Tuesday, 23 May 2023

The Best Pet Show Ever

Opening Song

Pet Show

My Cat

My Dog

I Don't Have a Pet

My Charming Snake

I Can Do the Bunny Hop Too!

What's That Smell?

Let's Hear It For Darcy's ARC

Pet Owners Rap

We Had a Pet Show!

What's That Smell Practice video

Wednesday, 22 March 2023

Musical: My Planet, Your Planet

Our Gr. 4/5 team will be performing the musical "My Planet, Your Planet" by Teresa Jennings on Thursday, May 25 for our Celebration of the Arts.  Times TBA.  This earth-friendly musical is about our one and only home.

Here are the practice videos to learn the words:

Agents of Change by Teresa Jennings (all)

Agents of Change Performance track

My Planet, Your Planet by Teresa Jennings (Room 3)

My Planet, Your Planet performance track

It's Easy Bein' Green by Teresa Jennings (Room 6)

It's Easy Bein' Green Performance Track

Earthlings, Unite by Teresa Jennings (Room 5)

Earthlings, Unite Performance Track

Tomorrow Needs Us by Teresa Jennings (Room 4)

Tomorrow Needs Us Performance Track

Monday, 13 February 2023

Valentine's Games


Ida Red

How to play: Students sit in a circle and one student is chosen to be the mail carrier. The mail carrier picks 2 cards (a red and blue one) from the bag. They walk around the circle carrying the two envelopes while the class sings the song. At the end, the mail carrier stops in front of two students. Each student gets an envelope and inside are slips of paper each with a different way they could travel around the circle. Those 2 students go opposite ways, moving like the card they received. Eg. Bear crawl, crab walk, speed walk, skip…. Choose a new mail carrier and continue on with rounds.


I Hope I Get a Letter

How to play:  You will need a bag, cards inside labeled #1-5 plus your choice, percussion instrument (eg. tubano in the center of the circle); All students sit in circle.  Choose 1 student to be the mail carrier.  Sing the song as the mail carrier walks around the circle.  At the end of the song, the mail carrier pulls a card that matches one of the rhythms on the board and the student they are closest too goes to the drum and plays the rhythm.  Everyone else is keeping the beat on their knees.

Tuesday, 7 February 2023

Choir Songs WMF

Grade 2/3 CHOIR

Singing at Winnipeg Music Festival Friday, March 10, 2023 @ Portage Avenue Church 10:00 am

The Moon by Andy Beck

Down to the Zoo Words by A.A. Milne, Music by Katie O'Connor-Ballantyne

Grade 4/5 CHOIR

Singing at Winnipeg Music Festival on Monday, March 6 @ Portage Avenue Church 10:00 am

Skye Boat Song Words by Robert Louis Stevenson, Arranged by Jay Althouse

Chumbara Arranged by Dave and Jean Perry

Monday, 7 November 2022

Winter Performances 2022

Winter Carnival will be on Wednesday, December 14.  

Kinders and Grade 1 perform first at 5:00-5:30 in our gym.  Parents will need to drop them off in their classrooms by 4:45.  Parents to pick their child up immediately following their performance from their classroom.

Grade 2 and Grade 3 perform second at 6:00-6:30 in our gym.  Parents will need to drop them off in their classrooms by 5:45.  Parents to pick their child up immediately following their performance from their classroom.

Grade 4 and Grade 5 perform last at 7:00-7:30 in our gym.  Parents will need to drop them off in their classrooms by 6:45.  Parents to pick their child up immediately following their performance from their classroom.



JINGLE JIVE accompaniment:

WHEN THE HOLIDAYS COME acccompaniment: 

GRADE 2/3:

GRADE 4/5:

Sunday, 30 October 2022

Remembrance Day Songs

 Grade 4/5 - A Song of Peace (practice track) by Craig Cassils

Gr. 4/5 - A Song of Peace (performance track)

Gr. 2/3 - Just One Candle (practice track)

Gr. 2/3 - Just one Candle (performance track)

Grade K/1 - We All Need Peace by Karl Hitzemann (practice and performance track)

Monday, 12 September 2022

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

The Metis Cart

What is this?

It is a Red River Cart or some would know it as the Metis Cart. The Red River cart was a mode of transportation used by Métis people in the Prairies during the settlement of the West in the mid- to late-1800s to carry loads across distances. The name of the cart derives from the Red River, along which the Red River Colony (1812–70), inhabited mainly by Métis peoples, was settled. The Métis had their own Michif words for the cart, including aen wagon and aen charet.

Who is the Metis nation?

 "The Metis nation and culture began when the early European fur traders and First Nations created families to form new Indigenous communities.  There are stories of Metis using their small horses for logging and for pulling sleds as their communities moved from season to season.  Then later on, they started to use the Red River carts with their big wheels.  But wherever the Metis traveled, there was music and dancing." - Alison Cox, Elder

The Metis Cart is a medley of two songs.  The first is Ants, Mosquitos, and Snowball Fricasse.  It is a French Metis song that is traditionally sung to children by elders.  The second is Wigwam Polka by Andy DeJarlis.  The piece is high energy and joyful, capturing the spirit of the Metis music and dance.

The Metis Cart by Kevin Lau (performed by the WSO)

The Metis Cart song has a form or pattern to it.  Listen the song to discover the form and patterns.

Intro A A A A A*      Bridge    B C B Coda
(Ants, Mosquitos...)                        (Wigwam Polka)

Here is the first song in the music.  Listen for the words.  What language is this?  This song was traditionally sung to children by an adult. 

Ants, Mosquitos, and Snowball Fricasse
Let's keep the beat as we listen to this song.

Here is the dance to the first song from the WSO recording (see above to practice with the WSO music):

Here is the second song you will hear in the WSO music.
Wigwam Polka
Identify the Major and minor melodies of this song.  Listen to the music and how it changes in sound quality based on a set of notes that are used to create them.  The set of notes is called a scale.  One melody is minor in which the music will sound dark and maybe a bit sad.  The Major melody will sound bright and happy.

GAME: sit down with the music is minor sounding and stand up with the music is Major.

Play this game.  Can you identify if it's Major or minor?

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Children's Choir Auditions

Our Divisional Children's Choir led by Mrs. Neufeld at Westwood Collegiate is auditioning Gr. 4/5 students for this honour choir next week (May 25, 26, 27 & 31).  Students interested can see Ms. Rempel for more info but parents have to sign their child up for the audition and fill out this online form

1. Sign up for audition TIME: https://www.sjsdchoirs.ca/childrens to select an audition time.

2. Complete the online application form BEFORE YOUR AUDITION at: https://forms.gle/yHkkLB7WbfCsRzMZ7

Audition Process will include:

   Warm up exercises (to determine range and vocal consistency throughout the range)
   Melodic sing-backs (echoing)
   Singing a prepared selection of your OWN CHOICE or “O Canada” either with the piano or a capella. I want to hear your voice and see your style/energy. I am looking for quality performances with evidence of preparation.


A choir song we are working (for Rockin' Robin, just do verse 1 and chorus)


Music Alone Shall Live (sing in higher register)

   Singing the canon “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”, “Freres Jacques” or “To Stop the Train" to determine voice independence.
   Please be sure the online form is completed prior to attending your audition.