WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

April 6, 2020

THIS WEEK

Virtual Office Hours

Tuesday, April 7th, 11am-1pm

This is an online event.

Virtual Office Hours

Wednesday, April 8th, 11am-1pm

This is an online event.

Virtual Office Hours

Thursday, April 9th, 11am-1pm

This is an online event.

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From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,


I hope this finds you all in still in good health and good spirits.We had a fairly smooth first week of distance learning, and I have heard from a number of students and families on how they are successfully adapting to our current situation. If any of our Band families are in need of help during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are all working through this situation, and the more we can do it together, while from a distance, the better!


In this newsletter, you will find codes for both Google classroom and SmartMusic programs. It is essential that all students are a part of both the Google Classroom for their respective class, as well as the SmartMusic classroom resource.


UPCOMING AUDITIONS

Also, the decision has been made to hold auditions for both next year's Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble I digitally. Please see below for more information, as well as links for students to sign up for an audition time.


Mr. Smith and I are both always reachable via email. As always, it is a best practice to email both of us with any questions, concerns, clarifications, etc. One of us will see the email as quickly as we are able and provide a response.


All of the best - stay home if you are able, and continue to stay healthy and safe,

Mr. Clemente

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From the Band Booster President

Week of April 5, 2020

Hello everyone. I hope this finds you and your families well. Other than classes and the lessons/playing/etc. associated with those classes, all other band activities that were scheduled are on hold/cancelled (please read the newsletter and look at Charms calendar for schedule modifications), but please stay tuned for updates as they develop. I hope you and your loved ones stay safe and positive, and I know everyone will look forward to reconnecting in person when that time comes. If you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to connect with one of us.

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Google Classroom Codes

At this time, there are still a small number of students who have not joined the Google Classroom for their respective Band class(es). Currently, you are missing at least 2 assignments that were due Wednesday and Friday of last week, respectively. Please see below and enter the code to join your Google Classroom ASAP so that you do not fall behind on your work!


The procedure to join the class is the same as before, but in case you are not in the appropriate classes or need a refresher:

1.) Sign into Google using your OCPS student email

2.) Click on the apps icon

3.) Select Classroom

4.) Click on the "+" in the upper right hand corner

5.) Enter the code for the class:

Class Codes:

Symphonic Band: ikqsgbj


Jazz Ensemble II: 2u32u3n


Jazz Ensemble I: otmxdo7


Freshman Jazz Band: soj7ebe


Wind Symphony: zgshiz6


Concert Band: triopqc

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SmartMusic Classroom Resource - Codes to Join

We will begin using SmartMusic in our Band classes this week as a resource. Mr Clemente sent out these codes to the individual classes on Monday, April 6, but in case you cannot find that email please see the codes and instructions below.


1. Open a Chrome browser and visit: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
2. When prompted for a class code, please enter:


Symphonic Band - Period 2:G2NKV-KDENE


Wind Symphony - Period 6: 33NCP-X3ZNA


Concert Band - Period 7: 7ZZW4-PAPXX



Please create your account no later than this Wednesday, April 8.

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WIND SYMPHONY AUDITION FORMAT UPDATE

This year's audition for Wind Symphony will be conducted virtually through Big Blue Button. Auditions will still keep the same format and requirements as listed on the Wind Symphony 2020/2021 Audition Information Form. Students will sign up for an audition time on a Google sheet, and will receive a link to join the meeting on the day of their audition. Both Mr. Clemente and Mr. Smith will be in the meeting and evaluating auditions.


Audition Dates: Monday, April 13 - Thursday, April 16


Sign up for an audition time here: Wind Symphony Audition Sign Up Sheet


To help students learn how to use the Big Blue Button program, Mr. Smith and Mr. Clemente will be holding "virtual office hours" this week. Please see the "This Week" section of the newsletter for dates and times.

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JAZZ ENSEMBLE I AUDITION FORMAT UPDATE

This year's audition for Jazz Ensemble I will be conducted virtually through Big Blue Button. Auditions will still keep the same format and requirements as listed on the 2020/2021 Winter Park Jazz Ensemble I Audition Information Form. Students will sign up for an audition time on a Google sheet, and will receive a link to join the meeting on the day of their audition. Both Mr. Clemente and Mr. Smith will be in the meeting and evaluating auditions.


Audition Dates: Monday, April 20 - Thursday, April 22


Sign up for an audition time here: Jazz Ensemble I Audition Sign Up Sheet


To help students learn how to use the Big Blue Button program, Mr. Smith and Mr. Clemente will be holding "virtual office hours" this week. Please see the "This Week" section of the newsletter for dates and times.

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OCPS Meals Distribution


OCPS families, The district’s FREE Grab-n-Go meal distribution for children begins tomorrow, Monday, March 23.


Fifty schools across the district will be handing out breakfast, lunch and a breakfast for the next day. Any child aged 18 and under will receive the meals with no questions asked. Children must be present to receive the meals, they can be in a vehicle, walking or riding a bike, no identification is needed. The family does not need to qualify for free and reduced meals and the child does not have to be enrolled at our school to receive food. Also, please consider any food allergies if your child is consuming the meals.


Distribution begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Families can go to any of the 50 school sites. You can find the list of locations on the front page of www.ocps.net and on the district’s Facebook page.

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UPCOMING

WIND SYMPHONY AUDITIONS - Monday, April 13 - Thursday, April 16


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JAZZ ENSEMBLE I AUDITIONS - Monday, April 20 - Wednesday, April 22