MISSION MONDAY: ‘Tonight Show’ Musicians Entertain, Teach at PQ

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Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Members of the band “The Roots,” who are seen every weekday on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” recently entertained at Pequenakonck Elementary School.

David Guy, the father of a PQ kindergarten student, joined bandmate Ian Hendrickson-Smith and kindly took requests for songs from PQ students during their visit.

“They reached out to the kindergartners as well as the brass and horn band members in fourth- and fifth-grade,” said Assistant Principal Julio Vasquez, who noted that PQ students are always striving to continuously improve their  learning capabilities, a philosophy in line with the district’s mission.

Guy and Hendrickson-Smith told the young musicians that although some of the scales they are learning now may seem boring, they will be very important as they become more advanced and encouraged them to practice every day. They even told the students they still practice their scales each day.

“The kids in all grades asked respectful questions and were very engaged,” said Vasquez. “It was a wonderful experience for all. PQ students are very fortunate and we are very grateful!”