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2018-2019 EVENTS

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Ralston Music Boosters

Welcome to the Ralston Middle School Music Program!

 

Ralston offers the following programs and year-long electives:

 

6th Grade Intermediate Honors (Audition Required)
Band Symphonic Band Honors Band
Chorus Concert Chorale Chamber Choir
Orchestra Advanced Orchestra Chamber Orchestra
    Jazz Ensemble (before school)

 

Ralston’s music program is run by two wonderful teachers, Ms. Webster and Mr. Thielen, with additional help from Ms. Alison Kim who teaches one of the two choral classes.

 

Students perform in three annual concerts:

  • Winter Concert (December)
  • student-organized concert benefiting Ronald McDonaldHouse
  • Sprint Concert (May)

7th and 8th grade students have additional festival performances. A professional video is available for purchase for the winter and spring concerts.

 

The program is supported by the Music Boosters: a group of parent volunteers that provides support and organization to Ralston’s music program and coordinate with the music teachers and SchoolForce on the financial needs of the program.

 

Volunteer opportunities:

  • instrument rental coordination
  • uniform fitting and distribution (for over 260 7th and 8th grade students)
  • funding coordination for sheet music
  • instrument purchase and repairs
  • baked goods for concert bake sale
  • staff concert bake sale
  • staff concert video sales

Volunteer for Ralston Music Boosters

Volunteer and give back to our wonderful music program!

 

THANK YOU to parents who have stepped up to volunteer for Ralston Music Boosters this year.  We can always use more help and there are still several spots on our music booster steering committee.  The time commitment is minimal and most roles can be done from home.  In addition, you get to work with our wonderful music teachers and Ralston students!  See details below and please contact Harlan Suits at ralston2musicboosters@gmail.com if you need more info or would like to join the Music Booster team.

 

AND there are several one-time projects that the music teachers would appreciate help from parents to complete.  Ms. Webster and Mr. Thielen have been wanting to get these projects done for a while, and we need parent help and expertise.  Thanks in advance!

SchoolForce fundsĀ 100% of music program needs!

Thanks to full support from SchoolForce (BRSSD’s Education Foundation), Ralston Music Boosters is no longer a fundraising organization.  That means no fall cookie dough or gift wrap/gift sales as in years' past!  Music Boosters will continue to offer a snack bar at Ralston's winter and spring concerts. Our music program would not be what it is today without support from SchoolForce.  Please be sure to include SchoolForce in your budgeting plan for a donation sometime before June 30! THANK YOU to SchoolForce! (www.schoolforce.org)

Volunteer roles - what's involved

Looking for Parent Volunteers!!!

One Time Projects for the Music Teachers
(the music teachers need help from parents with the following projects to make them happen)

  1. Research a recording/sound system for the 3 music rooms (which would allow the teachers to record and play back music to the students)
  2. Print/frame/hang 5-10 photos from 2017-2018 school year in the music rooms
  3. Look at options to improve storage (as the music dept. has run out of space!)

 

 

Filled Positions - THANK YOU RALSTON MUSIC PARENTS!!!

 

Chair - FILLED

  • Duties: Coordinate Music Booster activities with MB Steering Committee members and Ralston music teachers.
  • Time commitment: ~5-10 hours per month, variable during the year, AT HOME

Treasurer - FILLED

  • Duties: Coordinate management of Music Booster finances with the Music Booster Chairs, music teachers, and Ralston administration.  Reconcile Music Booster account 1-2 times per year.
  • Skills needed: Comfortable with Excel, attention to detail.
  • Time commitment: ~5 hours several times per year,  AT HOME

Uniform Chair/co-Chairs - FILLED

  • Duties:  Manage distribution of uniforms to 7th and 8th grade music students in the fall and collection after the spring concerts.  Uniform co-chairs can work well as 2-3 people.
  • Time commitment: distribution in fall takes 10-20 hr/month, spring collection 10 hr - some at home, some at school

Bake Sale Coordinators - FILLED

  • Coordinate bake sales at the Winter and Spring Concerts
  • Time commitment: 3=5 hours prep time, attend concerts

Volunteer Coordinator - FILLED

  • Works with Uniform Chair and Bake Sale Chair and updates SignUp Geniuses all events for the year
  • Time commitment: 5 hours to do all events together, more if you choose to spread them out during the year, AT HOME

Website Coordinator - FILLED

  • Updates Music Booster webpages as needed, 6-8 times per year
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month max, AT HOME

Instrument Rental co-Chair FILLED
(work with current Coordinator to take over during the year)

  • Duties:  Manage Google doc and work with music teacher to update and send out contract for students renting instruments.  Count money and turn in checks to Ralston front office.  Collect instruments in May after the spring concerts.
  • Time commitment: 10-15 hr in the fall, AT HOME; 5-7 hours in the spring, AT SCHOOL (estimate)

Annual Accessories - FILLED

  • Order Save the Music Tshirts – early September (time 2 hours)
  • Order 8th grade medals – April (time 2 hours)

Fall Lock Assignments - FILLED

  • Duties:  Help Ralston music teachers to assign locks and lockers
  • Time commitment: 3 hours
  • Need: 2-3 people
  • When: Before school starts and/or first week of school

Music Librarian co-Chair - FILLED

  • Duties:  Work with the co-Chair to sort and file sheet music several times per year.  Flexible hours, this job is 100% at school.

Spring Concert 2018 - DVD Order Form

Order Spring 2018 DVDs or Blu-ray videos or Spring 2018 Disney trip videos.  Need videos of earlier concerts?  You can use this order form as well! 

 

Click on the link below and print an order form:

https://ral-brssd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1356615373948/1455439665759/615031734329574647.pdf