JET Band Booster Blast 5/25/21

Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!  You did it!  Best of luck in your future endeavors.  We hope you will stop by and visit when you are in town.

The fall marching rehearsal and performance schedule is posted in Charms.  Please get these dates onto your family calendar and refer to this calendar when you are scheduling appointments and events so your student will be in attendance at these.  

New this year is we are asking students to schedule their private lessons around the marching band rehearsal schedule.  In the past we’ve had students that have missed the majority of a rehearsal one day every week because of their private lessons; that time added up to them missing a third of all after school practices.  While we want and encourage our students to study privately, we also need all students at rehearsals.  If there are individual circumstances that need to be discussed, please communicate with Mr. Ary.

To sync the Charms calendar to your iPhone: 

  1. Go into the Settings, then Calendar, then Accounts, and then Add Account
  2. On the Add Account screen, touch “Other”
  3. Under Calendars, touch “Add Subscribed Calendar”
  4. For the Server value, enter the URL for the teacher calendar:
    https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/calsynct.asp?s=JETaylorBand
  5. Touch “Next” in the upper right corner.
  6. It will verify the server then show a subscription page. Change the description if you like.
  7. Touch “Save” to save the subscription.

To sync with Android devices, you will need to use your Google account and have a Google calendar created.

In your Google calendar on a real computer:

  1. Under “Other Calendars” click the Add link.
  2. Select “Add by URL”
  3. Enter the following URL:
    https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/calsynct.asp?s=JETaylorBand
  4. Click “Add Calendar”
  5. Google will begin to sync your calendar, and it will appear on the screen.
  6. Click “Settings”
  7. Change the long name of the new calendar to something you will remember such as “Charms Calendar”
  8. Your phone should automatically be set to sync with your Google calendar.
  9. On your phone: Click on “Calendar”, then bring up the settings for the calendar. Click on Calendar Sync. You should see your google account listed already. Make sure Auto-Sync is checked.

Mike Ary
Director of Bands
281.237.9268
MichaelDAry@katyisd.org


Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

Congratulations to all of our new JET Band alumni and parents of the Class of 2021! To all of our parent volunteers who are moving on, one last thank you for all of the sacrifices and contributions that you have made over the years as part of the JET Band Booster organization. Looking forward to seeing you all at MarchAThons and other events as we continue to support the JET Band!

This will be my final band blast message. Your new president, Karensa Murdick will pick up the mantle next week. Be sure to read that Blast as you head out for the summer! There will be important information on the transition to the new membership platform. All important information will be posted on the website at www.jetband.org as well. 

Required physicals for school year 2021-22

Katy ISD has allowed Fine Arts to use the Rankone online tracking system that athletics has used for years to track physicals. (Click to access the Katy ISD physicals portal.)
 
Students may get the physical at their doctor.  If you go to your own doctor, you will need to upload your physical to Rankone. 

All band students must have a physical on file (dated after May 1, 2021) before being allowed to participate. This is a UIL and KISD requirement.  If a student is participating in both athletics and band, they only need one physical. 

Student Activity Fee Rebate

The finance committee has approved a student activity fee rebate of $150 for each student who has fully paid their 2020-2021 student activity fee. Returning band and color guard student will have the option to carry that amount forward to be applied to next year’s activity fee. Seniors will be only be issued a check upon request. Please contact treasurer@jetband.org by Wednesday, May 26th to make your request. Any funds remaining in Charms accounts after the 26th will be carried forward for returning students, and will be considered a donation for graduating seniors.

2021-2022 Course Fees and Program Payments

Fees will be handled slightly differently for next year. There will be a $100 required course fee that must be paid directly to Katy ISD in each student’s PayNGo account. This fee must be paid by the end of the first semester. The remainder of program payments will be made to JET Band Boosters for an additional $575.  See the graphic for a suggested payment plan. Please do not make payments through Charms or prior to June 10th for next year.  

Detailed instructions regarding how to make your payments will be provided on the website and in email blasts prior to June 10th.  If you have concerns regarding program expenses, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Ary at MichaelDAry@katyisd.org with any questions or concerns.

Open Volunteer Positions

Thank you to the volunteers who have stepped up to lead and coordinate our programs for next year! We still have some remaining open positions for next year.  Please take a look and contact president@jetband.org if you are interested in more information or would like to fill a position.

Open Coordinator or Co-Chair Positions:

Concessions (Co-Chair)
Faculty Breakfast
Judges Hospitality
Publicity
Spirit Nights
Sustaining Memberships
JET Fuel- Game Days (Co-Chair)
Mum Workshop (Co-Chair)
Uniforms- Concert
Uniforms- Marching
Bake Sale
Crustacean Ball
Garage Sale
Mum Sales

Positions that need shadows:

Chaperones
Loading Crew Manager
Project Popsicles
Yard Signs
Mums Prep
Mums Workshop
Yearbook

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 for next year or would like to donate, please email David & Christy Bailey at chaperones@jetband.org to make arrangements.

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. Get set up now and use the rebate earnings to start saving for next year’s fees! Ordering gift cards for electronic delivery is a great way to continue to build your student’s account over the summer.

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

Spirit Wear/ Items

Order your JET Band and Color Guard gear on your own 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.

We will begin taking orders for new parent shirts and other spirit items for bulk delivery at the beginning of July. There will be a notice in the email blast when those orders can be placed on the website.

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

See Mr. Ary’s message above for how to sync the live calendar with your device!


Have a great summer!

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

James E. Taylor High School Band and Color Guard