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Weekend Update 8-23-20

Dear M100 Family,

Hope this email finds you and your family well and safe!  Another awesome and successful week with all of our M100 members!  Thanks to all who went by Panda Express to support the band in our fundraiser this past Wednesday!  Please see the information below  from Sharon Cobb, our Booster President, for our up-coming fundraisers!  Please support the program as we are expecting to take a financial loss this year due to several factors.   Our last week of Summer Band for 2020 is approaching and we’ve got a productive and FUN day planned for Friday!  Don’t miss it!  Please continue to engage in masking and distancing practices so that we can all stay healthy and continue to work with one another in person!


Si necesita hablar con alguien en español, envíeme un correo electrónico a jbiggs0106@yahoo.com.  (Jasmine Biggs)


ALL - REMIND CODES FOR 2020-2021

Please join if you haven’t already done so:

To join a class, text the code to 81010

All Students: @20202021m1

Parents: @8g24b8

Leadership: @ea3aadb


FOR THOSE CHOOSING AT-HOME, DISTANCE LEARNING THIS SEMESTER - PLEASE READ AND ANSWER OUR 2 QUESTION SURVEY:

We understand that some of you have chosen remote learning this semester due to COVID concerns.  In an effort to better plan for instruction, we are asking you to please fill out this quick survey.  ALSO - just a reminder that UIL will allow those who choose remote learning during the day to come to outside of the school day band practices and participate in games and contests. 

See this from the UIL website:

Students participating in remote learning offered by their school district, whether synchronous or asynchronous (as defined by TEA), may participate in UIL activities if they meet all other UIL eligibility requirements. Students must be enrolled in remote learning options through the school the student will represent. Schools may develop local policies with additional requirements for participation. You can find more information related to the full-time student rule in Section 406 UIL Constitution and Contest Rules 


IF YOU ARE CHOOSING AT-HOME LEARNING THIS SEMESTER, PLEASE FILL OUT THIS SURVEY:

https://forms.gle/SkzM5YiYDA2XksDj9


BRING A $1.00!!!!

Everyone in Band, please bring just ONE dollar this week before Friday and give to Mrs. Gill for a SPECIAL SURPRISE at rehearsal on FRIDAY!  :-)


M100 JERSEYS ARE IN!   We handed out Jerseys Thursday and Friday of this past week.  If you pre-ordered and your child was present, they received their Jersey.  All Woodwinds/Brass/& Percussion will wear them for Friday's videotaping (see below). Contact sharon.cobb@bisd.net if you have questions or concerns.  Thank you!


ALL-A NOTE ABOUT NEXT WEEK’S SCHEDULE

Monday - Thursday - ALL Woodwinds & Brass will come to practice from 8am-10am and will meet on the practice field parking lot between Sparta and BMS.  We will all march and play this week so have your instruments!

10:30-12:30 rehearsal - Woodwinds and Brass - divide up again by band for indoor rehearsals:

Mon, Wed. - Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony (masterclasses in the afternoon)

Tues., Thurs. - Symphonic Band, Concert Band (masterclasses in the afternoon)

Battery Percussion -  8am-10am outside / 10:30am-12:30pm in the PAC / Masterclasses 1-2pm

Pit Percussion - 9am-12:30pm in the PAC / Masterclasses 1-2pm

Colorguard - Mon, Wed. - Group A in Sparta gym, Tues., Thurs. - Group B Sparta Gym


Friday - ALL WOODWINDS & BRASS - 8am - 11:30am- Outside Marching Field. No inside sectionals

Percussion - Battery 8am-11:30am outside 

Pit Percussion - In PAC 9am-11:30am unless otherwise instructed by Mr. Smith (you will come outside for the surprise around 11am for sure)

Guard - Group A & B 8am-11:30am - Location to be announced by Mr. H.

*THIS IS A SPECIAL DAY - BISD COMMUNICATIONS WILL BE COMING AT 10:30am TO VIDEOTAPE THE M100 AND BHS CHEERLEADERS WHILE WE PLAY THE FIGHT SONG.  The video is for the virtual district Convocation the next week.

ALL WIND AND PERCUSSION STUDENTS -  WEAR THE M100 JERSEY and BLACK SHORTS FOR THE VIDEO.

GUARD-Mr. Hudnall will advise as to your outfit for the videotaping.


ALL STUDENTS - SPIRIT WEEK!

See attached flyer.  *YOU MUST WEAR SHOES AND CLOTHES YOU CAN MARCH IN.  TENNIS SHOES ONLY.  Also-all outfits must be school appropriate and non-obstructive to your marching or playing rehearsals.  Friday - All Woodwinds/Brass/& Perc. will need to either wear the M100 Jersey to practice or be ready to change into it around 10am.


ALL - HYDRATION & NUTRITION

Students - please make sure you are eating a good, healthy breakfast before coming to camp.  Make sure you are hydrating everyday!  Take your current weight and then divide that number in half and drink that many ounces of water everyday to stay hydrated!  


ALL - MASKING!!!!!

Reminder - ALL students must wear masks while in the school building at all times when they are not playing a brass or woodwind instrument or eating or drinking.  Percussionists will wear the mask at all times while inside unless eating or drinking.  THOSE WHO REFUSE TO WEAR THEIR MASK AS REQUESTED WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE REHEARSAL FOR THE DAY.

Colorguard does not need to wear the mask while working out inside (distanced) but when on break - they should be in a mask.  They may wear the mask while working out if they choose.  Adults should be in masks at all times in the building when they are around others.

Here are the UIL guidelines we have been told to follow: (taken from https://www.uiltexas.org/policy/covid-19/2020-2021-uil-covid-19-risk-mitigation-guidelines)


WW/BRASS SUMMER MASTERCLASSES

MASTERCLASSES CONTINUE THIS WEEK.  Please contact kevin.kwaku@bisd.net if you are having any trouble with any of the masterclasses.  Sessions are being updated daily.  You can find specific times here:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11ApEW-VnifvEYcNNqSBJE-NdL-H2HL8IJ8FGhuNizoE/edit?usp=sharing

Please attend the proper masterclass according to the band you are in for the school year.  Zoom login info. And passwords will be shared asap.  Questions? - email kevin.kwaku@bisd.net.


ALL-BAND FUNDRAISERS

  1. NEW HATS &  CLEAR STADIUM BAGS THAT WILL BE REQUIRED THIS FALL TO ENTER TIGER STADIUM. Find them here:

https://www.beltonmarching100.com/shop

  1. MASKS!!!! We receive 25% of all sales. The link to the masks is

https://www.mscfundraising.com/collections/belton-band-boosters

  1. OUR NEW FUNDRAISER STARTS MONDAY 8/24 AND EVERYONE IS ENTERED!!!!

Belton Band Boosters Flamingo Fun Fundraiser

Flamingo Fun is a fun social-distancing fundraiser for the Belton Band Boosters. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise money for the band for instruments and supplies. Everyone who is in the M100 (includes Guard and Drumline) can participate in Flamingo Fun. We will also allow any neighbors or friends if they would like to donate.  If any family does not wish to participate, please email sharon.cobb@bisd.net. I will remove you from the list. 

 Flamingo Fun is run during band camp.  Competition between sections is a time-honored tradition during band camp. Unfortunately, with the current situation many celebrations and traditions are not allowed. We hope that families have fun with this, and we can get donations for the Belton High School Band and Middle Schools. 

 For two weeks, each section will compete with other sections to raise the most money. Woodwinds and Brass will have the first week and the Guard and Drumline will take the second week of band camp. Each section will each get 12 cardboard flamingos with the M100 logo on them. A family from each section will be assigned as the “Flamingo Flock Family.” These highly motivated families will be given a list of all families in their section. The Flamingo Flock Family will start at 4pm and head to the first house on their list and they will set the flock up on the yard and ring the doorbell. Then…..hightail it outta there just as the participant (or victim…lol) opens the door. The Flock Family will call the house they just visited and ask if they would like to donate. Here are the levels: 

  • Remove the M100 flamingos from my yard- any amount would be appreciated.  

  • Remove the M100 flamingos from my yard and send it to another house- $10-20 

  • Remove the M100 flamingos from my yard and never come back-$25-40

  • Remove the M100 flamingos from my yard and send it to another house and never come back $45- one billion dollars.

The Flamingo Flock Family will return and take the flamingos off the yard and using social distancing guidelines, collect the donation for the band. Donation can be paid via charms, personal check, and cash. The Flamingo Flock Family will either pick another family on their list or go to the house that the prior “Flamingo Fun Victim” assigned. The goal is to get to as many houses as possible in an evening. The Flamingo Flock Family can set their own curfew as the parents see fit. Flamingos can go home at night and not stay overnight in a yard. Flamingo Flock Families can have a back up family if needed. Please make sure all social distancing guidelines are followed and the flamingos are disinfected.

The Flamingo Flock Family for Brass and Woodwinds will start August 24, 2020 and run through August 28, 2020. Flamingo Flock Families will clean and bag the flock for the next family. On August 29th, the flocks will be given to Guard and Drumline Flock Families. Guard and Drumline Flock Families will start August 31, 2020 and go through September 4, 2020.

The section with the most money raised will be the Flamingo Flock Champions.  Woodwinds!!! Woodwinds!!! We do not have a family for you!!  Email me at sharon.cobb@bisd.net. Network with your sections and include everyone. Parents may not read this email so, help the Boosters out!!


ALL - COVID-19 PRE-SCREENING QUESTIONS

All parents are required to screen their children everyday before sending them to school for any reason.  Please notify shannon.gill@bisd.net if your child cannot attend practice due to symptoms or exposure to a positive or presumed positive case of COVID-19.  I will notify our campus nurse and she will contact you as per district policy.  Please do not send students if they have been experiencing any of the symptoms in this document:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KxVezXVdT3LgWGERVAoUfGA5Yi2DP6u7e-k1nJNUEik/edit?usp=sharing

ALL-SUMMER BAND SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT 2 WEEKS:

FOR A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF REHEARSALS FOR ALL GROUPS - GO TO:

https://www.beltonmarching100.com.  SCHEDULE ON HOMEPAGE.



ALL - UNIFORM FITTINGS / INDIVIDUAL PICTURES

Belton High School is planning a modified "Walk the School" event on September 1st and 2nd.  The school will be open for students to pick up technology, textbooks, and parking permits.  The M100 will also use this opportunity to do uniform fittings and individual photos.  There will not be any rehearsal on these days.  Returning M100 members will be asked to stop by the band hall during their scheduled block of time to try on their uniform.  Parent volunteers will be there to check the uniforms, note any needed alterations, and facilitate the student photos.  Freshman and new members should allow more time to be measured and assigned a uniform.  Guard members will also have their individual photos taken; Mr. Hudnall will communicate the details with those students. 

Tuesday, September 1st - Seniors (8am-12pm), Juniors (1pm-4pm)

Wednesday, September 2nd - Sophomores (8am-12pm), Freshman (1pm-4pm)

We will be taking the following COVID-19 precautions:

  • The uniforms will be placed alphabetically on chairs that are 6ft apart. 

  • Students will be encouraged to dress in their assigned area. (Some private dressing areas will be available.)

  • M100 members should arrive in modest clothes that fit easily under their uniform. (shorts and t-shirts or "unders") Band shoes not required.

  • Students wishing to pose with their instrument should bring their own instrument.

  • Parents may be asked to wait outside the band hall if crowding becomes an issue.

  • Uniform pieces that are "tried on" a student will be fully laundered before being used again the following day.

  • Chairs and dressing stations will be sanitized before the next group arrives.


WOODWINDS/BRASS/PERCUSSION - INSTRUMENT RENTAL FEES

If you are using a school owned instrument (including percussion), you will be assessed an instrument rental fee of $62.50 per instrument per semester.  We will ask for payment of these fees during the second week of school (Sept. 14th).  Payments will be delivered to Mrs. Gill and not paid through Charms.  Payments only in the form of cash (in an envelope with student’s name on it) or check made out to Belton HS Band.  Payments are deposited into an account to be used for repair and general maintenance on instruments.  Students will receive a form indicating the amount they owe in the coming weeks.  



Thank you and please stay safe and healthy!



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