Announcements

9-Apr-18: BPA Support for 2019 Ion Bank Cheshire Road Races

posted Apr 9, 2019, 3:40 PM by Mark Nowicki

Dear Band Parents:

 

Reminder:  The 2019 Ion Bank Cheshire Road Races will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019.  The BPA would like to support with at least 25 band parents – so far only eight have signed up.  You would be needed beginning at 7:30am for about 2 to 4 hours on Sunday morning.  For our volunteerism, the BPA will receive a modest donation from the Cheshire Road Races foundation.  Please click here to sign up!  Email or text me if you need assistance.

 

ImportantIf you are available, please do not delay signing up – the foundation needs to nail down their volunteer coverage immediately to ensure they have what they need on race day in just three weeks.

 

Thank you!

 

Regards,

Mark Nowicki

mnowicki@ix.netcom.com

203-572-2254

3-Apr-18: BPA Year to Date Financial Update

posted Apr 3, 2019, 5:11 PM by Mark Nowicki

April 3, 2019

 

Message from the Chairman of the Board, Laura Vuolo Rochford:

First and most importantly, I want to thank all the parents and students who have volunteered and participated in our fundraising activities this fiscal year. We just finished another successful Train Show. Your hard work and dedicated hours continue to help us achieve our goals and support the band! I continue to be so proud of the teamwork and volunteerism displayed this year.

 

If you recall, at the beginning of the school year, the BPA talked about the school budget and how important it is for the BPA to maximize its fundraising efforts to continue to provide grants to the program to help the school maintain the excellent program we have.  We had a commitment to grant $35,000 and not only did we achieve this, we were able to grant an additional $7,000 for the winter percussion program! Go Band Parents!! This truly helps the program and keeps parent cost for student participation in these programs down!

 

Next up, we will be granting scholarships for graduation seniors. Our budget for scholarships this year, including a few from our generous platinum sponsors, is $4,000.00. Stay tuned for the award recipient notification.

 

Our goals have not changed: to fund grants and scholarships for the program, to increase the net proceeds of our fundraisers, and to build back our reserves so that we can expand our grant capability and keep parent cost down.  We have made amazing strides this year thanks to your efforts.

 

If you have not already done so, please consider making a membership or other donation to the BPA – it is tax deductible!!! You can find the form or donate via PayPal via www.ramband.com. For those who have already donated, we thank you for your commitment!

 

Financial Update from the Treasurer, Peter Blagys:

We had a very successful year for fundraising. First is an updated summary of our fundraising net proceeds for the 2018/2019 year as of April 3, 2019. In addition, I have included a summary of the revenue versus expense for each fundraiser. Next, is a summary of the grant payments made to CHS to the Band Student Activity Account this year.

 

 If you have any questions about the financials, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or to any of the Board Members. A more detailed financial update will come out in May/June as we close out the fiscal year and gear up for 2019-2020.

 

 

 

 

Event

Proceeds

Expenses

Net Proceeds*

Board and Brush

$     515

$0.00

$     515

Sponsor/Donor Campaign

$18,014

$0.00

$18,014

Music In Motion

$29,312

($13,810)

$15,503

Fall Train Show

$14,388

($  7,140)

$  7,248

Christmas Tree Pick Up*

$13,339

($  1,267)

$12,072

Spring Train Show**

$12,831

($  7,800)

$  5,031

TOTAL to date

$88,399

($30,017)

$58,382

 

*expenses include PayPal fees

**expenses for Spring Train Show are estimated until all invoices received and paid

 

Month

Grant Amount

August

$4,250.00

September

$6,000.00

October

$6,000.00

November

$6,000.00

December

$6,000.00

January

$6.000.00

Expense for Hospitality*

$   834.00

TOTAL Grant Marching Band

$35,084.00

Winter Percussion

$7,000.00

Total Grant Commitment

$42,084.00

 

*Total grant for marching band includes expenses paid by BPA for hospitality at MiM

 

Message from the President, Ron Dellostritto:

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities: We are looking for new sub-chairs for next year’s fundraisers. It will come up fast. We have veteran chairs that will be happy to show you the ropes so please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Board to take on a sub-chair role now! All of our 2019-2020 Fundraising dates have been approved. Sign up early!

 

We will be kicking off the sponsor/donor campaign in the spring and need volunteers! Please contact Laura Rochford (chariman@ramband.com) or Sue Mellitt (secretary@ramband.com) if you can help out.

                                               

Sunday April 28, 2019: Volunteers needed at the ION Bank Half Marathon. ION Bank gives us a donation for our efforts. Every dollar counts!

 

Reminder: any student who volunteers for a BPA fundraiser will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card. The winner will be announced before the end of the school year. 

 

We will be having a fun new fundraiser Friday May 10, 2019 at Hawk Ridge Winery in Watertown, CT: Purse Bingo! Tickets are on sale for $45.00 (includes one glass of wine). Contact Elyse Lanzer (elanzer@ramband.com)  for tickets – check made out to CHSBPA or cash accepted.  Bring your own snacks or purchase at the winery. Stay tuned for more details but Save the Date and tell your friends!

 

Thank you for your continued support for our champions – the Marching Ram Band!!  

2-Apr-19: 2019 Ion Bank Cheshire Road Races Support

posted Apr 2, 2019, 9:34 AM by Mark Nowicki

Dear Band Parents:

 

The 2019 Ion Bank Cheshire Road Races will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019.

 

For the fourth year in a row, the CHS Band Parents’ Association will be partnering with the Ion Bank Cheshire Road Races foundation.  The foundation is in need of many community volunteers, for many reasons, but specifically for us to assist with road course traffic safety.  This is a very easy and fulfilling event whereby our parents are stationed in numerous places along the Half Marathon race route to encourage the runners as they pass, to make sure they run or turn in the correct direction along the route, to call for medical or other assistance if a runner is hurt or incapacitated, but most importantly, to direct community motorized road traffic so as to protect the competing runners.  This event is a very good way for our organization to give back to our Cheshire community.

 

You would be needed beginning about 7:30am for about 2 to 4 hours on Sunday morning.  No set-up, no break-down, no baking, no cooking… just people power… easier than anything we do for our own fundraisers throughout the year.  We would like to contribute at least 25 of our parents.  For our volunteerism, the BPA will receive a modest donation back from the Cheshire Road Races foundation.

 

Please click here to sign up!  If easier for you, simply email or text me to let me know you wish to volunteer.  Please provide me your preferred email address and your cellphone number so I can share that info with the road races foundation volunteer coordinator.

 

Important:  If you are willing and available, please do not delay signing up because the foundation needs to nail down their volunteer coverage as soon as possible to ensure they have what they need on race day in just four weeks.

 

Thank you!

 

Regards,

Mark Nowicki

mnowicki@ix.netcom.com

203-572-2254

22-Mar-19: Cheshire Train Show this weekend!

posted Mar 23, 2019, 6:15 AM by Mark Nowicki

Dear Band Parents and Students:

 

Cheshire Train Show this weekend!

 

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered for this Band Parents Association fundraiser.  We’re very close to meeting our requirements for manpower and material… we have just a few more areas we need additional help:

 

Easter Bunny:  Students… we need students… to wear the costume, and to do Easter crafts with the kids.  Sign up in the Band Room.  Kathy Emons will be doing photography – can we get another parent to help her?

 

Set-Up:  We need a few more parents Saturday afternoon, 3-5pm.

Break-Down:  We need a few more parents Sunday afternoon, 3-5pm.

Cooks:  Need two more parents for the Sunday PM shift.

 

Bakers:  We could always use more goodies to sell.  Bring them Sunday before 9:30am.

Beverages:  Could anyone donate a few more cases?  We need Sprite, Mt. Dew and Gatorade.  Bring them Saturday during Set-Up so we can get them in the refrigerator overnight, or Sunday cold before 9:30am.

 

Parents:  Sign up here!  If you need help signing up, please call or text me at 203-572-2254.

Students:  Sign-up sheets are still hanging in the Band Room.  See Mrs. Meyers at the show to get your Community Service hours signed off.

 

Thanks again!

Go Ram Band, and Winter Percussion, and Winter Guard!

 

Regards,

Mark Nowicki

 

PS:  Coming up in late April, the BPA will be supporting the Cheshire Road Races Half Marathon Road course.  We’ve done this for the last four years, providing much needed manpower – safety monitors along the Half Marathon course.  We usually support with about 15 parents.  Very easy.  Please sign up here!  The race is Sunday, April 28th, from about 7:30am until no later than noon.

13-Mar-19: Cheshire Train Show is March 24th, less than two weeks away!

posted Mar 23, 2019, 6:14 AM by Mark Nowicki

Dear Band Parents and Students:

 

Cheshire Train Show is March 24th, less than two weeks away!

 

Our show promoter, Mr. Kotulski, has already lined up three full rooms of vendors again for this show, and more keep calling him, and me.  The Cheshire Train Show is a huge deal for us – Cheshire is on the map with all the avid Model Railroaders, the premier show in and around Connecticut.  They love our hospitality, we love them, and they keep coming back for more.  We need to be ready!

 

Thank you to the parents who have signed up, but we are still short of volunteers.  For students, the sign-up sheets are posted in the Band Room.  Please come help for a few hours or donate supplies.

 

Listed below are the parent areas where we still need help.  Critical tasks are the Saturday Set Up and Sunday Break Down for just a couple hours each, but all the tasks during the show are important as well.  Please sign up here!  If you need help signing up, please call or text me at 203-572-2254.

 

Task for Show

Requirement

Signed Up

Needed

Chairperson

1

0

1

Facilities Set Up:  Saturday afternoon

10

4

6

Money Pit Assistant

2

1 (pm only)

1 (am & pm)

Entertainment Coordinator

1

0

1

Admissions Gate (Afternoon)

2

0

2

Kitchen Cook (Afternoon)

3

1

2

Kitchen Servers (Morning)

3

0

3

Bake Sale and Retail Sales (Morning)

2

1

1

Bake Sale and Retail Sales (Afternoon)

2

1

1

Facilities Break Down:  Sunday afternoon

10

1

9

 

Supplies for Show

Requirement

Signed Up

Needed

Baked Goods

UNLIMITED

2

UNLIMITED

Beverages (12 pack Coke)

6

0

6

Beverages (12 pack Diet Coke)

3

1

2

Beverages (12 pack Sprite)

6

1

5

Beverages (12 pack Mt. Dew)

4

0

4

Beverages (12 pack Gatorade)

5

0

5

 

BAKERS:  THANK YOU to those who have signed up to bring in donated baked goods.  We need much more to sell.  Please sign up and then consult these baking guidelines.

 

Working together we expect to clear about $6,000 or so on this fundraiser which will help defray the cost of the two Winter Programs this season and Marching Band next season.  Thank you for your support.

 

Go Ram Band!

 

Regards,

Mark Nowicki

4-Mar-19: Spring Train Show will be on Sunday, March 24th… three weeks out!

posted Mar 4, 2019, 3:32 PM by Mark Nowicki

Greetings Band Parents and Students:

 

Spring Train Show will be on Sunday, March 24th… three weeks out!

 

It’s time to put on another great show to raise funds to support the Marching Ram Band and extracurricular Winter Programs… it’s our final major fundraiser of the school year.  Please click here to learn all about this fundraiser.

 

Advertise:  Please circulate this flyer.  The flyer can also be found on www.ramband.com by clicking the Train on the homepage.  Please help.  Spread the word!

 

<< I need someone to help me put out our Train Show signs on Saturday, March 9th, late-morning.  Please give me a call if you can help.  A couple hours at most. >>

 

Parents:  Please visit the Train Show Sign Up to volunteer.  We need about 30-40 parents for just a few hours each shift throughout the weekend to put on the show.  There are a variety of shifts and numerous roles to fill – cooks, servers and cashiers in the kitchen, gate admissions, bake sale workers – please sign up for one that works for you.  We need BIG HELP with Setup and Breakdown… floors and tables… many hands make light work.  We are also asking for Beverage donations, an easy way to pitch in if you are unable to volunteer your time.

 

Students:  Paper sign-up sheets will be posted soon in the Band Room.  We need vendor assistants, Saturday setup and Sunday breakdown helpers, and we need volunteers to dress up as and assist the Easter Bunny.  You will earn community service time, and remember, students who volunteer for BPA fundraisers during the year will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card at the end of the school year.  Please sign up as soon as possible.

 

Bake Sale:  There will be a Bake Sale, our third and final one of the year.  We make 100% profit on donated baked goods, but we need baked goods to sell.  Bake for us… it’s another way to pitch in if you are unable to volunteer your time during the show.  Please sign up on the Train Show Sign Up.  Bring your tray or basket of goodies to the show by 9:00am on Sunday morning.  Consult these baking guidelines.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me.

 

Thank you!

Go Ram Band!

 

Warmest regards,

Mark Nowicki

203-572-2254

mnowicki@ix.netcom.com

3-Jan-19: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Christmas Tree Pickup

posted Jan 3, 2019, 11:46 AM by Mark Nowicki

Dear RAMBAND Students and Parents:

 

Happy New Year!

 

Reminder... our annual Christmas Tree Pickup fundraiser will be held Saturday, January 12th, 2019.

 

We’re doing very well with pre-orders – we already have over 425 trees scheduled to pick up, and based on history, we expect to have over 700 trees for pickup on collection day.  I’ll be happy if we break last year’s mark which was 712!  750 would be a nice target to hit!

 

  • For collection day, we still need some manpower to bring in the trees.  We have enough band parents to drive the four rental trucks, but we still need more student and parent volunteers as hauler crews for those trucks.  We will be dispatching trucks from the Cornerstone Church on Waterbury Road again this year beginning at 7:00am.  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.  Hopefully we will be finished by around 1:00pm, earlier if we get a few more volunteer personal utility vehicles.  Students who sign up will earn community service credit hours.  Volunteer by clicking here. 


  • If you haven't done so already, place your own tree pickup order.  For ON-LINE ordering, click the TREE on www.ramband.com, or click here.  If you wish to use the hardcopy MAIL-IN form, get it by clicking here, fill it out and mail it in, but act quickly if you use MAIL-IN forms to account for mail delivery delays.  You can also call the Tree Line at (203) 718-6721, or email treepickup@ramband.com.  Donations may be made by credit or debit card using PayPal by clicking the “Donate” button on the homepage, or by mailing a personal check.

 

  • Lastly, help us spread the word!  Talk with your family, friends, neighbors and associates who live in Cheshire to advertise by word of mouth for our service fundraiser.  Direct them to www.ramband.com to place their order.

 

Cheers and Thanks!

 

Regards,

Mark Nowicki

CHSBPA Tree Pickup Chairman

15-Nov-18: CHSMRB Banquet Parent Table Seating Sign-Up

posted Nov 15, 2018, 11:49 AM by Mark Nowicki   [ updated Nov 15, 2018, 11:50 AM ]

Dear CHSMRB Parents,

 

In preparation for our upcoming CHSMRB Banquet on Tuesday, November 27, 6-10 p.m. at Aria, we ask that you sign-up for parent table seating at the following link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949aca92babfd0-chsmrb1 

 

Please note:  This sign-up is for parents and family members only.  The participating marching band students have already signed up for table seating.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me anytime.

 

Thanks,

 

Mr. K.

14-Nov-18: CHSBPA Train Show: Volunteers Still Needed

posted Nov 14, 2018, 7:24 AM by Mark Nowicki

Dear Band Parents and Students:

 

Train Show is this weekend!  Volunteers are still needed!

 

We’re getting close to show time.  Our promoter, Mr. Kotulski, has sold out our show… 1,600 feet of vendor tablespace.  We’re at max capacity – woo hoo!  That’s a lot of tables to move around and set up… 224 to be exact.  We need to prepare the spaces for the show. 

 

MANPOWER:  Set-up is on Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm, and break-down right after the show at 3:00pm on Sunday.  With enough manpower we can easily get this done within a couple hours.  Thank you to those who have signed up.  We need more workers!  Bring your work gloves!  Bring your student!

 

SUPPLIES:  Thank you to those who have signed up to bring in donated baked goods or beverages.  We make 100% profit on our baked goods.  We need more cookies and other goodies.  More bakers please!  Consult these baking guidelines.

 

Listed below are the areas we still need help.  Sign Up Here! 

 

Task for Show

Requirement

Signed Up

Needed

Chairperson

1

0

1

Sub Chair: Logistics

1

0

1

Sub Chair: Food Concessions

1

0

1

Facilities Set Up:  Saturday afternoon

15

7

8

Kitchen Cook (Afternoon)

3

2

1

Facilities Breakdown:  Sunday afternoon

15

7

8

Recover Signage after show

1

0

1

 

Supplies for Show

Requirement

Signed Up

Needed

Bakers

UNLIMITED

8

UNLIMITED

Beverages (12 pack Coke)

4

3

1

Beverages (12 pack Gatorade)

4

2

2

 

If you need help signing up, please call or text me at 203-572-2254.  Student paper sign-ups are in the Band Room.

 

Go Ram Band!

Regards,

Mark Nowicki


6-Nov-18: CHSBPA Spectator Bus for National's

posted Nov 6, 2018, 10:22 AM by Mark Nowicki

REMINDER –

 

There are still seats available on the spectator bus for the National’s Competition this Saturday, November 10th to take any parents, friends, family, etc. from CHS to Metlife Stadium.  It looks like the buses will arrive at CHS and be ready to load at NOON – we will load and depart at the same time as the students.  The bus will stay at Metlife for the duration, we will have access to the bus throughout the day so you will be able to leave items on the bus.  Please feel free to pack meals, snacks, etc. 

 

Please contact me at sue.mellitt@macdermid.com or 203-577-8914 this is first come first serve.  You can also see me at parent pick up tonight after rehearsal.  The price for each seat is $60.00 - Cash or check payable to Sue Mellitt. 

 

Let someone else do the driving so you can enjoy the competition!  Thank you and Go Ram Band!

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