Good morning and happy Leap Day!
This is a gentle reminder about our practice logs that are due today (every Monday). Help me ensure that your students are spending some extra time at home reviewing concepts from class and filling your homes with music!
We began our AYP Card fundraiser this past Friday. This is our biggest fundraiser! Each card is $15 and they pay off themselves in one or two uses. They have incredible deals on them and they are a big deal in our community. Your student only needs to turn in an envelope with their name on it, the money and how many cards that they have sold to the box in the band room. I will have cards for them to give to their customers the next day. It is an ongoing cycle until we all have sold the cards out! Thank you for your participation in this inportsnt fundraiser.
We have our usual Monday after school practice session this afternoon until 4:15 for students who want to get some practice time in, get help, or get ahead!
American Youth Projects (AYP) Fundraiser Roll-Out
As of today we will begin our annual AYP Fundraiser. We will use the money to purchase and repair equipment, bring in extra instructors, and purchase new music and supplies.
Students are welcome to bring an extra order form to give to you to put in your break room or at church.
Instructions for the fundraiser:
- Go out and show people all the deals the card gives them by using your order taker. Each card is $15 (a change from the past) and has unlimited uses up to a year at participating locations.
- Bring the $15 to Ms. Menendez in a sealed envelope, and you will receive an AYP card the very next day to distribute to your buyers. Cash is accepted, Checks made payable to CJHS Bands NOT CMS BAND.
- Distribute cards to your buyers.
- We will award $50 to the top seller of each grade level, 6th 7th and 8th
- For every 5 cards sold you will receive 1 free. (so try and sell 5 before you buy one yourself).
We will continue to sell AYP cards for the next few months as we have them, if we sell out we can always order more. As always if you have any questions you can email me with any concerns or questions.
Time to get started and sell away!!
Tuesday: practice logs will be checked, make up William Tell tests.
Wednesday: Concert Ab scale test, Instrument Club after school until 4:15pm.
Every student will be tested on Wednesday on their scale unless they have already passed it off on their star chart. Make sure that you hear your student practicing before Wednesday! This is a test grade.
Happy practicing to the students and enjoy the rest of your time off! See you tomorrow.
I am just touching base with you all to give you any updates and reminders that I have.
Playing Tests: I am STILL grading these. I am giving each student individual feedback and watching their videos multiple times to make sure that I am catching anything that I can. I plan to have these finished and in the grade book by Wednesday evening. Your students were very flexible and patient through this trial process. We all learned a lot and can plan for our next playing test.
AYP Fundraiser Cards: I have received multiple questions about these AYP Cards and when we will begin selling them this year. We are waiting on the company to finish putting them together for this year. Once we receive them, you all will know and we can begin that fundraiser. It is my favorite fundraiser each year because it is an easy sale! More info soon!
Monday After School Practice Sessions: Tons of kids are making the extra effort to stay after on Mondays to play with their friends, pass off things, and get extra help. I love spending extra time with them and making music. Thank you for supporting that.
Wednesday Instrument Club: This week we will begin an instrument club on Wednesdays. This will run exactly like Mondays do (until 4:15pm) but we will split off into sections and have high school leadership down here teaching your students. This will give them info that pertains to their instrument, and a fun time with their section mates. It begins after school and ends at 4:15 pm as stated above. This is a new tradition so I cannot wait to begin!
Star Chart: We now have a star chart posted in front of the class. When a student learns a scale and is ready to pass it off, they can stay after school at one of our practice sessions, or come before school between 7:50-8:05am to pass it off for me. To pass it off they must Finger and Name the scale and then play it. A scale is when the students play up and down 8 notes of the scale with an arpeggio. Your students understand how to read these scales. Students who pass off all 12 scales will receive an award at the end of the year at our Spring Concert. Please encourage your students to become Scale Masters!
Remember that each Monday we check our practice logs from the previous week. Take a second tonight and sign your student’s practice log for last week so that they can get full credit please.
Have a fantastic rest of your Sunday and Happy Super Bowl!
(I’m not sure if that is a phrase or not… oh well)