UPDATE 12.13.17


7/8 Grade Concert is THIS FRIDAY at 7pm at Lassiter High School.  Please plan to arrive around 6:30.  Details regarding further instructions were sent home on a blue paper.

Chamber Orchestra: Tomorrow (Dec. 14) rehearsal from 4:20-6:30.  We will not meet again after that until January 11th.

6 Grade: There is no 6th grade concert until next semester due to my longer than anticipated maternity leave.  We are still working on technique and building our firm foundation so that we can perform a spectacular concert for you during the spring semester.

Hoodies/Magnets: All money and forms are due THIS FRIDAY.  I will be placing the order Friday after school, so no forms/money will be accepted after 7th period ends on Friday.

Uniforms: If your child swapped out a size that was too small or too big, our replacements arrived today in the mail.  I will be getting those distributed to those students during class.

Cold Weater Reminders: During the winter months when the air is cold and dry, stringed instruments tend to go out of tune more frequently.  Cello strings on at home cellos may come loose, especially if they aren’t played on daily.  This is normal.  Your child is welcome to bring in their at home instrument at any time for tuning.

If a string ever breaks on any instrument, please purchase a new string and have them bring it to me to replace.  An instrument doesn’t need the shop for a new string.  In addition, if a bridge happens to fall down, please do not glue it to the instrument.  I can stand it back up and it is normal for it to fall down occasionally.  The only thing a shop needs to fix is broken instruments (cracks, fingerboard falls off etc) or the sound post falling.  If it sounds like there’s something rolling around inside an instrument, check to see if your child’s sound post fell down.  A shop will need to reset it carefully in the correct place.



UPDATE 12.4.17


Orchestra Hoodie/Magnet Fundraiser: Our Hoodies for 2017-18 are now for sale!  Your child received a purple order form that must be turned in to the turn in bin to place the order.  All money goes in the school envelope and into the black box.  Please also remember that car magnets are available for $5 to show your support for the orchestra around town!  Please see examples of hoodie colors below: (Sapphire, Cherry Red, Grey, Hot Pink)

8th Grade Trip: All slots for the Disney trip have been filled.  Thank you for your prompt responses and attention to this matter.  More details and chaperone information will go out later this week or early next week.  (If your child didn’t bring their blue form today, they let me know their decision and must bring the form tomorrow!)

6th Grade Concert: Due to my longer than anticipated maternity leave, I am postponing the first 6th grade concert until spring semester so that we can focus on important playing technique and note reading skills in class.  There is no concert on December 12 for orchestra, however please check out the 7/8 grade holiday chorus concert that night!

7/8 Grade Concert: We will have our winter concert at Lassiter Hall on December 15th at 7pm.  CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase during intermission and at the very end.  Our goal is to have a full audience from start to finish to show as much support for all groups performing that night, so please consider staying until the performance concludes following eighth grade.  In addition, please remember that all sounds and movements are picked up by the mics and appear on the CDs and DVDs.  🙂

Chamber Orchestra: Chamber orchestra auditions are taking place today during class.  Rehearsal begins THIS THURSDAY after school until 6:30.  If your child passes their audition and becomes a member, please pack a snack for them on Thursdays.  We meet in the orchestra room right after school, eat our snacks, and then begin rehearsing.  It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to pick your child up promptly at 6:30.  Late pickups will result in dismissal from the group.



UPDATE 12/1/17


Hello families!

I’m glad to be back with the students this week.  My baby is doing well and we are so happy that our little family has grown!  Thank you for all the kind emails.  I really appreciated it.

Several updates are very important going forward:

8th Grade Trip: If you submitted your initial payment for the trip, there is an EXTREMELY important packet coming home with your child today.  You MUST return this on Monday due to a very important logistical decision.  Please review it and email with any questions.

Uniforms: All uniforms/polos have been distributed to students.  Please remember that dresses, shirts and pants may need to be hemmed.  This is to be done at home.

CDs/DVDs: All orders have been distributed to students as of today.  Please inquire with your student if you purchased one at the Fall concert.

6th Grade Concert: Due to my longer than anticipated maternity leave, I am postponing the 6th grade concert until spring semester so that we can focus on important playing technique and note reading skills.  There is no concert on December 12 for orchestra, however please check out the 7/8 grade chorus concert that night!

7/8 Grade Concert: We will have our winter concert at Lassiter Hall on December 15th at 7pm.

Chamber Orchestra: Chamber begins next Thursday after school until 6:30.  A list of students who pass the audition on Monday will be released on Tuesday morning.  Please encourage your child to practice for the audition they signed up for this weekend.

Orchestra Hoodie/Magnet Fundraiser: Our Hoodies for 2017-18 are now for sale!  Your child received a purple order form that must be turned in to the turn in bin to place the order.  All money goes in the school envelope and into the black box.  Please also remember that car magnets are available for $5 to show your support for the orchestra around town!  Please see examples below: (Sapphire, Cherry Red, Grey, Hot Pink)



UPDATE 9.12.17


Allstate: 7/8 Grade students who wish to sign up for Allstate auditions must have their $20 fee by THURSDAY in order to be registered.  No fees will be accepted after Thursday, 9/14 as the original deadline was 9/12.  Please get these turned into the black box as soon as possible.

7/8 Uniforms: Uniforms will be ordered this week.  If you have not turned in your fee to the black box OR already emailed me regarding the uniform, one will not be ordered for you.  If we have spoken, I have made note.  Uniforms must be worn to all concerts and events for full credit.

7/8 Grade Fall Concert: First reminder that our Fall concert will be held at Lassiter Hall on October 5th at 7pm.  Mr. Thayer from Sprayberry HS Orchestra will be conducting as I will be out on maternity leave. Please mark your calendars and be aware that this date is coming up very quickly. 6th graders are of course invited to attend this concert in the audience to see where they will be at this time next year!

6th Grade Polos/Method Book Fees: Almost every sixth grader has turned in their orchestra polo/book fee!  This is awesome!  I am still missing just a handful, so please get these fees in by Friday in order to receive your polo and your book for class.

6th Grade Instruments: It is no longer acceptable for a sixth grader to be sitting in orchestra class with no violin or viola at this point.  All students are expected to have their instruments daily and will be held accountable for not having one.  We will begin having playing assessments where students are expected to perform a given standard or assignment for me in class and without an instrument, they are unable to do so.  Please make sure your child is getting into the routine of bringing their violin/viola every single day to and from school.  It is never acceptable to leave an instrument in the orchestra room.

**6th Grade Instrument Tuning: As the cold months approach, it is very common for instruments to go out of tune frequently.  It is very normal for the string to become very loose and hang slightly or even fall off without breaking.  This does not mean the instrument is broken and in need of a shop visit.  PLEASE do not attempt to tune it yourself.  If your child plays the cello or bass and it goes out of tune, simply have your child bring the instrument in with them to school and set it behind my desk.  I will tune it at lunch and then they are expected to take it home with them that same day.  If your child plays violin or viola, they will be tuned often in class.  Eventually 6th grade students will be taught to tune on their own, but until then please do not turn the pegs in an attempt to tune it at home to avoid a string snapping.  They are not nearly as forgiving as guitar strings.  If a string does snap, please do not drop it off at a shop!!!!! A new string can be purchased on its own from a shop or online and then brought to me (please stick to Prelude brand or better to avoid future snapping).  I can then replace the string very quickly instead of waiting on a shop to send it somewhere.

 

 



Uniform Fee Update 9.1.17


Hello Orchestra Families,

UNIFORM FEES: If you received an email regarding uniform fee deadline, please note that Monday the 4th is a holiday and all fees are actually due on Tuesday, September 5th.  We must have uniform fees in for ALL students to order and receive our uniforms in time for the first concert.  Please check charmsoffice.com to see if your child’s fee has been received.  I update charms as soon as the bookkeeper sends me her fee reports, so if they turned it in today, I will see that reflected on next week’s fee report and update accordingly.

In addition, if your child is a 7/8 grade chorus student as well and marked their envelope with “chorus” instead of “orchestra”, please check with Ms. Madison to confirm that she has gotten your payment.

ALLSTATE REMINDER: If your 7/8 grade child wants to audition for allstate this year, a non-refundable $20 is due in order to register them with the state by September 11th at the very latest.  Please write “allstate orchestra” on the envelope to avoid any confusion with chorus or band allstate.

7/8 GRADE CHARMS GRADED ASSIGNMENT REMINDER: Students were given letters to get signed if they have not turned in one or both of our past charms recording assignments.  Grades will also be reflected on the progress reports sent home.  We have our third assignment due this weekend to show mastery of unit 1 from our method books.  Please make sure that students are turning this assignment in.   **No 6th grader is required to turn in any recording assignments until formally asked to do so.  We are not ready to submit playing assignments yet.  Please do not submit recordings unless you see an assignment for your specific class when using the recording studio “assignments” button.



UPDATE 8.27.17


Hello Orchestra Families!

Charmsoffice.com:
7th and 8th grade students and parents: Charmsoffice.com OR charms blue app for devices is a weekly recording due every Sunday. Students who do not turn them in will see this impacting their grades. Please ensure that your child is turning in their weekly assignments. All assignments are posted in ParentVUE for your convenience so that you can see when one is coming up. These assignments are used to keep track of student progress and make sure that students are mastering their concert music.

8th Grade Spring Trip:
I will send information home with your students this week regarding the initial details and location.  I think everyone will be very excited to see where we are headed this year!!!

Allstate:
7th and 8th grade students must get their signed permission forms and $20 turned in to be registered.  I am unable to register any students who do not turn in their fee.

6th Grade:
Please continue to get class materials such as instruments for your students. Students without violins and violas in class starting this week will begin to fall behind. Please email me directly with any questions or concerns about this.

Method books will be distributed to students on Monday following their Instrument quiz. We will begin learning to read notes and apply them to our instruments this week. Please also remember, ALL violin and viola students need to have a shoulder rest. They can’t learn to properly play their instrument without one.

All $35 fees and signed forms should have been turned in, but if you have not yet, please do so asap.  Charmsoffice.com can tell you what your child still needs to turn in.

 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Newton



UPDATE 8.21.17


Allstate:

If you are participating in allstate this year, please get your $20 fee in asap so that Mrs. Newton can provide you with the scales and etude and register you for the event.  The deadline is September 15th, but the sooner you get started on learning the etude the better prepared you will be for the audition.

7/8 Grade:

  • Charmsoffice.com or charms blue student app should be being utilized to keep track of practice and for turning in weekly assignments that are due every Sunday.  Please log in by using the school code DaniellMSOrch and then your specific password.
  • All uniform measurements MUST be turned in ASAP.  Money is still due in total by September 4th.

6 Grade:

  • All polo/book money and order forms must be turned in ASAP.  Green form to Mrs. Newton, money into an envelope and then into the black box.
  • Please make sure to get all instruments as soon as possible so that your child may participate in class.  I expect to have all students playing their own violins/violas by Monday at the very latest.
  • Personal cellos/basses only need to come to school to get tuned, looked over and get their finger tapes.  They will then stay at home for practice and only come back for concerts.  You do not need to bring a cello/bass to school daily as you will use one of our in class instruments instead.

 







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