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Page School Weekly Roundup and Forecast​

6/7/2016

Reminder that June 20 is the last day.

 

Dismissal Times are as Follows:

Dr. John C. Page School – 12:00 noon

Dr. Elmer S. Bagnall School – 11:55

Helen R. Donaghue School – 11:50

Dr. Frederick N. Sweetsir School – 12:00 noon

Pentucket Regional Middle School and High School – 11:10

 

 

Click Here for Grade 4-6 Instrument Sign-up Form

 

The Pentucket Schools have a thriving instrumental music program and we hope that your child will choose to take part in the upcoming school year.  All students in grades 4-6 are eligible to participate.  Registration for the program is happening NOW as classes need to be formed before the end of this school year.  In order to sign up for the Fall, you will need to complete the attached registration form and return it to your school by Thursday, June, 16.

 

The elementary schools are using a new scheduling model beginning this Fall, which has resulted in a few changes to the Pentucket Instrumental Music Program from past years. 

 

Here are the highlights of the changes:

  • There is no registration fee this year!  It’s free…all you need to do is rent an instrument, purchase the music book and a few other supplies.
  • All music lessons and ensemble rehearsals will take place during a “specials” block of time in the morning.  No students will miss class time or recess.

 

FAQs about the music program

 

Why should my child participate?

Learning to play a musical instrument is great for the development of young minds!  Studies have shown that students who learn an instrument develop their skills in reading, fine motor coordination, and concentration. Participating in music teaches life-long skills!  Ultimately our students develop a sense of teamwork and achievement through diligent work on their own and in groups.

 

How much does it cost?

There is no program registration fee.  It is pretty amazing to be in a district that offers this opportunity without a fee!  Private lessons can be expensive and most school districts charge hundreds of dollars for students to participate in the music program.  You can have that here at Pentucket for free!

Most instrument rentals are around $30 per month, saxophones and cellos cost a bit more.  Rentals through our vendors are part of a rent-to-own program that helps families purchase quality instruments at a great price. 

In addition, new students will need to purchase a book, music stand, and reeds/shoulder rest/rock stop (depending on instrument.)

If you have a financial concern, we have a limited number of loaner instruments available for those who qualify.

 

What instruments can I choose from?

As part of our band program, we offer flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion.  Students choosing to play percussion will learn both bells and drums with an emphasis on bells.

We offer violin, viola, and cello as part of our orchestra program.

 

 

Where do I get an instrument?

This district contracts with K & C Music (band instruments) and Johnson Strings (string instruments.)  We highly recommend renting through one of these trusted vendors.  These rental instruments are part of a rent-to-own program, so money that you pay in rent each month is applied towards the purchase price.  If you wish to pay off the instrument before the rental period is over, they offer a substantial discount.  The rented instruments also come with insurance, and a rep from the company visits each school weekly to take care of repairs.

You can hear about the rental program and pick up your child’s instrument on Tuesday, August 30 at 6:00 at Pentucket High School.

 

Can I use my own instrument from home?

Yes, but we need to make sure it’s in good working order first.  If you played it in high school and it’s been sitting in the closet for a while, it probably needs a bit of attention.  We can recommend the right repair shop for you.

Whatever you do, please do not buy an instrument for $100-300 on Amazon or at BJ’s.  They are complete junk and will be nothing but trouble for you.  Often once they break they are difficult, if not impossible, to repair.

If you would like to purchase a used instrument on craigslist, please contact one of the instructors from our program so that we can recommend some good brands and provide you with other instrument-specific advice.

 

When are the lessons and rehearsals?

All lessons and rehearsals take place during the school day.  Students will perform in two evening concerts during the school year, and will have one evening rehearsal just prior to each.  Performance is an essential component of what we do, and attendance is mandatory at the two concerts.

 

If your child intends to participate in the Fall of 2016 it is very important that you fill out and return the registration form to school right away!

 

 

 

Please contact me with any questions that you may have at aguerriero@prsd.org.

 

Amy Guerriero

Elementary Instrumental Music Program

 

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Sincerely,

The Page School

 

Page Upcoming Events

6/6/16

Grade 6 Field Day

 

6/7/16

Grade 5 and 6 Elementary 

Band Tour

 

6/8/16

Grade 6 visit to Middle School

"Move up Day"

 

6/9/16

Grade 1 Field trip to 

Seacoast Science Center

 

6/10/16

Grade 3 Field Trip to

Minuteman National Park

 

6/11/16

PTO "Old Home Days"

 

6/14/16

5th Grade Author's Fair

9:00-10:20

 

6/15/16

Grade 5 Field Trip to

Schylling Toy Factory

 

6/16/16

Sping Concert

10:00-11:00

Page School Art Show

6:00-7:00 in Cafeteria

 

6/17/16

Grade 2 fieldtrip to

Butterfly Palace

Grade 6 Recognition Assembly

9:00-10:15

 

6/20/16

Last Day of School

Goodbye Assembly at 9:00

12:00 Dismissal