The primary function of the Music
Education Curriculum is to foster musical growth in children. Skills
such as a sense of tonality and a sense of meter (rhythm) are developed
through sequential activities that focus on listening, singing, moving,
playing, and creating. Students are encouraged to be responsive to the
artistic qualities of musical sound and are provided opportunities for
enjoyment and growth through participation, development of individual
skills, recorder playing, and participation in chorus.
4th & 5th Grade Chorus…………...Monday 3:25 – 4:00pm
3rd Grade Chorus…………………..Monday during school day
4th & 5th Grade Band……............Monday & Wednesday 7:50 – 8:30 am
4th & 5th Grade Orchestra….........Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 – 9:00 am
The Instrumental Music Program begins at the fourth grade level.
Students are encouraged to select either a band or orchestra instrument.
They will receive a weekly, rotating, in-school lesson, be given
assignments, and are expected to practice their instrument at home. It
is expected that students will attend all rehearsals, in addition to
their weekly music lesson. It is the goal of all instrumentalists to
become a member of one of the school’s performing ensembles; therefore,
it is imperative that students attend both music lessons and all
rehearsals. Students will receive an instrumental music report card each
marking period informing parents of their achievement.
Practice at Home
Practicing an instrument at home is every instrumentalist’s musical
homework. This is where students work on developing their technique and
skills learned in music lessons and rehearsals. With their parent’s
assistance, students should select a quiet, well lit area in which to
practice. Using a music stand to hold music and lesson books will
facilitate each practice session, and will foster developing proper
posture. In addition, keeping track of practice sessions on a chart will
assist students in developing a routine, and monitoring their practice
All students in grades K-5 receive classroom music once a week. The
primary function of the Music Education Curriculum is to foster musical
growth in children. Skills such as a sense of tonality and a sense of
meter (rhythm) are developed through sequential activities that focus on
listening, singing, moving, playing, and creating. Students are
encouraged to be responsive to the artistic qualities of musical sound,
and are provided opportunities for enjoyment and growth through
participation, development of individual skills, recorder playing, and
participation in chorus. Students will receive a classroom music report
card each marking period informing parents of their achievement.
Chorus is open to all 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students who enjoy
singing. Students may play an instrument in an ensemble and sing in
chorus. Many of our students do enjoy participating in both ensembles.
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News from the health office
Hello, my name is Mrs. Valestrand; I am the nurse at Blue Point
Elementary School. I would like to review a few things to help answer
any questions that you may have:
Children in Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grades, and all new entrants are
required to have a doctor's physical. The physical can either be done
privately by your family physician or here in school by the school
doctor. Physicals are acceptable if administered not more than 12 months
prior to the commencement of the school year in which they are
All students will have yearly height and weight checks. Children in
grade 5 must be evaluated for scoliosis. Vision screening is required in
grades K, 1, 2, 3, and 5; hearing screening is required in grades K, 1,
3, and 5. If you suspect a problem please don't hesitate to contact me
so we can evaluate the situation.
Children who need to take ANY medication in school (including Tylenol)
MUST have a doctors order on file for that medication, which must
include: the name of the medication, the dosage and route that the
medication is to be given, the times that the medication is to be given,
and a request that it be given in school. Also needed is written
parental permission for the nurse to give a medication. Please do NOT
send in any medication for your child to take on his/her own. An adult
MUST also deliver medication to school - NOT a student.
Children who become ill while at school need to be picked up in a timely
manner. Please keep me updated as to any work, home or cellular
telephone number changes.
Children who are excused from gym for an injury or medical problem also need a doctor's note to return to gym.
If your child will be absent please call the main office to let us know.
All absences need a note upon a child's return to school.
Please call me with any problems, questions or concerns and remember
that any and all information will be held in the strictest of
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I would like to take this opportunity to wish your family the very best
in the start of another successful year. I for one am very excited for
my third year here at Blue Point Elementary. I cannot thank the parents
and P.T.A. enough for their support and involvement in various
activities throughout the year.
My primary goal as an educator is to obtain the greatest potential out
of each and every child. With every student having his or her own unique
skill sets, I feel it is very important for them to maximize their
strengths as well as recognize and develop their weaknesses. Our
learning environment in Physical Education will be filled with positive
attitudes, encouragement and support from myself and the students in the
Twice a week each student will receive 45 minutes of P.E. class where a
wide range of units will be covered throughout the school year. Each
unit will follow specific progressions to best meet the needs of the
children. In the earlier years, students will engage in many basic
manipulative skills ranging from spatial awareness to many different
locomotor skills. The older years focus on more skill related activities
with a concentration on teamwork and cooperation. I am very pleased to
announce with the help of a few donations that we will be adding several
new units to the curriculum this year.
For the safety of your children and others, I do ask to please adhere to the following guidelines:
• Sneakers are a must! Please no slip-ons, flip-flops, sandals or CROCS!
• Appropriate attire is to be worn. Please no dresses, skirts or jeans (3-5) on P.E. days.
• Minimal jewelry. Stud earrings are fine, but no hoops or bracelets.
• Please provide a signed note to myself, the nurse or classroom teacher for any reason your child is to be excused for the day.
• Last and not least, students are expected to come with a smile and leave just as happy!!!
*As P.E. schedules are consistent throughout the school year, I please
ask that these guidelines be followed to the best of your abilities.
Unfortunately, if necessary, students will be asked to sit out if they
pose a risk to themselves or others.
Throughout the year we hold various fundraisers and events promoting
sports in and outside of schools, if you have any interest in helping
out please do not hesitate to contact me.
Blue Point Elementary
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As the school psychologist, I support the social, emotional and academic
success of all students, both regular and special education, by working
directly and indirectly with them. My work includes counseling,
behavioral intervention and regular consultation with teachers and
parents to allow each Blue Point student the opportunity to perform at
their highest potential.
Continuous consultation with teachers promotes appropriate, prosocial
behaviors by assisting with classroom-wide interventions. Furthermore,
most important to the success of our students is positive and effective
home-school collaboration. I truly believe that communication with
parents is the key to the development of the children, as consistency
throughout home and school helps them thrive.
I encourage discussions regarding any issues that may be of concern with
respect to the individual student and/or the family dynamic. I can be
reached at 472-6100 ext. 2004. I look forward to getting to know both
you and your children as we move ahead into the school year.
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The Resource Room is a program that provides instruction and remediation
in the academic areas. After reviewing teacher reports, academic
testing, and the student's performance in the classroom, the Committee
of Special Education recommends services to a student who is having
difficulty learning. An Individual Education Program is put in place
that includes placement, testing modifications, teaching strategies, and
academic goals for the child the help him/her achieve success. The
Resource Room teacher is in constant communication with the classroom
teacher and the child's parent to monitor progress and to assure
everything on the IEP is being followed.
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