Hymn for Holy Week

O sacred Head, now wounded, With grief and shame bowed down,

Now scornfully surrounded With thorns, Thy only crown.

How art Thou pale with anguish, With sore abuse and scorn!

How does that visage languish Which once was bright as morn!

What Thou,my Lord, hast suffered Was all for sinners' gain;

Mine, mine was the transgression, But Thine the deadly pain.

Lo, here I fall, my Savior!  'Tis I deserve Thy place;

Look on me with Thy favor, Vouchsafe to me Thy grace.

What language shall I borrow To thank Thee, dearest Friend,

For this, Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?

O make me Thine forever! And should I fainting be,

Lord, let me never, never Outlive my love to Thee!

                                   -- Bernard of Clairvaux

Holy Week Message



April MS Music & Band

     We are now in the last quarter of the school year-- hard to believe!  After the preparation for the Valley Nine Music Festival performances, we now have a different focus. 

     Music assessments for 6th & 8th grades are coming on Tuesday, April 9th.  They consist of only 10 multiple choice questions, 4 of which involve listening examples.  All classes have been taking notes and short quizzes to prepare for the assessments.  Although the 5th & 7th grades will not be taking the Diocesan assessments, they will have an "assessment" in classes that same day.

     After the assessments, the Music classes will be using keyboards for some of their classwork, and will have a "report" assignment before the end of the year. 

     All Band parents should have received an email about the new grading system for practice time outside of Band classes.  Since we only meet 2 days a week for 40 minutes, extra practice time is very important for the progress of all Band students.  During this last quarter, Crusader Band students (7th & 8th grades) will be working on individual goal-setting and accomplishments.  For wind instruments, this involves learning various major scales/arpeggios.  For percussionists, this involves learning some of the rudiments for snare drum, and scales/arpeggios on bells.  We have accomplished a lot this year after not having Band for one year, and I'm looking forward to getting to work with the 5th-7th Band students next year!

(Mrs.) Charlene Reynolds 



  • April in the K-4 Music Room finds us determining what we have learned and what we still need to cover before the end of the year.  We have learned many musical concepts, including all note and rest values.  We have just a handful yet that we will cover this month, mainly musical vocabulary terms.
  • 2nd & 4th Graders will be taking the Diocesan Music Assessment.
  • We were very excited to get a set of new rhythm instruments.  We spent time learning the names of all of them, what their purpose is, and how to properly play them.  These definitely add to our program.
  • We have learned some new Lenten songs, and before the end of this month, we will once again be able to welcome "Alleluia" back into our Mass after we celebrate the greatest day in our Church year, EASTER!  


  • Students will learn that the season of Lent is apparent in the Mass music we play and sing.  We will be singing the Latin Chant Mass, and including at least one Lenten song in each Mass during the season of Lent.  The one exception to this will be the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on Tuesday, March 19, when we will be allowed to sing even the Gloria.  
  • Speaking of St. Joseph's feast day, the students will be doing a special creative project during music class on this day. 
  • Once we return from spring break and after our special class period on St. Joseph's feast day, the 2nd & 4th graders will be preparing for the Diocesan Music Assessment that is scheduled to be given sometime in early April.  We will also be reviewing this same material with the 1st & 3rd graders to assess their progress, too, even though their results need not be reported to the Diocese.
  • All classes, K-4, have already experienced or will be experiencing the enjoyment of playing a song with bells.  This allows the student to see how important paying attention, the value of counting, and notation is to music.
  • Just have to add that the 4th Graders are doing quite well playing their recorders.  We have taken our time to become immersed in this musical experience, even writing a song and playing our compositions in class!


  • So pleased with all students in K-4!  We have learned almost all the musical concept flash cards, including all the note and rest values, and time signatures, so therefore, we are now taking time to "count out" a song before actually singing it.  It is good for the students to be able to take their knowledge and apply it, including the kindergarteners, who up to this time, have not read much music but done most songs by repetition and/or memory.
  • The K-3 students are learning more about the forms of a song, including call & response, verse & refrain, and labeling of AB or ABA.  Kindergarteners will be working on higher and lower pitch, while the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grades will actually be learning this same concept but using the actual pitch names of do, re, mi, so, & la.
  • The 4th graders did very well on the Notes Assessment so they are now ready to pick up the RECORDERS and start playing a musical instrument!  This will be an exciting time in the music room!  Talk about applying one's musical knowledge!


New Year, New Semester, and New Information to Learn! 

After much preparation spent on our Christmas program, the K-4 students are ready to return to classroom studies.  Following, is how we will start 2019:

  • Kindergarten - Rhythm, rhythm, & more rhythm!
  • 1st Grade - Rhythm; time signature; octave & pitch; the form of "call & response"
  • 2nd Grade - Dynamics - forte & piano; strong/weak beat; pitch; refrain & verse
  • 3rd Grade - Types of instruments; time signature & an assessment on this topic
  • 4th Grade - Study of notes to prepare for playing recorders                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  




**Student Dress:  Boys:  Nice shirt/sweater & slacks or uniform pants (NO jeans, please), or suit; Girls:  Nice dress or nice blouse/sweater with skirt or slacks (NO jeans, please)

**Students are to arrive by 6:10 P.M.








  • First of all, the 4th grade will be attending a special children's performance of the Wichita Symphony on November 15.  It will be a morning field trip with the students arriving back at school for lunch.  Dress for the day is Spirit Dress! 


  • All K-4 classes are busy working on their Christmas program songs.  SAVE THE DATE:  Tuesday, December 11 @ 6:30 P.M. in the school gym.  


Betty Hunt, K-4 Music




Now that we have been in school about a month and a half, just an update on what the students in kindergarten through 4th grades have been doing in music class.

  • Begin class with a prayer "song" - We are using a song or refrain of a song that we sing at Mass to open our class - Singing is praying twice!! 
  • Learning what we call a Music Concept each week - So far, we have covered quarter note, quarter rest, and eighth notes with all classes
  • Learning the difference between beat (think of your heart rate!) and rhythm (think of the tune)
  • Pitch - the ups and downs, highs and lows of a song
  • Tempo - Is it fast or is it slow?
  • Note Values - some are short and some are long
  • 4th Grade has touched on the pentatonic scale
  • Most classes have used rhythm sticks, and thanks to Mrs. Reynolds, she has loaned us a set of rhythm instruments we can now begin using

Beginning October 2, our cantors will begin leading the singing at Mass.  This is a new program this year open to 5th-8th grade students.  We were very pleased with the number of students who were interested in being cantors, and after tryouts, chose seven teams of cantors who will sing at Tuesday and Thursday Masses throughout the school year.  All those students who tried out did a great job, and narrowing down the field was very difficult.  We told all those who tried out, if they were chosen or not, to keep singing from the pews as song leaders cannot lead if they have no one to lead!  Pray for us as we move forward with this new music ministry.

Betty Hunt, K-4 Music; Tuesday/Thursday Mass Music

Music & Band, K-4

Mrs. Betty Hunt
Music & Band - K-4


Music & Band, 5-8

Mrs. Charlene Reynolds
Music & Band - 5-8


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