Welcome to Sante Fe Trail Elementary Bands

No Band This Week

I had an unfortunate incident involving a set of stairs and a poorly placed spray bottle which resulted in a broken foot. I am able to get around for the most part, but I will not be having band the first week back to school in order to give my foot a bit of time to heal and become less painful before I begin hauling equipment from school to school and setting up and tearing down classrooms. I plan to begin classes this coming Monday.
Hope you all had a great break! Or maybe I should say vacation. The word “break” bears a lot of negative feelings for me at present 🙂

Don’t Forget . . .

Our first concert is tomorrow evening (November 29th) Students should be in their seats, with their instruments and books, at 6:15 PM. Please dress in nice school clothes. Slacks or khakis, dresses, skirts, collared shirts, etc. are all appropriate, but do NOT feel pressure to go out and buy something new for this concert. Concerts are required and do affect the band grade, so please make every effort to be there.
I am looking forward to seeing you all there!

Honor Band Starts Today!

I just wanted to post a reminder that 6th grade honor band starts today. I’m looking forward to seeing all your kids this afternoon for our first rehearsal. We will begin at 3:45, and conclude at 4:45. Students must be picked up from rehearsal no later than 5:00 PM.
Please drop your students off, and pick them up, at the band room door, which is door #6, off the west parking lot of the school. I will be there as students are arriving, so if they’re a little early, it’s fine.
Can’t wait to get these kids rolling!

 

Honor Band–Rides Needed!

Greetings 6th grade band family!
Hopefully, by now you have had the opportunity to discuss the possibility of your student playing in the sixth grade honor band. Unfortunately, for many students, the major obstacle in playing in this awesome group is just a matter of being able to get from the elementary school over to the high school for rehearsal. Honestly, if I could fit everyone into my Honda Fit and haul them over to North, I would in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, this is not a practical solution.
I am asking parents and other willing adults who are planning to transport their kids on Mondays, to consider driving not only your student to rehearsal, but perhaps take on a few extra passengers as well.
Also, please note that rehearsals are on Mondays. They start at 3:45, and end at 4:45, but there will be an adult in the band room at north by around 3:00 on those days if you need to drop your kid off early. The band room will close at 5:00 after rehearsal is over. If your schedule necessitates dropping your student off a few minutes late, or picking them up a few minutes early, that is certainly workable.
If you are willing and able to provide transportation to rehearsal for multiple kids, could you email me with the following information:
1.) Your name, your student, and which school your child attends.
2.) How many ADDITIONAL kids you can transport (not including your child).
3.) If you are willing to possibly transport these kids to their homes after rehearsal (not a deal breaker).
4.) If there are other circumstances which would impact transportation arrangements.
Thank you all for considering this. Hopefully, we can get as many kids involved as possible!

Honor Band and Practice Records

Greetings all!

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:

North Area Honor Band 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!