Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Snap! Fundraising

Orchestra Parents,

Please take a moment to read about one of this year's most significant fundraising efforts.  Last year, we made $3,800 from this one fundraiser!

We will be kicking off our Snap! Raise campaign this week. Snap is an online donation campaign that allows our program to receive donations from our networks and supporters. Snap uses the power of email, text, and social media with a safe, fun, and interactive approach. All we ask is that each parent/guardian help their student gather 20 or more email addresses of their biggest fans. Please review the info below to see just how much of an impact this campaign can have for our students.

*Your contacts are strictly private and protected, and never sold or shared.*

Snap Fact Overview: 
1. Safe and Protected - Snap! Raise is the safest online donation campaign available. All data is private and never redistributed. Your student’s information on the Snap page is less detailed than what would be on a team website roster.
2. Online donation platform - Reach potential donors via email, social media, and text to ask them to support our program and visit the page, where they can seamlessly donate.
3. Email Strategy - All supporters will receive a receipt for their gift that is tax deductible, included with a personalized thank you from the student. There are three reminder emails sent to donors, with an option to unsubscribe. 
4. Network - Snap’s platform and process is what makes their campaigns so successful. It allows an extensive reach across communities by providing options to connect with multiple donors and their social networks, maximizing our raising efforts.  

Please consider helping your student with this fundraiser.  It doesn't get any easier than this for families to raise money for the Orchestra program.  Thank you in advance for your help!  

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fundraising Booster meeting Tuesday

Bet you’ve spent all weekend cooking and entertaining, right? Relax and join the Orchestra Boosters for a fundraising brainstorming session tomorrow night (Tuesday 9/5) at 6:30 p.m. at Brothers Bar & Grill, 7407 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree.  It’ll be a fun time to get together and ponder what options we might want to explore for fundraising, as well as setting some goals, for Orchestra Boosters this year. 

Whether you’re giving some thought to helping as committee chair, want to be a regular helper, or just want to know what’s going to be happening this year, come meet up with us – especially if you have some great ideas to share!  We promise we’re all great people to get to know and hang around!

Please RSVP if you want to join us so we know how many seats to save!  We hope you’ll join us for this important planning session.  Thanks in advance for helping us make this a great year for our students!  

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Volunteers needed for EBOP Instrument Rental Night!

Our first fundraising opportunity is here, and we are soliciting volunteers to participate. Golden Music (website: goldenmusic.co) is offering an opportunity to raise funds if we can coordinate groups of volunteers to work several events with them.

Any parents and students interested in helping will need to attend a training session in the HRHS Orchestra room on Thursday, August 31st, at 4 p.m. Then our first event kicks off with EBOP Instrument Rental Night at 6 p.m.!

Approximately 10 volunteering events for this fundraiser will occur over the next few weeks. Golden Music has requested up to 20 volunteers per event. Each event will last approximately 4 hours. We understand that your time available to dedicate to volunteering can be limited, but we would like to supply as many volunteers to as many events as we can to make the most of this fundraising opportunity. Students and families can receive volunteer hours, and Orchestra lettering points for participating in the training and working the events.

More information about the events to be worked, locations, dates, and times will be provided at the training session tomorrow. The HRHS Orchestra Boosters are asking for your help to make this important first fundraising opportunity a success. We hope to see you there. Please contact Ryan Woodworth with any questions you may have prior to tomorrow's training session at rswoodworth@dcsdk12.org.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Required Orchestra Meeting - Tuesday 8/29/2017 at 6:30 PM

Just a quick reminder to mark your calendar for the Required Orchestra Meeting for students and parents on Tuesday, August 29 @ 6:30-8:15 p.m.

Plan at least an hour to get everything done.  Come at 6:30 and hit a few stations before the short 7 p.m. presentation, or come at 7 p.m. for the presentation and do everything afterward.

Here are the highlights of our agenda:
  1. Concert Attire** (scroll to the bottom of this post for details)**
  2. Fundraising for your $100 Student Fee and opportunities for personal orchestra-related expenses
  3. Orchestra Merchandise  
  4. Volunteer Opportunities
  5. Friends of the Orchestra

  • Quick presentation meeting at 7 p.m.
  • Stations remain open for you to finish up until 8:15 p.m.
  • Please bring your checkbook to pay for concert attire and/or the Orchestra Student Fee, or to start in on fundraising opportunities.


  • Do these things at home before you come!





    Looking forward to seeing you Tuesday night!

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Sign-up for Orchestra Parent Text Message Reminders

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    Orchestra parents/guardians are able to sign up to receive text message reminders of important upcoming events.  These text alerts are infrequent and often used in conjunction with only a subset of the Orchestra e-mails.  Participation is voluntary but potentially helpful if you check your e-mail infrequently or if the Orchestra informational e-mails are getting lost in a sea of spam.

    If you want to receive these messages but do not want to get them via text message, an alternative is to receive these messages via the REMIND app, which you can download to your smartphone.  Your orchestra student should already be receiving similar messages as part of a separate classroom REMIND group set up by Mr. Woodworth.

    To receive these periodic messages, send a text message to number 81010 with @orchparen in the message field.

    Again, enter this number:  81010
    Text this message:  @orchparen

    Participation is optional, and you can leave the group at any time if you no longer wish to receive these messages.

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    Tuxedo Returns Tomorrow 5/4

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    If your student has a rented tuxedo, please have them bring it to tomorrow's Orchestra Banquet.  We will be checking them in for a short time both before and after the Banquet.

    Senior girls who would like to donate or sell their concert dress can bring those as well.  Sales of used dresses will not occur until August, so please attach contact information if you wish to be reimbursed.

    Thanks!

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Sign-up for Orchestra Parent Text Message Reminders

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    Orchestra parents/guardians are able to sign up to receive text message reminders of important upcoming events.  These text alerts are infrequent and often used in conjunction with only a subset of the Orchestra e-mails.  Participation is voluntary but potentially helpful if you check your e-mail infrequently or if the Orchestra informational e-mails are getting lost in a sea of spam.

    If you want to receive these messages but do not want to get them via text message, an alternative is to receive these messages via the REMIND app, which you can download to your smartphone.  Your orchestra student should already be receiving similar messages as part of a separate classroom REMIND group set up by Mr. Woodworth.

    To receive these periodic messages, send a text message to number 81010 with @orchparen in the message field.

    Again, enter this number:  81010
    Text this message:  @orchparen

    Participation is optional and you can leave the group at any time if you no longer wish to receive these messages.

    Great Works - Thursday April 27th

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    The upcoming Great Works event features the top ensembles at HRHS.  The performance will include full orchestra and choir, thespian Shakespeare, as well as our annual concerto competition with winners Simon Ye on saxophone and Trevor Vogel on Viola.

    Symphony orchestra students are required to attend this performance, all other audience members will need to have a ticket.  Tickets are $5 each.

    Online ticket sales are active and you are encouraged to purchase your tickets in advance for the show.  The ticket purchase website is:  Great Works Tickets

    The Great Work performance is on Thursday, April 27th, at St. Andrews United Methodist Church at 7:00 PM.

    St. Andrews United Methodist Church is located at 9203 S University Blvd in Highlands Ranch, just to the north of the shopping center in the NW corner of the University/Highlands Ranch Parkway intersection.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Arts Alive - Tuesday April 25th

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    Arts Alive is coming up on Tuesday, April 25th, from 7:00 - 9:30 PM in the HRHS Commons area.

    Arts Alive is our end-of-year finale for the Symphony orchestra students.  It is a kaleidoscope of ensembles from guitar, piano, vocal, and winter percussion in a Carnival like performance with goodies and treats around the halls.

    Chamber orchestra students are required to attend.

    Please come join us!

    Parent volunteers for this event will be contacted via separate e-mail with additional information.

    Sunday, April 16, 2017

    HRHS Orchestra Banquet - Thursday May 4th

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    Our End-of-Year Orchestra Banquet will be on Thursday, May 4th, in the HRHS auditorium.  The Orchestra Boosters will be providing the main dish and drinks, but are asking the families to bring sides and desserts to share in a pot luck fashion.  Please arrive in the 6:30-6:45 PM timeframe so you have time to drop off your side/dessert in the Orchestra Room before joining us in the main auditorium.

    Please RSVP no later than April 28th at this link:  Orchestra Banquet E-vite Invitation

    Once you've clicked on the link, View the Message From The Host, go to RSVP, and add a message in your RSVP reply stating whether you will be bringing a Side Dish or Dessert.

    May the 4th Be With You!

    Online Ticket Sales for Great Works Performance on April 27th

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    Online sales for our upcoming Great Work performance on April 27th are active and you can purchase your tickets in advance for the show.  Tickets are $5 each.

    The ticket purchase website is:  Great Works Tickets

    The Great Work performance is on Thursday, April 27th, at St. Andrews United Methodist Church at 7:00 PM.

    St. Andrews United Methodist Church is located at 9203 S University Blvd in Highlands Ranch, just to the north of the shopping center in the NW corner of the University/Highlands Ranch Parkway intersection.  We hope to see you there!

    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    April 10th Boosters General Meeting

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    Or next Booster Club General Meeting is this Monday, April 10th, from 7:30-8:00 PM in the HRHS Orchestra Room.  The main topics for this meeting will be planning for upcoming events in the coming month, including Arts Alive (April 25th), Great Works (April 27th), and the End of Year Banquet (May 4th).

    Parents and students are welcome to attend the General Meetings.  Please come if you are interested in assisting in the planning and/or volunteering for these events.

    We hope to see you there!

    Sunday, April 2, 2017

    Saturday April 8th - Volunteer Work Day at HRHS and Social Event at Fox & Hound

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    This Saturday, April 8th, the Booster Club is organizing a volunteer Work Day at HRHS followed by a social event.  We are looking for help with the following tasks at the school.  Students are encouraged to help out with their parents and can earn volunteer hours towards their graduation requirement.  If you are interested, please let Ryan Woodworth know (Ryan.Woodworth@dcsdk12.org) and we can coordinate specific times and work assignments.  We may also need additional help with supplies and tools.  Please let us know if you can help out!

    • Hanging plaques and Senior class pictures in the Orchestra room
    • Affixing a mirror and bow hooks to the walls
    • Reupholster the Bass instrument rack
    • Construct Cello instrument rack (using PVC)
    • Music library

    Regardless of whether you wish to participate in the Work Day event, but especially if you do, Parents and Guardians of Orchestra students are invited to join the HRHS Orchestra Boosters at a social event at the Fox & Hound Sports Tavern in Lone Tree, located at 9239 Park Meadows Drive.

    We will gather in the Burgundy Room starting at 4:30 PM on Saturday.  Please join us if you can!

    Fox & Hound Website

    Last Scrip Order for this school year - Due Wednesday April 5th

    The last Scrip order of the 2016-2017 school year for physical gift cards is due on Wednesday, April 5th.  Please get your order to Mr. Woodworth by the end of the school day if you are interested. 

    Cards usually arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday the following week.

    See the Fundraising tab on the website for more information about Scrip.

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    HRHS Orchestra Restaurant Fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A on Thursday Mar 16th

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    Please join us this Thursday, March 16th, for a Restaurant Fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A restaurant located in the King Soopers shopping center at University and Highlands Ranch Parkway (3700 E Highlands Ranch Pkwy).

    20% of all applicable sales from 4 PM to 8 PM will benefit the HRHS Orchestra!  Just mention HRHS Orchestra when ordering!

    And be sure to tell your friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers, friendly strangers, and anyone else you can think of to stop into Chick-Fil-A this Thursday.  MAKE SURE THEY MENTION HRHS ORCHESTRA WHEN ORDERING!

    Sunday, March 12, 2017

    Spring Orchestra Concert - Wednesday 3/15/2017

    Our Spring Concert is coming up this Wednesday, March 15th, at 7:00 PM at the HRHS auditorium.

    We are requesting that Symphony orchestra families donate either treats or bottled water to sell before/after the concert and at intermission.  Remaining bottled water will be used to keep our students hydrated at future events.

    If your student is in the Symphony orchestra please bring the following to the Orchestra Boosters table set up outside the auditorium entrance on the day of the performance.

    • Last names beginning with A-H:  Treats/snacks (homemade or store bought)
    • Last names beginning with I-Z:  One case of bottled water 

    The Booster Club will be selling these items for $1 each to go towards the Booster's General fund.  Chamber orchestra families will be asked to provide the same items for Arts Alive.  Thanks in advance for anything you can provide.

    If you are interested in purchasing a recording of the performance and would like to pre-order before the performance, please send an order form and check for $15 made out to HRHS Orchestra Boosters to school with your student to give to Ryan Woodworth by 3/15.

    Volunteers helping out with the Spring Concert (Link to Volunteer Signup Sheet) will be contacted with more specific information about their participation.

    See you at the show!

    Sunday, March 5, 2017

    March 7th Boosters General Meeting

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    Or next Booster Club General Meeting is this Tuesday, March 7th, from 6:30-7:00 PM in the HRHS Orchestra Room.  Parents/Guardians and students are welcome to attend the General Meetings.  The main topics for this month's meeting will be:

    • Planning for upcoming events in the coming month
    • Fundraising activities
    • Recruiting volunteers for next year's Booster club Open positions

    Several Executive Board members and other parent/guardian volunteers will not be returning next school year and new members will be required. Parents or guardians of a student currently in the orchestra program are eligible to serve on the Executive Board.  Term of office is one year.  Officers can serve up to two consecutive years in the same position.  Interim Board officers will be selected by May 15th, work alongside their predecessor for the remainder of the school year, and assume their full duties by June 1st.
    • President (Open position, candidate identified)
    • Vice President (Open position, this year's Board included two Co-Vice Presidents)
    • Treasurer (Current Treasurer has offered to stay-on, pending re-election)
    • Secretary (Open position)
    Additional assistance from parents/guardians is needed for non-Executive Board positions including communications, hospitality, volunteer coordination, fundraising, King Soopers cards, Scrip, concert attire, and scholarships.

    If you would like to learn more about these Open positions and would consider joining the Boosters next school year as an Executive Board member or in a non-Board position, please attend this meeting.

    We hope to see you there!

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

    DCSD Solo and Ensemble Festival 2017

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    The 25th annual Douglas County School District Solo and Ensemble Festival will be on Saturday, March 11th, from 8:00 AM until 12:30 PM at Legend High School in Parker, CO.

    As in the past, all entries to the Festival need to be completed, and paid for, online.  The entry fee is $17.00 for the first student (Solo) and an additional $5.00 for each additional student (Ensemble). The Festival website can be accessed at this link:  Douglas County Solo and Ensemble Festival Website

    The Mission of the Douglas County Solo and Ensemble Festival is to improve student musicianship by providing an opportunity for students to perform quality solo and ensemble music for professional musicians, as judges, and receive constructive criticism.

    Please encourage your students to participate in this wonderful performance opportunity and don't hesitate to contact Mike Snell, the Festival Manager, or Ryan Woodworth if you have any questions or require further information.

    The Entry Deadline is Friday, February 24th, at 11:45 PM

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    February 16th Boosters General Meeting

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    Or next Booster Club General Meeting is this Thursday, February 16th, from 6:00-6:30 PM in the HRHS Orchestra Room.  The main topics for this meeting will be planning for upcoming events in the coming month, including the New York trip and Spring Orchestra Concert.

    Parents and students are welcome to attend the General Meetings.  Please come if you are interested in planning for these events and also future fundraising opportunities.

    We hope to see you there!

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    HRHS Orchestra Restaurant Fundraiser at Casa Caliente on Sunday Feb 12th

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    Please join us this Sunday, February 12th, for a Restaurant Fundraiser at Casa Caliente restaurant located in the Enchanted Grounds mini-mall on Colorado Blvd between Veneford Ranch Rd and Siskin Ave (8800 S. Colorado Blvd). Over the phone orders for pickup at the restaurant are also included.

    20% of all applicable sales from 11 AM to Closing will benefit the HRHS Orchestra!  Just mention HRHS Orchestra when ordering!

    And be sure to tell your friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers, friendly strangers, and anyone else you can think of to stop into Casa Caliente this Sunday.  MAKE SURE THEY BRING A COPY OF THE FLYER LINKED BELOW OR MENTION HRHS ORCHESTRA WHEN ORDERING!

    You can checkout the Casa Caliente website, including the menu, at this link:
    Casa Caliente Restaurant and Cantina Website

    The restaurant night flyer can be found at this link:
    Casa Caliente Restaurant Fundraiser Flyer

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    Winter Strings Camp This Weekend - February 3rd and 4th

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    Winter Strings Camp is coming up this Friday and Saturday, 2/3 - 2/4, at HRHS.

    The camp on Friday will begin with registration at 3:30 PM and go until 8:00 PM.  Dinner will be provided at the 5:45 - 6:30 PM dinner break.

    Camp will resume on Saturday from 9:00 AM through 3:00 PM.  Lunch will be provided during the 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM lunch break.

    If you have any questions about Winter Strings Camp, please contact Ryan Woodworth.

    Sunday, January 15, 2017

    CMEA Information Meeting - Mandatory for Chamber Parents

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    The Colorado Music Educators Conference (CMEA) performance at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs is coming up on Saturday, January 28th.  Students will arrive at the hotel on Friday, the 27th, for an overnight stay.  The HRHS ensemble performance will be at 10:15 AM on Saturday at the International Center North.

    There is a Mandatory Parent Meeting to discuss the details of this overnight trip on Wednesday, January 18th, at 6:00 PM in the HRHS Auditorium.  Please plan on attending this meeting if you have a Chamber Orchestra student participating in CMEA.  Parent volunteering opportunities for this trip will also be discussed.

    Up to 150 audience members can obtain free tickets to the performance at the Broadmoor.  Tickets will be provided to the first 150 RSVP's at the CMEA Ticket/DVD Order Form website linked here.

    The students will also be performing a CMEA Sendoff Concert on Thursday, January 26th, at 7:00 PM in the HRHS Auditorium.  Attendance is free for this performance.


    Sunday, January 8, 2017

    January 11th Boosters General Meeting

    HRHS Orchestra Families,

    Or next Booster Club General Meeting is this Wednesday, January 11th, from 7:00-8:00 PM in the HRHS Orchestra Room.  The main topics for this meeting will be planning for upcoming events in the next month, including Continental League, CMEA, and Winter Strings Camp.

    Parents and students are welcome to attend the General Meetings.  Please come if you are interested in planning for these events and also future fundraising opportunities.

    We hope to see you there!