2014 Veterans Day

We tried something new this year. Actually two somethings. First we danced to a song choreographed by John Jacobson. The little ones really loved it–the bigger ones, not so much, but they did it. Sixth Grade students are always so worried about how they will be perceived by the High Schoolers. The second thing that we tried was making a giant flag. I had my fingers crossed. It made me more than a little nervous as I spent a lot of time mapping it out, assigning shirt colors, and explaining it. We always go to the high school in October for the Battle of the Buildiings (a fund-raising event by the student council to benefit Camp About Face). This year I took pictures of every row, every section, and mapped the students’ seating positions. Then I color coded the map and told the teachers what colors for every student. It worked out pretty well. I didn’t get a photo of us singing (standing, with the 50 stars all held up) as I was busy directing. Someday I hope to see a video of it!

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We sang four songs: “You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag” (our standard), “Eleven Eleven” (featuring our 1st grade–if I can get the audio recordings merged into the video, I’ll add it), “Our Red, White, and Blue” (one of the prettiest songs ever), and “This Is My Country” (not the traditional one but a new version by Music Express). Here are two of the videos:

 

This Flag We Fly

The NDE students have been working on Veterans Day since the beginning of the school year. “This Flag We Fly” is a new song for us this year, and it has quickly become a favorite. What a beautiful song from MUSIC K-8! I really appreciate the songs in this wonderful magazine by Plank Road Publishing. This video features my Fifth Grade students.

Gratitude Attitude

Every year I feature the First Grade in a video for our Veterans Day Program. I’ve done this now since 2005. This year’s song is an adaptation of the song “Gratitude Attitude.” We changed the words to reflect our pride in American servicemen and women. A dozen or more students taped lines about their own family Veteran. The first and second grades are singing in the video.

2011 First Grade Christmas Program

I found this video online of our Christmas Program by the First Grade. The Fourth Grade performed on the same night, but I haven’t found a video of theirs. I did have my video running but I’m not sure how it turned out yet as no one was manning it. The first graders are sooooo cute! Enjoyed their little songs, a lot from Plank Road Publishing, a wonderful music company.

2010 Nutcracker Christmas Program

One of the very few programs that I have repeated in all of my 32-plus years of teaching is The Nutcracker. It is so much fun! I can still remember doing it at the old buildings–Odon, Plainville, and Elnora. The melodies are timeless, and this little musical is so lovely. I know it really is a ballet, but the music is so familiar now due to its use in holiday movies and commercials. It doesn’t feel out of place to sing it. I know the students love it. Every year I’m asked if we are doing The Nutcracker! Sorry, kiddos. We really should wait a few years in between. Here are some pictures from this year’s edition. I didn’t take these pictures–thanks Angie! I’m always appreciative of music program pictures, so if you have any, please, email me some!

50 Nifty States

This year’s Veteran Day program was again held at the high school. We sang “You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag,” “Oh, I Love American,” “In Service of Our Country,” “50 Nifty United States,” and “One Nation.” Three of the songs came from Plank Road Publishing, from their magazine MUSIC K-8. I have amassed quite a large collection of their songs! This year, I adapted a song, the 50 states one, and it turned out really nicely. It’s hard to keep the beat though with 650 plus voices, and I noticed in the radio broadcast one side of the gym pushed the tempo a bit. Not too shabby though for little kids to learn all 50 states in alphabetical order (by memory too, as even though it was projected on the gym wall, they really knew it). If you would like the scrap pages that I made of all 50 states, click on the picture for a link where you can download one or all. The songs are on my YouTube channel. I didn’t save the radio broadcast; I wish I had! It was a lot of fun!