Welcome back to school!!! It has been a terrific two days meeting new students and saying hello to familiar faces! I am very much looking forward to the weeks ahead filled with music making!! This is the beginning of my 21st year not only in Baldwin-Whitehall but of my teaching career and quite honestly the time has flown by. I can hardly believe that my first students are working adults...one of the pharmacists at my pharmacy was once a student!! Several of my colleagues were once my students--I couldn't be more proud! However, how can I be THAT OLD?!?!!? Truly, working with the kids has been the greatest "fountain of youth." I don't really feel much older (with the exception of some creaking sounds in my knees :-) because the kids are always so excited to learn or share something new. Today was the first day of music for some of my students and I heard "I love this game--it's my favorite!" To see how excited my kindergarten students were to play shakers and the drums today...that's what it's all about. Seeing (and hearing) the joy that music brings to a whole new generation is truly an amazing gift. I can't thank you enough for the opportunity to work with your children, and I can't wait to see what the year has in store for us. The kids are always thinking of new ways to perform a piece or share a song that no two days are exactly alike and I often learn something new myself along the way. Please check back so that you, too, can hear and see some of the creations from music class. Here we go!!!
Mrs. Kraus teaches general music at McAnnulty and Whitehall Elementary Schools as well as directs the 5th Grade Choir at Whitehall.
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