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Nov 20 / JJP Orch Admin

Canned food drive wrap-up

Congrats to the orchestra for WINNING this year’s DECA Can Drive Competition. We brought in over 1000 cans/items to help the hungry. Yay for teamwork! I appreciate everyone who participated.

Melissa Livings
Orchestra/AP Music Theory
Pearce High School

Nov 20 / JJP Orch Admin

Disney flight manifest info–ACTION REQUIRED

Parents and Students,

Please log in to charms ( TODAY or Friday and double check the first/middle/last name, sex and birthday listed for your child. If it requires corrections please correct and hit save. Also let me know that changes were made. I would send this information out in a spreadsheet but it is too personal–sorry! If you don’t remember how to log on to charms please visit our website ( and click on the Charms link. That page will give you instructions. You will need your child’s six-digit school id.
If you have any questions please let me know. I apologize for the urgency of the request but that is the timeline I was given to submit this information. It will be to book your child’s Disney flight (starting to feel real, eh?)
Thank you so much!

Melissa Livings
Orchestra/AP Music Theory
Pearce High School

Nov 17 / JJP Orch Admin

Orchestra Formal, Picture Order form

Parents and Students,

As part of our formal picture session this Thursday, November 20, we will offer Individual photos from 5:00-5:45pm. This is an optional service but these are a very nice option if you would like a picture of your child in uniform with his/her instrument(s).

As a reminder, the group portion of our pictures is MANDATORY.

Concert will be photographed from 5:45-6:00pm;
Philharmonic from 6-6:15pm;
and Chamber 6:15-6:30pm.

Students will need to be fully dressed in their formal attire. From 5:00-6:30pm, students may also participate in our banner-making session. We will be adding some spirit to the room, courtesy of the JJP Orchestra Officers.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Melissa Livings

Nov 10 / JJP Orch Admin

Picture Day update/details, Thursday, Nov 20

Parents and Students,

Hopefully you have blocked Thursday, November 20 in your calendar for our picture date. This date is mandatory and everyone needs to be there to have their picture made. Here is the schedule we will follow:

5:00-5:45pm—Individual pics
5:45-6:00pm—Concert Orch
6:00-6:15pm—Phil orch
6:15-6:30pm—Chamber Orch

You will need your formal attire including the correct footwear and all appropriate accessories. Also, that evening we will be making spirit banners for the room. When you aren’t taking your picture we hope that you will help decorate your instrument’s banner. See Orchestra President, Thompson for details (or your group’s VP).

For those that want to order an individual or group photo, stay tuned. I will send the order form hopefully this week.

Melissa Livings
Orchestra/AP Music Theory
Pearce High School

Nov 10 / JJP Orch Admin


Per the Disney Trip Agreement Form, payment for the trip is due in four installments in the amount of  $250 each on the following dates:
September 15             October 15              NOVEMBER 14             December 15

Withdrawal Deadline is November 14
If your child is unable to attend the trip, please notify Melissa Livings at   immediately and give written notice, via email, to the PAOC treasurer (address below) by November 14, in order to receive a refund of any amount paid, lessthe $100 non-refundable deposit.  If your child needs to withdraw after this date, the full trip amount will still be owed.

The 2nd six-weeks period has ended.  Your child MUST pass the 3rd six-weeks period to be eligible to attend the Disney trip.  You can check your child’s grades through RPortal.

Please make every effort to make timely payments because PAOC is making monthly payments to the trip company.

Thank you.
PAOC Treasurer, Mary Jovicich    –    click on the email address here:

Nov 7 / JJP Orch Admin

Spirit Wear Available

Our Spirit Wear Coordinator, Lonnie Smith has a few long sleeve, red t-shirts available left for sale.  They are $15 each.  If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt, please ask your orchestra director.

Nov 7 / JJP Orch Admin

SAVE THE DATE!! Annual Winter Dinner and Concert

The annual Winter Dinner and Concert is scheduled for Tuesday, December 9 from 6 pm – 9 pm in the Corral.  This is a FREE concert featuring the junior high orchestras and our own Pearce orchestras!  This event is also the last opportunityto raise the much needed funds for our Disney Trip in January!

At  this event:
–       We will be selling dinner at $10 per plate
–       We will be selling our fundraiser items:  chocolates and pj’s
–       We will be having a silent auction


Can you help with set up, serving dinner, and/or clean up?  You will not work during your child’s performance.  If you are available to help with the dinner part, please contact Helen Karuba at

If you are available to help with selling fundraiser items or the silent auction, please contact Laura Miller at

Also, we are asking that each Pearce Orchestra family help out with securing an auction item.  Each family may either donate an item/service   OR   solicit for an item/service (donation form attached).  If you have an auction item to contribute, please contact Laura Miller at

Auction donation form


Oct 31 / JJP Orch Admin


Hey orchestra members! As you’re all probably aware, the orchestra halloween party is this Saturday!! Here are some details…

when:    Saturday, November 1
where:   Annette Mendez’s (see email for address)

when:    7:30 pm -10:30 pm

Freshmen are in charge of bringing drinks

Sophomores need to bring salty snacks
Juniors bring sweet snacks
Seniors don’t need to bring anything but can if they feel so inclined :)

Make sure to come in costume too! There will be a costume contest, and buddies will be revealed as well.

Can’t wait to see y’all there!
Your Social Chairs,
Megan Smith
Nicole Picquet

Oct 27 / JJP Orch Admin

SAVE THE DATE–Orchestra Picture Day

Parents and Students,
Thanks to everyone who took the survey and gave me feedback on our rescheduled Picture Day. Please save the following in your calendar:

Thursday, November 20th, 5-6:30pm
Formal wear required
Please block the entire window of time for now. I will send the schedule once it is set with the photographer.
Melissa Livings
Orchestra/AP Music Theory
Pearce High School

Oct 25 / JJP Orch Admin


(A secret gift exchange)

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Upperclassmen are paired with under classmen to exchange gifts between each other.
  2. Upperclassmen will pick a code name for themselves.
  3. On Monday, October 27, the gift exchanges begin with the UPPER classmen giving a gift to their selected UNDER classman buddy, and continue each day, through Friday, October 31.All gifts are to be left on the Buddy Table outside the orchestra office door.
  4. Check the table daily to pick up your gift.
  5. The NEXT day, the UNDER classmen will put the code name on the gift to their UPPER classman buddy.
  6. Gifts need to remain under $10; homemade gifts are the best!
  7. Find out who is your buddy at the Halloween Party on Saturday, November 1(details forthcoming).

If you choose NOT to participate, let your V.P. know ASAP.  Seniors, if you have a buddy request, please talk to Megan Smith or Nicole Picquet.