Weekly Announcements 11-26-18

November 29, 2018 By


NEW on this week’s announcements:

(Full Band) We need your help to make the gift wrapping fundraiser successful!

Please sign up here:
Week 2 (Dec. 2-Dec. 8)

Week 3 (Dec. 9-Dec. 15)

Week 4 (Dec. 16-Dec. 24)

(Pep Band) Last Rehearsal next Monday night, 5:30-7:00.

(Brass Choir) Brass Choir rehearsal is back to normal Wednesday and Friday mornings this week, 7:15.

(Full Band) The Cornhusker Marching Band Highlights Concert is Thursday, November 29th at 7:30pm at the Lied Center. They will be playing all the show music from this season, as well as pre-game, cadences, etc. Get there early to watch section “ditties” before the show!

(Full Band) Solo & Ensemble participants: Once you have your music and group selected, please fill out the Sign up sheet in the classroom and linked below. You perform for a judge on Dec. 18th!https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMsoUIMbhoHcWXMjtJgcRZ-pwfZqQFlfp_MsbjQDCOeO7rlg/viewform

(Full Band) Next 2 weeks at a glance:

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7:15 Brass Choir
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7:15 Brass Choir 7:15 Brass Choir


Pep Band-1st b-ball games, 4:30 report

Reminders from previous announcements:

(Full Band) Now is the time to start thinking about next year’s schedule. We’d like you to remember that there are other music classes that are not ensembles that we’d like to fill up. Guitar I, Guitar II, Music Theory, Music Technology all only happen if enough students sign up for them. If you are looking for an extra class, please keep these in mind.

(Full Band) Concert Attire is ALL BLACK and ONLY BLACK. Ladies: Pants and not leggings or tights only. Guys: Button down, long sleeve shirt is preferred. Band shoes are acceptable. No sandals, ties, or hats. Ladies, hair should at least be back out of your face.

(Full Band) Info for UNO’s Honor Band is in the link here:

(Full Band) Information regarding the Nebraska Wesleyan Honor Band can be found here:
https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/undergraduate/majors-and-minors/music/honors-festival .

(Full Band) Remaining Concert Dates: Dec. 10, Feb. 12, Apr. 8, Apr. 15, and May14. Please mark these on your calendar and look ahead to any possible conflicts. For those in winter and spring sports, look ahead and compare your game schedules with these dates. For those that have jobs, give these dates to your employer NOW so you don’t get scheduled to work in a concert date.

*The February concert date was originally listed as being on Monday the 11th but has been changed to Tuesday the 12th.

–Mr. T


What is gift wrapping at Gateway???  It is our largest fundraiser of the year.  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we offer gift wrapping services at Gateway Mall for a $3 suggested donation per package.

When is gift wrapping at Gateway??  This year, gift wrapping starts on Sunday, November 25th and runs through Sunday, December 23rd (we will be closed, however, on November 26-28th and December 10, 11 and 13th)

What are the hours gift wrapping is available?  Hours during the week are from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. (or later as Christmas approaches).  Weekend hours are 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  Shifts are two or three hours in duration.

Where will the gift wrapping station be located?  This year, we will be located at the former “Tilted Kilt” restaurant site by the Food Court,

What if I don’t have any gift wrapping skills?  No problem!  We still need you!!!!  Even if you can’t gift wrap, we can teach you, or we can use your skills elsewhere. We need lots of volunteers to help with customer service, to restock supplies, and to help our students while they wrap gifts.

Can my family and I volunteer to help?  YES!!!  This is a HUGE event for us and we need A LOT of volunteers to help out.  We need at least one parent and two or three students per shift (as we get closer to Christmas, we will need more people per shift).  Students can earn service hours towards their band letter.  This is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents and siblings to help out too!  Make it a family event!!

Can I sign up for more than one shift? YES, YES, YES!!  You can sign up for as many shifts as you wish.  We do ask that each student sign up for a minimum  of one shift during the event.

What if all the sign ups are full?  Can I just show up anyway??  YES!!!  Please do!!  Especially as we get closer to the holiday, we will get busier and will no doubt need your help!!

Where do I sign up?  We have sign up sheets available for all for weeks of the event:  If you and/or your student want to volunteer, please sign up here:

Week 2 (Dec. 2-Dec. 8)

Week 3 (Dec. 9-Dec. 15)

Week 4 (Dec. 16-Dec. 23)


What about wrapping supplies??  We are taking gift wrapping supplies now–high quality wrapping paper, boxes, ribbons/bows, boxes, tissue paper, boxes, tape (scotch and packing), and boxes (we obviously need a lot of boxes–boxes of all sizes)!! If you have any wrapping supplies to donate, please bring them to our location at Gateway—by the west entrance by the Food Court–during the hours we are open (4-9 p.m. during the week and 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the weekends)

A Note on Behalf of Student Council

“Student Council is teaming up with the Spartan Village and PTO to hold a donation drive for our Spartan Village as our semester is coming to a close.

For those of you that aren’t aware, Mrs. Wilson-Dunning in collaboration with the counseling center, administration, Junior League of Lincoln, and Food Bank of Lincoln has created a room in our school where we gather/store non perishable food items, clothing, and personal hygiene products.  Theses items in the Spartan Village their additional services can be utilized by anyone in the East community; staff, students, families, friends, etc. 

The drive will be held Monday, December 3rd through Friday, December 14th. We will be collecting donations of food, clothing, and personal hygiene products. To make sure all of the closet’s needs are addressed, we will be splitting categories of items amongst the groups that participate. To make this a bit more fun, we are going to make it a competition. PTO has set aside $100 to award to the “team” that raises the most. They will be able to use however they please (donate back to the closet, a charity of their choosing, or for personal benefit). More details regarding drop off, donation assignments, and logistics will be sent to those who are interested in participating.”

The Band will be participating in this drive for Spartan Village.  Mr. Thorpe and/or the Boosters will receive information in the next few days about what our donation items will be.  We will let you know so our band families can participate and donate items as they wish.  Please stay tuned for more details.

A Note on Behalf of the PTO 

“East PTO is sponsoring the very timely, and life-saving suicide prevention training, “QPR-Question, Persuade, Refer” on Monday, January 14th at 6:30 pm in the East media center.  Parents and guardians of East students are encouraged to attend.   The course and materials are free. Diane Wilson-Dunning, East High Counselor and Certified QPR instructor, will lead the session.

Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives.  According to The QPR Institute, “the QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training,” and “we believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make positive differences in the life of someone they know.”

This training is one hour long and is appropriate for lay people.  Maximum enrollment is 20 enrollees per session.  Additional sessions will be added if necessary.  Our PTO is honored to support this worthy cause.  If you are interested in attending, please follow this link to register  http://signup.com/go/dSaUnDz

The Band is not sponsoring this training.  We are simply passing this information along to any of our band families who may be interested in participating in the training.


We have the perfect gift for those on your holiday list

What’s the perfect gift for your child’s school teacher?  What about for their piano teacher?  The mail carrier?  The baby sitter?  The neighbor next door?  Your hair stylist?  Your co-worker?  BAKER’S CHOCOLATES!!

Holiday packaging makes these wonderfully smooth and delectable chocolates perfect for gift giving.  You can even treat yourself during the holiday season!!

Boxes are $5.00 and the proceeds will be used to support the band!  If you are interested in purchasing these delightful treats, please contact Angela Melton @ (402) 202-5383 or amelton93@gmail.com.

Please consider purchasing Marcus Theater tickets or coffee/tea/cider/hot chocolate from The Mill.  They make great gift ideas and you can support the band at the same time!!


Fall blockbuster movies are coming your way!  Get prepared by placing an order for discounted Marcus Movie Theater tickets and gift cards.  Not only easy, your purchase helps the band!!  Orders are due to Chair Paula Williams by the 10th of each month.

Questions? Email Paula @ penbroke28@gmail.com.



The Mill and the Boosters are teaming up with a coffee/tea/hot chocolate/cider fundraiser! Everyone knows someone who likes coffee! Students will make $5.50 per coffee bag sold and $5 per tea bag sold. Money earned will go towards the band.  Monthly orders will be accepted at the monthly booster meetings.  Orders will then be ready within about a week.  Visit the Band’s website at www.lincolneastband.org.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Fundraisers” to access the order forms.  Please contact Miki Valenta at eastbandexecutiveboard@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Consider Joining the Booster Board for the 2019-2020 Year

The Booster Board is seeking new board leadership next year to replace outgoing members.  We are looking for:

Vice President (2-year commitment with accession to President in the second year) – assists with fundraisers/identification of project chairs, assumes duties of President when necessary, assists with board operations and other duties as assigned.

Secretary takes meeting minutes and is responsible for keeping corporate records and other duties as assigned

Communications Director/Media – responsible for distributing communications to the parents from band directors and Booster Board, prepares flyers and materials for fundraisers, prepares sign-ups for volunteer opportunities, maintains band website and coordinates with social media band leaders about posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. and other duties as assigned.

Serving as a board member is a time commitment, but it is one of the most rewarding experiences you will have as a parent at East.  Not only will you meet and develop fantastic friendships, you will also have many opportunities to work closely with our band students and their families and provide valuable input about the band program and activities in the future.

If you are interested in serving on the Booster Board next year, please email the Executive Board at eastbandexecutiveboard@gmail.com