NOTES FROM THE DIRECTORS

It was wonderful seeing you all again this week (in person and virtually)! We missed you immensely!!!

  • Please check the Band Schoology page EVERY DAY. There will be assignments posted weekly that are due for grades. Email the directors with any questions about completing assignments.

  • Construction continues and Wenger will begin our instrument and uniforms’ storage unit installation on 8/24. Stay posted for more on that soon.

  • Congratulations to CHASE BURTON!!!! He was the first student to complete the three assignments in smart music for next week. Many of you have already completed many of the assignments, so please keep up the great work. Also feel free to explore the band music and send us a message with things that might be cool for all of us to play sometime.

  • Mr. Hagan apologizes for the mix-up with the Amro email last weekend. He didn't know that was only for directors.

  • Please keep in mind that the safety measures implemented at HHS this year are intended to keep our school open. If we ALL follow these instructions, we can make it work! Let’s be a great example of working together and follow all the guidelines.

Important Dates This Week

BRASS INSTRUMENT PICKUP

Any Virtual Students who requested BRASS instruments can pick them up on Monday 8/24/20 from 3:30pm-4:30pm. Please park in the front circle drive at HHS and Dave Wohlschlegel will be on hand to assist you. We are repairing some woodwind instruments and they will be ready soon.

BOOSTER DUES UPDATE

During the most recent HHS Band family meeting, it was discussed that due to tax regulations, student fundraising accounts will no longer be available. Therefore, all remaining student account balances will be applied to this year’s band booster dues. Our assistant Treasurer, Molly Opferman, sent an email to the affected families regarding this account adjustment. (emails were sent 8/16 and 8/17). As communicated previously, the booster dues for 2020 - 2021 school year are $500.00, this was a decrease from $725.00. Therefore, any family that has overpaid will be receiving a refund check. Refunds will be mailed at the end of August.


If you have not paid booster dues for this school year, you may do so via PayPal https://www.thehoustonband.com/payments or by mail (HHS Band Boosters PO Box 38233

Germantown, TN 38183). Please contact Molly Opferman (Assistant Treasurer) with any questions (opferman@gmail.com or 901-337-7154). Thank you!


Along with dues payments, if you have not returned your two forms (Parent Consent and Performance Contract already, please complete those. They can be found here:

https://www.thehoustonband.com/forms. You can print them, sign and and return to

thehoustonbandgtwn@gmail.com.

HOUSTON BAND SERVICE PROJECT

Caitlin Flaherty, a Senior Flute section leader is organizing a Houston Band service project for her Honors Academy Capstone Project. Her goal is to show how great The Houston Band can be at working together to help a cause. See below, what your students can do to get involved. Contact her with any questions: caitlin.flaherty@students.gmsdk12.org


As my Houston High Honors Academy project, I am organizing 1-2 dinners for Germantown Methodist ER employees. Please join me in showing our local healthcare workers how much the Houston Band appreciates their work during this pandemic. I am asking for monetary donations as well as Houston Band Members to help me deliver the meals. I have attached a signup genius. If you donate or volunteer to drop off dinner, service hours will be awarded. $20 = 1 hour. Thank you for your support!

SignUp Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044da5af2ba5f58-dinners

Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8rFoVv5CPr

Overall School Arrival/Dismissal Policies

  • The building will not be open to students prior to 7:00am. Students may not enter the building until 7:00am and must wait outside.

  • Students arriving between 7:00am and 7:30am must go to a designated holding area until they are released to go to 1st period. You are not allowed into the band room before 1st period.

  • At the end of the day, all students must leave the building immediately after 7th period and the building must be cleared no later than 3:00pm

Band Room Specific Policies

  • Students will not need instruments until further notice. We will inform students when instruments will be required

  • Students are not allowed in the band room before 1st period, they must go to the designated holding area prior to 7:30am

  • Students will not be allowed to stay after school in the band room unless it is for an after-school rehearsal scheduled by a director

  • Students will eat lunch during 4th period Band Class each day. We are encouraging everyone to bring lunch, especially these first weeks. But students requiring lunch from the cafeteria should still report to the auditorium 4th period; then when the tardy bell rings at 10:34am, the Directors will release you to go purchase your food and bring it back. In order to maintain 6 feet of social distance, students will need to sit in their assigned seat.

  • Please do not plan to store personal items in the band room. We must keep traffic in these rooms to the absolute minimum.

  • Meetings with directors should be scheduled by email ahead of time. Please do not drop by the Director's Offices during school hours without an appointment

FUNDRAISING

Flamingo Flocking is BACK!

https://www.thehoustonband.com/fundraising


Flock a Friend $25

Roosting season is August 24-Oct. 25th

Call or text Amy Burgess at 901-832-8900 to arrange a flock TODAY!


What a fun way to brighten someone’s day. Sections will be helping with flock

placements this year. Challenge your section leaders to be the first to sign-up.

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