Band Parent Meeting
Welcome to the 2016/2017 Band Parents year! Thank you all for your patience while we coordinate this new and exciting year's events. We have been busy working behind the scenes with our new music teacher, Mrs Mailman, to secure our calendar and make a few of our annual events continue with ease. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank both Mrs Mailman and Mr Doucet for working closely with the Band Parent Association to ensure that we are transitioning comfortably while they are both so obviously busy finding footing in their respective positions.
This year, we have a few exciting changes to the program and the fee structure. Please note the following important changes to the music program:
- As per the curriculum, music is now a mandatory part of the curriculum for students as a whole for ALL STUDENTS at Berwick school. Therefore, there will be NO REGISTRATION FEES associated with our music program. The traditional fee per student is no longer required to be paid.
- We will continue to do volunteer hours in lieu of a fee as the fund raising for the trip next year and for other extra costs associated with running a band program is in full swing!
Each parent will be responsible for either a one time “volunteer fee” of $110.00 or may choose to do 12 volunteer hours to make up the hours. As many of you know, these hours will be in the form of donations to our Fall Dinner, Craft Fair etc. Again, this is very important for us to continue as it pays for the majority of the bi-annual trip that will take place next in 2018 and covers extra costs for the music program that the school cannot.
- For parents of Grade 8 students that attended the trip last year, we are still asking that you fulfil volunteer hours this year as last year was a “crossover” year. Typically, we would have still been fund-raising this year to pay for the trip, so we ask for your consideration in this matter and please sign up for whatever you can.
PLEASE NOTE that on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6th at 6:30PM , there will be a volunteer sign up evening and information session at Berwick School for ALL parents of students grades 5-8. We apologize for the short notice, but with the Fall Dinner fast approaching (October 25th) and the Craft Fair (1st Saturday of November), we will need to secure volunteer positions as soon as possible. This is also a great evening to ask questions and hear about all the exciting things happening at the school with the music program.
We continue to express that we have the best parents at our school and look forward for our new faculty seeing first hand how we all work together to make magic happen for our kids. Thank you again, as always, for your continued support!
The Berwick Band Parents Association