Boost-A-Thon: La Canada’s Got Talent

Here’s a chance for your kids to do something fun with their friends, get their 15-60 seconds of fame, and do it for a great cause. Please help us by asking your kids to create a brief video clip for Boost-A-Thon.

Boost-A-Thon: La Canada’s Got Talent is a virtual event premiering on YouTube in December. The two hour show will feature LCHS 9-12 and 7/8 students submitting student-created YouTube type videos, as well as performances in music, choral, theatre, LCTV, comedy videos, and more.

We’re asking all students to submit fun content over the next few weeks and submit their videos to LCHSBoostathon@gmail.com.

Please go to the Boosters website for more information.

Students, please make short videos (15 seconds to 1 minute in length) with your iPhone or home video camera and send us the digital files as MP4 or QuickTime Movie formats. Submissions are due by Monday, November 2nd!

Instrumental Music Note: Mr. Stone, Ms. Munday, and Mr. Myers will be working with Boosters to make sure our groups are included in Boost-A-Thon.

Cohorts – Updated Information

UPDATED INFO:

Thank you all for your patience in trying to restart our in person regular rehearsals in small cohorts.

On Friday, the LCHS administration asked me to hold as the LA County Department of Health may be issuing changes that would effect the ability to hold these small cohort gatherings.

As more information is available, we will be reaching out to everyone for a large information meeting to present the protocols for rehearsals and answer any questions.

Thanks again for your patience as we try to navigate this situation.

Mr. Stone’s Thought of the Week…

First week of quarter two complete and we are working hard to finish up our marching season and we begin to transition into our concert season.

Lots of great music opportunities going on for the students to engage in and find something worthwhile to do during this challenging time. I know I have hit a few distance learning walls during this time, and being able to step up to a music project or even a home project around the house has made a huge difference in breaking down those walls. Students, choose to engage! It’s so easy to choose not to engage, but you’ll be so glad you when you are in the midst of a music project, or any project, and your happy meter soars!

Have a great week and be musical!

Amazon Smile

If you haven’t yet designated “La Canada HS Music Parents” as your charity on Amazon Smiles, now is the time. The MPA has received $838.22 as of August 2020. It’s easy and doesn’t cost you anything – just go through the Amazon Smile website.

PTA Reflections Contest

The theme for the 2020-2021 PTA Reflections contest is I Matter Because…

Starting NOW, we encourage you to explore the theme through one or more of the artistic genres listed below. Formal entry forms are available on the LCHS PTSA website.

Submissions are due to LCHS by 3:30 pm on Friday, October 23, 2020.

The PTA’s national Reflections Art Program has brought the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. Reflections encourages students of all ages to:

  • Unleash creative talents and be inspired
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
  • Experience the fun and joy of making art
  • Tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art.

Encourage your student to create new art inspired by this year’s theme: I Matter Because…

Categories are:

  • Dance/Choreography
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Film Production
  • Music Composition
  • Visual Arts

Specific rules can be found here.

Questions? Please email Billie Melillo at mommaraptor@gmail.com or 818-939-3215.

2020-2021 Registration Live

The online registration forms are now available for 9-12 Orchestra, 9-12 Band/Guard, 7/8 Orchestra, and 7/8 Band.

Just click on the appropriate link below, complete the form and if possible, donate to the program.

The information collected is used for communications as well as volunteer sign-ups and all donations are appreciated to make the Instrumental Music Program possible.

Donations can be made online with a credit card or by check sent to:

LCHS MPA
P.O. Box 1307
La Canada, CA 91012

We would appreciate EVERYONE completing the registration information by October 1st so we can update our records.

If you have any questions, please contact your student’s instructor:
Mr. Stone
Ms. Munday
Mr. Myers

Financial assistance is available, just please complete the form available in the registration link.

Special note to all high school families… There are two donation opportunities this year. The first one is the program contribution to help maintain the Instrumental Music Program as we currently know it. The second one is a student donation which is a straight donation to the program. Please remember that this year there will be no transportation costs or uniform costs. (Concert wear will be purchased separately on an as-needed basis.)

Your donations are the needed financial support to make our program work. The Instrumental Music program receives minimal district funding and we rely heavily on your generous hearts and keen investment in your child’s musical experience. Thank you!

7/8 Band & Orchestra Registration Link

9-12 Orchestra Registration Link

9-12 Band/Guard Registration Link

Cohort Information for the Instrumental Music Program

October 12th starts the opening of conditioning and training for many of our teams on campus. In discussing this with our LCHS administration team, here are the highlights:

  • One coach/instructor per 10 students is considered a cohort
  • Coach/Instructor can only work with one cohort
  • Students are to be in one cohort only
  • Training to take place outside. No access to the interior of buildings.
  • There is a waiver to sign and health protocols in place each time the cohort comes onto campus to train.

What does that mean for Instrumental Music Programs?!?

As long as we follow the protocols and all students remain in masks while in a rehearsal, we can meet in-person, outdoors in small groups for those students and parents who are comfortable with in-person rehearsals.

Wind players playing their instruments is still not allowed at this time.

We will be assessing this new system this week and come up with a plan for the Instrumental Program groups that can meet (Drum Line, Color Guard, Orchestra).

Please be patient with us as we discuss the protocols that need to be in place to keep staff and students safe. We will have a plan soon. Once we have a plan, we will have a mandatory meeting for all parents and students to go over the plan and answer any questions.

Thanks again for your patience!