music, director training, and backdrops.

As if the Braids weren’t enough in themselves, the students win prizes for selling Butter Braids:

  • If they show me that they have sold at least five by Wednesday, September 12, they get a “Whirley Pop” to eat in music class. (Show me the order form or send me a picture of the orders as proof.)
  • If they sell 10 by October 5, they get a second Whirley Pop plus a “Teach for 10.”
  • Sell 15 and get a pack of 32 count chocolate chip cookie dough plus the above prizes.
  • Sell 20 and they get to step into the money machine on November 9th and grab as much cash as they can in 20 seconds, plus the above prizes!
  • Sell 30 and win a 6 lb bag of Black Forrest Gummies, plus the above prizes!

Our goal is for every student to sell at least 10. Because of the success of this annual fundraiser, we can keep chorus fees down as low as they are ($30 for the entire year this year)! So, we need your help in selling as many Braids as possible. Many parents find it easy to sell them to friends at work because once you taste a Butter Braid, you want more every year! Thanks for your support!

Cinderella Auditions September 12, 13, 14, 18 for EV Chorus Members

 

 

Audition Process:

On the audition day, students will tell the directors the one role (first choice) they would most like (with realistic expectations).  Students also list their preferences of other roles beyond their first choice, but they only audition/read for the role they want the most. Every student will have the opportunity to audition for their first choice role. The directors may ask some students to read parts in addition to the first choice. We may ask some students to come back on September 18 for a “call-back” to read a different part, or to act in combination with a specific grouping of students. The directors will offer speaking parts to the students who perform the best in the audition process. The audition judging rubric is on the chorus website. Times below are approximate, based on how many children attend the auditions. Click here to download the rubric: Musical Audition Rubric

Wednesday: Students auditioning for the following parts will meet in the music room from 2:30-4:30

  • Cinderella

  • Fairy Godmother

  • Gus

  • Perla

  • Jaq

  • Luke

Thursday: Students auditioning for the following parts will meet in the music room from 2:30-4:00

  • Stepmother

  • Stepsisters

Friday: Students auditioning for the following parts will meet in the music room from 2:30-4:30

  • Town Criers

  • King

  • Prince Charming

  • Grand Duke

  • Herald

  • Narrators

 

Good luck to all!

Synopsis from https://www.mtishows.com/disneys-cinderella-kids

Far away, in a cottage in a small kingdom, the beautiful young girl, Cinderella, spends long days as a servant in her own home – bowing to every whim of her cold stepmother and cruel, jealous stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella (“The Tale of Cinderella”).

One day, the town criers invite all the young ladies of the kingdom to attend the Royal Ball, where they can meet the dashing Prince Charming. When Cinderella humbly inquires about the ball, her stepsisters laugh at her mockingly, but her conniving Stepmother agrees to let her go… if she finishes an impossibly long list of chores. Cinderella is not disheartened by all this work, for going to a ball would be a dream come true (“A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes”).

To make things harder for Cinderella, Anastasia and Drizella dump all of their dirty laundry at her feet, adding to the list of chores. Cinderella’s mice friends – including Perla, Jaq, Luke and Gus – try to help her forget these horrid tasks by reminding her how wonderful the ball will be (“A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes – Reprise”).

When Cinderella exits to perform another of her stepsisters’ chores, the mice lament Cinderella’s awful situation (“The Work Song”). To make Cinderella feel better, the mice scurry to stitch together a lavish ball gown from scrap fabrics and accessories that the Stepsisters have cast off (“The Work Song – Reprise”).

The mice surprise Cinderella with the dress, only to have Anastasia and Drizella tear it to shreds in a fit of jealousy. Stepmother and the Stepsisters depart for the ball, leaving Cinderella behind in a pool of tears, with nothing left to believe in.

Magically, a Fairy Godmother appears, ready to perform a few miracles and get Cinderella to the ball. Using a magic spell, the Fairy Godmother transforms household items and Cinderella’s furry friends into an elegant entourage (“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”). The Fairy Godmother reminds Cinderella that the spell only lasts until midnight, at which point, everything will be as it was before. She then waves goodbye and sends the enchanted coach on its way to the palace (“To the Ball”).

At the Royal Ball, Prince Charming is unenthusiastic about the ladies the King presents to him… until Cinderella enters and lights up the room. The pair dance until midnight, when Cinderella rushes out before the spell breaks, leaving behind a single glass slipper.

Left with only the slipper as a guide, the King orders the Grand Duke to scour the kingdom until he can find the foot that will fit it perfectly. After a long search, the Duke finds a perfect fit on Cinderella’s foot, and she is invited back to the castle to marry the Prince and become the new Princess (“Cinderella/Dream Finale”).

The kingdom rejoices at the marriage of Cinderella and Prince Charming as the curtain falls (“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Bows”).