29-Aug-17: CHSBPA Fundraising Information

posted Aug 30, 2017, 4:26 AM by Mark Nowicki

Dear Parents,


Thank you to all that attended the Band Parents' Association season kick-off meeting on August 24th and thank you to Mr. Kuhner for giving us the time to meet with you.  It was great to see so many new faces and the return of our veteran parents. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet many of you personally and I look forward to continuing to meet more of you over the rest of the season.  I was very impressed to hear the run through of our Ram Band!  They have come so far already and I know you will continue to be amazed at what they do each week.  Ram Pride!!


For those of you who could not attend, the meeting slides are posted on www.ramband.com.  You might want to bookmark this site – we post a lot to it and it is a great resource.  Here are the links to the presentation and handouts:


Welcome Letter - President


BPA Parent Intro Meeting August 2017


Donation member drive-2017  2018


Fundraiser Activity Student Permission Form


As I outlined at the meeting, all parents of current band students are automatically Associate Members of the BPA and we need your volunteerism and fundraising talents!  This year, in lieu of membership dues, we are asking all parents to make tax-deductible donations to the CHSBPA in order to ensure that the program can continue to be offered without the need to charge higher participation fees or membership dues.  Please consider a donation and don't forget to check with your employer about matching gifts!  Use the link to the “Donation Member Drive” form above.


Our fundraising for the season is underway and we are that much closer to raising $32,000!

The 2nd Annual Car Show on August 26th was a success and we have some great feedback to make next year even better.  Thank you to all of the parents, and especially the students, for taking time on your Saturday to ensure we had a great show.  Stay tuned for an update later this week!


The Sponsorship Campaign is off to a good start.  We mailed letters to all last year's sponsors and advertisers (over 200 mailed) and we will be sending out another mailing soon.  Our sponsors are listed on the home page of the website.  It is a great time for students (and parents) to follow-up with the businesses who have received a letter and to approach a few on your own.  If every student sells $100-$200 dollars (that could be just ad in the program), we will get there in no time!! The form is available on the website homepage – just press the yellow button.  If you would like a copy of the sponsor request letter, please send me a note and I will send it to you.  I will be working with Mrs. Waitkus in the Music Office to get more information out to the students on businesses to approach.  In the meantime, if you have any questions on the campaign and who has received a letter, please email me!

Please have all donations, sponsorships and advertisers make their checks payable to the CHSBPA and make sure to include the form with the check.  Forms/checks can be placed in an envelope addressed to the BPA and dropped in the Forms Box in the band hallway or mailed to the CHSBPA, PO Box 463, Cheshire.  


Finally, I plan to have a Music In Motion kick-off meeting next week on Thursday, Sept 7 at 7:30pm in the band room.  I can share more details on the show and the roles that need to be filled.  We have just over one month until the show and there are several tasks that need to be completed in advance.  There are several ways you can help in advance or on the day of the show, either working with the BPA or supporting Mr. Kuhner with director’s hospitality and flow of the show.  Please sign up to help - and we are always looking for chairpersons!  The links to all of our fundraising volunteer sign-ups, including MiM, are accessible on the website,  just press the red button on the homepage, or link here:  http://www.ramband.com/fundraising/fundraiser-sign-up-file-cabinet.


Thank you all for your enthusiasm and support. If you have any questions about the BPA, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at president@ramband.com


Looking forward to a great year!




President, CHSBPA