2014-2015 School Year Events

October 24: Grandparents' Day

"Happy 250th Birthday St. Louis!"

Grandparents of students in grades JK through 4th joined us on October 24 to celebrate Grandparents' Day. Students attended Mass with their grandparents, spent some time enjoying a reception, saw a music program, and enjoyed classroom visits.
The program celebrated our city of St. Louis turning 250. The program began with all of the students singing "Meet Me in St. Louis" by Andrew B. Sterling and Kerry Mills. It featured a 4th grade ensemble singing the verse "When Louie came home to the flat..."

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Junior Kindergarten took the stage and enticed us with ice cream from Ted Drewes and Crown Candy Kitchen with the rhyme "Ice Cream, You Scream," and a sang a song called "Goin' to the Fair" by Raylene Williams, celebrating that our city hosted the 1904 World's Fair.

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Kindergarten highlighted the St. Louis Zoo with the song "Goin' to the Zoo" by Tom Paxton, and dazzled us with the song "ABC Blues" by Linda Twine, noting our city's blues legacy.

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First Grade entertained us with "Butterfly, Flutter By" by Linda Worsley, recognizing Faust Park's "Butterfly House," and "Freight Train" by E. Cotton, getting us to chug along for Union Station and the Museum of Transportation.

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Second Grade took the stage to inform us of all the animals at Grant's Farm, with a rendition of the traditional song "Old MacDonald had a Farm," changed to "President Grant had a Farm." They also had a blast singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" by Albert von Tilzer and Jack Norworth, honoring our St. Louis Cardinals.

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Third Grade honored our French heritage with a traditional song from France called "Au Clair de la Lune," and set us out on the trail with Lewis and Clark with the song "Westward Ho!" by Richard Burgess, giving credit to our city being known as "The Gateway to the West."

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Fourth Grade got the whole place clapping along with the song "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, while recognizing the importance of the Mississippi River. They also gave tribute to our city's many attributes with "The St. Louis Song" by Jewel.

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All of the students and grandparents joined in singing our last song "Happy Birthday to St. Louis!"

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We are so thankful for all of the grandparents and special guests who joined us. We hope you had a great time!

December 18: Advent Program

Our Kindergarten and 6th grade buddies recently performed at the annual Advent Program for parents and other guests. Mrs. Eberle was our guest reader for the book The Christmas Baby by Marion Dane Bauer.
Kindergarten began the program with a song called "The Whole World is Waiting for Love" by Sr. Marianne Misetch, SNJM to describe how Mary and Joseph felt as they awaited the birth of Jesus on the way to Bethlehem.
Then 6th grade and Kindergarten shone with a song called "By the Star" by Mark Friedman and Janet Vogt, which told the story of the angels and stars rejoicing in the birth of our King.
"Austrian Carol," arranged by Mary Helen Solomon, was performed by the 6th grade class, telling the story of how the shepherds came to worship. This song featured the 6th grade boys' class playing pitched and non-pitched percussion, as well as two-part vocal harmony by the girls' class.
The 6th grade also sang the story of the kings who came to adore the baby King, with the song "We Three Kings" by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Kindergarten then told about how Christ came as one of us, a tiny baby, with the song "In a Little Stable" by Herman W. Gockel and Elmer W. Schroeter.
Finally, both classes gave us the message of hope anticipated with the song "Soon and Very Soon" by Andre Crouch and adapted by William F. Smith.
The fun was only beginning however as the parents and guests then joined the students in a sing-a-long. "Jingle Bells," by James Lord Pierpont, helped us all get in the winter spirit. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," by Johnny Marks, had everyone excited about Santa being on his way. Then we all closed the show by wishing each other a "Merry Christmas!" with the song "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," an English Carol.
Thank you to everyone who joined us! May God bless you in this New Year!

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March 25: Song Festival

St. Clement School hosted the annual Archdiocesan Song Festival. Third and fourth grade classes from Ascension, St. Mary Magdalen, Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill, and Visitation participated in the festival, along with students from our third grade class. Every school did an excellent job!

The third grade class performed a song called "Behind the Clouds," a spiritual pleading for the clouds to move on to let the sun shine instead. In this song, the students performed speech and instrumental parts highlighting different cloud formations. They ended with the song "Behind the Clouds," by Braid Paisley and Frank Rogers, and it gave a positive message that even if it's cloudy, the sun will shine again. The festival was adjudicated by Ms. Mary Poettker, a retired music teacher and phenomenal vocalist. The students were required to meet the National Standards of Music Education through their performance. Ms. Poettker made stunning remarks about the students' performance. Here are just a few of the comments she made:



"Very impressive use of dynamics especially in the speech piece section of 'Roll on Clouds.' "

"Students' performance was well prepared and they interpreted the music very well. Thank you for teaching us about the different kinds of clouds and the instrumental accompaniments were well orchestrated to depict the cloud formations."

"Students were able to perform dotted rhythms and syncopation with accuracy on 'Behind the Clouds.' "

"Harmony was well balanced. Good job!"

"Student instrumentalists -'Bravo' on your rhythmic and/or melodic ostinati."

"You can be very proud of your performance. I could tell that you enjoyed singing from the moment you set foot on the risers."



Way to go 3rd grade class for your outstanding performance, and thank you for all of your hard work! It really paid off!