Happy new school year to all band families! I’m so excited to begin another year of teaching and making music with students. Also, I look forward to reconnecting with the wonderful Polaris parents. I’m so thankful to be a part of this truly remarkable Polaris community. There are some new policies and announcements to share as we get band up and rolling again. I tried to group them according to each band individually.
Beginning Band Announcements (For very beginning students who have not played a band instrument before)
Welcome to the band blog! I’m so glad your student is interested in playing a band instrument. Please take a few moments to explore this site. If you have any questions please reach out to me via email at email@example.com or call my classroom 720.424.7884. Also, mark your calendar for the “Instrument Petting Zoo” on September 6th from 3:30-4:30 in the auditorium. Students either need a parent present or will need a signed permission slip. Paper copies are available in the music room or at curriculum night. You can also print the form by clicking here.
Advanced Band Announcements (For students who have played their instrument for one school year or longer).
Advanced Band Schedule Change – We will now practice from 7:45-8:30 on Thursday and Friday mornings. I am required to attend all staff meetings this year on Tuesday mornings and therefor have to change our rehearsal days. I apologize for any inconvenience.
Advanced Band Start Date – We will begin on September 6th at 7:45. There will be a brief 10 minute parent meeting to begin. This is the perfect time to set up carpools and connect with other band parents. Also, we will walk through some new communication systems. Students need to bring their instrument, music book and any other supplies with them to this practice. We will play together following the brief meeting.
Advanced Band First Week Schedule – September 6th full band. September 7th is Percussionists only. These students have a lot of physical logistics to work out. This one class will save hours of group rehearsal time later.
Parent Volunteer Needed – This year each grade level has a closed Facebook page organized by parents. I would like to see one created for band as well. If you would like to help create and monitor this page, please contact me.
Student Musicians Needed – We will again organize an “Instrument Petting Zoo” for beginning band. This will be from 3:30-4:30 on September 6th in the auditorium. If you or an older middle school sibling would like to demonstrate and talk about what it’s like to play your instrument, please let me know.
Advanced Band Registration – There are 3 parts to registering for band this year. First, complete the Registration Form. Next, “subscribe to this blog” on the left menu bar and/or click here to receive text messages. Your student will not be registered for band unless I can communicate with you. Lastly, take care of tuition. Unless your family qualifies for a scholarship please bring a check made out to Polaris at Ebert for $250 to the first meeting or send it with your student before September 21st.
As always if you have questions or have specific needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720.424.7884.