What We’re Fighting the War For

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Tobin Montessori Winter Concert 2017 

Featuring:  Gavin and Miles in 3rd Grade and introducing ClaraJane in Kindergarten!



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2017-02-03 Tobin Winter Concert [5:28]: 

(And yes, I include our Tobin Pledge Song here in its entirety.)



And here are some of the wonderful lyrics.


I pledge to be peaceful, kind and caring  

To respect myself and others

To strive for excellence in all I do and be the best that I can be!



Over my head I hear music head yes over my head... there MUST be joy somewhere.

In my feet there is dancing in the street, yes in my feet... there MUST be joy somewhere

In heart there's a plane about to start, yes in my heart... there MUST be joy somewhere

In my eyes there's a rainbow of surprise, yes in my eyes... there MUST be joy somewhere


Che che koolay

Che che kofisa

Kofisa longa

Ka kashi longa

A le le


I see the moon it's shining from far away beckoning with every beam 
And though all the stars above cast down their light 
Still the moon is all that I see...


Let there be peace on earth let there be peace on earth

And let peace begin with me.

Let there be peace on earth, let there be peace on earth

Dona nobis pa cem, grant us peace

Why do we fight when we can be friends 

Listen to your heart, listen to our song, our song of peace...


The stage is set, the bets are in 
The world is waiting for the show to begin
We keep the peace with arms of steel
We're building bombs instead of bridges of healing

Lo yisa goy el goy cherev
V'lo Yil'm'du od milchamah
Lo yisa goy el goy cherev
V'lo Yil'm'du od milchamah

We sell our souls, we seize the day
As if our future is so far away
Who's gonna fall in the balance of power
The stakes get higher with every hour

Lo yisa goy el goy cherev...

Sim shalom tovah uv'rachah
Cheyn va'chesed v'rachamim
Aleynu v'al kol Yisrael
Al kol Yisrael amecha - See more at: http://www.jewishlearningmatters.com/AC-Lo-Yisa-Goy-by-Sam-Glaser-1092.aspx#sthash.F0nHhWEF.dpuf

Translation: "Don't walk in-front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend, and together we will walk in the path of HaShem".



  • See… thrust hands out and down, open eyes wide
  • Touch… thrust hands straight out, palms out
  • Hear… left hand beside left ear, fingers wide and out
  • Hear… same, but on right
  • We… cross both hands on heart

  • …together… join hands or clasp own hands

We have the funding and implementation of the incomparable Kodaly Music program in our school to thank for such diverse and complex melodies, lyrics, rounds, descants and harmonies.  The skill of the student body has been steadily increasing since the onset of this program in our schools 4 years ago, and it’s a joy and wonder to see and hear!









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2 Responses to What We’re Fighting the War For

  1. Louis B. Oberhauser says:

    Love you all GP

  2. Baba/Bubble Wow says:

    Thank you so much for recording this event! Boys’ opinions to the contrary, great songs, great singing! Great to see the cousins allowed to be together, I think it boosted their motivation to open their mouths and sing!

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