The next BPO Meeting is Monday, November 18th at 6:00pm in the teacher’s lounge (off the main commons) at EPHS. Come share a treat – our thanks to you, our band parents – during gratitude month. We have a full agenda and lots of exciting things going on in the band program. Please come and see what we’re all about. We especially welcome parents who haven’t been to a meeting before.
Many parents struggle to write out those big checks for band tours, Eagle Band, Winterguard, Winter Drumline, etc. Most students don’t like going door-to-door to sell pies, blitz cards or pizzas, and they only do it if their parents make them. What if there was a fundraiser that required no door-to-door selling, where your money is spent on things you have to buy anyway – such as food and gas – and where diligent families could earn $500 or more for their student’s band account? We have a solution – Shop With Scrip.
Shop With Scrip is a program for non-profit organizations such as ours to acquire gift cards from hundreds of major retailers at a discount to face value and then resell them to our members (our band/guard families) at face value. The discount is split between the family placing the order (90%) and the BPO (10%), which uses its portion to pay the expenses of running the program.
The next order date is December 1, 2013.
To find out more and get started, click HERE.
All Eden Prairie Schools are teaming up with Minnesota Public Radio and the Minnesota Music Educators Association to be a part of their Play It Forward musical instrument drive. To learn more about the drive, click HERE. Similar to other musical instrument drives we’ve had in the past, any band director at the elementary schools, CMS or EPHS can take your instrument donation and then tell you how to receive a donation receipt. Our band program is booming, and every school-owned instrument is loaned out. Please help if you can.
Want to help, but don’t have an instrument to donate? Band directors will also take your tax-deductable contribution to help pay for instrument repairs and tune-ups on donated instruments. Ask them how!
The EPHS Band Department will be hosting the University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band on Friday, October 25 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Aerie Stadium. The band will be practicing in our stadium to prepare for their appearance at the U of M game the following day. 2013 EPHS grad Libby Jundt is a trumpet player in the band. You are all invited and encouraged to come out and watch them. It’s great for our students to see what the college marching band experience is all about.
If you previously signed up to donate store-bought cookies for this event, please drop them off in the band office by Thursday, October 24. Thank you!
If you wanted to purchase a DVD of the 2013 Youth in Music daytime or evening competition, but forgot to place your order at the event, there is still time. Click here to download the order form.
To save shipping costs, please contact Sharon Kaare at email@example.com. Sharon will consolidate orders so we can get reduced shipping charges.
Wondering how you’re going to pay for the Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band/Percussion Ensemble tour to Indianapolis, or Winter Drumline, or Winterguard, or Jazz band fees or private lessons, etc.? The BPO is here to help by sponsoring a pie sale fundraiser during the month of October. Your student should have already brought home the details, but in case they “forgot”, here’s the scoop:
The pies are from Carlson’s Orchard and Bakery, featuring fillings grown in their orchard and crusts made from scratch. They are sold frozen and need to remain frozen until ready to bake. Therefore, on pie pick-up day, November 16th from 10am to Noon, you need to be able to deliver them immediately or else find freezer space for them. All the details can be found HERE.
In case your student didn’t pick up selling materials, they are located in the band room. But you can also find them linked here:
Summary form that needs to accompany the money when turning it in by 11/1/13
We hope your student will choose to participate. They don’t have to sell that many pies in order to make some real money, and who doesn’t love pie?
Eagle Band Parents: It’s time to start thinking about the 2013 Eagle Marching Band Memory Book.
Each year, parent volunteers put together a wonderful book filled with pictures and fun information about the Eagle Band experience. Each Eagle Band member is entitled to one Black & White copy of the book for free. Additional B&W copies are available for $4.00 each and color copies may be ordered in advance for $20.00.
In addition to purchasing color copies of the book, all are invited to purchase a personal ad celebrating the accomplishments of your child, friends or section mates. These ads are fun for the kids, and they really show your support for your band student in a creative way. Large ads are $30.00 and small ads are $15.00.
The due date for submitting ads and order forms is Monday, October 14th. They can be turned in at the band office.
Memory Books will be available for pick-up at the Indoor Concert.
On Saturday, October 5th, the Eagle Band performs at two events: Anoka and Champlin. To make it easy on parents and kids, Guard is doing a fundraiser, we will be bringing in sandwiches from Milio’s and smoothies from Berry Blendz. For just $10 they will get a sandwich, chips, cookie, and a smoothie.
Parents are invited to order Milio’s and Berry Blendz as well, but should use a separate order form (one check for all is okay).
You must fill out an order form and return it with cash or check on Tuesday, October 1st to your band member’s section leader. Click the link HERE if you need the form.
Please consider participating as a great way to support Guard and make your life easier too!
The first general BPO Meeting of the school year will be held at the high school at 6:00pm on Monday, September 16, 2013. We will meet in the teacher’s lounge. Park in the South lot and enter the south door – the teacher’s lounge is down the hall on the left. Find out what your kids are up to in band and learn about music opportunities coming up for them. We will discuss fundraising opportunities, get updates on Prairie Colors and a director update. Also, at the end of our meeting, a representative from the District will answer your questions about the referendum. Hope you’ll check us out and discover what the BPO is all about!
-If you placed an order for Spiritwear before September 5th, it should be arriving by September 20th. Watch for an announcement confirming its arrival so your student can pick up your order.
-Do you want to gift Band Spirit Wear for the holidays? There are currently no further opportunities to order Band Spirit Wear for the season, but we are considering a limited selection holiday run if there is enough interest. Let us know what items you would like to see offered. We are not taking orders now; just trying to assess interest. Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.