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Next year the Lower School Performing Arts Department is excited to offer many after school experiences for the 2017-2018 school year. As you organise your child’s schedule for next year, keep the following opportunities in mind!

Treble Timbertones, led by Vicki Cheung will meet Tuesdays from 2:45-3:55. It is open to any student who loves to sing in Grade 3 to Grade 6.

LS Beginning Band led by Kim Butler will meet Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00. Students will start an instrument from the beginning and work within an ensemble setting. (feel free to add or change this up)

LS Strings Ensemble led by Ashley Benusa will meet Wednesdays from 2:45-3:55. Students who are already studying violin, viola, or cello outside of school in Grade 3-6 are welcome to audition to be a part of this group.

LS Dance Troupe, led by Carole Saunders is a new LS offering. It will meet on Thursdays after school for Grade 3-6.

More information about joining each of these ensembles will come out in August.

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Dancing in the Dark

The Grade 4 classes are diving right into their dance unit where they’ll create dances and turn them into light paintings like this:Image result for light painting







Our CENTRAL IDEA is: Patterns can be represented through a combination of art forms.

This week, we learned how to create our own dance notation using a dance storyboard. Discussions included: How do we effectively draw our dancer and use symbols to show movement, and how can we use simple vocabulary to describe the moves.

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A Note from the Lower School Admin Team:

Dear Lower School Parents,

We would like to share a few gentle reminders to parents for when they visit our school. While we strongly encourage and value parent involvement in our classrooms and at the school, there area few things we’d like parents to keep in mind in order to facilitate an optimal learning environment for students during the school day.

  • The 9/F playground is a huge hit with students, and it is becoming an increasingly popular place for parents to watch their kids. We ask that parents please observe their children from the 9/F foyer and not from the playground itself. The 11/F playground is also not a place to observe your children.

  • Students are not allowed to use the lift/elevator. Please remind your children the lifts are for adults only (parents and helpers welcome), unless the student has a lift pass or is being accompanied to the nurse. This “adults only in the lifts” rule also applies when children are late, not feeling well and when with their parents/helper.

  • In line with our school’s policies and procedures, please refrain from disciplining other people’s children. If parents witness a disagreement or misunderstanding between children at school, please inform a teacher, EA or Vice Principal. Also in accordance with our Parent Code of Conduct, please respect confidentiality by not speaking or messaging about other children, and instead reporting any concerns to a teacher or administrator.

  • The 8/F, 9/F and 10/F hallways are learning spaces; please wait for your children in the 9/F foyer and not in these other hallways or elevator areas.

  • All parents love taking pictures/videos of their children and capturing the special moments at school. Be it during a Spotlight performance, weekly assembly, on the sports pitch, our parents love to catch their child in action and sometimes share the pictures/videos they have taken on social media or with various WhatsApp groups. But please be mindful when snapping pictures of your child that other parents may not wish to have their child photographed/videotaped and their image shared around the world. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Thank you for your consideration and respect of the learning environment in these matters. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to touch base with a Lower School Vice Principal.


Lower School Admin Team

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Diane Frankenstein Reading Workshop

Diane Frankenstein, US based author of Reading Together:  Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read, will be talking to parents about how to have meaningful conversations with children, helping them develop their capacity for empathy, compassion, and perspective.  The workshop is on Monday, March 13th at 8:30am in the library pit.
More information can be found at:
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Lower School Website: Eyes on Learning
In this week’s post to Eyes on Learning, Lower School VP Rob Grantham writes about building student leadership and community engagement through the LEAP program and in-house activities designed and facilitated by student leaders.
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Student Showcases Poster 2017If your child is interested, sign them up to audition in the form here.

The last day to sign up for auditions is Thursday, February 23, 2017. If you have any questions please email Ashley Benusa at

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What an amazing experience over the last three days! To see the arts celebrated through song and dance in one spectacular show fed all of our souls and hearts. This experience has changed us all for the better, and we will never forget the joy and exuberance of the Young Americans – it was infectious!

I am proud of each and every one of the grade six students for taking a risk and performing on stage. From learning multiple songs, challenging choreography, to just having fun, it was amazing to see the transformation of all of you into artists!


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All 6th grade students are invited to participate in the after-school beginning band ensemble. This group is open to all 6th grade students – no experience required!

Rehearsals will be EVERY Tuesday from 2:30 – 3:45 beginning on February 21st 

If you are interested in joining, please complete this form and see me in LLAC 613. Ifyou have further questions, please send me an email to

Want more information about the importance of learning an instrument, or about the instruments that make up a band? Check out this AMAZING Advocacy group  BE PART OF THE BAND Here you’ll find videos about the benefits of music, and instrument introductions- CHECK IT OUT!


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What an amazing week of spotlights last week for the Grade 4 classes. Students were well prepared, and did an amazing job on stage! I feel very fortunate to work with each and every one of you! Please be sure to check out the Lower School Performing Arts YouTube channel to watch your spotlight and share it with your friends. You can find the link here

Our next unit will be DANCE! I’m looking forward to seeing the students create their own dances while exploring the Elements of Dance – BODY, ACTION, SPACE, TIME, ENERGY.


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