Welcome Mr. McBrayer

Dear Parents and Community,

My name is Kirk McBrayer and I am currently a music education photomajor in my final year of study at Grand Valley State University. During this semester, I will be student teaching at Mona Shores Public Schools under the direction and supervision of Kelly De Rose and Nick Mosley. As a student teacher working in both middle and high school academic settings, I will be striving to improve and build upon my current teaching practices. It is my intention to provide quality teaching that is effective, appropriate, and sufficiently meets the needs of all students. Safety, respect, and inclusivity are essential components of teaching that I value and take seriously. Teaching with these things in mind will ensure a productive and positive experience for students and myself. Continuing to develop the fundamentals of musicianship, displaying professionalism in the classroom, setting and achieving personal musical goals, and understanding the importance as a member of an ensemble are goals that I aim for all students to accomplish. I am grateful for the unique opportunity of being able to teach and receive mentorship in a such a well-respected school district as Mona Shores, and look forward to what lies ahead. I pledge to always give your students my best and am confident we will all have a lot of fun learning together throughout this experience!

Sincerely,

Mr. McBrayer

Happy Thanksgiving

We would like to wish everyone and their families a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope everyone who is traveling home, going to visit friends & family or having people visit that everyone haves safe travel this break.

After a fabulous meal and quality family time, you might be inclined to start some holiday shopping. Consider these options below to find that special gift and support the orchestra at the same time.

You can support the orchestra by shopping on Amazon. When you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (or any time for that matter), start by going to #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/20-0958489 and Amazon will donate to the Mona Shores Orchestra Parents Association.

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g500_black_1If you missed ordering orchestra apparel in October, you’re in luck. We have opened up another order window from now until Nov. 30th with delivery before the Holiday Break. Orders can be placed online at http://www.trophymuskegon.com/mona-shores-orchestra.html.
You can support the orchestra by renewing or purchasing your magazines through Great American Opportunities. Use our organization code: 2520013 when placing your order.

We are teaming up with Barnes and Noble for a Book Fair on Friday, December 9 – Sunday, December 11. Shop in the store during this time or online (through Dec. 16) and the voucher number 12047205 when checking out. A flyer with this voucher number is attached. PDF Flyer File:barnes-and-noble-book-fair-flyer-2016

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Thanks for continuing to support our orchestra

A Spooktacular Thank you

Spooktacular 2016
Spooktacular 2016

The costumes are hung, the pumpkins are beginning to weep, the belly is full of candy, and its almost time to eat spaghetti. The Spooktacular and Fall Concerts were concerts were two successful nights with great sounding performances, fun costumes, and yummy Domino’s Pizza dinners.

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Thank you and congratulations to the students and directors for the two nights of fall entertainment.  Thank you to all our parents, friends, family, and orchestra supporters with the fundraising activities so far this fall for the High School Chamber Orchestra to go to the National Orchestra Festival. Thank you to all the parents & students that volunteered on the concerts nights to make this all happen. Thank you to Alexis Liddle for organizing all the volunteers. Thank you to Kim Wells for bring the pizza dinner idea and coordination with Domino’s.

Money raised so far:

Chili’s give back = $273.16

Domino’s All You Can Eat Dinners (both Middle School and High School) = $1088

50/50 raffle at Spooktacular Concert = $73 (winner donated his winning back to the group)

Student Sponsorship Letters = $345

Current and future fundraisers:

Meat Block Ham and Gift Card Sale – now through November 14, delivery on December 8

Savory Foods Cookie Dough and Popcorn Sale – now through November 14, delivery on December 8

Spaghetti Dinner at the Cherokee Restaurant – Wednesday, November 9, 6 – 8 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Tickets are available from Chamber Orchestra students or by calling Mrs. DeRose at 231-332-8327.

Be the Director Raffle – New this year! One lucky ticket holder will win a chance to conduct the Symphonic Orchestra performing Leroy Anderson’s Sleighride. During the Holiday Concert.

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Mona Shores Orchestra Parent Association