• September 7 Updates

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 9/7/2020 2:30:00 PM

    Hi Choir Parents and Students!

    I hope you all are enjoying your 3 day weekend! We've been focusing on getting to know each other, getting used to Google Classroom, brushing up on our music reading skills, and starting on our Fall Concert Music.

    Below are a few updates, as well as instructions for how parents can join "Remind." Many students have already joined. This is a confidential text messaging service that allows me to send Reminders/Announcments directly to your phone. I can text the whole group, but when you reply it will to only me. So, don't worry, you won't get a million texts everytime someone replies. This is OPTIONAL. You can unsubscribe at any time. 

    • Officer Elections will take place in ALL classes this week. Students have gotten information in class, and can also view the Info Slides in Google Classroom
    • Ice Cream Social (FHS Choir) has been moved to Tuesday, September 15 from 3:50-4:45 in the Choir Hall
    • 7th/8th Grade Sectionals start this week and are required
      • 7th Grade, Tuesdays, 7:15-7:45AM
      • 8th Grade Sopranos, Wednesdays, 7:15-7:45 AM
      • 8th Grade Altos, Thursdays 7:15-7:45AM
    • Varsity Choir Rehearsals start this week and are required
      • Tenor/Bass Sectionals, Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45
      • FULL Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays from 4:00-4:45 
    • Remind Instructions - Text the following codes to 81010 and then follow the prompts. (81010 is the phone number) Make sure to use the @ symbol!
      • 6th Grade Parents/Students
        • @g9e2bc
      • 7th/8th Grade Parents/Students
        • @f7k9kc9
      • Treble Choir (7th Period) Parents/Students
        • @8fce9dh
      • Mixed Choir (6th & 8th Period) Parents/Students
        • @8fa9h8

    If you have any questions, my contact information is below. Have a great week!

    Ms. Parks

    elliep@fisd.org

    997-7551 ext. 1173

    512-387-1466

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  • We Had a Great First Week!

    Posted by ELLEN PARKS on 8/28/2020

    Hi Students and Parents!

    It's been a great first week back. We've spent some time singing, getting to know each other and adjusting to the ways in which choir during the time of Covid-19 is a little different. 

    It was my intention to get all of this paperwork out this week. Depending on your child's class period, that may or may not have happened. I've attached electronic copies here, in case you would like to get a head start on it this week. Otherwise, you can expect them to come home Monday. 

    You may also submit any of this papework electronically, if you prefer, by scanning it and emailing to elliep@fisd.org.

    The Choral Handbook and Paperwork Packet need to be signed and returned by Wednesday, September 2. I wish it was less papework, but I've condensed it as much as I can. 

    Have a fantastic weekend! Updated Calendars have also been added to the Calendar section of the website. 

    Paperwork Packet

    Handbook

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  • Choir Socials Next Week!

    Posted by Ellie Parks on 8/14/2020 11:15:00 AM

    Hello, Everyone!

    Let's get together next week! I'll be hosting a "Choir Camp/Social" at each school next week!

    Middle School - Thursday, Aug. 20, 4-6 PM, Cafeteria

    High School - Friday, Aug. 21, 4-6 PM, Choir Hall

    This will be a chance for me to meet you, for you all to catch up, and for us to sing karaoke. It will also be a chance for us to practice the safety measures we will use in the Choir Hall such as: social distancing, always wearing a mask, not sharing materials and using hand sanitizer often. More information about these safety measures will be posted next week.

    Due to social distancing, everyone MUST RSVP using the Google Form below, or by sending me an email.  If we reach capacity, I will set up a distance option as well. If you would prefer a distance option, please let me know on the final question of the google form. 

    Middle School RSVP Form - the deadline to RSVP has passed. Don't worry. we'll have more socials throughout the year. Thanks for understanding!

    High School RSVP Form - the deadline to RSVP has passed. Don't worry. we'll have more socials throughout the year. Thanks for understanding!

    Also, students, if you haven't completed the Welcome Back survey for your school, please take some time to do so. The link can be found in my previous post.

    Have a great day, and feel free to call/text/email me with any questions!

    Ellie Parks

    Choir Director
    FMS / FHS
    Fredericksburg ISD
    997-7551, x 1173 
    512-387-1466 (cell)

     

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  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by Ellie Parks on 8/11/2020

     

    I am so happy to join the Fredericksburg ISD Fine Arts team, and cannot wait to meet my students and their families. Teaching 6th-12th grade choir has been a long time goal of mine, as has spending more time in the Texas Hill Country. I am pleased to be closer to family and the most beautiful landscapes of Texas.

    ​I grew up in Georgetown, Texas where I was very involved in High School choir. I learned how rewarding it is to work intensely with a group of singers who are passionate about music and are striving towards the goal of musical, professional, performances.

    I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010, and have a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Studies. I then had the great privilege of studying at the Kodaly Institute in Hungary on a Fulbright Scholarship. At my previous school in Austin ISD, I was awarded Teacher of Promise, served as Fine Arts Director, and also helped to develop the district-wide choral curriculum and train other choir directors

    I am eager and willing to get to know all of my students and their parents. Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding any questions, concerns, or feedback.

    You are an essential part of this program!

    -Ms. Parks

    Middle School Welcome Back Survey

    High School Welcome Back Survey

    Ms. Parks

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