Mark Nowicki, Sun 8/2/2015
Dear Marching Ram Band Parents and Students:
Welcome again to the 2015-2016 school year at Cheshire High School. This is the second letter we are sending to kick off the new Band Programs season.
A primary goal of the new BPA Board of Directors is to improve communication and attempt to be more transparent with the business of the Band Parents Association (BPA). More on that from Laura in future correspondence. The BPA maintains a website: www.ramband.com. I am happy to report that we successfully rebuilt the website on the Google Sites platform and pointed it to our ramband.com domain this morning, completely replacing the old site. I am the Webmaster – my first such project. There is much more content to put up, and I still need to figure out how to revise Google Search criteria and other settling in stuff, but the new site is up and running. If anyone is interested in publishing content to the site, please let me know. I’ll be happy to post select pictures and hope to post links to performance videos on the site during the competition season. Our goal is to once again have a robust website to which you will all want to go to as your first stop for current CHS Band Programs and Guard information.
We will continue to partner with the Band Director and use the Charms web-service as our database of record, and to originate information (emails) from Charms to you. If you are not receiving emails to your desired address, please check that your email address is correct in Charms. Your student has access and is required by the Band Director to update Charms at the beginning of the school year, so please help us help you by having your student update his or her profile to include YOUR new or revised preferred contact information. Lastly, if you use one, please check your spam folder settings and add CharmsEmailSender@charmsmusic.com to the safe recipient list so Charms emails will get through.
Now, on to the business of this letter. There are several forms accompanying this letter. They have already been posted individually to the BPA website - go find them, and take a tour of the new site while you’re at it. Forms are very important, and a necessary evil at the beginning of every season.
Forms and payments are due on August 17th, 2015, the first day of Band Camp. We already have at least one volunteer band parent ready to accompany Mrs. Waitkus by the Lock Box to take custody of your envelope and check your child’s name off the list. The forms packet can be mailed in as well, however, we highly recommend you save yourself postage and request that you hand deliver them securely on August 17th where they can be quickly reviewed for completeness.
Photography day is Thursday, August 20th, 8:30am through 1pm. Band Camp follows. Photo sessions will be done by Section, so your child will not be required to be in attendance all morning. The Band Director will promulgate a Section photography schedule by early in the first week of Band Camp. The Quartermaster’s will be doing uniform fittings during the week to prepare for photography day so your student may be asked to come in early one of the days prior.
Here is a recap of upcoming pre-season dates and activities. You can also see this information in the calendars or upcoming event sections in either Charms or at www.ramband.com.
We look forward to an exciting season and hope to see you often.
Secretary, CHS BPA
For the President and BPA Board of Directors