Good Afternoon Choir Parents and Students,
I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the lovely weather this weekend has brought us. It is hard to believe that the first grading period has already come to an end. Thank you for speaking with your students and encouraging them to stay on top of their academic course work and to do their best in all of their endeavors. Grades will post of Tuesday at 8:00AM with Eligibility Rosters for Fine Arts and Athletics posting the following day. Please look to your email for student grade reports later this week.
Our first concert is fast approaching and the students are coming along nicely in their preparations for this event. We look forward to a musical experience that will not only demonstrate the hard work and growth experience by our singers these first few weeks of school but will also speak to our audience as they join us for an evening of celebration and song. Joining us for this year’s event will be the Varsity Men’s and Women’s Choirs from Kerr MS. We look forward to welcoming them to Centennial as we combine forces and share in the joy music making.
Choir Fees and Forms
Despite the fantastic turn out we had at this year’s “Get Fit Day,” we are still missing forms (and fees/fee contracts) from a number of our students. These forms and fees are required of each student to fully participate in activities throughout the school year. If you have not yet completed these forms, please download them from CHARMS or the Choir Web Page (http://www.centennialhschoir.com/forms.html) and submit them prior to Thursday, October 1st. Those families/students in need of alternative payment arrangements should contact Mr. Cooley to discuss this need and how you might best work together to address your particular circumstance. Please do not delay, contact Mr. Cooley ASAP if you have any questions or concerns.
All-State Sectionals have been revamped this week to assist students with more detailed preparation of their competition literature. Please review the google calendar and the agenda below for more information. Sing-offs for Round II will be Thursday, October 8th. Auditions for Round II will be on Saturday, October 10th at Southwest HS (All-Day). This round includes literature performance and individual sight-reading.
Cherrydale Candy Bar Fundraiser:
This Wednesday, students will be given the opportunity to participate in our first direct sale fundraiser for the 2015-2016 school year. Through the sale of Cherrydale Candy Bars ($1 each) students will have the opportunity to defray the cost of their activity fees, off-set trip payments, and/or earn credits toward a free Spring Banquet Ticket.
For each box sold ($48 value), students will receive credits worth approximately $17.00 for use against any outstanding balances for the current school year (a benefit of 70% of the proceeds from each sale). Students wishing to sell more than one box may check one out once the funds from the sale of the initial box has been returned. This sale will officially begin on Wednesday, September 30th and conclude on October. 21st.
Students wishing to collect their first box on Wednesday, must complete and return the attached permission slip. Boxes will not be distributed to students without this signed permission slip and will only be distributed after school. Additional details regarding this fundraiser are described in the attachments and will be reviewed in class with each student on Wednesday. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this sale.
TMS Concessions Fundraiser: Please check your email and our Facebook page regarding this exciting opportunity to be a part of a North Texas Tradition while helping raise money for your student and the Choirs of Centennial. Sign-ups now available in Charms.
Fall Concert Dress Rehearsal
This Thursday students will participate in a dress rehearsal for our first concert. This is a required and graded assessment for all members of the choral department. Students will need their uniforms from this event as we will be doing a final check for appropriate fit and sizing (School assigned uniform pieces and appropriate shoes). This will not only be a musical rehearsal, but a rehearsal with professional musicians who are accompanying our groups and the opportunity to iron out logistics for prior to Monday night. The focus, engagement, and attendance achieved at this rehearsal will support a more polished and professional experience for all in attendance on October 1st.
We will do our best to closely adhere to the following schedule.
Concert Men (4:45); Combined Men (5:00); Concert Women (5:15); Bel Canto Women (5:35); Combined Women (5:55); Chorale (6:15); Chamber Singers (6:45)
Students are dismissed at the conclusion of their portion of the rehearsal.
Dessert Social - Ticket Sales and Desserts
Thank you so much to the families and students who have helped spread the news about our Fall Concert and Dessert Social Fundraiser. With your support this year’s dessert social is sure to be a hit with families and students from Kerr and Centennial Choir Programs mixing and mingling together over some delightful desserts and beverages. As a reminder, students/families are asked to participate by “Contributing 5” - Sell five tickets, provide five desserts, or a combination of the two. Advance ticket sales close on Thursday, October 1st with all tickets and monies due upon their arrival at dress rehearsal. Please refer to the attached flyer or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have about this event.
Kerr MS Choir Concert
We are in need of several student volunteers to assist with hosting our choir family from Kerr on Friday Night. Students volunteering will assist with distribution of programs, curtains, and guiding students on and off stage. Attire for this event is nice jeans and a choir t-shirt/oxford. Times of service are listed below. Hours served may be used toward community service hours for local and school organizations. Our rehearsal will follow the schedule listed below:
Monday: 2nd Six Weeks Begins; Show Choir Rehearsal (5:00-7:00PM)
Tuesday: All-State Sectionals - Men (4:30-5:30PM)
Wednesday: All-State Sectionals - Altos (7:45-8:30AM); All-State Sectionals - Sopranos (4:30-5:30PM); Chocolate Fundraiser Kick-Off (All-Day)
Thursday: Show Choir Rehearsal (7:30-8:30AM); Fall Concert Dress Rehearsal - All-Students (4:30-7:30PM)
Friday: All-State Sectionals - Men (7:45-8:30AM); All-State Sectionals - Mixed (4:30-5:30PM), Kerr MS Choir Concert - Volunteers Needed (6:00PM-8:30PM)