ANNOUNCEMENTS

8/16
PARENT/STUDENT HELP NEEDED FOR PULLED PORK DINNER
I'm putting out a second request for parent and student help at the pulled pork dinner on Wednesday.  The food will come prepared; we need parent help inside the cafeteria to package the food into the to-go containers.  We need student help and parent supervision to distribute the containers to the customers as they drive through the lot.  Please click the link if you will be able to help from 3:30-6:15 on Wednesday, 8/19.
Pulled Pork Dinner


PARENT MEETING / BOOSTER MEETING - MONDAY, 8/17 - 6:00 PM
All parents are requested to attend the parent meeting tomorrow (Monday, 8/17) just after 6:00 PM in the LHS Presentation Centers (next door to the band room).  Mr. McElhaney will be giving information about the needs and expectations for the fall season.  Then, please stay for the first booster meeting of the year.

8/4
BAND CAMP WEEK TWO and CONCERT
If this year runs like previous ones, students will most likely be released from band camp early on Thursday so that they have time to go home before returning for the concert.  The concert begins at 6:30, so I'm guessing that the kids will need to be back at school no later than 5:30 - just a guess, as I haven't heard anything from Mr. McElhaney as of this time.  I would think that they kids will probably be released from band camp somewhere around 4:00 on Thursday.

The show tshirts will not be ready in time for distribution at the concert.  Mr. McElhaney is planning on passing them out during the first week of school.  He has the list so he knows which families ordered which sizes.

Also, I believe that there is no band camp on Friday, 8/7.  I'll update you if that is wrong.

PARENT / BOOSTER MEETING MONDAY 8/17 - 6:00 PM
     Mr. McElhaney will have a mandatory parent meeting on Monday, 8/17, just after 6:00 PM in the Presentation Center (next door to the band room).  He will get the kids started on their practice and then start the meeting.  This is when he usually goes over the fall schedule as well as the expected costs for the season, and he asks that all parents please attend. 
     Immediately after the meeting, we will have the first booster meeting of the year.  Please stay, find out what has been happening, and let your voice be heard.  We need input and ideas from all parents!

SUMMER BOOSTER UPDATES
     We had two executive board meetings over the summer, primarily to create an operating budget for the group and to pursue 5013C tax exempt status. We decided to hire the services of Rachel Carlsen, CPA. When the process is complete, we will be our own tax-exempt organization, enabling us to consolidate our accounts rather than having to divide our earnings between our own account at the LHS Foundation. We will then use the Foundation account as our savings, and all of our earnings and expenses will come out of the LHS Band Booster account. We are hoping to have this process complete within another month.
     We looked at our fireworks earnings, which were down for about the 4th year in a row. Unless TNT can secure us a better spot, we voted to suspend fireworks sales for 2016. Instead, we are going to try to have a food booth at the Kings County Fair.
     We voted to approve a loan to South Valley Winter Arts Association in the amount of $500 to help with start-up costs. This is the new winter guard/ winter percussion circuit that we will be with, in place of SJVCGPR.
     We are in the process of updating and revising our bylaws, but we were advised to table that until we have received our 501c3 designation.
     According to our by-laws, officer terms are to be for one year. However, since we are in the midst of incorporating, we have been advised to retain current officers. As an organization, we need to decide if you want to continue current officers for all of 15/16, or if you want to hold officer elections once we have completed the incorporation process.   A decision on this will be made at our first booster meeting.


7/28
ORIENTATION
     LHS orientation is scheduled for this Thursday and Friday.
     On Thursday, freshman are welcome to attend the LINK crew welcome in the morning. However, this is not required and it is a personal decision about sending your student. During this time, they will play games and take a tour of the campus. (For what it is worth, I did not send my daughter when she was a freshman. She had already bonded with a good group of kids during band camp, and she was comfortable with the campus layout, so she attended band camp that morning instead.)
     In the afternoon on Thursday, freshman will attend orientation according to the time specified on the card in their packet. Mr. McElhaney is requesting that students return to band camp as soon as they are done.
     Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will attend registration on Friday, also on the time specified in their packet. This is different from past years; the band will not be going to registration all at the same time. Again, Mr. McElhaney is asking that the kids hurry back to band camp.
     Be sure to take the following items to orientation, or you will not be allowed in:
          Emergency card (yellow) -it's the back of the card that says what time the student will register)
          Responsible Use Acknowledgement (purple) - computer usage
          Lunch application (white)- required from ALL students
          Student information form (coral)
          Student health update (white)


PULLED PORK DINNER
     We are starting our first fundraiser. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be applied to lowering the total cost needed for student band costs. We will be starting on Wednesday, July 29 and finish on August 14th, 2015. Our goal is to sell 625 tickets – or 5 tickets per student.
The students will be selling Take out Dinner Tickets. Included in each dinner will be Pulled Pork, rice pilaf, green beans and a roll. The dinner will held be on Wednesday August 19 from 4-6 p.m. Dinners may be picked up in the parking lot in front of the band room. Each ticket sells for $10.00.
     If 5 tickets are sold, the student’s name will be recorded for and end-of-the-year reward trip. More information regarding this trip will be coming.
     We also need some parent volunteers to help with dinner distribution on August 19th. No paper work needs to be filled out in order to volunteer. Parents are needed to help package the food in the take-out containers and to oversee students distributing the dinners to the cars as they drive through. Please click the link and sign up to volunteer if you are able to help.  Pulled Pork Dinner 2015
     If you have any questions, please call Denise at 779-1052.
     Thanks for all your help!

BAND CAMP -FORMS AND ORDERS NOW DUE
     By now, your student should have completed and turned in their band camp registration form.  This is important, as it is how we find out what size band shirt to order for your student.  If you need a new registration form, you can find one at the bottom of this page or on the "Forms" link in the left sidebar.
     If you are planning on ordering an extra tshirt, be sure to have your order form and money turned in to the LHS band room by the MORNING of Thursday, 7/30.  Shirt orders will be placed that afternoon, so late orders will not be accepted.

7/26
BAND CAMP
     Band Camp begins tomorrow.  Doors to the band room will open at 8:30, and we will be collecting registration forms and payment.
     By now, your student SHOULD have given you the registration form, but because they are teenagers, there is a good chance that they forgot.  You can find the form at the bottom of this page or under the "Forms" link on the sidebar. Please  have the form completed prior to arriving at the band room.
     The $50 can be in cash or a check (made payable to LHS Band Boosters).  It is fine to postdate your check to August 1 if that makes it easier for you. 
     Be sure your student brings sunscreen and plenty of water to camp all week.  Practice will run until 5:00, after which they need to clean up and put things away.  Students should be ready for pickup by about 5:10.

TSHIRT ORDERS
     The band camp fee pays for instructors for the two weeks as well as the student's show tshirt. This is the shirt that students will wear under their uniform during performances. Many families like to purchase additional shirts for other family members, and these are $18 each.  You may add those extra orders to the band camp registration form and include the payment with the $50 camp fee. ALL TSHIRT ORDERS MUST BE IN BY THURSDAY, 7/30.  Orders after that date will not be accepted...sorry! 

PULLED PORK DINNER FUNDRAISER
     The first fundraiser of the school year will begin during the first week of band camp.  Each student will be issued 4 tickets for a pulled pork dinner ($10 each).  These individual dinners include pulled pork, rice, green beans, and a roll.  Dinners will be distributed drive-thru style on Wednesday, August 19th.  I do not have the date that tickets/money are due, but once I have that information, I will pass it on.
     This fundraiser benefits the LHS Band Club, and profits made will go toward reducing the student financial contribution for marching season.  We are asking each student to sell at least their four tickets; if they need more, just ask Mr. McElhaney for another envelope.
     The Band Boosters are planning an reward incentive for students who sell at least their minimum tickets...stay tuned for more details.  
     If you have any questions, please let me know and I'll do my best to get the answer for you.


7/20
NATIONAL DANCE DAY
UPDATE:  Here is the video from the event.  Thank you to Jen for organizing it, and to all the kids who danced!

YouTube Video


      Jennifer Alanzalon, LHS color guard instructor, is leading a group dance mob in honor of National Dance Day.  This is open for ALL people, and no dance experience is required.  We'd like to encourage all LHS band students to take part.  She will be teaching the choreography on Thursday from 9-11, which conflicts with winds rehearsals, but she will also be teaching it on Saturday, 7/25, from 9-11.  Then, the group will be videotaped from 11-noon.  My guess is that this videotape will be submitted to the show So You Think You Can Dance.  Several years ago, scenes from LHS band camp were selected to be shown; you can see that video on the "Videos" link on the sidebar.
     Rehearsals and videotaping will take place at the Lemoore Downtown Park - meet by the gazebo.  
     Jen is asking that all people wear something easy to move in, and don't forget to bring your own water and snacks.  
     For more information or to contact Jennifer with any questions, join the group on Facebook:  Lemoore National Dance Day.  You are welcome to share this on your social media sites.  It would be great to have a huge group!

LUNCH DURING BAND CAMP
I had a parent ask about the logistics of lunch during band camp, and I always figure that if one person asks, others must be wondering too. Now, I can't guarantee that this is how things will work this year since I'm not directly involved in the logistics, but I can explain how things have worked in the past.
Lunch is always an hour, and it usually runs from 12-1. Sometimes they might be released a little bit before or a bit after, but regardless, they will have an hour to eat.
Students really have four options. 1). They can bring their lunch from home in the morning and stay on LHS campus to eat. Normally, eating is not allowed in the band room, but Mr. McElhaney usually is a bit lenient with this rule during band camp. They can also go to the outside tables around campus to eat. 2). Students can have parents bring them a lunch close to lunch time. It is requested that if you do this, you wait in the parking lot for your child to meet you at your car, rather than going in to the band room yourself. 3). Parents can pick up their students and take them someplace for lunch. They will need to be back on time! 4). Students are free to leave the LHS campus and go someplace for lunch. Across from the high school are Betos and China Inn (closed on Mondays). Further down Bush are the Mobil station which sells Chinese food, Dominos Pizza (on D street), Popeye's, and Gunny's Sandwiches. Those are really the only places where students could walk to and still make it back to the band room on time. If you are going to Betos, Dominos, or Gunny's, call your order in first so it is ready when you arrive.
Betos - 924-4101
Dominoes - 924-3581
Gunny's - 924-7700 (Gunny's is the furthest; kids would need to eat while walking back).
Regardless of what your student plans on doing for lunch, it's important that students be back to practice on time! The bandroom will remain accessible throughout the lunch break.



7/18
VOLUNTEER SIGNUPS NOW READY
     We use VolunteerSpot to coordinate our volunteer needs, and all signups for the fall season are now available.  We need everything from stadium vendors at football games to chaperones to food service.  There is truly something for everyone.
     We are asking that EACH parent contribute at least one shift during the fall season.  To be sure you are able to get the job and date you want, sign up early!
     In order to chaperone, parents need to have been fingerprint cleared.  If you were cleared through Liberty (Lemoore UESD), those records DO NOT transfer and you will need to go through the process and pay the fee again.  Volunteers fingerprinted through Akers (Central UESD) do transfer; you will just need to fill out the forms and arrange to have the records send to LUHSD.  Mr. McElhaney has the forms that you need to complete the chaperoning registration.
     All other volunteer jobs do not need to have paperwork completed.  All you need to do is to click the link, choose the job you want, enter your email, and mark your calendar.  It's really easy, and there will always be someone around to answer your questions and explain what to do.  
     You can access the signup page by clicking the "Volunteer Sign Ups" link in the sidebar, or by clicking here:  Volunteer Sign Ups  

WINDS REHEARSALS CONTINUE THIS WEEK
All winds players(which is everyone except for percussion and guard) will have rehearsal this Tuesday, 7/21, and Thursday, 7/23.  Rehearsals run from 10-1 and will be in the band room.  Students who did not attend the first two rehearsals are still encouraged to attend this week.

ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET...
     Band camp is coming!  ALL band students (winds, percussion, and guard) are required to attend band camp beginning on Monday, 7/27.  Doors will open at 8:30 to collect registration forms and the $50 fee (checks can be made payable to LHS Band Boosters).   The registration form is available at the very bottom of this page. You can save yourself time by having the form printed and completed when your student arrives on Monday. 
     If your student is unable to attend all of the days, please email or speak to Mr. MacElhaney as soon as possible. All students will need to sign in each day for attendance.
     Band Camp run

s from 9:00-5:00 each day, Monday through Friday, and students usually have about an hour lunch break (the time each day could vary). Make sure your student has arrangements for lunch. 

     Students need to wear athletic clothes (no jeans!) and good supportive athletic shoes.  Students also need to have sunscreen and PLENTY of water...it gets hot when they are outside learning the show! 

 Most students bring a one-gallon insulated water jug, clearly marked with their name.  A regular sized water bottle will not be enough.
     When students arrive for camp on Monday, they need to turn in a camp registration form and their payment.
     All students participating in band camp will receive the 2015 show T-shirt. If you would like to order extras for yourself, they can be ordered on the camp registration form; they are $18 and will reflect the theme of the 2015 field show. 
     Camp begins at 9:00, and the band room will open at 8:30 on Monday for registration.
     On Thursday, August 6, the students will put on a concert to display all that they have learned during camp.  The concert will be at 6:30 in the LHS Event Center.
     ***Directions for coordinating Band Camp with LHS Orientation (freshman on 7/30 and all others on 7/31) will be given to students during Band Camp.

BAND CAMP REGISTRATION FORM:  A printable version can be found on the "Forms" link on the sidebar or by clicking here: Forms


7/6
WINDS REHEARSALS BEGIN THIS WEEK
All students who play wind instruments are highly suggested to attend rehearsals this week.  On Wednesday, 7/8, rehearsal will run from 10:00-2:00 in order to distribute instruments.  On Thursday, 7/9, rehearsal will run from 10:00-1:00.  

These rehearsals include incoming freshman.  It's a great time for them to get to know their section in a smaller environment, as well as begin learning the music for this fall's field show.

Rehearsals will be held in the LHS band room.  

7/2
ADDITIONAL SHIFT ADDED TO FIREWORKS BOOTH - HELP NEEDED
I'm sorry for such late notice, but we have decided to open the fireworks booth earlier than scheduled on Friday, 7/3, to take advantage of any holiday shoppers since many people have the day off.

We are looking for a couple of volunteers to help staff the booth from 12-3 tomorrow.

And, we are still looking for a few more people who might be able to work from 4-7 and from 7-10 on Saturday, July 4th.

If you are able to help us out, here is the link:  Fireworks Booth

Finally, I want to send a huge thank you for the parents who have already signed up.  You are amazing!

7/1
FIREWORKS - THANK YOU! (But you still have time to help)
WOW!  You guys have really come through for the kids!  Last year, we never passed 20% staffed, so we really relied on four people to staff the booth, and they worked every shift every day.  We vowed not to let that happen again, and thanks to your generous gift of time, we are now almost 70% staffed.

We are still looking for more help on Thursday 3-6, Friday 6-9, and Saturday 1-4. 4-7, and 7-10.
Here is the sign up link:  Fireworks Booth

I especially would like to thank our first-time volunteers, some of whom are parents of incoming freshman.  It's great to see you getting involved, and I hope you find it both fulfilling, and dare I say, fun!

Even if you are not able to volunteer, please encourage your friends, neighbors, and coworkers to shop at our booth.  We are the only booth in town that supports public education.


6/29
FIREWORKS FLYER TO SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
If you are able, please copy and post the following photo advertising our fireworks booth to any and all social media sites.  We need to get the word out and attract customers to our booth when it opens on Wednesday.  



We still need more volunteers, especially on Wednesday and Saturday.  Here is the link:  Fireworks Boothas well as a current list of volunteers. 
 I still don't see any of our recent LHS graduates (hint, hint). Thank you for signing up!


6/17
FIREWORKS HELP NEEDED
It's the time of year for me to again beg for help for our fireworks booth.  Like last year, we will be in the LHS Event Center parking lot.  The exciting news???  WE HAVE RENTED AN AIR CONDITIONER FOR THE BOOTH!  If you have ever worked in a booth before, you understand why this is caps-lock worthy news!  

We need parents and students 18 and over to help us man the booth.  Shifts are three hours each.  (And did I mention the air conditioner???)   Graduated seniors (who are 18), this is a great opportunity to give back to the program that gave you so much. 
 
Last year, our volunteer turnout was dismal, meaning that four people ended up working every shift every day.  We have vowed not to let this happen again.  This year, we are only going to open the booth if we have enough volunteers.  

Yes, this means that our fundraising potential is at risk, but we simply cannot ask four parents to carry the burden.

We are hoping to open the booth from July 1-4.  For July 1-3 (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday), we will open from 3-9.  For Saturday, July 4, we would like to be open from 10-10. 

Please find three hours to help us out.  Here is the link to sign up:  Fireworks Booth

Again, we will not open the booth unless we can fully staff it. 



6/16/15
SUMMER 2015 DATES 
July 8, 9, 21, and 23  - Woodwinds/Brass Only 10:00-1:00  (July 8 - 10-2, to allow for instrument distribution)
July 27-August 7 - BAND CAMP - Mandatory for all sections (M-F, 9:00-5:00)
August 6 - 6:30 - Band Camp Concert (LHS Event Center)
August 12 - First day of School


2015 CALENDAR EVENTS UP TO DATE
While some of the practice dates at this point are still tentative, the competition, performance, and meeting dates have been added.

SUMMER WINDS PRACTICE 2015
It's time to start practicing for the 2015 fall season! Rehearsals for wind instruments will begin on Wednesday, 7/8 from 10:00-2:00. Other dates are Thursday 7/9, Tuesday, 7/21 and Thursday 7/23, and these rehearsals will be from 10:00-1:00. While Band Camp is MANDATORY, these wind rehearsals are voluntary (but strongly encouraged!). If you have any questions, please click the email link at the top right of this page and let us know. We will get back to you with an answer. Rehearsals are held in the band room.

BAND CAMP 2015

     LHS Band Camp begins on Monday, 7/27 at 9:00 AM in the band room. This is considered a mandatory practice for all students who are taking part in band. If your student is unable to attend all of the days, please email or speak to Mr. MacElhaney as soon as possible. Students will need to sign in each day for attendance.

     Band Camp run

s from 9:00-5:00 each day, Monday through Friday, and students usually have about an hour lunch break (the time each day could vary). Make sure your student has arrangements for lunch. Students also need to have sunscreen and PLENTY of water..it gets hot when they are outside learning the show! 

 

     When students arrive for camp on Monday, they need to turn in a camp registration form and their payment. The registration form is available at the very bottom of this page. You can save yourself time by having the form printed and completed when your student arrives on Monday. The cost of band camp is $50, with checks made payable to LHS Band Boosters. 
     All students participating in band camp will receive the 2015 show T-shirt. If you would like to order extras for yourself, they can be ordered on the camp registration form; they are $15 and will reflect the theme of the 2015 field show. 
     Camp begins at 9:00, and the band room will open at 8:30 on Monday for registration.
     On Thursday, August 6, the students will put on a concert to display all that they have learned during camp.  The concert will be at 6:30 in the LHS Event Center.
     ***We are aware that orientation is on 7/28 and 7/29, and we will update this page when we have a more solid plan as to how to coordinate both events. 

BAND CAMP REGISTRATION FORM:  A printable version can be found on the "Forms" link on the sidebar or by clicking here: Forms

LHS BAND CAMP 2015.docx


 

BAND CAMP CONCERT ON 8/6/15
     Are you wondering just what your student has been learning for the past two weeks at band camp? Come find out! Thursday, 8/7, is the annual band camp concert. It will begin at 6:30 PM in the Event Center. Please join us and be amazed at all that the kids have accomplished. (Band camp will probably dismiss a bit early on that date, but we don't know the exact time. Kids will have to be back at the band room prior to the concert...make sure to ask him or her for the specific time.)

PARENT MEETING Monday, 8/17 6:00 PM
There will be a parent meeting on Monday, 8/17 in the
 Presentation Center (next door to the band room.) Students have a night rehearsal from 6-9, so when you drop off your student, please stay for the meeting. Mr. McElhaney will be discussing the parent financial contributions needed to keep the program running, as well as requirements for attendance, competitions, and rehearsals. After he speaks, the boosters will stay to elect new officers for the 2015-2016 school year. It is important for all parents to attend.

ATTENTION FRESHMAN: We do not have email addresses for all of the new members, so not all of your peers will receive this message. Please contact your friends to give them this message.


5/20
KRISPY KREMES
Krispy Kreme money, orders and unsold tickets are due to the band room on Thursday, 5/21. Please do not forget!
We need parents AND STUDENTS to help with the donut distribution on Sunday, 5/31 from 8:30-12:30. We are hoping to have two locations: the LHS stadium parking lot will be for distribution of presold donuts, and we are locking down a secondary location for same-day sales. We need adults at both sites, and we would like to have students hold signs and attract attention for our on-site sales. All volunteers will first meet at the LHS stadium so we can finalize who is needed at what site.
Please sign up (and have your students sign up as well). 
Krispy Kreme Distribution
SPRING CONCERT
We are hoping to see a large turnout at the Spring Concert Thursday, 5/21 at South Valley Community Church. I believe the concert begins at 7:00, but honestly, I'm not positive! Sorry.
FIREWORKS SCRIP
We have decided NOT to have students sell fireworks scrip this year. We are out of time, and honestly, we have asked the kids to do a lot this year. However, we do have scrip available. If you, as a parent, would like to check some out to sell in the community and at your workplace, we will have it available at the concert tomorrow night. (Customers buy the scrip for $20, and then they redeem it for fireworks at our booth in July.)

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Jul 18, 2015, 10:50 AM