Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Thanks PTO For Our UMS Field Trips This Year

Thank you to the King PTO for again sponsoring a University Musical Society youth performance for every child at our school. The kindergarteners had a great time at the Dan Zanes concert this Monday. They told me they got to dance like a train and then proceeded to demonstrate their newly found conga skills. The first graders got to experience the highly acclaimed Sweet Honey in the Rock in February and the second graders were wowed by The Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa in October. They said it sounded like music from “The Lion King,” only better. Grades 3-5 got a lesson in swing from the incomparable Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is an amazing teacher and the kids learned so much. The most often heard comment from them was “I wish they would have played more.”

We are so lucky to live in a city that is regularly visited by some of the world’s most talented artists, and even more lucky to have a PTO that recognizes the value and meaning these cultural experiences bring to kids. Thank you.

Mrs. Vanek