Monday, September 28, 2015

Week of September 28

TWO WEEKS until festival!  Yep, two weeks from tomorrow is our annual MSBOA festival performance, and we are putting the final touches on the show the next week or so.  Tonight's rehearsal is vital for all involved - there may or may not be some dance moves happening...  Seriously, though, it is very important for all students to attend rehearsal tonight so we can get everything heading in the right direction.  Here is the schedule for the week:

TONIGHT: Rehearsal at the stadium - 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  Parking and traffic might be a bit of a challenge tonight.  As I'm sure you are all aware, ZPS is hosting a showing of the film "Hope Bridge" beginning at 6:30 p.m., and we are expecting a pretty full house.  It would be best, if possible, to drop your kids off directly at the stadium at 6:30 to avoid the crowd here at the high school.  I will remind them to grab their instruments after school so they don't have to stop here to get them first.  (Large stuff like tubas and drums would be exceptions...)  Option B would be to get here early to avoid the rush.  I will be here by 5:45 or so, and kids can get dropped off and walk to the stadium when it's time.  I wish that these events were not occurring simultaneously, because I think it is important for people to see this film.  Unfortunately, due to the fact that the band rehearses in three separate class hours during the day, Monday nights are pretty critical to our success.  Thank you for your understanding!

Tuesday, September 29 - Color guard practice, band room, 7 - 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday - NOTHING!

Friday, October 2 - West home FB - Track Band  Report time 6:00 p.m.  Here's a friendly reminder that Track Band is a less formal, pep band-style, voluntary organization.  We hope that lots of students want to join the group and cheer on the team!  Wear West colors if you have them; no uniform required.

Saturday, October 3 - Pumpkin Fest Parade.  The parade starts at 3:00 p.m. in front of Cityside.  Students are to be lined up on Main St. by 2:30 p.m. in full uniform ready to go.  It is required of ALL students.  Athletes who have direct conflicts will be excused from the parade, but I need an email confirmation, please.  

    (Direct conflicts would be defined as "I am swimming/golfing/running at 1 or 2 p.m. and there is no physical possibility I can do both events."  Folks who have athletic contests in the morning and are back in town by parade time are expected to be at the parade.  Thanks!)

FUTURE planning:

 - Mattress Sale, Saturday, October 24.  Here is a link to the event on Facebook.  Please mark your calendars!  This sale made LOTS of money last spring.  There should be flyers/coupons for families to pass out this week.  The basic idea is that you write your student's name on the flyer/coupon and pass them out to friends and family, church, work, wherever.  When a customer brings that flyer to the sale, credit for the sale is given to your child, and the profit margin is credited to his/her trip account.  What if someone forgets the flyer with the name on it?  No problem - all they need to do is remember who it was and we will write in the name.  Further, more specific info will be given out to students in class soon, and we are trying to schedule a parent meeting for it as well.

 - In conjunction with the mattress sale, we are also running a Life Expressions "make-and-take" fund raiser.  For $20.00 you can paint and letter a sign for your home or office, and students will receive credit in their trip account.  Details on that event are here - - and again more information will be forthcoming in the next couple weeks.
  *you do not need a Facebook account to see these events - just click on the links.

Grandville Invitational - Saturday, October 10.  As I emailed last week, this will be an evening/night event.  I am thinking that an afternoon rehearsal/"tailgate" might be in order and at least a little fun, so I will be looking into that idea the next couple days.  We are scheduled to perform at 9:30 p.m. (!!).  Here's a link to the day's events:

That is a lot of information for this week, so I will stop here.  Please let me know if you have any questions - 616-748-3130 or