Dear Parents and Students,
Every week, I will send out some notes and the activities that your students have for this upcoming week. (These first few weeks may come to you more than once, as I am working on updating the system and I want to be sure all new parents receive this email.) Communication is the key to success so I want to be able to communicate with you all that is happening in our program. “This Week” will include the schedule for the week, upcoming dates for the month, band information, and booster information. Please use the Charms Calendar so review the band schedule (www.charmsoffice.com password Yellowjacketband) so you can be aware of what is coming up for your student. I will be sending out more details on how the Charms website works. I am still in the process of updating the calendar for the full year. It should be complete in the next week or two. We also have a beautiful website that is full of band information to help you at www.yellowjacketsband.com.
Be on the lookout for sign-ups from the Bartow High School Band Booster organization. We need all of our parents helping and involved to have a successful year. Our Band Parent Organization has a tradition of having amazing support from our parents! Come out and be a part of the Pride of Bartow!
We will have practice this Tuesday (5:30 PM TO 8: 30 PM) and Thursday afternoon (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm). After practice for this Thursday only, we will have a full pregame practice with football and cheer from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. We will serve all of the students dinner at 6:30 pm.
We will have marching band practice for the duration of the season on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesdays will be in the evening from 5:30 pm -8:30 pm and Thursdays will be after school from 3:00 pm-5:30 pm. Please understand that I will release the band from the practice field at those times. It will take a few minutes for them to get back to the band room and get their equipment put away.
Finally, please do not forget about Pepsi Wars. We need lots of Pepsi coming in this week for our upcoming football games.
Tuesday: Marching Band Practice 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. All Members
Thursday: Marching Band Practice 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Students will need to bring in $10 if they do not have a practice shirt. Practice shirts will be passed out after the evening practice at the concession stand.
Friday: Classic Game against Pasco—Home game (students may bring $3 for pizza that must be turned in before 3:00 pm).
--Report: 5:30 pm
--Dress: Practice shirts and jeans
--Need volunteers for the concession stand (a sign-up email will be sent out).
Band Parent Night:
The game is away and we are not attending so we will be holding our annual Band Parent Night and BBQ fundraiser. There are two options for this evening:
We are going to serve Baby Back rib dinners for band parent night. Each meal will include 4 ribs, potato salad, cookie, and Tea/water for $10. Students will be pre-selling dinners. No dinners can be bought the night of the event. (Students will not receive profit from the dinners they sell.) These meals will be DINE IN ONLY.
Students may also sell entire racks of ribs for $20. These racks of ribs will be PICK UP ONLY on the 23rd from 3:00-5:00. For every rack sold, students WILL receive $10 toward their band fees. If you order a rack of ribs and will be attending Band Parent Night, feel free to pre-order your extra rack of ribs to take home for $20. We will allow you to pick them up when you leave the event.
We will need parent volunteers to help prep and pass out the rack of rib orders as early as 2:15. If you cannot be there that early, we will need additional help starting at 4:00 to prepare the dine-in meals. Email me at Jon.Eckman@polk-fl.net and let me know what time you can be there. The boosters will also be emailing a sign up for volunteers. Students may purchase a meal and can eat after the performance, but all meals sales need to be turned in by students no later than Tuesday the 20th. Parents, you do not have to purchase a meal to come to Band Parent Night. At band parent night, we will cover very important band information so we need all of our parents at the event. We will go over volunteer opportunities, fundraisers, band fees, and band activities. Students will wear practice shirts and jeans for the performance.
Director of Bands
Bartow Senior IB/SA