My name is Jamie Davis and I am the band teacher at Spectrum Community School. I'd like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new families this year and a warm welcome back to our returning students and families. Thanks for choosing Spectrum and for choosing to be a part of our band program! I look forward to working with your students and meeting/catching up with all of you as we get into another busy and rewarding year for our program.
I send weekly emails home on Sundays to keep you up to date with what is happening. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about the program or your child's participation in it.
1.) Fall Forms Package – Due Monday
All students received a package of forms (Dates to note, Hand Book, Course Outlines, Practice Card, Rehearsal Schedule, Uniform Information) on Wednesday and Thursday last week. Your assistance in completing these forms and returning them on Monday morning is appreciated.
2.) Band Classes (The school timetable has changed this year. Changes have been outlined in the band handbook and course outlines)
Monday - Band 9 in Period 1
Tuesday - Band 10 in Period 1 (bring instruments!), Band 11/12 in Period 2 (bring instruments!)
Wednesday - Band 9
Thursday - Band 10, Band 11/12
Friday - Band 10, Band 11/12
3.) Morning / Lunch Rehearsals for Performing Bands
Please see the Rehearsal Times PDF for our performing bands that rehearse outside of the timetable. The following bands will start playing this week:
Junior Jazz Band – starts on Tuesday at Lunch
Senior Concert Band – starts on Wednesday at 7:30am
Senior Jazz Band – starts on Wednesday at Lunch
Junior Concert Band – starts on Friday at 7:30am
4.) Spectrum Band Parents Association Meeting – Wednesday night at 7:00pm
Our band program would not be successful without the hard work of our band parents association! They provide so much for Spectrum kids in terms of fundraising, travel organization, uniforms, equipment/instrument purchases etc. The association is currently looking for some new parents to help fill some executive committee and member at large positions as well. Please email our president Steve Davis (email@example.com) if you would like more information.
**THE FIRST MEETING IS ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH AT 7:00PM IN THE LIBRARY. All parents are welcome!**
Uniform rental agreements went home with the fall packages last week. Please read carefully - we ask for two cheques. The first is a $150 damage deposit post-dated to June 30, 2014. The second is a maintenance cheque for $50 (cashed right away for repairs, yearly dry-cleaning, band shoe purchase).
Uniform Sizings: All students must attend one uniform fitting/sizing session with the uniform coordinators. These are on Monday, September 16 - 6pm to 8pm OR Wednesday, September 18 - 6pm to 8pm in the band room.
***All students must provide a pair of plain, long black socks and a WHITE men's button-down dress shirt (must be able to hold a tie. Knit shirts, shirts with patterns on them, polo shirts are not acceptable). The Band Parents association has excellent quality white shirts for sale ($20 each).
All students have a fundraising account with the band that can be used to purchase instruments/supplies, lessons, etc, and to go on band tours. Fundraisers are set by the Band Parents Association with profits going to student accounts or to the program's general account (or both) depending on the fundraiser.
The Great Apple Pie Event – Year 8!
Our first large fundraiser has already started: The Great Apple Pie Event forms have been distributed to all students and are also available on the band website ( www.spectrumband.ca ). For those of you that have not had the privilege of having one of these amazing pies they are simply delicious. Pies are made fresh by students and parents (it's an awesome team building experience!) and can be frozen or baked at your leisure. Sell to your neighbours, family, friends, teachers, and classmates! There will be prizes available for the top three student sellers.
We are in need of apple donations to make this event work. If you have apples to donate or know of anyone who would like to donate please let me know!
September 27th: Order forms DUE (Return to Mr. Davis in the band room)
October 4th: 4pm-7pm - Volunteers needed to set up the cafeteria.
October 5th: 9am-5pm - Pie Making Day - We will need LOTS of students and parents will be making pies in the cafeteria. Orders will be ready for pick-up at Noon!
October 6th: 10am – 12pm – Last day for order pick up.
Our first bottle drive is on September 28th from 9am – 1pm in the school parking lot. The Band Parents association always provides lunch for student and parent volunteers! We need LOTS of kids and parents out to make these successful. Parent volunteers will need to fill our School District volunteer driver forms to be able to drive students. These are available on the band website and must be completed before the bottle drive as they need to be approved by the principal.
*Please note that there will be NO BOTTLE DRIVE ON OCTOBER 13th. Sorry… that was a typo!
Scrap Metal Drive
We will be holding our first "Scrap Metal Drive" on Saturday, October 26th (9am to 3pm). There is a large list of items that we can accept and this could prove to be very successful for our program! We will have a bin at the school closer to the date ready for drop offs. We are in need of parents with tools to help break-down/disassemble some of the donations - let us know if you can help.
If you would like to drop off early – donations can be brought to Schnitzer Metal at 307 David Street. Please specify that your donation is for the Spectrum Community School Band.
7.) Website / Facebook
Lots of information, media, etc. is available on the band website: http://www.spectrumband.ca
The Spectrum Band Facebook Page is located at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spectrum-Community-School-Band/103143009803059
Thank you for reading! Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm looking forward to a great year!
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