MusicFest Nationals, May 18-19th

The St. Andrew’s JHS Jazz Ensemble participated in the Humber College NextGeneration Jazz Festival and were awarded a Gold standard because of their exceptional performance.  As a result, the Jazz Ensemble won a two hour music clinic with saxophonist Dr. Shirantha Beddage, and were invited to perform at “MusicFest Canada The Nationals” in Niagara Falls.  MusicFest brings together more than 10,000 young Canadian musicians who perform for recognition as the country’s foremost musical ensembles.  During their two day adventure, the Jazz Ensemble will perform for a panel of national level adjudicators in the hopes of receiving another Gold standard.  They will also have the opportunity to listen to two National Honour Jazz Ensembles, one National Hounour Concert Band, and several other gold standard jazz ensembles and concert bands from across Canada.  Our best wishes go with them!

St. Andrew’s makes WholeNote magazine

Jack MacQuarrie, a journalist for WholeNote magazine,  was in attendance at our recent Jazz Night and wrote the following about our program.  Sharing his kind words…..

“While school concerts are commonplace where students perform and parents applaud, I recently attended a school concert with a difference. On April 20, St. Andrew’s Junior High School in North York presented “Jazz @ St. Andrew’s.” This included several works by four different jazz ensembles including the Swingin’ Strings. That’s right. A large group of students from Grades 8 and 9, accustomed to playing Baroque and classical music showed their adaptation to the challenges of swing style with such numbers as Duke Ellington’s C-Jam Blues.

After these performances the program shifted to show how the love of performing music may continue after school life is over. The regular student groups were followed by the York Mills Titan Jazz Band, an extracurricular after-hours club open to anyone interested in playing big band music. That was followed by a few numbers by Swing Shift, a community big band which rehearses weekly in nearby York Mills Collegiate. Members range in age from the twenty-somethings to several retirees, drawn together to read through music of the big band era. I have been a member of this group for some years, but had to serve as an audience member because my shoulder complained when I tried to hold my instrument. Both of the last two groups were led by Bob Gray, a long time music teacher in this area.

For students and parents alike this evening showed, in no uncertain terms, that musical skills do not end when school is over, but can be a lifelong avocation. In the comment section of the program, music teacher Mr. Corbett summed up the value of musical training with these observations: “Our students have all worked hard to prepare this concert for you and have learned so much about music and about themselves. They have learned about commitment, self-discipline and the rewards of hard work. They have learned to be effective leaders and followers, ignoring their phones for hours at a time.”

TDSB IT Ban on Snapchat, Instagram, Netflix

Please be advised that the TDSB IT (Technology) Department has recently implemented a district-wide ban blocking access to Snapchat, Instagram and Netflix on both the wired and WiFi networks for staff and students.  The restriction will be in place until June 30, 2017 in order to alleviate the congestion on the TDSB networks.

Rippleton P.S. Fun Fair, Sat. June 10th

Rippleton P.S. is having their annual BBQ Fun Fair and are looking for student volunteers to help run the events that day.  Set up is at 9 a.m., the fair is from 11 to 3 p.m., and clean up is from 3 to 4 p.m.  Click on the attached for more information.    RIPPLETON PUBLIC SCHOOL FUN FAIR

Screenagers Movie Night at Owen P.S. coming up this Wednesday!

This is a gentle reminder regarding an Owen Public School parent council initiative taking place this Wednesday, May 10th from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.  ‘Screenagers’ deals with growing up in the digital age and how parents can support their children find a healthy balance with screen time.  Discussion questions and strategies are given.  Please consider attending!

The Quebec Crew is Back!

Arrival at St. Andrew’s JHS = 6:26 p.m.

Buses returning from Quebec

Quebec buses are approximately 1 hour out from Toronto (nearing Cobourg now).

Please use the parking lot; do NOT stop in front of the school on either side of Fenn, as buses will be using that space to unload.

See you soon!