I never love my country so much as when I attend the Dilworth 5th grade Patriotic Program. This year I was especially touched to hear the stories of our students who immigrated from other countries, to hear 3 verses of the National Anthem, and to see so many photos of the military relatives of our students. Songs and script were inspiring, the student's artwork was superb, and refreshments were delicious. Once again, we couldn't have done it without our fabulous Dilworth students and their families! THANKS!
On the bus ride to the Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall, Mrs. Sheffield and I were surprised by an unexpected encore performance of the Patriotic Program the students performed at the end of February. Okay, so they skipped the speaking parts. However, our 5th graders sang every song from the program complete with hand motions on the ride there and back.
I took video footage, but can't seem to upload it. For now, just imagine a bus full of kids singing "Yankee Doodle," "50 Nifty United States," "1814," and much, much more... all at the top of their lungs.
It feels good to know that they love what they've learned! Neither they nor we will ever forget this impromptu patriotic bus sing-along.
You can watch the video on YouTube (although the video is unlisted so only those given a direct link like this one can watch it):
This year was the first year that we had a parent volunteer direct our 5th grade Shakespeare play instead of taking it on ourselves. Stephanie Nelson, you are amazing!
We had 2 casts and one play: "As You Like It." Practices mostly took place before school.
We still took 3+ weeks in class to research Shakespeare's life and times and to become familiar with the story of "As You Like It." Feel free to ask the students about Queen Elizabeth, the Globe Theatre, the plague, bear-baiting, or social customs of 16th Century England.
Everything came together so nicely, and the play was a huge success!
Karen Redmon originally migrated to SLC from Memphis, TN. She has a Bachelor's in International Relations from BYU and a Master's in Teaching from Westminster. She's taught 4th, 1st, and 5th grades. Her interests include: camping, hiking, swimming, dancing, singing, pottery, sewing, theater, music, reading, and most of all-- learning.