September 11th, 2023
WELCOME NEWSLETTER - Volume 22, Edition 1
We are so glad that you have chosen to support your singer and their participation in the Grand Cities Children's Choir program!
Each week you will receive an email from your singer's choir director to keep you informed on what's coming up. For big events you will be sent a link to this newsletter which will contain all of the information you need. Be sure to scroll down throughout this document until you see the GCCC logo. By doing so, you will see all of the information contained in this first newsletter.
If you have further questions or need clarification on anything, do not hesitate to ask!
Thursday Nights are GCCC Nights!
Our choirs meet on Thursday evenings at Red River High School (unless the calendar directs otherwise) starting this week, Sept. 14th, during these times:
Poco Voce 5:30-6:30pm
Canto Voce 5:30-6:30pm
Accordo Voce 6:45-8:00pm
Primo Voce 6:45-8:45pm
SAFE DROP OFF
Singers may be carefully dropped off at Door #1 (the door directly across from the football field). The safest procedure would be to pull up on the right next to the curb instead of dropping off your singer from the left hand lane to cross in front of the right hand lane of traffic. Someone will be at the door to direct you to the rehearsal rooms.
Below you will find a link that will take you to our rehearsal and performance calendar for the year. Please keep this handy in printed paper for on the refrigerator or on your digital device. Note that periodically Red River HS has events that require us to meet at an alternative location. That location is Sharon Lutheran Church (right next door to RRHS to the east). Those particular dates are indicated on the calendar.
Parent Registration Night will be Thursday evening, September 21, at Red River High School and will take place while the choirs are rehearsing. It is imperative that at least one parent attend this event in order for their singer to continue coming to rehearsals. The process is organized and usually flows smoothly. Each parent will receive a passport with 4 table stops they need to make. Someone will sign the passport when each area's task is complete and will be kept at the final table. The stops are Registration, Uniform, Volunteer, and Payment.
REGISTRATION - Pick up registration card and double-check all information.
UNIFORM - On the payment form, please indicate whether you already own a uniform or if you will be purchasing a new one.
VOLUNTEER - We ask that you sign up for one of the many ways that you can help. There are a variety of tasks to fit every schedule!
PAYMENT - Payment for Tuition for the year & uniforms can be paid via cash, check, or credit card. Credit card payments will have a small service charge added. See Mr. Nelson specifically to discuss Tuition Assistance needs.
•Poco and Canto parents should attend anytime between 5-6:30pm
•Accordo and Primo parents should attend from 6:45-8:00pm
How to eliminate standing in line for a long time?
•To expedite your waiting time, you may go to the links below to print, complete, and sign the 2 forms to be used in the registration process. Bring them with you to Parent Registration Night. Forms will be available at the site.
•Another way to expedite your waiting time is to know what size of polo shirt your singer will need. Look at the photo below and measure a shirt that your singer has at home that fits well in the manner indicated. Compare those measurements with the measurements in the chart to determine the size to be ordered. Sample size shirts will be available, but will require time to determine fit.
Special thanks for the time, energy and effort contributed by Sarah Peters (GCCC Operations Director), Greg Nelson (GCCC Finance Director), Kecia Peters, and our numerous parent volunteers who help to make this evening possible!
Annual Butter Braid Fundraiser
Every year we engage all of our singers in a fundraiser for our organization. Tuition that is collected covers staffing, music and day-to-day operational costs.Our fundraiser assists us in offering more enrichment opportunities for our singers such as performing our concerts at the Chester Fritz Auditorium and transportation that allows us to take our music throughout Grand Forks and outside our city limits.
The fundraiser is Butter Braid Pastry Dough. Each pastry sells for $14. Our goal is for each singer to sell a minimum of 5 pastries, with GCCC receiving $5.50 on each product sold ($5 on 4 Cheese & Herb). Just mention the name Butter Braids in your neighborhood, workplace, or friend circle and you will find many who will want to stock their freezers for the holidays!
Singers will bring home instructions, order forms, and a money envelope on Thursday evening, Sept. 21. The sale will run for 2 weeks with order forms due on Thursday, Oct. 5. The Butter Braids will arrive on Thursday, October 26th for singers to pick up and deliver.