March is “Reading and Music in Our Schools” Month!

There is so much activity taking place this month in celebration of Music and Reading In Our Schools Month.  Have you signed up to be a guest reader in a classroom?

Friday, March 6 was Buddy Reading.  Our elementary and MS students teamed up for some fun reading time together.  Our MS Band and Orchestra Participated in a Music Festival and Clinic at EFHS.  Much was learned and everyone had a great time.

Wednesday, March 11 we all get to camp out in our PJ’s and read.  Parents are welcome to join us in PJ’s, slippers and robes.  Bring along your favorite book.

Classroom doors are being decorated to represent favorite classroom reading material.  Talk a walk through our halls and look at the fantastic door themes.

Monday, March 16 marks the end of the Elementary Book Reading Contest.  Has your child read a book to you lately?  Ask them what they are reading.

Friday, March 20 is Buddy Reading day and  Character Day!  Short Stories written by Middle School students are due on this date.

March 27 is a big day for music fans.  Our 4th and 5th grade students have been busy with Mrs. Reed and Ms. Schemke planning a Vocal Concert with a story book theme.  Honors Choir students will also perform on this date.  We will perform a morning concert at 9:15-10:15 a.m. (MS students will be invited as an audience) and afternoon concert at 1:15-2:15 (3-5 grade students will be invited as an audience).  Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend either of these performances.

Our month will culminate with a highly favored activity of BINGO FOR BOOKS!  This will take place Tuesday, March 31, 3:30-4:30. More information will be provided soon.

Stop in soon to join us in these exciting events!  Salina Wildcats Rock!


Band and Orchestra Music Festival

Our Salina Intermediate School Band and Orchestra students will have a unique opportunity the first week in March.  We have been invited to participate in a Music Festival Workshop at Edsel Ford High School along with other bands and orchestras in our district.

Friday, March 6, at noon a school bus will transport our students to EFHS to perform for ‘judges’.  Our ‘judges’ are retired music teachers.  Their objective is to listen to our band and our orchestra perform some music for them.  They have a specially designed rubric form to write on and make comments about our performance.  The judge will take a few minutes to speak to us and rehearse us with the goal of improving our performance.  Then we will go to another room and perform some music on sight.  A second ‘judge’ will make more comments about our playing.  It will be interesting to see what kind of score we might earn.

The whole event is set up with the goal of exciting ad inspiring our students to perform even better.  Next year we will have the opportunity to participate in the Michigan Music Festival and our score will count for real.  This is a great chance to see what it is all about.

Parents and friends, please encourage us all to practice more so we will do our very best at this Music Festival.  Mrs. Reed is available before and after school nearly every day for students to practice if they are not able to take instruments home.  We hope to shine as one more bright light for our Salina Community.

The Schedule:

Depart Salina Intermediate School by school bus at noon and parents are welcome to join us.

Salina String Orchestra

Warm up 12:30 Performance 12:55  Clinic 1:20  Sight Reading 1:45

Saina Band

Warm up 2:10 Performance 2:35  Clinic 3:00  Sight Reading 3:25

Return to Salina by 4:15 p.m.