Greetings everyone, here is your weekly update for August the 22nd.
I hope everyone had an awesome weekend!
THIS WEEK’S DATES: This week, we have our very first big performance at our home game at Turner stadium. This week's schedule is a little unique that we are having a Monday practice and a Thursday football game. So the rehearsal schedule is Monday Tuesday and Wednesday 3:15 to 5:45, and on Thursday we play Dickinson High School at Turner stadium. It’s going to be a whole lot of fun, and we are ready for Atascocita football!
WEATHER: The weather this week is going to be all over the place, with some scattered thunderstorms all week long. Regardless of if it rains or not, we will always have band practice. If it is raining or lightning outside, we will be inside the band hall working on music. If the weather is clear for us, we will be outside working on drill this week.
APPAREL FOR THIS WEEK: For the required apparel, this week you will need the blue band shirt, black shorts, and white marching shoes. We will not be wearing our marching band uniform this week due to the hot weather.
If you ordered white marching shoes through TMF, they should be in the band hall ready to be dispersed this week. If you ordered on the late August run, those shoes should arrive either Wednesday or Thursday.
If you ordered any items from TMF on the late August run, those items will not come in before the first few football games. However, thanks to the Boosters, we ordered an extra surplus of red colored shirts, blue band shirts, and black band shorts to help those who still need items. As far as apparel goes, we will make sure that all students have what they need.
REQUIRED BAND SUPPLIES: For the required supplies, you should have a flip folder with all of your music in it. Most performers have one, and we thank the Boosters big time for their help with that. Now, all students just need to make sure that they have a LYRE to hold the flip folder on their instrument before Thursday. All music stores have them. If you are a woodwind player, please make sure to have an available box of reads on your own. If you're a brass player, having your own blue juice valve oil or trombone slide cream will help you. In all cases, all band students need a polishing cloth for their woodwind or brass instruments.
ITINERARY: Attached to this message is the itinerary for Thursday's game. Every week, the football itinerary schedule will be posted on the updates tab of the band website. Always double check to make sure that you have the correct itinerary for the football game.
WIDDYUP FUNDRAISER: This is the last week for the WiddyUp! fundraiser! Get those videos shared with as many family and friends as you possibly can!
CONCESSION STANDS: Preparing the concession stands for our football games, I learned, is a big process. It is a lot of work to prepare, but it is the biggest money maker that the boosters have that helps the band program tremendously. We want to send a big thank you to the parents and students who helped out this Saturday with getting the concession stands set up with the items it needs. Also, we are thankful for the parents and volunteers who will help us at the concession stands for these next football games.
WE STILL NEED HELP!: There are still so many more spots we need help with, however. If you could go to the www.atascocitaband.com website and sign up for as many spots as you possibly can. You most certainly can sign up for multiple spots if you are already at the stand and want to extend it longer.
GRADES: Students, we are already in week 3 of the grading period. That means a progress report is coming next week. It is your responsibility to make sure that all school work is submitted properly and that you are making great grades and your academics. If you fail a course during the 6th week, you will become ineligible and unable to participate. That will result in your spot being lost, and we will have to go back and reteach new spots. We are calling for 100% eligibility from all band students! A common misconception for UIL eligibility is that it has to be a report card. If a school is on a nine week grading period, to keep fair with Athletics all across the school that have different grading. UIL has mandated for a statewide 6th week eligibility check. For a school like ours that is on a 9-week grading period, that means you can lose your eligibility twice during the 6th week and the 9th week. Therefore, your second progress report will determine your eligibility for band as well as your report card! It is so critical that you work really hard to make good on your school work so that you can participate at games and contests. 100% eligibility, ALL STUDENTS!
WATER JUGS: My last message is about the water jugs. Band students have not been bringing water outside because they know that it is provided to them outside by our ops crew. The water containers outside are fulfilling up your water jugs only, and the little white cups were used for emergencies. However, we went through a whole entire marching season's worth of water cups in just one week! The little white cups do not provide nearly enough hydration that students need to be safe. Not bringing a container outside already filled with water in it is extremely unsafe, and we can't in good conscience allow our students outside without proper hydration. If you do not have a water container at practice, please go back inside and create a solution before you come outside. We will not allow anyone at practice outside without a container of water.
And that wraps up this week’s updates!