HSD RECAP 2024.03.19

TO: THE WONDER TEAM
MEMO: WEEKLY RECAP 2024.03.19
DATE: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

This is a long memo because it includes a rough, tentative outline for the important upcoming dates. Please reference this memo while you’re planning. If any changes are needed, please make sure they are communicated as early as possible. A printed, updated rundown will be available on their respective dates. Thank you!

Please read this memo in its entirety, as it contains important information about the season.


RECAP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Character Focus: View the most recent Character Lesson Focus
  • Review Classroom Policy and Member Privacy Policies [Review]
  • Yearbook Photos: Please be sure to wear your Wonder tees to class so we can capture candid photos and class photo when the most people are in attendance. Thank you!
  • Modified Schedules: We are planning for a few modified block schedule days as we get closer to the end-of-year events so the instrument ensembles, choirs, and dance groups can practice together before the dress rehearsal. We’ll let you know which weeks, how many weeks we’re scheduling, and if you will or will not be affected.
  • Lesson Plan: Please remember to complete your lesson plans by Wednesday of the prior week.
  • Class Notes Reminder: Class Notes are like homework for the day and are due by 6pm Tuesday, the same day of class. Thank you all for working on making class notes clear and precise.
  • Attendance: Please be on-time and use the Attendance line if you will be absent or tardy, and give us notice of absences as early as possible.
  • Character Awards: During Family Day (spring event), we will give Wonder members character awards. The ONLINE Class Roster (LINK) has a notes section to add character qualities by a student’s name. Please use this roster to keep note of each student’s strong character traits.
  • Student Evals (end of year): By the end of the year, each instrument student will need an evaluation completed to record their improvement from the beginning of the year. Any updates of skills learned and final recommendations can be completed on the ONLINE Class Roster. We appreciate your patience as we draft the skill requirements for each instrument throughout the spring session.
  • Assembly Sharing
    • Please prepare a 2-3 minute piece per ensemble to perform during the 1pm Assembly dated below:
    • April: Circle Dance (April 30)
    • May: Family Day Schedule (May 14)
  • Next Seasons Theme: Gratitude

MODIFIED SCHEDULES

  • April 30 Dress Rehearsal: We’ve been approved to conduct a daytime dress rehearsal. We’ve included a tentative schedule and rehearsal stage order for planning purposes.
    • Attire: Concert Attire. Concert Black is appropriate. Students will be in their concert attire as well.
    • ASL Choir, Music Foundations, Art Classes, and non-ensembles: Students will be pulled from classes to attend their ensemble dress rehearsal. 
    • Art Classes: Please plan to work on installations and final details for the display. Students may enter late or need to leave earlier.
    • Dress Rehearsal Format (an updated rundown will be available in print form)
      • Students DO NOT need to bring their stands to the sanctuary.
      • If you are not on stage, rehearse in your room until called.
      • When called, Next group will line up outside the sanctuary on the north side in stage order
      • Students should be prepared for Concert mindset as soon as the doors open (no speaking, instruments in rest position, remain attentive)
      • Then enter the sanctuary and stand in the back of the sanctuary in reverse stage order
      • Musicians will enter stage by row (stage right, first row first, instruments in rest position); conductor will be introduced and follow after musicians are staged
      • Conductors cue playing position, students will bow together at the end of set (not each piece) when conductor moves to stage right (take your time for photographer – ensemble photo will be taken with instruments before exiting stage during dress rehearsal)
      • Exit stage right, conductor first, musicians follow
      • Go back to the rehearsal room so students are near for Group Concert Photo
      • Video recording will occur throughout each dress rehearsal
    • 10:00
      • All classes start in regular rooms so their bags and stands do not need to be brought to the sanctuary.
    • 10:05 (move to the main building)
      • Band (Prelude, Training, Midpoint)
    • 11:05 (Sanctuary, Main Building)
      • Orchestra (Prelude, Training, Midpoint, Concert)
    • 12:15 (Sanctuary, Main Building)
      • Recorder 1 & 2
    • 12:45 (Sanctuary, Main Building)
      • Music Makers 1 & 2, ALL ASL CHOIRS
    • 12:55 Group Concert Photo (students only & conductors, accompanists) (Sanctuary, Main Building)
    • 1:00 Lunch
    • 2:00 (Sanctuary, Main Building)
      • ALL Choirs & ASL Choir
    • 3:00 (GYM, CC Building)
      • Discovery Dance
      • B3 & B4 Dance
    • 4:00
      • Theater Prep
      • Theater Students Eat Dinner and Get Dressed
    • 4:00 – 7pm
      • Theater Dress Rehearsal
  • May 7 Year of Wonder: No Regular Class; only concert schedule
    • Before the concert, the final rehearsal will occur. Rehearsal order is slightly different, as the younger students will go last so they are closer to their stage time. We’ll update you with the schedule as soon as possible, though the general call times are already on the main calendar.
    • Art Display Installation: We’ll need several hours to complete this.
    • Tentative Concert Order (with estimated times in concert order ) [Review Updated Student Goals for Title Details]
      • Art: Individual & Collaborative Project
      • ASL: 1 Piece (Music Makers) Rev 19 (Choir)
      • Music Makers: Song & Poem (4m)
      • Recorders 1 & 2: 1 Piece (Joint) (3m)
      • Recorders 2: 1 Piece (3m)
      • Prime Choir: 2 Pieces + Rev 19 (Joint) (9m)
      • Youth Choir: Rev 19 (Joint) + 2-3 Pieces (9m)
      • Dance: Overview Video (1m) – Main Presentation at Family Day
      • Theater: Overview Video (1m) – Main Presentation at Family Day
      • Prelude Band: Chant and Celebration (3m)
      • Prelude Orchestra: Twinkle (3m)
      • Training Band: 3 Pieces (8m)
      • Training Orchestra: 2-3 Pieces (6m)
      • Midpoint Orchestra: 3 Pieces (9m)

FAMILY DAY

We wanted to give you all a quick overview of what Family Day will look like so you can plan accordingly. A visual chart will be handed out on the day, but the short descriptions  and a few ideas should help you plan for the class. We’ll also plan to include some notes in the lesson plan by the end of April. Ultimately, guests will join some classes to participate or observe, there’ll be a mini concert, and yearbook signings going on during lunch. If you have any particular questions please reply to this memo and we’ll do our best to address them during the next few weeks.

  • You can plan to arrive/depart at your normal times
  • You lesson plan can include a brief description of activities, plus the class notes (mentioned below)
  • Block 1 (10:00am-11:30am)
    • Parent Q&A
    • (Guests) Instrument Fair – Instrument Coaches and Conductors, Helping Hands (band), and available Youth Ensemble members to help facilitate trying instruments
    • 1 Student Guide/Helping Hands from each class will guide guests to respective classes throughout the day
    • (Guests & Combined Class) ASL Choir – 30m likely in Gym: 10am intro class, current students model; no other classes – students will attend the instrument fair
    • (Guests & Combined Class) Music Foundations – 55m likely in Gym: 10:30 start, Wonder students will help lead class favorite games; guests may come in after Instrument Fair
    • (No Guests) Prelude Band/Orchestra – 85m: Mini Concert Prep with Band/Orchestra Conductors; fun activities for last day
    • (Guests & Combined Class) Musictime (little movers, shakers, cycles) – 85m (likely outside): Class favorite songs and activities; guests may arrive just a little late
  • Block 2 (11:30am-1:00pm)
    • ASL Choir – No class
    • (Guests) Music Foundation – 30m: Overflow class; Wonder students will help lead class favorite games
    • Gym – No class
    • (Guests) Training/Midpoint/Concert Band/Orchestra – 30m: Mini Concert Prep, Sight Reading, Fun Activities (Guests can observe and are invited to join by sight-reading; then ALL head to gym for mini concert
    • (No Guests) Recorders 1 & 2- 30m: Mini Concert Prep, fun activities
    • (Guests & Combined Class) Musictime Music Makers 1 & 2- 30m likely outside: Class favorite songs and activities, Music Makers can showcase their instrument work
    • Family Day Concert – 60m (12:00pm – 1:00pm): Mini Concert in Gym (Concert Order minus a few pieces); collect music after Family Day Concert
  • Lunch (1:00-2:00)
    • Families eat during lunch activities
    • Student Awards (15m); dismissed to outside
    • Yearbook signing (outside)  – You are welcome to join
    • Parent Q&A
  • Block 3-5 (2:00pm-5:00pm)
    • 2:00pm-3:30pm – 90m
      • (Guests) Discovery – intro – fun activities – parent questions after
      • (Guests) Discovery Dance (40 minutes) Not sure what time yet – intro activities, warmups, share dance, invite guests to join
    • 2:00pm-2:40pm – 40m
      • (Guests) Youth Choir – intro activities, warmups, solfege signs, singing
      • (Guests) Art – fun activity (watercolor?) – no embroidery or photography (display showcased)
      • (Guests) Dance – intro activities, warmups, share dance, invite guests to join
      • (Guests) Open Gym (outside) – fun activities
    • 2:50pm-3:30pm – 40m
      • (Guests) Prime Choir – intro activities, solfege signs, singing, possibly sight-reading
      • (Guests) Art – fun activity (watercolor?) – no embroidery or photography (display showcased)
      • (Guests) Dance – intro activities, warmups, share dance, invite guests to join
      • (Guests) Open Gym (outside) – fun activities
    • 3:30pm – 4:00pm
      • 1 or 2 Theater Games
    • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
      • (Guests) Theater –  Living Theater Experience
    • 5:00pm – 6:00pm
      • Theater Dinner
    • 6:00pm – 8:00pm
      • Living Theater Experience

Family Day Concert

These are our suggestions for Family Day repertoire. The chairs will be setup on the stage and choir will stand on the floor. We will want the students already in position when Music Makers begin. Please collect your students prior to concert time and get in concert order. If you have any thoughts about the repertoire let us know. Thank you!

  • Music Makers & ASL Choir: Poem (1m), TITLE – Hymn (1m)
  • Dance: Bar
  • Littles Dance:
  • Recorders 1: Title/Composer (Joint) (1.5m)
  • Recorders 2: Title/Composer (2m)
  • Prime Choir: Title/Composer (3m)
  • Youth Choir: Title/Composer (2.5m)
  • All Choirs & ASL Choir: Revelation 19 – Jeffrey LaValley, arr. Jack Schrader (4.5m)
  • Prelude Band: Chant and Celebration (3m)
  • Prelude Orchestra (2m): Twinkle Twinkle Variations- Folk Song/S. Suzuki (2m) DM 1 or 2 variations
  • Training Band: Title/Composer (6m)
  • Training Orchestra: Title/Composer (2m)
  • Midpoint Orchestra: Title/Composer (3m)
  • Concert Orchestra: Title/Composer (3m)
  • Theater: Last Block of the Day

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • 2023-2024 Wonder HSD Calendar: Please view the updated calendar for general calendar dates and start and end times. We are still adding dates to the calendar as they are approved by the varying facilities.
  • No Class: Tuesday, March 26
  • Group Class Pictures: April 9
  • Homeschool Day at the Capitol (DAC)Friday, April 12 Thursday, April 11 from 7:30am-10am (ASL, ALL VOCAL CHOIRS, CONCERT ORCHESTRA) [EVENT MEMO LINK]
  • Spring Break: April 22 – 29
  • Mandatory Year of Wonder, Family Day Dress Rehearsal: April 30 (During Class Time) [REHEARSAL MEMO LINK]
  • Mandatory Living Theater Dress Rehearsal: April 30 (5pm-7pm) [REHEARSAL MEMO LINK]
  • Year of Wonder: Spring Concert & Art Display (No regular class): May 7 [EVENT MEMO LINK]
  • Family Day & Living Theater: May 14 [EVENT MEMO LINK]
  • Community Concert: May 25 (volunteer conductor & accompanist requested)
  • 2024 Colorado Homeschool Days Fair: June 4

ACTION LIST (REPLY TO THIS MEMO)

  1. Looking Ahead 1-1 In-Person Meeting: 2024-2025 Season(please schedule): We speak with each team members at the end of the year to discuss a recap of the the current year and plans for the upcoming season. Please schedule your IN-PERSON meeting block on (Tuesday, May 21, 28) so we can coordinate 1-1 meetings most efficiently (ignore the link if one is automatically included). Please DO NOT select any other dates even if they show as available. If you have more flexibility in your schedule, please plan to signup in a few weeks to allow others with less flexibility to select a time. Thank you. [LINK: See Calendar on ‘Look Ahead 1-1 Meeting’ Tab on Team Page]
  2. Modified Schedule Questions: Please reply with any questions and music selections if one was not listed or needs to be changed.
  3. Repertoire List (April 2): Please submit your final concert selections for the Year of Wonder Concert, including Title, Composer, Time, Soloist’s Full Names, Piano Need, and Accompanists (if different than Meg Cameron)
  4. Student Evals (by May 14): By the end of the season, each instrument student will need an evaluation completed to record their improvement from the beginning of the year. Please use the ONLINE Class Roster  (located in the roadmaps) to keep note of each student’s strengths, weaknesses, and next year’s placement recommendation. Music Foundations students should also have their mastered level noted.
  5. Character Awards (by April 30): During Family Day (spring event), we will give Wonder members character awards. The ONLINE Roster (located in the roadmaps) has a notes section to add character qualities by a student’s name. Please use this roster to keep note of each student’s strong character traits. Please let us know if you have trouble access the file.
  6. Photos & Video: Please add your Wonder photos/videos you captured this season, from classes, events, the Wonder Games, and other special events like Homeschool Day at the Capitol, to this year’s album (you may need to download an app). [LINK]
  7. What do you need from us? Is there something your confused about? Anything we need to clarify?

Please let us know if you have any questions and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Let’s wonder!

Corey and Helen Scott

Wonder

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