Trip meeting and high school band meeting

Good afternoon,

I wanted to clarify and give some updates on our two meetings for our 8th graders as they transition into high school band.


Washington D.C./Philadelphia Meeting:

This past Tuesday, the 28th, we had a meeting for those that missed the in-person meeting earlier in the semester. The information has all been uploaded on to the high school band website. https://chstrojanband.com/2021-philly-dc/

There is an error up top that states that the deposit is still due on April 1st but we have extended it to May 1st. 


High School Band Meeting:

There is going to be a rising 9th grader meeting for our band students a week from today on April 30th. I initially had it for this Thursday and corrected the mistake in our calendar, on Google Classroom, and on the website. Unfortunately some of you had already penciled in tonight before I found the mistake and fixed it. I apologize for teh confusion.

The meeting is on April 30th at 6 PM. The link to join the meeting is: meet.google.com/jqt-zphu-aej

You may also join by phone:

‪+1 385-645-7047‬ PIN: ‪367 835 234‬#
This will be a fantastic time to ask all of your questions as we transition in a different way than normal into high school band. I expect for at least one representative from each family to attend if possible.

Chair Test:

Chair test grades are in the grade book.
If you see a zero but your child has turned in their test, please contact me.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Sincerely,
Ms. Menendez
maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Important Announcements

Good afternoon!

Next Week:

Monday: Menendez office hours 1-2 PM meet.google.com/aop-hrpx-wgx

Tuesday: D.C./Philadelphia trip virtual meeting meet.google.com/jqt-zphu-aej

Wednesday: Music lecture by Ms. Menendez 1 PM. (Discussion on music around the world! All students welcome) meet.google.com/bzx-yzhh-pfp

This is all on the CJHS band calendar that can be found on the website. Links are posted here as well as on the actual even in the calendar. If you “subscribe” to the band google calendar than it will automatically load into your own personal calendar. That has been a lifesaver for me!


Thank you for all of the birthday wishes!!! I truly love all of you and felt so special on my big day! A few important announcements below:


COLOR GUARD: If you know an 8th grader who is interested in joining Color Guard please forward them the information in the flyer attached below. They do NOT have to have any prior experience in band or music or anything! PLEASE help me spread the word. Text them, call them, etc. The Color Guard is a part of the band program so if you love hanging with certain friends and want more time hanging with them, invite them to join color guard! It is an absolute blast. Most kids who love acting, performing, and dancing enjoy color guard.IMG-1361 (1)


WASHINGTON D.C./PHILADELPHIA TRIP: If you are an 8th grader and are traveling on that trip next year, make sure your down payment is paid by May 1st. We will have an online trip meeting on Tuesday, April 21st at 6 PM. Link to join meeting is here: meet.google.com/ogg-ejen-kpx
Info on the trip is here —> https://chstrojanband.com/2021-philly-dc/


8TH GRADE INFORMATIONAL MEETING: You all have some very great questions about next year as far as schedules go, marching band, payments, auditions, and more. Please plan on attending this virtual meeting on Thursday, April 30th at 6 PM. Link to join meeting is here: meet.google.com/jqt-zphu-aej


ALL STUDENTS: Make sure that your chair test has been turned in. Grades are being input. I do not have a date of the release of those tests yet because we are still collecting them. If you see people in your section who have not turned them in, help me contact them. One all are turned in we can post the results! Thanks for the help.


Please let me know if you have any questions!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Updates

Good evening,

I hope that you all are continuing to enjoy your time with your loved ones. It seems that most of us are picking up new hobbies and putting time towards things that we have neglected in the past. I continue to be thankful to have my job and that our school system has our students still actively engaged in school for a couple more weeks after Spring Break.


Chair Tests:

Information has been posted in Google Classroom for both 7th and 8th grade.

Our class code is: 2eg77eh

7th graders will submit their chair test video (or audio if it is being very stubborn) to the Junior High Band Google Classroom.

8th grade will use their individual instrument’s Google Classroom to submit their chair test. 8th Grade Audition Information

Chair tests were due on April 1st. Please get these in as soon as possible if you have not done so already.


 

Liberty Tour 2021 Trip

Since we are out of school we will be accepting trip deposits until May 1. We understand that it is hard to imagine taking a trip with current situations, but by the time we take the trip, we will have overcome this new obstacle and will be in need of celebration! This is going to be a wonderful experience for all of our students, please sign up as soon as possible. We still have the ONLINE PAYMENT OPTION, although there is a service charge associated with online payment. Currently, this is the only method of accepting payments due to the “stay-at-home” order implemented by the Carroll County Board of Health and the City of Carrollton, but we will happily accept payments in person once we return to school.

So as a reminder – a $50 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is due by May 1, 2020 to secure your spot on the trip.

More info about the trip including the Make Me A Whole Person Fundraiser can be found on our trip page.


A reminder about refunds:

Unfortunately, both the Braves and Carowinds trip have been cancelled. I need to know where you would like for your money to go.

Options are:

  • Band fees for next year (junior high for 7th and high school for 8th)
    • typically around $40
  • District honor band/all state fees for 7th grade next year
    • between $5-$25
  • Carowinds payments for next year (7th grade)
    • Trip is usually around $220
  • *8th Grade* may pay towards their high school band fees ($300).
    • If you are interested in why the high school band fees seem high I will attach a link from the high school website. The information is not updated for next school year yet, but will give you an idea. Fundraising opportunities to help with fees are provided.
  • You may also transfer Chattanooga trip reimbursement money (8th grade only)  to high school band trip or fees rather than being reimbursed.

Good News:

I spoke with Mr. Thomaston about using some funds that we intended to use for LGPE to help out our community durning this time. I know that if school was in session that our students would have wanted to help out in some way.

One of our band parents own three SUBWAY locations. Earlier this week she had posted that she loved that people were ordering big orders for them to deliver to those who are working to keep us safe and healthy. Mrs. Demartino has worked with our high school and junior high school program in the past to give us discounted and healthy meals for our band students. I chose to use our money to donate 80 SUBWAY Meals to people who she felt needed the meals.

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Thank you to Mrs. Demartino, her employees, and for those who are working so hard for our community.

Please contact me individually if you all would like to do this again next week. We can either support the same business or a different one. I would like to pull from private donations though since our budget for this has been used.


Please continue staying safe and let me know if I can assist you in any way.

Sincerely,

Ms. Maria Menendez

Important Updates on Trips and Money

Good afternoon,

Important Announcement:

Please watch video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATcgfAL-ifM

Summary: Cancelation of both the Braves and Carowinds trip. I need to know where you would like for your money to go.

Options are:

  • Band fees for next year (junior high for 7th and high school for 8th)
    • typically around $40
  • District honor band/all state fees for 7th grade next year
    • between $5-$25
  • Carowinds payments for next year (7th grade)
    • Trip is usually around $220
  • Anything that you usually pay for in band that you would like to knock out.
  • You may also transfer Chattanooga trip reimbursement money (8th grade only)  to high school band trip or fees rather than being reimbursed.

Least favorable option is to have a check mailed to you. Our treasurer has to reimburse many people at the JH so if we can take some of that off her place she would appreciate that.  It is your money but I am just trying to make our treasurer’s job easier!

Please email me privately at maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net with your answer.


Band Auditions: DUE APRIL 2nd

7th grade auditions are here in Google Classroom and listed as an assignment.
8th grade auditions are linked here —> https://chstrojanband.com/bandauditions/
You must join the appropriate Google Classroom and submit your audition there.

8th Grade Percussion: Mr. Nelson is creating your audition right now. Go ahead and join the Google Classroom now and it will be posted shortly.


High School band trip to Philadelphia and Washington D.C.:

Downpayment has been extended to April 17th.
Payments online here —–> https://chstrojanband.revtrak.net/band-spring-trip-2021/


 

To all:

  • Remember that I can take money that you have already paid and apply it to something of your choice!! Thanks for being flexible.
  • Make sure your classmates are on the CJHS Band Google Classroom because after Spring Break I will post assignments. Class code: 2eg77eh
  • OFFICE HOURS: I will host an office hour from 3-4 today for you to drop by and say “hi”, or ask any questions that you have. Click on the link below anytime between 3-4 PM to join.
    Link——-> https://meet.google.com/uyu-qyri-kzzMiss you all.

    Sincerely,

    Ms. Menendez

Instrument Pick-up/Google Classroom

Good morning,

Welcome to week two! I have enjoyed getting to check in with some of our students through Google Classroom. Your student must join in order for us to continue our learning for the rest of the extended break. If your student does not have access then please have them contact me so that we can create alternate assignments.

The Google Classroom for all band classes is:  2eg77eh

Click the + symbol at the top of screen and click on “join class”.

Our chair tests have been posted and are due on April 2nd.


Field Trips:

Both of our field trips are in the air as of this moment. I am in contact with the Braves staff and the travel company that takes us to Carowinds and will update you as soon as I know something. Thank you for staying patient. In the event that we are unable to go and unable to reschedule, I will work on refunding us all or ask you if you would like to move that money to next year’s band fees, a future trip, etc.


Instrument pick-up:

Students who have not brought home their instruments may schedule a time with me to pick it up this week. Please contact me to set up a time.


Remember to sign up for Google Classroom and to knock out your classwork. I miss you all and hope to see you all in next month or so.

Sincerely,

Ms. Maria Menendez

Google Classroom

Good morning and happy Friday!

I have enjoyed communicating with some of you through email or Google Classroom. I am glad to hear that you are doing well and are safe.

Students: Please check with your entire section and ensure that all members are on Google Classroom. I ask that section leaders contact me and inform me of who does not have access to Google Classroom.

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

The Google Classroom for all band classes is:  2eg77eh

Click the + symbol at the top of screen and click on “join class”.


Continue staying safe and enjoying your time with your loved ones.

I miss you.

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

Google Classroom/Chair Test

Good morning,

I hope that everyone has enjoyed their time at home so far and that you all have started working on your classwork for school. I am not extremely knowledgable in all subjects, but I do know people who are and who are willing to help should you run into any problems.

We do not have any assignments for band but I would like to go ahead and post our chair test information.


If you are a brass or woodwind player your chair test is posted in Google Classroom.

Click the + symbol at the top of screen and click on “join class”. Your code is: 2eg77eh


If you are a percussionist your chair test is posted in Google Classroom.

Click the + symbol at the top of screen and click on “join class”. Your code is: lmyg3yt


I will communicate with our students through Google Classroom and will also post challenges, hangouts for questions, links to fun videos and website, and more!

Let me know if you have any questions and remember that you may text trbandhelp to 81010 if you need to contact me through Remind101.

Happy practicing!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez