Welcome to Nieman Elementary Bands
Welcome back! Summer has flown by, but that’s okay because that means it’s BAND TIME!
We will begin our normal rehearsal schedule next week, starting on Tuesday, August 22nd. Rehearsal schedules are as follows:
Merriam Park: M/W 2:00-2:30
Nieman: M/W 10:00-10:30
East Antioch: T/Th 12:00-12:30
Ruston: T/Th 1:45-2:15
Santa Fe Trail: T/F 10:00-10:30
Please remember to bring ALL necessary materials to class: Instrument, book, pencil, reeds, valve oil, cork grease, etc.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions ([email protected]). I’m looking forward to seeing you all again!
Our sixth grade band members are invited to play with the high school pep band at the basketball game this Friday, January 6th. Report time is 5:45 in the SMN band room. Check your email/skyward messages for more info.
See you there!
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Students are NOT required to record practice minutes over winter break! However, any playing they do can be recorded for extra credit.
We have an exciting new opportunity coming up this month for our sixth grade band members. We will be starting our North Area Honor Band rehearsals on Monday, November 14th. This band is for all interested sixth graders in the north area (that’s 7 schools!) who would like the opportunity to play in a full band ensemble, and work on more challenging music. Please see the link below for a flyer with more information:
Secondly, fifth grade band students will now be responsible for keeping a record of their practice minutes each month. The November practice records are now posted on this page (just click on the “Monthly Practice Record” button to the right) and I will also hand out a copy to students in class soon. Students are to write down how many minutes they practice each day, and what they worked on. I will check and initial their practice record every week to monitor their progress and practice habits, and I will collect the practice records–with a parent signature–at the end of the month. Sixth Grade Parents: please note that you no longer have to sign off on their student’s practice minutes every week. You only have to sign once at the end of the month before the practice log is due. However, I will continue to check and initial practice logs every week to monitor progress. Please continue to encourage your students to practice 3-4 days a week. It makes a huge difference in their musical development!
Thanks, as always, for your continued support, and great kids!
First of all, as you are going over your students’ grades, please be sure to check your Skyward message center and/or for information pertaining to student grades this quarter. I have posted a detailed description of how to interpret your students’ grades this quarter, and what will be expected moving forward. Also, some schools may not actually include band grades in your student’s grade report, so be sure to check Skyward for those.
Second, I would HIGHLY encourage you all to attend the Shawnee Mission North Marching Invitational, this Saturday, October 22nd. We have 11 fantastic bands coming from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri to compete at the peak of their form. The event lasts all day, but you can come and go as you please once you have paid admission (band students are FREE!) Please consider attending. You will get to see what is in store for our students in less than 3-4 years, and it’s a major fundraising event for the North band program. Also, the Shawnee Mission North Band will perform at 8:45 PM as an exhibition. The link below will take you to a flyer with more information.
Hope to see you all there!