Orchestra parents and students,
Phil and Chamber,
Parents and Students,
As you know, our Pre-UIL performances for Chamber/Symphony and Philharmonic will take place next week on Thursday, Feb. 19 in the Pearce High School Auditorium. Parents are welcome and strongly encouraged to come support us as audience members, especially since most probably can’t make the drive in the middle of the day for real UIL at Rockwall Heath on the 26/27th (details coming about that later). In the meantime, please see the details for your/your child’s orchestra performance and let us know if you have any questions. Note: Please note that the volunteer schedule is coming and this email only contains details about our performance.
Philharmonic (4th period):
Before school—bring your formal attire TO SCHOOL WITH YOU THAT DAY
2:30pm—Call time, report to the orchestra room after 5th period to dress in formal attire.
3:00pm—Pre warm-up in the orchestra room.
3:30pm—Official warm-up on stage.
4:00pm—Performance (parents, please attend!)
4:30pm—Students will wait in the cafeteria until RHS is done in the orchestra room.
~5:00pm—Philharmonic pack up and are released to go home/volunteer
Chamber/Symphony (2nd period/Symphony band):
After school—band students only: get instruments from the band hall and store them in the orchestra room; you will not have access to that room after 5:00pm.
7:30pm—Call time, report to the orchestra room to get instruments (already dressed in formal attire); warm-up on your own until I collect you for the official time.
8:00pm—Official warm-up in the band hall
8:30pm—Performance (parents, please attend!)
9:00pm—Symphony pack up and are released to go home/volunteer
Spring Trip Attendees (including chaperones),
First, I have received some questions about bracelets while we are at Disney. While these have a number of uses when you travel to Disney as an individual/family, for large groups the bracelets will serve as our room key only. Please plan accordingly if you had planned to “load” the bracelet with credit. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then don’t worry about it.
The main item–for everyone!!! As part of our Disney experience each ticket holder will receive three (3) fast passes PER DAY in the park. “Fast Pass”es allow ticket holders to reserve a one hour time on a ride where they can show up and bypass the regular line for everyone else. It essentially allows you to “cut” but in a nice way. Groups of friends can reserve fast passes and show up together. To register your tickets so you can set up your fast passes while on the trip you need to follow these steps:
1. Download App
- Download the MyDisneyExperience app from your iPhone or Android. PREFERABLE OPTION
- You may also set-up your account at www.mydisneyexperience.com. (Note that while this may be done online it is advisable to download the MyDisneyExperience app for your phone. This app will allow you to set up your fast passes when ready but also does a LOT more. You will want to have it!)
2. Create Account
- Create account using personal email address and password
- Click ‘My Profile’ under ‘My Account’
- Click ‘Tickets & Passes’
- Link park admission ticket by entering the ID number provided in the emailed spreadsheet by each student’s name. (Our tour directors will provide actual tickets to group in Orlando where each student will then be able to photograph their ticket per the app’s request.)
- Match your name with ticket
- Confirm & Save
- Select “Choose New FastPass+ Experiences”
- Select “No, my tickets were purchased separately”
- Select your name and then click ‘Next, Choose a Park and Date’
- You are now able to select FastPasses by park and date. Just make sure you are reserving FastPasses at times and days that make sense with your group itinerary!
If you have questions about this or Disney in general please email me. Thanks again!
To receive Disney-specific text messages both before and during the trip please text “@jjpdisney” to 81010. This is REQUIRED of anyone attending the Disney trip (chaperones and students) and encouraged for parents of students attending Disney (it will be fun for you to “follow” us this way). This number will be used to communicate both itinerary reminders and changes as well as other important information. Please note that this is DIFFERENT than the normal orchestra Remind messages and no Disney-specific information will be sent to that number.
Also, don’t forget to attend our Disney Trip Meeting on Thursday, January 8, 7:00pm. This meeting is highly encouraged for all Disney attendees and their parents. You will receive the most current itinerary, a copy of the rules and guidelines, your child’s chaperon assignment and contact info, and a packing list of both required and optional items. While this info can and will be sent electronically it is much easier to “digest” if you can hear us go through it and can ask questions.
FOR DISNEY CHAPERONS ONLY: Disney chaperons, don’t forget that we will meet at 6:00pm, on Thursday, January 8 prior to the general Disney meeting. If you can’t make this please email me immediately to arrange an alternate time. Also, in preparation for this meeting please reply to this email with your cell number.
Thanks! 9 Days ’til Disney!!!
Parents and Students,
Orchestra/AP Music Theory
Pearce High School
Need a Holiday pick me up?
This season the Pearce Area Orchestra board would like to offer an entire box of chocolate (60 bars) for $40! They are great to have on hand for stocking stuffers, parties and general yumminess. Please come by the Orchestra Room F104 before/after school or during A Lunch to pick up a box. Cash or Check made out to PAOC (Pearce Area Orchestra Club).
Hi Orchestra Family,
We hope you’re all looking forward to White Elephant and the Holiday Party this week-we sure are!
White Elephant FYI:
When and Where: On the day of your orchestra exam (5th period–Tuesday, 4th period–Wednesday, 2nd period–Thursday), we will be participating in White Elephant, a large gift exchange! Participation is not required but very much encouraged.
How to participate: Just bring a wrapped present (try to keep it under $10) to school on the day of your exam! All gifts will be placed in the middle of the room and a number will be given to each student. Whoever draws number one will be first, then number two will go, and so on. After the first gift is chosen and unwrapped, the next person can either choose a different gift from the circle or steal an unwrapped gift. A present can be stolen up to three times before it is ‘dead’, or unstealable. If your present is stolen, you can then choose another gift or steal someone elses’. The game goes on until everyone has a present. Then whomever was first will have the option to steal someone elses’ present or keep theirs.
What to bring: Good gift ideas include: any form of food, small gift cards to target, itunes, Starbucks, etc, or any fun knickknack you may have lying around your house. In addition to this, feel free to bring food to share to your exam period so we can have a snack party after white elephant!
Holiday Party FYI:
When and Where: Friday, Dec 19 at Sam Braht’s house. 7:00pm and end at 9:30pm.
Planned Merriment: There will be a gingerbread making contest, a Super Smash Bros competition, a tacky holiday sweater contest, and fun holiday music and treats! If you choose to participate in the gingerbread or video game competitions, make sure you sign up on the board in the orchestra room so we know how many gingerbread house supplies to bring and so we can make a bracket for Super Smash Bros. Also if you plan on being in the gingerbread contest, you do have to bring your own gingerbread house making kit, but if you form a group of several people and go to stores like $5 and Below, you can easily buy a house for $1 a person.
What to bring: To keep costs low for the Brahts and the orchestra officers, please bring your favorite holiday treat! holiday cookies, dips, drinks, or any other form of yummy food is accepted and appreciated!
We hope to see y’all at the Holiday Party and hope you have a lot of fun during your White Elephant party! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!
Your Social Chairs,