We have a few parents that are busy on Tuesday nights and have asked if we could move our Jefferson Orchestra Parents meetings to Wednesday nights this year (assuming we will still keep them at 7pm but if an earlier time works better for most people we can do that to). So right now our first JOPA meeting is scheduled for WED SEPT. 14th at 7pm in the orchestra room. If this makes too many problems for other parents that want to attend the meetings we can alternate the parent meetings Tuesdays and Wednesdays but right now we are planning on Wednesday nights.
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Homecoming parade is next week (Wed. September 7th at 5:30 pm) and we have two, possibly 3 families who have committed to bringing a truck and flatbed for the students to sit on during the Homecoming Parade. The students have picked Farm Animals as their theme and we are asking if anyone has (safe) farm or animal related decorations to come on out next Wed and help the students decorate the floats. We are especially requesting a few bales of hay, etc. The students will be meeting in the orchestra room after school and the trucks/flatbeds should be parked at the end of the fine arts parking lot. Also we are needing any big paper or poster board to make signs/posters. If you want to come watch the parade it starts from Jefferson at 5:30 and travels past the Kingston Stadium parking lot entrance.
As the summer is ending and school is starting we are going to have another potluck picnic get-together, open to all current and former students and their families, and will get to meet our new teacher, Natalie Miller! The picnic is scheduled for Fri. Aug. 19th at 6pm at the pavilion at Cleveland park, families with the last name starting with letter A-H will bring a main dish, I-R will bring a side dish, and S-Z will bring a dessert (but its informal so just bring whatever you want to make really). Please bring your own plates, utensils and drinks. Hope to see you all there! Please feel free to pass along this info to any orchestra families that may not get our emails or not a part of the Facebook group.
Here is the schedule information for Thursday.
Dismissed from 6th period 1:45
Drive to U. S. Cellular Center – you are responsible for transporting yourself. Don’t forget your instrument or music.
2:30 Be at USCC ready to go and rehearse
3:30 done rehearsing, you will be dismissed to go change to concert black
5:00 be back at the US Cell center. Although this time is early, parking will be at a premium so better to be early and not have to walk multiple blocks.
5:15 warm-up, tuning
6:00 String concert, probably start a little earlier so as to get through all of our music.
6:15 transition from orchestra to band – you are dismissed.
Remember, the evening performance is concert black unless you are a senior (cap and gown for you).