Good morning everyone!
We are a little over a month into school and I would be remiss without stating how proud I am of our students and the way they have handled themselves during these peculiar times. Everybody is taking a "program first" approach by adhering to all of our necessary protocols and making sure we are making music together, safely.
Thank you for setting the example for others!
For families outside of the classroom, we have spent the first month reacquainting ourselves with the basics: fundamentals on tone, balance, blend, breathing and rhythm... (If a signed, limited edition Mr. Jolliffe class photo has made it home) then I would also have to admit that the atmosphere in our classes has been a welcomed mix of laughter and commendable progress.
Here is what you need to know this week!
This past week was the time table "flip". Simply put (for the next 5 weeks) Block A classes run Monday to Thursday. Block C Classes run Monday to Friday.
The following changes to Music are as follows (Only for 5 weeks): Choir now rehearses Monday Mornings, Band 10 Block A Classes will proceed on Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 9am. Classes on Friday begin @ 11:30 with Junior jazz.
The remainder of our schedule remains the same. For any students who have conflicts as a result of this sudden change, do not fret. We all must be flexible in these times. Let me know if you have any concerns and we will figure it out
A big thank you to Deanna Braga for spearheading a popular holiday fundraiser: the Purdy's Christmas Program. Information and dates will be distributed to those who sign up for this seasonal favourite. Students have the opportunity to make 25% of sales which then is deposited into their individual band accounts. Please follow the link here: https://forms.gle/MZzSZWoTVyFrA14z7
We are excited with the opportunity to continue Spectrum Band & Choir Bottle Drives in a safe and covid friendly way. We will be implementing their "No sort" Bottle Drive which simply means collecting bottles and returning them to the depot in a designated area. No counting... losing count OR finding gross surprises in the bags. Pre-Covid times, we asked that each family sign up for a minimum of two but we respect your right to pass on said opportunities. Please follow the link for more info: https://forms.gle/5mYNn6EvnvwU5Ar16v
Our awesome team of Spectrum Band Parents have been at the school, sorting through our freshly drycleaned uniforms (Thank you Tillicum Laundry!). Sizing for Grade 9's will take place this week in class. A huge thank you to Tracey G. Deanna D. Lori R. Christine S. & Laura W. as well as Spectrum All Stars Caitlyn C. and Brad R.!
***FINAL NOTICE: This is the last week to return missing items. A handful of suits, ties, shoes are still missing. Please raid your students bedroom for said items or we will be forced to cash the $150.00 damage deposit cheques.***
That is all for now, have a great week everyone!
Director of Bands & Choir
Spectrum Community School
957 Burnside Road West
Victoria, BC V8Z 6E9
Tel: 250-479-8271 ext.512