My name is Parker Jolliffe and I am your son or daughter’s band teacher at Spectrum Community School. I wanted to send out a warm welcome to our new band students from near and far as well as welcoming back our returning students :) I hope everyone had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to what lies ahead.
I am so excited to be working 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 on the same page. It’s a busy program and this helps to ensure there are no surprises. From time to time, you may receive emails from our Spectrum Band Parents Executive.
Spectrum Community School has gone paperless in its efforts to reduce district paper consumption. This email is meant to introduce you to our main points of interest: daily schedule, uniforms, website, annual fundraisers and musical opportunities. Refer to it as needed... It does not need to be read all in one day :)
1.) Band Classes in Period 1 and 2:
Monday – No School.
Tuesday – 9:45-11:15 Grade 9 Orientation in our Theatre, 11:30-12:00 Grade 10-12 Timetables in TAG
Wednesday – Band 9 in Period 1 (No Instruments)
Thursday – Band 10 in Period 1, Band 11/12 in Period 2. (Bring instruments)
Friday – Band 9 in Period 1. (Bring Instruments)
2.) Morning, Lunch, After School Rehearsals:
All early morning, lunch and after school rehearsals begin September 10th.
3. Spectrum Band Website
We encourage you to bookmark our website: www.spectrumband.ca and become familiar with its advantages. This website is full of everything you need to know from our weekly news, an up-to-date google calendar, Fundraising opportunities, important forms etc. When in doubt, never hesitate to contact me via this email or contact me at the school: 250-479-8271.
4. Spectrum Band Uniforms
Our Band Uniforms have been organized, cleaned and ready for another season of looking great while sounding great! If you are a new band family, here is a description of what you will be needing: http://spectrumbandvictoria.weebly.com/spectrum-band-uniforms.html
Rental Agreement forms will go home Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Please have your cheques (Made out to Spectrum Band Parents Association) and form returned to Mr. Jolliffe Friday, September 14th.
5. Weekly Rehearsal Schedule
Please follow the link for classes scheduled outside the timetable: http://spectrumbandvictoria.weebly.com/performance-band-schedule.html
What is Outside the Timetable?
Spectrum Students are enrolled in 4 classes a day that are considered part of the daily timetable. All other classes participate and run before class, at lunch or after school.
For new families, every new band member is given their own band account. This account can grow monetarily based on how much fundraising they choose to endeavour. To see a breakdown, visit this page:http://spectrumbandvictoria.weebly.com/fundraising.html
The funds gained can be used towards future music tours, music supplies, concerts etc. We offer fundraisers unique to Spectrum such as the Christmas Craft Fair, Great Apple Pie event and New Orleans Jazz Night as well as seasonal varieties and our 5 bottle drives.
As a Spectrum band member, each student is required to participate in a minimum of 2 Bottle Drives. The student take-home doubles when parents drive. Please take the opportunity to book your dates at your convenience here: http://spectrumbandvictoria.weebly.com/bottle-drives.html
7. Spectrum Band Tours
Spectrum Band Tour is scheduled for Edmonton 2019. At this point in time, the trip is full but I will be reconnecting with the families who have submitted their deposits to confirm their intent and will return with any information shortly thereafter. Spectrum Band Tour 2020 will be determined mid-spring.
I think that is all I will throw at you for now :) Take it in stretches and I will have more info for everyone this coming Sunday. Please do not hesitate to contact me at anytime. I am the proud father of two boys under three so I will admit my evening replies are not as quick as morning and daytime questions.
Have a great first day back everyone! Looking forward to another stellar year!
PS: For graduated families. You may unsubscribe to stop receiving our emails if you wish.
Director of Bands
Spectrum Community School
957 Burnside Road West
Victoria, BC V8Z 6E9
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