CMS 6th Grade Band

Essential Elements Assignment

Good evening,

I hope that you are all rested and ready to begin this semester with enthusiasm! I feel so thankful to be back working with your amazing students and feel rejuvenated from our break.

A quick note: The yearbook is looking for pictures of our students at their Holiday Concert. If you have any photos from that night whether it is of us on stage or of your kids please email them to me so that I can forward them to be put in our yearbook!

I have attached a video below that will explain how the students will turn in their assignment that is due on this Friday, the 13th. The students have created accounts on the Essential Elements Interactive website and have received guidance and training on how to use this software. Thankfully, it is at no cost to any of us and it can be reached anywhere that has internet, on any device that has internet. There is even an app for the iPad that has just been released.

Please log on to https://www.essentialelementsinteractive.com

The username for the students is their first and last name with no spaces or capital letters. The password was set by the students.

Please watch the video with your student and assist them in having the assignment turned in by the 13th of January. I would prefer for it to be turned in early if possible!

-Ms. Menendez

OUTSTANDING JOB!

Good morning,

I cannot say enough great things about the performance last night! The students were very well prepared, professional, and performed with pride! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your evening to allow for your students to perform and for attending the concert to support them. We have an incredible community here and I feel so blessed to do what I do, especially after nights like last night.

I will be at a conference beginning tomorrow morning so IF the band jackets do not come in today they should be in by the end of the week. I will have the substitute hand out their band jackets if they come in after today.

PLEASE make sure that your students bring home their horn after today. They will not play in class and we need to make sure that they touch their horn during the break so that we can come back in January and continue to grow!

Tubas, baritones and  horns will need to speak with me if they wish to bring their horn home to practice.

Have a FANTASTIC holiday break!

-M. Menendez

 

 

Dear CMS Band Parents,                                                       

Here are some reminders about our upcoming concert on Monday, December the 12th.

  • The concert begins at 7pm. Your students must arrive in uniform with their instrument at 6:30 to the stage in the Mabry Arts Center. We will be seating your students and getting last minute details worked out. Please do not show up late. Students who are not in full uniform will not be allowed to perform.
  • Full uniform includes: black pants/long skirt (no jeans), black socks, dress shoes (closed toed shoes for females), and your black performance polo. After Monday all students will have their band polos. 
  • I HIGHLY recommend that you take your student shopping NOW to make sure that they have their appropriate performance attire. Many students wait until the days before and “have no dress pants that fit me”. We want for the students to learn to be proactive and responsible about things. Please contact me with any if you need assistance in purchasing any part of the uniform.  Your student will wear this outfit for 5th-8th grade band so it is a great investment.
  • It is a formal concert that will last about one hour. Not only do we expect for you and your students to stay for the entire concert but we encourage it so that both you and your student can support the other grade levels and have something to aspire to.  It is one of our two after school concerts and we ask that you enjoy the whole thing! Attending the concert is a grade for your student!! Do not forget that.

The 5th graders will be performing the following lines out of their book for the concert. They may want to begin touching up on these lines: 1-10, 14 Rolling Along, 17 Hot Cross Buns, 24 Listen to Our Sections, 25 Lightly Row, 30 London Bridge, 31 A Mozart Melody, 38 Jingle Bells. 

6th Grade is already aware of what they are performing at the concert. They have the sheet music in their binders. Brush up so that we can hit the ground running tomorrow!

If you have not received any info about fundraisers, concerts, and rehearsals then you have not entered your email and clicked the “follow” button on our website. Subscribing to our website is a sure way to NEVER miss out on any information.

www.cmstrojanband.com

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

SPRING CONCERT DATE CHANGE

Good evening,

Due to our Savannah trips this year for 5th and 6th grade, we will not have our Spring concert at the end of the year. Since we are combining our concerts with CMS Singers we decided that we would choose the date that they usually perform which is the week before Spring Break.

Our new Spring Concert date is March 30th at 7pm. We will still play at the Mabry Arts Center (the theater here in campus at the high school) and the report time will still be 6:30.

I have a lot of planned things for the Spring Concert that will make it a blast for all of us and cannot wait for your kids to show off at their Holiday Concert on December the 12th. Please make sure that your kids get black dress pants (no jeans), some black socks, a black belt and some black shoes (no tennis shoes). We want for our students to look and sound professional. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions that you have!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Jacket Order due tomorrow (11/11/16)

See below for a quick reminder about our jacket order. Tomorrow is the last day that I will accept the orders. From Monday on you will need to bring your order to Ozier Apparel yourself. Your jacket will most likely come in at a later time than the ones that are placed with me Friday evening.

Each coat comes with our exclusive Trojan band logo embroidered on the left side.  For $5 extra you can have your child’s name, and instrument added.  We will sell these coats until November 11th, and then turn in the orders to Ozier Apparel.  

Important items to remember:

  • PLEASE MAKE SURE TO WRITE YOUR CHECKS TO OZIER APPAREL, NOT CMS BAND.
  • PLEASE MAKE SURE TO SPELL YOUR NAME CORRECTLY AND YOUR INSTRUMENT CORRECTLY WHEN ADDING $5 FOR EXTRA EMBROIDERY.
  • COATS ARE NOT REQUIRED THEY ARE JUST A FUN ADDED EXTRA.

We have several sizes in the band room if you would like to try them on your child before writing your size.  These also make great gifts for your child if you would like to order them secretly and turn them in directly to me without them knowing, just turn the order form and money in to the front office and they will put it in my mailbox.  I will link the order form in the “Forms” section of the website if you would like to print one.

-Ms. Menendez

Cookie Dough Delivery Date Change

Good afternoon,

I regret to inform you that the cookie dough company will not have the cookie dough in tomorrow. They will be in on Friday October the 21st at 10AM. 

Once again, the cookie dough will not be turned in tomorrow but this Friday instead. Thank you to the volunteers for sending emails stating that you were available to help tomorrow. If you are able to help on Friday instead beginning around 9:45AM please email me.

I cannot thank you all enough for your patience with this.

-Ms. Menendez

Summer Camps/Private Lessons

Don’t forget to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities below!

Summer Camps:

There are several summer camps that I would like to recommend for students who would like to grow on their instruments this summer. Some of them are more expensive than others, depending on what they offer. I have listed some info below for you all:

Sounds of Summer:         http://www.soundsofsummerbandcamp.com

  • A day camp that takes place at Midway Church in Villa Rica
  • Register and Pay Online
  • I will work this camp for the second year in a row. Highly reccommended.

Bravo! Music Camp:         http://www.bravomusiccamp.com

  • Over night camp held at Berry College
  • All meals and T-Shirt included.

Encore! Band Camp:       http://www.encorebandcamp.com

  • Over night camp held at Georgia College and State University
  • Register and Pay Online

Summer Camps are an awesome opportunity for your kids to grow as musicians, as well as meet new friends.  All of these camps have a great staff of people running them, and a lot of fun activities each day.  Please consider enrolling your child.

SUMMER LESSONS:

Taking lessons during the summer is equivalent to a baseball player having a pitching coach. They get one on one time to enhance their abilities. If your student feels behind, this is the individual attention that they need! If they are ahead and want a challenge then private lessons are a way to learn new concepts with a professional guiding your child. Below are my recommendations for people who I feel are qualified to each our students. You may contact them to work out pricing and location. Students who take private lessons end up well ahead of other students in band and have a large increase in self confidence when playing their instruments.

Flute:

Elisa Lyle: elisaflute@bellsouth.net

Dawn Marie Schafer: dawnmarie725@yahoo.com

Paige Jenkins: pj2355@yahoo.com

Clarinet:

Kyle Willoughby: +1 (404) 852-8740

Russel Bennet: r13prelate@gmail.com

Paige Jenkins: pj2355@yahoo.com

Saxophone:

Benjamin Lively: blively2@my.westga.edu

Trumpet:

Chandler Dickerson: ctd91545@uga.edu

Ms. Menendez: maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

French Horn:

Eric Hawkins: ericchawk@gmail.com

 Trombone/Baritone:

Ms. Menendez: maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Tuba:

Scott Jones: Scottrjones88@gmail.com

Percussion:

Adam Gresham: adam.g.gresham@gmail.com

Please ask me any questions that you have in regards to trying to find a good match for private lessons for your student. I look forward to the growth and fun that you child will have from participating in either of the above this summer.

Be safe and have a great summer!

-Ms. Menendez

 

TROMBONE PARENTS!

Trombone parents:                                                                       

We are looking for a trombone slide that belongs to Music and Arts. I am asking that you check with your students on the slide of the trombone and check the serial number. The serial number should be engraved on the metal section that will probably be silver or nickel. It should be located where the students’ left hand is when they play. Please check to see if you have the following serial number on there: 245968. If so this means that you do not have your correct trombone slide. There were times when I allowed for students to use this slide while their slide was in the shop getting repaired. Somehow things were mixed up and not returned.

There is no penalty or payment needed with this. I would just like to get your correct slide back to you!

If your slide matches that serial number please call or email me right away.

Extension: 1516

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

Band Concert Monday, May 16th

Good evening,

I want to make sure that the parents of the kids in Savannah are still aware of the concert on Monday. 

Please read below:

When:  Monday May 16th. From 7pm – 8:15pm

Where:  The Mabry Arts Center

What:  Spring Concert.  No admission fee.

Who:  All bands 6th – 8th and jazz band will perform one final time as our year comes to an end.

6th Graders should arrive at 6:30pm and report to the stage, cases should go backstage.

 

ALL STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE IN UNIFORM

  • BLACK CMS BAND POLO SHIRT.  TUCKED IN
  • BLACK DRESS PANTS, NO JEANS.
  • BLACK DRESS SHOES, NO SNEAKERS OR HIGH TOPS.
  • BLACK SOCKS

Parent Expectations:  

  1. Please make sure your child is wearing the proper uniform attire before arriving at the concert.
  2. Please do not leave before the concert is finished.  All students need to stay to support and enjoy the other bands.  Seating is always very tight, please make your way to the center of the rows so that all can sit down.
  3. Please collect your childs’ cell phone before the concert begins, they will not need it during the other performances.

-M.Menendez

Spring Concert in a week!

Good afternoon,

This is just a quick reminder about our upcoming Spring Concert on May 16th (a week from today). Please read below:

When:  Monday May 16th. From 7pm – 8:15pm

Where:  The Mabry Arts Center

What:  Spring Concert.  No admission fee.

Who:  All bands 6th – 8th and jazz band will perform one final time as our year comes to an end.

6th Graders should arrive at 6:30pm and report to the stage, cases should go backstage.

7th Graders should arrive at 6:45pm and report to the warm-up room backstage.

8th Graders should arrive at 6:45pm and report to the auditorium seating area blocked off for them.

ALL STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE IN UNIFORM

  • BLACK CMS BAND POLO SHIRT.  TUCKED IN
  • BLACK DRESS PANTS, NO JEANS.
  • BLACK DRESS SHOES, NO SNEAKERS OR HIGH TOPS.
  • BLACK SOCKS

Parent Expectations:  

  1. Please make sure your child is wearing the proper uniform attire before arriving at the concert.
  2. Please do not leave before the concert is finished.  All students need to stay to support and enjoy the other bands.  Seating is always very tight, please make your way to the center of the rows so that all can sit down.
  3. Please collect your childs cell phone before the concert begins, they will not need it during the other performances.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you can come help setup Monday May 16th at 3:15pm at the MAC that would be awesome, please send me an email.  We usually only get two or three people, but many hands make light work.  Also if their is anyone willing to supervise during the concert please email me.

I cannot wait until Monday! Please check at home to make sure that the band uniform is ready to go. Kids tend to grow out of those dress shoes and pants quickly. This is an exciting time of the year and I cannot wait to perform with your students.

-Ms. Menendez