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Music Notes: November 27, 2016

Posted on Sunday, November 27 at 20:47

Hi Everyone!

It’s the last week of November and only three weeks left to go until Christmas break!

Winter Concerts

  • Grade 5 Parents a more detailed letter is attached and will also be handed out in class
  • RLA – December 6, FNSS – December 7 @ Phoenix Theatre starting at 7pm
  • All students should arrive at the theatre no later than 6:40pm (but no earlier than 6pm please)
  • It is an expectation that all students attend the concert unless there is a valid reason they can’t make it (out of town, sick, etc.)
  • Parents must contact me in advance if their son / daughter cannot attend so I can mark them as excused
  • Uniform for RLA students is the band t-shirt and clean, dark pants with indoor shoes (no big winter boots on stage please)
  • Uniform for FNSS students is the usual black pants, shirt, socks, shoes, vest and tie
  • Please ensure that students have all the required black clothing as it can be distracting when one person is wearing blue jeans and white shoes

RLA Combined Rehearsals

  • The groups were both sounding great last Friday – things are now in the home stretch!
  • Both grade 5s and grade 6/7s have combined rehearsals again this Friday so will need instruments and music at school 
  • Grade 5s @ 1:17 – 2:02
  • Grade 6/7s @ 9:00 – 10:15

Clothing

  • All clothing should be in by the end of the week and will be handed out in class 

Fundraising

  • Thanks to those who helped with the Garage Sale and Craft Fair on Saturday – everything went great! 
  • Breakfast with Santa will be posted this week – this is the last major event before Christmas
  • Keep your eye open for bussing events as they often sneak up during the holiday time
  • FNSS Santa Elves fundraiser goes live Monday Morning
  • There are still lots of chocolates in the band room for those who want to sell – they make great stocking stuffers
  • Next Seattle payment of $250 is due on December 9th.

Upcoming Events

December 2: RLA Combined Rehearsals (All grades)

December 2: All clothing distributed by end of week

December 5: Fundraising Meeting (tentative)

December 6: RLA Winter Concert

December 7: FNSS Winter Concert

December 8: Parent Fundraising Meeting

December 9: Seattle Payment #3 Due - $250

December 11: Breakfast with Santa

December 12: Mr. J in Toad River (Tour Band will rehearse)

December 15: FNSS Secret Santa & Potluck

December 16: Last Day for Christmas Break

January 3: School Resumes

 

Have a great week. 

Mr. J

Music Notes: November 20, 2016

Posted on Sunday, November 20 at 18:26

Happy Sunday!

Thanks to all the students who traveled to Toad River on Wednesday! It was a long day, but lot of laughs were had, great music played, and even a few new friends were made. A special thank-you to Gloria and Brady who came along and helped to keep everything running smoothly. We are now in the final stretches before our Winter Concerts.

RLA Combined Rehearsals

  • Both grade 5s and grade 6/7s have combined rehearsals this Friday so will need instruments and music at school 
  • Grade 5s @ 10:45 – 11:30 
  • Grade 6/7s @ 9:00 – 10:15
  • Be sure to practice hard

FNSS Class Band / PE Day Swap

  • To accommodate the extra Angus combined rehearsals on Friday, we swapped PE / Band on Thursday / Friday
  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday will be Band
  • Tuesday and Friday will be PE
  • This only applies to this week

Clothing Orders

  • All clothing has now been ordered and is scheduled to arrive at the beginning of December
  • RLA students who didn’t return a form will still be receiving a shirt – I had to make a best guess for shirt size
  • There were not enough orders for the “I’m With the Band” shirt so I will be refunding those student accounts

Upcoming Fundraisers

  • We will be having a Garage Sale at FNSS this Saturday from 9 until noon – be sure to stop by and check it out
  • Those who are selling can set-up either Friday evening 7 – 8pm, or Saturday morning at 8am – 9am
  • We will also have a table at the craft fair selling chocolates and raffling off a Christmas Basket
  • If you have any small Christmas items to donate for our basket, please drop them off no later than Wednesday at FNSS  
  • Mark December 11th on your Calendar as that is our date for Breakfast with Santa

 Winter Concerts

  • RLA – December 6, FNSS – December 7
  • Both concerts take place at the Phoenix Theatre starting at 7pm
  • All students should arrive at the theatre no later than 6:30pm (but no earlier than 6pm please)
  • Admission is by donation
  • It is an expectation that all students attend the concert unless there is a valid reason they can’t make it (out of town, sick, etc)
  • Parents must contact me in advance if their son / daughter cannot attend so I can mark them as excused
  • Uniform for RLA students is the band t-shirt and clean, dark pants with indoor shoes (no big winter boots on stage please)
  • Uniform for FNSS students is the usual black pants, shirt, socks, shoes, vest and tie
  • There were many students who neglected to satisfy this uniform requirement at the Remembrance Day concert
  • Please ensure that students have all the required black clothing as it can be distracting when one person is wearing blue jeans and white shoes
  • The sign-up sheet is now available in the band room for those who would like to perform solos / duets / trios at the concert

Community Band

 

Upcoming Events

November 25: RLA Combined Rehearsals (All grades)

November 26: Craft Fair / Garage Sale

December 2: RLA Combined Rehearsals (All grades)

December 6: RLA Winter Concert

December 7: FNSS Winter Concert

December 8: Parent Fundraising Meeting

December 9: Seattle Payment #3 Due - $250

December 11: Breakfast with Santa

December 16: Last Day for Christmas Break

January 3: School Resumes

 

Have a great week!

Mr. J

Music Notes: November 6

Posted on Sunday, November 6 at 16:20

Happy November!

 

Band Bingo

-          Thanks to all the parents who helped out with Bingo on Saturday night – it was lots of fun 

-          All accounts have been credited

-          Mark your calendars for January 28th with Bingo #3

FNSS End of Term 1

-          Friday was the end of term 1 for all FNSS students

-          All assignments and playing tests have been marked – students are asked to check their FreshGrade account to make I haven’t missed anything

-          A number of students are sitting below 50% due to missing playing tests / assignments – I’ll be calling home tomorrow so we can set up a plan of action (or I-Plan)

 

RLA Assessment

-          All RLA students will be having a short musical terminology quiz this week (the 2nd class)

-          Grade 5 students will start testing on Hot Cross Buns!

-          I will be looking / listening for excellent posture, good hand position, correct notes, rhythms, and a steady beat

 Remembrance Day Assemblies (FNSS Class Band)

-          FNSS Class Band will be performing at both the FNSS assembly on Thursday and the Community service on Friday

-          Students are expected to wear their full band uniform on both days (black shoes, socks, pants, shirt, with vest and tie)

-          If they do not yet have a uniform they must see Qiara or Thomas on Monday morning

-          We are still short a few large black shirts – more are on order but will likely not get here before Thursday

-          Students will need to be at the community hall by 10:00am on Friday to help with set-up and warm-up

-          I will also need some assistance moving stuff down to the Rec Centre at 9:30am – let me know if you are able to assist

-          Students are reminded they are responsible for the uniform for the remainder of the year. I have already found a number of uniforms on the floor and tucked away in the back rooms of the band room. Please take them home and look after them as they are $100 to replace!

Clothing Orders

-          Both RLA t-shirt orders and FNSS clothing orders need to be in by Thursday

-          RLA students are reminded they must purchase a shirt for our concerts

-          All students can purchase optional FNSS clothing 

Toad River Trip (Tour Band)

-          Due to lack of driver availability we will likely be moving the trip a day forward to Wednesday, November 16th instead of Tuesday

-          I will confirm this change on Monday with the bus company and will let everyone know in class and via our Facebook page

Garage Sale / Craft Fair

-          Signup for both the Garage Sale and Craft fair are now on Track My Fundraising

-          Those signing up for the garage sale remember you are responsible for your own table, including float

-          If you have any items for our raffle gift basket, please bring them in to Mr. J

Upcoming Events

November 10: Clothing Orders Due

November 10: School Remembrance Day Ceremony (FNSS Class Band)

November 11: No School / City Remembrance Day Ceremony

November 16: Tour Band Trip to Toad River

November 18/19: Mr. Johnstone Away 

November 26: Craft Fair / Garage Sale

December 6: RLA Winter Concert

December 7: FNSS Winter Concert

December 9: Seattle Payment #3 Due - $500

December 11: Breakfast with Santa

 

Have a great week!

Mr. Johnstone

Music Notes: October 30

Posted on Sunday, October 30 at 20:03

Happy Halloween Week! 

Halloween Concert

-          Thanks to all the students who participated in our first concert of the year! It was fantastic!

-          It was great to see parents, friends and family out supporting our students – thanks to you as well

-          If you want to watch it again you can: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMlOid2djrI

 

Clothing

-          2016-2017 clothing has been finalized and information is attached to this email

-          Congrats to Noelle in Gr 7 for winning the t-shirt contest this year for RLA

-          RLA students are required to purchase a t-shirt to wear at our concerts and festival performances

-          The cost is $20 per t-shirt and can be paid via cash, cheque, e-transfer, credit card, or band account if you’ve fundraised

-          I encourage RLA students to purchase slightly larger shirts than they normally would to allow for growth over the year

-          All music students (and parents) are also invited to purchase the FNSS clothing items – none are required for performance

-          Deadline for all paperwork and payments is November 10

 

FNSS End of Term 1

-          Friday is the end of term 1 for all FNSS students

-          PR sheets will be posted to FreshGrade and handed out in class on Tuesday

-          There are still a significant number of students who have not completed playing tests (worth 45% of grade)

-          Concert reviews are due on Tuesday

-          If you want access to your child’s FreshGrade account please just send me a quick e-mail and I can make sure you are setup

-          I will be calling parents if the grade is below 50% by Wednesday PM

 

Remembrance Day Ceremonies

-          FNSS Class band will be performing at both the High School ceremony on Thursday, November 10 and the city ceremony at the community hall on Friday, November 11

-          Students are expected to attend and you must notify me if your child will be unable to attend due to travel / illness

-          Uniforms will be handed out this week and must be worn at both events

-          Students are required to supply black pants, black shoes, and black socks

 

Toad River Trip – Tour Band

-          Permission forms are due in by Tuesday (extra copies can be picked up in the band room)

-          Last call for one / two chaperones who would be interested in coming along on the day trip

 

Community Band

-          Community band is once again up and running

-          We meet Thursday at 7:30pm-9pm in the band room

-          Open to all students and adults in the community  

 

Garage Sale / Craft Fair

-          We will be hosting a garage sale on November 26th in the FNSS MPA at the same time as the craft fair

-          Students / parents can set up their own table and sell at the event – 100% goes to you

-          FNSS also has a table at the craft fair and we will be selling chocolates and promoting the garage sale

-          We are in need of small ($20-$25) new Christmas items for a tomboa raffle we plan on running during the fair – if you have something you can donate please bring it by the band room

 

Seattle 2017

-          2nd Payment of $250 will be deducted from accounts this week

-          Students need to complete their audition by Remembrance Day (can upload to FreshGrade account)

-          Still looking for 1-2 female chaperones for the trip – if interested please submit a letter ASAP

Upcoming Events

-          November 1: Parent Fundraising Meeting @ 7pm in Library

-          November 1: Seattle Deposit #2 Due ($250)

-          November 4: Grade 6/7 Combined @ 9am – 10:30am

-          November 5: FNSS Bingo @ 7pm

-          November 10: Clothing Orders Due

-          November 10: School Remembrance Day Ceremony (FNSS Class Band)

-          November 11: City Remembrance Day Ceremony

-          November 15: Tour Band Trip to Toad River

-          November 18/19: Mr. Johnstone Away

-          November 26: Craft Fair / Garage Sale

-          December 6: RLA Winter Concert

-          December 7: FNSS Winter Concert

-          December 11: Breakfast with Santa

Have a great week!

Mr. J

Concert Link

Posted on Friday, October 28 at 8:30

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMlOid2djrI

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