Tuesday
Nov132018

GAO Catalog Fundraiser

Parents, We are midway through our fundraiser! We need everyone’s participation to reach our goal! Your support is not limited to the brochures. Go to www.gaschoolstore.com use our ID# 4179776 to support us through online shopping. Let’s make this our best fundraiser yet!

Thursday
Nov012018

Region Choir Clinic and Concert Information

If your student earned a spot in one of the region choirs performing this weekend, please consult the following information regarding our plans for Saturday. Thank you for your patience on this information. It's been coming to us from multiple sources and in multiple iterations.

Monday
Oct292018

2018 Military Salute News, Follow-up

The Military Salute is next week! It is going to be GREAT!

A couple of final items/reminders…

Report Times on Monday

  • Solos/duets - Signup for an individual time block from 3:30 to 4:45.
  • Chorale - report at 4:45, eat dinner in gym after.
  • Bella Voce - report at 5:00, eat dinner in gym after.
  • Concert Ladies and Men’s Choir arrive at 5:15 to rehearse massed choir numbers from 5:30-6:15.
  • HarmoniCats will run their number as we transition from massed choir numbers to Concert Ladies/Men's Choir tech run-throughs.
  • Concert Ladies Orange rehearses their individual piece at 6:15, eat dinner in gym after.
  • Concert Ladies Blue rehearses their individual piece at 6:30, eat dinner in gym after.
  • Men’s Choir - rehearses their individual piece at 6:45, will eat dinner in gym between 6:15 and 6:30 with CLB.
  • Doors open for audience seating after 7:00pm, guests are encouraged to gather and wait in the gym/fellowship hall as the front doors will be locked until 7:00pm.
  • Show starts at 7:30!

Uniforms/Costumes

Student will be performing in jeans and their choir polos. Out of respect for the church, our audience, and our veterans, please make sure students wear jeans without holes, shreds, etc. I realize these may be trendy, but if we can’t wear classy jeans, we’ll have to bump up to khaki slacks.

Men will need to tuck their shirt in and I strongly encourage the use of a belt. Also, everyone needs to wear closed-toe shoes for this. We will not be sticklers on colors of shoes for this performance unless they are severely distracting.

Parent Help

There is something for everyone to do. This event is a HUGE team effort on the part of the students, parents, and directors. We are still in dire need of parent help, especially student supervision.

PLEASE SIGN-UP NOW! We cannot organize an orderly and efficient event if everyone waits to jump-on at the last minute. We absolutely must have more parents in each class sign-up to supervise students during the concert. As stated before, you will still be able to see your child perform fully, 100%. As a matter of fact, we'll even save the best seats in the house for the people that sign-up to help!

Signing-up will take 30 seconds via this link: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=cenhsc&v=4517358

Bake Sale

We kindly request donations of baked goods for the bake sale/reception and items for the Wall of Honor. Please bring these items to the church when you drop off your child for the dress rehearsal: cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, etc., all are welcome to be donated for the bake sale/reception.

You will sign-in that you brought something so fundraising credit can be shared with those who participate by bringing something.

Decorations

One of the unique things we do is a “Wall of Honor” where we put up posters, pictures, uniforms, and other assorted memorabilia of relatives who have served in any branch of the armed forces throughout history. It is always neat to see stuff from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, etc. This is something that we ask each and every student and family to help contribute to, if you have a military history in your family.

This year, we plan to decorate the hallway of the reception area where we will gather to enjoy desserts, coffee, and tea after the concert. The space is limited and we want to make sure that we leave a spot for your items.

Please visit the following link to signup for a space: https://goo.gl/forms/dxx8UpVXBplFIUQ62

Please have your student bring their items at their designated call time (above).

FINAL CALL: Submit Names of Deployed Family Members

One of our traditions at this concert is that we honor those family members currently deployed. We read their names aloud and place a yellow flower on the stage in their honor and in the prayer that they come home safely. For us to have enough flowers and a list prepared, we need to collect all names by Wednesday, October 31.

Submit a name here: https://goo.gl/forms/m69z8Oc0ncHwFc7o2

Reminder About Tickets

Students should have received tickets last week. This is a ticketed event. Everyone attending will need a ticket or will be free with military ID. The white tickets are $5 General Admission tickets. The yellow tickets are an invitation to an active duty/reserve/veteran service member to attend for free. The yellow ticket is not valid on its own - it just serves as invitation. For them to gain free admission, we ask that they come in their uniform and/or show their military ID. This is ONLY for people in the services. Family members, young children, etc., will still need to purchase a normal, white ticket. 

Money from ticket sales will be due by Tuesday, November 6 (the day after the concert). We need all money and/or unsold tickets returned in the same envelope.

These tickets serve as a way for students to raise money for their trips and future choir expenses. The only way students will receive fundraising credit is by selling tickets in advance. Any tickets sold at the door will go into the general fund.

Tuesday
Oct232018

2018 Military Salute Show News

One of our BIG events and fundraisers is the Annual Military Salute. It's coming up on November 5. If you have not been, you will LOVE this event. It is going to be awesome but we need your help!

Each choir performs patriotic/inspirational musical selections, we feature several talented student soloists and small groups, the combined choirs perform a really cool multimedia presentation with the songs from each branch of the armed forces, and we close with a multimedia presentation of God Bless the U.S.A. Additionally, we have a Wall of Honor, decorated with history-rich remembrances of family members from generations past and present who have served that we enjoy after the concert with complimentary coffee, tea, and desserts. All of this is a big "thank you" to our men and women in the armed forces and teaches our students to respect and appreciate those who serve. It is one of our favorite events each year. The concert will be at 7:30pm at First Presbyterian Church, San Angelo. We expect the concert to run about 70 minutes.

Student Involvement

This is a required/graded event for all students. Since we are charging admission, however, only eligible students may perform. Ineligible students will be notified privately in classes this week. Ineligible students will still need to attend, but they will serve in various supportive capacities (pass out programs, setup, cleanup, etc.).

Students will perform in clean and neat denim jeans with their royal blue choir logo polo shirts. Many students have already received theirs prior to the start of school, but students who have not received theirs will be receiving theirs late next week. We cannot issue those to students who have not paid their one-time $20 polo shirt purchase. Not sure if you've paid that? Please check Charms Office.

As always, we will have dress rehearsals in the church after school for all groups. Please have your child reserve that entire afternoon for this event. They will also be fed before they perform. More detailed rehearsal times will be released very soon.

Parent Help

These event is completely impossible without major parent help. We have several areas needing parent volunteers:

  • Decorations - comes up to the church the day of the event and places decorations in the sanctuary and gym, arranges and oversees the Wall of Honor in the gym.
  • Hospitality - coordinates and oversees the feeding of students prior to the performance, arranges and oversees items donated for bake sale, guest relations during the bake sale/reception.
  • Supervision - we'll need at least one adult in each student holding room. Recommended that you signup for the room that your student's class is in, since you will come with them when it is time to perform. YOU WILL NOT MISS YOUR CHILD'S PERFORMANCES.
  • Tickets - Collects tickets, sells tickets, makes change for guests.
  • Ushers - direct guests toward appropriate entrances prior to audience seating, assist ticket takers with crowd control once seating has begun.

The above list contains specific duties that need you to signup in advance so that we may coordinate with the directors and other parents helping. Please, signup ASAP using this link so we have contact information and can coordinate in an efficient and organized manner: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=cenhsc&v=4517358

EVERYONE: We kindly request donations of baked goods for the bake sale/reception and items for the Wall of Honor. Please bring these items to the church when you drop off your child for the dress rehearsal. A description of what items are appropriate for the Wall of Honor are later in this message. Cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, etc., all are welcome to be donated for the bake sale/reception. You will sign-in that you brought something so fundraising credit can be shared with those who participate by bringing something.

Tickets

This is a ticketed event. Everyone attending will need a ticket or will be free with military ID. Students who request tickets to check-out and sell are being given those in classes today and tomorrow. The white tickets are $5 General Admission tickets. The yellow tickets are an invitation to an active duty/reserve/veteran service member to attend for free. The yellow ticket is not valid on its own - it just serves as invitation. For them to gain free admission, we ask that they come in their uniform and/or show their military ID. This is ONLY for people in the services. Family members, young children, etc., will still need to purchase a normal, white ticket.

Money from ticket sales will be due by Tuesday, November 6 (the day after the concert). We need all money and/or unsold tickets returned in the same envelope.

These tickets serve as a way for students to raise money for their trips and future choir expenses. The only way students will receive fundraising credit is by selling tickets in advance. Any tickets sold at the door will go into the general fund.

Submit Names of Deployed Family Members 

One of our traditions at this concert is that we honor those family members currently deployed. We read their names aloud and place a yellow flower on the stage in their honor and in the prayer that they come home safely. For us to have enough flowers and a list prepared, we need to collect all names by Wednesday, October 31. Submit a name here: https://goo.gl/forms/m69z8Oc0ncHwFc7o2

Signup for Wall of Honor Space 

Another tradition is our Wall of Honor. We decorate a hallway with posters, uniforms, pictures, helmets, and other memorabilia of everyone's family members who are or have served in the military. We've had stuff from the Civil War, World War I, etc. It is really neat and a special way to honor the memory of those who have given so much for our peace, security, and freedom.

This year, we plan to decorate the hallway of the reception area where we will gather to enjoy desserts, coffee, and tea after the concert. The space is limited and we want to make sure that we leave a spot for your items. Please visit the following link to signup for a space: https://goo.gl/forms/dxx8UpVXBplFIUQ62

Thank You

Look for more information to be posted on the website and emailed home soon.

Thursday
Oct182018

October Social

On Thursday, October 18, we'll host a social event for the Central Choir students. This will take place in the CHS Choir Hall. Students attending have been asked to sign-up and bring something to share with the other students attending (snacks, drinks, sweets, etc.). The social will start at 4:30 and end by 7:30.

Students are allowed to dress-up in their Halloween costumes. We ask that all costumes be modest and non-offensive. If a director finds a student's costume to violate these expectations, they will be asked to change or leave. The students will play various games and watch the 2006 animated film Monster House (rated PG).

There will be a sign-in and sign-out log of when students arrive and leave (in case any question arises about where a student is/was). Once a student leaves, they will not be able to return.

We think the students will have a great time as they begin to form friends with students in the other classes.

Thursday
Oct112018

9th Grade/Junior High Choir Auditions

The audition cuts have been released for the TMEA Region 6 9th Grade/Junior High Choir Auditions this Saturday. A PDF listing of excerpted sections can be found by clicking here.

Piano audition tracks which have been trimmed for the audition on Saturday have been uploaded to the Dropbox. You will find them under a folder in "Region Choir > 9th Grade > CUTS".

We are still in need of an additional chaperone for Saturday! We have to have another adult go. Please make sure you have signed up here (in Charms): https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=cenhsc&v=4474423

Lastly, please click here for the letter containing the details regarding the trip for the auditons in Odessa.

Thursday
Sep272018

High School Region Choir Audition Information

The audition cuts have been released for the TMEA Region 6 High School Auditions this Saturday. A PDF listing of excerpted sections can be found by clicking here.

Piano audition tracks which have been trimmed for the audition on Saturday have been uploaded to the Dropbox. You will find them under a folder in "High School > REGION CUTS".

Lastly, please click here for the letter containing the details regarding the trip for the auditons in Odessa.

Wednesday
Sep262018

Choir News for Late September

Greetings, Bobcat Choir Family! 

Busy but exciting times are upon us. In just the next several days we will have our fall concert, our high school region auditions, and our first individual fundraiser. Please take a few moments to carefully read all of the information below. Some items require your urgent attention.

Booster Club News

Our booster club will be having their first general membership meeting of the new year tomorrow, Thursday, September 27, at 5:00. The students will be busy practicing the newly released cuts at 4:00 and the parents will meet at 5:00 to make goodie bags and then conduct a business meeting shortly after (about 5:30). They will be looking at future fundraising efforts, electing officers, and crafting their budget for the year. We have a wonderful, fun group of parents that I really enjoy spending time with and working together with. Won’t you please join us? Let’s get involved in a wonderful program that supports all of our students!

If you would still like to join the booster club or order a yard sign, garment bag, or booster shirt, please come prepared to order those at the concert on Monday. We will be doing our group order immediately after the concert. If you turned in an order form but have not paid for items on that form, please bring that payment to the concert.

High School Region Choir News

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 27, students auditioning for the High School Region Choir will have a very important cut release party. This is where we find out, along with everyone else in the region, which of the 5 pieces are to be cut and what sections of those that remain will be on the audition. It is VERY IMPORTANT to the success of those auditioning that they be here to intensely polish those selections to be heard on Saturday. Student should come to the CHS Choir Hall as soon as possible after school on Thursday and we will receive the cuts electronically by 4:00pm. Once we have those, we will rehearse with each section until about 5:00-5:30. Students auditioning: Please make plans to be here!

Then, Saturday we will be traveling to the High School Region Choir Auditions in Odessa (Saturday, September 29). We will email out more details to those that are involved by tomorrow. We anticipate a departure time of 5:30am (meeting at 5:00am) and a return time of around 9:00pm. The school will be providing for a box lunch and $10 towards dinner at the Midland Mall for all students participating.

We will be issuing uniforms to students tomorrow to take home for the fall concert. Students must have paid their $35 activity fee to be able to check out their uniform. Students must be in uniform for the performance. So, you can see that if a student has still not paid their activity fee, they are in a pickle. Very few of the dozen or so of you that have not paid your activity fee have spoken to a director about your plans to pay that fee or get an extension. This must be taken care of immediately.

Again, this is a friendly reminder that everyone is responsible for their own pair of SOLID BLACK SHOES as part of their choir uniform (boys must also have solid black socks that extend higher than the ankle). Students must have these for the fall concert and all future performances. These do not have to be anything exceptionally nice, but they need to be SOLID BLACK. Students not in correct uniform, including solid black shoes (and BLACK SOCKS, for boys) will not be allowed to perform and their grade will be affected accordingly. Let’s not have to deal with all that, please. Make sure you are prepared with black shoes and socks! Men also need to wear a white undershirt beneath their white tux shirt.

Other reminders about uniform dress:

  • No necklaces, bracelets, watches, or distracting jewelry. Small rings on fingers are okay as long as there are not too many and they are not distracting. Remember: when working for a uniform appearance, less is more.
  • Students are to not have died their hair to a non-naturally occurring color. For example, blue, green, neon red, orange, purple, etc., are not appropriate; however, a student who is normally brown-haired, can be red, blond, etc.
  • No visible undergarments. 

If you have questions, please consult our online handbook: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1nMoG-sT9-5ZEMfgUuFVOKf1EiwI4GZShplMoFq1HMNw 

Fall Concert

Our fall concert is next week! We think you will be VERY surprised at how great each group is sounding this early in the year. Our fall concert will be on Monday, October 1, at 7:30pm at Holy Angels Church.

Some important notes about concerts:

  1. We are guests in a sacred space. Please do not bring in ANY outside food or drink. Please do not leave trash. Please do not touch the kneelers. Do not disturb the holy water font at the front of the church, unless you are doing so for sincere purposes. Please help us be respectful and reverent so that we can continue to be invited back. We are EXTREMELY fortunate to be in this wonderful space. DO NOT MESS IT UP FOR US!
  2. THIS IS A CHANGE: When students arrive, they should enter from the NORTHEAST entrance. Those are the double doors right under the bell tower. I figure that’s an easier landmark for everyone to find.
  3. All other doors to the church will be locked until 7:00pm. After 7:00, we will unlock the southwest entrance doors (that’s the wall of glass doors by the parking lot that enter into the foyer/lobby).
  4. Adults that are not ushering or chaperoning, need to remain outside the church until 7:00pm. We will not open the church for audience seating prior to 7:00pm. It may even be a few minutes after 7:00, so please be patient and be courteous to those parents that are volunteering to work the doors.
  5. These students have worked very hard to prepare for an EARLY fall concert. We ask that you remember that we are on a learning journey and not every sound from every group will be perfect this first time around. Please be encouraging and supportive of all groups. Come expecting to hear great progress and development and to enjoy the growth made by all groups in only 5-and-a-half weeks of school. Despite that disclaimer, I think you will be impressed with what each group is accomplishing this early in the year. 

Below are the call times for each group:

  • 4:00 - Chorale(does not have to be in uniform, will be able to leave and come back)
  • 4:45 - Bella Voce (does not have to be in uniform, will be able to leave and come back)
  • 5:15 - Concert Ladies Blue [7th Period] (please come dressed for performance)
  • 5:30 - Concert Ladies Orange [6th Period] (please come dressed for performance)
  • 6:15 - Men’s Choir (please come dressed for performance)
  • 6:30 - HarmoniCats (wearing regular choir uniforms for this performance)

PARENTS: we need YOUR help! We are asking for at least one parent to sit with each class during the concert and help us monitor behavior. Students will not be on phones or allowed to talk, and will check-out after the concert, but only after everything is clean, put away, and everyone is ready to go home. PLEASE, we need you to sign-up now here: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=cenhsc&v=4474401

Junior High/9th Grade Region Choir News

In cooperation with Lee MS and Glenn MS, we are offering a couple of intensive rehearsals for students auditioning for the JH/9th Grade Region Choir. These rehearsals are not a substitute for students working and practicing individually. These workshops are to add polish onto the groundwork they have already done on their own. The next workshop for the 9thgrade/junior high music will be held on Thursday, October 4. Rehearsal will begin at 5:00pm and we will finish by 6:30. Location to be determined.

Auditions for the JH/9th Grade Region Choir will be on Saturday, October 13. We will need chaperones for this day as well. Please make sure you have completed your VIPS application and sent me a confirmation email of your approval. Please sign-up here if you are able to go: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=cenhsc&v=4474423

Fundraisers and Sponsorships

Today, we began our first individual student fundraiser. We are working with Champion XPress on this fundraiser. Students are able to check-out cards that are valid for a single $13 Champion Classic Wash at any of their locations (three in San Angelo). The cards are sold for $10 and the students will receive 45% profit. Everybody wins! The customer gets a discounted car wash and we are able to raise some money. We began today with an initial limit of 5 cards per student, but tomorrow we can release that limit and check out as many cards as students would like. Please remember that lost or damaged cards must still be paid for. Any unsold cards may be returned.

We are off to a great start on our Booster Club Sponsorships. Please continue to approach business with this worthwhile sponsorship opportunity. If you checked out cards and materials for this and have not returned them, please get those back to us immediately unless you are still actively working to secure sponsorships. 

October Trip Payments

Because of our hectic schedule this weekend and next week, and the delayed start to this first fundraiser, I will be delaying the deadline for the October trip payments by a week. Please make note that the $200 October trip payment will be due on or before Tuesday, October 9 (pushed back a week from Monday, October 1).

Thank You

Thank you for attention to these items and details. If you have a question or concern, we are only a phone call or email away.

Have a great day and Sic ‘em Cats!