Fine Arts & Phy Ed

From Mrs. Barkley, March 9th, 2017

In February the third graders had the opportunity to create and submit amazing drawings, advertisements, and descriptive writings to the Advocate. They drew cover pages and created ads for local businesses. Using the story starter “The person I would most like to be like when I grow up is . . .” each student wrote a para-graph expressing their thoughts. Watch for their published works to appear in the Kids’ Advocate in April.

Recently we received the announcement of Bishop Powers’ “Christmas Card Contest 2017.” The theme is “The Nativity.” The Bishop has invited all students K through 8th grade in the Diocese to participate by drawing and coloring Nativity scenes. Winners in the contest will have their artwork highlighted on Bishop Powers’ 2017 Christmas cards. In lieu of sending traditional Christmas cards, Bishop Powers will present the artwork of students. During this season of Lent in art classes we are celebrating both Jesus’ birth and resur-rection as students create and reflect on Jesus’ life.

During Phy. Ed classes we are playing kickball and soccer. Even with wearing snowpants and boots everyone is moving quickly and truly enjoying the physical activity. The pre-school students love playing Noah’s Ark.” Everyone wants to be Noah. Perhaps I should introduce other biblical characters in games they play.

From Mrs. Medley, March 2nd, 2017

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday and it is a perfect time to reflect on how together we can begin a meaningful Len-ten journey. The students are learning a lot of new songs for this holy season. We study the text together in or-der to gather the meaning of each piece. I am often amazed to see how well our students are able to identify and describe the metaphors in the lyrics they are singing! For Lent we are also singing a new Mass entitled Mass of St. Francis of Cabrini.

This month students from Grades 1-8 visited the Spooner Nursing Home and also the Senior Center right across the street. We sang some of our favorites, including "What Did Delaware?" and "Grandpa's Whiskers!' I know the students enjoyed dancing with the Wii digital game as much as the seniors enjoyed watching them!

After Solo/ Ensemble, the middle school settled into a few weeks of Music History focusing on the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque music. Ask them if they can remember the difference between a Crumhorn and a Sackbut. Some of musical selections were a bit unfamiliar - and their facial expressions were comical, but these are good activities to expand their listening skills. Most importantly, I want to open their ears to all styles of mu-sic.

Congratulations to the following students who are singing in the Shell Lake Honors Choir in April: Alexander Allen, Sydney Greenfield, Olivia Paffel, Cale Cleveland, Tiffany Bartle, Andrew Nauertz, Caleb Potaczek, Jeffrey Rongner, Ameila Hampe, Maycee Wilkie, Henry Schmitz and Reise Brierton. On Thursday, April 7, these stu-dents will be spending the morning and afternoon hours rehearsing with students from 30 different schools from northern Wisconsin. They will perform at 6:00 pm that evening in a choral concert that is open and free to the public. Information sheets will be in next week's Thursday folder.

It appears March has come in like a (sunny) lamb, Will it go out like a lion?


Did you miss the wonderful performances of Shrek, Jr. the Musical!

View the FULL PERFORMANCE on our YouTube page.  A highlights video is also there.