WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

October 18, 2020

THIS WEEK

Woodwind and Color Guard Rehearsal

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 3-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Woodwinds and Color Guard sectionals.

Brass and Percussion Rehearsal

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 3-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Brass and Percussion sectionals.

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From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,


We had a wonderful time on Friday evening celebrating Senior Night at the home football game! Congratulations to the class of 2021 as we look forward to see what you do throughout the rest of this school year!


Senior Night Pictures: Senior students and parents/guardians of senior students, please follow the link below to find the on-field pictures taken from this past Friday. Thank you to Jen Adams Photography for the wonderful images!




While this will be a relatively quiet week for the Band as far as after school events, I ask that we all take some time to refresh and reboot our calendar viewing habits. Especially with guidance and allowances changing seemingly week-to week from the local and state authorities, the calendar changes much more frequently that it would during a non-pandemic-affected school year. The calendar can be consulted a few ways:


  • The Band Calendar on Charms is our master calendar. All other methods of seeing Band events will come from this calendar. The Band Calendar can be accessed through Charms as well as on the Band Website.
  • Each week's events are listed at the beginning of each Newsletter.
  • The home page of the Band Website has a listing of each week's events, as well as a list of upcoming events, on the left hand side below the picture slideshow.


These resources are available to our Band students and parents/guardians 24/7, 365. Because of that access, it is expected that all Band families are checking in with the calendar and are planning ahead with Band events in their family's schedule. We will be functioning at our very best once we are able to eliminate "I didn't know we had rehearsal/homework/performance/etc." from our vocabulary!




Let's have a great week!

Mr. Clemente

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PARENT VOLUNTEERS - WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Hello Band Families!


A huge THANK YOU to all our Band parents who have volunteered to chaperone at our first two football games of the school year. I encourage everyone to take a moment and become an approved chaperone so you can help us at future events!


Now that we know that we have upcoming needs for parent chaperones, it's time to either renew as an ADDitions volunteer or apply if you've never done so. It is easy to apply and get approved, and it is a requirement to sign up to volunteer at school. Be prepared to upload a photo and please be sure to read the Covid-19 Acknowledgment.


Follow this link at ocps.net:


  1. *Click "Volunteer Now"
  2. Click on the "Additions Volunteers" round button
  3. Click "Volunteers" as the Opportunity Type
  4. Select the school of your choice. (Winter Park High)
  5. Select opportunity #1 called: "Become an ADDitions School Volunteer" (MUST BE THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY SELECTED) and then click "view details". Click "Sign up" Then either sign in if you already have an account or create a new Volunteer Profile account.
  6. Renewal Applicants can check their Dashboard for eligibility status. Everyone will need to answer or update your safety questions. Just follow the prompts. Then click "Previously Registered Volunteer Next Steps" if you want to search for volunteer opportunities outside of band. *Application is processed and subject to a background check
  7. If you're a new applicant, click "New Volunteer Next Steps" if you want to look for volunteer opportunities outside of band.
  8. If you only want to volunteer for band, there is no need to click the "Search for opportunities" link.
  9. If we become ready for volunteers, you can sign up for band opportunities on charmsoffice.com under "Parents/Students/Members", then enter the school code: WinterparkHSBand, enter your password, click "volunteer", then select an event and opportunity. At this time it is not necessary to sign up for anything. However, if you have a moment, it's helpful to walk through the steps of signing up so you are familiar with the process.



If you have any questions or concerns about volunteering or signing up with ADDitions, don't hesitate to contact me at robynfodor@gmail.com.


Stay healthy!

Robyn Fodor - Band Volunteer Coordinator

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PRIVATE LESSONS

Whether a student is learning a musical instrument to pursue a career in music, or simply for personal musical fulfillment and recreation, private lessons are one of the best investments that a parent can provide for their musical child. When working with a private teacher, students receive one-on-one instruction from a professional musician who specializes on that instrument.

​Unlike a full band rehearsal experience, studying with a private teacher focuses in on the student’s individual needs. Students who study privately once a week from a professional musician are usually those who excel and find Band more enjoyable. These students frequently earn positions in honor groups like All-State and All-County, and make entry into our more advanced bands like Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble I. Some even go on to earn college scholarships, even if they are not majoring in music!

By following the link below, you will find a list of local private teachers. This list is not exhaustive, and there may be other individuals who are not on the list. If you know a private teacher who should be added (or would like to be deleted), please contact Mr. Clemente at michael.clemente@ocps.net.


PRIVATE TEACHER LIST

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NEW PARENT LIAISON

Attention New and Incoming Band Parents - our New Parent Liaison, Beth Visconti, is here to help you with any questions you may have about how to get involved with the Band Program and the Band Boosters. You can reach out to her at any time by email at Bethvisconti407@gmail.com. Please don't hesitate to say hello!

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TECHNOLOGY/COMPUTER ISSUES

We understand that a number of our students are working through tech issues on their end, and understand that those issues take time to resolve. Our technology is by no means perfect, and issues will be inevitable. However, students must be going through the proper channels with the school to attempt to remedy these issues as quickly as possible. No student should be at home on LaunchED with a camera not working or a microphone issue having not been proactive in seeking a solution. We have received emails from the school's tech department concerning individual students who have ongoing issues but were proactive in trying to have them resolved throughout the first two weeks of school. Thank you for your proactivity!


If you are having a technology issue and have not yet reached out to the school about resolution, please email Mr. Steffey at Donald.Steffey@ocps.net to set up an appointment at school for your computer to be looked at. Email should be sent as soon as you read this!


As a reminder, students are considered present in their LaunchED class if they:


  1. Joined the call before the tardy bell.
  2. Have their camera on the entire class period.
  3. Are able to be seen, face and instrument, in the camera view.
  4. Participate in class from bell to bell.



Students who do not have their camera on for the duration of class, and we have not received an email from the school stating awareness of the issue and work towards it being resolved, will be marked absent.


Thank you for your work to resolve these technology issues!

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FINANCES & CHARMS

Past Due Band Payments


  • Band Registration Fair Share - $25.00 Due 5/5
  • Fair Share Payment 1 - $25.00 Due 8/19
  • Fair Share Payment 2 - $25.00 Due 9/30
  • Jazz Fair Share Payment 1(if applies) - $15.00 Due 9/30
  • School Instrument Semester 1 Maintenance(if applies) - $60.00 Due 9/30



Viewing your Student's Financial Account in Charms:

There is a direct link to Charms in "Quick Links" on the band website.


  • Our school code is winterparkhsband
  • The Student Area Password would be a unique password that either the student or parent have set up. (If you don't know the password it can be reset by one of the band directors).
  • Once you have logged into the Student Area, click on the round, red $ symbol on the top menu bar to view your student's account
  • If your student has earned Band Account Credit (in the Miscellaneous Ledger) this credit can be transferred to pay for many band fees: Fair Share, School Instrument Maintenance, Registration Fees for All-State, All-County and Solo Ensemble.


Requesting a Credit Transfer to pay for Fixed Payments Due:


  • Click on the "Transfer Request" tab just below the round, red $ symbol. Select the fixed payment you would like to pay for using the credit. The request is sent to the band directors and the band booster treasurer.
  • SENIORS: Please check your credit balance and use it accordingly during the year. Credit for Seniors left at the end of the year can only be transferred to siblings.



2020-2021 FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS SCHEDULE

WOODWIND/BRASS/PERCUSSION

COLOR GUARD

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