ANNOUNCEMENTS

VOLUNTEER SIGNUPS NOW READY FOR FALL 2016 : LHS BAND BOOSTERS VOLUNTEER SPOT 

REMIND for TEXT MESSAGES - LHS BAND BOOSTERS
For messages from LHS Band Boosters, text 81010 and enter @lhsbandboo as the message.  
For messages from Mr. McElhaney and Mrs. Alanzalon, text 81010 and enter @16lhsband as the message.


TO DONATE TO OUR PROGRAM:  lemoore-high.ed.co

8/22
Football this Friday
Our first game is this Friday, and we are in need of much more help.  Here is where we are so far, and here is the link to sign up: Home Football Game
Job: Pit Crew
     Quantity requested: Unlimited;    Quantity filled: 0
    Time: prior to halftime
     Volunteers: No one signed up
Job: Concessions: Set up
     Quantity requested: 4;    Quantity filled: 1
     Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
     Volunteers: Rebecca Camarena
Job: Student Service: Set up - FILLED
     Quantity requested: 3;    Quantity filled: 3
     Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
     Volunteers:
       Chris Camarena 
       PENNY FUIMAONO 
       micki bell 
Job: Student Service: During Game - FILLED
     Quantity requested: 2;    Quantity filled: 2
     Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
     Volunteers:
       Chris Camarena 
       Diana Farrar 
Job: Stadium Vendor
     Quantity requested: 4;    Quantity filled: 0
     Time: 7:30 pm
     Volunteers: No one signed up
Job: Concessions: Clean up
     Quantity requested: 4;    Quantity filled: 1
     Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
     Volunteers: Rebecca Camarena

Pulled Pork Dinner
Today or tomorrow, students should receive their tickets for the first fundraiser of the year, a pulled pork dinner.  This is served drive-thru style on Tuesday, September 13th.  (We will be asking for volunteers to help; please keep an eye out.)  Dinners include pulled pork, rice pilaf, green beans, and a roll, and sell for $10 each.  Checks should be made out to LHS Band Club.  All profits from this fundraiser to go reducing the band member's financial contribution for marching season.  Students will be given five tickets, but they are encouraged to check out more once they sell those.  All tickets and money are due Thursday, September 8th.


8/16
UPDATES TO CALENDAR
The fall calendar was distributed, and is attached to this email.  Please note that there is NO PRACTICE on Saturday, August 20, due to the lack of school facilities being available.  This practice has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 27.  This practice was not initially on the calendar; if you have a family conflict, please let Mr. McElhaney know as soon as possible.
 
FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS 16-17
Financial contributions for the year have not yet been finalized, but they are expected to be in the $300 range. This is due to an overnight trip to Union City in November.  Mr. McElhaney stressed that he does not want money concerns to be a reason for a child to not participate in band.  Please speak to Mr. McElhaney.  All conversations regarding financial difficulties are done in confidence.  He stressed that something can be worked out to ensure that all students are able to participate.
 
UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION
Mr. McElhaney is in need of some parents to coordinate uniform distribution.  This would involve measuring the students and organizing the uniforms for distribution.  He has had the same parent do this for last several years, and she is willing to work with the new parents to “pass the baton”.  Please contact Mr. McElhaney directly if you would be able to help. smcelhaney@luhsd.k12.ca.us
 
STUDENT MEALS
Students/staff/chaperones/drivers are fed at least one meal at all out-of-town events.  Meals in the past have been:
     pasta with/without meat sauce, salad, roll, and fruit;
     baked potatoes with chili and other toppings, salad, fruit;
     burritos, rice, salad, fruit; lasagna, salad, rolls, fruit;
     deep-pit turkey, rice, salad, fruit;
     tri-tip sandwiches, salad, fruit
     deli sandwiches, chips, fruit. 
We are looking for a parent to chair the student services, which would involve making sure the meal has been arranged.  We often have several parents volunteer to make or pick up part of a meal.  We are not expecting any parent to be responsible for feeding 160 people!  We have a budget to reimburse food expenses up to $250-300 per meal.
If you know of a restaurant that might be willing to donate all or part of a meal, please feel free to distribute the attached catering request letter.
If you are willing to chair or help on the the committee, here is the link:  Student Meals Fall Season
 
CHAPERONES/DRIVERS
All chaperones and drivers must be fingerprint cleared.  To start the process, see Mr. McElhaney for the volunteer paperwork.  The entire process can take up to a month, so please begin now in order to be cleared in time for the first competition on October 5th.  If the $65 fingerprinting fee is prohibitive, please email lhsbandbooster.com so we can work out a way to subsidize the cost. We need at least three chaperones and three drivers for each out of town event.
 
TRAILER REPAIR
Our booster trailer is in need of repair before it heads out on the road again.  If you are skilled in this area, please contact Mr. McElhaney.

7/9/16
LEADERSHIP CAMP - July 11
WINDS/BRASS MINI CAMP REHEARSALS July 12-14
     All students who play wind/brass instruments are highly suggested to attend rehearsals this week.  On Tuesday 7/12 and Wednesday 7/13, rehearsal will run from 9:00-12:00.  
     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.  

BAND CAMP INFORMATION 2016
Please click here for information about this year's mandatory band camp:  LHS Band Camp 2016  Here, you will find information about dates and times, what to bring, costs, how lunch works, and other frequently asked questions.  The registration form is also available at the bottom of the linked page. 

2016-2017 COMMITTEE SIGNUPS NOW AVAILABLE
All band parents are expected to sign up for at least one committee/chairperson position during the 2016-2017 school year.   Please read through the descriptions and dates to select those that work best with your interests and availability.


PARENT MEETING / BOOSTER MEETING - MONDAY, 8/15 - 6:00 PM
     Mr. McElhaney will have a mandatory parent meeting on Monday, 8/15, just after 6:00 PM 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 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.

ORIENTATION
     LHS orientation is scheduled for Thursday 7/29 (9th grade) and Friday 7/29 (10-12th grades).
     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:
  •      National lunch program application - required even if you think or are sure that you will not quality
  •      Student and parent handbook acknowledgement, signed by both student and parent
  •      Yellow emergency card, filled out and signed by parent (the back side of the appointment card)
  •      Parental consent form - filled out and signed by parent
  •      Parental options form - filled out and signed by parent
  •      Annual student health update - filled out and signed by parent
  •      Student information form - filled out and signed by parent

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 17th.  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.

HOW TO CHAPERONE
     In order to chaperone at LHS, 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.  

2016-2017 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.




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