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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Hauntcert Volunteer List

The Hauntcert volunteer list is now available.  This is our biggest event of the year and requires so many volunteers - please consider donating a couple of hours of your time to help out our student musicians.  This is a great way to get involved and meet some other parents!!!  Click here to sign up to be a part of Hauntcert XXV.  

Hauntcert Decorations

Our Hauntcert decoration this year will be a blend of "Halloween party meets 25th Anniversary celebration". So we'd love donations of any left over decorations or items from a 25th anniversary celebration you might have laying around. Or any Halloween decor in black or silver, or anything you're willing to part with that you think can be spray painted silver for the occasion and don't necessarily want back (pumpkins, skeletons, bats, spiders, etc). We are also creating a fabric bunting for the front of the stage, so if you have any old fabrics that can be cut up for this use we'll take anything white, black or gray (old bed sheets, table cloths, etc) as well as any tulle in the same colors. Things thin enough to cut and long enough to create 2 ft strips are preferred.  If you would be able to lend/donate any of these items, please send them to school with your student as soon as you are able, labeling anything you would like returned.

Uniform Update

All uniforms have now been distributed, including the ones that were ordered for students.  Please check over your uniform and let us know by Monday if there are any repairs needed we didn't catch.  Tux jackets and shirts should also be looked over carefully for missing buttons.  Have your student let us know immediately if there are any missing, but make sure to let us know specifics (ie front jacket button, shirt cuff/collar button, etc.).  Replacements will be sent home next week.  Double check the hems on dresses and pants to make sure they fit correctly (dresses should be hemmed to pants length).  All hems need to be loosely stitched so that they may be removed in the future. 

Hauntcert Rehearsal Reminder - 9.24.19

Date:  Tuesday Sept. 24
Time:  3:30-6:00 pm
Location:  NCHS Auditorium
Personnel:  Chamber, Intermezzo, Sinfonia Orchestras (not Concert Orchestra)

Misc: Cellists who are able to secure a ride to school that day need to bring their cellos as we don't have nearly enough at school for all the students.  ALL students need to bring their folding music stands.  Students must be picked up promptly at 6:00 pm in the bus lane - they will not be permitted to go through the building unless they have driven and need access to the front lot.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Orchestra Uniforms

Orchestra uniforms should have come home with your student Monday night. We will be placing the order for additional items on WEDNESDAY, so it is critical that all students bring their uniform home and try it on for a parent to double check the size.  All women who still have a dress at home MUST try it on immediately so that we can get something ordered if the fit has changed. Please let me know asap if there is an issue with either the fit of the uniform or any damage that we didn't spot.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

NOPA Reminder

Don't forget that our NCHS Orchestra Parents Association will have their first meeting Monday night, Sept. 9 in the orchestra room (50).  Doors J around the back of the building will be open.  Come meet some new faces and help us as we begin brainstorming Hauntcert and fundraising ideas.  All orchestra parents are welcome!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

ILMEA Workshop @ ILSTU

Here's another workshop opportunity closer to home for ILMEA students who are interested. Please let me know by the end of this week if your student is interested in attending this one or the one at WIU so that I can assist with carpools, make sure they get registered, answer questions, etc.

Our first NCHS Orchestra Parents Association (NOPA) meeting will be in the orchestra room (50) at 7:00 pm on Monday Sept. 9.  The doors J around the back of the building will be open.  We would love to see all of our orchestra parents there as we work to brainstorm Hauntcert ideas and fundraising activities for our Canada trip in June. Hope to see you there!

 Don't forget the syllabus signature sheet, blog verification, and uniform signature sheet/payment are due on Friday.  Your student also has another online survey due through Google Classroom by Friday as well.  **If your student has not sent in the blog verification homework and you received this update in your inbox, please print it off and send back to school with them**