Band Parents, Families, and Students,
The Chenango Forks Schools have been working diligently to ensure that student learning will continue even through the school closure due to extenuating circumstances. I wanted to assure you that I will be trying my best to make sure that your student still receives the best music education that we can provide given these circumstances. Below I have listed many factors of what will be happening through the next several weeks.
The Middle School and High School will be using the program Schoology as an online platform for students to maintain their education through this extended period of time. I will be posting many videos, discussions and assignments through schoology so please check it daily.
Additionally the CF Band will be rolling out a program that we were planning on using in the coming school year early. With permission from school administration the company Make Music has provided their software SmartMusic to us for a three month period for free due to the national crisis, to help us continue to provide great music instruction to our students. This software is accessed either online through their website, or through the “New SmartMusic” App of your iPad. In Schoology I have provided detailed instruction on how to access SmartMusic.
I know that many of you were able to take your instruments home with you. Per district “Building access to lockers and classrooms (CFE) for students: Tuesday, March 17 & Wednesday, March 18 from 8a.m. to 6p.m. Please use the building's Main Entrance.” The MS/HS will not be open again until school is back in session so please come and grab your instruments before Wednesday. At these times the band rooms will be open for students to get their instruments.
National Memorial Day Parade Trip
As of right now I am in constant contact with our district administration, our travel company, and the parade and everything is still on to happen. I will keep you updated if anything changes. If you still owe a payment, or are unsure if you owe a payment please contact me and we will work it out.
Dorney Park Trip for MS Bands and HS Jazz
As of right now our trip to Dorney Park is still on. Information regarding the trip was set to come out to you on 3/16 but due to these circumstances we will figure out another way to get this information to you. If anything should change, Mr. Pace and I will contact you.
Band Subway Night
Due to the current crisis Subway has needed to cancel our Band Subway Night scheduled for Monday 3/16. We will be rescheduling the fundraiser at a later date.
For those of you who are working on a NYSSMA Solo or Ensemble. If you do not have your music please contact me, and I will figure out a way to get it to you. Please note that NYSSMA currently has postponed all festivals until further notice.
I have been working with the Band Boosters on how we are handling our ongoing fundraisers.
Bottle Drive. We have a bottle drive that is scheduled for May 2, 2020. We are not going to do this in the traditional sense for sanitary reasons. So what we would like to happen is if you have bottles you were saving for us. Please take them to either Can Man on Upper Front Street or to Greenblotts on Alice Street in Binghamton and tell them you wish the amount of the refund to be donated to Chenango Forks Band Boosters and they will after 2 weeks send me a check for whatever is collected. Its what is best for both our community and our organization.
I will utilize the Remind App now as a way for you to reach out to me for anything that you might need.
8th Grade Code:@cf8band
As always Please if you need anything please reach out to me by email, through schoology, or through our remind app. Our “Pride of The Blue” Band is strong and I know that we will get through this together.
Chenango Forks 8-12 Band Director