News and Notes May 24-27
This is it, the end!
We have a lot to discuss to wrap up the year so let's dig in.
END OF THE YEAR CONCERT
On Monday Night we will have our one and only concert of the year. It will feature the Marching Band, Fourth Period Band and Jazz Band. It will be in the quad at Loara under the new big tent. We are encouraging all friends and family to attend and COVID protocols will apply. This means that audience members will be required to wear masks and socially distant. I suggest bringing a lawn chair to enjoy more comfortably. The entire event should only take about 30-40 minutes should you want to stand. We will be giving out some end of the year awards as well as having some special guests including Mr. Kraus and the new Director at Ball JHS. For many of us, we haven't heard live music or seen our kids participate in anything for over a year, and I'm hoping that this is a nice celebration.
Anyone who is not returning to our program next year needs to return their school instruments. I'd like to have them all returned by the end of our concert Monday night. This includes the keyboards and Percussion Kits that were given out this year. Seniors will have their diploma held up should these items not be returned. Anyone else will be responsible for the instrument or the value of the instrument per the Education Code of California.
Students have until Thursday to turn in any work from the Semester to get credit. Those are are participating in the concert do not need to record the last two tunes, but those who are not participating need to turn those in for credit. I will be accepting work all the way until graduation on Thursday, but grades are due on Friday and I have to submit by then.
I have L pins and cords at school for seniors. My plan is to give the cords out at our concert Monday night. For those who are not participating, I've reached out to a few of you to try and figure out the best way to get them to you. I'll try to be at graduation rehearsal over the next few days to give them out. If I can't find all of you, I'll bring them to graduation itself as I will be a row monitor (go row 3).
NEXT YEAR STUFF
The summer schedule will be finalized by new leadership the week of June 7th as we have our summit to discuss the program and its needs. Anyone who wishes to be a leader should be at Loara that week at 8:30am. I'll bring donuts to entice your attendance. We received some updates from the District regarding some support. Loara is receiving $34,800 in jump start monies for staff and show design. We are also receiving more new instruments like a new Miraphone and several new French Horns to go along with our new uniforms that should be ready by the middle of the Fall.
This will be the last News and Notes email until the Fall. I'll work to transition charms to our new students next year. This will be greatly aided by you registering for the program through the google form available on our website. Communication is a concern of mine over the summer, and an updated Charms is the best way to achieve that so please register.