Our Winter Concert will take place Thursday, January 12 at 5:45pm. Students need to arrive at 5:30. Students should not arrive prior to 5:25 as my parent helpers will not be arriving until 5:25. When students arrive they will be lining up and standing on the risers until the concert begins. The earlier your child arrives the longer they will be standing. The concert should be approximately 30 minutes.
The concert will take place at Bay Port High School in the PAC (Auditorium). Students and parents may enter the building through the PAC doors. Once inside the building students should follow the signs and report directly backstage to line-up on the risers. Guests will not be able to seat themselves until 5:25 - please plan accordingly. If you arrive early I ask that you wait in the commons so that you do not block the main entrance to the building that students and guests will be using. People congregating in front of the main doors to the PAC makes it difficult for the students to find their way back stage.
Concerts at this age serve many purposes. First and foremost concerts provide students with the opportunity to show their parents and loved ones all the things they have been learning about and practicing in choir. It is their time to 'show off' all they have learned. Concerts also serve as a learning opportunity. Students get to learn and practice stage presence and concert etiquette. Lastly, concerts also serve as an assessment. All students will be assessed on the following 2 standards:
- Demonstrates knowledge of performance technique.
- Performs as an effective member of an ensemble, with appropriate attention to the conductor.
Yes. All students are expected to attend concerts since concerts serve as an assessment. Concerts are a natural part of being in a performing group. It is the equivalent of a final exam. This is where everything we have been working on for 2 quarters finally comes together and the students have the opportunity to apply and share everything they have learned.
The only exceptions to this expectation is if your child is ill, there is a family emergency, or family vacation. Sports practices / competitions are not considered excuses for missing a concert. If your child can not make the concert it is the responsibility of the parent to provide me with communication explaining why your child will not be at the concert. Since the concert is an assessment I do need to be made aware of the situation so that I can accurately assess your child and apply the appropriate standards to their report cards. Parents can send me an email at email@example.com or call / leave a message at 662-7751.
Once inside the building your child should follow the signs that lead to the backstage area. They will use the backstage door and find their assigned spot on the risers. Parent Volunteers will be assisting the students. Each child needs to remember to check in with the parent volunteer assigned to their choir. Any child who does not check in with the volunteer could be accidentally marked absent for the concert.
Students should wear their choir t-shirts. Students may wear jeans, jean shorts, skirts, leggings, dress shorts, khaki shorts, khaki pants, dress pants etc. All clothing must be compliant with school rules (i.e. length of shorts & skirts). I ask if at all possible that students avoid wearing athletic shorts/pants, yoga pants, sweatpants, etc. Students should wear clean and comfortable shoes. Tennies are fine! Girls will not be allowed to wear heels for safety reasons. I also ask that girls do not wear accessories (i.e. scarves) over their t-shirts. Students may choose to wear a long sleeve shirt underneath their choir shirt if they wish. However, it is VERY warm on stage and most likely your child will be most comfortable on stage if they do not wear a long sleeve shirt underneath their choir shirt. Students may choose to wear whatever color of shorts, pants, skirts, leggings, long sleeved shirts they wish with their choir t-shirt. All of this being said please do not go out and purchase special clothes for your child to wear to the concert. The most important thing is that your child is at the concert and has on their choir t-shirt.
Students who are standing in the front two rows will be dismissed into the commons after the concert. If your child is in the front two rows please report directly to the commons after the concert to find your child. Students in the back two rows will be dismissed into the Auditorium. You do not need to 'check out' your child. Once you and your child have found each other you are free to leave. I will need the auditorium cleared by 6:30 to re-set for the 6th grade concert. If you would like to visit I ask that you do so in the atrium or the commons. I thank you in advance for your cooperation!
There will be a dress rehearsal for the 5th grade choir on Thursday, January 12 from 1:26-2:50. We will be walking up to Bay Port to practice on the big stage and rehearse with our accompaniment. Students do not need to wear their concert outfit to the rehearsal but can if they wish to. Please encourage your child to dress in layers. It is very warm on stage. It would be best if on stage all they have on is a short sleeve shirt verses long sleeves, or a sweater or sweatshirt.
I will need several volunteers in order to put together this concert. I will need 5 chaperones for the dress rehearsal, 6 parents to assist with attendance and lining up students at the concert, and 1 parent to record the concert.
I truly appreciate your willingness to assist - I really could not prepare the children or put on the concert without your help. Please remember that in order to chaperone or assist with attendance you do need to be a approved district chaperone.
I will be using SignUp.com (formally VolunteerSpot) to organize my volunteers. Everyone who volunteers will receive reserved seating for themselves and their families.
Click the link below to learn more about the opportunities and volunteer. If you have any questions please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me @ 662-7751.