Music – Lower Lab Orchestra

Broken Violin (2012), M.E. Ologeanu


Dear 4th and 5th grade parents:

Bravo to our outstanding musicians for their hard work this year! As our school year winds down, please pay particular attention to Rental Renewal Invoices coming from the Ardsley Musical Instrument Service, Ltd.  

If you rented an instrument with the Ardsley company and are planning to return the rented instrument, especially for most 5th grade students:

  1. Have your child bring the Rental Renewal Invoice to school
  2. Place it in the instrument case 
  3. Leave the instrument in the music classroom BEFORE the pickup date at our school (If you never received the Rental Renewal Invoice from Ardsley, you can still leave the instrument for the pickup date)

Instruments – Rental Renewal Invoices coming from the Ardsley Musical Instrument Service, Ltd.

Dear 4th and 5th grade parents:

Bravo to our outstanding musicians for their hard work this year! As our school year winds down, please pay particular attention to Rental Renewal Invoices coming from the Ardsley Musical Instrument Service, Ltd.

If you rented an instrument with the Ardsley company and are planning to return the rented instrument, especially for most 5th grade students:

Preview Night May 25th TONIGHT! 5:00-7:00 See schedule below

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Take a brief view of next year’s curriculum 
across the content/specialty areas.

• Teachers will present work/expectations/goals across the year for next years class/grade.

• Music, Art, Science, PE and Technology will provide a curriculum overview for their specific subject with presentations for Grades 1-2 and 3-5.

• 5th Grade Families will participate in a Workshop with Josh and Gina – Transition to Middle School

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7th Annual Fifth Grade Olympics

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On Wednesday, May 24th and Thursday, May 25th the Class of 2017 will participate in Lower Lab’s Annual Fifth Grade Olympics.  On Wednesday we will walk to Central Park’s East Meadow to participate in athletic events and on Thursday we will participate in academic events in the classrooms. (For the Athletic portion in the park, students should dress in sneakers, pack water and a picnic lunch and be prepared with sunscreen (and sunglasses and a hat if they’d like).  We have scheduled a rain date for Wednesday, May 31st.)

The Fifth Grade Olympics is a celebration of our Core Values. Throughout the year, students have been working on identifying and practicing these values through classwork and in Advisory. The values of: respect, responsibility, generosity, honesty, integrity and compassion are the theme of the Fifth Grade Olympics.

In order for your child to participate in the athletic portion of the event in Central Park, you will need to fill out and return the attached permission slip on or before Tuesday, May 23rd.  All interested chaperones are invited to attend, we will be leaving school at 9am and returning around 1pm.  

Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions.

Claudia & Leslie  



Date & Timeline

Our graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, June 23th at 9:00am in our school auditorium. The ceremony will last until about 10:15am.  If you wish to have your child dismissed after the ceremony, school staff will be posted at the Third Avenue doors.  You will be asked to initial by your child’s name to indicate that you are signing them out.


Graduation Tickets

Each family may invite up to six guests beyond their graduating student. Wristbands will be used for admission and they will be backpacked with your child in June.  Each guest will need to present his/her wristband at the door. If you need additional wristbands beyond the six allocated, we encourage you to connect with one another directly to transfer any extra wristbands to a family who needs additional seats.


Graduation Day & Graduates

On the day of the graduation, fifth graders are expected to arrive by 8:15am and go directly to their homeroom classroom. Families and guests may arrive at the Third Avenue doors starting at 8:40am (the auditorium will not be open for seating until then).


Suggested Dress Code

We encourage students to dress in something that is slightly more formal than a regular school day but something that will keep them comfortable (including shoes). Graduates and their guests should keep in mind that it may feel very hot and humid in the auditorium.


Please email Claudia or Leslie with questions!

May ~ 5th Grade Happenings

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Looking Back On April~
Reading/Writing/Social Studies

Students have enjoyed working in their research clubs. They have
approached their Westward Expansion topics are true historians.

Looking Forward To May~
Social Studies  ~ Westward Expansion

In the final bend of the unit, students will look across multiple texts in order to read critically, examining different author’s perspectives.Students are largely comparing and contrasting information across texts. Towards the end of the bend, readers will turn their attention to author’s craft, such as language choices, structural decisions, or text features, as a way to consider point of view. As we complete this unit, students will revise and edit their writing. To augment their informational writing, students will use their creativity to construct a box that expresses their topic.
Included in their box will be:

  • The big ideas surrounding the topic
  • Artifacts, content specific vocabulary, and figures that portray the topic
  • The message they want to convey
  • Visual display-The importance of the historical event, people etc.

Reading~   Fantasy Book Clubs: The Magic of Themes and Symbols

We are ready to wrap-up the year with joy, energy and the deep thinking that a unit on reading fantasy calls readers to do. One of the primary goals of this unit is to pump up the volume and passion for reading that might be lost on the way towards the end of the school year. Another goal, and perhaps the most overarching one, is for students to learn how to read expecting to deeply interpret texts, all texts, by learning to identify and understand some of the hallmarks of the literary canon, using seemingly frivolous fantasy books as their jumping off point. The work we will do in this unit will perfectly set up the children for the demands of middle school reading and lay foundations that they will build upon throughout the rest of their academic careers.

Writing~  Shaping Texts: From Essay and Narrative to Memoir

As a springboard to memoir writing, students are creating a memoir shadow box. It will include a memory; a visual representation of an event
from the past.

Shaping Texts: From Essay and Narrative to Memoir, is a unit in which students draw on their knowledge of expository and narrative writing in order to craft memoirs about their lives. Learning to tell their own stories with grace and power will empower our writers, because, in fact, many people will care about their lives if they know how to make their lives meaningful. In this unit, students will strive towards ambitious goals—discerning meaning, conveying events and experiences precisely, and logically linking opinions and evidence. This genre brings together the art of memoir and the art of personal essay. Memoir also demands innovative structure, because the writer moves from storytelling to explication.

Reading fantasy and writing memoir are a perfect match because at their core both units are about interpretation as a means to getting to the truth.

In memoir writing, students will be interpreting the real moments and themes in their lives to draw deep conclusions and universal truths. In fantasy reading, students will be reading fantasy texts about unbelievable creatures and settings and interpreting them in order to draw deep conclusions and discern universal truths.These two units, taught in tandem, will lift the level of students’ interpretative thinking overall.


Students continue their ten week intensive with The Leadership Program, which works to build strong leaders in classrooms and communities. The fifth graders are learning content specific vocabulary, debate protocol and developing their stance to deliver the most succinct and powerful arguments.

Lower Lab Values ~ May is Creativity!

May’s core value is Creativity. We are embracing this through our creative box projects that will display the fifth grader’s ability to “think outside the box” both literally and figuratively.

Here are a couple of quotes we will be discussing as a class:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”  ~ Maya Angelou

Our Senior Trip Is On The Horizon!

Rocking Horse Ranch Overnight is scheduled for May 17-18.

Poem In Your Pocket Day!

The 15th Annual Poem in Your Pocket Day was last week on Thursday April 27th in Bryant Park!

Congratulations to our 5th grade Students who were selected to read their beautiful and emotional poems.  Thanks to the Administration and Leslie Blaustein our 5th grade ELA/Social Studies Teacher for preparing these budding poets!

Check out the Poem in your Pocket Poems!

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Dear 4th and 5th Grade Families – Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium

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We are pleased to announce the 4th and 5th grade orchestra and choir Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  Please be aware that the school-wide assembly for students in grades K-3 will also take place on this date at 1:45pm.

The students have worked very hard throughout the year and they are eager to share what they have learned with you.  I am proud of the students’ hard work and appreciate your parental support in their music-making journey during this school year.

For the evening performance, students are to report to the music classroom (M35)  by 5:30 p.m. for tuning and to set up the stage.

The dress code for the evening performance is as follows:

  • Boys: Black pants, white collared dress shirts (black ties/bowties are encouraged), and dark dress shoes
  • Girls: Black skirts/dresses and white blouses or dress shirts, and dark dress shoes

We encourage all students to participate in our annual concert, so please mark this date in your calendar!  If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at

As always, thank you for the support of the Music Program.


Ms. Kim