Nov 16

Christmas Choir rehearsals have begun!

The Ecole Poirier Choir sang beautifully at our Remembrance Day Assembly last week.  Our piece, In Flanders Fields, was a touching and sweet note to end a solemn occasion.  Both Mrs. Murphy and I received many compliments on how well the choir sang.  Thank you!


Our Christmas season has begun, and we are well into rehearsals for a special performance on Saturday, December 9th, at Poirier for the Joyeux Noel Craft Fair.  It is sure to be a fantastic event, with a gym full of crafters, food trucks, and fun.  The craft fair begins at 10:00 am, and the choir will sing at 10:15 for about 20 minutes.

More information will come home soon, in addition to a form to confirm your child’s attendance at this event.

Below are a few of the songs we will be singing.  Most are traditional carols, with a few lesser-known pieces added to the mix.

I will add more lyrics as the days go on… check back often!


Frosty the Snowman


Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,

With a corncob pipe and a button nose

And two eyes made out of coal.

Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,

He was made of snow but the children know

How he came to life one day.

There must have been some magic in that

Old silk hat they found.

For when they placed it on his head

He began to dance around.

Oh, Frosty the snowman was alive as he could be,

And the children say he could laugh and play

Just the same as you and me.

Thumpety thump thump, Thumpety thump thump,

Look at Frosty go.

Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump,

Over the hills of snow!

Frosty the snowman knew

The sun was hot that day,

So he said, “Let’s run and we’ll have some fun

Now before I melt away.”

Down to the village,

With a broomstick in his hand,

Running here and there, all around the square saying,

“Catch me if you can!”

He led them down the streets of town

Right to the traffic cop.

And he only paused a moment when

He heard him holler “Stop!”

For Frosty the snow man

Had to hurry on his way,

But he waved goodbye saying,

“Don’t you cry,

I’ll be back again some day.”

Thumpety thump thump, Thumpety thump thump,

Look at Frosty go.

Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump,

Over the hills of snow!




Don’t Stop Believin’, Rudolph!

To the tune Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey


Just a small town deer

People said that he was weird

He had a heart the same as everyone

He had a shiny nose

Some might even say it glows

He couldn’t find a friend

In anyone


It was a foggy night

Santa had to find a light

He was wonderin’ how to fly the sleigh

He searched on and on and on


Children, waiting

Snuggled up inside their warm beds

Santa, searching in the night

Rudolph, wand’ring

Feeling sad and all alone,

He was out there, somewhere in the night


Saw that reindeer, along the way

Santa said what is your name?

His light was brighter now than anything,

Shining like a star


My name is Rudolph

And, by the way

I would love to lead the sleigh

To help get ready for Christmas Day

We’ll fly on and on and on


Red-nosed Reindeer

Guiding Santa to the rooftops

Shining, brightly

In the night







Santa told him

You’ll go down in history

We’re flyin’, round the world tonight!


[Instrumental interlude]


Don’t stop believin’

Hold on to that feelin’

Sleep tight, people, woahhh!

Don’t stop believin’

Hold on to that feelin

Sleep tight, people, woahhhh!

Don’t stop believin’

Hold on to that feelin’

Sleep tight, people, woahhhhh!


Don’t Stop!


École Poirier Choir


Hello Choir Families!


The École Poirier Choir will be performing at the Poirier

Joyeux Noël Craft Fair on Saturday, December 9th at 10:15.


The craft fair runs from 10 am until 4 pm at Poirier. It will feature an array of local goods and treats by local aritsans, businesses and crafters!


Parents/guardians are asked to sign their child in at the the Music Room at 10:15. We will make our way to the gym to perform, and return to the Music Room afterwards, where parents will meet and sign out their child. I expect we will be finished our set by about 10:45. Please remain at the school until your child is finished performing.


Dress for this event will be anything festive for the season. Red and green, Santa hats, and Christmas outfits are most welcome.


Check the blog for song lyrics and information. Google Ecole Poirier Choir Blog, find the link under “Extra Curricular” on the school’s website, or go to


Please complete and return the form below if your child is planning to attend this event. If you have any questions, please call Mme Arts at the school at 250-642-0500.


Thanks for JOINing IN!


Mme S. Arts

Choir Director




École Poirier Craft Fair Performance 2017


Yes! My child, _________________________________________ in Division _________ will be participating in the choir performance at Poirier on Saturday, December 9th at 10:15 am.


I understand that I will be asked to sign my child in to the Music Room at 10:15, and sign them out again when I pick them up after the performance at approximately 10:45, and that parents/guardians are required to remain at the school during the performance.



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Oct 06

École Poirier Fall Choir Newsletter 2017

École Poirier Fall Choir Newsletter

October 6, 2017


Dear Parents & Guardians of Choir Students,


You are receiving this newsletter because your child has expressed an interest in bring part of the École Poirier Choir this season. The choir has been rehearsing for the past three weeks on Wednesdays at lunch, and is made up of over 60 singers from Grades 2 to 5.


The choir will be performing a song entitled ‘In Flanders Fields’ at our upcoming Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 10th. The assembly will begin shortly after the end of morning recess – at 10:45, and should last about 30 minutes. We are very fortunate have Mrs. Patricia Haisell as our accompanist. Mrs. Haisell is also one of our noon hour supervisors, and a local piano teacher.


If possible, please have your choir student dress in a white top and dark pants or skirt for the performance. If they wish, they can bring a change of clothes for the afternoon. Each choir member will wear a yellow Poirier Choir scarf and a poppy.   Cadet, Girl Guide, and Scouting uniforms are also most welcome to be worn by students on Remembrance Day.


Parents are always welcome to attend our assemblies, so we would love to have you join us if you are able.


Choir operates in ‘seasons’ through the year, with each season having a performance goal at the end. Choir is a great opportunity for students to learn about commitment to an activity, so we keep careful attendance at our practices, and we ask that students be present at a minimum of three rehearsals before they perform. Students can join for one or two seasons, or stay in choir all year long! We’ve got many exciting performance opportunities to look forward to. We are also delighted to have many intermediate students who have been part of Poirier’s strong Choir tradition since they were in grade two.


Check out the École Poirier Choir Blog at the following link to stay up to date with choir happenings.


Link can be found via the school website – click on JOIN IN Here! and follow the link to Choir.


Thanks for your support!


Mme Arts and Mrs Murphy



In Flanders Fields

Flanders Poppy on the First World War battlefields.

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Apr 20

Rink Cycle II Photo

Poirier Choir on the right in the yellow vests!

Poirier Choir on the right in the yellow scarves!

Photo credit: Victor from the Victoria Symphony

Apr 20

Music Monday Choir trip permission form

École Poirier Choir Celebrates Music Monday!                                                          April 20, 2017


Dear Parents/Guardians of Choir Students,

On Monday, May 1st, the Poirier Choir will be taking a special trip to Evergreen Centre in Sooke to celebrate Music Monday, a Canada-wide initiative which aims to raise awareness of the importance of Music in our schools. We will be sharing our singing with the community at several locations. We will walk into town after lunch at approximately 12:30 pm, sing en masse with Gord Phillips and over 160 students from three other elementary schools in Sooke near the Evergreen Mall map kiosk, and then complete a circuit of singing around town. Thank you to the Sooke Lions who are are once again providing juice and cookies afterwards! We will travel by school bus back to Poirier in time for dismissal.

We will require parent helpers for this event. Parents are particularly needed to assist at crosswalks along the walk. Unfortunately, younger siblings not of school age are not permitted on the bus. If you are available to assist, please let us know by indicating on the permission form below. Please return all permission to school by Friday, April 28th.

ALL choir students who are participating must be prepared on Monday May 1st with appropriate clothing and footwear for the walk into Sooke, and for the possibility of rain. If the weather is too wet, we may be forced to cancel the outing. NOTE: Cookies provided by the Lions will not be allergy free. Please send a suitable afternoon snack for the trip with your child if allergies are a concern. Thank you.

We are thrilled to have the Sooke Philharmonic String Quartet and the Journey Drumline join us at Poirier for our morning Music Monday assembly beginning at 9:15! Parents are welcome to attend.

Mme Arts and Mr. Daykin                          Please email Mme Arts with any questions at:

Choir Directors                                                                                   


Music Monday 2017 Choir Field Trip Permission    


I give permission for my child, _________________________________in Div._____ to participate in a walk from Poirier to Evergreen Centre in Sooke, returning by school bus, on Monday afternoon, May 1st, 2017.

I am able to accompany the choir on this outing. YES / NO (Parent name: _____________________________)

NOTE: If a signed permission form has not been received before we depart for the event, the student will not be permitted to attend. No phone calls home will be permitted, as it holds up the group from arriving at the event on time. Permission slips are due Friday, April 28th.


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Apr 12

Congratulations Rink Cycle Choir participants!

Thanks to our Rink Cycle choir members for representing Poirier so well at this once in a lifetime event.  Huge appreciation goes to our parent helpers, too – we couldn’t have done it without you.


I wanted to share the message from Maestra Tania Miller below.  This is what it’s all about!


Tania Miller: Kids’ concert an outpouring of collective love for music

APRIL 2, 2017 05:55 AM
This is the second in a series of three articles by Tania Miller, who retires this spring after 14 seasons as music director of the Victoria Symphony. In the series, Miller reflects on memorable aspects of her tenure here.
Next weekend, the Victoria Symphony will create one of the biggest musical gatherings in Victoria’s history, with 1,200 schoolchildren coming together as one group to join the Symphony in a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. It’s a moment to take note of culture and community, and of how integral the arts are to our ability to express and celebrate who we are, where we have come from and what is important to us.

Each year, the Victoria Symphony’s concert venues draw thousands of people from all parts of this community and transport them to new worlds and times, while awakening memories, emotions and reflections of their lives in the experience of the music. That is especially true for young listeners coming to classical music for, perhaps, the first time. They might be our most important audience of all.

All of us naturally want our children and young people to receive the gift of knowing and understanding this experience — to know what it feels like to be in a collective listening experience where the flows and swells of excitement and personal reflection take them on their personal journeys and enrich their lives.

We want our children to grow up with something beautiful and empowering in their lives, something to rely on individually while giving them cause to be a part of a community of shared experience. We want to give them options to balance the isolation of screens and earphones, and an alternative to the unnatural camaraderie of social media.

Next Sunday afternoon at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, the Victoria Symphony will present its second Rink Cycle concert. It brings together 1,200 elementary and high-school students to make music with us: singers, dancers, band students, string students and First Nations drummers, all joining forces in a shared experience alongside the members of the Victoria Symphony, as, together, we perform iconic, celebratory music about Canada and written by Canadians.

It will be a massive outpouring of a collective passion for music. The memories of those young musicians will be imprinted for life with the experience of being a part of something bigger than themselves and yet reliant on each individual for success.

Perhaps even greater than putting on a concert of this magnitude is the preparation that goes into it. Teachers from across the Victoria and Sooke school districts have been working for years to teach the children about notes, rhythms and sound quality, team responsibilities, and the commitment that it takes to prepare for such a concert — as, indeed, for life itself.

Our Victoria Symphony musicians have spent years, too, sharing their passion for music within our community through coaching, teaching and chamber music, while at the same time actively involving themselves in numerous performances with other arts organizations in the community.

For this concert, I especially want to thank Marcelline Moody and Sandy Grayson for all that they have done to curate and organize this event with all of the schools and teachers.

I still vividly recall my own first childhood experience hearing the Regina Symphony, and the formative influence it had on me — not just professionally, but personally. As I look toward the close of my tenure as music director here in Victoria, I know that I will always cherish the many opportunities we’ve had to bring together children with our orchestra — be it through school and kids’ concerts in the Royal Theatre, at community events such as Symphony Splash, or in our (now two) epic Rink Cycle productions.

Each time, I thrive on the experience of seeing rows and rows of beaming, shining eyes that express the impact that music is making on them in that moment. Who could ask for greater reward or memory than that?
© Copyright Times Colonist
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Mar 11

Rink Cycle Updated drop off time and information

Hello Poirier Choir Families!

By now you should have received the forms with all the information you’ll need regarding the Rink Cycle. Both of the pink forms need to be returned before Spring Break.


Here are a couple of updates:  first, the drop off time in the morning has been adjusted to 10:15 instead of 9:45.  Same location – at the stone and metal sculpture in front of Save On Foods Memorial Arena on Blanchard St.

Secondly – the video consent form says it is due March 10th – please have it in by March 17th, or before Spring Break.


Below please find a link to the forms, if you need extra copies.


Any questions, please email Mme Arts at or call the school at 250-642-0500


Poirier Choir


Jan 17

January News 2017 – Mark your calendars for a Canada 150 celebration!

  École Poirier Choir 2017 January Newsletter


Hello Choir Families! The Poirier Choir has another exciting season planned as we head into Canada’s 150th Birthday year. Our choir includes students from grades 2-5 and we rehearse once a week during lunch recess. Thursdays will be our regular practice day for the coming season. We encourage regular attendance and lots of positive participation as we work towards our performance goals. Please mark your calendars for the following events:


Monday, March 13th – The 25th Annual Sooke Spring Sing Out hosted by the Sooke Community Choir   7 – 8 pm (6:30 arrival time) at the EMCS Gym


SUNDAY, April 9th 2:30pm – Rink Cycle II: Victoria Symphony Celebrates Canada 150 with Victoria Youth – a very special event taking place at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.


You’ll see in the information following that the Rink Cycle event is indeed a very special opportunity for our students to perform with the Victoria Symphony and over 2,000 students from Greater Victoria. It is happening on a Sunday afternoon, and will be a unique celebration of Canadian culture and music! Invite your extended family and friends to this special event – see ticket information below.


We will be providing more details about both of these events in the weeks to come. Please check the École Poirier Choir Blog to stay up to date and to view videos of the pieces we are working on. This is a great way for students to practice their songs! I will also try to include lyric sheets when I get a chance.


Please contact us at the school at 250-642-0500 if you have any questions about choir.

~ Mme Arts and Mr. Daykin, Choir Directors


*One of our music selections for the Sing Out is also a piece we are learning for the Rink Cycle –


This is My Home (From Expo ’86)




The Victoria Symphony is very excited to present Rink Cycle II: Victoria Symphony Celebrates Canada 150 with Victoria Youth at 2:30 PM on April 9th , 2017 at Save on Foods Memorial Centre.


Designed to be the largest participatory gathering of children in Victoria’s history, Rink Cycle II will bring up to 2,000 Greater Victoria school children together with the Victoria Symphony to create music, song and dance. We will explore Canadian heritage including First Nations culture, songs from across Canada, and celebrations from national events such as the 2010 Olympics and 1986 Expo.


We invite you to join us in celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial through music in a concert celebration for all to remember!





Adult $16 ($20.00 with fees added)

Senior $11 ($15.00 with fees added)

Student and Child age 7-18 $5 ($7.50 with fees added)

Child under 6 free – Children 6 and under are required to have an assigned seat. Free tickets can be ordered through the SOFMC box office @ 250-220-777

Family Pack  – 2 adults, 2 children $30.00 ($40.00 with fees added)

A portion of ticket sales go to support Victoria Symphony Youth Outreach Programs

For more information about Rink Cycle II, please contact Sandy Grayson, Community Relations Coordinator:


Oct 24

Fall 2016 Choir Update

Weekly rehearsals are underway for the new school year and the École Poirier Choir is preparing for our upcoming performance at the school’s Remembrance Day assembly on November 10th. It’s great to see many returning choir members, along with several new to choir, including our very keen grade 2s! Choir students from grades 2-5 meet in the Music Room once per week.  We have not established a regular meeting day yet, but towards the end of November we will meet every Tuesday.  Currently, Mme Arts and Mr. Daykin are meeting on Tuesdays with another music group of grade 4/5 students to prepare to enter the CBC Music Class Challenge!

It would be wonderful if choir members could wear a white top on November 10th for our concert.  Parents and friends are welcome to attend the assembly.  Students who are members of Scouts Canada or Girl Guides are encouraged to wear their uniform to school, if they wish.

Below you will find the words to the piece we will be singing.  We are working on the French lyrics, but as yet have not decided if the whole choir is going to be ready to have them memorized.  It is possible we will have an intermediate group of singers perform the French verses.  Merci beaucoup to Mme Daykin and her colleagues at École John Stubbs for translating this wonderful choral piece and sharing the French lyrics with us!

If you listen to the Youtube video, you’ll notice the lyrics are slightly different – please use the inclusive lyrics below as we have practised.


~ Mme Arts



Hymn to Freedom

By Oscar Peterson


When every heart / Joins every heart

And together yearns for liberty,

That’s when we’ll be free

When every hand / Joins every hand

And together molds our destiny,

That’s when we’ll be free


Any hour, any day, the time soon will come

When we will live in dignity,

That’s when we’ll be free

When everyone/ Joins in our song

And together sings in harmony

That’s when we’ll be free


Lorsque tous les coeurs / Se joint à chaque coeur

Et aspire pour la liberté

Nous serons libres

Lorsque toutes les mains

Se joint a chaque main

Et ensemble moules notre destin

Nous serons libres


Tout les heures, tout les jours

Le temps viendra bientôt

Ou nous allons vivre dans la dignité

Nous serons libres

Quand tout le monde/ Se joint a notre chant

Et chant ensemble en harmonie

Nous serons libres


Oscar Emmanuel PetersonCCCQOOnt (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007) was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the “Maharaja of the keyboard” by Duke Ellington, but simply “O.P.” by his friends.[1][2] He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards and honours. He is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists,[3] and played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years.

Peterson was born to immigrants from the West Indies; his father worked as a porter for Canadian Pacific Railway. Peterson grew up in the neighbourhood of Little Burgundy in Montreal, Quebec. It was in this predominantly black neighbourhood that he found himself surrounded by the jazz culture that flourished in the early 20th century.



Jan 22

Welcome to a new Choir season!


Happy New Year, Choir families! January brings the start of our Sing Out! choir season.  On Monday, March 7th at 7 pm at EMCS, we will join our hosts, The Sooke Community Choir along with other elementary choirs from Sooke core schools for an evening of song.  Poirier will be performing two songs – The Ghost Ship, and Clever Chameleon. Please check out the lyrics and videos below, and encourage your choir member to practise.  We generally only rehearse once a week, so listening to the music in between rehearsals is really helpful when we have a lot of words and melodies to learn.

Mark your calendars – more information will be available soon.


The Ghost Ship

Words and Music by

Don Besig and Nancy Price



1. Now listen well as a tale I tell

Of a night I shook with fear.

We were sailing west on the open sea,

Headin’ home from a long, long year.


I was standing watch all alone that night

When I heard a wailing cry.

As I strained to see what the sound could be,

Something flashed and caught my eye.



And the cold wind blew——–(pitch goes up first

then down w/crescendo and decrescendo)

And the cold wind blew—-



2. ‘Twas then I spied off the starboard side

A strange mysterious sigh–t.

I froze with fear as it drifted near

Like a ghost in the dark of nigh– t.


I could see a sail on a broken mast

And deserted decks below.

From all around came a mournful sound,

But I saw not a living soul!




And the cold wind blew—- < ooo > ——

And the cold wind blew—-



3. Well I held fast to the forward mast

As the ship moved slowly on,

And I watched that day ‘til the break of day,

When I knew that it fin’lly had gone.


Oh they laughed and joked as I told my tale

To the captain and—the men.

But the story’s true, I can promise you,

And it’s sure to happen again.

Yes, it’s sure  –  –   to happen a – gain.



And the cold wind blew——–(pitch goes up…)


And the cold wind blew—-!


Clever Chameleon  Words and music by Andy Beck


All:      There’s a clever chameleon

That I’m trying to find

But the clever chameleon

Is playing tricks with my mind

For a clever chameleon

Has a singular skill

And a clever chameleon

Can change its colour at will


Are you green or yellow or brown or blue?

Clever chameleon, which one are you?

Are you purple or orange or pink or white?


Part 1                                                                          Part 2 

Clever chameleon                                                    Chameleon,         chameleon


Now a clever chameleon…                                     Chameleon


Right in front of your eyes…                                               Chameleon


A clever chameleon…                                                          A clever chameleon


Can quickly change a disguise.

                                                                               >> For a clever chameleon…


Chameleon                                                               So acute and so keen…


Chameleon                                                               Well, a clever chameleon…


A clever chameleon…                                                          Rarely wants to be seen.



Are you green or yellow or brown or blue?  Clever chameleon, I can’t see you!

Are you purple or orange or pink or white?  Clever chameleon…

Very clever chameleon!


Tell me, clever chameleon –                                              Tell me, clever chameleon

Of all the colours you do                                                    Of all the colours you do

Oh, clever chameleon                                                         Oh, clever chameleon

Which one  –  is  –  honestly  –  you?

Chameleon.  Clever!                                                            Clever!


Chameleon.  Very clever!                                        Clever!



Dec 15

Information for our performance at Journey

Hello Poirier Choir Families!


Our annual visit to Ayre Manor on Friday was a success!  The students sang beautifully and truly brightened the season for many residents.  The seniors, including one who was 104, thanked us by singing to us at the end.  Such a sweet moment!  Thanks to the many parents who were able to attend, and to those who helped on the bus.

For those students who have indicated they can attend, we are set to perform at Journey’s band and strings concert on Wednesday, Dec 16th.  Parents are required to remain during the performance. Please arrive between 7-7:15, and meet and sign in at the Multi-purpose room beside the gym. The concert begins at 7:30 pm.
The concert should last until approximately 8:30.  Families are encouraged to stay for the duration of the concert if possible.  This is a great opportunity to have our elementary kids see what the middle school music program is all about. If your child is leaving early, please let Mme Arts, Mme Beattie or Mrs. Miller know.  The choir will gather for sign out in the multi purpose room after the show.
Huge thanks to our wonderful accompanist, Laura Dowhy!  We are fortunate to have her. :)
Any questions, please contact Mme Arts at the school at 250-642-0500.
Mme Arts and Mme Beattie


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