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Allen Eagle Escadrille TWIB Notes September 21-27, 2020

Message from Dr. Obado

The time has finally come! It's GAME WEEK! We have a lot of information regarding Friday's game day. Please read the Game Day section information and links provided. I'm sorry the information is quite dense. Due to our COVID protocols, it will make preparing for game day a little more challenging. There is a checklist of everything you need to be successful on game day.

  • FRIDAY GAMEDAY INFORMATION
  • SENIOR SUNRISE CELEBRATION: AHS Students only
  • SECONDARY DISTRIBUTION: Miss Saturday's distribution day?
  • "BLAST" FUNDRAISER: All students are asked to participate in this year's online donation fundraiser. See information below.
  • BOOSTER INFORMATION: a note on volunteering
  • AT-HOME & IN-PERSON INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL CHANGE: Scroll below for more information.
  • TUESDAY/THURSDAY EVENING REHEARSALS (6-8:30pm): Tues (9/22): Red Band (Track)/Blue Band (Rugby), Thurs (9/24): Red Band (Rugby), Blue Band (Track)

GAMEDAY INFORMATION (9/25)

Click on links below for specific information on the itinerary, music needed, and how parents can purchase tickets.

We are excited to have our first home game on Friday, September 25th. Students will be unable to stay on campus or will have food to purchase after school this year. All students should eat dinner before arrival. If a student cannot go home after school, they need to have their instrument (no case), and eat dinner before coming for inspection.

Freshmen and non-driving students: It will be easier taking the bus (or normal ride) home and securing transportation back to school for inspection.

Students will be receiving their PPE on Monday or Tuesday in class or during marching band rehearsal. The PPE will consist of a slitted-mask (or special flute mask) and instrument bell cover. The masks are designed to remain covering students' nose and mouth while playing. The covers are double ply with a MERV-13 filter. MERV-13 can be found in HEPA filters.

Students will be seated on the Visitor side: Section 123, 124, Concourse (chairs provided), and Away Plaza (chairs provided). Sections 123 and 124 will be reserved for the Tallenettes, AHS Wind Ensemble, AHS Wind Symphony, AHS Symphonic 1 (partial), Seniors, and all sousaphones. The color guard will be seated in the Visitor Side Plaza. All students are required to properly wear their masks (nose and mouth covered) and distanced appropriately in the space provided. Parents will be unable to purchase tickets near the band: enjoy listening and watching on the home side!

Inspection begins at the track stadium at 5:30pm. If a student does not pass inspection, they will be sent home and issued a zero for their performance. Students are required to have their proper attire, red drawstring bag, their water jug, music in flip folders/lyres, and instrument in working order. Students will be given snacks and two bottles of water (to supplement) when they pass inspection.

AT-HOME/NON-MARCHING STUDENTS will be issued an assignment on Monday (on Canvas) 9/21 that will be due on 11:59pm on Friday. The assignment will be a mini-research paper that will be equal in length to a football game. It should take a student approximately four hours to complete. Students should submit original work; students that submit plagiarized work will be subject to AISD academic dishonesty. See AISD Academic Honor Code below.

Senior Sunrise Celebration

  • Who: AHS students only
  • When: Fri, Sept 25 - 7:30am Call Time. Will finish up in time to get to 1st period.
  • Where: Enter Gate D (visitor side of stadium)
  • Attire: Gameday attire
  • BATTERY PERC: 7am call time in Percussion Rehearsal Hall
  • TUBAS: 7am call time in ER

Blast Donation Drive

What is Blast? We are using Blast to fundraise this season. It allows us to raise money using email and text messaging to your donors. Throughout the season we can post photos, videos, and recaps to our Blast page. The coverage we post gets emailed to donors showing them what their donation paid for.

Are we providing a list of emails and phone numbers to create a donor list? Yes - we are not selling products (like cookie-dough, candy, or discount cards). We are providing photos and videos of YOUR experiences to your donors (neighbors, family, parent co-workers, anybody that cares about you!).

Do students keep the profit for their band account? No. AISD does not allow individual student accounts for activities. These funds go towards non-fee revenue items/services for the band such as props, student leadership training, clinician expenses, special meals for students, scholarships, and equipment needs.

Why should we fundraise? Unlike most band programs (including all of our neighboring band programs), we do not charge fees that go beyond student items. Our fees are low because we only charge fees that pay for attire, dry-cleaning on normal years, refreshment fees, and instrument usage. Our boosters provide equipment, special student meals, leadership training, props, clinician expenses, music commissions, and many other needs that go beyond our district budget. This is a unique year where our booster budget is getting cut to get through a challenging revenue-generating year. We are in danger of not procuring funds towards our needs this year and next. If we are unable to successfully fundraise, we will need to increase our student fees to to maintain our current needs or provide less for our students. This is an easy and critical fundraiser for all of us!

What are our goals? All we need to do is provide 20 quality contacts (email addresses and/or phone numbers). That's it! There is a goal of generating $200 from your contacts. That's ensuring you can get 20 contacts that could donate at least $10. (Or 8 contacts that can donate $25, or 4 that can donate $50 - you get the idea). Remember, your donors are getting YOUR Blast page that we will provide photos and pictures. You can also provide your own special photos and pictures for your donors as well. This is better than selling overpriced cookie-dough that may sit in a freezer for months or a tiny discount card that will get lost or forgotten!

Color Guard, Percussion, Jazz Band? You can have your donors contribute for speciality groups like the color guard, percussion, or jazz band instead of the whole band. The guard needs floors for the winter. Percussion has so much equipment that needs replacing every year. Jazz takes trips to jazz festivals and has their own uniforms. YOU MUST JOIN GUARD, PERCUSSION, OR JAZZ WHEN SIGNING UP.

How do I get started? See the link "Fundraiser Details and Links" below. Let's get your 20 contacts uploaded by Monday, September 14.

Allen Band Booster Announcements

STUDENT JACKETS: Student jackets may fit big. Please consider that your student may grow into the jacket. Also, next year when the students will be in the marching uniform, the larger size will allow the jacket to fit over the uniform.

DISTRIBUTION: The next distribution of items will be Thursday, 9/24, from 6-7pm in front of the PAC. Please come by to pick up student jackets, drawstring bags and spirit wear items.

VOLUNTEERS: Due to current circumstances, there will be no volunteer sign ups for football games. Unfortunately, we are limited to a very small number of volunteers and there are no open spaces at this time. However, please make sure that you are a member of Allen Band Booster Association and that you have a current Allen ISD volunteer approval, so when there are volunteer opportunities you will be ready to go. Keep watching communication form Allen Band and TWIB Notes for future opportunities.

Secondary Distribution Day

If you did not go to distribution day last Saturday, you can stop by to pick up items on Thursday, Sept 24 from 6pm-7pm) in front of the Allen Performing Arts Center. If you do not have the proper items for the first game, you will be sent home at inspection.

If you paid for items in early August but did not do the online registration process, we did not order you a Field Jacket for you. We are working to get jackets by gameday, but we are not guaranteeing that date. If it is cold or wet, students that don't have the correct jacket will be unable to participate in the game. We used the data submitted from the Online Registration (which was due on August 1, 2020).

At-Home & In-Person Instructional Model Change Information

Allen ISD understands that families may want to change their instructional delivery model selection during the school year. Due to the scheduling complexities inherent in both At-Home Learning and In-Person Learning, parents are asked to make a commitment for at least one full nine-weeks grading period. To make a change for the 2nd nine-weeks grading period (Oct. 14 through Dec. 18) the change must be made between September 23-29.

Parents wishing to change their child’s participation in either At-Home Learning or In-Person Learning for the next nine-weeks grading period will need to complete the Commitment Form. Information will be sent to all parents about the process to request a change. For more information and a full list of the change timeframes for the rest of the school year, please click the link below.

(1) If you are an At-Home student that wishes to change status to come on campus for band only or be fully At-Home or (2) Need to change your marching band status, you will need to make the same commitment during September 23-29. More information next week.

Three-Week Calendar

  • Sept. 22 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal: Red Band (track)/Blue Band (rugby)
  • Sept. 24 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal - Red Band (Rugby)/Blue Band (Track)
  • Sept. 25: Sunrise Celebration @ Eagle Stadium (AHS students only - 7:30am call time)
  • Sept. 25: ALLEN EAGLE FOOTBALL! (Tom Landry Classic vs. Plano East) - 5:30pm Call Time

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  • Sept. 29 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal: Red Band (track)/Blue Band (rugby)
  • Oct 1 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal - Red Band (Rugby)/Blue Band (Track)
  • Oct 2: ALLEN EAGLE FOOTBALL! (Allen vs. Atascocita) - Time TBA

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  • Oct 6 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal: Red Band (track)/Blue Band (rugby)
  • Oct 8 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal - Red Band (Rugby)/Blue Band (Track)
Welcome to the Allen Eagle Escadrille! #MyBand

Credits:

Created with images by Travis Chiles "No Escape From Reality", Wesley Tingey - "untitled image" • Trent Erwin - "Hard at work" • Lauren Mancke - "Taking notes at coffee time" • Mat Reding - "untitled image" • Gabriel Benois - "Home School, quarantine :(" • Ron - "untitled image". Photo Credits: Calvin Ku