My name is Jamie Davis and I am your son or daughter’s band teacher at Spectrum Community School. Welcome to our new band students and welcome back to our returning students - I am very excited to work with all of you this year! If you are new to the Spectrum Band Program, I send an email update every Sunday night to keep everyone apprised of what’s going on this week. It’s a busy program and this helps to keep everyone on the same page. From time to time, you may receive emails from our Spectrum Band Parents Executive. We had a great first week with classes doing some musical and non-musical goal setting for the year. Numbers are up in all of our classes and performing bands! Things are already shaping up for another positive, successful, and fun year!
Here’s what we have on the go this week:
1.) Band Classes in Period 1 and 2:
Monday – Band 9 in Period 1 – BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT! (If you need to borrow a school instrument, please come a few minutes before class starts to sign one out.)
Tuesday – Band 10 in Period 1, Band 11/12 in Period 2 – BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS!
Wednesday – Band 9 in Period 1.
Thursday – Band 10 in Period 1, Band 11/12 in Period 2.
Friday – Band 9 in Period 1.
2.) Morning, Lunch, After School Rehearsals:
Monday – None, None, None.
Tuesday – None, None, None
Wednesday – Sr. Concert Band FIRST REHEARSAL! @ 7:30am, None, None
Thursday – Jr. Jazz Band – FIRST REHEARSAL! @ 7:30am, Sr. Jazz Band at Lunch – FIRST REHEARSAL, None
Friday – Jr. Concert Band – FIRST REHEARSAL! (All grade 9s, 10s, and TAs), Band Council Meeting, None.
- All morning rehearsals start promptly at 7:30am.
- I am available for extra help after school.
- Pit Orchestra Rehearsals will begin in late September when our music arrives from NYC.
3.) Fall Start-up Forms - Please return ASAP!
All students were given a package of forms during their first band class. Please return the Student/Parent Information Sheet, the Uniform Agreement (and 2 cheques) and the signed Cover Page by Friday, September 16th. This helps me to make sure that I have correct contact information for you and your family. Please check with your student if you have not received this yet. Let me know if you would like me to email copies of the forms home to you.
4.) Band Information Night and Band Parents Association Meeting – Tuesday, September 13th, 7pm
This Tuesday I will be hosting an information night for all parents at 7:00pm in my classroom. If you are new to the band program, come learn what it’s all about. Bring your questions! Following that meeting will be the first meeting of the Spectrum Band Parents Association. The Band Parents Association is a TREMENDOUS help in raising funds to support the band program as well as organizing/issuing uniforms, publicity and promotion, and much more. ALL parents are welcome to attend the meetings. They are always looking for new parents to help organize fundraiser and coordinate various events.
5.) Level Ground Coffee Fundraiser
We have just started a new fundraiser - selling Level Ground Coffee! Thank you to Nancy Wong and Allison Hoogland for spearheading this! Information has gone home to all students in the fall packages. We will be filling monthly orders and the first order is due on Thursday, September 15th.
5.) Bottle Drive #1 - Saturday, September 17th, 9am-1pm
Our first bottle drive will be held this Saturday from 9am to 1pm in the school parking lot. Bottle Drives are one of the quickest and easiest way to earn money for your student account (earn money for band trips, lessons, instrument purchases etc.) and for the band general account (to buy school instruments, music, uniforms etc.). We are in need of at least 10-12 parents to drive students to canvass the neighbourhood. We need AS MANY STUDENTS as possible to come out to help support this fundraiser. The Band Parents Association will provided a BBQ hotdog lunch once all sorting is finished. While fundraising is not mandatory, partial help (even and hour or two) is preferred over no help at all. Please remember that the majority of our fundraisers benefit ALL of the band students at Spectrum.
* Parents – If you are able to help with driving, please bring a photocopy of your driver’s license and insurance to the bottle drive. There is a school district form that needs to be filled out before you take students out in your vehicle.
6.) The Band’s GREAT APPLE PIE EVENT! - Year 11
Our big fall FUNraiser has started! Every year band students canvass the neighbourhood and pre-sell our homemade apple pies for $10 each. They are DELICIOUS, are homemade by our band students, and come packaged ready for you to bake and eat OR freeze for a later date. We encourage all students to sell pies to family, friends, neighbours, and teachers. Students will earn money for their individual band accounts and earn money for the band to purchase new instruments and sheet music.
WE ARE IN NEED OF APPLE DONATIONS! Please let me know if you have apples to donate to this fundraiser. We do not have a lot of storage at the school – if you can hold onto your apples until Friday, September 30th that would be really helpful! If not, we will try to figure out a storage solution. If you need students to come and pick your trees, please let me know as well.
* We are in need parent coordinators to help make this fundraiser a go. There are detailed instructions to assist with this. Let me know if you are interested!
* Pies are $10 each. Payment must be taken at time of order. Incomplete orders/orders without payment will not be filled.
* Order forms are due on Friday, September 23rd. No late orders will be accepted. Please bring money/order forms in a sealed envelope with your name marked on it.
* More information about pie making day to follow next week.
7.) Oregon Band Tour
With the success of the San Francisco band tour last year, we are pleased to announce that this year’s band tour will be to the Oregon Coast. Information can be found here and was sent home on Friday to Grade 10-12 students. Grade 9s will receive the information package on Monday. We appreciate that the timelines are short for the first month in terms of the trip deposit and first payment. Please let me and my band manager, Jacquie Hawey (email@example.com), if you have any questions.
8.) Upcoming: Uniform Sizing For All Students
All students need to be sized for band uniforms at the beginning of the year. Please return your uniform rental agreements and damage deposit/maintenance cheques by Friday, September 16th. Please make note of and attend the following uniform sizing sessions:
**Tuesday, September 20th (6pm-8pm) - Uniform sizing night for all RETURNING students.
**Wednesday, September 21st (6pm-8pm) Uniform sizing night for all NEW/GRADE 9 students.
I think that’s it for now! I am truly excited to be back and working with everyone. As always, please contact me if you have any questions!
Director of Bands
Spectrum Community School
BC Music Educators Association
957 Burnside Road West
Victoria, BC V8Z 6E9
Tel: +1.250.479.8271 (Ext 512)