2016-2017 Orchestra Calendar
Please click on this link to see the calendar. Please add these dates to both the student's and the parent's personal calendars. All dates are subject to change. Parents will be notified of any changes through the teacher's website and through the "Remind" text service. It is ultimately the student's responsibility to communicate calendar dates to their parents.
The best way for Harmon parents and students to keep up to date with school assignments is through the Homework Hotline
section of Harmon Middle Schools webpage. Orchestra assignments including Practice Journals and upcoming assessments can be found on the homework hotline. Assignments for the week are posted each Monday and are updated throughout the week.
Parent volunteers are needed for the Aurora Orchestra Association Barn Party (which takes place on Friday, October 7) to help the event go well and students to be safe. Please follow this Sign-up Genius Link
to volunteer. Thank you.
SMART MUSIC UPDATE: Parents and students. We are using a new version of Smart Music that is web based and works on Chromebooks. This program is just out of Beta testing and it still has several issues. We are aware of the problems and are asking parents and students to be patient when working on assignments. If there are technical problems that make it so you cannot do your SmartMusic assignment, please just let Mr. Burdett know and do not worry. As these bugs are fixed the program will become better and will become the valuable tool we know it can be.
Welcome back to school! I hope you have had a fun and relaxing summer break. I am looking forward learning and growing and making music with you this school year. Parents: please take a moment and complete any necessary information in the following areas to make sure this school year goes smoothly and so your children can be successful.
1. Parent/Student Contact Info
2. Orchestra Calendar Date
3. Parent/Student Communication through "Remind"
4. Parent Volunteer opportunities through "Sign Up Genius"
5. Review the Orchestra Handbook so you understand all rules and obligations
6. Orchestra Open House Information
Parent / Student Contact Info
Communication is very important. Most information that you will need for the year is found on this website, however it is occasionally necessary to share changes, add information or even send out simple remind messages. Often that will be done through the free "Remind" service mentioned below. However, for longer or more complex messages we will send out emails or even call home. Please complete the Parent/Student Contact Form so we can stay in touch. If your contact information changes during the course of the school year, please let me know. Additionally, please feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or by phone at (330) 954-2130. In most cases I will get back to you within 24 hours during the week.
2016-2017 Orchestra Calendar Dates
Please click on the Orchestra Calendar for an up to date list of concert dates and events. This is a Google Doc and any changes to the calendar during the school year will be reflected here. I will try to notify you through Remind if there are any changes.
Parent / Student Communication
Communication is very important. Because we want to communicate in the best manner, we are doing away with the Charms email system in favor of "Remind". The benefit is you can choose to receive communication through email or text and you are in control of when you want to end the service.
If you are a 6th Grade orchestra parent or the parent of a new orchestra student then you will need to sign up for this free service with one of the links below. If you had already signed up for Remind last year and your information has not changed, then you don't need to do anything. If you ever change your email or phone number, simply reply to one of the messages and respond "Unsubscribe". Then go to my website and resign up with
your new email address or phone number.
Harmon students and parents can find out how to sign up for texts or emails by clicking HERE
High School orchestra students and parents can find out how to sign up for texs or emails by clicking HERE
You will receive some duplicate messages that pertain to everyone if you
sign up for both, but some messages will be specific to each group.
If you have graduated or are no longer in orchestra and you want to stop receiving information, please follow this link to the Remind website
on how to un-enroll from the class.
Parent Involvement and Volunteer Opportunities
You've heard the phrase "many hands make light work" - this is especially true with the Aurora Orchestra Association. This is the only booster group that provides opportunities and services to students at Harmon and Leighton as well as the high school. We need your help to be able to continue to do this. We are asking each orchestra family to sign up for 2 events. It could be something as simple as baking cookies for concert refreshments. There are opportunities for all abilities and interest levels. Simply click on the link below and sign up to help for the event that interests you. Already signed up but you can't remember what you volunteered for? No problem. Click on the link below and you will be able to see what you volunteered for. Its easy because we are doing it together.
PARENT VOLUNTEERING THROUGH SIGN-UP GENIUS
The orchestra handbook is very important for understanding all rules and procedures. Please take a moment and become familiar with this document.
Orchestra Open House Information
If you were unable to attend open house this year I have the packet posted online. There is also a link to the Aurora Ultimate Boosters Membership Form. HS students will also need the Uniform Cleaning Fee Form and HS Boys will need the Tuxedo Shirt/Bow Tie Order Form in the next section below.
Open House Packet
Ultimate Booster Membership Form
High School Orchestra Uniforms
Uniform fittings for incoming freshmen and new HS students take place on schedule handout day each year. If students missed that opportunity, then we will size students during class with the first several weeks of school. Every HS Orchestra student needs to pay the Uniform Cleaning Fee each year. This form is handed out in class and is also available here - Orchestra Uniform Cleaning Fee
Male HS Orchestra Students will also need to purchase their own white Tuxedo shirt and black bow tie. We can order these in bulk and get a better rate than you generally find in the store. You are welcome to purchase the shirt and bow tie through us or on your own. If your bowtie and shirt from last year still fit and are in good condition, then there is no need to order a new one. The form is handed out in class and is also avialable here - Tuxedo Shirt / Bow Tie Order Form
Starting in September, orchestra students in grades 6-12 will be using the New Smart Music assessment program. This is very similar to the old version we have been using for the past two years. The advantage of this new version is that it is completely web based and can be used on any device including Chromebooks. The new version is also much more affordable - costing around $8 per student for the entire year. The program is being completely funded through the Aurora City Schools and the Aurora Orchestra Association this year so parents will not need to pay anything this year. More information about how to sign up for the program will be coming out in September when the program rolls out nation wide. We will be using this program closely with our Practice Journals and for assessments so all students will be required to use the program.