Clubs & Other Activities

music and other activities

SCHOOL CHOIR

The Ainsworth Eaglet Choir (2nd & 3rd graders) meets on Monday afternoons in the auditorium from 2:15-3:15 pm. Students learn and perform a varied repertoire of pieces at five performances throughout the year. Students perform at the Winter Concert, Greenspace Celebration, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Arts Fair, and End of the Year Concert. All second and third graders are welcome. No auditions required. No permission slips or fees. Just show up and sing! (If your child attends After Care on Monday afternoons, please inform Cindy Lind that your student has permission to attend choir and remind your child to check in with AfterCare before coming up to choir each Monday.)

 The Ainsworth Eagle Choir  (4th & 5th graders) meets on Wednesday afternoons in the auditorium from 2:15-3:15 pm. Students learn and perform a varied repertoire of pieces at five performances throughout the year. Students perform at the Winter Concert, Greenspace Celebration, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Arts Fair, and End of the Year Concert. All fourth and fifth graders are welcome. No auditions required. No permission slips or fees. Just show up and sing! (If your child attends After Care on Wednesday afternoons, please inform Cindy Lind that your student has permission to attend choir and remind your child to check in with AfterCare before coming up to choir each Wednesday.)

 If you have questions about  choir or band, please send them to: mgascoyne@pps.net

BAND

4th Grade Band

Our fourth grade (beginner) band is open to all fourth grade students. We currently offer five different instruments: Clarinet, Flute, Trombone, Trumpet, and Baritone Horn. All of the 4th grade brass players practice together, and all of the fourth grade woodwind players practice together (i.e. your 4th grade student attends either the winds rehearsal OR the brass rehearsal, not both). This allows us the opportunity to teach instrument assembly, disassembly, maintenance, playing techniques, and music reading.

Band is a pull-out class, so students will miss instruction from their normal classes for 40 minutes once per week. All families feel differently about pull-out classes, so I invite you to discuss it at home and see if band seems like a good fit for your student and your family!

Instruments are available to rent from PPS for a one-time $75.00 fee (that fee is waived if your student qualifies for free or reduced lunch). Band is a year-long commitment. There are no logistical conflicts with choir, so students are welcome to participate in both band and choir. All band students participate in an End of the Year band concert (usually at the end of May).

  •  4th grade brass students: Fridays 12:30-1:10 pm    [Trumpets, Trombones, Baritone  Horns]
  •  4th grade woodwind students: Fridays 1:15-1:55 pm    [Flutes, Clarinets]

5th Grade Band

Our fifth grade (intermediate) band is open to all fifth grade students, regardless of whether they took band in fourth grade. We currently offer five different instruments: Clarinet, Flute, Trombone, Trumpet, and Baritone Horn. All of the fifth grade band students practice in one rehearsal together on Fridays from 11:00-11:40 am.

Band is a pull-out class, so students will miss instruction from their normal classes for forty minutes once per week. All families feel differently about pull-out classes, so I invite you to discuss it at home and see if band seems like a good fit for your student and your family!

Instruments are available to rent from PPS for a one-time $75.00 fee (that fee is waived if your student qualifies for free or reduced lunch). Band is a year-long commitment. There are no logistical conflicts with choir, so students are welcome to participate in both band and choir. All band students participate in an End of the Year band concert (usually at the end of May).

• 5th grade all together: Fridays 11:00-11:40 am  [Clarinet, Flute, Trombone, Trumpet, and Baritone Horn]

Samba Band (starts in spring )

All 5th grade students are invited to participate in Ainsworth’s Samba Program.  Brian Davis, a longtime member of the musical group Pink Martini, spearheads the Samba program.

Brian teaches Samba technique and Samba instrument units to all of the 5th graders during their normally-scheduled music classes. Traditionally, the Samba students have performed at a variety of events in the spring. Usually, they perform at the Arts Fair in May, and most years, they march in the Junior Parade of the Portland Rose Festival in June.

Ainsworth is proud to offer this fabulous musical opportunity and we are incredibly thankful for Brian’s masterful leadership!

If you have questions about Samba, please send them to:  mgascoyne@pps.net

 

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)
Take part in a fun tournament for 3rd-5th graders where teams compete to answer questions about books from the annual OBOB reading list. Kids form grade level teams made up of four team members and one optional alternate, and then will usually split up the reading responsibilities for the 16 books. Teams will first compete at Ainsworth in late January/February, and the winner advances to a regional competition. OBOB is a statewide reading program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. Find out more about the program at the  OBOB Website

2019 OBOB Grades 3rd-5th Grade Book List  

OBOB Dates:  January 29-31, 2019

  • Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • George by Alex Gino
  • Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine
  • The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
  • In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
  • The Infinity Year of Avalon James by Dana Middleton
  • Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
  • Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  • Ugly by Robert Hoge
  • Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
  • A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • Wish by Barbara O’Connor

FIRST Lego League and FIRST Junior
If you are interested in starting a team (FIRST Jr. is K-3rd grade, FIRST is for 4th-8th graders), the Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program website has helpful information: http://www.ortop.org/fll/overview.htm
Workshops for prospective coaches and mentors: http://www.ortop.org/fll/resWorkshops.htm