Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12
ABC's, 123's and Hittin' the Road Jack
ABC's, 123's and Hittin' the Road Jack
What a fun and entertaining time it has been to work with this rambunctious and energetic group of musicians. Both the kindergarten and the 1st Grade classes have been immersed in extensive rhythmic studies since the beginning of the school year. I have been very impressed at their ability to repeat complicated patterns, to listen to each other, to play as a group, and to play subdivisions to a metronome. Now their skills are being put to the test as we prepare for our February 28th Lower School music concert, so save the date. This year's Motown theme is filled with great feel good artists such as Ray Charles and The Jackson 5. The kindergarteners are currently learning how to tell Jack to hit the road, which may be a good life skill to have someday. The 1st graders are currently taking their ABC's and 123's to a whole new funky level. This concert will be one you won't want to miss. See you there.

-Derrick Strang, LS Music Teacher

K/1 Storyline Culmination, The Tree
K/1 Storyline Culmination, The Tree

Many thanks to everyone for attending our K/1 Storyline Culmination, The Tree. Your children worked so hard during this storyline, and their enthusiasm and hard work paid off in a wonderful display of all they learned and participated in. As you all know, Storyline is a long process where children are immersed in the experience of living a story through their chosen character and learning a lot about a subject during the course of the storyline. Our culmination gives our young ones the opportunity to "shine" and share their knowledge with you and others who might attend. When we watch them prepare for the culmination, and see the excitement (and perhaps a little nervousness!) that emerges as the culmination approaches, well, that tells us that all their hard work was worth it! Whenever we give children the forum to perform in front of others, we know we are helping your children become more confident as presenters and young people. And when they see the support they receive from family, friends, and their school community, it can't help but assist them in their emotional growth as members of this wonderful community.

Thanks again for coming, and enjoy the photos!

Jane and Caroline



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