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District Choir: Section Ele
Instructor: Ms. Kay   
The District Elementary Choir is open to all 5th and 6th graders. Rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday after school. Students from Ideal, Hodgkins, and Seventh Avenue will be bussed over to Spring. We perform three evening concerts with the Orchestras (Dec. , March. , and April). After the March concert, all 6th grade choir students are invited to join the Gurrie choir in addition to the Elementary Choir. (6th grade elementary choir members who also join the Gurrie Choir will then go on the Gurrie Choir tour to the elementary schools and the contest/Great America trip - both events in May).
Singing at Gurrie Graduation

Dear Elementary Choir Members,

You are invited to join the Gurrie Tiger Choir and the Elementary Choir to sing the graduation song “Fly” recorded by Maddie and Tae. The Gurrie Choir sang this song on the tour to the elementary schools so you’ve probably already heard it a couple of times. There is also a link on the Gurrie Choir site to a recording of it if you’d like to listen to it. Mr. Valdez is rehearsing with orchestra members to play the accompaniment for the song! The Gurrie Choir members already know this song so they can help you learn the song quickly and you’ll have their added voices at graduation.

- Thurs. May 18th after school until 4pm
- Tues. May 23rd after school until 4pm
- Tues. May 30th after school until 4pm
- Thurs. June 1st after school until 4pm

Graduation, Tuesday June 6th at the LT field house 4900 South Willow Springs Rd, Western Springs, IL 60558. Enter in the pool entrance.
- 5:45pm singers arrive to rehearse and sound check with the microphones
- 6:15pm all 8th grade students report to their place in line to march in
- 7:00pm Graduation

Uniform: please wear the following uniform. (8th graders are exempt from wearing the uniform as they will be wearing their graduation robes)
• white shirt
• black pants (pants should be natural waist and not be too tight or too loose; a skirt may be substituted if it comes down past the knee and is worn with black tights. Boys may choose to wear a black suit with a white shirt.)
• black socks
• black shoes

In addition to the Gurrie and Elementary Choir members and students from the musical, any 8th grader that would like to sing with us, and band students that are already playing at graduation will be invited to join us for our rehearsals and to sing at graduation. Please encourage anyone that fits one of those categories to sing with us.

Please let me know whether or not you can join us for the graduation song.

Mrs. Kay
(708) 482-2710 ext. 1131
Kane County Cougar Game has been CANCELED
Kane County Cougar Game - will know after 11am if it is cancelled or not
Dear Choir Families,
You may have already seen on the district website that we will not know whether or not the Kane County Cougar will be cancelled until after 11am this morning. Therefore, the music bus will not plan to leave Gurrie until around 11:15am this morning. If you were planning on riding the music bus we will change the meeting time to 11am (from the previously 10:45am). If you could have your ride to Gurrie wait until we know whether or not the game is cancelled that would be a great help. If you are not planning on going to the game because of the rain, please let me know through email
Singing at the Kane County Cougar Game - bring rain coats and umbrellas!
If you are riding the music bus, be at Gurrie on 53rd street by 10:45am on Sunday, April 30th. Check in with Mr. Swartz and Mr. Valdez. The bus will leave at 11am. Once you get to the park, check in with Mrs. Kay. You must let all three teachers know if you are not riding the bus back to Gurrie after the game. Also, if you are riding the bus back to Gurrie, keep in touch with Mr. Swartz and Mr. Valdez so that you know when the bus is leaving the park.

Bring rain coats and umbrellas because we'll be singing the National Anthem at Home Plate.

I just found out that we will also be singing the 7th Inning Stretch "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".
Great Concert and Graduation Choir
Great concert Elementary Choir! You really did a fabulous job. I'm really proud of you and can't wait to have the 5th graders back next year as 6th grade leaders of the Elementary Choir and to have the 6th graders join the Gurrie choir next year in 7th grade!

There are no more Elementary Choir rehearsals this year but be on the lookout for emails and announcements on this website for the Graduation Choir. We will wait to set up rehearsals for the Graduation Choir until after the musical.
upcoming events
Kane County Cougar Game Forms: These were passed out in choir rehearsals a week ago. I accidently put Friday as the due date so I will take them next week. I’ve attached a copy of the form to this email in case it never got home. Please return the forms whether or not your choir student will be able to sing the National Anthem with us at the game on April 30th or not. We need to get an accurate count so we can get the free tickets for performers and make sure that we have enough t-shirts for everyone.

Band Aid Concert:
• Wednesday April 19th the Gurrie Choir will meet in the band room at 7:40am to run through the combined piece “Siyahamba”.
• Gurrie Choir will be performing at the Band Aid Concert next Thursday night, April 20th. We will meet in the Gurrie lunchroom promptly at 6pm for a free sample wrap from Jimmy John’s. Then, we will go down to the music room at Spring to run through “Changes”. Students should wear the normal black and white concert uniform. (8th grade students who want to wear the African Wrap for the concert should meet in the band room at 5:30pm to learn how to wear the wrap).

Choir Concert: Our final choir concert will be Thursday, April 27th. A copy of the letter passed out at rehearsal Tuesday April 18th can be found at the bottom of this website under "files".
links to recordings
How Beautiful is the Rain
(This is a youtube video. We will not be doing the body percussion at the beginning or ending of the song)

Little Brown Bugs

Drag Me Down
(This recording is for a choir with 3 parts but you should be able to figure out your part. This recording also doesn't finish the song.)
1st Rehearsal Tuesday Oct. 18th after school - Bus Schedules are posted below under "Files"
Our first rehearsal will be in the band room so we can hear about the Music Parents Association Fund Raiser. All other rehearsals will be in the Spring Avenue Music Room.
link to sign up for Elementary Choir
Click on the link below to sign up for the Elementary Choir Or you may fill out a paper registration form found at the end of the choir letter which can be found at the bottom of this website under "documents".
Directions to Listen to Choir Pieces on the Internet

To help you practice at home you may listen to any of our choir pieces by doing the following:

  1. go to  and look for “keywords” near the top left hand corner of the website. Its right underneath the big “J.W. Pepper”.
  2. Type in the title of the song and the name of the composer and press “Enter”.
  3. You’ll see the song title come up with a picture of the front cover of the music. Underneath that there is a line with Qty, Number, and Description. Look under the word “Description”. You’ll see a list of arrangements such as SATB, SSA, Two-Part etc. If there’s more than one arrangement, try to find the correct arrangement and listen to that recording (in most cases it will be Two-part). Click on the “MP3 Audio” to listen to the song.


Discussion Topics
Web Pages
 5th and 6th Grade Choir Recruiting Letter September 2016-2017.pdf
This includes information about the Elementary Choir and includes a choice of clicking on the link to sign up electronically or a paper copy of the permission slip.
 Concert Letter April 27th 2017 Elem Choir.pdf
This letter was passed out at rehearsal Tuesday April 18th.
 Notice to Elementary Choir Members 2017.pdf
Information about singing at the 8th grade Gurrie graduation
Directions if you would like to submit a drawing for the December program covers. Submissions due to Mrs. Kay by Thursday, December 3rd.
 TH PM Bus 2016-2017.pdf
There is only one bus after Thursday rehearsals.
 Tues PM Bus A.pdf
There are two busses that will take students home following after school rehearsals. This route is for South of Ideal and Hodgkins.
 Tues PM Bus B.pdf
There are two busses taking students home following rehearsals. This route is Seventh Avenue and North of Ideal School.
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+ Kay, Mrs.
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