Announcements

7-Feb-17: CHS BPA Spring Train Show

posted Feb 8, 2017, 4:50 PM by Mark Nowicki

Greetings Band Parents:
 
Our Spring Train Show will be on Sunday, March 5th.  Save the date!  It is time again to put on a great show to raise funds for the CHS Marching Ram Band and extracurricular Winter Programs.  We typically raise between five and six thousand dollars with our Train Shows.  Maura, Sue, Maryam and Tom are well into planning and promoting, but we need your help to execute.
 
Help us advertise – circulate this flyer.  Please refer to ramband.com.  I’ve linked to a number of YouTube videos from past shows so you can see some of the vendor displays.  Spread the word!
 
We need about 20 to 30 parents throughout the weekend to put on the show.  Sign up to volunteer.  Many of our veteran Train Show parents will be “graduating” after this show so we’re looking for some new faces.  There are a variety of shifts and numerous roles to fill – find one or more that work for you.  Please get involved! 
 
We sell baked goods for 100% profit, but we need baked goods to sell.  Sign up to bring in a tray or basket of goodies by 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.  Please consult these guidelines.
 
Come join the fun!  Thank you!
 
Regards,
Mark Nowicki
CHS BPA


PS:  BOTTLE DRIVE!!!  The Winter Guard will be collecting Bottles and Cans for a Recycle Drive this Saturday, February 11th, between 10 and 11:30 a.m.  Reclaim space in your garage for a good cause!  Please bring them in closed large plastic trash bags.  Find John DeGennaro Saturday in front of CHS.

21-Dec-16: Congrats & CHSBPA Christmas Tree Pick-Up

posted Dec 21, 2016, 4:54 PM by Mark Nowicki

Greetings,

 

I hope this email finds you well after a great winter concert this past Thursday!  Congratulations to all students in the Concert Band, String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Marching Ram Band for incredible performances!  

 

On another note, the CHSBPA is preparing to launch its annual Christmas Tree Pick-Up fundraiser which will take place on January 14.

 

If you would like your tree to be picked up please click on the following link and print out and send in flyer w/ payment:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-rLrktWxPWYemdtTHZ4aEg0ZlE

 

Please print some additional copies and share with your friends and neighbors.

 

And if you are interested in volunteering to help pick up the trees please click on the following link to sign-up:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4aa9aa2ea6fa7-1142017

 

Thanks!  And I wish all of you a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy and Healthy New Year!  We look forward to making more great music in the coming year!


 
John L. Kuhner, K-12 Music Department Chairman
Cheshire Public Schools
Cheshire High School
525 South Main Street
Cheshire, CT 06410
Email:
jkuhner@cheshire.k12.ct.us
Phone: 203-250-2534
Fax: 203-250-2563

30-Nov-16: BPA Fall Fundraising Update

posted Nov 30, 2016, 6:19 PM by Mark Nowicki

To the CHS BPA Members:

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  All of us have so much to be thankful for, not the least of which is the phenomenal talents, work ethic and enthusiasm of our children!


Now that we have completed another successful Marching Ram Band season, it seems like a good time to provide the BPA Membership with a recap of our Fall fundraising efforts.  As you know, a key part of the BPA’s role is to fundraise throughout the school year in support of the Marching Ram Band, the Winter Guard and Percussion Programs, and all of the CHS instrumental music programs.  During late summer and early fall, the BPA sponsored four key fundraisers:  the Car Show, the Sponsorship Program, the Thanksgiving Pie Sales and Music in Motion.  The following are the results of these Programs (based on the information received to date):
  • Car Show [$1,481]:  Under the leadership of Jeff Shankman, the BPA was able to revive the long dormant Car Show.  The response from the area’s car enthusiasts was outstanding!  We netted $1,481 ($2,722 of revenue, less $1,241of expenses), which exceeded our target of $900.  We expect to make this an annual event with increasing success!

  • Sponsorship Program [$18,717]:  Under Agnes Nawrocki’s leadership, we were able to take the Sponsorship Program to a whole new level, exceeding even our lofty expectations!  We netted $18,842 ($22,442 of revenue, less $3,725 of expenses), which exceeded our target of $15,800. With this new blueprint for success, we believe there is potential for even greater success next year! 

  • Pie Sales [$636]:  Despite Tina Allen’s valiant efforts, the Thanksgiving Pie Sales came up short.  We believe the students’ laser-focus on making the Sponsorship Program an outstanding success may have detracted a bit from their Pie Sales efforts.  As a result, we netted $636 ($2,160 of revenue, less $1,524 of expenses), below our target of $1,600.  Nevertheless, we have a couple of ideas on how to better balance the timing and efforts of our students to reinvigorate this fundraiser next year without detracting at all from the success of the Sponsorship Program.

  • Music in Motion [$6,886]:  Joe Campbell and his subcommittee chairs did an outstanding job organizing and running our most complicated fundraiser.  While we were able to net $6,886 ($23,893 of revenue, less $17,007 of expenses), that fell short of our $11,000 target.  Ticket sales were almost $2,000 short of budget, primarily due to an overestimation of the amount of student and senior ticket sales.  Food sales were also almost $2,000 short of budget.  The key driver is that we significantly underestimated the demand for hamburgers and chicken fingers, as we sold out of them very early into the program.  The newest items, kielbasa and bratwurst, were hits (both sold out towards the end of the night); steak sandwiches and clam chowder, no so much (both significantly undersold the quantity purchased).  We will use these lessons to be sure to increase our margins next year.  The lure of the airgrams and 50/50 raffle also seems to be waning as these collectively fell $750 short of budget.  We will be looking for new ideas on alternative moneymakers or ways to reinvigorate these old standbys.

  • Total Raised, Net:  $27,720 (short of our budgeted target of $29,300)

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our fundraising efforts to date.  However, we continue to need your help as there is still more money to raise.  While we are still working through the payment of some of the expenses, we expect to fully fund approximately $37,000 of budgeted Marching Band expenses (i.e., more than we have raised to date).  In addition, we are looking to fund more than $28,000 for our Winter Guard and Winter Percussion programs, as well as fund the senior scholarships and certain costs for the Jazz programs.  To do so, we are targeting a major fundraiser for each month throughout the remainder of the school year.  Upcoming, we have the NEMFA concessions stand in December, the Christmas Tree pickup in January, the Spring Train Show in March, and one or two Jazz programs in the Spring.  We are still looking for ideas and leadership for additional fundraisers to fill out our calendar and achieve our budgeted targets.  Thus, any assistance and ideas you have would be greatly appreciated.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Best regards,

Tim

 

Tim Orcutt

Chairperson

Cheshire High School Band Parents’ Association, Inc.

203-605-0836

30-Nov-16: NEMFA Solo and Ensemble Festival, December 10 - Volunteers Needed

posted Nov 30, 2016, 7:39 AM by Mark Nowicki

Greetings Instrumental Music Parents and Students,


As you may know, we are hosting the New England Music Festival Association Solo and Ensemble Festival, here at Cheshire High School on Saturday, December 10, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Currently, we have several students signed up to volunteer on this day, however, we are looking for parent volunteers as well in the following areas:

Parking (Assisting with bus and vehicle traffic and parking)

Concessions Sales and Servers (Selling concession items to students and teachers)

Room Monitors (supervising students in warm-up/holding areas


We are also looking for an assistant chair to mirror Karen Andes, current chair, on this day.  Karen is the parent of a senior so this will be her last year working on this project.  

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity on December 10, please click on the following link for more information and sign-up page via sign-up genius  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4aa9aa2ea6fa7-12102016 .

Thanks!
 
John L. Kuhner, K-12 Music Department Chairman
Cheshire Public Schools
Cheshire High School
525 South Main Street
Cheshire, CT 06410
Email:
jkuhner@cheshire.k12.ct.us
Phone: 203-250-2534
Fax: 203-250-2563

16-Nov-16: CHSBPA Fundraising Update - Train Show

posted Nov 17, 2016, 4:37 AM by Mark Nowicki

Hello Everyone!

 

First, I would like to commend our band on an AMAZING performance Saturday!  You are the most talented and wonderful group I have the honor of knowing!  And to my fellow band parents... you are all pretty awesome too!

 

Now that I have warmed you up and have you smiling, I would like to take this opportunity to ask your assistance for one more weekend for the band.  We still need Volunteers and Bakers for our FALL TRAIN SHOW this weekend.  Set up will be late Saturday afternoon and the show is all day Sunday.

 

Students:  Sue DeLancy is the Student Community Service Coordinator and has placed a paper sign up in the Band Room.  Please sign up for one or more activities.  We especially need Percussion students for Saturday Set Up to help us get the floors out of the Pit Room and up to the East Gym, and then some Guard students to help us lay them out, and fold them up and put them away on Sunday after the show.

 

Parents:  We need volunteers!  We especially need manpower for the Kitchen.  Please hit the red button below to link to the Sign-Up.  We appreciate any help you can offer.

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4aa9aa2ea6fa7-11202016

 

Bakers:  We make 100% profit from our Baked goods sales, but we need baked goods to sell!  Please review the Baked Goods Guidelines linked below.  Please deliver your Baked Goods on Sunday morning before 9:00 a.m.

 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-rLrktWxPWYSzZSX0s4ZExyQXM

 

Lastly, from Tina Allen, please remember to come to the CHS Commons on Thursday (tomorrow) to pick up your Lyman Orchard Holiday Pies from 5:30 to 7:00p.m.  If you are available to help Tina receive the main order and organize the Pies for distribution, plan to meet in the Commons at 4:00p.m.  Please hit the sign up below if you can help Tina with this easy task.

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4aa9aa2ea6fa7-11172016

 

Thank you!

Maura Murcko

Chairman, Train Show

16-Nov-16: 44th Annual CHS Marching Ram Band Banquet

posted Nov 17, 2016, 4:33 AM by Mark Nowicki

Hello Parents!

 

The 44th Annual CHS Marching Ram Band Banquet will be Thursday, December 1st at 6:00 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT.

 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-rLrktWxPWYVEs1enIzQ2xGX3M

 

All reservations are due Tuesday, November 22nd.  Place reservations with checks payable to CHSBPA in the Forms Box, or send by U.S. Mail to the CHS BPA P.O. Box to be received by Tuesday, November 22nd.

 

Thank you!

 

AnnMarie Kemp

Chairman

16-Nov-16: CHSMRB Banquet Invitation

posted Nov 17, 2016, 4:28 AM by Mark Nowicki

Greetings Ram Band Students and Parents,

 

The following message is from Mrs. Ann Marie Kemp regarding the 2016 CHSMRB Banquet.

 

After another great season, the Band Parent’s Association is pleased to invite the entire CHSMRB family to its annual banquet to be held Thursday, December 1 at 6 PM at The Aqua Turf Club in Southington.  All band members attend free of charge.  Reservations for parents and other guests are due Tuesday, November 22.  Please complete and return the attached reservation form. Also, all students must sign-up for a table assignment and can do so at the below link.  Please note, only students have reserved table assignments.

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EADAB2FA2F94-2016

 

If you have any questions regarding the banquet, please feel free to contact AnnMarie Kemp at akemp@cronin-co.com or 860-874-7146.


 
John L. Kuhner, K-12 Music Department Chairman
Cheshire Public Schools
Cheshire High School
525 South Main Street
Cheshire, CT 06410
Email:
jkuhner@cheshire.k12.ct.us
Phone: 203-250-2534
Fax: 203-250-2563

10-Nov-16: CHS Band Parents’ Association Fundraising Update

posted Nov 10, 2016, 7:49 AM by Mark Nowicki

Greetings RAMBAND Parents and Students:

 

Our efforts to raise money for the Instrumental Music Programs continue.  Here is an important update:

 

LYMAN ORCHARD HOLIDAY PIE DISTRIBUTION

 

Lyman Orchards will be delivering our Holiday Pies on Thursday, November 17th.  IMPORTANT:  Pick up will be from 5:30pm – 7:00pm in the CHS Commons.  If you ordered pies, PLEASE come or make an arrangement during this time to pick up all of your pies.

 

Parents:  Tina Allen is in need of parent assistance to help separate out all of the pies once they’ve been delivered to the CHS Commons next Thursday.  Please meet at the CHS Commons at 4:00 p.m. and plan to stay until 7:00 p.m.  Please sign up here

 

FALL TRAIN SHOW

 

You may have noticed the signs… Fall Train Show is coming up November 20th, the Sunday after Nationals.  This is our November Fundraiser and it is one of our best.  As usual, we need parent and student volunteers:

 

Parents:  Please visit the Fall Train Show sign up.  We need people for Set-up in Saturday evening.  On Sunday, we need folks at the gate, folks to cook, serve and cashier in the kitchen, folks to help the vendors set up, and someone to assist Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Thank you for signing up early!

 

Students:  There will be paper sign-ups in the Band Room.  Please sign up to help the vendors and for anything else the parent coordinators may need you to do to help us earn money for your Band Programs.  Thank you!

 

WWW.RAMBAND.COM:  As always, and if you lose these update emails, you can always access upcoming volunteer sign-ups for BPA Fundraisers on the RAMBAND homepage by hitting the Red Button, and you can access volunteer sign-ups for Operational events by hitting the Green Button.  All Charms emails are reprinted in recent Announcements.  Also check out the Marching Ram Band menu for schedules and scores, videos and other fun stuff.

 

Other dates of interest:

11/11/2016:       Pep Band and Veterans Ceremony at CHS Alumni Field

11/12/2016:       US Bands Nationals – MetLife, East Rutherford, NJ

12/1/2016:         Marching Ram Band Banquet:  6:00pm, Aqua Turf, Plantsville, CT

12/15/2016:       CHS Instrumental Winter Concert:  7:30pm, CHS Thorpe Auditorium

12/19/2016:       CHS Instrumental Winter Concert SNOW Date

1/14/2017:         Christmas Tree Pick-up Fundraiser


John L. Kuhner, K-12 Music Department Chairman
Cheshire Public Schools
Cheshire High School
525 South Main Street
Cheshire, CT 06410
Email:
jkuhner@cheshire.k12.ct.us
Phone: 203-250-2534
Fax: 203-250-2563

10-Nov-16: Volunteers Needed, New England Music Festival, Saturday, December 10

posted Nov 10, 2016, 7:44 AM by Mark Nowicki

Dear CHS Music Students:

Please consider volunteering to help the CHS Music Department host 1,000+ students who will be at CHS on Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., to participate in the New England Music Festival Association Solo & Ensemble Festival. We are looking for student assistance with monitoring adjudication rooms (proctors), as well as serving as guides, manning information tables, and selling concession items. If interested, please complete and submit the google form at your earliest convenience. You can apply your hours to extra credit or volunteer service hours. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Kuhner at jkuhner@cheshire.k12.ct.us.

 

https://docs.google.com/a/cheshire.k12.ct.us/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAefPQR7JT7eatjr4Kq16yZ-KMLy0bUbuA28LUWK5_Xoc-XA/viewform  

 

CHS BPA Parents:

 

The CHS BPA will be selling food items at a concession table in the CHS Front Foyer.  Also, about four parents are needed throughout the day to monitor visiting students throughout multiple classrooms in the school and in the Thorpe Auditorium.  We need your help!  Please sign up for a shift here.


John L. Kuhner, K-12 Music Department Chairman
Cheshire Public Schools
Cheshire High School
525 South Main Street
Cheshire, CT 06410
Email:
jkuhner@cheshire.k12.ct.us
Phone: 203-250-2534
Fax: 203-250-2563

9-Nov-16: CHSMRB Championship Info

posted Nov 9, 2016, 6:47 PM by Mark Nowicki   [ updated Nov 9, 2016, 6:51 PM ]

Dear CHSMRB Parents and Students,

 

Thank you for coming out last night to hear about the Nationals trip this weekend. As mentioned, here is the information you will need (and a form attached to order tickets, etc) in case you were not able to attend.  

 

We will depart the school at approximately 1 p.m. Lunch will be on the bus between 2 and 3 p.m. Subway orders can be placed for parents and students for lunch. Students are welcome to bring their own lunch. Please make sure water and snacks come with your student. It is a long day. We will be sure to give the students a time for a snack before they perform. We will have water on hand, but it is helpful to send your student prepared. 

 

Parent Spectator Bus Ticket

We have 14 seats left for the bus as of today. The tickets are $58.00 per person for the bus. Please see Mrs. Hendry Thursday night if you would like to purchase a ticket for the bus. 

 

Parent USBands Show Ticket               

Mrs. Hendry sold 100 tickets last night. We are able to get more from USBands that will arrive to by Friday. If you still want to purchase tickets in advance, they are $30.00 each. See Mrs. Hendry Thursday night if you would like to purchase a ticket in advance for the show. Mrs. Hendry will get your contact phone and give you hers so that she is able to get you the tickets before the show, either at the school Saturday or at the stadium later in the day. 

 

Student and Parent Dinner after the Show

We will have food brought to the stadium for the band to eat after they perform (approximately 8:30 p.m.). If your student and/or you and your family would like to have dinner with the band, the cost is $8.00 per person. Please see Mrs. Hendry on Thursday night if your student and/or family would like to participate in the dinner. You are welcome to pack a meal for your student. There are concessions at the stadium but we do not want to take a chance that there will not be adequate food available at that time of night. 

 

Mrs. Hendry will be at drop off at 6 p.m. and at pick up at 9 p.m. Thursday. Please email her at President@ramband.com if you are not able to connect with her tomorrow, Thursday, night.  

 

Please contact me anytime if you have any questions.  We look forward to a great weekend, capping off a tremendously successful, and enjoyable season, for the CHSMRB!


John L. Kuhner, K-12 Music Department Chairman
Cheshire Public Schools
Cheshire High School
525 South Main Street
Cheshire, CT 06410
Email:
jkuhner@cheshire.k12.ct.us
Phone: 203-250-2534
Fax: 203-250-2563

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