Up and coming your way….

Parents we have two big things coming up and we wanted to let you know in advance so that you and your family can plan on attending! First we have our Annual SwingFry Fundraiser for the NMS and NHS Choirs on Saturday November 14th. Unfortunately we will not be allowed to perform but we have been given the “go ahead” to have a drive in food pick up at NHS. The Chicken and Fish Dinner orders will be taken and delivered to your cars in the back parking lot (follow the signs) by our students from 3 – 7:00 p.m. that afternoon. Please advertise for us by inviting friends, relatives, and neighbors. The money we earn will help our programs so much.

On Saturday, December 12 our choir students in grades 6-12 will be caroling for downtown Middlebury from 6 – 7 p.m. Students should be dropped off at Memorial Park. They can make arrangements to be picked up where ever you would like to pick them up. This is not mandatory, but we hope for a big turn out. It will be the first time we have every swarmed the downtown area with our talented kids. I hope your child can be a part of this special time.

More info on both events will be coming your way, but this should help you plan for your family. Sincerely, Mrs. Armington and Mr. Norwood

Swing Fry

We are unable to perform for this year’s SwingFry Fall Fundraiser, but we have been given permission to have a drive through for the Fish and Chicken dinners! More info will be coming your way in the next few weeks, but we wanted to give you a head’s up on what will be happening in November. We would like students to be involved in serving, cleaning up, and preparing the meals. Below you will find a student sign up where our 7th and 8th grade students can sign up for volunteer positions. Parents it would help us if you would oversee their sign up so that it coincides with your family plans that Saturday (November 14th). Students may sign up for more than one 30 minute time slot, but we would like all students to serve in some capacity that day. 8th graders will be able to earn civic points for their service.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4daaae2aa2f4c52-middle

Middle School Student sign up for Drive thru fish fry fundraiserPlease review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!www.signupgenius.com

Choir WILL be happening! Wahoooo!

We just wanted to put the newest info out there for all of our Choir Beasts and Band Geeks!  Choir and band will look a lot different for awhile but we still will be allowed to make music!  We want to insure the safety of our kids so quite a few measures will be implemented as we start this school year!  The main change will be space!   Singers will have at least 6 seats in the auditorium between them.  It will feel odd at first but in the long run space allows students to really hear themselves better, builds breath support, and strengthens ones voice.  So we are excited to see how these challenges will build our choirs to even more GREATNESS!! Choir will be meeting every other day.  This will give kids an opportunity to be in both band and choir or try a different elective.   We will also be featuring some of the Final Blast music we missed last year.  All in all this could get exciting!  So hold on to your hats and get ready for a bumpy but fun year!  We can’t wait to see you!!  Mamma A and Mr. N498D0BB1-7CA6-4D53-B833-086A5A3366A5

Show Choir Summer camp opens!

Mrs. Norwood reported in that her show choir camp got off to a great start.  Students 5-9 met in face masks and rehearsed in 6 feet spaces their music and choreography!  Looks pretty awesomely safe to me!  I bet these kids were so relieved to sing and dance again!  Kids need to express themselves physically and emotionally.  Show choir camp is giving them just what they need!  Thanks Mrs. Norwood, with former NMS Choir Beasts Syd Fogle, Meredith Dorbin,  And Wrigley Koch for providing this opportunity to our NMS kids.  My hope and dream is that we will find a way to do this ourselves soon.  Hopefully we will receive our instructions from Administrators soon.  They have so many aspects to consider to get our kids back to school.  I think we all should be praying for them as they forge this new direction for students and teachers!  Keep checking here!  We will update ASAP! A882FD6A-CF12-4BF1-9C1C-7EA7E807788B

NMS CHOIR UPDATES

First, we need help reaching incoming 6th graders for the NMS 6th grade choir this year.  Choir will look different this year but we still would love to have as many kids in it as we will be allowed.  If you do know someone would you please put a plug in for us and have their parent call in August to register them?  We usually have 190 signed up for 2 classes.  Right now we only have around 57 total.  Our problem is that we couldn’t recruit like we normally do and kids just don’t know what choir is like at NMS.  We’d appreciate any help you can give us.
Secondly, as soon as we are given a snapshot of what choir can be this year we will let you all know.  I do know that social distancing will be enforced.  So our normal choir numbers may need to be limited.  We will also probably divide classes into two locations, if permitted, to give every student a safe place to work.  I’m looking at face shields as a possibility if we are permitted to sing.  I tried one on the other day and it sounds like you are singing in the shower! It makes everyone sound like they are a Rock Star!  They were used for the summer theater camp for Elkhart Civic and will be used for Show Choir Camp.  So far they are working well.

Now we sit and wait to see what our guidelines will be. Most of you know us , We have plan A B C and D routes we can take so that Choir at NMS will still be the best class there is!
I posted a video of our 6 grade singing a warm up in class.  You can check it out on our Facebook page!  It made me cry!  I miss my lambs and hearing them sing! IMG_0762Stay tuned …. I will post updates here!  Mama Armington