Weekly Newsletter - July 30, 2023
Congrats! You all survived band camp! It was great to see all the parents at our meeting yesterday. It was also fun to watch the results of all the kids' hard work this week. The band looks and sounds amazing and I'm very excited for this season. I have a few things for you all this week, and don't forget to catch a word from Mr. Sayre at the end.
I am VERY encouraged by all the willingness to volunteer from our parent community. We still have a little bit of work to do, but you all have stepped up amazingly to offer your time this season to make this program a success. As always, please let us know if you want to help, and we can find a spot for you - and get those unsupervised clearances started so you can hit the ground running.
Also, I hope everyone is saving their gently used items for our flea market...
Let's get to it.
What's in this newsletter?
Here's what I have for you all this week:
Uniform Update - a couple of things regarding uniforms from our uniform chairs
Yearbook Photos - a request from our yearbooks chair regarding photos
Volunteer Links - I'm keeping a list of available volunteer opportunities for your convenience. You can also find these on the website.
Corporate Sponsorships - we have received some very generous sponsorships this year, but we can always use more - remember, the more we get, the lower the fees will be this year. We will be taking them through August.
A Word from Mr. Sayre - a huge thanks, SOAR day, activity fee payment, reminder on schedule conflicts
A HUGE thank you to all the folks who helped out with uniform distribution last week! It went so smoothly, and we absolutely could not have done it without all of your help!
Students should have received their bibs, show t-shirts, and gloves - with the exception of any bibs currently being altered. If anyone is missing any items, please let me know at email@example.com. Marching shoes are being ordered and will be distributed when they arrive.
If students had alterations done, please try them on to make sure they are okay. Any students with bibs still being altered can pick them up from Mr Sayre after school starts.
Any students who were unable to be fitted during band camp will be fitted once we decide on a date after school starts. We will announce that date shortly. If you have any questions about uniforms, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What a great band camp! Students, please email fun pictures that you captured during the week. They will be placed in the band yearbook that you will see in May, 2024.
Band families! Did you get any great pictures during the parent performance? Please email them to email@example.com
Your help with yearbook photos is very much appreciated!
Here is a list of all of our active volunteer signup opportunities. If you have any questions about any of these, please let me know. These are also always on the website if you ever need to find them.
Flea Market Signup Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-flea1#/
March-A-Thon Signup Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-marchathon1#/
Signup Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-carwash1#/
Remember - the more corporate sponsorships we get, the lower the band fees will be for the year. On the link below is a letter you can print or send to any businesses you own, relative's businesses, businesses you frequent, etc. We will be taking these through August, after which I will be finalizing the fee schedule for the year.
Students - you can get involved as well. The section that raises the most ($ / student) will win a prize. Here are the current standings:
1st - Trumpets
2nd - Percussion
3rd - Flutes
Corporate Sponsorships: https://www.eldorado.band/fundraising/sponsorships
Good luck everyone with the start of school. Ready or not, here we go!
Now, a word from Mr. Sayre...
Hello Band Families!
Congratulations on a FANTASTIC band camp and performance. We are honored by your work ethic and positive attitude working through what was a warm and humid band camp. We hope you enjoyed the performance and learned something new.
We have a performance on SOAR day on August 2nd. Call time is at 7:30 AM in the band room. Wear your band shirt and whatever bottoms you might normally wear to school. Bring your flip book. Freshman WILL participate in the performance and after we are done playing they will pack up and join the rest of the freshmen that are not performing for the day. Front ensemble members should plan on performing pep tunes with us.
As we prepare for the year there are a few housekeeping items for you as you prepare for the start of the upcoming school year:
1. Class fees (not booster costs) are $60 for the year which you can make to Eldorado High School Band in cash, money order, and check (APS prefers that cash or money order). This is the fee that I, Mr Sayre, uses to purchase out of the school activity account. Put this payment in an envelope with the students name, what the payment is for (class fee for band), and give it to Mr Sayre. If you have multiple family members in the band you need to make separate payments and I will issue separate receipts.
2. If you have a conflict with a band event make sure you communicate with the directors as soon as possible. When you communicate you should also have a plan to make up for lost learning and how you can make up for it. It is the students responsibility to catch up on missed work before they join us at the next rehearsal. As we stated in the parent meeting regarding an APS sports/activity/band conflict: APS sports competitions are excused over rehearsals, band performances take precedence over sports practices, if a performance and an APS sport competition have a conflicting time the directors will handle that on a case by case basis. In most cases we are able to find a way for both to happen.
We are looking forward to working with you for the year! Thanks for your support and pushing through to make our band camp a great success. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you!