Elementary Strings & Orchestra

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Contact Information

  • Strings Program: 503.534.2459

Elementary Strings Move from Uplands to Forest Hills after Winter Break

  • The Elementary Strings program will begin the new year in their new location – Forest Hills Elementary School! The buses to Elementary Strings and after to Extended Day care locations will remain unchanged. This move is one of the final steps needed to begin the Uplands Elementary bond project work that is slated to begin in January. All equipment will be moved from Uplands to Forest Hills over winter break, so students will come back to the first week of classes being held in their new location.

    Elementary Orchestra ends at 4:05 on Tuesdays/Wednesdays, and 3:20 on Thursdays

    Beginning Strings ends at 4:15 on Tuesdays/Wednesdays, and 3:30 on Thursdays

    Forest Hills Pick-Up

    Pick-Up Reminders: Please make every effort to pick up your child by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays & Wednesdays and 3:45 p.m. on Thursdays.

    • Students getting picked up past these times are being tracked and will be sent to Extended Care moving forward if they are picked up late more than two times.
    • Students cannot remain at a school building without an adult.
    • Please make sure your child has a warm jacket and that they have your phone number(s) memorized, thanks!!
    • There is room on the Extended Care buses to Lake Grove and Palisades if you would like to utilize that service. 

    Calendar

     

    March
    6: Elementary Strings concert at Lake Oswego Junior High – 7:00 p.m. (students arrive at 6:30 p.m.)
    7: No class
    20: Last day of class before Spring Break

    April 2: Elementary Strings resumes

    May
    15: LOSD String Festival – All strings students grades 4-12. 7:00 p.m. at LOHS gymnasium (students arrive at 6:30 p.m.)
    16: No class
    21: Strings classes resume and continue until June 6. We will be studying materials that will help students transition to the next level of Orchestra (Elementary Orchestra or 6th Grade Orchestra).

    June 6: Last day of Elementary Strings classes

LOSD Elementary String Program 2018-2019

  • Fall Concert: Wed. November 7th at 7 PM in the LOJ Gymnasium.  Students to arriveat 6:30 PM for tuning/warm-up.

    Begin your journey on the Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass in the LOSD Elementary String Program!

    Beginning Strings is offered after school for interested students in grades 4 and 5 who have no previous playing experience on Violin, Viola, Cello, or Upright String Bass.

    • No prior knowledge of music reading skills is required
    • Classes will be held after the regular school day at Uplands Elementary School
    • Bus transportation: students will be bused from their respective elementary schools to the string class location. Parent pickup and community schools aftercare are options at the end of class.
    • The annual fee for Beginning Strings is $250 (approximately 100 at roughly $2.50 per class)
    • Begins Tuesday, Sept. 18th, 2018.
    • Classes are held every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:15-4:15pm and every Thursday from 2:30-3:30pm due to early release.
    • LOSD Strings YouTube Channel 

    Elementary Orchestra is offered after school for those in grades 4 and 5 who have at least one year of previous playing experience on Violin, Viola, Cello, or Upright String Bass and will continue to play that instrument in the Elementary Orchestra.

    • Students that are ready to play in the Elementary Orchestra would include those who: 
      1. have completed Beginning Strings 
      2. or have taken private lessons on the instrument for at least one year
      3. or have been in Elementary Orchestra previously
    • Classes will be held after the regular school day at Uplands Elementary School
    • The annual fee for Elementary Orchestra is $350 (approximately 105 classes for roughly $3-4 per class)
    • Begins Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 2018.
    • Classes are held every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:05-4:05pm and every Thursday from 2:20-3:20pm due to early release.
    • LOSD Strings YouTube Channel 

    All Groups

    • Classes will meet all three days of the week, students should expect to attend all classes to maintain their skills and stay caught up with lessons.
    • Students are expected to secure a rental instrument before the first day of classes. The most ideal time to find a rental is between late July and early August. Please check out the Rental Tips sheet to find a great local store and advice on what to ask and how to get all the supplies you need for class.
    • The last day of classes for the 2018-2019 school year will be June 6th, 2019.

    Registration

    • Please register by Sept. 1, 2018 to secure your seat!  Registration links are below.

    Transportation

    • Students will be bused from their respective elementary schools to the string class location. Parent pickup and community schools aftercare are options at the end of class.
    • Bus transportation is provided from Uplands to Extended Care at Palisades for south-side Extended Care and Lake Grove Elementary for north-side schools.
      • These buses will depart from Uplands between 4:15 and 4:30pm on Tuesdays/Wednesdays, and 3:30-3:45pm on Thursdays.

    Calendar Dates

    • Tues. Sept. 11: Elementary Orchestra begins at Uplands
    • Tues. Sept. 18: Beginning Strings begins at Uplands
    • Wed. Nov. 7: Fall Concert in the LOJ Gym.  Report at 6:30 p.m., Concert begins at 7 p.m.
    • Wed. March 6: Spring Concert in the LOJ Gym. Report at 6:30 p.m., Concert begins at 7 p.m.
    • Wed. May 15: All-District String Fest at LOHS Gymnasium.  Report at 6:30 p.m., Concert begins at 7 p.m.

    Questions? Contact Kristina Stingle (stinglek@loswego.k12.or.us)

Registration

  • Please click the button below to complete registration

    for the 2018-2019 school year! 

     

     Beginning Strings: Violin

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    Beginning Strings: Viola

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    Beginning Strings: Cello/Bass (FULL - no longer accepting registrations)

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    Elementary Orchestra: Violin/Viola

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     Elementary Orchestra: Cello/Bass

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  • Important Dates for 2018-2019

    Tues. Sept. 11: Elementary Orchestra begins at Uplands (not Beginners)

    Tues. Sept. 18: Beginning Strings begins at Uplands

    Wed. Nov. 7: Concert! LOJ Gym (7 p.m., report at 6:30 p.m.)

    Wed. March 6: Concert! LOJ Gym (7 p.m., report at 6:30 p.m.)

    Wed. May 15: District String Festival at LOHS (7 p.m., report at 6:30 p.m.) 

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