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Common Times" Weekly Newsletter 5/13-5/17


Upcoming Events

5/14 - 7th Grade Full Band Rehearsal until 3:45-5:45

5/21 - Spring Bands Concert (Jazz, Advanced Jazz, 7th Grade Band, 8th Grade Band, Symphonic Orchestra)

5/22 - School Owned Instruments Due Back @WJHS

5/23 - All-Region Photoshoot 11:30a-12:50p - concert black required for those who made all-region

5/24 - 8th Grade Celebration

5/25 - Silver Dollar City Trip

5/28 - 8th Grade Awards Assembly

5/29 - 7th Grade Awards Assembly

5/30 - Last Day of School



Greetings Wildcat Band Family!

We are quickly coming to the end of the school year and yet there is still plenty to do in the band and school world. Remind your student to check their grades in HAC and in google classroom for all their classes regularly. It is much easier, and less stressful, for them to get caught up now rather than trying to cram in makeup work and assignment redos at the very end of the school year.

We will have our after school 7th grade band rehearsal this Tuesday until 5:45. Please make plans for your student to be there as this is the only time we will be able to have the entire band together before the concert.

I am incredibly proud of the Bentonville High School Bands!! they had an inspiring concert Thursday night with the presentation of earning the coveted international "Sudler Shield" award.


To say your child is a part of something bigger than themselves that is worth every minute of their time is an understatement. No other activity teaches personal responsibility, time management, dedication and an active pursuit of excellence as the Bentonville Band Programs do.

This week there will be marching band rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-6:00p. While there is a marching band rehearsal on 5/21, I spoke with Mr. Hendrix and he has said the WJHS students should NOT attend that rehearsal but instead get prepared for our concert. Be sure to check www.bentonvillepride.com/calendar for end of year rehearsals for these students as well as the schedule for when early weeks begin in July for our high school band.

 

All Grades are up to date in HAC if you want to see how your student is doing.

  • N=Nothing turned in but it still can be

  • Z = Wrong thing turned in or not enough completed to earn credit


 

Sign up for a FREE 20 minute lessons with Mr. Jones. These are not reoccurring lessons. Just a short lesson as you need help. Spots tend to go FAST each week.   Sign Up Here if interested




 

Calendar Reminder


UPDATE: Those who made all-region as either a participant or an alternate will have a photoshoot on May 23rd 11:20-12:50. Concert black is required.


Please be sure to carefully review our calendar for activities in the coming weeks, especially as we get into the holiday season mid-November. I work hard to make a schedule that does not conflict with other WJHS activities. With our incredible students involved in so many, it is not an easy task. :) It is important that there not be any planned/regular appointments during an event as an absence is not excused per district policy. Since the calendar went out in July, that provides ample opportunity to reschedule any possible conflicts fairly easily.


7th Grade Families - you can also see our 2024-2025 calendar begin to take shape here. There are still several events without dates. However, as we finalize schedules you will see those fill in. While we will not be going back to St. Louis next year due to the symphony's schedule, we will be taking a drip to either Dallas or Kansas City. More details to come on this. :)


 

Concert Black Reminder


We must do better on adhering to concert black for the spring concert. PLEASE LET ME HELP YOU find the correct attire if you need assistance. I have to know by THIS WEDNESDAY, May 15th to have time to get you what you need. Email me your student's name, what they need and what size they need.


  • No shorts.

  • No Crocks.

  • No White Shoes.

  • No shirts with graphics or text.

  • No Grey pants.

  • No T-shirts/short sleeve shirts. (a long sleeve black plain shirt would be acceptable)


We have several concert black outfits available free of charge in the band room. Please let me know if you would like me to get your student one of these outfits. Just tell me who your student is and what sizes they need.

 

Here is the timeline for the spring concert. I am not publishing specific times for each ensemble as once one group is done and the next is ready, we will begin. Students must stay for the entirety of the band portion's of the concert.


Additionally, we will be using the BAND app attendance feature for students to check-in to confirm they are in attendance. For this to work, every student MUST be in the band app. Parents and guardians are not in the attendance portion of the check-in, only students. So students must enroll for their BAND via the link below.

8th Grade Band Families - https://band.us/n/aba79ez9XbYfi 

7th Grade Band Families - https://band.us/n/acae96z4X2Y47

Jazz Band Families - https://band.us/n/a7ab96zbYaJeY


Students do NOT need a phone to signup or to be checked-in.

 

Band Supply Fee Reminder


Thank you to everyone who has been sending in the band supply fees! We are currently still short $1,896.


These fees are for materials and school provided instrument usage fees that we are able to get in bulk and provide a discount to families that we receive from our partnership with music and office supply dealers since are an education institution and pass those savings on to you. We also do this to ensure every student has exactly what they need without families needing to go to yet another store for back to school shopping to try and find what is needed and possibly getting the wrong thing.


Updated statements were sent out last week. Band Supply Fees are all setup in MyPayments Plus and are available if you prefer to pay online for the full amount. If you have had fundraising or free/reduced lunch credits applied to your statement, those cannot be paid in the MPP system and must be sent in via cash/check. If you do this, you will have to search for 'WJHS Band' and find the appropriate fee. Fees SHOULD be modified accordingly for students on free or reduced lunch. If that is not that case, please email me so I can look into it as we have had a couple of coding issues in the system to show you the correct fee. You can still send in cash or check made out to "WJHS Band." Thank you for your help!!

 

Please take a few moment to review the information below so you are fully prepared for the week ahead.


This Week

  • Monday -"A" Day (Classes 1-3, Advisory, 4)

    • 7:45a - Band Room Opens

    • Advisory

    • 3:45-5:00 - Lessons with Mr. Jones

    • 5:15p - Band Room Closes

    • 6:30p - LJHS Concert at BWest PAC (for those interested)

  • Tuesday - "B" Day (Classes 5-7, Priority, 8)

    • 7:45a - Band Room Opens

    • Priority Time - Symphonic Orchestra Rehearsal

    • 3:45-5:45p - 7th Grade Band Rehearsal

    • 5:55pm - Band Room Closes

  • Wednesday - "A" Day (Classes 1-3, Priority, 4)

    • 7:45a - Band Room Opens

    • Priority - 8th Grade Band Rehearsal

    • 4:15p - Band Room Closes

  • Thursday - "B" Day (Classes 5-7, Priority, 8)

    • 7:45a - Band Room Opens

    • Priority Time - 7th Grade Band Rehearsal

    • 3:45-5:00 - Lessons with Jones

    • 5:15pm - Band Room Closes


  • Friday- "B" Day (Classes 1-4, Black Light Pep Rally)

    • 7:45a - Band Room Opens

    • 2:50p - Black Light Pep Rally

    • 3:45p - Band Room Closes

 

Click the appropriate link(s) to download the app and join our groups (Bands).


8th Grade Families - https://band.us/n/aba79ez9XbYfi 

7th Grade Families - https://band.us/n/acae96z4X2Y47

Jazz Band Families - https://band.us/n/a7ab96zbYaJeY  

 

 



 



 

PRIVATE LESSONS ARE AWESOME! They are designed to be fun, engaging, supportive

and focused on the individual student.


Who should take private lessons:

  • Advanced students who need to be pushed and challenged

  • Students who need some 1-on-1 assistance to learn and master concepts covered in class

  • Students who missed substantial class time due to illness

  • Students who just began playing this year

  • Students who want to get better

  • EVERYONE

 

To stay in the know be sure to follow us on your social media platform of choice: Facebook or Instagram - @wjhswildcatband and/or at www.wjhswildcatband.com


If you have any questions or concerns, please never hesitate to reach out. We are partners in your student's growth and need to work together for them to be as successful as possible.


Musically Yours,







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