Maple Musicians Made the Evening Bright at Winter Concert
With a new Maple School growing up behind the current Maple School, the tune "Ring out the Old Year, Ring in the New!" seemed quite appropriate, while the seventh and eighth-grade choir sang it during the annual Winter Concert, which was held on December 10.
Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf welcomed the audience and the band, orchestra, and choir members, who performed to a packed house for the last winter concert in the west gymnasium.
Featured throughout the evening were wonderful performances by the sixth-grade choir, jazz band, chamber strings orchestra, concert choir, and symphonic band.
Some orchestra highlights included "Aria Ready for a Little Opera", "Winter Solstice", and "Wipe Out."
The sixth-grade choir sang "Dreidel, Dreidel" and "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas."
The seventh and eighth-grade choir sang "Wonderful Christmas Time", and Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah", and more.
The Symphonic Band performed "Imperium", "Festival of the Eternal Lights," and more; while the jazz band belted out "Moanin'" and "Carnival Del Soul", and "Ballad for a Friend."
At the end of the concert, all of the musicians, led by Choir Director Decima Panitch, Band Director Mike Vecchio, and Orchestra Director Renee Yoo, performed together, "Our Winter Wonderland."
Principal Dr. Nate Carter thanked everyone for attending the concert and wished all a happy holiday season.
Seventh Graders Embrace Warmth of Snowflake Program
Maple School's seventh-grade Operation Snowflake program is designed to encourage students to make healthy choices, beginning with breakfast!
On December 7, students, staff, and high school alum facilitators met in the east gym for a PTO breakfast of bagels and cream cheese, fresh fruit, and milk.
Snowflake was designed to bring together students to develop a trusting relationship and provide a framework for understanding one's self and others. Students are taught skills that can help build healthy peer relationships, promote responsible decision making, and resist negative peer pressure.
Principal Dr. Nate Carter and Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf began the Snowflake assembly by welcoming the audience.
Dr. Carter then read an apologetic and remorseful letter written by a student to parents whose child had been a victim of bullying. This student admitted that he had been of the bullies during the pupil's elementary and high school years. The student apologized profusely for his behavior during those teen years.
"I am sorry I didn't have the courage to stand up for your son, to be his friend, to get to know him better and to make his life better. I had a choice," the letter stated.
Dr. Carter asked the kids to focus on power, the power that one has to make or break a person's day.
"It is everyone's responsibility to be an 'upstander.' It is much more important to be an upstander than to be in the cool group. Don't miss a chance to make a difference in someone's life. Each of you has the power to make our school and community a better place," said Dr. Carter.
Afterward, everyone participated in group workshops which focused on self-esteem team building activities. Mid-morning, actors with Imagination Theater engaged the audience to participate in educational skits that emphasized communication, resisting negative peer pressure, and how to be a true friend.
In the afternoon, motivational speaker Lloyd Bachrach explained how he was born with physical disabilities and learned at an early age how to face challenges and overcome obstacles. This successful athlete, businessman and family man has used the adversity in his life to become a successful coach and motivator, and has drawn on his own experiences to inspire others.
He noted five keys to success: High self-esteem, positive attitude, setting powerful goals, perseverance and a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
Operation Snowflake co-directors are Maple's Lynn Reimer and Caitlin Phillips. They sincerely thanked the PTO, parents who helped coordinate and serve breakfast and lunch, the eighth-grade facilitators, high school students, and many staff members who contributed to the day's success.
Annie to Debut on March 14
Creative Crew Members Needed!
A creative crew team is needed to help design the stage for the Maple School spring musical, “Annie,” which takes place March 14 and 15. Student performances will be scheduled for between March 11-13. Volunteers will help set design and make props; and will need to commit to one - two meetings each week, from January - early March.
Technical Crew Teams Needed!
Student volunteers are also needed for placing items on the stage, moving them on stage, and taking them off of the stage. The will need to commit to being at all rehearsals three weeks prior to the play and all four of the performances.
"If you are both artistic and like being behind the scenes, in a fast pace setting, then you should be involved in both parts of the crew for the musical. Doing this requires a larger time commitment, from January up to and including all four of the performances in March," said musical coordinator Darlene Orzechowski.
Any questions regarding this can be directed to Darlene Orzechowski at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maple School students will have the opportunity to tour the new Maple School building with Arcon architect Jeffrey Huck from December 11-13. During the visit they will be learning about the architectural design and construction process for Maple School. For more information, contact Principal Dr. Nate Carter at 847-400-8900.
Student Council's Holiday Fundraiser is Underway
The Maple School Student Council has begun raising funds for the annual Holiday Toy Drive for less fortunate children in the Northfield Township area. Over 500 families rely on the Northfield Township Food Pantry every day.
Student Council Board members, advisory representatives, and sponsors are selling raffle tickets to raise money to purchase food and holiday gifts for these families. Maple students will receive five raffle tickets for every dollar spent purchasing toys.
Students should bring receipts to Co-sponsor Lynn Reimer or Iris Zhang to receive tickets. The tickets will be sold during lunchtime. The cost is 25 cents each or five for one dollar.
District 30 families, staff and community businesses donated raffle prizes. Raffle winners will be drawn on Tuesday, December 18 at the Student Council meeting.
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