Good evening everyone,
I hope you had a peaceful, restful weekend.
Here are your announcements:
First of all, as tomorrow is September 11th, please take a moment and join me in remembering September 11, 2001 and the profound impact of that day's events.
Thank you very much.
This is the final call for all band member paperwork and fees. The forms must be completed and submitted immediately, as your student will not be able to participate in the program unless the forms are on file. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
As another reminder, if your student is playing an instrument on loan from the music department, the completed instrument agreement must be turned in immediately. The music department must maintain detailed records for the instruments in inventory, and the students using the instruments are responsible for them. There are a number of students who have not yet submitted the completed form. Please return it to the band directors on Monday.
Tuesday, September 12th, is a minimum day for all NUSD students, and dismissal time is 12:00 p.m. I encourage you to regularly check Inderkum's website for important events, dates, etc. I have linked Inderkum's website here.
In fundraising news, we extend many thanks to this incredible band family for making the cookie dough fundraiser a huge success. In comparison to years past, 2017's sales are phenomenal. This is very exciting, and we are so happy for your students! Nice job everyone! We anticipate that the cookie dough will arrive at Inderkum on or around October 2nd. Please keep in mind, this is an estimated time of arrival. There are factors out of our control (processing delays, factory delays, transport delays, etc). The company representative will do everything he can to ensure timely delivery of this massive order. Thank you for your understanding. I will keep you informed.
Continuing with fundraising, there are a number of events scheduled for this school year, several of which are scheduled during marching season. Some details are below:
*Chipotle night is Tuesday, October 3rd, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Come join us (at 3830 Truxel Road Ste 300) and keep your kitchen clean that night! The band program receives 50% of the proceeds. Please spread the word to your friends, neighbors, and coworkers. I have linked Chipotle's menu here.
*The annual pancake breakfast and Christmas Bazaar are on Saturday, December 2nd at Inderkum. These are events that require much planning and donation. Included in the items needed for these events: pancake batter, syrup, coffee, plates, napkins, cups, decorations, and crafts that can be sold at our craft tables. If you or anyone you know owns a restaurant or a business in the food service industry, or if you or anyone you know can donate supplies to the breakfast or crafts to our craft tables, please reach out to our fundraising coordinator as soon as possible.
*Paint night is Saturday, December 16th. Please mark your calendars. More details will follow in later communications.
In a final piece of news about fundraising: The band has a great opportunity to raise funds by selling cans of soda at the Tiger Bazaar this Friday, September 15th, in the atrium during both lunch periods. Again everyone, we have been approved for "sodas" only (drinks such as Red Bull, RockStar, 5-hour Energy, Nos, etc. are not approved drinks to sell). We are asking for donations of 12-packs of soda or monetary donations to purchase them. There are stores in the Natomas area that frequently offer specials on soda. On your next trip to the store, if you could pick up an extra 12-pack of soda and get it delivered to the band room no later than the morning of September 15th, that would be fantastic! Please be sure that your student's name is written on any 12-packs you have delivered. Students who plan to help sell the soda are required to wear their band shirts and jeans. Our drum majors, our student band president, and our directors send their thanks.
In catering news, our food coordinator is interested in training individuals to plan, prepare, transport, and serve meals to band students at various events. Please reach out to her for more information. She will be happy to discuss the details of this very important function.
In volunteer news, there will be many opportunities to volunteer your time at our Sunday matinee bingo sessions, football games, band reviews, and fundraising events. Our volunteer coordinators are working hard to make schedules and plans for everyone who has offered to help. Thank you all so much for your interest in supporting the band program. We appreciate you! If you have questions or concerns about volunteering, please reach out to the volunteer coordinators. They have composed a message for you, which is attached at the end of this email.
In uniform news, there will be another opportunity to have your student fitted for marching band uniforms on Saturday, September 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (color guard uniform fittings will happen soon - please look for that email). We need to conclude the fitting process for marching band, so please plan to have your student visit Inderkum during this time if a uniform fitting is needed. Thank you for your patience during this process. Our uniform coordinator would like to again extend her thanks to all who volunteered to help with fittings on Saturday (the 9th). She appreciates you very much!
In bingo news, we have two extraordinary circumstances during the holiday season: Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve bingo sessions, both of which fall on Sunday. These are rare opportunities for the band program to make a sizable profit, and this is a fantastic opportunity to ask for volunteers who can start learning about bingo now. Please reach out to our volunteer coordinators for more information about bingo. We would like to get you trained so that you can gain experience as soon as possible.
In other news, I am reaching out to you to ask for your help with an item that is needed for the band program's fundraising efforts. We are in need of a Tuff Shed to install at the football stadium, which will be used for snack shack function and storage. It is an expensive item, and much thought and data collection were done before the request was presented to the band program's board members. A structure of this nature could greatly impact the profits the band receives from snack shack sales at football games. There are many details to discuss, and our president is anxious to speak with anyone who may be able to help in this area. Please contact him directly for more detailed information.
If your student needs to take the SAT, there is an opportunity to take it on October 7th. As we do not have a band event scheduled for that day, please encourage your student to take the exam at that time.
On the weather front, I have good news and bad news. The bad news first: It will be very warm on Monday and Tuesday. The good news: We will start a significant cool-down on Wednesday! Please stay up to date with the weather and help your student plan accordingly. I have linked the local weather forecast here.
Marching band will practice on Monday and Thursday from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., and color guard will practice on the same days from 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Please be sure that your student dresses appropriately and brings water for break periods.
Now, on Friday, September 15th, get ready to MAKE SOME NOISE. The band has its first football game performance. Call times and apparel requirements will be announced later in the week. We hope you can get out to the stadium and support all that is Inderkum. It will be great fun!
On a side note, I have had inquiries about how to pronounce my last name. Honestly, no offense taken to this inquiry, as it happens all of the time. It is pronounced duh-HILL-ig. Adults call me Chris. My students and most kids call me Ms. D. Thanks for asking!
Thank you all for your continued support. We appreciate you and all that you do for the students and the band program. You are awesome! The students have much work to do, so please encourage them to arrive at band on time, prepared (instruments, music, pencils, notebooks, appropriate clothing/shoes, and respectful attitudes), and ready to play some amazing, challenging pieces of music.
Have a fantastic week!
Inderkum High School Music Boosters
A message from your volunteer coordinators:
We are so excited to honor our volunteers that have helped us in the past couple of weeks with uniform fitting as well as bingo: Ron Oliveros, Franklin Oliveros, Barbara Alexander, Caryn Craig, Nandini Chaudhary, Shreya Chaudhary, Varshana Downey, Chris & Doug Sallaway, Jay & Jen Guzman, Denise Wietrick, Cathy & David Baumback, Chan Phomthevy, Lisa Leone, Rosemary William, Paul Ruiz, Cheri Gisler, Michelle P, Terry Broam, Cathy J, Emily Mingione, Hakim Hasan and all the board members who work many hours behind the scenes to make this music booster program successful. We thank you for your efforts and look forward to seeing more of you out to help with our great music program.
Volunteer opportunities continue to be available for our bingo sessions and we have one more uniform fitting date we need help with. We look forward to meeting more of our great families. Here are the links for both of these opportunities:
As we get into the swing of the fall season, we are also looking toward the holidays. The IHS Music Boosters partner with the Athletics Department during their Christmas tree drive and Christmas Bazaar. The Music Boosters provide a Pancake Breakfast on this date. We will be looking for donations of breakfast items and that information will be coming soon.
Again, we thank you for your help, time and dedication to making this program the best it can be for our students.