JET Band Booster Blast 7/21/19

Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

Summer band begins on Tuesday!  Please ensure that your students are acclimating to the heat by spending time outside and hydrating sufficiently.  Please remember also that they must have turned in the Physicals Form dated after May 1st in order to participate (or bring it with them when they show up for the first day of summer band).

We will have a parent meeting on Monday, July 22nd at 7pm in the Main Commons. We will get everyone up to speed on volunteer opportunities, fundraising, spirit wear and important upcoming events.  We will have water jugs, spirit t-shirts, clear stadium bags, and sunglasses for sale. Bring your cash or checks!  You will also be able to pay for summer lunches and order chaperone polo shirts.

We still have a few committee chair/coordinator positions available for anyone who would like to step up to a greater level of involvement. Thank you to Kristin Abel for agreeing to coordinate Mum Sales!  Click here to see the full 2019-20 JET Band Booster Board. Please contact me at president@jetband.org if you are interested or have questions!

  • Faculty Breakfasts
  • Garage Sale
  • Grocery Rebates
  • Student Fundraising
  • Yard Signs

Please start thinking about the items that your will need to gear up for the marching season.  Take a moment to download a sample gear form for your student and review what they may have or need.  Don’t forget to have them try on their performance clothes and marching shoes! Take a look at your spirit wardrobe and think about what you’d like to have for the season.  We have some exciting new options this year that we will discuss at the parent meeting.  Orders for the chaperone shirts, hats and spirit tee shirts can be placed online in the shop at shop.jetband.org

Summer Band Meals

Daily meals for summer band will be offered by JET Band volunteers for your convenience this summer. Any proceeds will benefit the JET Band Booster Organization.  Payment can be made online via PayPal at jetband.org or can be turned in at the Parent Meeting on July 22nd.  All meals must be paid in advance. Click here to sign up and order meals.

Dr. Tim Workshop

Student leaders: Don’t forget to sign up for the Dr. Tim Leadership Workshop which is required for student leaders and encouraged for those aspiring to lead. The workshop will take place in the PAC at Taylor HS on Saturday, August 3rd from noon to 2:30pm (check-in at 11:30am).

Click here to register for the Dr. Tim Leadership Workshop

Band Activity Fee

Band Activity Fee payments are now being collected.  Following the payment schedule, there are two ways to pay over the summer:

1. Take cash/check to the front office (there is a collection box at the front desk) when it is open, and place in the collection box OR mail to:

JET Band Boosters 
ATTN: Treasurer
20700 Kingsland Blvd
Katy, TX  77450

2. Access your Charms account to pay via credit card.  Go to www.jetband.org, click ‘Charms’ option; 

  • The user code will already be entered, then ‘Enter Charms’ to put in your password.  The password will be your child’s ID unless you/your child personally changed the password on the account.  Password resets will not be available until August.
  • Click the red $ icon at top or the Wallet Icon on the bottom.  Your Child’s Misc Financial Ledger will be visible
  • Scroll down and there will be an option to “Make a Misc. Payment”.

Credit card charges will show as a credit in your ledger until the Activity Fee is officially billed in July/August on your child Charms account.  You will not need to make a Transfer Request for Activity Fee.  Transfer Money Requests can be used for any credits after Activity Fee is paid in full for any other band fees/purchases.

If you haven’t begun making payments, don’t worry.  You can pay in full at any time before October 1stor catch up to the payment plan now.  We ask that all students begin to make payments toward the activity fee as soon as possible so that funds are available for current expenses.

Please email Treasurer@jetband.org with any questions.

Helper Helper

We have reached over 160 registered volunteers on Helper Helper! Those of you who have registered are ready to sign up for any of the many volunteer opportunities that support the JET Band.  Thank you for support and for your patience as we all learn this new system!

Haven’t registered yet?

We need each student and each parent to submit a separate registration form with a unique email addressso that each person has their own access to Helper Helper and we can track volunteer hours individually.  Since the email that you list will be your username, each person must use a different email address.

To get started, we need each student and parent to click here to register. The link is easy to access and remember:  tiny.cc/helpjetband

Should take just a few minutes. Please send any questions to volunteer@jetband.org.

Once you have completed your registration form, you should receive your email with directions to download the Helper Helper app within 2-3 days.  That email will contain a temporary password that you will use to log in the first time. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Find the following opportunities in the Helper Helper app.  If you have signed up for a volunteer team, you will find additional opportunities in the app specifically for your team.

  • Summer Lunches – Help serve lunch to the students during summer band
  • March-A-Thon – Several different volunteer opportunities ranging from chaperones and security to JET Fuel (lunch servers)
  • Football Game Chaperones – Spots are available for each game this season, but they fill up quickly.  Don’t forget to order your blue Taylor band polo shirt, it is required for chaperones.
  • Money Days – In order for Money Day to proceed efficiently, we will need volunteers to help student check off and size gear, cashiers to review forms and complete orders, and data entry helpers to enter the information from forms into an electronic format for processing. Pick the day that you will come with your own student and consider volunteering the other day.

Homecoming Mums

Mum-Making

Volunteers are needed in helping with prep work, filling orders, and the actual making of mums and garters. Upcoming work days will posted on the Helper Helper app soon.  If you are interested in helping with mums, make sure that you have completed the registration form for Helper Helper and have selected Mum Prep Work and/or Mum Making as one of your areas of interest, so that you will be sure to get the notices.

No experience is required! There are always experienced volunteers in the mum room along with instructions and guidelines to help you.  However, if you are new at mum making, please come to some of the prep work days to start learning the process.  Once mum sales are well underway, our time to teach the process becomes very limited.

If you are unable to help during the day, we will also have several different types of “homework” to hand out at the Parent Meeting on Monday. These tasks vary from simply cutting and measuring ribbon to gluing and assembling various pieces. Please stop by the mum table and pick up a homework bag.  Please have all homework turned in by Monday, August 5th.  You can drop it off in the Main Office on the shelf labeled miscellaneous under the lunch drop off shelf. 

Mum Sales and Distribution

Volunteers are also needed to help with sales during lunch periods.  This requires no crafting knowledge and only takes a few hours of your time.  You will help students with the forms, answer questions and taking payments.  We will go over the form with you and give you everything you need! Please select “Mum Sales” on the Helper Helper app if you are interested in helping with mum sales and contact Kristin Abel at mums@jetband.org with any questions regarding sales.

The success of this fundraiser depends on our number of volunteers.  The more volunteers we have, the more mums and garters we can make!

Questions:  Contact Jennifer Angel or Liz Laconis at email mums@jetband.org

Used Band Gear Donation Box

We are in need of restocking our used band gear.  The donation box is in the foyer in front of the main office this summer.  Please drop off all donated band items in the box during the day, Monday-Thursday. This includes performance shirts, shorts, gloves, socks, shoes, hoodies, garment bags, duffle bags, water jugs, ponchos, t-shirts, flip folders, lyres, tuners, etc.  If you are in need of band gear, please email David & Christy Bailey at chaperones@jetband.org.

Money Day

Please mark your calendars for Money Day which will take place over the two-day period of July 31stand August 1st starting at 5pm each day.  Students are required to attend on one of the days with a parent and show any required gear that they currently own.  If they are missing any required items, orders are placed at that time. Sample gear forms for planning purposes can be downloaded here for band and for color guard members. Samples will be available to try on for sizing. Forms for students with special dietary needs for game day and contest meals will be available to turn in at that time as well.  We will need volunteers to help with sizing as well as cashiers to check out students.  Those volunteer opportunities will be added to Helper Helper soon.  

Important Dates

  • July 22 : Parent Meeting/ Band Booster Kickoff. 7pm at the Main Commons
  • July 23 : First Day of Summer Band, 8am
  • July 31/August 1 : Money Day
  • August 3 : Dr. Tim Leadership Workshop (11:30am check-in)
  • August 6 : General Booster Meeting, 7pm
  • August 7 : Spirit Night at Cane’s
  • August 15 : March-A-Thon Volunteer Training, 7pm
  • August 17 : March-A-Thon 2019!
  • August 21 : Town Pep Rally, 6pm (Gear delivery in Main Commons after the pep rally)
  • August 23 : Shaved Ice Showdown, 5pm

Facebook

Click here to join the JET Band Booster Facebook page and to stay on top of all current and upcoming events.

Click here to keep following the Taylor Band public Facebook page!

Marching on,

Shakira Luna
President
JET Band Booster Organization