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Awaken the Love of Music

Jackie Freimor’s enthusiasm for the Music Together program is infectious. She caught the bug almost seven years ago while attending a class with her infant daughter on her day off from her job as a medical editor. She enjoyed the class so much that she decided to train to teach one day per week.

She learned about the Music Together curriculum that is a research-based early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age five. Children, with a parent or caregiver, attend the classes that include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement and instrumental play that develop children’s natural enthusiasm for music. According to Freimor most people have an aptitude for music and Over the Moon Music and More on Garth Road, where she uses the Music Together curriculum, helps children to awaken their own innate skills. There are no standards or performance expectations, which often inhibit children and discourage their love of music. During the class, children use props, instruments and even scarves to visually experience and feel the music and its rhythms.

Freimor is a musician in her own right and has performed as a singer and guitarist since she was a child. Most recently she played the rhythm guitar and sang back-up vocals for a Manhattan-based alternative rock band. She now operates Over the Moon Music and More in Scarsdale as well as in Briarcliff, Chappaqua, Dobbs Ferry, Mount Kisco, Tarrytown and Tuckahoe. She and her staff teach classes that are developmentally appropriate for children ages 0-5, which allows kids to attend with their older or younger siblings.

If you are curious, you are welcome to attend a free demo class with your child. You can find the schedule on the Over the Moon Music and More website. Also watch the online video of a sample class to see if it looks right for you. It sure looks fun to me!

Over the Moon Music and More is located at 78 Garth Road in Scarsdale. They are currently accepting registrations for their spring classes. Learn more at their website or by calling 914-722-2025.

Chinese New Year at Greenacres

Students at the Greenacres School celebrated the Chinese New Year with their fourth annual lion parade on February 23, 2010!  As in previous years, the school's main entrances were decorated with long, vertical Chinese scrolls with poems about the coming of spring and blessings for the New Year.  In the lunchroom, several five-foot-long dragon garlands, large red lanterns and colorful firecracker garlands dangled from wire strung across the floor-to-ceiling columns.  Red, yellow and purple Chinese New Year banners were hung over each doorway to wish that all would “come and go in peace”.

To celebrate the year of the tiger (虎; pronounced “hu”) and Lunar Year 4708, Ms. Krisanda's kindergarten class led a lion parade around Greenacres School. The students carried a variety of noisy musical instruments: hand drums, cymbals, maracas and a traditional Chinese chau gong; parent Melissa Chepuru provided Chinese drum and gong accompaniment for the parade.  The loud ruckus of the lion parade (usually with firecrackers) is meant to scare away evil spirits and bad luck, thus ensuring a happy, prosperous new year.  Parent Chip Lee operated the lion's head while two students manned its tail.  Some of the students wore traditional Chinese outfits in red and gold—the colors of happiness, abundance and longevity.
 
Throughout the week, Chinese New Year was celebrated in several classrooms:  parents talked about customs in preparing for the New Year and for the Lantern Festival (last day of the 15-day New Year celebration); showed how modern-day Chinese characters evolved from ancient pictographs; staged a riddle-guessing contest with prizes; taught students how to write Chinese characters and make a New Year greeting card; brought in homemade dumplings, clementines and red envelopes for the students.

Chinese New Year Celebrated at Edgewood School

Edgewood students and faculty celebrated Chinese New Year on February 23 with a parade of the dragon, Chinese New Year symbols, noisemakers and loud chants of Gung Hay Fat Choy, which means “have a prosperous New Year.” This is the year of the tiger and children paraded carrying little stuffed animals representing all of the characters, but the tiger had a special place.

Ms. O'Farrell's third grade class and all of the first grade classes marched while the rest of the school lined the halls to watch and join the chant.

We've Got Visitors

Scarsdale High School families are currently hosting fourteen students from the Instituto San Isidro in Madrid who have come to town in the first phase of the Spanish Exchange. These students attend an urban high school and are now getting a first-hand experience of life in a suburban American community. Senora Judy Hochberg from SHS arranged the exchange in cooperation with Maria Eugenia Perez Pascual and Rafael Martin Villa Imageof San Isidro High School. Each Spanish student has been matched with a Scarsdale family with a Spanish-speaking student in the house. Scarsdale students will complete the exchange with a two-week visit to Madrid in February 2010.

The visitors have a very ambitious schedule. Five school days will be spent here accompanying their Scarsdale hosts to class and the other five weekdays involve extensive tours of the area. The Spanish students have already seen the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Natural History, the Dakota, Central Park and West Point. Upcoming excursions include a Circle Line Boat tour, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero and much more. Their 12-hour days are exhausting, but fun.

Their level of proficiency at English is as varied as our ability to speak Spanish, so families are communicating however they can. The Spanish students have a wonderful attitude and seem very happy to be here. Personally, our family is enjoying Inez who speaks beautiful English and can even tell jokes. We all went to see West Side Story and as much of the show was in Spanish, it was a good opportunity for Inez to go to a Broadway show and understand it too. She may have been the only person in the audience who was happy to hear “I Feel Pretty” sung in Spanish.

The students are here until April 30th, so if you spot them in the community say “Hola” and ask them their impressions of Scarsdale. You’re bound to be amused.

Raiders Go to the Nationals

In December, the Scarsdale High School cheerleaders were dismayed to learn that though they qualified to attend the national tournament in Florida they lacked the funds to go. Undaunted, they raised the money by staging a local tournament, selling ads in the program and food and drink to the audience. With funds in hand, they made plans to join 400 teams from 32 states to attend the championships in Orlando, marking the ninth consecutive year of attendance for Scarsdale.

It turned out the money was just one obstacle they would encounter on their journey to Disneyworld to participate in the 2010 National High School Cheerleading Tournament. A large winter storm virtually closed the East Coast on Wednesday February 10th and threatened to thwart their plans. Scheduled to fly down to Florida on Thursday the team feared their plane would be cancelled due to the storm. Luckily for them their Thursday evening flight took off, though teams from Ursuline and New Rochelle had to drive all the way to Florida due to flight cancellations.

The entire Scarsdale Varsity Squad, their three coaches Stacy Monteiro, Ivy Linares and Danielle Tancredi plus parents and siblings travelled to Orlando to see the team compete on Saturday morning at Disney World’s Indiana Jones Theatre at the Hollywood Studios (formerly known as the MGM Studios.) Temperatures were frigid but it was a thrill for the girls to appear on the enormous stage where they gave a solid performance. Disneyworld was inundated with over 20,000 cheerleaders, and the park was crowded with spirited girls in uniform who were cheering, singing throughout the weekend.

The Raiders stayed at the Disney Caribbean Resort and visited the theme park. The entire group convened for a fun family dinner at the Rain Forest Café on Saturday night and the team watched the final performance on Sunday.

Watch the video of their performance here! Congratulations to the team on another successful trip to the nationals.
 

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