A message from our music staff:

Mr. Berger and Ms. Hennessy are glad you're here! Check back often for updates and info about our Westgate music program. Mr. Berger can be reached via email at gberger@sd25.org, and Ms. Hennessy can be reached at ahennessy@sd25.org. Follow Mr. Berger on Twitter! @WEMusic160

Friday, April 25, 2014

The 5th Grade Concert is next Thursday, May 1st!

Please click on the link below to access the information letter I sent home on Friday. Parent volunteers can sign up on the sign-up genius link as well. Thank you!

5th Grade Concert Parent Letter

Volunteer Sign-up



Monday, April 14, 2014

Please Read this Important Message from District 25 Food Services


April 10, 2014

To the Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of School District 25 Elementary Student(s):

It is your responsibility to monitor your student(s) lunch account balance(s) using an on-line account at www.mymealtime.com.  The ID number needed to add each student to your account is the same number students use as a “server password” to log on to school computers.  There is no cost for setting up an account.  Only if you decide to pay on line is there a fee.  You are always welcome to send in checks to your child’s school to add funds to your child’s lunch account.

If you have any questions about how to set up an account, please refer to the district website at www.sd25.org, select departments and then food service.  On the food service home page select pre payment options.  If you need additional assistance please call the Food Service office at 847-758-4883. 

Starting April 16th the District will be using an automated phone message to let you know when your child’s account is negative more than $2.65.  Calls will be made between 8:00 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.  Once your child has a negative account balance in excess of $7.95, they will be called to the office and given an alternate meal.  When adding money to your child’s account online there is a twenty-four (24) hour delay in the money showing up in the account.  You must print your confirmation letter or send a check with your child to school to avoid the alternative lunch. Alternative lunches are the same price as the regular lunch and will meet nutritional guidelines.

If your family is experiencing financial difficulty, please complete an application to see if you would qualify for free or reduced price meals.  Applications are available on the District 25 website or from the office at your child’s school.


Sincerely,

Coletta Hines Newell
Director of Food Services

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekly Update- April 7-11, 2014

Anybody else struggling with Spring Fever lately?

The Variety Show last Friday was a huge success! Congratulations to all who participated. I will be editing the school video and making it available for check-out in a few weeks.

Here are a few highlights from our week in Music Class:

Fifth Grade: We continued working to learn all of our music for the May 1st concert.

Fourth Grade: We continued studying the instruments of the Orchestra. This week our emphasis was Strings and Percussion. I found more great videos to share with students on YouTube. (See links below). Students will have a quiz on this information next week.

Strings Family

Percussion Family

I also shared the whimsical Disney Short video, "Toot, Whistle, Plunk, Boom", which is a fun way to learn about instruments of the orchestra. I remember watching this on a reel to reel projector when I was younger! (yes, I was that kid who always wanted to run the projector...)

Toot, Whistle, Plunk, Boom- Disney

Third Grade: We continued playing recorder in class, and practicing reading songs with B-A-G patterns. The students are getting much more confident in their technique! Students also learned more about American Folk instruments, and will have a quiz next week.

Primary Classes: Both First and Second grades spent time playing patterns on Orff instruments. I also shared the book "There's A Mouse About the House" by Richard Fowler, to go with our song "Mouse, Mousie."

Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Mr. Berger ./`




Friday, April 4, 2014

What's Up In Music this Week? March 31st-April 4th

Greetings from the Music Room! Happy Spring! (Although the weather isn't quite cooperating as of yet!)

Here's what we have been doing this week in Music Class:

5th grade: We continued working on music selections for our May 1st concert. Students began learning an Orff part for "Don't Worry, Be Happy" on metallophones and xylophones. 

4th grade: We are studying the instrument families of the orchestra! This week we went into detail about the Woodwind and Brass families. Next week- Strings and Percussion! Atteched are a few links to the YouTube videos I shared in class. A few classes also played a counter-melody to "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" on recorders. (GO CUBS!)


Brass Family

3rd grade: My third grade classes began a unit on American Folk instruments. We watched video examples of the Banjo, Fiddle, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Appalachian Dulcimer, and Accordion. We also played "Dulcimer, Dulcimer" on recorders, and reviewed the counter-melody for "Take Me Out To The Ballgame".

2nd grade: We learned "Let's Go Fly A Kite" from Mary Poppins, and played Orff instruments along with a fun little game song called "Mouse, Mousie".

1st grade & MA 1/2: I also taught these classes "Mouse, Mousie", and students played along on Orff and played the game with the song. We also sang "My Big Black Dog" and added a few fun movements to the song!

The Variety Show is tonight, 4/4, at South Middle School! We have some very talented acts this year, so I'm sure it will prove to be a great show!

Mr. Berger ./`

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Westgate Student Council is having a Donation Drive!

Please see the flyer below for more information. Donations will be given to children at NW Community Hospital. What a worthy cause, and a great way to show Kindness, Caring and Citizenship!

Student Council Gift Bag Flyer