Primary School Community
Various activities offer an important balance to academic work and a chance for students to explore and cultivate personal interests. In addition to after school auxiliary programs, students have the opportunity to perform in the Primary School chorus or band, participate in Student Council, or join in service learning activities.
Each year, Primary School students select a small group of their peers to become a part of the Student Council. Members meet once a month from November through the end of the year. Council members enjoy organizing events such as Spirit Week (a theme is chosen for each day, such as Pajama Day or International Day) and determining how WIS students can help others in the local community or across the world. Student Council service activities have included fundraisers to help victims of natural disasters, recycling drives, and collecting and distributing canned food or clothes for the homeless.
Choir is offered to interested students in Grades 3-5 and is part of the regular music curriculum at no extra charge. Participants learn about breathing techniques and other methods to enhance singing abilities and will perform a varied repertoire; performances may be on or off campus. Commitment, regular attendance and appropriate behavior are the only requirements to join the fun.
Rehearsals are held on Mondays after school. There are two sections: 3:35 PM and 4:20 PM. Supervision is provided for students until the end of rehearsal. Prior to performances, rehearsals may be extended until 5:00 PM, and extra rehearsals may be required, possibly on Fridays. Parents will be informed about these rehearsals as far in advance as possible.
Students in Grades 4 and 5 who are interested in learning how to play an instrument or who wish to continue playing as part of an ensemble may participate in the Primary School Band/Orchestra at no extra cost. There is an ensemble for students who already play an orchestral or band instrument. It is open for wind and percussion players as well as advanced string players. Also, there are beginning group classes for orchestral wind and percussion instruments. The beginning classes will merge into the ensemble in the spring.
All classes will take place after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 3:30 and 4:30 PM. Supervision will be provided for students up until the end of the practice. Students who participate in instrumental music will need to rent their instrument from a local music store. Contact Joshua Frayer with any questions.
INFORMATION & SCHEDULE
Woodwinds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone
Brass: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Horn or Euphonium, Tuba
Percussion: Snare Drum techniques plus battery percussion (Bells)
Strings: Violin, Cello, Bass (intermediate level or above, must read music and be able to play in keys up to three flats)
Clarinets and Saxophones: 3:30-4:15 PM
ThursdaysBrass/Percussion: 3:30-4:00 PM
Advanced Ensemble: 4:00-4:30 PM
There are opportunities throughout the year for parents to visit school or participate in activities with their children:
- Primary School Art Exhibits
- Celebrations of Learning
- International Week
- Early Childhood Musical Celebrations
- The Grades 3 and 4 Spring Musical Celebration
- Primary School Band and Choir Concert
- Family Day of Service on MLK Weekend
- Service Activities Related to Units of Inquiry