WELCOME TO 4th GRADE STRINGS WITH MRS. GROSS!
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO QUIT STRINGS TO PLAY A BAND INSTRUMENT!!!! ASK MRS. GROSS HOW!
This page is designed to share information with the Second Year 4th grade string students( and beginning 4th grade string students) and their parents/guardians. This page is for in school, FLEX, & distance learners:) DUE TO COVID-19, INFORMATION CHANGES QUICKLY. I WILL DO MY BEST TO KEEP YOU UPDATED! Please feel free to contact Mrs. Gross at any time! The best way to contact me is by email:
When contacting Mrs. Gross, please include:
Student's Name, School, Grade, and Homeroom Teacher.
I look forward to working everyone again and continuing to make music together!
STRING PLAYERS, WHETHER YOU ARE IN SCHOOL LEARNERS OR DISTANCE LEARNERS, PLEASE FILL OUT THIS "OFFICIAL" STRING REGISTRATION FORM ( LINK BELOW) SO THAT I CAN PUT YOU ON THE STRING ORCHESTRA ROSTERS:)FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR, I WILL CONTINUE TO USE THIS TEACHER PAGE IN ADDITION TO SCHOOLOGY. PLEASE BE PATIENT AS I LEARN THIS NEW PLATFORM 😊
STRING LESSONS WILL BEGIN CYCLE 4!
PLEASE BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT, "ALL FOR STRINGS" BOOK 1, AND A PENCIL. IF YOU FORGET ANYTHING, PLEASE STILL ATTEND LESSONS SO YOU MAY OBSERVE. ( WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SHARE ANYTHING THIS YEAR)
To make it easy for you to find the information, I put the information in the following sections😁
SECTION 1= HOW SCHOOL LESSONS WORK
SECTION 2= PRACTICING/ STRING HOMEWORK- WHAT TO WORK ON AT HOME.
SECTION 3= CONCERT INFORMATION
SECTION 4= PRIVATE OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL OPTIONAL LESSONS
SECTION 5 = WHAT TO EXPECTED EACH YEAR IN STRINGS
SECTION 6= GRADES/PROGRESS REPORTS
SECTION 7= OTHER
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS AND STRING STUDENTS!!!SECTION 1=
School lessons/ sectionals are different depending on what school your child attends. All lessons are 30 minutes. String group lessons are by instrument- violins with violins, violas with violas..... All String lessons students are pulled out of class for string instruction. It is the student's responsibility to work with their classroom teacher to figure out what they will miss during their string lesson. The way a lesson works is we work on a concept in the school string group lesson. The string student should work on the concept/ assignment at home until they find the concept easy to perform. The string student should come into the next school group lesson with any questions or concerns/ have the concept well prepared so that we can move on to the next concept.
School group string lessons/ sectionals may be rescheduled or canceled due to assemblies, field trips, string teacher absence, testing - like the PSSA- ....
What happens when we have school delays/closings?
*** WHEN THERE IS A 2 HOUR DELAY, LESSONS MAY BE RESCHEDULED ( SO BRING YOUR INSTRUEMENT AS NORMAL😁). FOR EARLY DISMISSALS, LESSONS ARE USUALLY CANCELLED FOR THAT DAY😢WHEN WE HAVE A DAY OFF FROM SCHOOL, THE DAY MISSED WILL BE THE NEXT DAY OF SCHOOL. PLEASE CHANGE ACCORDINGLY😄String lessons will start Cycle 4 unless something changes in which case I will let you know as soon as I know😃
Paradise Elementary: I am at PES IS EVERY DAY 1. String lessons rotate meaning the lesson time changes every cycle. This was designed so that the student does not miss the same class every cycle for the string lesson. The student will be given a string group lesson/ sectional schedule for home, schedules will be posted in the school, classroom, and the office will have one as well.
New Salem: I am at NSE EVERY DAY 5. String lessons are the same time each cycle. The student will be given a string group lesson/ sectional schedule for home, schedules will be posted in the school, classroom, and the office will have one as well.
SGE: I am at SGE EVERY DAY 2. String lessons are the same time each cycle. The student will be given a string group lesson/ sectional schedule for home, schedules will be posted in the school, classroom, and the office will have one as well.DUE TO COVID, LESSONS WILL BE AT THE SAME TIME EACH WEEK.SECTION 2=
PRACTICING- WHAT TO WORK ON AT HOME.Students should be working in their "All for Strings" book, Packet(s), Concert music, ...... I like to give students "Lots" of things to work on so students can vary their practice time. This helps with boring practice. However, students do not need to practice everything at one practice sitting- for most students it will be too much. Mix it up😁
4th GRADE STRINGS PLAY AT HOME ASSIGNMENT FOR CYCLE______:
All For Strings page(s):
Students are responsible for marking their lesson books, packets.... during in school group string lessons in case this website is not updated.
Play( practice) at home to fit your family's schedule. A little bit every day is best. Practice can sometimes be a struggle. Please know that this is normal. Before doing anything crazy like quitting, please talk to me first so we can come up with a plan together- along with your child so we are all on the same page😁 Be creative with practice ideas and keep playing. 👍 PRACTICE MAKES PROGESS!SECTION 3=
Due to Covid - 19, ALL FORMAL CONCERTS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:( HOWEVER, WE ARE WORKING HARD TO COME UP WITH A VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE. PLEASE STAY TUNED!!!
There is a FIRST PERFORMANCE NIGHT IN NOVEMBER. DATES AND TIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED.
The Spring Concert are held in MAY at the Spring Grove High School Auditorium beginning at 7 pm.
For all performances, information will be sent home closer to the concert dates.
*** INCASE OF BAD WEATHER, PLEASE CHECK THE DISTRICT WEBSITE. USUALLY WHEN SCHOOL IS CANCELLED, ALL EVENING EVENTS ARE CANCELLED OR RESCHEDULED. USUALLY WHEN SCHOOL IS DISMISSED EARLY FOR BAD WEATHER, EVENING EVENTS ARE CANCELLED OR
SECTION 4 =
PRIVATE OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL OPTIONAL LESSONS
Since I only see your child for lessons one time every 6 days for 30 minutes in a group setting, I don't always get to give instruction like I would like. Sometimes students need to be challenged or are needing more help. This is where outside of school Private String Instruction might be beneficial. One on one instruction is a great way to keep students working on harder concepts or to reinforce what is being taught in school group lessons. Private String Lessons is a personal choice. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
SECTION 5 =
WHAT TO EXPECT EACH YEAR IN THE STRING PROGRAMThe hope in the SGASD String Program is that the string student will continue to play through high school. Each year of string instruction leads into the next year. The string program for grades 3 -8 follows this plan (keeping in mind that students may join at any time!😄):3rd = Care of instrument; open strings; using fingers. 2 after school performances ( November and May)4th = review previous instruction; music reading. 2 after school performances ( November and May)5th= review previous instruction; music reading w/o assistance;ensemble playing. 2 after school performances ( December and March) Optional performance = recital at SGI Scholastic Showcase after school ( May). Optional in school performances TBA.6th = review previous instruction;positions; advanced techniques. 2 after school performances ( December and March) Optional performance = recital at SGGI Scholastic Showcase after school ( May). Optional Tour of the Elementary Schools ( during the school day) Optional in school performances TBA.7th= review previous instruction; vibrato; more advanced techniques. 2 after school performances ( December and May) Optional MS Music Department trip during school ( May). Other optional performances TBA8th = review previous instruction; prepare for high school Orchestra. 2 after school performances ( December and May) Optional MS Music Department trip during school ( May). Other optional performances TBA.
Inclement Weather Information
*** FOR LESSONS: WHEN THERE IS A 2 HOUR DELAY, LESSONS MAY BE RESCHEDULED ( SO BRING YOUR INSTRUEMENT AS NORMAL). FOR EARLY DISMISSALS, LESSONS ARE USUALLY CANCELLED FOR THAT DAY:( WHEN WE HAVE A DAY OFF FROM SCHOOL, THE DAY MISSED WILL BE THE NEXT DAY OF SCHOOL. PLEASE CHANGE ACCORDINGLY:)
At this time we do not give grades for strings on the official report card. However, I do complete a progress report on each string student ✏️😃
OTHERWhat to do if my child wants to quit their instrument.PARADISE INFORMATION:NEW SALEM INFORMATION:SGE INFORMATION:
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