Announcements

8-Jan-18: CHSBPA Tree Pick-Up

posted Jan 8, 2018, 3:43 PM by Mark Nowicki

Dear RAMBAND Students and Parents:

 

Reminder... our annual Christmas Tree Pickup fundraiser will be this Saturday, January 13th, 2018.

 

We’re doing very well with pre-orders – we already have over 500 trees to pick up, and as the procrastinators place their orders this final week, we expect to exceed 650 trees for pickup by this weekend which will be about on par with last year.  This has turned out to be a very reliable fundraiser for us.

 

·         For collection day, we still need some volunteers.  We have enough band parents to drive the rental trucks, but we could still use student and parent hauler crews for those trucks.  For parents, if you have a personal utility vehicle, we would be happy to have you take a route or two to pick up some trees.  We will be dispatching trucks from the Cornerstone Church on Waterbury Road this year beginning at 7:00am, and hopefully we will be done by 1:00pm.  Students who sign up will earn community service credit hours.  Volunteer by clicking here

 

·         Help us spread the word!  Talk with your family, friends, neighbors and associates who live in Cheshire and let them know about our fundraiser.  Direct them to www.ramband.com to place their order.

 

·         Lastly, if you haven't done so already, place your own tree pick-up order.  For on-line pre-ordering, click the tree on www.ramband.com, or click here.  If you wish to use the hardcopy form – get it by clicking here, fill it out and mail it in, but act quickly to account for mailing transit times.  You can also call the Tree Line at (203) 718-6721, or email treepickup@ramband.com.  Donations may be made using either PayPal or by personal check.

 

Thanks and Cheers!

 

Mark Nowicki

CHSBPA Tree Pickup Chairman


 
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

19-Dec-17: CHSBPA Christmas Tree Pickup

posted Jan 7, 2018, 4:23 PM by Mark Nowicki

Dear RAMBAND Students and Parents:

 

This is notice of an upcoming CHS Band Parents’ Association fundraiser.  Our annual Christmas Tree Pickup will be executed on Saturday, January 13th, 2018.

 

WHAT IS IT?

 

We need band student and parent participation in three ways:

 

1. Advertise:  Spread the word!  We have signs, brochures, newspaper ads, press releases, and our historical database, but our very best way to increase the number of trees we collect is advertisement by word of mouth.  Talk with your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers who live in Cheshire and let them know about our annual service fundraiser.  Direct them to ramband.com to click the tree to place their on-line order.  It’s a small donation to have their tree picked up, but they can also use this as an opportunity to make an open donation.  This is the only fundraiser during the year that we reach out directly to our fellow Cheshire residents for donations.  Even if they don’t have a tree to be picked up, and many don’t, they can still donate to our cause.

 

2.  Place your own tree pick-up order:  We use an on-line ordering process.  Click the tree on ramband.com, or click here.  Your order will automatically upload to our tree database.  Or you can use the hardcopy form found here… print it, fill it out, and mail it in.  You can also call the Tree Line at (203) 718-6721 or email treepickup@ramband.com.  For donations… we now have a PayPal account!  The “Donate” button is on ramband.com.  Donations may be made using either PayPal or by personal check.

 

3.  Volunteer to work on pick-up day:  On the day of the collection, we need a workforce to bring in the trees.  We will rent four box trucks which will need drivers and parent-student work teams.  Parents may also bring and use their own personal utility vehicles – the more pickup trucks we can get, the quicker the collection will be.  All trees are delivered to the old landfill on Waterbury Road.  Volunteer by clicking the sign-up here, or you can find the link on the website by hitting the red volunteer button.  Please commit early so we know well in advance that we have the workforce we will need on January 13th.  Students who sign up will earn community service credit hours.

 

It’s been a great year!  Congratulations to the Marching Ram Band for another fine championship winning season!  After the Tree Pickup fundraiser, we can look forward to the Spring Train Show in early March, Ion Bank Cheshire Road Races support in late April, and then our annual fundraising cycle will begin again with kick-off of the 2018 Sponsorship Campaign in May.  Thank you to all of the parents and students who support our fundraisers to reduce our cost to field our CHS Marching Ram Band.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Regards,

Mark Nowicki

CHSBPA Tree Pickup Chairman


 
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

13-Nov-17: CHSBPA Train Show

posted Nov 13, 2017, 5:09 PM by Mark Nowicki   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 5:11 PM ]

Dear Band Parents and Students:

 

Congratulations on your awesome performance at Nationals on Saturday -- so proud of our CHS Ram Band!

 

Now is the time to think about our Train Show fundraiser this coming Sunday, November 19th.  We need volunteers!

 

FALL TRAIN SHOW

 

All Aboard!  The Fall Train Show is coming up November 19th, the Sunday after National, chaired by Sue Mellitt.  This is our November Fundraiser and it is one of our best.  We do need parent and student volunteers:

 

Parents:  Please visit the Fall Train Show signup.  We need parents and students for set-up on Saturday evening.  On Sunday, we need cooks, servers and cashiers in the kitchen, ticketing at the gate, a coordinator to assist the train vendors with set up, and someone to assist Santa and Mrs. Claus.  We are also asking for donations of water, soda and Gatorade -- this is an easy way to help.  Please sign up early!  Lastly -- Bake Sale -- we sell baked goods at our Train Shows.  Please bring a tray of goodies -- we make 100% profit for the band.  Please follow these guidelines.

 

Students:  There are paper sign-ups in the Band Room.  You can earn community service hours and new this year - for any block of hours that you volunteer at a BPA event throughout the year, you will be entered into a raffle drawing for a $100 gift card at the end of the school year.  Please sign up to help the vendors set up and break down, take their food orders, and to do anything else the parent coordinators may need you to do to help us run the fundraiser and earn money for your Band Programs.  Thank you!

 

As always, you can always easily access all correspondence in the Recent Announcements section on the home page www.ramband.com, and access all volunteer sign-ups for upcoming BPA Fundraisers by clicking the red Volunteer button.  Check out the Marching Ram Band tab for schedules, scores, videos and other fun stuff, including our historical archive.  There's loads of information about the Band Parents' Association and the Ram Band on our website.  Check it out!

 

If you have any questions, please contact Sue Mellitt sue.mellitt@macdermid.com or 203-577-8914.  I look forward to see you next weekend!

 

Thank you for all you do for our students and Go Ram Band!

 

Sue Mellitt

10-Nov-17: CHSMRB National Championship Reminders

posted Nov 10, 2017, 8:44 PM by Mark Nowicki

All,

 

Here are some important reminders of the day tomorrow.

 

1.  Dress warmly!  Thermals, heavy coat, sweaters-sweatshirts/sweatpants, dress in layers, hat, gloves, boots, blankets, hand/foot warmers, etc.  

2.  Bring Gatorade/Powerade, water, etc.  Make sure to stay hydrated!

3.  Bring uniform pants, black socks, marching shoes, gloves, guard costume, guard shoes, guard gloves, etc. 

4.  Bring your instrument, equipment, extra reeds, mouthpiece, valve oil, etc.

5.  Bring lunch (or subway)

6.  Pizza provided for dinner (or bring dinner)

7.  Bring money for concessions

8.  Note who your bus group captain is and who your chaperone is so you can meet by bus subgroups for wristbands & pizza distribution, etc.

 

Here is the schedule.

 

Saturday, November 11, 2017, US Bands National Championship MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
8:45 a.m. Report
9:00 a.m. Rehearsal on Main Turf Field
11:30 a.m. Load Trucks (Chaperones & Pit Crew Report)
12:00 p.m. Load Buses - Chaperones, please take attendance on buses
1:00 p.m. Depart CHS (Lunch on bus/Subway order or bring your own)
3:00 p.m. Arrive MetLife Stadium
3:30 p.m. Enter Stadium, Bathrooms, etc.
3:59 p.m. Watch Old Bridge Performance
4:13 p.m. Watch North Penn Performance
4:25 p.m. Exit Stadium
5:00 p.m. Dinner (Pizza-provided or Bring Your Own)
5:45 p.m. Change Into Uniforms
6:30 p.m. Warm-Up
8:32 p.m. Gate Time
8:47 p.m. Performance Time
Group Photos

Return to Buses/Change out of uniforms

Re-Enter stadium as a group

Watch Group 6 Finals performances - concessions - stay with the group in stadium seating area.

11:55 p.m. Awards
Approx. 12:30 a.m. Exit Stadium
Approx. 12:45 a.m. Load Buses/Depart - Chaperones, please take attendance on buses
Approx. 3:00 a.m. Arrive CHS/Put all instruments away, Clean up Band Room, Instrument Room, Pit Room, Guard Room, Hallways, Outside, etc., Attendance/Announcements/Dismissal



...Looking forward to a great day tomorrow!  



If you have any questions, please contact me anytime.



Mr. K.

9-Nov-17: Band Parent Spectator Bus for MetLife Nationals

posted Nov 9, 2017, 3:56 PM by Mark Nowicki

Dear Band Parents:

 

There are still tickets available for the spectator bus for this Saturday to take up to 56 parents to and from CHS and MetLife Stadium.  Bus will arrive at CHS at noon to load and we will depart with the band at approximately 1:00 p.m.  To sign-up to take the bus, please see Sue Mellitt at rehearsal tonight (between 8:15 and 8:45pm.  The price for each seat is $45.00 - Cash or check payable to CHSBPA.  Please contact Sue sue.mellitt@macdermid.com or 203-577-8914 if you have any questions.

 

Thank you and Go Ram Band!

9-Nov-17: US Bands MetLife Nationals Cold Weather Plan

posted Nov 9, 2017, 3:50 PM by Mark Nowicki   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 3:52 PM ]

All,

 

Attached, please find the US Bands Cold Weather Plan for Saturday.  

 

Please be prepared with lots of layers, boots, gloves, hats, heavy coats, scarves, hand warmers, etc. for the times we are not performing or in warm-up areas.

 

Thanks!

 

Mr. K.
John L. Kuhner, K-12 Music Department Chairman

6-Nov-17: Spectator Bus to MetLife

posted Nov 6, 2017, 6:38 AM by Mark Nowicki

Dear Band Parents:

 

Welcome to Nationals week!  I know you are looking forward to seeing the Ram Band perform on the field at MetLife!   They will amaze you as they always do.  Details will continue to come from Mr. Kuhner, but I wanted to share info regarding an option for parents to take a bus to the stadium on Saturday.

The BPA has contracted a bus for this Saturday to take up to 56 parents to and from CHS and MetLife Stadium.  To sign-up to take the bus, please see Sue Mellitt at rehearsal tomorrownight (between 8:15 and 8:45pm).  As we do every year, the seats are sold in person first come first serve.  The price for each seat is $45.00.  Please bring cash or check (made payable to CHSBPA) with you, or send it with your student if need be, to purchase a seat.

If we do not sell out the bus tomorrow night, we will be at the school again Thursday night to offer the opportunity to ride the bus and will send a note out to let you know.  If you have any questions, please let me or Sue Mellitt know.  Please note that we cannot hold or reserve for anyone as we need to be fair to all parents who may want to ride the bus.  If you have an issue getting to the school tomorrow and you would like to purchase a ticket, send your student in with the money and have them see Sue.

 

Thank you and Go Ram Band!

Laura Vuolo Hendry
President, CHS Band Parents' Association, Inc.

31-Oct-17: Fall Train Show

posted Oct 31, 2017, 7:55 PM by Mark Nowicki   [ updated Oct 31, 2017, 8:03 PM ]

Dear Band Parents and Students:

 

Congratulations on the stellar performance and placement at New England States, Ram Band! 

 

November is a busy month as the Marching Ram Band and Color Guard competitive season wraps up, but please don’t forget that we have our Train Show fundraiser tucked into the weekend after Nationals and just before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Please visit the Fundraising page on www.ramband.com for the schedule of events for the year for and a listing of committee chairmen.  For newer parents, please consider which event or committee you could volunteer to chair in the future to relieve a senior/graduating parent after the 2017 season.

 

FALL TRAIN SHOW

 

All Aboard!  Fall Train Show is coming up November 19th, the Sunday after National, chaired by Sue Mellitt.  This is our November Fundraiser and it is one of our best.  We do need parent and student volunteers:

 

Parents:  Please visit the Fall Train Show sign up.  We need parents and students for set-up on Saturday evening.  On Sunday, we need cooks, servers and cashiers in the kitchen, ticketing at the gate, a coordinator to assist the train vendors with set up, and someone to assist Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Please sign up early!  Lastly – Bake Sale – we sell baked goods at our Train Shows.  Please bring a tray of goodies – we make 100% profit for the band.  Please follow these guidelines.

 

Students:  There will be paper sign-ups in the Band Room.  You can earn community service credits.  Please sign up to help the vendors set up and break down, take their food orders, and to do anything else the parent coordinators may need you to do to help us run the fundraiser and earn money for your Band Programs.  Thank you!

 

As always, and if you lose these fundraiser update or other BPA emails, you can always easily access all correspondence in the Recent Announcements section on the home page www.ramband.com, and access all volunteer sign-ups for upcoming BPA Fundraisers by clicking the red Volunteer button.  Check out the Marching Ram Band tab for schedules, scores, videos and other fun stuff, including our historical archive.  There’s loads of information about the Band Parents’ Association and the Ram Band on our website.  Check it out!

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. 

 

Thank you and Go Ram Band!


 
John L. Kuhner, K-12 Music Department Chairman

26-Oct-17: US Bands National Championship Tickets

posted Oct 27, 2017, 6:30 AM by Mark Nowicki

Greetings CHSMRB Parents and Students,

 

Attached, please find a US Bands National Championship ticket order form.  Please contact me or Sandy Waitkus if you have any questions.

 

Thanks!

 

Mr. K.
 
John L. Kuhner, K-12 Music Department Chairman

20-Oct-17: October BPA Financial Update

posted Oct 20, 2017, 6:24 AM by Mark Nowicki   [ updated Oct 20, 2017, 10:05 AM ]

Dear Band Parents and Members,


Happy Fall!  It is hard to believe we are almost through October and the band is getting close to taking the field at MetLife Stadium!  What a great season for the RamBand!!

I wanted to give you a brief financial update based on the fundraisers year to date.  First, I want to thank all the parents and students who have worked so hard and have taken our need for fundraising to support the program to heart.  We could not do this without you!  From donating, to sponsoring, to getting ads, to working hours at one of our fundraising events - I am very happy to report your commitment and teamwork has paid off.  THANK YOU!

Below is an overall revenue, expense and net proceeds summary for our fundraisers to date.  We are still waiting for a few of the invoices to come in for MiM, but the total expense column includes an estimate of those expenses based on prior year actuals.  The MiM team did an amazing job controlling expenses to maximize proceeds and then hosting a great show.  It was a major improvement over last year.  We are tracking well with 3 major fundraisers left.  WOW!


 

Gross

Revenue

Total

Expenses

Net

Proceeds

Car Show

$1,844.68

$(778.59)

$1,066.09

Sponsor Campaign*

$11,505.00

$(1,784.25)

$9,720.75

Member/Donor Drive

$6,680.00

$0.00

$6,680.00

Music In Motion Total**

$25,825.70

$(9,902.27)

$15,923.43

TOTAL YTD

$45,855.38

$(12,465.11)

$33,390.27

 

Music In Motion Breakdown by major category

Food/Food Equipment

$11,848.00

$(4,020.54)

$7,827.46

Gate

$11,023.95

$0.00

$11,023.95

Logistics

$0.00

$(4,821.00)

$(4,821.00)

Retail

$860.75

$(407.23)

$453.52

Bake Sale

$686.00

$0.00

$686.00

50/50

$1,307.00

$(653.50)

$653.50

Donations

$100.00

$0.00

$100.00

 

$25,825.70

$(9,902.27)

$15,923.43

*Total expense is printing cost for program book (325 count)

**Includes estimates for invoices not yet received (police, custodian, waste)


If you would like to see the full detailed breakdown for each area in MiM, please click here: MIM Revenue Expense Detail.   If you have any trouble with the link, email me and I will send you a copy.


The team held their wrap up meeting to go over lessons learned and ideas for improvement.  You are still able to provide your feedback through this quick survey: MIM 2017 Parent Feedback Survey.

The Car Show breakdown was shared with you earlier in the season.  The change to note is in the expense column as we received the invoice for the CHS custodian this week for $232.30.

The Sponsor Campaign did well this year.  The only expense is for the printing of the MiM Program.  A special thank you to Sue Pepper for all of the continued follow-up with the potential sponsors.  We are still receiving checks but this campaign concluded with the printing of the book and I expect we will stop receiving donations until we rev up again in the spring.

The Member/Donor drive will continue throughout the year – we do not have any expenses for this!  We raised over $1,000 more than we have in the last several years collecting dues.  Thank you to the members who contributed!  All our sponsors, member/donors, and purchasers of ads have been listed on the website (thank you Mark!).  Check it out at www.ramband.com.   A letter from the BPA will be mailed to you before the end of the calendar year to use for tax purposes.

As I explained at the Band Parent meeting in August, the BPA committed to a grant of $32,000 dollars for the marching band season.  Our major goals this year, in addition to improving our overall fundraising performance, are to fund the grant and scholarships for the seniors as well as build back some of our reserve funds to be able to support future grants.  I think we are on track to deliver these goals.  We have made two grant payments to date.  The grants are paid to CHS at the end of the month and another payment will be made at the end of October.


Here is a summary of the grants YTD:

Grant Committed for 2017/2018                       $32,000.00

Grant Paid YTD                                                     $(11,000.00)

Remainder to be granted before 12/31/17     $21,000.00


We have the Fall Train Show and the Christmas Tree Pick-up coming up right around the corner.  Let’s keep the momentum and teamwork up to knock these out of the park!  Please visit the Fundraiser Sign-Up on the website to volunteer.


I want to personally thank you for all of your hard work and generosity.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on the information presented in this letter.

Go Ram Band!

Laura

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