Friday, December 21, 2018

Pre-Holiday Wrap Up!

At the close of a great week, I would like to say thank you, thank you and THANK YOU...  You are an amazing team.  I can't imagine working with a better group of professionals.  Your dedication to your craft AND your kids warms my artsy heart.

Make time for the things and the people you love during the break.  

Here are a few pics to get you in the holiday spirit...

See you on the flip side in 2019!


Friday, December 14, 2018

What a great week!

CONGRATULATIONS TO Kuss 8th Grader, Karahlyn Dupras who earned 4th seat (out of all violists in the Southeastern Massachusetts division) in SE Mass District Orchestra!  This is a HUGE HONOR!  Nice work, Ms. Nicole Laprise!

Well, I always say it, and I'm going to say it again...  It always amazes me to see and hear the performances we put on for the community!  Once again, Band, Orchestra, Chorus and Percussion did NOT disappoint as they performed this week at Talbot, Morton and Durfee!  The amount of time and effort that goes into each of these performances is worth every single second...  Kudos go out to the FRPS Performing Arts Team- comments I have heard are all glowing.  Next week, we have Kuss's Winter Concert on Tuesday evening, and the HLCS Holiday Jamboree on Thursday, during the school day.  Best of luck to Nicole, Jay, Bill, Susan, Emily and Matt as they lead their fearless performers in these events!

In the News This Week:

  • In CPTs, we have had discussions around planning for the week before vacation, and ways we will balance the learning expectation with the "season" and the SEL needs..  As you submit your plans, remember, our kids love your classes, and thrive on those content specific learning tasks that engage and excite them through art, music and performance..  Next week's sanity level will be dependent on how you plan to keep it "business as usual" with the kids!  Just another week in the art/music/drama room!
  • The Durfee Arts Team will be rolling out a new way to track students leaving the room, in an attempt to lower hallway traffic- we will report out on the system as we work it out, but it will involve students scanning a QR Code to leave the room, and we will track the number of times students are out, so we can address it with them.  We will plan it in CPT today, do a soft roll out next week, and then go full throttle in January!  Getting a head start on our New Year's Resolutions!
  • On Wednesday night, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Portuguese Paint Night, held at the Our Lady of Light Club- what fun!  Leading the painting lesson is always a BLAST, and this is a fun group!  I know that a few art teachers on our team have done this at their schools, and I think it's a great way to promote the arts while making $$ for your programs!  Talk to principals about it if you are interested!
  • On Thursday, I will be visiting Michela Gardner's 6A class to see kids perform "Yuck" as they use their bucket drumming skills!  Super pumped!
The Week in Photos:

Plan Ahead for Department Meeting Times!
  • Durfee Department Meeting: Wednesday, December 19
  • K-8 Department Meeting Time: Thursday, December 20
    • K-5 Art- Weaving Demo- Steph and Vicki (Location TBD) 3:45
    • K-5 Music- Link Up Check In, Quaver Check In- Becky, Letourneau, 3:45
    • 6-8 Art and Music- Virtual Meeting Time- 3:45 to 4:45
Also, Now that Winter Concerts are wrapping up, the focus for Band and Orchestra teachers will be FRPS All City!  Stay Tuned!  The start date for weekly after school practices will be January 15th/16th (Band/Orch)!

From our page to yours, we wish you the best during this last week of 2018 with your students, families and friends- make it matter!


Friday, December 7, 2018

A quick post!

Welcome back, Bloggers!

This week, we really really want to say three things- 
1. Support Our Performers!
2. Support Our Musicians!
3. Wish Our Artists LUCK as they submit work to Scholastic Art and Writing!

This week's musical, Little Mermaid will be performed Friday evening at 7PM, Saturday at 7PM and then Sunday at 2PM!  This should be an AMAZING SHOW!

Upcoming Concerts/Performances!
  • Durfee- 12/7-9 Musical- The Little Mermaid (Fri, Sat- 7PM, Sun 2PM)
  • Durfee Winter Concert- Thursday 12/13, 6:30 PM
  • Talbot Winter Concert- Wednesday, 12/12, 6:30 PM
  • Kuss Winter Concert- Tuesday, 12/18, 7 PM
  • Morton Winter Concert- Tuesday, 12/11, 7 PM
  • HLCS- Winter Jamboree!  Held during the school day!
  • Spencer Borden- 12/19, During school event
  • Tansey- 12/20, During school event

And let's wrap it up with some pictures from this week...

Have a wonderful weekend!