McMillen HS Band Boosters
September 2019 Newsletter
Dear Band Parents,
We made it through summer band and the first few weeks of school and now the fun begins!!!
We have an exciting marching season coming up, that begins this week, with the first game performance on September 5, the cluster band performance on September 13 with Plano East and Williams, East Cluster March-A-Thon on September 14, and second game performance on September 19. Hope to see all of you there. The marching season will fly by, so enjoy every moment.
I would like to give a special shout out to Kristin Presz and all her Tuesday Treat donors and volunteers.
Thank you for making Tuesday mornings special for all the band students. The spread and variety of options look amazingly yummy!!! Thanks to all of you!
Also, thank you to all of you that have already signed up to help with game day meals, uniform distribution and collection, and chaperoning. We need more helpers for all our game day tasks, but especially chaperones. With a band as large as ours, we need about 20 parent volunteers to chaperone each game. If you are going to the game anyway…why not chaperone?! Please log in to MTK (mcmillenband.membershiptoolkit.com) and sign up. Your time and dedication is always appreciated! (And it is a lot of fun!)
Volunteers are also needed for the contests: Percussion Drum line Competition, Plano East Marching Invitational, and UIL. To help our students be successful, it is important that we have enough volunteers for these contests!
Make sure your volunteer application is up to date and approved. Go to https://www.pisd.edu/Page/1605 to fill it out today. It can take a couple days to get approved. Only takes a few minutes to complete the form.
In each newsletter this year, I would like to spotlight a band parent each month. And this month we have a parent with very special passions, to whom I was introduced in a time of need.
Thanks to all of our band families! The mornings are early and some of the evenings are late, but your support for your student and the band program as a whole is very much appreciated! Thank you so much for being so GREAT!!
Looking forward to a great marching season!! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
McMillen High School Band Booster President, 2019-2020
Katie and Jennifer
A few weeks ago, my older son was mowing the lawn and came upon an injured baby rabbit. (Dislocated back legs) Not sure what to do, he got my husband and they put the rabbit in the shade and tried to give him some water. When I returned from my errands, they told me what happened and my son asked if I could find help for the rabbit. Not having any pets of our own, I had no idea how to care for such a young rabbit. I called around to local shelters, to no avail, and then texted a couple friends, who had animals. One of them put me in touch in
Jennifer Lee. Jennifer is mom to Katie Sims, freshman percussionist in the McMillen Band.
I found out that Jennifer has a passion for animal rehabilitation. She has 13+ animals at her home that she is rehabilitating. Jennifer has a bearded dragon, birds, cats, dogs, etc. She will help any type of animal. At a total loss of what to do, Jennifer told me to get the rabbit out of the heat and put it in a container, until she could come over later that evening. Here is a photo of the little girl (found out ‘he’ was a ‘she’ from Jennifer):
Jennifer came over with formula, hay, and other supplies to help the rabbit be comfortable, including a little stuffed animal. She said she couldn’t take the rabbit that evening, but explained to my son and me how to feed the rabbit with an eye dropper and care for her until Jennifer could make arrangements for the rabbit.
Jennifer feeding the rabbit with a dropper
She told us to put the rabbit in a bathtub in the container, so the rabbit wouldn’t be injured if she did get out of the container. We put towels in the bathtub and took care of the rabbit for 48 hours. We even got her to eat grass from our yard, that we saw other wild rabbits like to eat. And even with 2 dislocated hind legs, this rabbit was doing laps in the bathtub. When Jennifer was able to take the rabbit, she was able to get the back legs ‘popped’ back in to place from a vet friend, and now the little gal is thriving and eating and drinking up a storm. We couldn’t be more thrilled!
A very happy and well cared for rabbit – 2 weeks later
During the course of our conversations, I also learned that Jennifer is a very creative and talented cake, cupcake, and cookie decorator. You can see some of her creations above and below. If you ever have the need for some cakes or sweet treats for an event, don’t hesitate to contact Jennifer Lee! She can be reached by cell (call or text) at 469-782-8266 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know of a band parent doing unusual, extraordinary, or funny things (inside or outside of band), please let me know, because they could be part of the next parent spotlight!