Applications for the MUSIC portion of the Arts Festival are available from Mr. Krauss.  Students in Grades 4 & 5, who take private or group lessons in instrument, voice, dance, cheerleader and wish to participate are asked to see Mr. Krauss Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. We anticipate another successful program!!!

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

RECORDERS HAVE ARRIVED! KES 4th graders received their instruments, instructions, music and lyrics this week. Yes, the concert assembly is scheduled for THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018, 1:00 pm, IN THE GYM. We will be ready to perform! Students have an assignment for next week. Go ahead and ask them –  show is 4 weeks away!!!

Grades 3-5 learned to sing and play accompaniments to El Dia De San Valentin and with great success and fun.

Grades K -2 enjoyed some Pizza Pie Rhythms and became familiar with the quarter rest vs quarter note.

5th grade All County Chorus Audition results: Charitha Nimmagadda, Caeden Wright, Ayden Hughes and Owen Herring, will represent KES @ the annual HCPS All County Chorus program, THURSDAY, APRIL 26th, 7:00pm, @ HERMITAGE HS. Information packets will be available next week.

Enjoy the weekend – NBA All-Stars Game and in Baseball, Pitchers and Catchers have reported….spring is in the air!!!

Mr. K


Punxatawney Phill appeared!

6 more weeks of winter, maybe snow. Snow?!?! Congrats to the 1st & 2nd graders for a great performance! Even Andy Jenks enjoyed the video!

Go Eagles!

Ground Hog habitat, lifestyle, etc., was discovered this week, (Go! Eagles). And the Fralinger String Band made an appearance playing “Fly, Eagles Fly!”

Fun time had by all. Go Eagles!

5th Grade County Chorus Auditions next Wed 2/7 @ 1:30, KES Music Room!

Enjoy the Weekend!

Go, Eagles!


Mr. K

DECEMBER 1, 2017

The winter season is upon us!

1st & 2nd grades have been reviewing their songs for the January 25, 2018 Winter Program which begins @ 6:30 pm in the KES Gym.  Here is the information for the program:

1st & 2nd Grade Winter Program

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Where: KES Gym

Time – 6:30pm


Reporting Time – 6:00p,


Program Attire: Wintry shirts / sweaters; winter hats / scarves / colors of red, green, white, yellow; jeans / dark pants, sneakers.

All grades have had the opportunity to play rhythm charts for the winter season of music – Let it snow, Skating, Race you down the Hill and others too many to mention. Even the occasional snow scenes have appeared on the board. Here’s to Winter.  Enjoy a great weekend!

Ed Krauss

Music Educator


FRIDAY, NOV. 10, 2017

What an exciting week with playing instruments, singing and dancing!  Dancing?!? Yes! grades K-5 learned the Turkey Trot, another popular barn dance – square dance activity. Ask your “hen” or “tom” to demonstrate the moves.  Join in and have some fun!

Our 5th graders honored our invited guests, our Armed Forces Veterans, with the annual Veterans’ Day program. Great singing and speaking presentations. Take the time this weekend to thank a Veteran if should happen to him or her while you are out and about and stay warm this weekend!

Mr. Krauss

Halloween Week

A busy, fun week for sure!  K – 2 read the book BIG PUMPKIN and sang some pumpkin songs, too. By the way, did you know that the pumpkin is a fruit? Why? It has seeds, just like the banana and the infamous tomato!  Ask your musicians!

Speaking of musicians, K –  5 learned to play some easy accompaniments using the xylophones, metallophones, maracas, triangles, claves, electric keyboards, bells and glockenspiels. Hand drums, djembes and tubanos were also included.

Additionally, 5th grade continued improving their stage presence and performance in preparation for our annual Veterans Day Program, Friday, Nov. 10th @ 8:30 am in the Gymatorium. Here is information regarding concert attire:




Parents are welcome to attend. Hope to see you there!

Enjoy the weekend!

Mr. K



We had another exciting musical week. We learned about bats, sang and played  a “batty” song – THE BAT DANCE, and grades 4 & 5 learned and performed a dance that has its roots from Ireland, England & Scotland – the VIRGINIA REEL,  which incorporates many of the dance styles of the Irish Jig.  On to the Barn Dance!

As we continue to prepare for our November 10th Veterans’ Day Program, we reviewed a popular Patriotic song – “YOU’RE A GRAND OLD FLAG,” by George M. Cohan.  The entire school will be singing this selection as the finale to our program honoring our country’s veterans.  Thank you for your service, Veterans!

Enjoy the weekend!

Mr. Krauss



We learned about and did some square dancing, playing the drum set, xylophones and glockenspiels (bells) and created musical rhythms using pies and fruits.  Ask your musicians, they’ll fill you in!

1st & 2nd graders – start searching for jingle bells, snowman shirts, winter hats, gloves, maybe even a snowboard and sled – getting ready for our January performance. Details to follow.

4th grade took their recorder written pre-test. Collected data will from the pre-test will assist the musicians with learning how to read music and rhythms.  Recorders have not arrived yet, however, should be here sometime in the latter part of the 2nd marking period.

5th Grade continues to perfect our military branch songs and patriotic music as we prepare our November 10 Veterans Day Program. Please find your patriotic shirts, or red, white & blue shirts.  Jeans or dark pants and sneakers. No leggings, jeggings, running shorts or shorts are permitted for this performance.  Additional information will be sent home with your child.

Hope everyone enjoyed the Fall Festival – I know Mr. Runk & did!

Mr. Krauss

Music Week ending Oct. 6, 2017

Well, we had some great moments creating music from candles on cakes, running around the corn, and making high and low sounds. In addition, in 4th & 5th grades, we began learning segments of the popular tune, Uptown Funk, playing xylophones, metallophones, cowbell, maracas, drums and piano!

Ask about our “Musical Bakery” where we used pies, apples, cherries, peaches, pumpkins, lemons, pears and plums (pictures) – Oh MY! I mean, OH PIE, and where we continued reading picture rhythms and clapping the rhythms.  We even created “Musical Menus” using the listed “ingredients.” See “package” listed above for details.

Our Kaechele School Song has been learned by some of our newest friends and a great review for our returning Coyotes.

5th grade continues reviewing and preparing for our Veteran’s Day program on Friday, Nov. 10th in the morning – details to follow.

1st & 2nd Graders – start looking for jingle bells and sleigh bells which we will use in our GRAND FINALE for our January 25, 2018, WINTER PROGRAM.

Keep on playing, singing and dancing!

Mr. Krauss

MUSIC 9/29/17


We listened to steam and electric powered calliopes as we learned about the fair. Also, Katherine Lee Bates and Zebulon Pike were introduced regarding “America, the Beautiful, ” which was written as a poem by Katherine Lee Bates, inspired by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.  Pike’s Peak was named in memory of Zebulon Pike commemorating  Pike’s attempt to climb the highest mountain in the Rockies.

If you attend the VA State Fair, have a great time!


Mr. Krauss