School

Chamber Orchestra Fall 2019

Posted in Molly, Music, School on November 15th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly is in Chamber Orchestra at school this year, which is mostly 8th graders with a handful of 7th graders (like Molly). They had their Fall concert yesterday and did a wonderful job. If you’re looking for Molly, she is on the 2nd row in the viola section, but is mostly hidden by her music stand for much of the performance.

Practice Night

Posted in Leah, Music, School on October 31st, 2019 by c-had – 1 Comment

The orchestra/band director at Leah’s school held a practice night for parents to come and learn how to help their students practice. He asked a few students to come demonstrate their instrument for the parents to show proper technique. Leah was selected to be the example cello, and was very happy to help out.

Practice night

Kindness Week ensemble

Posted in Leah, Music, School on October 22nd, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

This week is Kindness Week at Leah’s school. Leah was asked to be part of a small ensemble to play as folks arrived at school to kick off the week.

Kindness Week ensemble

Kindness Week ensemble

One of the songs they played was a rock medley, including part of We Will Rock You. For part, the violins stopped playing to stomp, stomp, clap while the cellos took the lead. Then later the cellos stopped playing to stomp, stomp, clap while the violins took the lead.

You can also see here that the cellos and basses struggled with the morning sun in their eyes, some resorting to trying to hide behind their stands to block it.

We Will Rock You

Kindness Week ensemble

They had quite a large crowd gather to listen before school. The crowd only dispersed when the Assistant Principal came to tell them they all needed to get to class as the bell was about to ring. Nice job, Leah!

First day of 7th and 4th grade

Posted in Leah, Molly, School on October 6th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

A month ago, Molly and Leah started school! 7th grade and 4th grade. And of course they had to wear their new jackets.

Molly first day of 7th grade

1st day of 7th grade

Leah first day of 4th grade

First day of 4th grade

Neighborhood picture

3rd Grade Orchestra Concert

Posted in Leah, Music, School on May 6th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Leah played her cello with the Beginner Orchestra at school. Almost all the 3rd graders in the school are in the orchestra, and they sounded great (as did the 4th and 5th graders)! Congratulations to Leah for a great concert and for being the 1st chair cello!



1st chair cello

Bingo

Posted in Family visits, Leah, Molly, School on March 30th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

G’Mom and Grampa came in town for a visit, and their visit once again coincided with our elementary school’s Bingo night. We of course made it to Bingo, and Jen of course got Bingo again. Sadly, a kid did as well and the kid won the call-off (which also seems to always happen to Jen).

Bingo again

As a consolation prize for losing the call off, Jen got a Target gift card. Molly was still excited.

Consolation excitement

Winner

Madison just needs one more! (She sadly did not get it).

Just one more

A fun night as always.

Molly’s first symphony orchestra concert

Posted in Molly, Music, School on March 2nd, 2019 by c-had – 1 Comment

In addition to her Concert Orchestra, Molly joined the Symphony Orchestra at school. This group includes 6th-8th graders, and combines strings with winds, brass, and percussion. They meet at 6:50am before school every Tuesday and Thursday, so these are some dedicated kids. And it was a joint concert with Leah's elementary school orchestra.



Orchestra warm up

Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra

Here are our two orchestral musicians after their concert together.

Orchestral musicians

Leah’s first orchestra concert

Posted in Leah, Music, School on March 1st, 2019 by c-had – 1 Comment

Leah had her first orchestra concert in January. The 3rd grade orchestra at her school did a great job, especially Leah on her cello. And it was a joint concert with Molly's middle school, so we got to see both of them in the same night (I’ll post about Molly tomorrow).

In addition to the video, I got a couple of pictures. Leah was not nervous at all before her first orchestra concert.

Not nervous

Not sure where this expression came from as they prepared to play.

Sweet angel

The 3rd grade at Leah’s school only has 3 classes, but almost all of the kids chose to join the orchestra. So it’s a big group.

3rd grade orchestra

Pizzicato

Bowing

Great job

First middle school orchestra concert

Posted in Molly, Music, School on February 17th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Back in November, Molly had her first middle school orchestra concert. It’s a whole new level of professionalism, complete with uniforms. They were great!



Middle school orchestra

Middle school orchestra concert

Middle school orchestra concert

First day of school

Posted in Leah, Molly, School on September 4th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

It’s the day after Labor Day, which means it’s the first day of school! It’s a big day for our house, as Molly is now in middle school!!! We can no longer pretend that this isn’t happening. I guess we really had to stop pretending last week at 6th grade orientation.

Middle School Orientation

Middle school means our mornings are now earlier, as middle school starts an hour earlier than elementary, and also requires a bus ride instead of walking around the block. So, there is no picture of her with her sister, as Leah is still asleep.

First day of middle school

There were of course pictures with kids on the block.

Middle school friends

Middle schoolers on the block

And then waiting at the bus stop. We have so many kids around us that her bus stop is ridiculous. I counted 35 kids at the stop. It’s the first stop, and fills more than half the bus.

Bus stop

Then it was time to wake up Leah. She’s very excited about this start of 3rd grade.

First day of 3rd grade

One of the main reasons she is excited is that Madison is finally in her class.

3rd grade friends

We got a picture with some of the elementary kids on the block.

Elementary kids on the block

And of course with the wildcat.

Wildcat

And then she was off to class. Not only is Madison in her class, but lots of her other friends are too. And not only that, her teacher is Mr. Chen who Molly had and Leah has wanted ever since.

Best class

When Leah got home, she said it was the “best first day ever”!