JET Band Booster Blast 9/7/20

 Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands

It’s here! Tomorrow we welcome back students to face-to-face learning. As with everything, it’s going to be different. The band students handled the new protocols with our outdoor rehearsals so I have no doubt they’ll adapt to all the new protocols for their inside classes.

Our face-to-face band students need to come to class everyday dressed to rehearse marching band – that means clothes they move around in and marching-appropriate shoes every day. They won’t have time to change clothes before class so they need to come to school wearing clothes they can move in.

All of our students were asked last week to make sure they have printed off all the stand tunes and the Elton show music from our dropbox. This week we will be doing more and more music rehearsals during our after school time together. If your student doesn’t have a flip folder (like this: click here) they have to have one to organize all their stand tunes we play at football games and will play when we eventually get to have our March-A-Thon.  You can pick up a flip folder at H&H, Music & Arts, or many different online retailers.

This past Wednesday we had our marching band Program Coordinator Scott Koter on Zoom for a presentation of his on “Explaining Marching Band Judging to your Parents.”  If you’d like to check out the presentation yourself, click here to watch it. You can skip to the 17:30 mark for the start of the presentation (the first 17 minutes was getting all the students logged into Zoom).

Mike Ary
Director of Bands
MichaelDAry@katyisd.org
281.237.9268


Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

We are a little more than halfway to our  MarchAThon goal.  To give us more of an opportunity to reach that goal and take advantage of the return to face to face instruction, we are extending the campaign.  Please keep encouraging people to donate!  Whether or not your child has been on the leaderboard for one of our weekly challenges, all students that are part of a section with 100% participation will share in a section prize at the end of the campaign.  That means that all of the students in the section should have at least $50 in donations each.  Be sure to share your student’s individual page so that they get credit.  

We still have many students who do not have any donations.  Simply texting friends and family with the link to their page can bring in small donations.  Every little bit counts!  This week’s challenge once again focuses on our freshmen and new students.  The 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.

See you at our General Meeting tomorrow at 7pm.  Zoom info will be on Helper Helper and in the FaceBook group.

Themes for Spirit Week

  • Tropical Tuesday (Sept 15) – Hawaiian gear such as tropical shirts, leis, etc.
  • Winter Wednesday (Sept 16) – Santa hats, as well as other wintery things that won’t cause you to overheat
  • Section pride Thursday (Sept 17) – Wear section colors to show your section spirit!

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.

Mums

Our mum sale has begun!  Place your order at this link: tiny.cc/mums2020

Please tell your friends and share on social media!  Don’t forget about garters for boys and mini-mums for moms and siblings.  We are offering an early bird discount of 10% off when you pay for your order before October 1st!

The ordering process will be a little different this year.  You will complete the online order form then receive an invoice via email once your total has been calculated and any questions have been answered.  Production on your order will start once your invoice has been paid in full.  You can pay your invoice with a few clicks online.

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.  We will be announcing the Money Day dates this week.

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

Sept 1 MarchAThon Week 4 Challenge Ends, 7pm
Sept 8General Booster Mtg, 7pm via Zoom
Sept 24Football Game vs. Cy Springs, 6pm at Legacy 

March on and stay safe,

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