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Wolf-Tones (officially known as the SRVHS Instrumental Music Foundation) is the music booster group for San Ramon Valley High School supporting the long and illustrious history of instrumental music we are so fortunate to have at this school! 

 

Wolf-Tones Monthly Update – March 2020

 

Jazz Auditions

Due to the current situation, the auditions for the 2020-2021 Jazz Program will be completely digital. Please see the  Jazz Ensemble page for more details. Be aware that due to the change in how auditions are being run, some audition requirements have been altered. All auditions are due by 3:00 pm on Friday, April 17th. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

 

Senior Scholarships

Hello Seniors,

I hope you are all doing well during this difficult time. Wolf-Tones and I are pleased to announce 4 scholarship opportunities specifically for Instrumental Music Seniors. You can find information on each scholarship on the Resources page.  Applications must be emailed to both Mrs. Glass (cglass@srvusd.net) and myself (bnishida@srvusd.net) by 3:00 pm on Friday, May 1st. Once you submit your application you will receive a confirmation email from me. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

On a side note, I just want to tell you that I miss seeing you all. I also truly appreciate your leadership this school year, I cannot imagine a better senior class to work with during my first year full time at SRV. Please don’t be afraid to reach out if there is anything I can do for you. Take care and see you soon!

Sincerely,

-Brant Nishida

 

Update from Mr. Nishida
3/23/2020

Hey Wolves,

I hope this message finds you and your families healthy and safe. As I am sure you are all aware, we will be participating in Distance Learning for the next two weeks. Although I would much rather be in class with all of you, I am looking forward to the opportunities that Distance Learning will provide us. I will be outlining what the next two weeks will look like for us as well as give you updates on where we stand for the rest of the school year.

After much thought on what would be most beneficial for us during this period I decided to base our online class on three concepts; Exploring, Enjoying, and Interacting. Exploring can look like reviewing music theory, discovering a new artist, or using online tools to explore different musical topics/concepts. Enjoying can look like playing your favorite piece of music or song on your instrument, listening to your favorite artist, or watching an online performance. Interacting can look like participating in a virtual ensemble, hosting an online jam session with your friends, or interacting with your classmates in our Google Classroom.

In order to participate in our Distance Learning, you will need to join our Google Classroom.

Here is how to do it:

  1. Sign in to your Student Google Account
  2. Go to classroom.google.com 
  3. Click on the + at the top right corner of the screen
  4. Select “Join Class”
  5. Enter the code: lp7mp3r 6.

And you’re in!

More information about how to use the Google Classroom and the different activities will be posted in the class itself.

As of right now Distance Learning will run until our Spring Break which begins on 4/6. However, given the current situation it is expected that this will be extended. This obviously has a huge impact on the rest of our school year. Due to the current school closure and government health guidelines the SRVUSD Band and Orchestra Festival (4/24-4/25) that was to be held in place of CMEA is canceled. Other events and performances may also be postponed or canceled but I want to be clear, no decision on remaining events or performances have been made. I will update you all as decisions are made but I plan on all events and performances to be held as scheduled until I am told otherwise.

I understand there are a lot of questions and confusion as to what will happen between now and the end of the school year. But given that the situation is constantly changing we will not be making any decisions until it is clear what the rest of the school year will look like. End of the Year Awards, Marching Leadership Auditions, Senior Solos, and Jazz Placements are on hold until we get further direction from the school district.

Lastly, I want to invite all of you to Google Meet, this is just an opportunity for us to see one another, check in, and dive into our Google Classroom. This will happen at 1:30 pm on Wednesday 3/25. I will send a link to join the Google Meet on Wednesday morning.

I understand that is new to all of us so if you have any questions or issues joining our Google Classroom please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be on email throughout the school day (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-3:30 pm), and I will do my best to answer your message as soon as possible. If your problem or concern cannot be addressed properly over email you can also schedule a video chat with me.

Stay healthy and I look forward to seeing you in our online classroom!

Sincerely,

Brant Nishida
bnishida@srvusd.net

 

SRVUSD Closes Schools effective 3/16-5/1/2020

In light of escalating conditions surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), the District has made the decision to postpone attendance at all schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020, through at least Friday, May 1, 2020. This period of time includes our already calendared Spring Break.  Click here to read official updates on the district website.

 

Dear Musical Families,

We hope you are all staying healthy and safe in these unprecedented times.  We are attempting to keep everyone updated with our musical events as we follow SRVUSD’s directives, but please know things right now are fluid and subject to change.

Due Sunday, March 15, 2020/21 Class selection.  Remember, students need a total of 20 units in Visual & Performing Arts, World Languages OR Career Tech & Applied Art to graduate and we have several wonderful Performing Arts options in our Music program.

 

Here are the classes that will be offered in the Music Department for 2020/21:

  • Our Award Winning MARCHING ENSEMBLE  – This class counts for 5 units of PE credit (Sophomores-Seniors) and takes place after school on MW (and some Fridays for home football games as well as 2 Saturdays for competitions) in the fall semester. String players can participate as part of the ME color guard- we have a spot for everyone that wants to join!
    • Want to try out Marching Ensemble?  Come and join the Marching Wolves in the Danville July 4th Parade – Open to incoming Freshman as well as current SRVHS students! 
    • Questions? Please email Mrs. Glass (cglass@srvusd.net) or Mr Nishida (bnishida@srvusd.net) or see our 2020/21 Drum Major Finn Fetherstonhaugh for more details

  • CONCERT BAND- open to all students with previous experience with a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument

  • SYMPHONIC BAND- Audition/Consent of Mr. Nishida

  • JAZZ ENSEMBLE- Audition only

  • ORCHESTRA- open to all string players, wind and percussion players by auction/consent of Mr. Nishida

 

SPECIAL EVENTS AND CONGRATULATIONS:

Congratulations to Hannah Lam! 

Hannah won a scholarship for the Sequoia Chamber Music Ensemble Camp at the recent All State Conference    

Winter Concert Audio and Video

As promised, we have the audio and video from the Winter Concert from the Orchestra, Symphonic, and Concert bands.  Enjoy!

  • Please CLICK HERE to navigate to the google drive to download the full Concert Band, Orchestra and Symphonic Band concert video recording and/or the individual audio recordings!

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:
(Please note all events are subject to change and will follow the SRVUSD directives)

4/13 – Wolf-Tones Instrumental Music Board Meeting in the Old Staff Lounge from 7-8 PM – TENTATIVE PENDING SCHOOL CLOSURE

Come and meet Mr Nishida, Mrs. Glass, and your booster board.  All are welcome to join us and hear about program business and meet other musical parents!

4/17 – Jazz Auditions

Due to the current situation, the auditions for the 2020-2021 Jazz Program will be completely digital. Please see the  Jazz Ensemble page for more details. Be aware that due to the change in how auditions are being run, some audition requirements have been altered. All auditions are due by 3:00 pm on Friday, April 17th. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

 

NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

  • We have been blessed to have the wonderful Shaw and Jim Lacey as our current Marching Ensemble trailer parents! But, as they are the parents of a graduating senior, we are looking for a new set of parents with a truck that are willing to help us next year.  There are 2 competitions in the fall, and we will tell you everything you need to know beforehand. If you are interested, please let Debbie (Debbie.koteskey@gmail.com) or Connie (conniegazarian@comcast.net) know.
  • We are in the middle of selecting new and improved music apparel/swag for our parents and students to purchase. If you would like to be on the committee that will select these new items, please reach out to Jenn Cyrnak (at jennysue6@yahoo.com) or Christine Bertolero at (uniformcoordinator4srvwt@gmail.com) as they are heading up that committee.
  • We will be having elections for our 2020/21 Wolf Tones officers in the spring. Please take a look and check out some of the jobs you might be interested in holding next year, we need each family to help by volunteering some time, and we have big or small jobs available (you don’t need to take an officer role).  It takes a village to keep our wonderful program going to support all our very talented students!  Detailed job descriptions can be found here: Wolf-Tones Job Descriptions or reach out to Debbie or Connie for more information. 

 

 

A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR

  • A HUGE thank you to Michelle Vejby our Disney Tour coordinator this year. Michelle has worked tirelessly to ensure this trip is a wonderful and memorable experience for all our ME students that attended!
  • Thanks to Judi Nishimori (our lead chaperone), our chaperpones (Christine Bertolero, Susan Bray, Mark Keoppen, Lorraine Libera, Kirk Martinez, Marylou Martinez, Patricia Moreno, Jill Newton, Joyce Roe, and Ben Szutu)  and Kaarin Simpson and Dale (our trailer drivers) for the Disney tour, we couldn’t have gone without any of you!
  • And thank you to Mr. Nishida and Chief for all you do every day to help our talented students achieve their best performance always!

 

Warmly,

Connie Gazarian & Debbie Koteskey

Co-Presidents, Wolf-Tones

 

 

Complete/Update District Online Volunteer Registration

Please update or create your volunteer registration with Be A Mentor today! Parents interested in helping on campus, at games and parades, chaperoning on field trips, or driving students MUST have the appropriate clearance for SRVHS.  We do check these clearances for every event.  To update your information or to register, please go to the SRVUSD Volunteer website, click on the “parents and students” tab and follow the volunteer info link.  It’s easy and relatively quick.

 

General News

Remember eScrip and AmazonSmile!

When doing your Holiday shopping this year, don’t forget to help support SRVHS Wolf-Tones financially by taking advantage of eScrip and Amazon Smile to raise funds without any additional expense for you. Your family and friends can help too!

escrip

Use eScrip when shopping locally or online to earn money for Wolf-Tones. When you use eScrip’s Online Mall their online retailers give you savings, plus up to 16% back to Wolf-Tones. It features hundreds of stores, including eBay, and major department stores like Macy’s.

Follow these simple steps to start earning money for Wolf-Tones now:

  1. Log on to eScrip.com using your existing eScrip account if you have one or go to escrip.com and click on “sign-up” and follow directions to create an account.
  2. Enter “SRVHS” in as the name of the Schools or Nonprofit to support. Select “SRVHS Wolf Tones”.
  3. Bookmark shopping.escrip.com and use it every time you shop online.
  4. Or instead of having to shop from the eScrip Mall: From shopping.escrip.com, you can download and install eScrip’s “ForgetMeNot” app on your browser. Once it’s installed you’ll be reminded automatically whenever you’re shopping with a merchant who gives back. Simply click on the eScrip banner that will appear at the top of the web page to earn for Wolf-Tones. It’s free and is easy to install. ForgetMeNot works for most merchants, however some merchants, like Amazon, Target and Home Depot require you to visit the Online Mall before you shop to earn with them.

For additional contributions to Wolf-Tones when shopping or eating out locally, follow the instructions on eScrip to register your existing credit/debit cards.

If you’re a Lucky’s Supermarket shopper, you can earn up to 3% from Lucky by registering at www.escrip.com/shares.

amazonsmile

For those of you who shop at Amazon.com, use AmazonSmile instead!  Your shopping experience will be just the same, using the same account information and shopping cart.  Amazon.com will then contribute 0.5% of your eligible purchases.  Follow these simple steps to start earning money for SRVHS Wolf-Tones:

  1. Logon to smile.amazon.com using your existing Amazon account.
  2. If this is your first visit to smile.amazon.com, when you’re asked to choose your charity, simply enter “SRVHS” and select “Srvhs Instrumental Music Foundation”
  3. Bookmark smile.amazon.com and use it every time you shop at Amazon.

 

Don’t forget about the Corporate Matching Program

We need your help to DOUBLE YOUR DONATION!

If your company participates in Corporate Matching and you haven’t submitted your paperwork yet, please do it soon.  Last year we raised over $6,000 in matching funds (free money!) and we hope to do even better this year.  If you have questions please contact Kelly Ryan.

Thank you so much for your continued support of our Instrumental Music Program!

 

Volunteer Reminders

As a reminder to everyone, in order to chaperone and/or drive students to music events you must register with Be A Mentor. If you haven’t already done it, get started now at SRVUSD Volunteer website.

 

Wolf-Tones Store:

Our Wolf-Tones store is now available.  You are able to purchase spirit wear, stickers, magnets and other instrumental music items.  Click here to enter our store.

 

Instrumental Music Donations:

Our music program is dependent on class donations to fund all our student activities.  Thank you to all the families who donated to our program during registration.  We are currently at 68% of our budgeted needs.  If you did not have a chance to make your donation please click here to go to our Donations Page for more information and to make your donation.

 

A Very Special “Thank You” to our
SRVHS Instrumental Music Donors

Amazon Smile Cheryl Yee Glass Pandora
Carpet One San Ramon Hospice Thrift Shoppe Panera Bread San Ramon
Chevron Ike’s Love and Sandwiches Peet’s Coffee Danville
Classic Graphics Image Concepts PG&E
Jennifer Cyrnak Jersey Mike’s Danville Plestchet Family
Danville Rotary Club Christine Lew San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Club
Esin and Curtis deCarion/ Revel and Esin of Danville Life Expressions Décor See’s Candy
Dalenberg Family Lobsang/Tsai Family Starbucks Rose Garden
Discover Danville Association McElroy Family The Studio
Freiman Family James McWilliams Thermo Fisher Scientific
Connie Gazarian/
Rodan & Fields
Musical Images Wisser Family
Ohara Family Karen Young