Month: November 2018

Announcements

Please check below for important announcements:

District Honor Band:

The bus departs at 10:45 from the JH school Saturday morning. Please make sure that your student has all of their music and their instrument with them. Students may not wear jeans and need to dress at least business casual for this audition.

Students will need about $10 for lunch at the pizza buffet on the way home if they plan on riding the bus back.

I am hoping that the students will be home earlier than 5PM. The students will be in contact with you when they are leaving the pizza buffet so that you can have an accurate time to pick them up from the JH school.

The actual Carrollton audition time is at 1:15 but since I am set to work in the warm up area that Saturday I will try to push our kids through a little earlier so that they can go home sooner! Students riding separately need to arrive around 12:15 for a quick warm up and then get in line around 12:30.

Address: (different address than last year)

Excel Christian Academy

54 7th Street

Emerson, GA 30137


Rehearsals and Winter Concert:

7th grade after school rehearsal 12/3 until 5PM (required and for a grade)

8th grade after school rehearsal 12/4 until 5PM (required and for a grade)

Winter Concert 12/11 Report time 6:30. Concert begins at 7PM


The next Carowinds payment is 12/18 and is $50.

Info on Carowinds time/date and more available here: Carowinds Information


Let me know if you have any questions!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

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Chaperones needed

Good morning!

 

I am emailing you from sunny  Los Angeles, California! Last night the high school band performed in the Hollywood Christmas Parade and it was an absolute blast. I cannot wait for our kids to be up in the high school band experiencing these incredible moments.

I am in need of chaperones for two events.

The first is this Saturday for District Honor Band. The bus will take the students to Excel Christian Academy and will stop for pizza on the way home. Because I am at the auditions all day I cannot ride the bus to and from. I am in search of a parent to monitor the kids to and from the auditions. If we do not have a chaperone for Saturday then unfortunately all students will have to work out their ride to and from the auditions on their own.

Our Carowinds trip will not function without an appropriate amount of chaperones. If you are an 8th grade parent please consider being a chaperone. The price is discounted for parents and is $150. At this point we have one chaperone signed up for the trip. That would be a 90-1 student- parent ratio!

I always appreciate your help! If you are able to chaperone for either of these events please contact me at:

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

Jacket Order/Carowinds

Good afternoon,

Carowinds Deposit Due this Friday: *8th Grade only*

You may pay in cash, check (written out to CJHS Band) or on Revtrak online.

I would really like for all students to attend this trip. It is an incredible trip and they deserve to celebrate three years of band!

Please notify me of any financial restrictions. I would rather know now and get to work on some sponsorships for kids then be told at the last second and have a student not attend a trip. I promise that if your student wants to go that they will go.

We are in need of chaperones for the trip. Please look at in information below and make sure that your deposit is turned in this Friday as well.

Carowinds Information 2018 – 2019.doc


A reminder about our jacket order:

Ozier Apparel Band Jackets

The order will end on November 18th and they will be delivered to the JH on December 14th.

*8th grade students may want to consider buying the jacket that says “8th grade only” if they are considering high school band. All high school band members are required to have that jacket their freshman year. Purchasing it now would take off some of those beginning fees next year.*


Have a great week!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Jacket Orders and more

Good afternoon,

This year we are trying a new system with the band jacket orders. There is a website set up for us that I have linked down below. The order will end on November 18th and they will be delivered to the JH on December 14th.

Ozier Apparel Band Jackets

*8th grade students may want to consider buying the jacket that says “8th grade only” if they are considering high school band. All high school band members are required to have that jacket their freshman year. Purchasing it now would take off some of those beginning fees next year.*

 


8th grade only:

Check in with your homeroom teacher tomorrow morning then report to the band room in full uniform. Bus will leave around 8:15.

I could still use volunteers tomorrow to help hand out food. Please let me know if you are available!

Carowinds packet here for those that need it. Please remember that your deposits of $50 is due next Friday. 

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

Important Announcements for Friday and more

Good afternoon,

Last night was incredible! What a great way to start off the year. The students were very professional and played beautifully. Thank you so much for supporting your students and their hard work. Please know that your help cleaning up afterwards was also appreciated.

Our next concert is December 11th at 7 PM


Veteran’s Day Performance

This Friday our 8th grade band will perform in a special ceremony for a majority of the school day. They will perform for every ceremony listed below except for the high school ceremony. If you would like to attend you are more than welcome to! (Initially I was told this performance was on Monday the 12th. The date had changed was changed and I was accidentally left off of that email. I apologize for the confusion!)

8th Grade will check in with homeroom and will ride a bus over with me to the high school gymnasium around 8:15. If your student comes later that day then they will walk over with their homeroom.

8th graders will wear their concert attire and will be fed Subway at lunch. I could use around 8 volunteers at the high school band room lobby at 10:30. Please email me if you are available to help serve food. 

9:00 – 9:55    CJHS
10:15 – 11:10   CMS
11:15 – 11:45   Lunch for 8th grade students
12:15 – 12:45   CES program #1
1:15 – 1:45     CES program #2
2:15 – 3:15     CHS
This is a performance that is during the school day. Students will depart school however they normally do on a Friday.

Carowinds Deposit

Our first Carowinds Deposit is due November the 16th (next Friday).

You may pay cash, check (written to CJHS Band), or on Revtrak

If you are unable to pay by this date and need assistance or an extension please let me know ASAP.


District Honor Band

Each Wednesday from now until the audition we will have after school sessions with our high school band students joining us. They will work with your kid individually and give them extra guidance leading into the audition.

Auditions are December 1st at Excel Christian Academy. I will bus your students to and from that event and they will stop for lunch on the way back. Please keep that date open on your calendar. More detailed times to come soon! Keep encouraging your kid to practice. Participating in District Honor Band looks incredible on high school transcripts going into college.


Upcoming Dates

11/16 Carowinds Deposit Due ($50)

12/1 District Honor Band Tryouts

12/3 7th Grade After School Rehearsal

12/4 8th Grade After School Rehearsal

12/11 Winter Concert @7 PM

12/18 Carowinds Payment Due ($50)


 

Have a great day!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

Fall Concert Tomorrow

FALL CONCERT:
Tomorrow the 6th we will have our Fall Concert at 7PM at the Mabry Arts Center!
Students must report at 6:30 and are required to stay the entire time. Because we only have two grade levels the concert should be over before 8 o’ clock. Please be aware that students who leave early do not receive full credit and will be deducted points from that portion of their grade.
As stated in our handbook:
Rehearsal for concert = 30 points
Attendance at concert= 70 points
Total= 100 point test grade
  • Students should wear black dress pants or black khakis (no jeans or leggings) and their black performance band polo.
  • Shoes must be black and may not be sandals or tennis shoes. If shoes require socks I ask that they are black as well since any other color would clash with the all black uniform.
  • Black belts are not required but highly encouraged to make the tucked in shirt look even more professional.

    Friday will be our Veteran’s day performance during the school day. I will take care fo the students all day and will feed them lunch. They will leave school at the normal time. More information to come soon Wednesday morning.


Some exciting announcements are coming up! Stay tuned and I will see you all tomorrow evening.

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Band Concert Tuesday and other Announcements

FALL CONCERT:
This Tuesday the 6th we will have our Fall Concert at 7PM at the Mabry Arts Center!
Students must report at 6:30 and are required to stay the entire time. Because we only have two grade levels the concert should be over before 8 o’ clock. Please be aware that students who leave early do not receive full credit and will be deducted points from that portion of their grade.
As stated in our handbook:
Rehearsal for concert = 30 points
Attendance at concert= 70 points
Total= 100 point test grade
  • Students should wear black dress pants or black khakis (no jeans or leggings) and their black performance band polo.
  • Shoes must be black and may not be sandals or tennis shoes. If shoes require socks I ask that they are black as well since any other color would clash with the all black uniform.
  • Black belts are not required but highly encouraged to make the tucked in shirt look even more professional.

For those of you trying out for District Honor Band and All State please read below:

Masterclasses cost $25 and can be paid for at the door.  They are hosted at the Carrollton Center for the Arts and are taught by our outstanding Music Academy Faculty.
  • November 3 will include masterclasses for Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion.
  • November 10 will include masterclasses for Double Reeds, Saxophones, Horn, Baritone, Tuba.
  • November 17 will include masterclasses for Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, and Percussion again.
Each date will have 3 masterclass times since the audition material is broken up into age groups.
  • The middle school (6-8) clinic will last from 8:00AM – 9:30AM.
  • The concert band (9-10) clinic will last from 9:45AM – 11:30AM.
  • The symphonic band (11-12) clinic will last from 12:00PM – 1:45PM.
This is a FANTASTIC opportunity for our students


8th Grade Only:

Our first deposit for the Carowinds Trip is due November 16th. The deposits is $50.
Please begin submitting this if you have not already. If you have any financial restrictions please let me know as there are sponsors who are interested in supporting your child’s trip.
Our cookie dough and AYP fundraiser will be added into the trip in the Spring and take off of that last deposit.
You may pay cash, check (CJHS BAND), or online here: Revtrak
I would like for every 8th grade student to go on this trip. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great weekend!

-M. Menendez