Welcome back, Rossiter students and families! Thank you for checking out the Music Class webpage. Throughout the year, this is the spot to check for information about upcoming Rossiter performances, community music opportunities, and other fun music resources.
Helena Youth Chorus & Helena Youth Orchestra
A concert of Classical and Contemporary holiday music performed by Helena students from elementary through high school. The concert is FREE and open to the public.
5:30-7:00pm at the Myrna Loy Center Auditorium
15 North Ewing
Art and music exhibit. The Holter Museum of Art is currently showing a fascinating “artscience installation” called CAVE. This project combines art, music, neuroscience, and history in an exhibit “in which light and sound elements are controlled by participant brainwaves.” It is a perfect example of STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). CAVE is on display until December 31, 2017 and is absolutely worth the trip downtown. The Holter is a FREE museum, so the entire family can enjoy this opportunity.
Coming Soon to Rossiter: Ukuleles!
I am so excited to announce that the Helena Education Foundation has awarded me a Great Ideas Grant for my project called, “Town Troubadour: Singing and Strumming Helena History.” In conjunction with the third grade teachers, Mrs. Buschini, Mrs. Murnion, and Mrs. Van Diest, I wrote this grant to purchase a classroom set of ukuleles for Rossiter students to learn to play. Third grade will study ukulele in depth this spring to prepare for their Helena History Program. These instruments will serve every student at Rossiter for many, many years to come.
If you are not familiar with the Helena Education Foundation, I encourage you to visit their website and learn about the wonderful and generous ways they support Helena teachers and students. In addition to my ukulele grant, HEF awarded Jennifer Loomis not one but two Great Ideas Grants, one last year for the climbing wall, and another this year to embellish the climbing wall with exciting accessories. Rossiter is truly so fortunate to have the support and energy of the Helena Education Foundation supporting our teachers!
Holiday programs are coming up. Kindergarten will perform in the Rossiter gym on Thursday, Dec 14 at 2:30pm. First through fifth grades will perform at the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, Dec 20 at 12 noon.
Although there is no strict dress code for these performances, please avoid clothing with large corporate logos or brand names on them. Please do not wear hats with brims or tall hats/headbands. Floppy Santa hats are a wonderfully festive choice!
The 5th Grade Buddies concert was a great success! Our fifth graders, along with their kindergarten and second grade reading buddies, had a great time watching the Villalobos Brothers perform at Rossiter. Their remarkable musicianship, fast-flying violin fingers, and incredible energy were the highlights of the performance. If you missed them, or want to relive them, check out the videos below or find them on YouTube.
Cultural Collaboration: American Indian Heritage
For the full week of Sept. 25-29, library skills, music, and physical education classes combined to learn about Native American heritage. We learned about traditional sports, games, stories, instruments, and music. This is the first of the Cultural Collaboration Weeks this year at Rossiter. Please stay tuned for our next one coming this winter/early spring.
Picture: Tipi on the Rossiter Playground, Sept 25, 2017