DMS Band Weekly Newsletter

Discovery Middle School Band - Madison, AL

Welcome to the DMS Band!

We are so glad you are here! This is our first weekly Sunday Band Newsletter where you will receive important updates and information each Sunday to get ready for the week!


We know that virtual band seems like a stretch, but we are off to a great start! We have some creative ideas to get kids playing instruments and learning music anytime and anywhere. It's going to be a GREAT semester!


We send this weekly Sunday newsletter so that everyone has access to the important information for the week. If there is something you suggest we add, please let us know. This year, we will be sure to include all class' weekly agendas for schoology (which you can also find on each class' schoology homepage).


If there are any volunteer opportunities, fundraisers, reminders, etc. they will be posted here as well. Please use this as a main hub for DMS band information.


You can access this newsletter anytime via our Virtual Classroom (click the stack of newspapers in the top right) or our DMS Band website: www.dmsbands.org.


Go Panther Bands!

Welcome to the team, Ms. Patriquin!

Catherine Patriquin, Associate Director of Bands

Catherine Patriquin grew up in Dover, Delaware and relocated to Ocean Springs, Mississippi while she was in middle school. She attained her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mississippi State University in December of 2018 after student teaching at Biloxi Junior High School and Biloxi High School in Mississippi. Following graduation, she served as assistant band director for grades 6-12 at Oxford School District in Oxford, Mississippi. Catherine has just moved to the Huntsville area and is looking forward to getting plugged in to the music community in Alabama with her musically-gifted engineer fiancé, Ryan! She loves kayaking, yoga, musicals, and playing with their two pups; Miniature Schnauzer Sulley and Pittie Mix Laika.

DMS School-Wide Virtual Learning Schedule

Make sure to read the fine print at the bottom. This is a general, school wide skeleton of our schedule - PLEASE be sure to check your teachers' schedules they make available.

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Although the master schedule above may be helpful for some to see how we made it all work, I personally recommend using this template (included below) to create an individual student schedule for your student!


Your teachers each have a daily schedule. Plug those schedules in to this colored template for an easy to follow personalized schedule!

Beginner Band (School-Based-All classes) Weekly Agendas

Click this button for weekly agendas for Beginner Band (all classes) in the SCHOOL BASED classes. This is not for virtual academy students.

Concert Band (School-Based) Weekly Agendas

Click this button for weekly Agendas for Concert Band students in the SCHOOL BASED classes. This is not for virtual academy students.

Symphonic Band (School-Based) Weekly Agendas

Click this button for weekly agendas for Symphonic Band students in the SCHOOL BASED classes. This is not for virtual academy students.

BEGINNER BAND (VIRTUAL) WEEKLY AGENDA

Click this button for weekly agendas for Symphonic Band students in the VIRTUAL classes. This is not for school-based students.

CONCERT AND SYMPHONIC BAND (VIRTUAL) WEEKLY AGENDA

Click this button for weekly agendas for Concert AND Symphonic Band students in the VIRTUAL classes. This is not for school-based students.

If you don't have an instrument - Please DO NOT go get an instrument until we give further instruction/direction. Thanks!!

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Have you watched this video yet?

Check out our Open House video below to get directions on our DMS Band Virtual Classroom!


We HIGHLY encourage parents to go view the "Help" slide (when you click the question mark button on the whiteboard). This has TONS of videos, tutorials, Schoology help books, etc. We have even updated it since this video! PLEASE go check it out!!!

Band Open House 2020

Scan a doc into your phone and submit directly to Schoology:

Fundraising Updates - Fall 2020

We usually kick off the year with a fundraiser where we sell some pretty awesome bed sheets (I know - strange!) but we always love this easy and profitable fundraiser! It also couples really well with the BJHS Band mattress fundraiser.


This year, for somewhat obvious reasons, we won't be having the sheet fundraiser as soon as usual, we will push it off for a few weeks.


We will need to solidify our DMS Band Booster team/organization and get parent volunteers plugged in as usual. If anyone is interested in helping with fundraisers, please email us! :)


All that to say - for those of you who are not new to the DMS band program we still have our sheet fundraiser website up and running from this summer. I actually opted to leave this website open until December so technically y'all can order bedsheets right now!


Here is our bed sheet sale website:

https://goalfundingdirect.com/discoverymiddleschool/


Please check it out and grab some sheets if you're in need!

Next week we will ask for parent volunteers to serve as band boosters, so please be thinking about how you can help us out!

Lastly - check out our DMS yearbook challenge! Help out Ms. Shergy and the yearbook staff!

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Contact Us!

Please be sure to like our Facebook page for updates! We mainly communicate through email (via our CHARMS system) but lots of great info starts with a facebook post!