I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your HARD work on the AYP fundraiser. I sold out of the first bunch and had to ask the company for more to sell! We sold out and made a lot of profit that will go directly towards your student. Thank you so much for taking the time to support our band program.
I know that Friday of this week will be a normal day at the Middle School so please make sure that your student brings their instrument on Friday for class. Please also ask your student to practice this week because the end of the year will involve a lot of playing and even a concert for the 4th graders that the 6th graders play in. I do not have the exact date of the recruitment concert but know that it is during the school day and is just a concert that we play to encourage the younger kids to consider joining band.
Please refer to an earlier post and consider enrolling your student in private lessons on their instrument. A lot of kids will take private lessons in the summer so that they stay in shape, work on some things to fix and prepare some more advanced concepts for the next school year. If the pricing is not good for you then I recommend emailing me and I will find a high schooler that I trust to teach your kid for much less money.
Your kids are the best and you all are such a supportive set of families. Thank you for all that you do.
Below are a few updates and reminders.
1.) AYP Cards: please keep selling them! We still have a lot left to sell.
2.) Grades: Test grades for both 5th and 6th grade are slowly going into the gradebook. Students are making up tests in class and after school daily so please be patient with their make-up grade. If your student is not happy with their test grade then they may play it for me again during class or after school to aim for a 100.
3.) Spring Concert: Our spring concert is March the 30th at 7PM in the Mabry Arts Center. The students will be required to wear their uniform which is black pants (no leggings or sweatpants) black socks, black shoes (no tennis shoes) and their performance band polo. We had to move our May concert date much earlier due to Milestones testing and the trips at the end of the school year. Please begin planning accordingly. This concert is going to be incredible! Once again we will share this concert with our CMS singers. The band will play first and students who are in CMS Singers will change and prepare for the musical during the transition.
3.) I will perform with the University of West Georgia Brass Ensemble this Friday. It is a group that is just comprised of only brass players. The first half of the concert is the Symphonic Band of UWG (a full band like we have in class) and the second half is the brass ensemble concert. If your students are interested they may attend the concert. If they speak to me after the concert or during and I see their faces, I will give them extra credit. This is an opportunity for them to see higher level musicians playing their instruments in order to motivate them to keep pushing themselves.
Symphonic Band and Brass Ensemble: Cale Self, conductor
Friday, February 24, 2017 • 7:30 PM
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
4.) I am looking for some donors who would be interested in aiding me with purchasing or renting an instrument for some band students. We have some of our band family members who are unable to make rental payments and I would like to help them out if at all possible to keep their rental membership up until they can get on their feet again.
Please do not feel required to help but know that it is very appreciated for our band family members.
Please contact me with any questions at email@example.com
*Remember that 5th graders have an Essential Elements Assignment due tonight at midnight.*
Each year we sell American Youth Projects Discount Cards, they sell for $15 and give the buyer many discounts to restaurants and merchants they already use in Carrollton and Douglas County.
The fundraiser is simple, show your customers the AYP Card benefits using materials passed out in class, turn in money as you collect it each day and then the cards will be issued to you to give to your buyers the next day. For every 5 cards sold you will be issued a FREE card.
- $15.00 each- Cards can be sent home with your child once money is turned in, or you may pick them up at the school.
- Cards have up to one (1) year of continuous discounts.
- For every five (5) cards you sell, you will earn one (1) FREE card.
- The Top Seller will win $50.00.
*Please make all checks payable to CMS Band*
The fundraiser will conclude once we have sold out all of our cards.
The money raised in all of our fundraisers goes directly to support our band account which is used for repairs of school owned instruments, supplies and music purchases, and to pay guest teachers and clinicians to work with your awesome children.
FIFTH GRADE ONLY
Please ensure that your student turns in their playing test by Friday night. Students who do not have a laptop at home to record on or an iPad (with the iPad app that is free) have been given the opportunity all week to record in class or after school. Tomorrow in class and after school until 3PM is the last opportunity for them to use one of my laptops here at school if needed. Testing in this format ensures that your student gets more individual feedback in class. Please encourage them to complete their assignments. THIS IS A TEST GRADE.
Our next fundraiser is coming up in a couple of weeks. We will begin selling discount cards to people in our community. This is a huge fundraiser for us! If people are asking you already for them ask for them to promise that they will give you their business. You want for your kids to sell 6 of them so that they get the 7th free to keep! Info on that will be out soon!
Thank you for allowing your students to stay after school to practice and get help. Lots of fun times are had and lots of improvement is happening too!
It seems like our cookie dough is settling down once we get our mint chocolate chip order in. I cannot thank you enough for your patience with that! I’m very proud of you all and your efforts in that fundraiser. It was a huge succuess.
Today we rolled out our coat sale in class. Each student received a coat order form with three different styles. 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.
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.
I just wanted to spread the word that the cookie dough order is still set to come in on October the 18th. We will get the cookie dough in the morning and will sort it out so that students can bring it home with them that afternoon. If your child sold a lot of cookie dough it is recommended that they are a car rider that day.
We are still looking for volunteers to help with the sorting of the cookie dough that morning. Please let me know if you are available.
I was contacted by our fundraiser representative and our cookie dough is set to come in on October the 18th, not the 11th. This is partially because of our early release the week before and also because of the cookie dough manufacture themselves. Please spread the word and let your customers know.
I was told by the representative that you guys knocked the fundraiser out of the park. You would not believe the amount of money that you all raised for our band program. I am one proud band director!
Don’t forget about our two concerts that are set in stone:
December the 12th
May the 15th
Both at the Mabry Art Center with a report time of 6PM
Thank you very much for your hard work this semester. Below are a couple of important announcements.
Cookie Dough: Depending on the amount of boxes that your student sold, they may owe money towards their band performance polo. The goal was to sell 7 boxes to earn their band polo. Three dollars from every box sold goes towards their $21 band performance polo. This shirt is needed to perform at all CMS and CJHS Band events. Please contact me with any questions.
Cookie Dough Delivery: The cookie dough is set to come in on the second full week of October. It looks like Tuesday the 11th is our goal date to have the cookie dough delivered. If you would like to assist in organizing and counting the cookie dough I will need a lot of help during the school day. Please contact me if you are interested in volunteering.
Band Concerts: We finally have our two concerts set up for the school year. We will share with CMS Singers for both of these concerts. If your child is in both ensembles then they will be given plenty of time to change or transition as needed.
Our Holiday Concert is December the 12th beginning at 7PM.
Our Spring Concert is May the15th beginning at 7PM.
Report times for both concerts is 6PM at the Mabry Arts Center at the high school.
Playing Test: We had a very successful first playing test last week. A student may make up any test grade for me throughout the year. Please check their grade and encourage them to push for a 100. Also keep an eye on their practice log grade and their weekly participation grade. Students with great practice log grades and participation grades are more likely to excel on playing tests.
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