Dimitri, the monthly events is a great plan. Nice jingle bell time, too.
Plady and sparkle, I appreciate the honesty about the kid achievement feelings. Through we're not there yet, I see so much potential and talent in my oldest musically that I can relate to elements of the pressure/pleasure conundrum of kid activities.
Speaking of music, it was the school Christmas concert this evening. There was a lot of talent as would be expected for a Fine Arts school. There was also a very gendered/stereotyped/heteronormative costume and choreography, the worst case being all of the older grade girls singing an "All I want for Christmas is you" spoof to a full size Justin Bieber cut out. We had an earlier email and phone call to the music teacher for clarification about my daughter's class' song. An email to the music teacher was sent and cc'd to the principal tonight. It may be that we are a minority of parents who saw any issue, at least if I am to trust Facebook.