The PTA cultural arts committees provide enrichment to the MCPS curriculum by exposing students to a variety of arts. Committee heads work to provide exposure to different subject areas.
Cultural Arts Assemblies
Our assembly group previews and schedules a half dozen assembly performances throughout the school year. These performances typically last 45 minutes.
Assemblies for the 2012/2013 school year:
3rd Grade Mural and Artist in Residency
Each year third graders of Wyngate participate in an Artist in Residence program in the Spring. This year we are pleased to announce that the artist will be Keven Reese. Mr. Reese's residency from May 28-30, 2013 will include a performance of "A Perfect Balance" inspired by Alexander Calder followed by classroom workshops where the 3rd graders will make mobiles of their own and create a collaborative piece. For more information about Kevin Reese, please visit his website at www.schoolsculptures.com.
If you have any questions, please contact Naira Darius or Nirmal Babar, PTA coordinators for the 3rd Grade Artist in Residence Project.
Wyngate will be hosting Mrs.Yvette Lewis for the “So this is Opera” program from May 6-17, 2013. Mrs. Lewis will teach each grade songs from a different opera, tell them the story of the opera and how the song reflects the mood and or theme of the story. Kindergarten and First grade learn an Operetta composed by Mrs. Lewis. For more information about Mrs.Lewis and the program you can visit her website at http://www.operakids.com/ . This year we will have grades 3-5 working with Mrs. Lewis during week one (May 6-10) and K-2 working with Mrs. Lewis during week two (May 13-17). Each week will end with an evening performance. The first week's performance will be held the evening of May 10, 2013 and the K-2 performance will be held the evening of May 17, 2013. Details of the performance night will be posted in the Spring and we will be requesting parent volunteers to help make the performances a success! All performances will be at Wyngate Elementary School’s gymnasium.
Contact: Naira Darius
FOOTWORKS: KEEPING THE BEAT -- February 7, 2013
Footworks conveys the joy of dance while illuminating the historical and multicultural perspectives of different American percussive dances. The program includes live fiddle music, American clogging, hambone, call-and-answer songs, as well as French Canadian stepdance and South African bootdance. Footworks specializes in performing and teaching the music and dance that developed across the continent, stemming from African-American, Celtic, and Native American cultural traditions still found in Southern Appalachia.
Have your child demonstrate out some new dance moves they learned.
LINDA FANG: STORIES FROM ANCIENT CHINA -- March 14, 2013
Linda Fang will take your children on a journey into the remote past of China. Using her uncanny ability to assume three roles at the same time - storyteller, actress, and director – Ms. Fang makes her audience an integrated part of the program. All students are involved as listeners and sound-effect providers while being immersed in the magic of storytelling and Ancient China.
See what ancient tales your child can recount for you at home.
THE ROPE WARRIOR -- April 11, 2013
Get ready for an amazing act Wyngate! Guinness World Record holder David Fisher will amaze the students with out-of-this-world jump rope tricks and feats. Fisher holds the Guinness Record for number of "Rump Jumps" (jumping rope while reclining) -- 56 jumps in one minute! He trained with jump ropes to get in shape for volleyball, but fell in love with the sport of jump roping and uses his skill to teach about physical fitness and wellness. He has performed at two Inaugural Parades and on numerous television programs.
Break out those jump ropes and get outside with the kids to try some new jumping techniques.
Here are some assemblies our students have enjoyed over the past few years:
BOOK CLUB: THE MAGIC ASSEMBLY -- October 17, 2012
Book Club Assembly is an educational magic show that will excite the students about books one trick at a time. Brian Curry, who has amazed Wyngate audiences in the past, will talk about Matilda and then make a table float with the power of the mind. He will discuss Shiloh and then amaze the school with a balloon dog trick. By the end of the show the children will be filled with the magic of books.
Be sure to ask your child what their favorite trick was and if there's a new book they would like to read!
BALL IN THE HOUSE -- December 13, 2012
This program is jam-packed with music, entertainment and education! Through classic and contemporary cover songs and original works, Ball in the House will explore many aspects of music and performance. Students will discover the integral parts of "a cappella" including the technology behind their sound system and the various voice parts and how they fit together to make harmony and songs. There will be an interactive beatboxing demonstration as well. Children will be exposed to the history of a cappella singing from chant through doo wop, and have a chance to ask questions. The program also addresses the teamwork needed to perform together and demonstrates how the group works together as people and as voices.
Be sure to listen for "a capella" singing from your child when they return home after school. See if you can make the sounds of an instrument using only your voice.
Other shows from previous years:
a cappella singing group
history of hip-hop
For more information, please contact: Linda Harrington Bakerl