WE WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE "BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN" WAS FOR ALL OF US!
Hey there, do you know that class 5-301 had a play recently? Well if you didn’t, it did teach a lot. One of the apparent reasons of our play is that we should shop and not adopt for pets. When shopping, we are supporting puppy mills and that is not at all a good choice. Puppy mills literally treat puppies and other pets like garbage they give them dirty water and also they treat them like objects for sale and things that can be thrown out. Where as shelters take good care and make sure the pets are every healthy.
First of all, one of the main things that I learned from the play is that whenever you have a good spirit and take things with passion you always feel better. I felt left out of the show because I didn’t have any part and I really wanted one. But then the singing and the dancing I took it very seriously and I took them as if they were my favorite things and I enjoyed them very much and I felt like a part of the show. I knew deep down in my heart that if I keep working one day I can achieve my goal.
This show also taught me how much animals are being killed. I only like pets because they were cute and after the show I realized that many animals are being euthanized and killed for no reason. Does it sound humane to you that we can kill animals because there are not enough people in the world to take them? To me, it really doesn’t.
With the message of adopt don’t shop another thing that this play is showing is to spay and neuter that pets. When we spay and neuter ones we are preventing the animals from giving birth which is basically not killing them.
In conclusion, I can say that this play helped us change our selves internally and externally. (Adithi)
From the fantastic, gorgeous, splendid performance what did you learn? After experiencing the Charlie Brown be my valentine deluxe version play I learned some very important life lessons throughout the show. First of all I learned to always work as a team. Also, don’t treat animals like objects, instead, have compassion for them instead. They have feelings, you know. The most important one is to support each other. This show was a valuable experience for me.
You always need to work in a team, it's better than alone. For example, can you win a baseball game alone? No right? Exactly. I realized we need to work together when me and the backstage crew had so many responsibilities. Lights, screen, spotlight, and curtains. One person couldn’t do all of that at the same time alone. Like you can’t win a soccer game alone, can you? We all worked together and spilt all the work for example 1 person did curtains another did spotlight, and another one did screen, when someone else did curtains. The team work was so much better and we got things done a lot faster.
Always have compassion for something or someone, for example a cat or dog. After watching the video for Out Here On my Own was very touching. It taught me to not treat animals like objects. People sell them in stores just to make some extra cash, not some, a lot. Adopt them instead of buying them. Don’t abuse the poor animals by buying them. You abuse them because you buy them from some where, where they are bred over and over again for example at puppy mills. How would feel if you were sold by someone because they just wanted some cash?
A very important lesson is to support your teammates. I realized this, when, me and the backstage crew were sitting backstage, and people (our classmates) would come in the back and they would be nervous, and start saying “when is the next scene, which part is next?” you could tell by their faces they were nervous. But me and the backstage crew complimented them and they eventually got less nervous. So be supportive and it will be better for everyone, fill their bucket with a nice compliment.
So, after performing this show I learned important life lessons, be supportive, be compassionate, have compassion for people and animals, and work as a team. Working together and being kind to everyone is better. I’ learned a great amount and am glad of what I have learned. (Fiza)
During our class production of “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown," I learned many things. For example, I learned to adopt and don’t shop. I learned that animals that are sold at pet stores are from puppy mills. Puppy mills are places that sell puppies to pet stores. Also, puppies in shelters have been vaccinated. Also, they have been spayed or neutered and are ready to go. At pet stores, the puppies aren’t spayed or neutered and haven’t been vaccinated. Did you know that 3,000,000 to 4,000,000 animals are killed each year because they don’t have any homes for them to live in. So, adopt, don’t shop!
Also, I learned that you should care and love for others. The song “Put A Little Love In Your Heart”, teaches people to love and care for others by putting love in your heart. (Megan)
From my experience in my class play,” Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown," I have learned to respect and care for others. Most of the songs and theme in the play was to love and care that emphasized the meaning. During the play, our class did some things that made me laugh. So this was a fun experience. Another thing I learned was to adopt and not shop. At first, I didn’t know what that meant, but then we read an article about it. Now I know to have empathy towards animals, especially the ones from the shelters. Although our play was mostly to raise money for organizations and have fun, we had a Socratic Seminar.
In the Socratic Seminar, we broke down the songs in the play. One thing that really surprised me the most was the fact that most of the songs said the same things, but in different ways. Now the most important lesson of the day to me was to raise awareness of animal care and to respect people around you. (Samantha).
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown was a fun, educational and interesting experience. I can say that even though not everyone got a main part in the show, everyone did enjoy the show. We all got onstage to dance and sing at least twice right? That was one of the many fun parts of putting on a show; everyone got a chance to be in the spotlight. Also, we got to play our instruments in front of the entire school and other people’s parents. That is just one of the other things that made the show so fun.
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown was an educational experience for the entire class and school. The class had a seminar discussing the meanings of the songs in the show, like Whitney Houston’s The Greatest Love of All and Irene Cara’s Out Here on My Own. After the seminar, I think we all noticed that all the songs had something to do with caring, having empathy for others, and to believe in yourself when others may not. We also included why it was important to spay or neuter your pet in the show, so this was one part of why it was educational to the school.
Although we had many ups and downs in making the show pretty and not sloppy, I can say that all that directing and yelling was most definitely worth it! I was also just so excited was I found out that there was a press release about our show that was all over the internet! Well, that might be exciting but we got even the founder of Anjellicle Cats Rescue to come and watch us dance, act, sing, and perform! I am sure that I am not the only one excited that our play/show was a dedication to ACR and ACR’s leader was actually watching us!!!
If you don’t think this isn’t an amazing experience, well, look at it this way. We had seminars so it was educational. We learned lessons about adopting and not shopping, and that also adds to the pile of why this show was an educational experience. We got to show off your dancing, acting, and musical-instrument-playing talents, and that is what you call fun. It’s a win-win, teachers get students to learn and… (OMG!) Students actually are excited to learn about things like loving and having empathy for each other. And it all began in the making of a play. (Cathy)
Be My Valentine Charlie Brown taught me how we should be more compassionate and caring for our pets. Also a theme of the show was to adopt and not shop for a new furry friend.We also gained experience for performing in front of public and experience of being in a part of a play/musical. we analyzed the songs lyrics we were going to sing. We discussed their theme/message and why they where chosen and how they fit into the show. It was also great to help fund-raise for animal shelters in need. this made us do more research on why to adopt and not shop. (Clement).
I think that the life lesson of, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown is to believe in yourself and pursue your dreams. Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang can put a little love in their hearts by believing and hoping that they can receive valentines by giving valentines to each other and treating each other nicely. By giving Charlie a valentine he can start to believe in himself when he realizes that someone actually likes him as a friend and as himself. Although Schroeder might say that by giving him a used valentine is only to calm down your guilty conscience, he doesn’t realize how important to Charlie it is to receive a valentine. Thanks to Violet, Charlie can start to think about the positive side of things instead of the negative.
By producing this play and bringing our message, “Don’t Shop, Adopt” to the school community, I learned to care for animals and understand how they were mistreated. By learning this, I felt the need to help these animals in need. And since we were in the middle of our humane education unit, we learned what happened to the animals and what we could do to help. Our show was a fundraiser for Anjellecle Cats and Social Tees, two animal rescue groups. Now, thanks to us, many homeless pets will have the finances needed to support them.
This was one of the happiest moments of my school year so far. Putting on the play was an exciting and enjoyable experience for me. Although I try not to be Lucy I will always be bossy. No matter how much I try. If I really had my way, I would want and encore. (Danielle)
I learned a lot from this show. Other than learning about “Adopt don’t shop, I think that the most important lesson is to be kind to others and to be confident in yourself. In humane education, taught by Miss. Kim, we learned to love our people, animals, and the planet.
Since our show is dedicated to the poor animals in great shelters in Anjellicle Cats or Social Tees, we have decided to shine our theme as to loving yourself and having dignity and confidence. We say this because when poor old Charlie Brown doesn’t get a valentine, he is sad but his pals eventually give him a Valentine to cheer him. This shows that he isn’t ignored and he should love himself.
Since I played Snoopy, I saw Charlie Brown mocked and made fun of, but he stands up for himself and he gets a Valentine in the end. Loving yourself is the most important thing I learned in this show because when you love yourself, nothing can take away your dignity. (Lily)
“Once again, the proceeds from today’s performance go to Anjellicle Cats Rescue and Social Tees. Remember adopt and don’t shop when looking for your new furry friend! We leave you with a musical thought that reminds us all to put a little love in our hearts and allow kindness to be our guides. Be the change that you want to see in the world!" announced Violet, from the play, "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown." However, is that the only thing class 5-301 learned through out this musical? Is there something deeper in their hearts and mind?
I changed as a person from this musical. I became more confident on presenting or making a speech because of having a part in the musical you get to go on stage and overcome the pressure and fear and present yourself like you were the character. I became more diligent in what I have to do because having a solo I needed to get everything perfect so I will not embarrass the group. So I practiced everyday with my trumpet which made me diligent. As being Sally #2 I went through a lot of scenes that I did not want to do, for example, puckering up in front of the audience. However, I learned how to go over that problem. With this experience I became more mature as a person. I am not the “old me” anymore, I am the “new me." (Yae Eun).
The Charlie Brown, Be My Valentine show was a fundraiser for two animal rescue groups called Anjellicle Cats and Social Tees. The lesson of the play was to adopt and not shop so that there will be an extra space in the shelter. The space will be for animals that have been rescued so they won’t be euthanized. Being euthanized means being killed so if you adopt a pet, fewer animals will be killed.
Also, you won’t be supporting cruel puppy mills. In puppy mills, the workers force the female dogs to breed pups until it can’t. After the female dog won’t have anymore puppies, the dogs are sold to pet shops or euthanized. Later, the puppies would be sold to pet stores too. If the puppy grows up, it will be forced to breed and the whole cycle will restart again. So if you adopt a pet, you won’t be supporting a cruel puppy mill. If you buy a pet from the pet shop, it will be expensive and you will have to spay or neuter it which will cost a lot of money. If you adopt a pet from a shelter, it will cost less and they were already spayed, neutered, or given vaccines already.
This show was an experience that changed my life because I like animals and I was in a fundraiser helping them. It makes me feel great inside my heart. I also like being on the stage because it feels like I have a kind of privilege to look down at other people. I want to perform for my friends in other classes such as some fourth graders. (Eric M.)
I think that Be My Valentine Charlie Brown was a great play. I think this because we got to dance to What Makes You Beautiful and Gangnam Style. We sang Little Birdie, Out Here on my Own, Greatest Love of All, Wakeup Everybody, Charlie Brown, Love the One You're With and Put a Little Love in your Heart. I think that these songs were great.
The song called Wakeup Everybody taught me that when you’re sleeping, you are looking at the world without any love and then when you are waking up, you are looking at the world with love and care. For instance, when you are a teacher teaching with no love, you would just be teaching something like math and reading. But when you teach with care and love, you teach how to love each other, help each other out, and bully and how it is bad.
This play taught me to care for others and help out. This play also taught me to understand songs and not just singing them. For instance, we did a Socratic seminar about the songs and the meanings of each song. (Min Ji)
One of the things I learned was that you need to have compassion and empathy for everyone. I also learned that from our Humane Education Program. I learned that this is very important.
Other than that, I also learned that when you perform you need to work very hard to get it just right. Even though I didn't have a big part, I had to work very hard.
Another thing I learned is to Adopt and Don’t Shop when choosing a pet. Then you won’t support puppy mills that mistreat animals. This is important because then there will be less homeless animals. (Razeen)
The Charlie Brown Show was a wonderful experience. One important lesson that I learned was to be optimistic and try not to be so down. In the show, Charlie Brown does not get a valentine unlike everyone else in the class. He feels down and depressed. He fells like nobody likes him and he is the lonely one. In the end, the rest of the Peanuts Gang, gives him a valentine in surprise. The entire time, he sits near the mailbox and waits for a valentine. The thinks that there might be a valentine in the mailbox, and he waits, and waits, and waits for a valentine. Because he is optimistic, he does get a valentine in the end of the show.
The show also allowed me to learn to adopt and not to show when you get a new furry friend. If you buy an animal from the puppy mills or the pet shops, the animals are breed it creates more animals. And it costs more than if you get you animal from the shelter. The show had a fundraiser for cats and two different animal shelters named “Anjellicle Cats,” and “Social Tees.” The show was a fundraiser for saving animals lives, and giving them a better home.
Overall, I thought that the show was wonderful and that it was very helpful. It helped us learn to be caring, optimistic, and most of all, caring for animals and not only ourselves. After all, the show was dedicated to all homeless animals, Anjellicle Cats, and last but not lease, Social Tees! (Isha)
The curtain closes. The play ends. But that is not the end of old Charlie Brown. In the play, “Be My Valentine Charlie Brown”, many new ideas were made and many personalities were born. I learned many lessons from the play we made. I learned about love and caring during the play we performed. Many of the songs have to do with love and caring, and that is I learned ideas about loving a caring. For example :In the song, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart”, I learned to lend a helping hand to fellow men. That means to help people by donating money to the poor and homeless. This song obviously has the theme of putting love in your heart.
Put a Little Love in Your Heart!
“Put a Little Love in Your Heart” isn’t the only song performed in the Charlie Brown show that taught me a lesson about love and caring. “Wake Up Everybody” tells everyone to change the world in its chorus: “The world won’t get better if we just let it be.” “Wake Up Everybody” tells us more specifically how we should it in its other lines. “Wake Up Everybody” tells the teachers to teach a new way, the doctors to treat the old people well, and the builders to build a new land. But I also learned other things from the show. One other thing I learned from the show is that we should help homeless animals. That is why in the first place we had this show- to fundraise money for homeless animals. We made this show to fundraise for 2 animal groups – Angelical Cats and Social Tees. This tells me I should help animals and pets, too.
So, I learned about love and caring during the show we made about “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown. “ although you may have saw it, the theme of caring for old Charlie Brown was hidden in the play. Lucy and her friends cared about Charlie Brown by sending him a valentine. Shroder denied the valentine because he wanted Charlie Brown to not feel guilty. Throughout the show, I learned a lot about love and caring, changing the world, and friendship. I learned to care for animals, too. (Eric X.)
In the play, Be My Valentine Charlie Brown that our teacher created, all of us were desperate to put it on. There were many people in our audience. Also there were characters like Linus, and also Lucy and Charlie Brown too. It was a wonderful experience to be part of a play or a show even thought you don’t get a big part like Linus or Sally. We had all pitched in to help out to create the play that we had.
In the show I think that the message of the show means to have love, caring and sharing for others. In the play we did a song called Put a Little Love in you Heart. I think that the meaning of the song is to care for others and expand your heart out to others like the homeless people on the streets. You can put a little love in your heart and give to the homeless people by caring for them. For example: you can give food, clothes and others. So I think that the message of the play means to be kind, caring and also sharing to others and also expand your heart or put a little love in your heart. (Jonathan)
Our show was a deluxe version of the Charles Schultz, "Be my Valentine Charlie Brown!" This classic show fit well with our theme of kindness,perseverance, and love. We had fun performing for our lower grade and fellow upper grade schoolmates. We also impressed our parents and friends during the evening show with classical dances and songs (both instrumental and vocal), we also decided to shake things up with our Gangnam style dance during the end of the show.
Along with all of this I feel that we all learned an important lesson about being kind to your friends as Charlie Brown’s friends, along with occasionally calling him a blockhead, care about him and have empathy for him. To illustrate my idea at one point in the play Charlie was sad because he got no valentines but his friends had enough empathy to give him valentines the very next day.
We also learned about caring for animals as our entire show was based on raising profit for a charity called “Anjellicle Cats” and our normal teacher, Ms. Clyne Davis and our humane education teacher Mrs. Kim taught us about the importance of what we were doing. (Somaan)
GREAT MEMORIES FROM "BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN!"
CELEBRATING THE PUBLICATION OF OUR CLASS MAGAZINE, "BEHIND THE SCENES!"
UNVEILING OUR CHARACTER COUNTS BULLETIN BOARD!
Please stop by across the hall from our classroom (301) to check it out!
WE CREATED OUR OWN MATH GAMES!
Our presentation begins with a snapshot of our book partnership presentations. Then on to our math games! Some of us worked in partnerships while others of us worked independently. We presented in class and then had fun playing the games we created. We based our games on mathematical concepts we learned in Units 1 and Units 2 of Envisions Math.
SCENES FROM OUR CHARACTER CELEBRATION
October was "Character Month" in reading workshop. The entire fifth grade worked on in-depth character "response to literature" projects. As a culminating activity, some of us (including our teacher) came dressed as our favorite storybook characters and enjoyed treats to celebrate publication of our character work. We also created our own puppets based on the main characters of the books we responded to for our projects. We are very proud of ourselves and enjoyed lots of pie and other goodies during the festivities! Our "Character Counts" bulletin board with our projects and puppets is on display across from room 301.