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Music and Literacy

Risa Cohen

Risa Cohen

Risa Cohen calls herself, “a Literacy teacher disguised as a Music and Movement teacher.”

As Children’s House students arrive in the morning they sing and dance with Risa. Then, during work time, the students do shared reading, independent reading, and literacy activities, using the songs they sang as their texts.

 

I am happy to report that I am cancer-free! Coming back to school I was greeted by many warm hugs and handmade cards from your children. Many of you have sent me emails, cards, meals, and gifts while I was in recovery. Thank you for all of your support. It is wonderful to be part of a caring community. I am very happy to be here.

Welcome Back Risa

Poster made by Sapphire and Emerald students

 

Dear Kindergarten Families,

At the end of every school year, the kindergarten students of West Side perform in a concert called “Spring Sing.” Kindergarten students from both the Toledo and Perrysburg campuses participate. There is a different theme for Spring Sing each year. This year our theme is “Building a Better World.” Please mark your calendars with the following date:

“Spring Sing: Building a Better World” will be performed at the Recital Hall at the University of Toledo on Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. All kindergartners should arrive by 6:10 p.m.

I wish you all peaceful holidays filled with light, love, and music.

Keep singing,
Risa

Dear Families,

The sing-a-longs last Tuesday as part of our Giving Celebrations were wonderful and warm. Thanks to those of you that were able to join us. I hope you all enjoyed Happy Thanksgiving days filled with love, gratitude, and music. 

The Blade wrote a lovely article last week on the collections made at the Toledo campus for The Victory Center. You can read that article here. The Perrysburg Campus collected food, toys, clothes, and hygiene products for Operation Breadbasket, Mobile Meals, Kingston Nursing Home, and Mobile Food Pantry. We appreciate your generosity.

Some of you asked for recordings of the songs we sang last week so that you can sing them at home. Here are links to some of them:

Les Petites Marionnettes

Thanks a Lot

There are Many Things I am Thankful For

Building a Better World

I appreciated seeing many families at our sing-a-longs. It is always encouraging to see families actively involved in your child’s education. If you would like to learn more about Handwriting Without Tears, the handwriting program we are implementing, please join us tomorrow, Thursday, December 4, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. or 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. in the Birdhouse at the Toledo Campus, or 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Perrysburg Campus.

Keep singing,
Risa

Dear Kindergarten Families,

At the end of the school year, the kindergartners of West Side will perform a concert, Spring Sing. At Spring Sing, WSM kindergartners sing a number of songs related to a theme. For example, in recent years Spring Sing themes have included Coming Together, Changing and Growing, and Circle of Friends. This year, the theme will be Building a Better World. The kindergartners meet with me for a half hour each week to prepare for Spring Sing.

We start each class with a vocal warm up to connect with our breath and get ready to sing. We follow our vocal warm up with a tongue twister to improve diction. (Try saying “toy boat” or “unique New York” five times fast.) After warm ups, we work on our performance skills and learn songs. The kindergartners are already singing beautifully together, and Spring Sing: Building a Better World promises to be a great show. If you would like to observe our rehearsals, the Toledo Campus meets Mondays 12:30-2:20 (in three groups), and the Perrysburg Campus meets Wednesdays 1-1:30. Please call the office if you would like to set up an observation. And if you play an instrument and would like to accompany us at Spring Sing, please let me know. Also, if you know a great song related to the theme, please send me your suggestions by November 25.

Keep singing,

Risa

Dear Families,

I was absent at the beginning of the year because I was on chemotherapy for treatable breast cancer. Thankfully, it is now safe for me to return to my work and joy: singing with your children. I am so lucky to be able to work with your amazing children. Thank you for sharing them with me. If you have any questions or want to chat further with me, I am happy to connect with you.

Keep singing,

Risa