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August 29, 2020

7th and 8th Graders:  Congratulations on an awesome first couple of weeks of remote learning! Despite a handful of technology issues out of our control, you have done an outstanding job of logging on, asking questions, playing instruments, and uploading assignments. You make our instructional day very enjoyable, this hasn't been easy for anyone.

Remember to try to have your camera on (if comfortable) so we can help with posture and setup. This is also helpful for us teaching to a face rather than a blank screen. Keep up the great work and keep smiling! We are so very proud of you!

*If you need anything, please email a director, happy to help you with instrument issues or music books.

August 14, 2020

It was awesome seeing our families at Instrument Tuning/Pickup yesterday! Special thanks to the Almond and Jasrotia families for providing the fan and tent-it was a hot one!! We greatly appreciate the relief!

Last Call:  All students will need a functioning instrument and book (see previous post) based on level. We only have 16 class meetings this quarter and need to play as much as possible. All orchestra students are required to play an instrument the first week, please be prepared. If you need anything, please email Ms. Hardy immediately. Please note, your directors are mostly teaching remotely, we cannot necessarily provide something from school if you need it right away. 

Finally: We will be communicating through CTLS once everyone is on and comfortable with the platform. Families are also expected to sign up for email updates on our orchestra website:

*All important information will be posted on the main page, no need to search. Many of our families have mi...

August 12, 2020

Thursday 3-5pm- Grades 7 & 8 in Car Pool Lane, stay in your car and let us know what you need. 

7th: You will begin the year reviewing Essential Elements Book 1 in additional to materials we will post on CTLS. If you do not have this book or left it at school, please come by at the above time to retrieve a book, get an instrument finger taped or tuned, or sign out a cello/bass (see previous posts about this!!!)

8th:  You will need Essential Elements Book 2 (purple on the cover).  We have books at school for you to borrow, come by and get one during above day/time. You are welcome to order your own or get one from the music store as well. We will also use material we post on CTLS.

We need all orchestra students ready to play for their first days in orchestra. We only have 16 classes together this quarter and have lots of music making to do. We are so excited to get playing again!! Please be ready to go, we are doing what we can to assist in any way. Please note, if you...

August 11, 2020

For any and ALL orchestra kids: tuning, finger taping, orchestra book pick-up. We are available! Please carefully read the info below. If you are signing out a school cello or bass, you MUST have completed THIS FORM.

Thursday 3-5pm Dickerson front sidewalk (8/13)

  1. Parents pull up, open trunk with instrument in back that needs tuning/taping in front of orchestra stairs/E-wing doors past front entrance of the school (car pool lane).

  2. Teacher removes instrument from trunk of car (gloved and masked), takes care of necessary issues outside on sidewalk, replaces in the trunk of car.

  3. If students need to borrow a school music book or obtain their book (if name on it and retrieved from your locker).

  4. If a student is signing out an instrument, they pull up, open trunk, instrument is place in vehicle, paperwork is handed over or emailed in advance *Must complete CCSD sign-out form 

  5. We are not providing rosin, rock stops, or shoulder rests-these are items you are expected to hav...

August 7, 2020

Hey Orchies! Mr. B and I are super excited after week two of teacher trainings (LOTS of CTLS fun). We have confidence that things are going to be great once we get going!

Updates: Once materials pick-up information for Dickerson has been sent out, we are planning on having a tuning/taping station. You bring your instrument, we jazz it up while wearing masks and sanitizing, and hand it back to you. Remember, if you think you may have outgrown your instrument, NOW is the time to go swap up sizes at the music store. They are ready and expecting you.

*ALL 7/8 Orchestra students MUST have an instrument at home the first week.  We are not offering alternate assignments (please refer to previous post). We are not able to delay instruction time as we have attempted to communicate to everyone and we only technically have class twice a week. Time is precious and we want to get playing again. Don't forget to have any accessories you need as well: rosin, shoulder rest, etc. Students are expecte...

July 31, 2020

Hello! I wanted to reach out and hopefully address some concerns now that we have more firm direction as to what the start of our school year will look like.

After this first of three weeks of teacher training I am feeling so much better about the virtual start. Everyone asks, "How does that look in orchestra? Isn't that impossible?." No way! Mr. B. and I are actually looking forward to this and feel our students are going to grow so much, experiencing the best we can offer. As a parent of a 4th and 6th grader in Cobb, I feel confident our district and teachers will provide the best education possible given the current circumstances. 

Onto orchestra stuff! This information applies to all 7th and 8th graders, but I will include some info for 6th in case we have curious siblings. 

1. All students are expected to perform on an instrument. There will be no "alternate assignments." We are a performance based class, this is the number one National and State St...

July 7, 2020

Universal refund checks are in the mail today! If you do not receive your check by the end of this week, please email Ms. Hardy late next week. If you completed the refund request form, the check was mailed to that address. A handful of people did not complete the form so checks were sent to the address on file with the school. Due to the bus company not refunding our money (the district is dealing with this), plus the cost of the two t-shirts per person (you can pick them up at Walton when school begins), the total refund amount per person is $550.34. Once again, thank you for your patience with this frustrating process.

Lessons? With the unknown of the start of the school year, some families have reached out regarding instruction. Currently, only private lessons are available (approximately $30 per half hour) from various orchestra teachers in the area (lessons are via Zoom or in person if requested). If you are interested in lessons or a younger sibling wants to get a head...

June 4, 2020

Thank you to Rising 9th grade families for completing the required information for refunds. Unfortunately, after going back and forth with the Universal Company, our check was delayed even longer than originally anticipated. This being said, we cannot process any funds until the bookkeeper returns in July. Our apologies with this, again, this was well out of our control. We checked the mail every single day (which includes going to the actual post office as the building is closed), to get this taken care of. It has been very frustrating on our part as well. 

Wishing everyone a peaceful summer. 

May 19, 2020

Good News! It appears our refunds are getting super close to being processed. Please understand that we are doing whatever we can to get the most of your money back to you. Our bus company, contracted and approved with Cobb Schools, is not refunding any money. This has been a common occurrence throughout the district, the school district is fighting this. We are still waiting on any result from these actions. 

That being said, we are looking at refunding 75-80% of money to you. The funds not refunded are two trip shirts, which everyone should have picked up last week (we still have them if you would like yours), and the cost of the bus. We are very grateful that both the hotel and Universal Studios refunded 100% of our money that was already paid in full. Please understand this is a very challenging, unknown time for everyone and we are dealing with everything to the best of our ability. 

How do I get my money? A check will be sent to each household once the following info...

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