Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year!

Well, I thought I would do a little writing since we have already entered 2012!

First, I would like to extend  a very Happy and Healthy New Year to all our readers.

I was going to reflect on everything that happened since July 2011 but it's too late so let's look at the future together.

The calendar raffles are already underway. Congratulations to all our winners and sellers to date.

This Thursday (Jan. 5) is our FOM meeting. If you have never attended please make an effort to do so - the FOM meetings last approximately an hour and it's a great way to get "up to date" on music department happenings.

Saturday, Jan. 7 there is the NHMEA/NHBDA chamber festival. This is an all day "Master Class" type festival for the top audition scorers from the November All State auditions. Students will be practicing in various chamber groups (small, focused instrumental and vocal groups) culminating in a concert beginning at 7:00 p.m..   Once again, Timberlane Regional High School will be hosting this event at their Performance Arts Center 40 Greenough Road Plaistow, NH  03865. You can call them at 603-257-5257 for ticket information to this event.

Plans are underway for the TRI M induction ceremony. It was originally scheduled for January 12 but this ceremony may have to be moved back due to some unforeseen conflicts.

Please remind your students that Semester I  is coming to a close and even though our competencies are year long (band and select vocal groups)  make certain that your student does not forget to turn in their practice logs or assignments.  I only ask for 15 minutes a day for concert band students to work on their scales and music. There are also other competency aspects attached to practice logs so it is extremely important for students to complete their written band assignments as well.

Trip payments our due in just a few short weeks. It is EXTREMELY important that all accounts are up to date regarding the music department Quebec trip.

 The following is a trip payment schedule for your convenience:

November 18, 2011 $ 100.00
December 16, 2011 $ 100.00 
January 20, 2012       $ 100.00
February 17, 2012      $ 100.00
March 19, 2012           $ 100.00
April 15, 2012 (Mandatory Parent Meeting – balance due)

By now everyone should have received information with regards to Cabaret AD Sales.  If you haven't I will ask Mr. Ouellette (Cabaret Chairperson)  to forward all the information for Cabaret to our web master, Dave Lecraw for a separate tab where you can download all the necessary forms and receive updates.
Freshman parents as "first timers" you really want to be aware of this event!    Remember, this is a great opportunity for you to have your child sell ads and help his/her student trip scholarship account. Think Disney 2014 :-)
Again, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year! Thank you all for your continued support of the Alvirne High School Music Department.         In the final analysis it's all about "THE KIDS"

Ciao -
Mr. B