September 21 Update

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

We will rehearse this Saturday, September 22.  Please note that there will be NO rehearsal on Saturday, September 29!

This Saturday is also the FVL Schools Soccer Tournament.  Because of the damage to the FVL fields, the tournament will not be held at FVL.  The games are scheduled to begin at 10:00.  We thank the FVL Soccer Program for delaying the start of the tournament until AFTER our band rehearsals are over!  Since the games are off campus, some students may need to leave a bit early if they have a 10:00 game.  That is OK.  We are happy that they are able to do both activities.  It is also OK for students to wear their soccer uniforms to rehearsal.  It is fun to see so many of our band students dressed in uniform on tournament weekends!

Rehearsals leading up to our November concert will be on the following Saturdays:

September 22
October 6, 13, 20
November 3, 10, 17
November 18 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

FVL Schools Band Fundraiser Update

As of Friday, September 21, we have 10 band students registered for online sales!  More may be utilizing their paper forms.  We have $540 in total online sales so far.  That is almost $200 more than at this point in our sales last year.  Keep going - we would like to pass last year's total of just over $9500 in sales.  Our goal this year is to surpass $9800.  Our FVL Schools Band Program would see a profit of $1960 for needed equipment and supplies if we reach that goal.  Remember also that your FVL Schools individual band accounts will be credited with 20% of your total sales.  So if you sell $200 of product, your accout will receive $40 credit.

Students who did not receive their sales packet last week will be given the packet at rehearsal on Saturday.

Early Prizes for Online Sales will be given out at Saturday's Rehearsal!

Students who have at least 5 items sold in online sales by Saturday, September 22 will receive a giant box of Theater Candy.  Students who have at least 10 items sold will receive two boxes!  We will have an assortment of candies avaialble.  The kids can choose their favorite.  There is still plenty of time yet today to make some more online sales to achieve this prize!

Here are some online statistics so far:

17 days remaining in the Campaign; Campaign ends midnight 10/8/2018

10 Students have registered

342 Unique visitors to all student sites
$45.00 is the average order size per customer
$90.00 is the average amount sold by each student

$108.00 is the average amount attributed to each teacher (classroom)

 

 

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 15

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATESaturday, October 6

All orders & money MUST be turned in on this date. To get your profit be sure to fill in the top 3 lines of the paper forms.  Please turn in BOTH COPIES (white and yellow) of your order form. The order forms will be returned to you on delivery day.

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 3 • 8:00-10:00am

*** ALL ORDERS MUST BE PICKED UP ON THIS DATE *** If you cannot be there for pick up, please make arrangements for someone else to pick your order up for you.  The product pick-up location will be the FVL Auditorium Stage.

ALL MONEY IS DUE: When you turn in your order.  Use the Envelope provided in the packet.

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

More information is in the September 14 Update.  Refer to that Update for links to forms and other instructions for filling out your paper forms, setting up your online account, prizes, and so on.

Volunteer Page

For information on Volunteer opportunities, please refer to our Volunteer Page.  Descriptive information is included with each section for Fundraising, Concert Vest, and Attendance Volunteers.

Gretchen Adrian, our Attendance Coordinator, has created an Attendance Sign Up form.  This will allow attendance volunteers to sign up for dates that work for them.  By going to the form, you can see at a glance which dates are filled and which are still open.  More information for attendance volunteers is given on the volunteer page.

Volunteer names and links to email have been added to the page.  This will make it easier for volunteers to contact each other if necessary.  If more would like to volunteer in any area, please email James Neujahr.  We would be happy to add you to our list of volunteers!

Concert Vest Fittings will be Saturday, October 13

We will fit the concert vests for the Cadet Band and Concert Winds students on Saturday, October 13 during the rehearsal.  A few moms or dads is all that is needed.  We have several moms who have volunteerd for our uniform crew, but more would be welcome on fitting day.  Thanks for considering this very important volunteer opportunity!

Then on the day of the concert (November 18) we would need our parent uniform volunteers to assist with distributing the vests before the concert and collecting them after the concert.

 

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September 14 Update

Saturday Rehearsal and Parent Meeting

We will be holding our next band rehearsal on Saturday, September 15. Once again, all of our Saturday rehearsals are from 8:15 - 9:45 in the band room (Concert Winds) or the new Fine Arts Classroom (Cadet Band) at FVL. We hope that all of our students are able to participate in our Saturday group rehearsals. Even if a student cannot attend every rehearsal, we still welcome them when they are able to attend.

We will also be holding our FVL Schools Band Parent meeting this Saturday.  The meeting will begin at 8:30 and will conclude before the end of rehearsal at 9:45. We will discuss the fall fundraiser with a representative from Hansen's Fundraising, preview the schedule for the year, and will view the band's website and the information that it provides. We will also give you an idea of what volunteer opportunities you will have this year as an FVL Schools Band Parent!

The parent meeting will take place in the FVL Choir Room.

Volunteer Needs

We are looking for a few parents to offer their time as Volunteers and as Coordinators. An overall Volunteer Coordinator would be very helpful!

Here is a summary of positions we would like to fill:

Attendance - Parents to assist with checking in students as they arrive for rehearsals and concerts.  We would ask that you arrive a little before 8:00 for this duty.  Once the students are checked in (by 8:30) your duty is over!  We have an Attendance Volunteer sign up form available.  Go to the form to see which dates are open.  We would like one or two parents for each rehearsal date to handle the check in.

Fundraiser - This duty would begin on Saturday, September 15 and conclude within a week or two after our drive ends on November 3.  We need a parent or two (or three!) who could work together with Mr. Neujahr to assist with record-keeping, answer parent questions, and send messages as needed.  Assistance is also needed on October 6 when the money/packets are returned and again on November 3 to help set up and hand out the products.

Uniforms - Two or three parents are needed for each band (Cadet Band and Concert Winds) on an upcoming Saturday to help fit the band members with their vests.  Parents are also needed on Concert days to assist with handing out the vests and receiving them back again once the concert is over.

Gretchen Adrian will speak about these opportunities at the parent meeting.  We will have a few sign up sheets at the meeting for any who would like to volunteer for these important tasks.

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

Rehearsals leading up to our November concert will be on the following Saturdays:

September 15, 22
October 6, 13, 20
November 3, 10, 17
November 18 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM - concert includes the FVL Symphonic Band)
Please note - this is a Packers BYE week!

FVL Schools Fall Fundraiser Kick Off this Saturday!

Our Fall Fundraiser will be starting on September 15.  Students will receive their packets at the rehearsal that day.  If students are not in attendance at the rehearsal, they will receive their packets at their lesson the following week.

AGAIN THIS YEAR - Hansen's has online ordering!  This will make it much easier to let your friends and relatives know about our fundraiser.  You will have the ability to forward a text with a personalized link that your customers will use to purchase and you will get the credit for the sales.  Online ordering wil also allow those out of the area to support our program by paying the applicable shipping fee and have it shipped directly to their door. Being able to use a credit card will appeal to many people and will require less cash/money coming to us in our student packets.

NEW THIS YEAR - Hansen Foods now has a myFundR App that can be downloaded from either the Apple Store or the Google Play Store!

This fundraiser is also a great way to reduce your FVL Schools Band fees for the year.  20% of the funds you raise will go to the FVL Schools Band Program to help fund needed materials such as music and instruments, and 20% of the funds you raise will go directly to your individual accounts!  The other 60% is the cost of the fundraiser and goes back to Hansen's.

You can learn more about Hansen's at their website at Hansenfoods.com.

MUCH MORE INFORMATION will be distributed with the packets on September 15.  The Hansen's representative will be meeting briefly with the students in the Band Room and Fine Arts Room.  She will also be presenting the information at the parent meeting.

ONLINE ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS - This file will also be in the packets.  This document has instructions for registering online, App instructions, as well as the School ID that you will need to register.

PAPER ORDER FORM INSTRUCTIONS - This file will also be in the packets.  This document has instructions for how to fill out the form correctly (There is a sample order on each form to help clarify).

IMPORTANT INFO FOR FILLING OUT THE PAPER FORMS - The top three lines of the paper forms need to be filled out properly.  Please follow these instructions for filling out the top of the form:

NAME OF SCHOOL OR ORGANIZATION - FVL Schools Band Program
GRADE/TEAM - Cadet Band or Concert Winds (list the band your child is in)
TEACHER'S/LEADER'S LAST NAME - Kramer (for Cadet Band) or Neujahr (for Concert Winds)

REWARD ZONE - This file will also be in the packets.  This shows the fabulous prizes the students can earn for their sales efforts!

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 15

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATE:  Saturday, October 6

All orders & money MUST be turned in on this date. To get your profit be sure to fill in the top 3 lines of all of the forms.  Please turn in BOTH COPIES (white and yellow) of your order form. The order forms will be returned to you on delivery day.

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 3 • 8:00-10:00am

*** ALL ORDERS MUST BE PICKED UP ON THIS DATE *** If you cannot be there for pick up, please make arrangements for someone else to pick your order up for you.  The product pick-up location will be the FVL Auditorium Stage.

ALL MONEY IS DUE: When you turn in your order.  Use the Envelope provided in the packet.

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

WELS Middle School Honors Band

This past February many of the Wisconsin WELS grade school band programs participated in the first ever WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival. We are happy to announce that we will again be having that Honors Band festival.  To avoid the many solo and ensembles in the month of February and March, the directors have set the date for this year's festival for Saturday, December 1.

We will be nominating our most advanced students for this festival.  You and your child will be contacted if he/she is nominated, and will also be receiving more information in the near future.

As it was last year, this year's Honors Festival will take place at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School.

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Update for September 6

Your FVL Schools Band Directors are very excited for the lessons and rehearsals to begin, and look forward to a year of rehearsing and performing beautiful music! More important than the music we make will be the opportunity to use our God-given gifts to their fullest potential, while at the same time enjoying the benefits of belonging to such a wonderful musical family.

First Rehearsals

We will be holding our first band rehearsal on Saturday, September 8. This rehearsal will be for the CONCERT WINDS only (students with at least one year of experience). The CADET BAND (beginning band students) will have their first rehearsal on Saturday, September 15. All of our Saturday rehearsals are from 8:15 - 9:45 in the Band Room (Concert Winds) or new Fine Arts Classroom (Cadet Band) at FVL. We hope that all of our students are able to participate in our Saturday group rehearsals. Even if a student cannot attend every rehearsal, we still welcome them when they are able to attend.

Lessons begin week of September 10-14

We will be starting the individual band lessons at each school the week of September 10-14. A link to the lesson schedule can be found on the FVL Schools Band website in the Calendar tab and also under the Registration/Documents tab. Your school principals are working on the individual lesson times at each school, so there may be some tweaking of the times at each school to accommodate school schedules or additional registrations.

If you are renting an instrument from FVL and do not yet have the instrument, we will hand out the instruments on September 8 or Mr. Kramer or I will deliver that instrument on the first day of lessons at your school. Please be sure that your band student remembers to bring to school his/her instrument and lesson book for their first lesson. New students will be given their lesson books at their first lesson or at the Saturday rehearsal.

FVL Schools Band Parent Meeting on September 15

We will be having an FVL Schools Band Parent meeting on Saturday, September 15. The meeting will begin at 8:30 and will conclude by the end of the rehearsal at 9:45. We will discuss the fall fundraiser with a representative from Hansen's Fundraising, preview the schedule for the year, and will view the band's website and the information that it provides. We will also give you an idea of what volunteer opportunities you will have this year as an FVL Schools Band Parent!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY #1

Gretchen Adrian has again agreed to be our Attendance Coordinator! Thanks so much for your leadership in this area, Gretchen! She has put together an attendance "Practice Check-in" sign up sheet on Sign Up Genius. Each week we need one or two parents to check in students as they arrive at rehearsal. The duty begins a bit before 8:00 AM as students arrive, and is usually completed by about 8:30 after rehearsals begin. This task is important each week for our attendance records. If you are interested in helping out, please check the Practice Check In link for more information, as well as the form to sign up.

This form can also be found on our Volunteers page.

The Director's Updates - Important Information!

You will also begin to receive occasional email alerting you to a new "Director's Update" on our website. Normally you will receive an update on the Friday (or earlier in the week) preceding our Saturday rehearsals. The email will give you the topics covered in the update, and will direct you to that page for the full information.

We are very excited to begin this new year with the FVL Schools Band Program!

 

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