Welcome – ’22-’23

Welcome back, Gators! The PSP team is excited for this school year! There will be a little more normalcy this year with more events and volunteer opportunities, and as always, we will need your help to make it all run smoothly!

Make sure to check out the ‘Get Involved’ page to learn more about volunteer needs. We are encouraging families to get involved in at least one volunteer opportunity this year. Some will be able to volunteer weekly in the classroom, and others might be more interested in a one-time event. Please get involved in whatever way makes sense for your family!

While you’re here, please also head to the ‘AGC’ page to check out this year’s Annual Giving Campaign. You will see that this year’s campaign is set up a little differently, giving you more options on how to contribute. There is an option to contribute the recommended $100 per student, but you will also see options to sponsor wish list items. These are some items that we would like to fund this year. In addition to these ways of contributing, you will also see an option to ‘sign up.’ This will allow you to participate in a peer-to-peer fundraising option where you can create a page for your student/family and ask family and friends to contribute to our school’s enrichment!

Once you’ve checked out how to get involved and how to contribute, make sure to look over the ‘Events’ tab for all our planned events! Our first fundraising event will be August 11th – our first minimum day of the year – at Skipolini’s Pizza right down the street from school! You will also see that our first schoolwide event will be a Trunk or Treat on October 29th. We are still looking for committee members to help organize this event, and we will need lots of trunks on display so start thinking about fun themes for getting involved!

As always, please reach out to the Gateway PSP team with any questions. You can email us at GatewayPSP@rafos.org.

Your PSP representatives,

Kay Bass, Krystl Burleigh, and Kiran Sibia

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Summer Family Music Series – Week 9

To everyone who participated with us this Summer, we hope you enjoyed this added program offered to help families bond over the summer using something as important as MUSIC!  We thank you for your participation! For our last installment, we are looking at The Rhythm and Beat Poem and We Will Rock You. The Rhythm and Beat Poem is a great song/poem that teaches the foundations of music (beat and rhythm). This teaches children about steady beats in poetry, as well as singing partner songs (a variation of singing in rounds where two DIFFERENT songs are sung at the same time, thus creating a natural harmony). Now listen to the classic We Will Rock You by Queen. Other than the last 30 seconds, which contains a guitar solo, the song is generally set in a cappella form using only stomping and clapping as a rhythmic body percussion beat. So…time to get up one last time…and get ready to become a percussion instrument yourself! Stomp, clap, and dance along! Don’t forget to smile and give your family a big hug!  For more musical fun and learning, visit our family music docent website at bigbrainjunction.org/music!

**Please be aware that links throughout this series will take you to outside links, including YouTube.**

Summer Family Music Series – Week 8

Welcome to our 8th installment of our summer music fun program! Only one week left! Follow the Leader  encourages listening skills while having a blast dancing to an instructor/teacher.  Easy to follow as long as the family members are listening, watching, and following direction!  IMPORTANT SKILLS FOR NOT ONLY THE CLASSROOM, BUT FOR LIFE!  Next up is one of the most well-known songs from the 1978 film Grease, We Go Together. The songs upbeat tempo and fun dance moves help create one of the most well-known endings to a motion picture.  For more musical fun and learning, visit our family music docent website at bigbrainjunction.org/music!

**Please be aware that links throughout this series will take you to outside links, including YouTube.**

Summer Family Music Series – Week 7

Happy Summer RAFOS Families!  Dance song #1 this week is CheerleaderThe song can celebrate anyone who serves as a support system for another person.  Next, is something a little different!  This video of Stomp and the Harlem Globetrotters Making Music with Basketballs is a great example of “What is Sound?” showing that you don’t necessarily need a musical instrument to make music. Even basketballs can make music!  You can use just about anything to make a rhythm.  STOMP is a percussion group, originating in Brighton, United Kingdom that uses the body and ordinary objects to create a physical theater performance using rhythms, acrobatics and pantomime. The Harlem Globetrotters are talented basketball players who entertain with their skills.  Have a blast!  For more musical fun and learning, visit our family music docent website at bigbrainjunction.org/music!

**Please be aware that links throughout this series will take you to outside links, including YouTube.**

Summer Family Music Series – Week 6

Dear Rocklin Academy Family Members!  Ready for more Summer music fun?! Well…Here we go! (Click on the song titles to enjoy the songs with your family!)

Let’s take it back to the ‘90s and hit the dance floor to dance together to Cotton Eyed Joe!  Apologies in advance that the song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day!  Cotton Eyed Joe has inspired both a partner dance and more than one country line dances. It introduces Country Music to students, along with country instruments such as the banjo and bluegrass fiddle. And now…sit back and enjoy the ride as acapella singing group Pentatonix, takes us through the history of music starting with the 11th Century!  Music has changed so much over the decades and will continue to do the same. To match the evolution of music with the evolution of dance, you can revisit the Evolution of Dance video from week 3!  For more musical fun and learning, visit our family music docent website at bigbrainjunction.org/music!

**Please be aware that links throughout this series will take you to outside links, including YouTube.**

Summer Family Music Series – Week 5

Dear RAFOS Family!  We truly hope that everyone has been enjoying this Summer Music Series as we just hit the half-way point! (Song titles are clickable links for you to enjoy!)

Just like the song says, time to take it back to the old school with Whoomp! (There It Is). Kids…grab your parents, because this song is a throwback to their generation! The song has remained a pop culture staple with multiple placements in film, television, and advertisements. The song has also endured as a mainstay at sporting and arena events. Next, let’s sing along with Elsa as she sings the iconic song Let It Go from Disney’s animated feature Frozen.  The video does display the lyrics…but after all this time, does anyone really need them???  For more musical fun and learning, visit our family music docent website at bigbrainjunction.org/music!

**Please be aware that links throughout this series will take you to outside links, including YouTube.**

Summer Family Music Series – Week 4

Dear Rocklin Academy Family Members! Welcome to Week 4 of our Summer Family Music Program! This week we have two more dance party songs for our RAFOS family to enjoy! Click on the song titles below to getting dancing!

This weekend…get ready to Kidz Bop Shuffle with your family!!! Keep it silly and fun!  Remember…there is no wrong way to dance…movement and music appreciation is what it’s all about!!!!  “Shout” was made famous by the Isley Brothers and Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at number 119 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”  This song is played at most parties with a DJ.  And best yet…this will definitely get the wiggles out using simple choreography.  For more musical fun and learning, visit our family music docent website at bigbrainjunction.org/music!

**Please be aware that links throughout this series will take you to outside links, including YouTube.**

Summer Family Music Series – Week 3

Dear Rocklin Academy Gateway Parents! Welcome to our 3rd week of our Summer Family Music Program! Ready for another fun bonding experience with your kids? …here we go! Not only has music evolved over the years, but so has the way we move to music! The Evolution of Dance video is a great representation of how music, dance, and even fashion have changed through the decades. Remember…there is no wrong way to dance…movement and music appreciation is what it’s all about! “Good Feeling” is a song by American rapper Flo Rida from his 2012 EP of the same name. The song contains vocal samples from Etta James’s 1962 single “Something’s Got a Hold on Me.” It’s pretty obvious!  So…get up and dance to Good Feeling and listen to the similarities from Etta James’ classic song!  For more musical fun and learning, visit our family music docent website at bigbrainjunction.org/music!  Enjoy!

**Please be aware that links throughout this series will take you to outside links, including YouTube.**

Summer Family Music Series – Week 2

Dear Rocklin Academy Gateway Parents! Welcome back for all those who participated last week, and welcome to the new eyes seeing this for the first time! Looking for new ways to connect with your kids over the summer?  Please check out this page every week for something new… “Weekend Family Sing Along or Dance Party Songs!”  We even have THREE songs for you this week!  First, enjoy dancing to Try Everything, from Zootopia. The song promotes super positive messages for students…TRY! Can’t Stop the Feeling! is the beloved song from Trolls. Its positive feel and upbeat disco, pop, soul and funk influences helped make it the best-selling song of 2016. Fight Song introduces students to the Core Knowledge principle of dynamics by starting off with a simple, quiet melody played by the piano followed by a crescendo to louder drums and horns. These three songs have positive messages of staying true to yourself and standing tall in the face of adversity.  Smile and enjoy!  For more musical fun and learning, visit our family music docent website at bigbrainjunction.org/music!

**Please be aware that links throughout this series will take you to outside links, including YouTube.**

Summer Family Music Series

Dear Rocklin Academy Gateway Parents!  Looking for new ways to connect with your kids over the summer?  Please check out this page starting TODAY, June 3rd for something new…“Weekend Family Sing Along and Dance Party Songs!”  This week, enjoy dancing to “ABC easy as 1,2,3″, a fun video that encourages kindness at school, while also exploring sounds and rhythms with everyday items. Keep it silly and fun! Remember…there is no wrong way to dance…movement and music appreciation is what it’s all about!  We hope you enjoy this!  Now…sit back and relax and enjoy the story of orchestral music and instruments in Zin Zin a ViolinFor more musical fun and learning, visit our family music docent website at bigbrainjunction.org/music!

Check back every Friday for more!

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