Good evening everyone,
Happy Daylight Saving Time!
Thank you all for attending the parent meeting last Wednesday night. It was really nice to see our band families. We appreciate your support of the students' educational experiences. Florida will be a fantastic trip, and the students are very excited!
Here are your announcements (again, please keep these communications in your inbox for continual reference and important links):
In fundraising and volunteer news, our continuing need involves volunteers for our Sunday Matinee Bingo sessions at the Sacramento Bingo Center. We desperately need to train and establish regular volunteers for this extremely important weekly fundraising event. Please view the sign-up genius for volunteer opportunities. You may also contact our volunteer coordinators directly or view our website for more Bingo details.
Continuing with volunteer news, we anticipate a need for volunteers at several Winter Percussion/Winter Guard events. Specifically, we are looking for several individuals to assist with food preparation and distribution to our percussion and guard students. Please reach out to our catering coordinator for more details.
Attention Winter Percussion/Winter Guard members:
Winter Percussion will practice this week on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Winter Guard (A) will practice on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Winter Guard (B) will practice Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Winter Guard (C) will practice Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Our thanks to all of the families and friends who came out yesterday to watch our percussion and guard units perform at the Woodcreek Winter Show. Your presence at these events means a great deal to the students and to the program. Please join us in congratulating them on a job well done. Pictures from the event are below.
Please join your student in regularly checking Inderkum's website and NUSD's master calendar for important dates, events, etc. to avoid scheduling conflicts. Please mark your calendar with the following dates:
*Friday, March 16th is the Del Oro Winter Guard Show in Loomis (for Winter Percussion/Winter Guard students only). Details will be distributed later in the week.
*Saturday, March 24th is the Elk Grove Winter Guard Show in Elk Grove (for Winter Percussion/Winter Guard students only).
*TBA: Photo Day for all music students (please be on the lookout for details later in March).
*April 2nd - April 6th is Spring Break
*Saturday, April 7th (the end of Spring Break) is the NCBA Winter Championships in Stockton (for Winter Percussion/Winter Guard students only).
*Monday, April 9th we DEPART FOR FLORIDA.
*Saturday, April 21st is the NCBA Large Ensemble Concert Festival at Inderkum (we are hosting this event !) for ALL band ensembles.
The information below is specifically related to the Florida trip.
We depart for Florida in 30 days. At the parent meeting you were given a number of documents. Among them:
*A detailed itinerary of the 6 nights/7 days of travel
*A detailed description of the package you purchased from World Projects
*A list identifying specific items to bring on the trip
*An emergency contact sheet (which needs to be completed and submitted only if information has changed since the last submission or if your student will need to take medications on the trip
*A sheet with details for the hotel
*A disciplinary contract (which ALL students and parents MUST SIGN AND RETURN)
I have also sent out reminders of must-do's for your student before our departure and a list of items to collect for your student for the purposes of packing. For your convenience, the information is repeated here:
Must do's before our departure:
*Please make certain that your age 18 and over student has valid identification at the time of departure. (DMV, TSA)
*Please assist your students with reaching out to their teachers and reminding them about an absence from the classroom from April 9th - April 13th.
*Please encourage your student to stay focused and to manage time well. They will need to stay current with classwork, homework, and projects.
Items to collect for the purposes of packing:
*A piece of luggage
*A luggage tag, with your student's name, our school name, and contact information clearly visible
*A toiletry bag with your student's essentials (including toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, hairbrush, soap, deodorant, shampoo, chapstick, lotion, razors, and shave cream)
*Basic first-aid supplies (such as bandaids, Kleenex, wet wipes, and safety pins)
*Any medications, clearly labeled and identified, with doctor's instructions as appropriate
*An identification tag for your student's personally-owned instrument
*Personal identification (driver's license, state-issued ID, Inderkum student ID, etc)
*A small backpack
*Plastic bags for dirty/wet clothing
*Snacks for the trip/flight out (such as granola bars, fruit, and crackers)
*Band apparel as identified by the directors
*COMFORTABLE, BROKEN-IN WALKING SHOES (This will not be the time to break in new shoes! We anticipate that the students will be walking many miles during this trip.)
*Comfortable clothing, with plans for various weather conditions (think about layering clothing, such as t-shirts/hoodies, shorts/sweatpants, etc.). Don't forget about pajamas!
*Prescription eyeglasses and/or sunglasses
*A hat or sun visor
*A bathing suit with cover (The bathing suit needs to be appropriate and modest. I would strongly encourage your student to consider a rash guard/swim suit cover. We are representing Inderkum High School and must plan accordingly when making swimwear choices. We are not planning for vacation; we are planning for a music tour and are representing our music program).
*Reusable water bottle (empty until after airport check-in/security clearance)
*Camera or cell phone with camera capability (don't forget about chargers!)
*Names and phone numbers of emergency contacts
For specific details related to airport security and checkpoints that travelers could encounter, please go to TSA's website.
Please be mindful of your student's needs and plan accordingly. We have 29 days to get everything ready. These days are passing quickly.
If you have questions, or if I may assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I am here to help.
Thank you so much for your continued support of the students and all that is Inderkum Music.
On a personal note, as I continue to meet more and more of our music families and friends face to face, I am asked a question frequently: How is (your) last name pronounced?!!! I have included a syllabic breakdown with my signature at the end of this communication. I hope it helps. Thanks for the question.
Have a fantastic week!
Chris Dahilig (duh-HILL-ig)
Inderkum High School Music Boosters