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5th Grade Band 2015-16

Posted on April 25, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Dear Fourth Grade Parents,

 

I am writing to share some VERY exciting news! LES/LMS will continue to offer fifth grade band for the 2015-2016 school year as a daily class! We structured fifth grade band in a whole new way this year and it was a huge success!!

 

Fifth grade band is set up as a class. All beginning band students (fifth and sixth grade) will have band class first period at LMS. Fifth grade students will ride the bus to LMS, get dropped off or walk. They will arrive with the rest of the LMS students. (Students should arrive between 7:10-7:25 AM.) The students will have band everyday as a full band. We will start band the first day of school!

 

The fifth grade students will essentially be middle school students for one period. They will abide by the rules and expectations of LMS. Students will earn a grade of S, P, N or U. (*Please refer to the grading rubric below.) I will take attendance for the day during band class and that will be reported to LES.

 

After band class is over, there will be a bus to take the students to LES for the rest of their classes. They will arrive in time to eat breakfast at LES and to be in class on time. The students will have a two-week window of time to change their mind about enrolling in band. After that they are obligated to follow through with their commitment for the rest of the school year. This is an expectation for all LMS students and we will be following LMS rules because they are enrolled in an LMS class.

 

Students are strongly encouraged to take their instrument with them everyday so they can practice at home. They will keep their instruments in their homeroom at LES during the school day and will need to take it home with them each night to have it for class the next day.

The students will be able to keep their instrument in a locked cage at LMS if they cannot take it home. (You will need to provide the lock.) At home practice is highly encouraged and is essential to progress and improvement in band!

 

Students will be able to participate in band and the LES choir. Choir students will attend choir on Wednesdays and band the rest of the week. Students participating in both will not lose participation points for missing band to attend choir rehearsal.

 

All current fourth and fifth grade students will attend an instrument demonstration on Friday, May 22nd. Our representative from Music and Arts/Colonial Music will be here to discuss and demonstrate all of the instrument choices. After this meeting please discuss with your child two or three options of what they would like to play.

 

We will have two optional parent meetings to attend. One will be Wednesday, May 20th at 8:15 AM in the district office board room on the second floor of LES. The other will be held on Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 PM in the LHS auditorium. You can choose either of these meetings to attend but we ask that you come to one of the two if you have questions about signing your child up for band for the 2015-2016 school year. If you cannot attend either of these meetings and you have questions please email me.

 

In the fall we will have a parent meeting on Wednesday, August 19th at 7:00 PM in the LHS auditorium. At this time our music representative will discuss the instrument choices for the students and he will briefly discuss the instrument rental/purchase program at Music and Arts/Colonial Music. It is very important that you DO NOT purchase an instrument before the beginning of the school year. If your child has an instrument before we begin band they may damage it, not learn proper technique and/or grow bored of this new adventure before we even begin. Please wait until our parent meeting to make any decisions or purchases.

 

We will have instrument fittings on Thursday, August 20th from 3:30-7:00 PM and on Saturday, August 22nd from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM in the LHS auditorium. You will schedule a twenty-minute time block for one of these days at the parent meeting in August. The purpose of the instrument fitting is to let your child try their top two or three choices and be fit for the instrument they will be the most successful with. If you own an instrument, please bring it with you to the fittings to let the professionals check the condition and let you know if it needs repairs. We do not want any child starting on an instrument that does not work properly.

 

I have a “Remind” text/email alert account to communicate effectively with you throughout the year. I set up an account for the beginning band for the 2015-2016 school year. To receive texts and/or emails from me about band for next year text @lms1516 to 81010. You are only able to receive messages from me on this system.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I am very excited about the opportunity to work with you and your child and to teach them the joy of playing an instrument. Please fill out, detach and return the information sheet at the end of the letter to your homeroom teacher no later than Friday, May 22nd.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Fugate

*Grading Rubric:

Satisfactory-

Brings their instrument to most or all classes (1 day without instrument per quarter.)

 

Participates and is prepared for class, musically and mentally everyday.

 

Attends ALL concerts.

 

Shows noticeable/above average improvement on playing and written assessments.

 

Displays a positive attitude and willingness to listen and learn.

 

Progressing-

Brings their instrument to most classes (only 2-3 days without instrument per quarter.)

 

Participates and is prepared for class musically and mentally everyday.

 

Attends ALL concerts.

 

Shows average improvement on playing and written assessments.

 

Displays a positive attitude and willingness to listen and learn.

 

Needs Improvement-

Brings their instrument to most classes (only 4-5 days without instrument per quarter.)

 

Participates and is prepared for class musically and mentally most days.

 

Attends all but one concert.

 

Shows below average improvement on playing and written assessments.

 

Displays a poor attitude, needs to pay more attention in class, is somewhat unwilling to learn

or make consistent/positive progress.

 

Unwilling/Unable-

Brings their instrument to class 6 or less times a quarter.

 

Rarely participates and is generally not prepared musically or mentally for class.

 

Attends one or no concerts for the school year.

 

Shows very little to no improvement on playing and written assessments.

 

Displays a very poor attitude, does not pay attention in class, is unwilling to learn or make any consistent/positive progress. Shows very little effort.


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Please return this to your homeroom teacher or email to Mrs. Fugate no later than Friday, May 22nd.

 

 

________I would like for my child to be enrolled in 5th grade band for the 2015-2016 school year.

 

_______ I do not wish to enroll my child in 5th grade band for the 2015-2016 school year.

 

 

I plan to attend the parent meeting on:

 

_______Wednesday, May 20th at 8:15 AM in the board office conference room (2nd floor of LES.)

 

_______ Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 PM in the LHS auditorium

 

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Student Name Parent Signature

 

Parent Name (print): __________________________________________________

 

Parent phone number: _________________________________________________

 

Parent email: ________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

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