Mr. DeStefano
June 15, 2017

Congratulations Kindergarten & 8th Grade!

I would like to extend a congratulations to the Kindergarten and 8th graders on graduating this week. You all have made my first year at L.B.C.R.S. a great one. Best of luck to the 8th graders on their journey as they begin high school.

June 8, 2017

Thank you Choir!

Want to say thank you and congratulations to all members of the choir for a fantastic year. I cannot thank you enough for all of the hard work everyone put in.

May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day!

May 17, 2017

6th & 7th Grade Test

Reminder for all students in 6th & 7th grade to study for their first test on classical music history. All PowerPoints from class are uploaded onto my class page. You may use those, or the Quizlets we made in class to help you study.

May 5, 2017

3rd Grade Recorders

Just a reminder to all of the 3rd graders to please remember to bring their recorders back to school with them on Monday, May 8th. We will need them for our classes on Monday and Tuesday. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

April 26, 2017

Rock and Roll History test for all 8th Graders

8th grade will have their first test covering all material from our Rock and Roll History lessons on Tuesday, May 2nd. All PowerPoints covered in class are under the "Resources" tab on my class page. Review those PowerPoints, as well as the Quizlet made in class, in preparation for the test.

April 12, 2017

Happy Easter!

Would like to wish everyone at L.B.C.R.S. a very happy Easter! Hope all students and their families enjoy the break.

March 28, 2017

Welcome Bishop Barres!

We are honored and privileged to have Bishop Barres at Long Beach Catholic this afternoon to attend our prayer service during Lent.  

March 26, 2017

Chromebooks in Music

Now that all students in middle school have their Chromebooks, be sure to charge them overnight before coming to school! We will be using them as often as possible in a variety of different ways. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

March 3, 2017

Debate Club

As I have mentioned in class, I will be the moderator for the Debate Club starting here at L.B.C.R.S. on Monday afternoons. If you did not bring in the slip this past week, please try to have it in by Monday morning. I would like to have an idea on how many students will be participating before our first meeting. 

Thank you, and enjoy the weekend!

-Mr. DeStefano

February 24, 2017

3rd Grade Recorder Reminder!

Just a reminder to all 3rd grade students to bring their recorder with them when we return to school on Monday, February 27th.

Enjoy the rest of your February break!

January 30, 2017

Happy Catholic School's Week!

Wishing everyone a happy Catholic School's Week. We have a ton of great events and activities happening throughout the rest of this week, and I look forward to meeting prospective families through these events and our Open House.

3rd Grade Recorder Money

Reminder for all 3rd grade students to bring in money for their recorders. Thank you to all students and parents that have already sent in the money for the instruments!

6th Grade Listening Quiz

First listening quiz of the year for both 6th grade classes on Wednesday, January 18th. Remember, the best way to study is to listen to as much music as possible!


Wishing everyone a very safe and merry Christmas, as well as a happy New Year!

3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Choir

Just a reminder to all students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades about the notice that was sent home on Wednesday about joining choir. Please be sure to bring it back to school either Friday or Monday so we can start arranging rehearsal times. You can either give it to your homeroom teacher and they can leave it for me, or you can give it to me directly.

Have a great weekend!

November 21, 2016

Short week of classes, but wanted wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

September 30, 2016

St. Francis Day prayer service, 10/4

Invitation to the parents of the students in grades K through 3 to come out to St. Ignatius on Tuesday, October 4th. It will start at 1 pm and I hope you all can attend.

Students in those classes are to bring their favorite stuffed animal to school that morning so that they have it with them for the prayer service in the afternoon.

Enjoy your weekend!

-Mr. DeStefano

September 14, 2016

First full week of classes is in the books.

After finally getting to meet each class, I want to take this opportunity to thank every faculty member, student and parent that I've had the privilege to meet during my first week. Each and everyone one of you has made me feel like a welcomed member of the family, and I couldn't be happier to be a part of this community. I am really looking forward to the rest of this school year.

4th Grade
Don't forget to look for your recorders, and if found, bring them in to school for our next class.

August 31, 2016

I look forward to meeting all of the students, faculty and parents at L.B.C.R.S. See everyone on Wednesday, September 7th!

-Mr. DeStefano


-Quick listening example to continue improvement of recognizing musical instrumentation.



-Continue work on music for liturgies. Review all songs covered, as well as introduce new songs requested by Mr. Griffin.


Piano review

-Review keys on piano (middle C, "natural notes," sharps/flats, half/whole steps). Let students know of SmartBoard activity on Friday to allow them to prepare for activity. 

Liturgy Review

-Review all music covered from Wednesday's liturgy. Ensure students knew all songs for hymns, as well as parts of mass. Answer any questions students may have regarding songs sung.


Vocal Warm-Up

-Vocal warm-up using slide whistle. Students imitate sounds produced on slide whistle by teacher using their "singing" voice, following patterns that go high and low. Teacher monitors students breathing, posture, diction, etc. 


Rhythmic Math

-Continue work on knowing musical rhythms. Review all rhythms covered, relating them to sizes of pizza covered from weeks ago. When comfortable, using SmartBoard, write math equations on board using rhythms. Students solve all problems given by teacher to solidify knowledge of rhythms. 

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