Jaguar Band Newsletter
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July 12, 2020
Johnson Band Booster Boletín en Español
Covid-19 Updates, Jaguar Band Masks, and MORE!
What Should I Do This Week to Get Ready?
A Message from Mr. Malik
A Message from Your Band Booster Secretary
CHARMS Password Update
What's Band Like?
Band Booster Membership and Committees
Formulario de Membresia e Interés del Comité
Summer Trip Refunds
Remind 101 for 2020 - 21
VIPS REQUIRED District Volunteer Program
Sync Your Calendar
JOHNSON BAND BOOSTER BOLETÍN EN ESPAÑOL
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COVID-19 UPDATES, Jaguar Band masks, and MORE!
Please know that the Band Boosters will be providing masks to all band and guard students to be used at performances and competitions. These masks will be considered part of the uniform. The plan is to have these ready for the first day of summer band rehearsal (July 27 for Officers and Percussion; July 30 for full band) The masks were designed to allow students to have them hang around their necks while playing and to put them back on with one hand since they will be holding an instrument or equipment. The mask will be made to meet CDC standards. The first mask will be provided at no charge to the student. Replacement or additional masks must be purchased.
Please also know that the Boosters will provide prorated refunds for purchased meal plans that will not be necessary should plans change in the fall that impact the number of games or performances that the band/guard will be performing at or attending. If the band/guard financial costs decrease this year due to the district guidelines, the band will credit the difference towards next year's fees. Please know that refunds are near impossible for band/guard fees as those fees cover costs that the band already had to pay out or that assist with fixed costs (i.e. equipment upkeep, uniforms for new members, music arrangers, drill writers, technicians for music or guard instruction).
WHAT SHOULD I DO THIS WEEK TO GET READY?
2. Update your Charms account. (See Charms Password Update above)
3. Follow us on Facebook.
4. Sign up for Remind 101. (See below)
A MESSAGE FROM MR. MALIK
Hello, Jag Band Family!
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy while enjoying this extended break. As Mr. Lunsford said last week, though these times are uncertain, it is a good opportunity for us to pause, reflect and embrace the moment. Personally, I welcome the extra time with my daughter and loved ones and hope you all can find some quiet moments of reflection to truly appreciate all the positives we have in our lives. My daughter, Hannah, will be starting 5th grade at Negley next year, and I know she is eager to return to school and see her friends. Sometimes I feel my role as Hannah’s dad relegates me to Entertainment Director during the summer months, so we strive to take advantage of the natural beauty of Wimberley where we live. I encourage you all to try something new each day and find adventure wherever you go. Get out of your comfort zone…that is where true growth occurs.
I am thrilled to be joining everyone as we continue our journey of growing the Jaguar Band into the best and most comprehensive band program in the nation. The directors and staff are second to none, and I am honored to play a small role in helping each member of the band grow as musicians, leaders, and most importantly, good humans. To that end…students…please take time each day to improve yourself musically, physically and emotionally. PRACTICE, MOVE and REFLECT. Continue to submit your SmartMusic objectives as these are crucial as the directors make plans moving forward.
At the moment, we are still awaiting guidance from the district as we move forward during these unprecedented times. I have seen many things during my 16 years teaching, but this is entirely new territory for teachers and students. Please extend grace to yourself and others and know that every person working with the Jag Band wants the very best for each student in the program. Keep checking Charms, Remind, social media and this newsletter for the most up to date information.
Thank you all for the warm reception. I am excited to get to know everyone as we move forward and strive towards #BIA.
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR BAND BOOSTER SECRETARY
I am the Band Booster Secretary, and I am so excited to continue in this position for the upcoming school year. My son Logan will be in 10th grade and is a percussionist on drumline this year along with being involved in SLT (Student Leadership Team) as VP of Logistics. I also have another son, Ian, who graduated from Hays High School with four years in band and who is a sophomore at Southwestern University where he received a music scholarship for clarinet and piano. (You may recall him from a recent video during our registration drive.)
What exactly does the Secretary do? In short, the Secretary is expected to record what was discussed during meetings and keep documentation of all events. The main goal of the Secretary is to manage information and communication. I also currently manage the website, assist with the newsletter, schedule the Spirit Night fundraisers for the Jaguar Band and help with many committees including Jaguar Jog, Band Bash, Spirit Gear, TCGC and more.
I get involved with many events because I simply LOVE band and want to do what I can to support all our kids.
This is exactly what makes the Secretary a good first point of contact if you need to discuss an issue – ANY issue – and I either will be able to answer your question, share information, provide feedback to the Board or direct you to the officer who can best assist you.
I am going on Year SIX as a Band Parent. I remember how scary and intimidating being a first-year band parent can be. I had a son who wasn’t sure he wanted to stay in band as an incoming freshman. I remember wondering how my child could be a good student with AP classes and multiple sports and activities at school PLUS band. It all felt very overwhelming. I didn’t feel very supported or educated about what was expected, and I didn't know how to get help or questions answered.
My goal this year, and every year, is to make sure YOU don’t feel that way! I truly believe that our Parent Handbook has so many answers to the questions you may have, but I am here to help if you need it. My experience has shown that your child CAN do all the things during high school. I am here to help.
And, the best way I can help you is through this simple recommendation: GET INVOLVED. Get involved in your students’ activities whenever and however you can. Maybe that’s by helping with a committee (https://www.johnsonbands.com/committee-interest) or volunteering to be at an event. Maybe that’s by attending Band Booster meetings. Maybe it’s by simply driving them to practice and supporting them. Maybe it’s listening to them practice and encouraging them to keep going when they are exhausted, hot and tired. Maybe it’s by telling them how proud of them you are when you watch them perform.
Obviously, this year has many questions and few of them are answered at this point. Uncertainty is the new name of the game. But I AM certain that we will have a fantastic year and that our kids will surprise, shock and amaze us with what they can do. And I can’t wait to be a part of it all from the sidelines. With you.
CHARMS PASSWORD UPDATE
CHARMS has enhanced the security of student passwords. When you or your student log in going forward, you will be prompted to create a new password with these requirements:
- At least 8 characters;
- A combination of alpha/numeric characters;
- One capital letter.
If you have questions, you can contact CHARMS at 972.485.1912 during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. CT.
WHAT'S BAND LIKE?
Due July 22
First Meal Plan Payment for Levels 3 & 4
Due July 27
First Installment of Band/Color Guard Fee ($100 If paying in installments.)
July 27 - 29
Officer Work Day
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Due July 30
2020 - 21 Band Fee ($375 If paying entire amount at once.)
2020 - 21 Color Guard Fee ($500 If paying entire amount at once.)
First Day of Summer Band
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Due July 30
Medical Release Form
UIL Marching Acknowledgement Forms
UIL Pre-participation Evaluation Physical
Band Conflict Form
BAND BOOSTER MEMBERSHIP AND COMMITTEES
How can you help?
FORMULARIO DE MEMBRESIA E INTERES DEL COMITÉ
¿Cómo puedes ayudar?
SUMMER TRIP REFUNDS
Visit our website to find the correct Remind 101 codes for you and your student.
Text that code to 81010, and you're ready to go!
VIPS REQUIRED DISTRICT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Questions or feedback?
Contact Juliette Kroeger
SYNC YOUR CALENDAR TO CHARMS!
Visit the Johnson Band Website (www.johnsonbands.com) and click on the Calendar tab at the top for instructions.