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Music Notes: December 11, 2016

Posted on Sunday, December 11 at 20:17

Hi Everyone!

 

Whew – that a busy week it has been. First off congrats to all the students for two amazing concerts last week at the Phoenix Theatre. I’m extremely proud of how well everyone performed. Bravo!! Second, thanks to everyone who helped with and attended Breakfast with Santa on Sunday! It was a great success and wouldn’t have be possible without such a great team in the kitchen and on the floor. This upcoming week is rather light on activities as we head into the Winter holidays.

 

Morning Rehearsals

  • All AM rehearsals are canceled this week as our music did not arrive
  • We will resume are regular schedule on January 3rd with Sr. Jazz

 

RLA Class Band

  • All RLA students do NOT need to bring their instrument to class band this week as we will not be playing

 

RLA Mini Concert

  • There will be a casual Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 15 @ 2:20 at RLA
  • All band students should have their instrument and music at school for this event as we will be playing some Christmas songs
  • Band T-Shirt are NOT required
  • After this event, all band instruments should go home – do NOT leave them at the school over the winter holidays

 

FNSS Potluck / Secret Santa

  • FNSS students are reminded that we will be having our class potluck / secret Santa on Thursday this week
  • Don’t forget to pick up your gift (max $20!!)

 

Shrek Jr Musical Tickets

  • Now available for purchase at the Phoenix Theatre
  • Show dates are January 20 and 21st @ 7pm
  • Price is $10 + tax
  • Tickets for the Saturday night show are already 75% sold!
  • They make a great gift for those hard to buy people on your list

 

Upcoming Events

December 12: Mr. J Away @ Toad

December 15: FNSS Band Gift Exchange and Potluck

December 15: RLA Mini Christmas Concert

December 16: Last Day Before X-Mas (Pancake Breakfast for FNSS)

January 3: School Resumes

January 20/21: Shrek Jr Musical

January 28: Band Bingo

 

Have a wonderful and relaxing Christmas holiday and we will see everyone again in January!

 

Mr. J

Music Notes: December 4, 2016

Posted on Sunday, December 4 at 20:29

Happy December!

Hold on to your hats and warm up your vehicles as it’s going to be a busy and cold week ahead! Brrrr…

Winter Concerts

-          Concerts take place this week – they are both going to be awesome and I’m pumped to have everyone (including myself) perform

-          Any RLA student who needs to pick up their band shirt should do so on Monday or Tuesday morning

-          Extra shirts will be brought to the theatre on Tuesday evening

-          Please don’t arrive at the theatre any earlier than 6:15 (unless told to do so for set-up help)

-          The live stream feed will be http://www.youtube.com/user/mrrekcah/live for those who can’t attend in person

-          Please refer to last week’s email for details about the arrival time and other expectations (or visit www.fnssmusic.ca)

-          Parents need to contact me in advance in their child is unable to attend so I can mark them excused

-          I always leave the band room open on concert evenings so if something is forgotten you will be able to get it from the band room

Breakfast with Santa

-          Fundraiser has been posted on TrackMyFundraising

-          We will need extra griddles to cook pancakes - please let me know if you can bring on Sunday morning

-          I’ve attached the poster that you can share on social media with your friends and family

Rehearsal Schedule This Week

-          Jr. Jazz will rehearse Monday at lunch instead of Tuesday, and will not meet again until the new year

-          Sr. Jazz will rehearse Tuesday morning, but not Wednesday or Friday at lunch

-          Tour Band will rehearse Monday, but not Thursday morning

-          Final combined rehearsal for all Gr. 5s will take place on Monday afternoon at 12:30 – 1:15

-          RLA students will NOT need their instruments on Wednesday / Thursday for class band as we will be watching the video from the concert

RLA Mini Concert

-          All RLA students will be participating the RLA mini Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 15 @ 2:20pm

-          Be sure to have your instrument and music

-          Band T-Shirts will NOT be required for this event

Fundraising Meeting

-          We will be having a brief parent fundraising meeting on Monday evening at 7pm at FNSS just to talk about Breakfast with Santa and make sure I’m not missing anything

 Upcoming Events

December 5: Fundraising Meeting @ 7pm - FNSS

December 6: RLA Winter Concert @ 7pm - Theatre

December 7: FNSS Winter Concert @ 7pm - Theatre

December 8: No Tour Band in the AM

December 9: Seattle Payment Due: $250

December 11: Breakfast with Santa

December 12: Mr. J Away @ Toad (There will be Tour Band though!)

December 15: FNSS Band Gift Exchange and Potluck

December 15: RLA Mini Christmas Concert

December 16: Last Day Before X-Mas (Pancake Breakfast for FNSS)

Mr. J

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

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