I hope that you are all making out ok after the storm. We still don’t have power where I live, and, as far as I know, the school does not yet have power either. Please check the PSB site for accurate updates about the status of schools for next week: https://psb.edu.pe.ca/hurricane-fiona-updates
There was a death in our family in Ontario, so I will be away from Monday, October 3rd to Wednesday, October 5th. Early morning band is canceled for Grade 7’s on Tuesday, and for Grade 8’s on Wednesday. I expect to be back for Grade 9 early morning band on Thursday.
Please take care, and just let me know if there is anything I can do to help or support your students when they return to school.
The first two early morning band rehearsals of the year (grade 8 yesterday and grade 9 today) are in the books, and both bands are starting to make some nice sounding music already. Thank you to everyone who had to set their alarm clock a little bit earlier this week!
I have entered early morning attendance for Wednesday and Thursday in PowerSchool. Please send me an e-mail of there are any corrections that should be made. Also, please review this note which is posted in the description section of the assignment:
Early morning band is marked as an assignment in PowerSchool in order to facilitate good communication and record keeping. These marks do not directly affect a student’s band grade. Important skill development takes place at these rehearsals, however, and not attending full band practices regularly will have a negative impact on a student’s overall progress in the band program. Students made a commitment to participate in early morning rehearsals when they signed up to be in the EWS band program. Please provide an e-mail or note when students cannot attend for unavoidable reasons and I will mark these as excused absences (exempt). We miss every player who is not playing their part in the morning, so hopefully the commitment to full band rehearsals will continue to be strong throughout the year.
Grade 7 students do not have to bring their instruments to school tomorrow as it is an orientation day. After their first day of school (Wednesday), Grade 7 students are asked to bring their instruments whenever band appears on their daily schedule.
Grade 8 and 9 band students do not need to bring instruments on their first day (Thursday) and they will also bring instruments on scheduled band days beginning on the second day of school.
I am looking forward to meeting all of the new grade 7 band students this week and to welcoming back the grade 8 and 9 band students!
Here are a few notes to refer to as we begin to get the band program back in full swing:
The school email address that I check on a regular basis is email@example.com
Band Blog: Students are always informed and reminded about upcoming band rehearsals and events, and they are responsible for being aware of the band schedule. In order to support students, parents can subscribe to the band blog to receive e-mail notifications about upcoming events, rehearsal schedule, updates, etc. (see pictures below). The subscribe button is at the bottom of the home screen (scroll way, way down) on a mobile device. Students will also be asked to subscribe to the blog on chrome books during classtime in early September.
Laptop, chrome book, or desktop:
Google classroom is another tool that students will be using again this year to support their learning in the band program. Every band class will have their own Google Classroom and every student will be given a code to join their classroom. Assignments, due dates, and learning resources will be posted regularly in Google Classroom.
Band Rehearsal Schedule (Fall 2022)
Please find below the weekly early morning band rehearsal schedule for the fall term:
Mondays, 7:45 a.m. Jazz Band (First Rehearsal: Monday, October 3rd)
Tuesdays, 7:45 a.m. Grade 7 early morning band (First rehearsal: Tuesday, Sept. 27th)
Wednesdays, 7:45 a.m. Grade 8 early morning band (First rehearsal: Wednesday, September 14th)
Thursdays, 7:45 a.m. Grade 9 early morning band (First Rehearsal: Thursday, September 15th)
Students are asked to be in the band room ready to play at 7:45 a.m. on early am band days. The doors to the school will be open at 7:30 a.m. Please send me an e-mail if your child is unable to attend a rehearsal so that I can record the absence as excused in PowerSchool. Thank you!
Thank you for your past and future support in providing transportation for your children to early morning band classes!
We will be collecting a $25 band fee from each student again this year to cover the cost of band supplies (reeds, valve oil, cork and slide grease, white shirts for uniforms, etc.). If paying by cheque or e-transfer, please indicate that the $25 is for band fees. I know that September is an expensive month, so the band fee will not be due until November 25th (parent-teacher interviews/the end of the first reporting period).
Students are responsible for the care and maintenance of their instruments throughout the year. Cleaning and maintenance protocols for each instrument will be reviewed with students in September. Students will be asked to adhere to safety guidelines by not touching or playing instruments other than their own, and by following the guidelines for cleaning their own instruments.
Early Morning Band Cancellation Policy
There may be times when I have to cancel or reschedule extracurricular practices. I will always give you as much notice as I can when this happens.
Participation in band concerts is a highlight of the band experience, and attendance at scheduled performances is a required element of the East Wiltshire band program; please note concert dates as they are provided, and mark them in your calendars. If conflicts arise, please contact me in advance and we will work it out together.
I am looking forward to another great year with the East Wiltshire band students!