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Earth Day - the Musical Trilogy

June 07, 2018
By Mrs. Parlier

3rd-5th grade scholars have been busy producing a musical production called Earth Day - the Musical Trilogy.  After a class period dedicated to an explanation of the basic structure of a Pop Opera, the scholars were turned loose to create plot lines, narration, lyrics and in some cases melodies, staging, blocking, choreography, set design and props and 6 weeks later, we arrived at Performance Day!  We hope you enjoy!


Otterly Amazing - 3rd Grade 



Leave Me Alone - 4th Grade


Spittin' Fire - 5th Grade

It Must be Spring...

April 30, 2018
By Mrs. Parlier

What a beautiful day!  Spring seems to have finally sprung!  Alleluia!

We had a special visitor during K5 music today.  Due to the lovely weather, we had music class outside on the playground.  We were running through our songs for our upcoming Easter Concert when a handsome red robin landed on one of the telephone wires overlooking the school playground.  When we finished singing one of our songs, he started singing his own song.  The kids noticed him and I suggested their beautiful voices must have called him over to join us.  We sang the next song facing the robin.  He hung out and sang along with us almost until the end of the song.  The kids thought that was so cool.  So did I!  Beautiful when humanity and nature connect in a shared song!

Speaking of songs - we are having two Easter Concerts at Catholic East in May.  These will be held during the school day and there will be one concert at each campus.   Your children may wear their school uniform or dress up for the concert.  No jeans or sweat pants - think Sunday best in whatever color you'd like!  We hope you'll be able to join us!  Here are all the details:


Blues Writers

March 04, 2018
By Mrs. Parlier

This past week, music classes enjoyed a lesson entitled, "The Blues and Langston Hughes."  (Smithsonian Learning Library)  The objective of the lesson was to learn the structure of the blues stanza both in music and in the blues-inspired writings of African American poet, Langston Hughes AND to create their own three-line blues stanza. Boy did we have fun!!

We created two word walls during this process.  One laid out all those things that make us "blue" and yes, parents, siblings, math tests and music class made those lists! Our second word wall got to the core of Blues music and reflected how these things make us FEEL.  This list had words like sad, angry, melancholy, violent and powerless - to name but a few.  In describing the Blues, one astute 2nd grader said, "it's like a mixture of anger and humor all in one!"  He pretty much hit the nail right on the head with that description.  The Blues stanza is filled with complaints and laments but what sticks is the feeling in your gut and the hope that tomorrow will be a better day.  The sharing of an experience and deep feeling - that's why we write and sing the Blues.

After hearing examples of the Blues from Lead Belly, Mrs. Parlier and Langston Hughes, the scholars were challenged to write and perform their own Blues stanzas with BB King providing the backtrack for their performance. Here's one of many epic performances we witnessed in class:


Christmas Greetings!

December 22, 2017
By Mrs. Parlier

First and foremost, you should all be very proud of your children and their phenomenal performance at the Christmas concert on Wednesday evening.  I could not have been more pleased.  They have worked very hard the past two months and their gift to all of us could not have been more perfect. Still photos and video will be coming your way soon!

Now for some personal reflection I shared with our 2nd-8th grade scholars this week!

I heard the song, "Be Born in Me" about 6 months ago and I listened and prayed with that song for months knowing this would be a key piece in our concert. While the song is truly about Mary's incredible YES to God, this song needs to be our song too! Like Mary, our prayer should also be "be born in me!" The Incarnation (God becoming fully human and dwelling among us) historically happened 2,000+ years ago, but spiritually, this great act of love has never ceased. All of us are called, like Mary, to allow God to take residence within our hearts so we can continue to do His work right here, right now. 

I shared the music video for "Be Born in Me" with these same scholars and asked for them to prayerfully watch the song unfold.  I asked them to pay attention to Mary and consider how brave she was to say Yes.  I asked them to watch how tenderly Joseph cares for Mary. Then there are those Kings who marvel at the sight of an amazing, new star and the shepherds who become the Holy Family's first guests to meet this incredible gift - Jesus.

I wasn't sure how the kids would react to watching this 6 minute video but I witnessed sweet voices joining in on the chorus, awed whispers of "he's so beautiful and tiny", exclamations of "that star is so cool", tears - lots of tears including my own. Many kids asked me where to find the video because they want to watch it again. I'd like to share it with all of you as well - Merry Christmas!

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