Nation Ford Marching Band News

Weekly Update March 28 - April 3

"Imagine, dream, and believe in yourself. With determination and belief, you will be surprised at what you accomplish."

-Byron Pulsifer

DIRECTOR'S CORNER

FROM MR. LINKOUS


LOWCOUNTRY BOIL & CHILI NIGHT

Many thanks to the following parent volunteers for their hard work with the NAFO Band Low Country Boil and Chili Fundraiser. Given this was our first attempt at this event everything ran extremely well!

We appreciate your efforts to support our students!

Dorothy Shiakallis

Shawna Lee Irish

Sharmaine Martinez

Stephanie Whitcher

Carl Irish

Rob Dil

Linda Tennant

Araceli Papke

Staci Hawkins

Amy Turner

Christos Shiakallis

Nicole Gaunt

Tabatha Andonian


We’d also like to recognize the following student helpers for their help. Thank you for contributing to the success of YOUR band program!

Elise Papke

Harlen Rembert

Braeden Hawkins

Chase Turner


WINTER GUARD

Congratulations to our Nation Ford Color Guard! Our guard received a silver medal placement at the Virtual CWEA Competition that took place this past weekend. The guard has also qualified for the WGI Scholastic Regional A semi-finals with a Final Rating: EXCELLENT.

This is a NATIONAL competition so our guard students and staff should be very proud of their achievement!


INDOOR PERCUSSION

The NF Indoor Percussion is wrapping up their E-Showcase recording this week. Links to both group’s recordings should be available when we return from Spring Break.



PER DISTRICT POLICY

If your student has forgotten something at home, nothing may be dropped off at the school this year. Please make sure your have your instrument and mouthpiece when you leave your house!

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SPIRIT NIGHTS

PLEASE SHARE OUR SPIRIT NIGHTS WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21

CHIPOTLE, CAROLINA PLACE MALL

4PM - 8PM

11025 Carolina Pl Pkwy FC-12, Pineville, NC 28134
TELL THEM YOU'RE WITH THE BAND!!


UPCOMING

Famous Dave's


If you know of a restaurant who would like to host a Spirit Night, please contact Stephanie Whitcher at sdwhitcher@comporium.net or Shawna Lee Irish at irish1011@hotmail.com.

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BOARD MEMBERS

DO YOU LOVE BAND AS MUCH AS YOUR STUDENT DOES???


We still have an open position for VICE PRESIDENT for the 2021-2022 school year. You will receive training and help from former Board members. This is a very important position for our Band Booster Club to continue to support out students and our staff.


We will vote for our new Board Members at the April Board Meeting. Please make a note to be at that meeting so your voice can be heard!



Let it be a part of your LEGACY...become a Band Booster Board Member today!


Please email Dorothy Shiakallis at nafobandpres22@gmail.com or Shawna Lee Irish at irish1011@hotmail.com if you are interested or if you have any questions.

BAND STORE

Marching season is over, but it's still fun to show Band spirit!
We have several styles of spring weight (wind-breaker style) jackets in stock as well as polo shirts available.


We have EXTRA "Silipint" cups, a few lids and a few straws available for purchase as well as puravida bracelets! These are great for Spring and Summer outings!

We also have some extra SHOW SHIRT items (t-shirts, long sleeve, crew neck sweatshirts & hoodies).


The Band Store will be open at the APRIL Booster Club meeting, or other times if you email nafobandstore@gmail.com.

WAYS TO GET INFORMATION AND STAY IN TOUCH

VOLUNTEERS

If you are planning on chaperoning or volunteering to work with the students, you must have a Secure Volunteer card. This is a card issued through the Fort Mill School District that performs as a background check to clear you to work directly with the students. It takes 5 minutes to fill out online and submit. The district will then be in touch with you regarding passing the verification process. In turn, they will send us a list of cleared parents to help with the students. If you have one from the middle school, it is still valid -- be sure to check the expiration date on the card so it doesn't expire. The application is on the band website under Participate! Be a Secure Volunteer!

Once you have filled out the form, please email Mr. Linkous to let him know to look for it.

** THIS IS NOT REQUIRED TO WORK AT THE PANTHERS STADIUM **

AMAZON SMILES

Please use smile.amazon.com when you shop on Amazon. This site uses your same user name and password as the Amazon site, however it gives a percentage of all purchases back to the band. You will need to choose Fort Mill District Band Booster Club Inc in order to support the band. We are doing very well with this since many are shopping online!


HARRIS TEETER e-VIC

Nation Ford High School Band has teamed up with Harris Teeter E-Vic program as an easy way to help raise funds for our band program. Please go to the Harris Teeter website and under “Together in Education” click the green tab to "link your school". Link your card to Nation Ford HS Marching Band and you are set. Note: If you did this last year, you need to do this again this year. E-Vic linking is only good for 1 year at a time. Please, everyone link your E-Vic card as this is an easy and effortless way to help raise funds for the band.

Our official name for linking purposes is “Nation Ford HS Marching Band"
School Code is 3956

PUBLIX PARTNERS

To support Nation Ford Band, sign up for Publix Partners through your Publix.com account (if you don't already have one) and select your desired school. Then, enter your phone number at checkout each time you make an eligible purchase.


To enroll: Log in or sign up through www.Publix.com. Once signed in, drop down under "Welcome, (your name)" to access “Go To My Account.” Go to “My Publix Partner” and select a school. Type Nation Ford, and you will be able to select Nationford High School Band, Fort Mill, SC. Every time you shop, enter your phone number (linked to your account) to give credit to the band. Family and friends who shop at Publix in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia can sign up for Publix Partners.
Please note, you need to re-enroll every year!

CROSSWINDS INSURANCE REFERRAL

Renado Robinson at Crosswinds Insurance has a great referral program to benefit the band program. For each referral sent to Crosswinds Insurance that sets up a new insurance policy, Crosswinds Insurance will donate $10 to the band on a monthly basis and will also send a $10 gift card to the referring person. This insurance company can beat the price of most other companies as they are an independent insurance representative. Please take advantage of this if you are looking for insurance!

BAND FEES

ALL PAYMENTS SHOULD BE PAID AT THIS TIME.


BAND FEE: $425 (reduced to $400 if paid in full by Oct. 16)
Payment 1: Sept 18 $250 (PAST DUE)

Payment 2: Oct 16 $100 (Total Dues $400 if paid in full by this date) (PAST DUE)
Payment 3: Nov 20 $75 (PAST DUE)


Please visit our website for more information on Band Fees. https://www.nationfordband.com/fees-payments


** We appreciate everyone who has communicated with us regarding challenges with band fee payments. Please reach out to Mr. Linkous at any time with questions. We will always work very hard to help families in need. Band fees are very crucial this season, considering this year’s limited fundraising opportunities, while still trying to provide a great experience for our students with quality instructors in front of them. **


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dorothy Shiakallis at nafobandpres22@gmail.com, Nicky Ludolph our Charms Secretary at nafocharms@gmail.com, or our Executive Secretary, Bob Hessler, at nafoband@gmail.com.


It is important that everyone pay the $100 Activity Fee which is assessed by the FMSD. This fee insures that the district will continue to supplement our staff expenses AND provide transportation once field trips resume (Region Band, All-state Band, Concert Performance Assessment, Winter Guard, Percussion Ensemble, etc).

https://www.studentquickpay.com/fort-mill/

WORKING CALENDAR

All information that is listed on this schedule is EXTREMELY SUBJECT TO CHANGE. We appreciate your patience and understanding with this process. ALL PAYMENT DATES ARE FIRM.


MONDAY, MARCH 29 - Booster Club Meeting 7pm


APRIL 5 - 9 - Spring Break NO SCHOOL


APRIL 21 - CHIPOTLE Spirit Night 4pm - 8pm


APRIL 26 - Booster Club Meeting 7pm
We will vote for new Board Members at this meeting!