Month: June 2019

A Few Reminders For This Week

wpid-wp-1435990104510Good morning!

I hope that you are all enjoying your weekend and looking forward to helping our community celebrate the 4th of July with our first public performance of the year, the Carrollton People’s Parade on July 4, 2019!  If you haven’t been intentional about drinking water, please start doing that now.  We need you hydrated to perform your best.

How to access Charms:

You can always access this information by visiting our quick link: www.chstrojanband.com/charms

Charms will allow you volunteer for events as well as allow your student to reaccess the music for this week’s parade “American Pride,” if they have misplaced their copy or need a new one for any reason.

What is Charms?

Charms is a Student Management System that the Carrollton High School Band Staff utilizes to maintain information about the band and its students. This robust system allows the band staff to easily track things like instrument and uniform assignments, submission of required forms and much more. For parents and students is allows you to update contact information, access secured practice materials, review trip accounts and again, so much more.

We encourage you to spend some time and explore and get familiar with this valuable resource.

There are several ways for you to access the Charms system:

  1. Log in directly by clicking on the “Charms Login” sub-link found under the “Charms” area of our website menu/navigation bar or click here: CHS Trojan Band Charms Login
  2. Log on via the charmsoffice.com website and hovering over  the “ENTER/LOGIN” link at the upper right and click  the “PARENT/STUDENT/MEMBERS” option
    • On the next screen enter the School Code: CHSTrojanBand and then click on the “Enter Charms” button.
    • This will bring up the main parent page, which will allow you to look at a copy of our calendar for your, email the staff, handouts and other files.
    • If you enter your child’s School ID Number (same as lunch account number etc.) in the Student Area Password area, another more detailed screen will open with even more options to view your student’s uniform assignments, music assignments, trip records, forms, inventory, etc.. Once you have first entered this ID number, you may create your own, unique password by clicking on the “keyhole” (Change Password). From this area, you can also make changes to your child’s student information page (such as updating phone numbers and email addresses if they change.

If you have any issues or questions about the Charms system, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Carr at christopher.carr@carrolltoncityschools.net

Week at a Glance:

  • Wednesday: parade practice: 8am – 11:00am band room.  We will go outside so please be prepared to be in the heat with sunglasses, hats, water bottles, etc.
  • Thursday:  – parade
    • 8:15 am – load instruments at the band room
    • 9 am – meet at Bank of the Ozarks (We do not take a bus)
    • 10 am – parade begins
    • Around 11:00am Pick up students following the parade in the Robinson Salvage (Old Kmart) parking lot.  It’s best to go ahead and park here after dropping off your child for the parade and meet us as we finish.

The Details:

Wednesday there will be a parade practice from 8-11am at the band room for all members.  As Mr. Carr always says, “On time is late and early is on time.”  Students will want to arrive at the band room with enough time to get their instrument out and be ready to begin practice promptly at 8am. Please make sure your student has some water!  It will be hot and muggy!  Something like the 1/2 gallon cooler pictured is good.  Don’t forget to label it with their name.

Thursday, July 4th, large instruments (drums, sousaphones, etc) will be loaded from the band room into the trailer at 8:15 AM.  Students needing to load their instruments need to be at the band room Thursday at 8:15 AM.  Once they have loaded their instrument then they will need to be dropped off at the Bank of the Ozarks (formerly Community Southern Bank)  just off the square at 201 Maple Street at 9 AM for parade staging.  Students who do not need to load their instrument can report directly to the staging area.  The parade is set to step off at 10 AM.  We are #21 in the parade, so our best estimate is that we will be finished around 11:00AM.  Students will need to be picked up at Robinson Salvage (the old Kmart) after the parade.

PARADE UNIFORM:

Students will be provided t-shirts to wear for the parade (handed out at the end of practice on Wednesday) and they should also wear their black band shorts.  *(Updated originally posted mistakenly) New band students will receive their shorts at rehearsal on Wednesday, returning students should use the ones given to them previously, or purchase a new pair for $15.00.  Students are permitted to wear sunglasses for this parade.  Sunglasses need to not detract from the decorum of the band.  4th of July themed or Trojan colors are acceptable but need to represent classic sunglasses and not something to draw attention.  Additionally, please wear sunscreen for the parade.  It will be hot and we will be in the sun as the parade route is not shaded.

Parade Volunteers:

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We need volunteers to man water stations.  Basically, your job would be to exchange water bottles with the staff as the band marches past you on Thursday morning.  The staff walks through the band and provides students with quick squirts of water to help them maintain their energy throughout the parade.  To volunteer visit the CHARMS CALENDAR and click on the colorful “hand” icon.  

 

The locations for water stations are listed on the volunteer page. Thank you in advance to participating in making our band the best it can be!

While you’re at it, we need volunteers on July 13 from 8:00am-11am.  We will have a booster workday to spend some time on the garage, booster storage room, and booster building to get everything ready for the upcoming season.

Band Camp is quickly approaching.  Have you been drinking water? If not, start now, you will thank me later.

  • July 15 – 19 from 8 am – 3 pm
  • July 22 – 26 from 8 am – 9 pm

If you have any questions, please make sure to contact Mr. Carr at: christopher.carr@carrolltoncityschools.net, or the Band Boosters at: chstrojanbands@gmail.com.

CHS Band Staff & Boosters

Charms Calendar Not Syncing

Good morning!

Just a quick follow up concerning the remind that sent out last night.  The syncing function for our Charms Calendar has stopped working.  Charms said that they are aware of the problem and their developers are working on it.  Until they get the functionality restored, please access the calendar via the charms website directly – CHARMS CALENDAR.

Here is a screen shot of this week’s schedule:

Monday                  Tuesday                 Wednesday            Thursday               Friday

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2019 Competition Schedule

Also, I would like to alert your attention to our competition schedule.  The newly added fall break and the location of our open Friday night has made planning our competition schedule more challenging than normal.  All of this information is on the calendar as well.  Please take a look at our competition dates:

Our first competition is on October 5 at Creekview HS.  Yes, this is the Saturday before our Fall Break.  This is a required event for all participants in our Trojan Marching Band.  Please plan ahead.  I do not know the itinerary for the day yet, but please plan on a full day.  We will rehearse some that morning before we depart for the competition.  *This is an SAT date.  You should still be able to test that morning here at CHS if this is the best date that works for you.   Other dates for the SAT during the first semester are August 24, November 2, and December 7.

The LoC, the competition here at Carrollton HS, is on October 12.  Yes, this is the Saturday after our Fall Break.  This is also a required event for all participants in our Trojan Marching Band, and we also need all parents to volunteer to work this day.  Please note that this is a date that we schedule for the same date annually so that our competition becomes a regular competition for bands to visit each year.  This was a date that was set before we knew the school calendar.  Assuming we will have a similar school calendar for the following school year, we will reconsider the date if necessary after this year’s competition.  We will be hosting many bands on our campus this day and we need everyone’s participation to host it right.  We do have a football game (all football games are required events) on Friday October 11 as well.  If you notice on the calendar, we will not rehearse the week of Fall Break until Friday before the game in an effort to allow families to make the most of that week.

Our final competition is on October 19 at Haralson County HS.  Again, please plan on the full day.  Our performance time will determine the daily itinerary and we will not know that until closer to the contest (usually about 1.5 weeks out).

The week following our final competition we do not have a football game (October 25 – the ACT is on October 26th, if that helps).  Since our weekends of the Fall Break included football games on each side, it made more sense to schedule our competitions this way in an effort to allow families to take advantage of our Friday night off and have a full weekend off.  Notice that the week’s schedule is very different from the rest of the calendar.  We will meet with our concert band classes to prepare for the upcoming concert and not rehearse on Thursday evening.   Again, trying to do what we can to be mindful of family time.

Thank you for looking ahead at your calendar and planning around these competition dates, because it is critical that we have 100% attendance to allow our students to perform their best.