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  • Happy New Year!

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 1/10/2020

    Welcome back!

    STEP UP NIGHT

    Quinlan and Fabish will be providing stepped-up brass and woodwind instruments for students to try in our cafeteria on Thursday, January 16 from 6:00-8:00 PM.  This time-frame should allow 8th graders who want to attend the D155 8th grade night to attend both events.  As students progress in their performing skills, they begin to outgrow their beginning level instruments. Beginning instruments are built to survive the bumps and bruises that are inevitable in fifth grade.  More advanced instruments use higher quality materials and are designed to accommodate the increased air capacity of older students. This is a very low-pressure event. Q&F staff will be on hand to answer any business questions while Mr. LoPresto and Mrs. Wooden will be there to answer any music related questions and offer opinions if asked.  Whether you’re in the very early stages of thinking about an upgrade or are ready to make that move, it’s a great opportunity to try things out. It’s free to attend and can be a lot of fun for students to explore; please consider stopping by at any time between 6:00-8:00 pm. Students should BRING THEIR CURRENT INSTRUMENT so they can do some comparing.

    Tri-M MUSIC HONORS SOCIETY

    Tri-M 7th and 8th Graders who have completed and turned in their minimum 5 service hours were given an invitation to our Membership Presentation Ceremony on January 22nd. This invitation is for members AND their family and friends.  Please join us for this ceremony. This event is a very special evening and we ask that all members and attendees dress up for the evening. Our evening will BEGIN at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria and should last no more than 30 minutes. Please have students here by 6:30 pm.

    PRACTICE-A-THON

    We are excited to announce that the Bernotas Band Department is embarking upon a Service Learning project this month!  Our bands are learning about and raising money for the Crystal Lake Kingpins organization. If you are unfamiliar with Kingpins, they are a program run through a partnership between the Crystal Lake Strikers and the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA).  You can read more about this wonderful drumline for special needs students at their website: https://www.clstrikers.com/kingpins, and even see videos of these young musicians in action on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KINGPINSDRUMS/.  We are asking each of our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band students to collect pledges from friends and family toward their home practice goals for the two-week period from January 10-24.  Patrons may choose to pledge a specified amount per hour of practice time (over the course of two weeks, that is) or may choose to pledge a flat donation. On Monday, January 27th, students should please return their pledge forms and donations IN AN ENVELOPE OR BAGGIE to their directors and we’ll deposit them to make our donation to the Kingpins.  Thank you in advance for your support of this charitable cause!

    TECHNIQUE CLASSES/SEATING TESTS

    We have a lot going on in our Technique Classes right now so, as always, it is vital that students are attending.  Most of our students are doing a great job with this...keep it up!! All band students are still working on their Units of Study and as of today should have completed their Term 3 Unit of Study.  Additionally, all band students are working on their Chromatic Scale project which will culminate with a quiz that should be passed by January 24th.  

    7th and 8th grade band students are also working on Seating Tests.  Some of their seating test is done at home with SmartMusic, while some will be done at their Technique Class the week of January 20th.  Preparing this material is a great way for students to fulfil their Practice-A-Thon hours!

     

    Have a great weekend, and be safe with the impending weather!

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  • Winter Break Update

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 12/20/2019

    Happy Friday and welcome to Winter Break!!  Just a few things to make sure you are all in the loop as we all take a well-deserved rest:

    WINTER BREAK

    Should students practice over the break?      YES

    Why?                        Because taking 2+ weeks off will cause regression  of not only concepts but most especially muscles and fine motor skills

    What should students practice?        

    • All students have 3 new pieces of band music

    • All students have an assignment for their Technique Class

    • Chromatic Scale!  All students have a quiz on this after the break.

    • Winter Break BINGO!!  Each student received a Bingo sheet they can complete over the break.  This is optional, but a great idea to do! Students who complete 1-2 Bingos on the sheet are entered into our drawing 1 time.  3-4 Bingos will enter them 2 times, and 5+ Bingos will be 3 entries. One student from each band will receive a surprise prize.  A PARENT SIGNATURE MUST BE FILLED IN TO TURN IN FOR CREDIT.

     

    STEP UP NIGHT

    We also referenced our annual Step Up Night during the concert.  Quinlan and Fabish will be providing stepped-up brass and woodwind instruments for students to try in our cafeteria on Thursday, January 16 from 6:00-8:00 PM.  As students progress in their performing skills, they begin to outgrow their beginning level instruments.  Beginning instruments are built to survive the bumps and bruises that are inevitable in fifth grade. More advanced instruments use higher quality materials and are designed to accommodate the increased air capacity of older students.  This is a very low-pressure event. Q&F staff will be on hand to answer any business questions while Mr. LoPresto and Mrs. Wooden will be there to answer any music related questions and offer opinions if asked. Whether you’re in the very early stages of thinking about an upgrade or are ready to make that move, it’s a great opportunity to try things out.  It’s free to attend and can be a lot of fun for students to explore.

    Tri-M MUSIC HONORS SOCIETY

    Tri-M 7th and 8th Graders who have completed and turned in their minimum 5 service hours by today were given an invitation to our Membership Presentation Ceremony on January 22nd. This invitation is for members AND their family and friends.  Please join us for this ceremony. This event is a very special evening and we ask that all members and attendees dress up for the evening.

    We wish you a wonderful winter break, and a fantastic holiday season with those you love.

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  • 2019 Holiday Tour

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 12/16/2019

    Remember, tomorrow is our Holiday Tour to West and Glacier Ridge with a lunch stop at Portillo's!  Students should wear their band spiritwear shirts with jeans and comfortable shoes.  If desired, a holiday hat may also be worn.  Instrument, binder of music, and a folding music stand are also needed to perform!  Lunch at Portillo's will cost some money, so plan on around $10 or so, give or take depending on what your child normally eats.  If money for lunch is a concern, please do let either Mr. LoPresto or Mrs. Wooden know so we can make arrangements.  Students should meet in the band room at 8:00 with all the above items and their coat (it's cold outside!) so we can load the bus and hit the road.  Thank you for your help in getting all those items to school tomorrow!

     

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  • November 8 Band Update

    Posted by Richard Lopresto on 11/8/2019

    Happy Friday!

     

    We have a long update this week, please do read all the way to the end.

     

    CONCERT TIME IS HERE!

    As a reminder, our first band department concert is just around the corner on Tuesday, November 12 in the main gym at Bernotas MS.  The concert will begin at 7:00 pm. All band students are expected to be set up and ready to warm up as a group by 6:30 pm...this means a good arrival goal time for students would be 6:20 pm.  Sixth Grade Band will report for warm up in the band room and Seventh and Eighth Grade will report for warm up in the cafeteria. Students are expected to arrive fully dressed in their concert band uniform.  Parents, please refer to the handout if you need help ensuring your student is dressed properly. With about 110 students in the band program, the band directors cannot help each individual student put on a bow tie, fix dress shirt studs, or button shirt sleeves.  Additionally, now is the time to check to see if your student’s black dress shoes fit and to locate those black socks or black tights. Please, make sure socks are NOT anklet socks. If not, please make sure they have a pair of black dress shoes BEFORE our concert date!

     

    UPDATE 2 ON TUXEDO SHIRTS:  They were delivered to school on Wednesday and were sent home on Thursday.  If you ordered a NEW tuxedo shirt and have not seen it yet, please ask your student where it is currently located!  We highly recommend washing first to help with the “new shirt wrinkles.” Please remove the black studs prior to washing so they don’t go down the drain.  After drying, the studs get reinstalled from the inside toward the outside. The small rounded side is what should be visible from the front, not the large flat base.  Installing backwards, while it might be easier, will result in what we call the “Frosty the Snowman Look.” Please don’t be a snowperson!

     

    Attached, you will also find photos of some very amateur models we found, demonstrating how to wear the uniform.  Of particular note are the fit of the bow tie, cummerbund, and the length of the slacks or skirt. The Symphonic Band vests have been changed since the photos were taken, but you’ll get the idea.  You will also find attached a second copy of the shoe sample page we sent home with the uniforms in September.

     

    Cadet Picture: https://drive.google.com/a/d47.org/file/d/0BxJzLu1OgBAAZVk1N2NJanBTOUk/view?usp=sharing

    Concert Picture: https://drive.google.com/a/d47.org/file/d/0BxJzLu1OgBAAeTFGbWV0c3RaX0k/view?usp=sharing

    Symphonic Picture: https://drive.google.com/a/d47.org/file/d/0BxJzLu1OgBAASW1qa244cHVDN0k/view?usp=sharing

    Shoes: https://drive.google.com/a/d47.org/file/d/10dtGwzB_9QCLNByd--JmSfkPhGfwhpTr/view?usp=sharing

     

    You made it to the end!  Yay! Have a great weekend!

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  • November 1 Band Update

    Posted by Richard Lopresto on 11/1/2019

    Happy Friday!

     

    We have a long update this week, please do read all the way to the end.

     

    ILMEA JUNIOR BAND

    All the best to 8th grader Viki, who won an audition to participate in the ILMEA District 7 Junior Band tomorrow!  This is quite a prestigious event, and we are very proud of her being able to represent Bernotas. Way to go!

     

    GOOGLE CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENT

    This week, all the bands recorded their current progress on the concert music.  In class, we listened back so each student had a chance to experience the “big picture.”  Yesterday, a response form was sent through Google Classroom for answering questions promoting practice strategies.  The response to the form is due by Sunday night at 11:59 PM. We’ve already gotten some responses from each class (yay!).  Please ask your student if theirs has been completed yet and if not, encourage that to be completed sooner than later. This assignment will be worth 10 points in the gradebook.

     

    UNIFORM ALTERATIONS - THIS IS IT!!

    Concert week will be here before we know it.  Please have your student try on their pants/skirt with their dress shoes to check the hem.  The top of the pants/skirt should be at the waist, not the hips. An appropriate hem will be within 1” of their dress shoes.  If the hem needs to be let down or taken up please do that sooner rather than later so there is no panicking before our November concert. We included a suggestion for someone (included in the packet that went home!) who does hemming right here at the school if no one in your family is able or interested in doing in.  

     

    CONCERT REMINDER, PART 2

    As a reminder, our first band department concert is just around the corner on Tuesday, November 12 in the main gym at Bernotas MS.  The concert will begin at 7pm. All band students are expected to be set up and ready to warm up as a group by 6:30pm...this means a good arrival goal time for students would be 6:20pm.  Students are expected to arrive fully dressed in their concert band uniform. Parents, please refer to the handout if you need help ensuring your student is dressed properly. With about 110 students in the band program, the band directors cannot help each individual student put on a bow tie, fix dress shirt studs, or button shirt sleeves.  Additionally, now is the time to check to see if your student’s black dress shoes fit. If not, please make sure they have a pair of black dress shoe BEFORE our concert date!

     

    UPDATE ON TUXEDO SHIRTS:  There was a holdup between our purchasing department and the vendor, but our shirts have officially shipped.  Students who ordered a tuxedo shirt will have them next week as we are expecting the deliveries on Wednesday.

     

    INSTRUMENTS AT SCHOOL

    Please continue to work with your student on those reminders to bring instruments home each day and back to school in the morning.  Larger instruments do have specific storage locations in the band room to be used between arrival in the morning and dismissal after school.  Please do not ask your student to leave instruments in the office, or please do not bring your child’s instrument to school later in the morning and leave it in the office.  We have the two greatest school secretaries ever and they don’t have the space or time to house and deliver instruments.

     

    Assignments and band music can’t get practiced if the instruments are left here overnight.  We want to help all our students succeed but good home habits go a long way toward meeting those goals.  While every student might forget once or twice, we are concerned about the instruments that are consistently staying here.  

     

    To help remind students who are leaving their instruments on a regular basis, we are going to begin issuing parking tickets on cases we find in the morning.  After three tickets, minor referrals will also be issued.  If you have noticed a lack of music being played in your home, please ask your student about the location of their instrument!

     

    TECHNIQUE CLASSES

    The first trimester grading period ends on November 8th.  All band students will be assessed on the completion of their first Unit of Study.  In addition, 8th grade Symphonic Band students are being assessed on a 6 scale test that is due by November 8th.  These assessments occur in Technique Classes, making it imperative that students attend these classes. Grades for students who have completed the first Unit of Study and the 6 scale test are entered into the gradebook.  Currently, students who have not completed it have no grade. A grade will be added upon completion or at the end of the Trimester, whichever comes first.

     

    You made it to the end!  Have a great weekend!

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  • October 18 Update

    Posted by Richard Lopresto on 10/18/2019

    Happy Friday!

     

    We have a long update this week, please do read all the way to the end.

     

    UNIFORM ALTERATIONS - PLEASE DON’T DELAY

    Concert week will be here before we know it.  Please have your student try on their pants/skirt with their dress shoes to check the hem.  The top of the pants/skirt should be at the waist, not the hips. An appropriate hem will be within 1” of their dress shoes.  If the hem needs to be let down or taken up please do that sooner rather than later so there is no panicking before our November concert. We included a suggestion for someone (included in the packet that went home!) who does hemming right here at the school if no one in your family is able or interested in doing in.  

     

    CONCERT REMINDER

    As a reminder, our first band department concert is just around the corner on Tuesday, November 12 in the main gym at Bernotas MS.  The concert will begin at 7pm. All band students are expected to be set up and ready to warm up as a group by 6:30pm...this means a good arrival goal time for students would be 6:20pm.  Students are expected to arrive fully dressed in their concert band uniform. Parents, please refer to the handout if you need help ensuring your student is dressed properly. With about 110 students in the band program, the band directors cannot help each individual student put on a bow tie, fix dress shirt studs, or button shirt sleeves.  Additionally, now is the time to check to see if your student’s black dress shoes fit. If not, please make sure they have a pair of black dress shoe BEFORE our concert date!

     

    Students who ordered a tuxedo shirt or ladies dress pants should have them next week as we are expecting the deliveries imminently.

     

    INSTRUMENTS AT SCHOOL

    Please continue to work with your student on those reminders to bring instruments home each day and back to school in the morning.  Larger instruments do have specific storage locations in the band room to be used between arrival in the morning and dismissal after school.  Please do not ask your student to leave instruments in the office, or please do not bring your child’s instrument to school later in the morning and leave it in the office.  We have the two greatest school secretaries ever and they don’t have the space or time to house and deliver instruments.

     

    Assignments and band music can’t get practiced if the instruments are left here overnight.  We want to help all our students succeed but good home habits go a long way toward meeting those goals.  While every student might forget once or twice, we are concerned about the instruments that are consistently staying here.  

     

    To help remind students who are leaving their instruments on a regular basis, we are going to begin issuing parking tickets on cases we find in the morning.  After three tickets, minor referrals will also be issued.  If you have noticed a lack of music being played in your home, please ask your student about the location of their instrument!

     

    TECHNIQUE CLASSES

    The first trimester grading period ends on November 8th.  All band students will be assessed on the completion of their first Unit of Study.  In addition, 8th grade Symphonic Band students are being assessed on a 6 scale test that is due by November 8th.  These assessments occur in Technique Classes, making it imperative that students attend these classes. Grades for students who have completed the first Unit of Study and the 6 scale test are entered into the gradebook.  Currently, students who have not completed it have no grade. A grade will be added upon completion or at the end of the Trimester, whichever comes first.

     

    TUNER/METRONOME ORDER FORMS

    Orders for tuners and metronomes are due on Monday, October 21.  We’ve received several orders, which is great! If your student has expressed interest, please submit your order by Monday.  If you need another form, you may print one from here: https://drive.google.com/a/d47.org/file/d/1ncH1hdkuKmytHUGuskYVgmwueFo1m5NN/view?usp=sharing

     

    TRI-M APPLICATIONS (7th and 8th GRADE ONLY)

    Applications for our chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society are due on Monday, October 21.  If your 7th or 8th grader has expressed interest, please remind them to turn in their application on Monday.

     

    You made it to the end!  Have a great weekend!

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  • Update

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 9/20/2019

    Happy Friday!

    Here is an update of what has happened so far:

     

    UNIFORM FITTINGS

    At this point, we have completed fitting our band students for their concert uniforms.  Uniforms have come home in the blue garment bags. Students who needed to order tuxedo shirts or pants will receive those as soon as they are delivered to the school.  Please have your student try on their pants/skirt with their dress shoes to check that the hem. The top of the pants/skirt should be at the waist, not the hips. An appropriate hem will be within 1” of their dress shoes.  If the hem needs to be let down or taken up please do that sooner rather than later so there is no panicking before our November concert. We included a suggestion for someone (included in the packet that went home!) who does hemming right here at the school if no one in your family is able or interested in doing in.  

     

    UNIFORM $

    Speaking of the packet, the bottom quarter of the front page, along with the indicated money, is due on MONDAY.  Checks can be written to District 47.  Those ordering new tuxedo shirts or ladies pants will receive them in plenty of time before the concert.

     

    RENTAL CONTRACTS

    Students renting instruments from the school received rental contracts.  Please return them asap...payment will be made through ParentVue.

     

    JAZZ PROGRAM

    Both our jazz groups are up and running!  This is a great bunch of musicians to work with!

     

    ILMEA AUDITIONS

    Tomorrow in Northbrook will be the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) District 7 Junior Concert and Jazz Band auditions.  SIX of our students have been working hard and will audition for a spot in either a concert or jazz band. There are over 400 students auditioning for the coveted spots in each group. We are SO proud of Trinity, Alex, Linnea, Viki, Sofia, and Elise and wish them all the best!!

     

    GOOGLE CLASSROOM & SMART MUSIC

    At this point, your students all have access to Google Classroom and Smart Music.  7th and 8th graders have used these platforms before; 6th graders will begin using them more in-depth in the coming weeks.  These are great resources in our department!

     

    Have a great weekend!

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  • Uniform volunteers AND an important reminder!!

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 9/10/2019

    Uniform fittings during Technique Classes begin TOMORROW!  7th graders are on Wednesday and Thursday, 8th graders on Friday, and 6th graders are Monday and Tuesday.  The list of volunteers is below...please check for your times if you volunteered (and arrive about 10 minutes early to check in at the main office), and if you are still interested please let us know!

    Also, if your student already owns a tuxedo shirt that was purchased through our program and you believe it fits AND is in good shape, please bring it to Technique Class so that it can be tried on with the school-issued pants/skirt.  This is very important!!

     

      9/11 Wednesday 7th grade   9/12 Thursday 7th grade   9/13 Friday 8th grade   9/16 Monday 6th grade   9/17 Tueday 6th grade (CBM MathCap in math classes)
    7:45-8:28 Mrs. Ayares   Mrs. Ayares-tentative 7:45-8:28 Mrs. Carlson 7:45-8:28      
                       
                       
                       
    10:53-11:36 Mrs. Hutchins   Mrs. Martin 10:23-11:06 Mrs. Alonso 10:20-11:03 Mrs. Engle   Mrs. Engle
      Mrs. Martin       Victoria Alonso   Mrs. Larson   Mrs. Mally
              Mrs. Carlson   Mrs. Mally    
                       
    11:49-12.32 Mrs. Hutchins   Mrs. Martin 11:42-12:25 Mrs. Alonso 11:06-11:49 Mrs. Engle   Mrs. Engle
      Mrs. Martin       Victoria Alonso   Mrs. Larson    
              Mrs. DuShane        
                       
                       
    12:45-1:28 Mrs. Hutchins   Mrs. Martin 12:38-1:21 Mrs. Alonso 12:25-1:08 Mrs. Engle   Mrs. Engle
      Mrs. Martin       Victoria Alonso   Mrs. Larson    
              Mrs. DuShane        
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  • Uniform help needed

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 9/9/2019

    Good morning!

    We are looking for a few parent volunteers to help with uniform fittings.  We will fit students for their school issues uniform parts, as well as help figure out what size tuxedo shirt they need, during their technique classes beginning Wednesday.  Please see the attached schedule and let us know if you can help!

    To plan ahead, if your student already owns a tuxedo shirt, please make sure to SEND IT WITH THEM to their technique class!  We need them to wear them while they are fitted for their uniform.

    Thank you!

     

      9/11 Wednesday 7th grade   9/12 Thursday 7th grade   9/13 Friday 8th grade   9/16 Monday 6th grade   9/17 Tueday 6th grade (CBM MathCap in math classes)  
    7:45-8:28       7:45-8:28   7:45-8:28        
                         
                         
                         
    10:53-11:36 Mrs. Hutchins   Mrs. Hutchins 10:23-11:06   10:20-11:03 Mrs. Engle   Mrs. Engle  
      Mrs. Martin   Mrs. Martin              
                         
                         
    11:49-12.32 Mrs. Hutchins   Mrs. Hutchins 11:42-12:25   11:06-11:49 Mrs. Engle   Mrs. Engle  
      Mrs. Martin   Mrs. Martin              
                         
                         
                         
    12:45-1:28 Mrs. Hutchins   Mrs. Hutchins 12:38-1:21   12:25-1:08 Mrs. Engle   Mrs. Engle  
      Mrs. Martin   Mrs. Martin              
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  • Spirit Wear Orders are due soon!!

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 9/5/2019

    As a reminder, spirit wear is only available for purchase online at https://bernotas-band.itemorder.com/sale.  This web store is open until 11:59 pm THIS SUNDAY.

    Who needs at least one spirit wear top for this year?

    • ALL 8th grade Symphonic Band students
    • ALL Jazz students
    • any 7th grade Concert Band student planning to attend the CLC Marching Night next week
    • anyone wanting to support our band program!! (students, friends, family....)

     

    If your student already has one that FITS, is in GOOD SHAPE with no tears or stains...you are all good!

     

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