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We are so proud of Yeshi, Kishaun, Khalia, Sarah and Lily for working so hard this year to get ready for arts high school auditions! Today we’re sending our biggest good luck vibes to our kiddos auditioning for #etobicokeschoolofthearts ☘️ 💪🏽☺️ #inittowinit #grit #determination #readyforthisToday we’re sending a shoutout to #SistemaYorkwoods cellist Princess, who has set some big goals for herself as a musician and a team member this term and is working hard every day to meet those challenges. You got this Princess! 😲💪🏽👏🏽 #makegoals #workhard #grit #determinationYesterday, our #SistemaScarborough choirs had a workshop with Yiping Chao, founder of the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra’s Women’s Choir. They learned Jasmine Flowers, a Chinese Folk Song, and worked on lyric pronunciation. We’re so happy to be able to provide our students with opportunities like this and thankful for Yiping, the SPO, and the donors who invest in our choir program. This workshop was funded by the Slaight Family Foundation, who support a variety of causes related to health care, social services, arts and culture. 💕 #GratitudeWednesday
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Our friends and Bob and Linda Goldberger made a donation this year and allocated their funds to choir.  We are so grateful for their support. 🙏🏾 #ThankYou
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#scarbTO #elsistema #scarborough #sing #choir #multiculturalism #SPO #musiceducation #socialdevelopment #philanthropy #thanks #gratitudeOur Junior violin class at #sistemayorkwoods is tackling Problem Solving month head on this week. They made their own Problem Box, wrote down the problems they’re having right now, and talked together about how they can resolve these problems. 😡🤔🤨😌
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#problemsolving #conflictresolution #studentcentredlearning #experientiallearning #learnbydoingThis week our kids are meeting with our friends at the @studentscommission of Canada to give their perspective on how being in Sistema impacts their lives. Our work with the Students Commission is part of our Research and Impact study of social-based arts programming and is funded by @cityofto 🙋🏽‍♀️🙋🏻‍♂️📝 #research #impact #socialchange #artseducationDid you know: our amazing friends at @trioarkel donate tickets to all of their concerts to our students and their families? They also mentor our students and provide our chamber ensembles with valuable feedback. We’re going to be at their January 27th concert at @trinitystpauls and we hope to see you there!! #community #concertshoutout #givebackWe’re performing at @mitziehunter‘s New Year’s Levee today! Huge thank you to MPP Mitzie Hunter for supporting community and our kids! #community #giveback #scarboroughJanuary is #problemsolving month! Our #sistemayorkwoods Music and Movement class have been hard at work thinking about what problems they’ve been having in class and how they are going to solve those problems 🕵🏽‍♀️🧠👌🏾 #socialcurriculum #experientiallearning #leadbydoingWe’re so happy to be settled back in after winter break! 🌬 We’d like to thank @cadillac_fairview for supporting our program! Their donation helps fund things like music teachers, support staff, and instruments for our students to learn on. 💕#GratitudeWednesday #Thankyou
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#Parkdale #cello #toronto #music #kidTO #cadillacfairview #experientiallearning #socialeducation #musiced #philanthropy #dogood
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📷: @momo_photo66New Year, new goals. Cyprus is gearing up for a big 2019 and we love it 💯💌 #setgoals #dreambig #workforchange #blackboymagicWe’re kicking off 2019 with teacher professional development discussing our social curriculum, classroom management and self-care. Classes get started tomorrow and we can’t wait to see our kiddos! 🙋🏻‍♂️📒✅ #professionaldevelopment #newyeargoals #cometogetherCan’t wait to see everyone next week! We’re going to learn some new tunes and continue pushing ourselves to be the best we can be. Hoping everyone is as excited to get back to it as we are! #Friyay #friendship #socialeducation ☀️While so many of us were relaxing over the holidays, students like Sarah were working hard to prepare for arts high school auditions January. Way to go Sarah, we know you’re going to nail your audition! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽#auditions #grit #determination #hardworkpaysoff #etobicokeschooloftheartsWe’re looking forward to getting back into our classrooms next week! In the meantime, we’re busy getting ready for another great term and reflecting on our progress thus far. Today is #GratitudeWednesday, so we’d like to give a special thanks to @scotiabank for making a three-year commitment to Sistema Toronto students and families. 💙 #HappyNewYearHappy New Year! We cannot wait to see all that our kiddos will become in 2019 🎉👊🏽🧡We’re so proud to be featured in @westendphoenix ‘s Music Issue this month alongside so many other great artists and projects in the city. WEP’s team spent some time getting to know #SistemaParkdale students and what our program is all about and did a beautiful job telling our story. Subscribe to the paper to get your copy! #bestofsistema
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