JET Band Booster Blast 8/31/20

 Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands

This week we have marching band rehearsals Monday and Wednesday from 3:30-6pm. Please make sure your student is bringing enough water to make it through the 2.5 hour rehearsal. Also it would be prudent to drink lots of water during the day before our afternoon rehearsals. After spending all day inside on the computer and not drinking enough water, some of our students are not feeling well once the heat hits them.

This week we will also be adding our rehearsals for the remainder of the marching band season. Check out the Charms calendar for those updates.

After some recent conversations with band families about their concerns of us having marching band during COVID, I would like to clarify a few points. Katy ISD has always expected that marching bands perform at football games and compete at UIL competitions. UIL has said that football games and UIL marching contests are still happening. Therefore KISD expects us to have a performing marching band at all games and to compete at UIL. Having marching band is not a Band Director decision – that decision is way above our paygrade. We have been and will continue to follow all TEA, UIL, and KISD guidelines. I continue to welcome conversations about the guidelines we are under, but please understand we are working under the expectations and guidelines given to us.

Mike Ary
Director of Bands
MichaelDAry@katyisd.org
281.237.9268


Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

Please continue to promote our MarchAThon fundraiser.  Be sure to share your student’s individual page so that they get credit.  Each student is encouraged to try to raise at least $50 in donations to help us meet our goal.  This week’s challenge focuses on our freshmen and new students.  This week’s challenge will end on Tuesday 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.

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”.

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

  • Spirit Items (Coordinate spirit item ordering and distribution treasurer@jetband.org )
  • 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

Now that we have a football schedule, Money Day will be happening soon.  Be on the lookout for a special blast with information regarding ordering gear for the season.

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.

Scrips for physical gift cards will be ordered according to the following schedule for the year:

Orders will be placed at 8:00 AM on the following dates:

Order PlacedEstimated Delivery Date
August 31stSeptember 4th
September 28thOctober 2nd
October 26thOctober 30th
November 16thNovember 20th
December 14thDecember 18th
January 25thJanaury 29th
February 22ndFebruary 26th
March 22ndMarch 26th
April 26thApril 30th
May 24thMay 28th

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.

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 Week 3 Challenge Ends – September 1st, 7pm
  • General Booster Mtg  – September 8th 7pm
  • MarchAThon Fundraiser Ends – September 8th 

March on and stay safe,

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