Band handbook/Pride & Commitment forms will go home soon, please sign both sides and return these forms to the band office “forms basket”. The annual Bonfire Pep Rally follows the KWHS Open House this year, and there is a link to this week’s football game volunteer needs. Additionally, please see the messages from our band parent/booster officers below: Uniforms, Ways & Means, and President/Volunteer Coordinators. Have a great week!
Band Calendar–Website–Announcement Blog–Remind101 Txts
*Regular Tuesday & Thursday 3:00-4:45pm Marching Band rehearsals. Please avoid scheduling any appointments during these times/days, full year’s calendar at this link: Band Calendar
Thursday, August 31st
*Open house: 6:00pm (a great time to turn these forms in) followed by the Bonfire pep rally at 7:30pm (on the softball field behind the band field). The band performs at this event; please wear
your red band shirt. The band students will need to be lined up to march to the field no later than 7:20pm.
Friday, September 1st
*Home Football game: Report to the Poinciana elementary cafeteria by 5:45pm, attendance (inspection) taken at 6:00pm in full uniform. All Band Members will wear their Red Band Shirt, New Grey shorts and marching shoes with LONG White socks (exception: Colorguard wear your black dance shoes + formal uniforms if they arrive for this game). Please bring your band bag (if you have one) and your red water bottle which you will use in the stands. Have all of your music and your functioning instrument. *We will need to return to KWHS after the game to unload all equipment this week, we are no longer allowed to store our uniforms at POI. Parents, please be aware that there is no set time for football games to end and transportation should be coordinated through cell/text messaging upon the conclusion of the game-this gives you about 30min lead time on pick up after students change cloths and pack up. Games begin at 7:00pm and the band performs the National Anthem/Pregame at around 6:45pm. Parents, we need many volunteers for each game. Our volunteer needs are posted on Charms (database that helps us organize everything), please sign up via this link: Be sure to complete your Volunteer Application with the district annually at: https://visa.keysschools.com/ Each event will have a sign up via a hyperlink, this week’s game: DIRECT LINK: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=KyWstHSB&v=1651064
*Season Football Tickets Still for sale! 50% goes directly towards each band student’s Charms account fees etc. (50% to football). Please send in a Check made out to “Key West High School” with “Band 2010000 Football Tickets & Student’s Name” written in the memo line with the correct $ amount for the number of tickets you want. They are $30 each, tickets will be processed at the end of each school day/rehearsal, during lunch, and at the football game by a to-be-designated band parent. The band sells these through an exchange of a Check=Ticket handed directly to you (parent/student), please take orders from friends and family by getting a check directly from them and then delivering the ticket after receiving it.
*Fundraising, our band account is quite low right now >$1,000. Please continue your fundraising efforts. You can find the Sponsorship form and Brick Sales order form on our website www.kwhsband.com
Uniform Coordinator and Ways & Means
Hello band parents,
Welcome to a new school year! I would like to introduce myself and my husband: my name is Kris Bly and I am the Uniform Coordinator for this school year 2017-2018. My husband is Don Bly, who is the “Ways and Means” position this year for the Band Boosters. Amelia Bly, a sophomore trumpet player, is our daughter and this is her second year in the marching band.
Mr. Hernandez will be posting positions in the computer program, Charms, about a week before each event. For uniform fittings, I would love to have parents there to help pass out the hats, the uniforms, and check their shoes and gloves before the games, and then take the uniforms back and make sure they’re hung up correctly after the games. We would also need to pass out and take back the Hat feather plumes before and after pregame, and before and after halftime. It would be a big help to me to have parents volunteer their time with me, as it makes the process go much faster. Especially after the events, as we have almost 100 band members this year.
I will be able to be at all the events with the exception of the football game on September 15th, as I am out of town that weekend. If one person wouldn’t mind meeting with me before the 15th, so that I could have them be the booster parent in charge of uniforms for that game, it would be extremely helpful! If you’re able to do this, my phone number is 305-509-1447. Please feel free to call or text me and we can meet.
For any shows, the students are required to have clean, white socks, clean white gloves, and clean white shoes. Feel free to wash and bleach their socks and gloves after they wear them (please!), then they may store them in their red bags. Also, they’re white marching shoes clean nicely with a Mr. Clean Eraser. Feel free to make them as white as you are able to. I will have extra socks and gloves available at every show, if needed. I also have white shoe polish, white duct tape and extra shoes in case we have a shoe blowout at an inopportune time! If you or your student notices their shoes are starting to wear, tear, or break down, please let me know so I can arrange them to have a new pair. The same goes with their bag or if their gloves become too dirty or missing.
Mr. Hernandez will let me know when he needs this, but before their MPA’s, we like to wash the uniforms, so that they are bright and beautiful. I would sincerely appreciate some help with this; so, if you have a washer that does not have the inner agitator, it is just the open bowl, and would like to help wash uniforms, please let me know. It would be great to have multiple people wash a couple uniforms rather than a couple people washing multiple uniforms. They just get hung dry; they do not go into the dryer. They will, however, need ironing after the fact, specifically the creases on the pants and ends of the jacket sleeves. I have no problem if people volunteer for washing and other people volunteer for the ironing. The more, the better!
Don will be sending out an email of his own after he speaks with Mr. Hernandez, Pam, and Wendy about fundraising plans this year.
Once Mr. Hernandez gives me the go-ahead, we will order marching band show t-shirts. I will send out an email for any parent who would like to order one.
Again, welcome to the year! It proves to be a fun one!
Looking forward to working with you,
Dear Band Parents,
I am Wendy Meyer, Gracie Meyers mom, who is a senior and drum major this year. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself & also Pam Oropeza, Hunter Oropezas mom, who is a sophomore & chief quartermaster this year, as the band booster co-presidents for the 2017-2018 school year.
I would also like to graciously thank all of the parents that have volunteered for all of our band events & games thus far (there will be many more) & encourage those that have not to jump in and join the fun!! If you have yet to purchase your band parent polo shirt, you can do so at Goal Line embroidery located at 3255 Flagler Ave in Key West, they are about $20. It truly takes a strong, unified effort to help make the band run smoothly and successfully throughout the year. You are all very needed & appreciated!!
Additionally, I have linked to this email the band Band Sponsorship Form 2017-18. In an effort to assist with individual band students fair share obligation of $300.00, it is suggested that each student try to get at least 1 or up to 3 sponsors to help offset this cost & lessen the burden on parents pocketbooks.
Lastly, season football tickets are now up for sale $30.00 each, 1/2 of the sale proceeds are credited to your students account !!
If you have any questions or ideas regarding volunteering, chaperoning, fundraising, or anything band related I welcome you to contact either myself or Pam by email, text or phone.
Wendy Meyer Pam Oropeza
This email has been sent via Charms Office Assistant on behalf of:
Key West High School Band
2100 Flagler Avenue
Key West, FL 33040