Confederation Park – Music! Dance! & Beyond! – Page 2 – Education Through the Arts! Mrs. Ishii
 

Martin Luther King Jr.

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It was Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday on January 15th.  He was a notable leader in the American civil rights movement. “The time is always right to do what is right.”

Happy New Year!

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Welcome back everyone.  I hope you had a restful break and enjoyed our winter wonderland!  I am happy to be back and look forward to sharing this new book with you when you come to music this week.  Here is a sneak preview from the author, Amanda Gorman.

An opportunity…

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One of my favourite groups – One Voice Children’s Choir from Utah has an amazing opportunity for you.  This choir is led by Masa Fukuda and includes 140 singers ages 4–17.  Click here to join One Voice Children’s International Choir virtually by participating in one of their upcoming music videos!  The deadline for submissions is June 30th. 

Happiness is…

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HELLO Confederation Park students and families!  I’m sending you some “happy” music to start off your Spring Break!

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

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Welcome back to another school year! You may be feeling that there is a lot of change happening around you right now.  However, one thing remains the same here at Confederation Park School…WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!  We continue to learn, laugh and take care of each other. Together, this is going to be an amazing year! In the meantime, “Don’t Worry and Be Happy!”

Happy Summer!

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Well, that’s a wrap! Wishing all our Confederation Park Families a safe and happy summer! Have fun in the sun! Keep making music! Have some dance parties! and try some new camp songs! Click away and enjoy!

Thanks for the Memories!

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A special shout out to our grade 7’s as they head off to high school.  I look forward to celebrating with you at Wednesday’s Leaving Ceremony.  We are so very proud of you!

National Indigenous Peoples Day

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June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day.  This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.  Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.
I recently learned, thanks to Ms. Cummings, that one of my favourite songs was written by Buffy St. Marie.  Buffy St. Marie is an Indigenous-Canadian-American singer/song-writer, musician, composer, visual artist, educator and social activist.  In 1983 she became the first Indigenous person to win an Oscar award for her song “Up Where We Belong.”

Playing for Change

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Playing For Change (PFC) is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.  They have many amazing videos but this one really spoke to me this week.

I Am Kind

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I Am Kind, written by Lindsay Munroe and featuring Raffi, is imbued with joy and a deep respect for children. Sing and play along on ukulele or guitar!

I Am Kind – lyrics and chords