This has been a crazy end to second quarter, and a crazy beginning to quarter three! Between the weather and the holidays, this newsletter has been a long time coming. Now that we are firmly in the third quarter, the newsletters should be more regular again. Thanks to everyone for working with us through school closures and one early release! At this time, MSSPA has enough instructional hours in the school year that we will need to make up only one day missed to cold weather and snow. This will be done at the end of the quarter on March 26 and 27. Those days are listed on the calendar as half days. By making both days full school days, we will provide our students with some valuable last minute study time for finals and make up our missed time. Let’s hope there won’t be any more missed days!
Our weather has also resulted in a postponement of the quarterly waffle breakfast for our honor roll students. Originally scheduled for this Wednesday, February 5, the breakfast honoring our highest academic achievers will be held instead on Wednesday, February 12.
Hope you didn’t miss it!
Vivaldi’s Gloria was spectacular at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church on the 17th of December. Congratulations to Steve Mollick, Matt McFarlane, and Rachel Mollick as well as our talented singers and instrumentalists for making this a very memorable evening. The concert also featured several MSSPA musical ensembles, including the newly formed guitar ensemble, led by Minnesota Guitar Ensemble member Ben Kunkel.
More music in the news: several of our singers attended the Concordia Choir Festival in Moorhead, Minnesota in January. Music Instructor Steve Mollick attended as a member of The Singers Choir. He was joined at the festival by six of our finest female singers: Makaela Mahoney, Lizzie Redding, Kandra Rudelius-Palmer, Ashley Hauser, Hannah Schievelbein, and Zoe Peterson. Many thanks to the parents who made this wonderful experience possible for our vocalists.
Can we talk even more Music? The MSSPA Instrumental Jazz Ensemble was invited to play at the Varsity Club in Minneapolis on January 9th as part of a fundraiser to fight colon cancer. The invitation was an honor for the ensemble, which includes William Beaudoin, Chris Isler, Austin PeKarna, and Mac Wilms.
As We Speak!
As we negotiate a three year lease extension with St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic church, some parents have volunteered to develop a “Capital improvement Fund”. By contributing to this fund, donors may be confident that they are investing in the future of MSSPA. For more information, to donate, or to offer your time and expertise, please contact our spearheading parents, Jan Dufault and Brenda Tonjes .
Rehearsals are under way for the annual MSSPA musical theatre event, the Drowsy Chaperone, directed by Mr. Rob Thompson. The event, scheduled for March 7th, 8th, 13th, and 14th promises to be an extraordinary performance. Be sure to order tickets ahead of time; the musicals tend to sell out quickly!
An encore performance of The Drowsy Chaperone will be part of SPARK the ARTS, the largest fundraiser for MSSPA. If you haven’t already marked it on your calendar, it will be held on March 15th at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis. In addition to the encore performance, the evening includes Live and Silent Auctions. Watch your e-mail and post for the formal invitation with information on how to reserve tickets.
Coming up Fast!
Speaking of SPARK the ARTS, the planning committee is seeking auction donations such as:
· gift certificates & tickets
· dinners ( restaurant or home cooked)
· services such as legal, landscaping, carpentry etc.
· arts lessons or a class
· backstage tours or time with an artist
· vacations, cabin time, and airline tickets
· electronics or equipment
· show and dinner (with a partner restaurant)
· a performance for a private event
If you have a donation or an idea you can contact the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year, the homeroom baskets are popular auction items. Each year, homerooms are assigned a theme for their basket, and students are asked to contribute items. Your student may be asking you for ideas based on the following themes:
9th grade: Chocolate Lovers and Baker’s/Chef’s Basket
10th grade: Pamper Yourself/Spa Basket and Tea Break/Coffee Aficionado Basket
11th grade: Gardener Basket and Tool Time/Handyman Basket
12th grade: Off to College and Around the Town/Night Out
The third all-school field trip will happen this Friday, February 7th. The school is attending a professional dance performance by “Contempo Physical Dance” at the Cowles Center. Each year MSSPA attends three professional venues. This year we attended an SPCO concert at the Ordway in St. Paul and a performance of “Cinderella” at the Children’s Theatre. The Cowles Center production completes this year’s cycle.
Winter Dance this Saturday:
The MSSPA Student Government is hosting a very special “Sadie’s Speakeasy Dance” on Saturday, February 8th in the school cafeteria. Tickets are $10 each and will be for sale during lunch in the cafeteria from February 3rd through the 7th. There will be excellent hors-d’oeurves, snazzy live music, games, and treats!
That’s it for this newsletter! Keep up to date on all of MSSPA’s many activities by following us on our website at www.msspahs.org and stay warm!!