Monday, August 15, 2011

FOM Welcome Letter for 2011-2012

Parents of Alvirne High School Music Students:

Welcome to another exciting year of Alvirne High School Music! Whether you are the parent of a freshman music student or a “Veteran” parent of a senior musician, or anywhere in between, this time of year is an exciting beginning - a time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Just as our daughters and sons are starting anew, so are we as parents. In that spirit, I wish to welcome everyone to the 2011-2012 year, and for you new parents, to the Alvirne High School Friends of Music (FOM) family.

The FOM is a parents' organization, established to support the Alvirne High School Music Department. FOM meets on the first Thursday of each month during the school year (with a few exceptions). All the meetings are held in the Alvirne High School music room and start at 7:00pm. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 8th. FOM is a non-profit organization and has bylaws, a constitution and conflict of interest documentation. These documents are posted online at for your convenience. Please feel free to read them, download them and provide feedback on them.

Having said all of the above, I’d like to get back on the topic of family. For students and parents alike, this group is indeed a family. Due to common interests, these students bond well together and as a group, they become close as the school year wears on. Many of them come to the music room in the morning before class – hang out for a few moments and gear up for the day. They see each other in the halls between classes and greet each other, knowing that they will certainly see each other again later in the day and get to spend some time together doing something that they love.

Because of this, we as parents get to know each other through their relationships, through their activities – football games, fundraisers, concerts, etc. and we begin to develop friendships. Some of the best friends that my wife Mimi and I have, we’ve met through FOM. That’s just the way it is.

While much of the emphasis as the school year begins is on the marching season, we would like to invite all new band and choral parents to arrive a few minutes early for the first FOM meeting on Thursday, September 8th. Take a few moments to come in for coffee or a beverage, a snack and meet many of the other parents who are part of FOM. Of course, we’re always looking for help in keeping this organization running, but the purpose of this is simply to meet and get to know each other a little bit. And as the marching season moves ahead, take the opportunity to come up to the stands before picking up your son or daughter during Wednesday practices to see some of their hard work.
I look forward to seeing you all on September 8th!

Bob Guessferd
President, Friends of Music

President: Bob Guessferd – 882-1618

Vice-Pres - Operations: Chris McNally – 785-1789

Co-Secretaries: Deb Cocozzielo – 889-3890
Kim Steele

Vice-Pres – Fundraising: Carol Brauza – 598-5274

Treasurer: Vince Egan – 595-9404