It is that time of the year—our annual holiday party is this Saturday, December 10th. It will be hosted by the Braht’s (2402 Skyview Dr, 75080) from 7-10 pm. We’re going to have a gingerbread house decorating contest and a Super Smash Bros tournament, as well as a ton of cookies and food. If you can help bringing something again, we’d really appreciate it. Sign up here to bring food: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E4EA9AE2A1-christmas
Also, next week we continue our annual Holiday tradition of White Elephant gift exchanges/party on exam day (your final exam was your concert). Stephanie and Oscar came to class to explain this and there will also be a sign with info. Here’s the gist:
2nd/5th pd: Thursday, Dec. 16/4th pd: Friday, Dec 17
Everyone, bring a wrapped gift (gender-neutral is best) to be part of the White Elephant gift exchange game; it’s not required but you are going to want to participate. It can be inexpensive, a re-gift, simple gift card or something creative. You probably have something in you house right now. Wrapping can be nice or not; your choice but do make sure it is covered. Everyone leaves with somethign.
We’ll also have a party that day so bring cards, food/desserts, games etc. to share with your orchestra friends. Don’t have an exam during one of the periods above? Join another orchestra’s fun.
For our Sweets and String Concert here are the specifics you need to know. Parents, please volunteer to help if you haven’t already. We still need people to bake and serve, etc. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4ea9ae2a1-sweets/590695:
Entry/Exit: All parents/audience members will enter through the door by the Blackbox Theatre (just to the West of the Auditorium along the circle drive). The foyer to the auditorium will be filled with auction items so we are asking that everyone please use only the exit by the Blackbox.
Sweets: Dessert pre-order tickets will be available at the entrance by the Blackbox; if you did not pre-order for desserts/beverages you may purchase tickets on site (first come-first serve availability). Please limit food/drink consumption to the designated area in the foyer outside the Blackbox. No food or drink is allowed in the auction area (auditorium foyer) or the auditorium itself. All proceeds benefit the orchestra kids directly.
Auction: Come ready to do some holiday shopping at our Silent Auction when not watching groups play. We will have a variety of items open for bidding in the auditorium foyer (like our own “Black Friday”! You do not have to be present to win; cash, check and credit card payments accepted. All proceeds benefit our orchestra.
Attire is orchestra shirt and jeans. Feel free to wear festive hats, etc.
The concert starts at 6:00pm with our wonderful JH performances.
5th period/Concert: Unpack/warm-up @6:15/Perform @7pm
4th period/Philharmonic: Unpack/warm-up @6:50/Perform @7:30pm
2nd period/Chamber: Unpack/warm-up @7:20/Perform @8pm
Our Step Up Drive and Orchestra Picture Day is almost here! Please read the attached for details on this REQUIRED event. For your convenience, I have attached the picture order form.
Date: Tuesday, November 15
Photo Schedule: 5-7:30pm in the Orchestra Room
- Chamber Group/Individuals: 5:00-5:30pm
- Concert Group/Individuals: 5:30-6:00pm
- Philharmonic Group/Individuals: 6:00-6:30pm
- Individuals/Family Shots: 6:30-7:30pm
Other Events that Evening (Cafeteria):
- Step-Up Drive: 5:30-7:30pm-Come shop for a “Step-up”/Higher quality instrument. Maple Leaf Strings is a trusted vendor and will be available to answer questions.
- Spirit Banner Making: 5-7:30pm-Students, come assist your officers with our Houston-themed banners for the orchestra room. May the best section win
As a reminder, the group portion of our pictures is MANDATORY and GRADED, as this will be our only opportunity to take pictures for the yearbook and our room frame. Individual photos will also be offered; this is an optional service but a very nice option if you would like a formal picture of your child in with his/her instrument(s). Please review the attached form and return it to the photographer on the day of pictures or to your child’s director if you would like to take advantage of this service.
The other events are optional but strongly encouraged and SUPER FUN! Come decorate banners and play on an “advanced” instrument. Thank you in advance for keeping this time open in your calendar.
Get credit towards your student’s Spring Trip/Orchestra Fees and physical gift cards for friends and family Holiday Gifts!
Are you trading Holiday gifts with family during Thanksgiving?
Make your purchase before Nov. 12th for delivery before Thanksgiving Break.
Dec. 9th for delivery before Winter Break.
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These amazing musicians will participate in a clinic and concert this December. Please look for these students in your classes and congratulate them when you see them for all their hard work. Go Mustangs!
Parents and Students,
Buddy week is in full swing and it’s time to get excited for the big “REVEAL.” Come find out who your buddy was/meet some people at our annual Halloween Party. Here are the details:
HALLOWEEN PARTY–FREE and open to all orchestra members:
Location: MacKinnon’s Home (Brielle MacKinnon, Phil harp) 6012 Oakcrest Rd, Dallas, TX 75248.
Activities: Costume Contest, pumpkin decorating contest (pumpkins and supplies provided), and a Super Smash Bros tournament (with prizes for the winners of all).
Please use the SignUpGenius below to sign up to bring food etc.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Oscar Barkis and Stephanie Bullard
Contact Lisa Mackinnon with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org