FAQs for Parents

Answers to Questions for Parents

What time do I pick up my child from rehearsal?

  • Allegro Singers who are not in Vivace will be dismissed at 4:20 p.m.
  • Vivace Singers will be dismissed at 5:00 p.m. .

My child is being driven to rehearsals. What time should my child arrive?

  • Children should arrive as close to 3:30 p.m. as possible, but NOT before.
  • Mitchell Elementary School dismissal is from 3:15 to 3:30 p.m., so buses are moving through the parking lot and children from the school are walking to the buses and boarding.
  • Rehearsal will begin at 3:40 p.m. with children seated and ready to sing.

My child attends Bethlehem Elementary School. I understand there is bus transportation. How does that work?

  • Children who attend BES may ride a bus provided by Region 14 from BES to Mitchell Elementary School on Thursdays for rehearsals.
  • The children are dismissed early at 3:10 p.m. to board the bus.
  • The bus arrives at MES at 3:30 p.m.
  • Parents MUST sign a permission slip that we provide and deliver it to the child's teacher at least a day before the first rehearsal.
  • Weekly notes to the teacher are not necessary. The permission slip covers the entire singing season.
  • A note MUST be sent to BES if the child is not to ride the bus on a given day.

My child attends Mitchell Elementary School. How does that work?

  • Students from MES who participate in We Sing! are dismissed to the Gym at dismissal time. A member of the We Sing! leadership team will meet them at the Gym and bring them to the rehearsal room.
  • Parents MUST sign a permission slip that we provide and deliver it to the child's teacher at least a day before the first rehearsal.
  • Weekly notes to the teacher are not necessary. The permission slip covers the entire singing season.

My Child attends Woodbury Middle School. How do they get from WMS to MES?

Woodbury Middle School students have three options:

  • Ride the bus home after school and be driven to rehearsal arriving shortly after 3:30 p.m. (See FAQ above for driving details.)
  • Make arrangements with the WMS office to remain at WMS and walk to MES at 3:30 p.m. (The school is prepared for this.)
  • For students who attend an after-school club that ends at 3:30 p.m., they mat walk to MES after the club session.

We don’t live in Bethlehem or Woodbury. Our children don’t attend Region 14 schools. Are they allowed to join the choir?

  • YES! We Sing! is open to all children in grades 2 - 12 regardless of where they live or where they go school. There are many home schooled children who sing in the choir.
  • Even though we are centered in Bethlehem and Woodbury and Region 14 provides rehearsal space, there is no residency requirement.

What do the different colors of shirts mean?

  • They are personal preference. We recognize that each child is an individual and the option to choose your color gives the children some independence and individuality. The music is what brings us together as one group.

Do you sing religious music?

  • We Sing! and Chime In! are not religious organizations and do not promote specific religious beliefs.
  • We do sing fine music from many genres including sacred music selections which are treated as any other music.

What does it cost for my child to participate?

  • There is a $25 fee to participate for on season. (9 - 12 weeks)
  • There is a $15 cost to purchase a performance shirt which may be used for multiple seasons.
  • We will not allow the cost to prevent any child from participating in We Sing!

My child would like to participate in We Sing! but I can’t pay the fees right now. Is there any way for my child to sing?

  • Yes. Please contact Rick@ChimeInMusic.org to discuss your situation.
  • We will not allow the cost to prevent any child from participating in We Sing! Contact Rick@ChimeInMusic.org

Why are your registration fees so low compared to other after school programs?

  • We Sing! is part of the community music organization Chime In! Music With a Mission, Inc. whose mission is to engage people in the joy and sense of community that music fosters. Our goal is for everyone to be able to participate in music.
  • The program is provided by volunteers with a small honorarium paid to the directors. Contributions made to the organization are used to offset expenses.
  • Regional School District 14 works collaboratively with Chime In! by providing rehearsal space and transportation for district children to the rehearsal in order to have this musical program available to their students as an extension of the school musical program.
  • Parent volunteers assist with organizational tasks that allow the music directors to focus on making music with the children.

Ask a Question

Please email your questions to Rick@ChimeInMusic.org.