Monday, November 22, 2010

Announcements and updates - please read

Please read the following information for the latest announcements and updates concerning our fine arts groups:

** We do not rehearse this Friday - a traditional week off for Thanksgiving. We will resume rehearsals on December 3rd and need everyone to attend the final rehearsals.

** There will be a recital on Friday, December 17th, beginning at 10:30am. This will be our last day to meet for the semester. There were so many conflicts that led to the decision to have the groups perform on a rehearsal day, rather than our traditional evening recital. The kids will need to be there earlier for tuning and warming up - each director will let the groups know what time to arrive on the 17th.

** For those in choir, Mr. Gaskin is returning to direct your group. As many of you are aware, he had surgery and needed more time to recover than originally thought. Thanks to Mrs. Laytimi for filling in for Mr. Gaskin in his absence.

** For those interested, we traditionally bring cookies/candy/baked item/etc. to the directors on the final day we meet, which is December 17th. I will send out a reminder on that when we get closer to that date.

** Second semester will being on January 7th.

** For those interested in competitions this year: the deadline to join the National Federation of Music Clubs is quickly approaching. They offer a nice competition for kids in many areas, in music, dance, poetry, essay writing, etc. If you have interest in this, let me know ASAP so I can get you the necessary forms. It is a friendly and affordable competition, many of our students have participated and enjoyed the experience. The competition takes place on March 5th, in Lawrence. There are many levels of competition - this isn't just for the student that has been playing for years.

** Those that want to compete at the Blue Ridge Festival, information will be sent out as soon as I receive it.

I look forward to seeing you at the recital on the 17th. The kids have worked hard and are sounding great.

If you have any questions, please email or call me - - 785-841-6308. Check the Encore site for updates and announcements. That will be the place to check for weather related cancellations -

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!