JET Band Booster Blast 8/18/20

 Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands

It’s here! School is about to start. It’s going to be different, but together we are going to make it great.

Wednesday we will be live on Zoom for all of our classes. Whether your student is Face-to-Face or KVA, we would like to see them on that Zoom so we can go over the band handbook, all of our required forms that you’ll need to sign, and talk about the rehearsal calendar for the first few weeks of school.  Links for those Zooms are in your student’s Canvas.

Rehearsals for the first few weeks are now on our Charms calendar. We’ll talk about those with the students on Wednesday.

Mike Ary
Director of Bands
MichaelDAry@katyisd.org
281.237.9268


Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

This week begins our new normal with the start of the 2020-21 school year.  We are kicking it off with a fantastic start to our MarchAThon fundraiser!  We plan to continue to take donations on the campaign website through September 8th.  Each week, we will offer students the opportunity to win prizes with a Weekly Challenge.  This week’s challenge will end tonight at 7pm.

Issues or corrections needed for a MarchAThon donation made to the wrong page and want to ensure your student gets credit? Click here to complete the credit request form.  Unfortunately, we cannot move or change a donation once it has been submitted.

We will be selling mums online this year.  Mums and garters (and mini-mums for Mom!) are a great keepsake regardless of what happens with Homecoming this year.  The order form for mums will be shared in a special email blast and on all of our social media.  You will have the option to buy a kit to make at home or order a complete custom mum or garter.

Activity Fee

Band Activity Fee payments are now being collected.  If we need to make adjustments to the fee based on canceled activities, those adjustments will be made to the last scheduled payment or two in September/October.  All students are required to pay the activity fee, regardless of in-person or virtual class attendance.

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 1st or 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.

Volunteer Needs

We use the Helper Helper app to manage volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  Please visit tiny.cc/helpjetband to register.  Once you receive an email with your temporary password, you will be able to download the Helper Helper app and see open opportunities.  This is a manual process, so you will not receive your password right away.

Every student and parent must register with a unique email address.  The email address will be your username, so if you share an email, you will not have your own account.  We use this system to track membership in the booster organization and track volunteer hours.  It is also a great way for students to keep track of their service hours (great for leadership and scholarship applications).

Here is some additional information on the open positions that are remaining along with contact info for additional questions.  If there is no other contact info provided, please email president@jetband.org if you are interested in any of the following opportunities:

Co-Chairs Needed

  • JET Fuel – Game Day  (Help serve group meals on football game days and clean up after the meal – jetfuel@jetband.org )
  • Scrips  (Help to advertise the Scrips program, assist with orders and recordkeeping, and deliver any physical gift card orders – scrip.cards@jetband.org )

Coordinators Needed

  • Concert Uniforms (Measure students for fit and organize distribution of concert uniforms)
  • Marching Uniforms (Measure students for fit and organize distribution of concert uniforms, supervise student uniform crew. Marching.uniforms@jetband.org )

Used Band Gear 

There is a supply of used band gear that is available to anyone who can make use of those items.  If you are in need of band gear or would like to donate, please email David & Christy Bailey at chaperones@jetband.org to make arrangements.

Money Day

Money Day will be held virtually this year. Specific details including the links for online gear ordering will be included as soon as we have a firm date and have details worked out for how we are able to proceed.  In the meantime, please use the paper forms posted in the Facebook group as a checklist and for planning purposes. 

Money Day is tied to confirming what football season will look like.  Once we have a conformed schedule, we can plan for when we will need to order our gear.  We hope to have dates for Money Day very soon!

Scrips

Earn money for your student’s Charms account with money that you had planned to spend anyway!  This is a great way to add money to your student’s account through rebates and lessen your out of pocket band/guard expenses.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Fowler  amymfowler@sbcglobal.net .

Spirit Wear/ Items

There are two ways to order spirit items- through shop.jetband.org or through our band and guard SquadLocker shops.  The items on our website are ordered in bulk and delivered at specific announced times. 

Order your JET Band and Color Guard gear on your own at any time through our SquadLocker shops for delivery directly to your home!  Those orders are individual and will be shipped to your home directly from the manufacturer.

Yearbook 2019-20

A few extra copies of the JET Band & Color Guard Yearbook 2019-20 are available. If you’d like to purchase one, email yearbook@jetband.org.

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 join the JETCG Facebook group and stay on top of color guard and winter guard information.

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

Important Dates

  • MarchAThon Fundraiser Week 1 Challenge – Ends August 18th 7pm 
  • First Day of School – August 19th
  • After-school rehearsals begin – August 24th 
  • General Booster Mtg – September 8th 7pm

March on and stay safe,

Shakira Luna
President
JET Band Booster Organization
president@jetband.org