2016-17 Grade 7 and 8 Start up Letter






Dear Grade 7 and 8 Parents and Guardians,



Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!   We hope everyone had a good summer and is excited about the upcoming school year.  We are really looking forward to working with our Campbell area students.

Band Startup

Band classes will be starting Friday September 9 (Day 1). Students will receive band twice a cycle.   One band time will be a sectional at the students’ home school and the second will be a full band class at Campbell.  (Massey students will receive their sectionals at Campbell.)   We will be visiting students prior to this to make sure they are organized for our band year.  September 9 is the first time students will need their instruments.  Students who have rented instruments from the school can pick them up on their first full band day.   If a student would like their school instrument before this, please let me know.

Band Times

Massey Grade 7 – Day 1 morning and Day 4 morning

Massey Grade 8 – Day 1 morning and Day 4 afternoon

Grant Road Grade 7 – Day 2 morning and Day 3 afternoon

Grant Road Grade 8 – Day 2 morning and Day 5 morning

McVeety Grade 7 – Day 5 afternoon and Day 1 morning

Perry Grade 7 – Day 2 morning and Day 5 morning

Perry Grade 8 – Day 2 morning and Day 3 afternoon    



Instruments

Students need to make sure they have made arrangements for instruments.   Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones, Trumpets, Trombones, and Percussion kits are rented from either St. John’s Music (757-7272) or Long and McQuade Music (569-8501).  French horns, baritones, bass clarinets, and tubas are rented through the school.   If we knew your child was planning on playing a school instrument (from June registration forms) we have one reserved.   If your child is planning on playing a school instrument and registration form was not handed in, please let us know so we can make the appropriate arrangements.  If you are planning on purchasing a new or used instrument, or borrowing an instrument please have your instrument checked either by an instrument repair technician, or by one of us.   In order to ensure success for your child it is important to have a properly functioning instrument.   Please let us know if you need help in getting an instrument.    



Method Book

Grade 7 students will be starting by reviewing the Measures of Success Book 1.   They will begin the Orange Measures of Success Book 2 by approximately November.   Grade 8 students will be starting with the Orange Measures of Success Book.  (This is the same as last year.)   The school owns these.   Grade 7 and 8 band students do NOT need to purchase a book.   Students will need to return these at the end of the school year.  


Jazz Band

Jazz band is a wonderful opportunity for students to play in another style and as a smaller group.  All students are invited to join jazz band. THERE ARE NO AUDITONS.   Jazz band runs on Tuesdays 4-5 at Campbell and Wednesdays from 4-5 at Campbell.  Our new Jazz Room is Room 126.    Students should pick the day that works best for their schedule to attend.  If students would alike to attend both, they are welcome to.   Jazz band will begin on September 27 and September 28.  


Junior Winds

We are pleased to offer students a concert band group designed for those students wishing to have another group to play in and a little more challenging music in a chamber music setting.   Students who are interested should ask Ms. Anderson.   Students will be asked to practice something to play first before they join this group.  This group will rehearse Thursday mornings 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Campbell.  We will begin Thurs. Sept. 8. 


Curiousity Club

We have many curious students!    We will be starting a curiousity club for those students who were “just curious” about some of the other instruments.     This will allow students an opportunity to try another instrument out – just for fun.   We will meet on Mondays at Campbell from 3:45-4:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 17.    


Grade 8 Band Retreat – Oct. 12

This is a retreat day for Grade 8 Band.   The reason for this is so students can develop skills and relationships they will need for the upcoming band year.   Please be watching for permission forms and more information. 


Instrument Switching

It is preferable students stay on the same instrument they were on last year.   If it is special circumstances or if a student made arrangements to switch instruments students are asked to attend the Headstart Clinic. (Sept. 9 -  6:00-8:00p.m. and Sept 10, 9:30a.m.-12:30 p.m.) 



 School Instrument Rental

If your child is renting a tuba, French horn, euphonium or oboe from the school, we will be sending home a rental contract.   Please fill this in, keep the back copy and return the rest of the form to us.   The $120 rental fee will appear on your online account.   If it is not possible to pay for this online, please let us know.      


Regina Board of Education Band Transportation Fee

The $50 band transportation fee will appear on your Regina Public online account.  Please pay this online.  If this is not possible please let us know.   (Please note:  Since Massey students walk to band at Campbell they will not need to pay the $50 transportation fee.  


T-shirts 

Our band uniform t-shirt will again be student designed.  Students are invited to submit their design ideas to us by Sept. 30.  From these designs a committee will choose the t-shirt we will use for our 2016-2017 band t-shirt.  We will be sending home a t-shirt form.  The $15 payment will appear in each student’s online payment.  

   

If at any time you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.   



Sincerely,

Kathy Anderson                                               Travis Wilkinson

katherine.anderson@rbe.sk.ca              travis.wilkinson@rbe.sk.ca    

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