Welcome to MCHS Choir Info!  MCHS Choirs are Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Mixed Choir, Women's Chorale, Varsity & JV Madrigals, Jazz Transit and Essence Choir.

The MCHS Choirs are directed by Mr. Randy Benware.  Please come and support our participants whenever possible and enjoy their performances!  



Booster Meeting & Mandatory Tour Meeting

CHOIR BOOSTER MEETING
Next Choir Booster meeting is Tues. Feb. 21st at 7pm in the Career Center.

SPRING CHOIR TOUR Updates-

Final tour payment will be due in 2 weeks on Tues. Feb. 28th.  Here is the timeline for the payment schedule:

1) Thurs. Feb. 16th during the dayMCHS Webstore is supposed to go active and will give you the option of making all or part of your final payment online using the school's RevTrak system.  You can go to the Webstore and click on Activities/Music. Then click again and you will have the choice of a 4th payment or an Open Amount.  Your final amount will actually be $430 (not $425 that was originally published in newsletter..my apologies!).  

If you use the 4th payment option, you would pay the full amount.   

If you want to use your students account for part of the payment and then pay the rest on your own, use the Open Amount option.    

Either option allows you to pay with a credit or debit card option.

This adjusted amount is a little less than was figured for the final payment, so we are excited that the last payment is a bit less than expected. Again. you're options to pay are: 1) to pay with a credit or debit card option on Webstore.  2) You can have the money taken out of your student Choir Account or write a check for the amount needed to: MCHS Choir Boosters or pay with a combination of student account and check.  If you have not paid up in full the $500 student payment amount due back in December, we will contact you in the next couple days to inform you of what is still due.  Slips will go home with your student next week and hopefully be easy to view by the Booster meeting on Tues. Feb. 21st, so you will have received this to see what you still owe for this last payment. The amount left in your student's account will also be listed on this slip.  Students will note next week how they intend to make their final payment, so please have that discussion with them over the next few days.

Please feel free to e-mail myself or Molly Babyak (mmbabyak@comcast.net) with any tour payment questions. 

Next Mandatory Tour meeting is…

Tues. March 21st.The meeting will start (8pm) immediately after our scheduled Booster meeting at 7pm in the Career Center

1.  Each student traveling and at least 1 parent must be there at the meeting for the student to travel.  Discipline packets will be gone over, signatures will need to occur, final itinerary, final packing lists, Rooming lists and "need to knows" will happen that evening.  A mandatory rehearsal for students for our tour choirs will occur before the meeting.

2. Other items included that night: Insurance, Bus seats, hotel room sign-ups, itinerary updates, basic rules and packing tips, and tour shirt information.    

3. Student medication forms provided by the school are DUE that evening as well!

4. Please bring an original or copy of your students birth certificate or passport that evening to get copied

4. Chaperone meeting is to occur BEFORE the Booster meeting at 6pm that evening in the Choir Room.

Okay, that should be it!  See you at our concert tomorrow night!  Thanks so much!

Randy Benware

Midwinter Concert and Tour Payment

Good evening Choir Parents,
Tomorrow night is our 3rd of 4 major choral concerts for the year. Hope to see you there!  The students have been working extremely hard preparing for this evening.
Here are some last announcements about the evening:
MIDWINTER CHORAL CONCERT will take place on Thurs. Feb. 16th at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center at Central Campus.  Students in Treble Choir, Mixed Choir, Women’s Chorale, Concert Choir, Essence, and Jazz Transit will be singing various selections for our audience.  Students need to arrive by 6:30pm with Women’s Chorale and Concert Choir women having to arrive for their dress rehearsal on the PAC stage at 6:15pm.  Students are to change into attire after they arrive. 
Our ever-popular Bake Sale will be before and after the concert, so students who signed up (or signed you up!) to make treats should drop them off between 6pm-6:30pm to the PAC lobby.

CHOIR BOOSTER MEETING
Next Choir Booster meeting is Tues. Feb. 21st at 7pm in the Career Center.

SPRING CHOIR TOUR Updates-

Final tour payment will be due in 2 weeks on Tues. Feb. 28th.  Here is the timeline for the payment schedule:

1) Thurs. Feb. 16th during the dayMCHS Webstore is supposed to go active and will give you the option of making all or part of your final payment online using the school's RevTrak system.  You can go to the Webstore and click on Activities/Music. Then click again and you will have the choice of a 4th payment or an Open Amount.  Your final amount will actually be $430 (not $425 that was originally published in newsletter..my apologies!).  

If you use the 4th payment option, you would pay the full amount.   

If you want to use your students account for part of the payment and then pay the rest on your own, use the Open Amount option.    

Either option allows you to pay with a credit or debit card option.

This adjusted amount is a little less than was figured for the final payment, so we are excited that the last payment is a bit less than expected. Again. you're options to pay are: 1) to pay with a credit or debit card option on Webstore.  2) You can have the money taken out of your student Choir Account or write a check for the amount needed to: MCHS Choir Boosters or pay with a combination of student account and check.  If you have not paid up in full the $500 student payment amount due back in December, we will contact you in the next couple days to inform you of what is still due.  Slips will go home with your student next week and hopefully be easy to view by the Booster meeting on Tues. Feb. 21st, so you will have received this to see what you still owe for this last payment. The amount left in your student's account will also be listed on this slip.  Students will note next week how they intend to make their final payment, so please have that discussion with them over the next few days.

Please feel free to e-mail myself or Molly Babyak (mmbabyak@comcast.net) with any tour payment questions. 

Next Mandatory Tour meeting is…

Tues. March 21st.The meeting will start (8pm) immediately after our scheduled Booster meeting at 7pm in the Career Center

1.  Each student traveling and at least 1 parent must be there at the meeting for the student to travel.  Discipline packets will be gone over, signatures will need to occur, final itinerary, final packing lists, Rooming lists and "need to knows" will happen that evening.  A mandatory rehearsal for students for our tour choirs will occur before the meeting.

2. Other items included that night: Insurance, Bus seats, hotel room sign-ups, itinerary updates, basic rules and packing tips, and tour shirt information.    

3. Student medication forms provided by the school are DUE that evening as well!

4. Please bring an original or copy of your students birth certificate or passport that evening to get copied

4. Chaperone meeting is to occur BEFORE the Booster meeting at 6pm that evening in the Choir Room.

Okay, that should be it!  See you at our concert tomorrow night!  Thanks so much!

Randy Benware


Last minute mattress sale reminders

Good afternoon Choir parents,
A few more reminders about the Mattress sale…..
Please consider sending out one more social media blast to friends and families!
Students should arrive 5-10 minutes before their work time slots and check in at the Cafetroium. They should bring coats as they will be outside some. 
I have attached the updated schedule for workers and updated Bake Sale list (Mattress and Concert Bake Sale list are on one sheet together.).   
If you are dropping off Bake Sale items tomorrow, bring them through the Cafetorium doors to drop them off anytime between 9-10am to the Bake Sale table.  
Hope to see you there!  Have a nice evening!
Randy Benware

On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 9:50 AM, Randall Benware <rbenware@mchs.net> wrote:

Good morning MCHS Choir families,

I have attached our February 2017 MCHS Choir Newsletter for your perusal.
Thank you so much for taking a look and for your support of MCHS Choirs!
Also, attached here is the list of those students who have signed up to work the Mattress Sale this Saturday (students should have coats that day!) and also Bake for the Mattress Bake Sale and MidWinter Concert Bake Sale.  If you want to get added to either Bake Sale list, please e-mail Brenda Cichon at: beans70@scbglobal.net
Don;t forget to get that final push out to friends and family via social media about the Mattress Sale Sat. Feb. 11th from 10am-5pm at Central Campus.  Hope to see you there!
Thanks so much!
Randy Benware



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Parent Helpers Needed

Good evening Choir parents,

With the mattress sale a week away, we are still in need of a chair for our mattress bake sale & we still need a couple parent helpers for bake sale/kid supervision in the afternoon.

At our upcoming MidWinter Choral Concert, we need 2-3 more people willing to help at our Choral concert backstage (including a dad) on Thurs. Feb. 16th.  

Please e-mail Brenda Cichon at beans70@sbcglobal.net if you can help out.

Thanks so much!  Enjoy your weekend!

Randy Benware

ACDA Women’s Festival, MidWInter Concert, Tour Updates, and Solo andEnsemble Contest

Good morning Choir families,

 
Some upcoming events and news to digest!  If you missed the Booster meeting last week, much of this was covered that evening.  There is quite a bit so only read what refers to your student (this will also be in the newsletter coming out at the end of this week).  Thank you!!!
IL-ACDA WOMEN'S CHORAL FESTIVAL
This Thursday, Feb. 2nd, Women's Chorale and Treble Choir will be attending the IL-ACDA Women's Sing and Share Festival at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL.  They will be gone during the school day and here is the basic schedule for the day:
7:15-7:30am arrive to Choir Room-Central Campus-Need to drop daughter off
7:30am Load up buses for College of DuPage
8:20am Arrive at COD
8:30am-2:30pm Festival (lunch while there)
2:30pm Head back to MCHS
3:20am Arrive back at MCHS (Please pick up your daughter at Central Campus)
Women's Chorale and Treble Choir families should have received a schedule and permission slip to sign. Please have that returned by the end of the day Wednesday, Feb. 1st or at least by Thurs. morning Feb. 2nd before we leave. Girls will need $5-10 for lunch (fast food) and girls are to wear attire considered Professional dress for festival (think business professional!)
MIDWINTER CHORAL CONCERT will take place on Thurs. Feb. 16th at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center at Central Campus.  Students in Treble Choir, Mixed Choir, Women’s Chorale, Concert Choir, Essence, and Jazz Transit will be singing various selections for our audience.  Students need to arrive by 6:30pm with Women’s Chorale and Concert Choir women having to arrive for their dress rehearsal on the PAC stage at 6:15pm.  Our ever-popular Bake Sale will be during the concert so students should sign-up to make treats for eats!!

SOLO/ENSEMBLE CONTEST-SAT. MARCH 4  MINOOKA COMMUNITY HS 9am-3pm

1) Students in the contest have signed up and have been registered for their events.  

2) Students who are not performing that day, will be required to observe for one hour and work at the contest for one hour.  Students will be assigned times but have been encouraged to communicate what parts of the day works best for their schedule. 

3) This contest, for band and choir, is an assessment activity, so all students are being asked to be involved and will be assessed on their performance  

4) Students need to get their music to their accompanist for the contest this next week.

5) Students are to have decided by this week about how ($5 for solos and $10 for ensemble) to pay for their events, either using their student account or paying directly.  Students will also start signing up for practices with Mr. Benware and Mrs. Frost and other accompanists to prepare them for that day.  

6) Contest times should be forthcoming in a couple weeks. 

7) Please have students come with music numbered, come early to their event, dress nicely (no jeans or tennies!), and have paid their accompanists for practicing ($40) and accompanying them for the day.  Varsity Madrigals will also be singing that day. 

8) Best of the day awards will be also be handed out for each room. 


SPRING TOUR UPDATES

Tour Travel Insurance

An option for peace of mind, if you wish, is to purchase Travel Insurance.  Please see the attached form if you wish to purchase this.  Since our trip costs between $801-$1000 dollars, your expense for coverage is $45 and it has varying coverages for events that could occur along the way or on our tour.  This will NOT be able to be taken out of you students account and would have to come directly from you to cover this cost.  Also please note, any money received back from the insurance would go directly back into the student account and not go to the parents.  Please let us know by our March 21st meeting if you intend to purchase.

Birth Certificates 

For groups of children, U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 19 arriving by land or sea from a contiguous territory and traveling with a school group, religious group, social or cultural organization, or sports team, may present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card.  Passports are also accepted so please start getting any of these put together before the Mar. 21 meeting.

Tour Mandatory Meetings –Tues, Mar. 21st  Career Center    Meeting will start (8pm) immediately after our scheduled Booster meeting at 7pm.

1.  Each student traveling and at least 1 parent must be there at the meeting for the student to travel.  Discipline packets will be gone over,  signatures will need to occur, final itinerary, final packing lists, Rooming lists and "need to knows" will happen that evening.  A mandatory rehearsal for students for our tour choirs will occur before the meeting.

2. Other items included that night: Insurance, Bus seats, hotel room sign-ups, itinerary updates, basic rules and packing tips, and tour shirt information.    

3. Chaperone meeting is to occur BEFORE the Booster meeting at 6pm that evening in the Choir Room.

Medical Forms/Medication

 1. Medication needs for students need to be dropped off in March and early April to the Central Nurse before or before the Easter weekend in April. 

-Medical forms for the trip will be due by that March 21 evening and other important tour information will be discussed.  Medical forms should begin to be filled out now (even if you filled some out early in the year as some information may have changed and the trip takes place after school is officially over so families are required to fill out new forms).  Students have been picking up hard copies to bring home but I can e-mail you any forms you may need as well.  Please observe the checklist form to check that all are completed.   -Discussion on medicine drop-off will also be discussed.

Tour Rehearsals

Rehearsals for tour participants will occur on Tues. 3/21 from 7:15-8:00pm (right before mandatory tour meeting) and on Tues. 4/18 6:15-6:50pm (kids are checking in luggage right before from 5:15-6:15 and then we have a Booster meeting at 7:00).  Please note these on your calendar!! Thanks!

Tour Luggage Drop-off

Students going on tour will need to drop off their luggage the night before our tour on Tues. April 18th between 5:15pm and 6:15pm to be checked in by their chaperone that evening by the music hallway.  Luggage will be locked up in various rooms and retrieved the next afternoon when we load the buses to travel.  Luggage should be tagged with names and address of student and each student may bring one extra backpack with them on tour.  

Performance attire will be loaded into different luggage.

Dietary form

Please let me know by TODAY if there are any dietary restrictions (gluten-free, allergies, etc.) that your student may have that we should communicate to the Travel company ahead of time.  The chaperones and students were already given the form to fill out for me but please e-mail me back just in case to make sure everyone is covered on this!

Final Tour payment$437 for students left so farDue Tues. Feb. 28th 

This adjusted amount will be figured out in early February and will be communicated to the students and parents at that time.  Once we receive the final invoice with the adjusted amount (we need to cover a couple triple rooms instead of quads and a $5 cleaning fee) we will let you know.

You're options to pay are: 1) Pay online at the MCHS Webstore starting hopefully in the next week once we receive our invoice.  We are about to have this run live so you can pay with credit or debit card options.  2) You can have the money taken out your student Choir Account or write a check for the amount needed to: MCHS Choir Boosters.  Slips will go home with your student a week or two before the deadline so you should have received them to see if you owe a payment for this last payment. The amount left in your student's account will also be listed.  Feel free to e-mail myself or Molly Babyak (mmbabyak@comcast.net) with any tour payment questions.

Cell phone plans

Please check your cell phone providers plan to make sure that your son/daughters cell phones will work in Canada, as we will be relying at times to communicate information and check-ins by contacting the students through their phones.  



Thanks so much for hanging in there on all this information and please let me know if you have any other  questions!

Thanks so much!  Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Randy Benware


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Choir Booster Meeting tomorrow night Jan 24!

Good morning Choir parents,
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

This is just a friendly reminder that we have our monthly Choir Booster meeting tomorrow night at 7pm in the Career Center.
Highlights in the meeting will be:
Chris Sedlak, Custom Fundraising Solutions, mattress fundraiser rep.
Choir Tour updates 
Night of Entertainment discussion
Report on Madrigal Dinner 
Your students also filled out or brought home a letter about our upcoming Mattress sale.  Come to the Booster meeting and receive your $5 profit towards the sale.
Hope to see you there!
Thanks!
Randy Benware

January 2017 Choir Newsletter

Good evening MCHS Choir families,

Attached below is our Jan. 2017 Choir newsletter.  In this attachment includes:
Director's January Podium
Choir Booster Announcements
Essence Schedule-Updated
Jazz Transit Schedule-Updated
Senior Moments
Choir event pictures
Looking forward to seeing you at our Choir Booster meeting Tues. Jan. 24th and our MidWinter concert Thurs. Feb. 16th!  
Thanks so much!  Have a nice week!
Randy Benware
Director of MCHS Choirs

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