REMINDERS: NH Music Booster Meeting, 7 pm tonight, Tues., Jan. 27; Monterey Jazz Parent Meeting, 7:30

Parents of NH Music Students!

All are welcome to attend the Music Booster Meeting tonight, 7 pm in the Choir Room. Agenda and Booster contacts below, Jan. Minutes attached.

This meeting will be brief as there will be a Jazz Parent Meeting at 7:30 (same room) regarding the upcoming trip to the Monterey Jazz Festival,

Booster Agenda:
Teacher Updates: Katrina, Dan and Evan
Fundraising Update: Rebecca
Swag Update: Jen
Treasurer Update: Donna
Booster Position Nomination Committee Report
For the Good of the Order: All

Current Officers 2017/2018

Barb Dolby, Chairperson: babsdolby

Donna Crist, Treasurer: thecristfamily

Carolyn Price, Secretary: cprice_54

Rebecca Dietz, Fund raising lead: dietzrc

Jen Barron, Swag Sales, Chipotle: jjtabarron

Anne Viggiano, Website: avcolordesign

Laurie Duyker, Communications: theduykers

Carol Suddarth, Cookie Fundraiser: caroljsuddarth

Check out the Website:

“Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen

Jan. 2018 Nathan Hale Music Boosters Meeting.docx

NH Music Booster Meeting, Tues., 2/27, 7 pm and Minutes from Jan. Meeting

Dear Parents of Hale Music Students!

You’re invited to the Music Booster Meeting this coming Tues., Feb. 27, 7 pm in the Vocal Music/Drumline Room at Hale. Hear reports from each music teacher and help make plans to support music education at Nathan Hale. Come check it out and consider how you’d like to help this year or take on a role for this next ’18-’19 school year. Questions? See current contact information and JANUARY MINUTES below (keep scrolling).

Current Officers 2017/2018

Barb Dolby, Chairperson: babsdolby

Donna Crist, Treasurer: thecristfamily

Carolyn Price, Secretary: cprice_54

Rebecca Dietz, Fund raising lead: dietzrc

Jen Barron, Swag Sales, Chipotle: jjtabarron

Anne Viggiano, Website: avcolordesign

Laurie Duyker, Communications: theduykers

Carol Suddarth, Cookie Fundraiser: caroljsuddarth

Nathan Hale Music Boosters Meeting
Jan. 16, 2018, Music Room, NH

Barb Dolby, Anne Viggiano, Katrina Sibiecky, Donna Crist, Laurie Duyker, Evan Norberg, Rebecca Dietz, Sue Pess, Carolyn Price, Jen Barron, Sue Coldwell, Packy Pearson. Notes taken and submitted by Carolyn Price

Evan Norbergreport:

  • NH application for Monterey is accepted for both competitive and non-competive. Will hear final word on Jan. 21.
  • Boosters agreed to send thank you notes to people who helped with the application.
  • Jan 26: Bellevue performance.
  • Drum line did MLK Jr. Assembly.

Dan Rowe: Reported by Ms. Sibicky:

  • UW Jazz Festival Jan. 27
  • Bellevue College Feb 3

Katrina Sibicky:

  • Planning a practice day on Weds., Jan 31, for orchestra.
  • Chamber Orchestra: waitlisted for Western, will possibly go to Central instead, March 9. Looking to co-op transportation with other schools
  • In late March the Chamber Orchestra will do a recording at Edmonds CC.
  • Wind Ensemble: Has played successfully at two NH home basketball games. Two more are planned: Jan 26, Feb. 2.
  • Orchestra will perform March 6 at Ingraham.
  • March 13, Chief Sealth, Wind Ensemble will participate in the Elliott Bay Music Educators Association; it is a section of Washington city music Assoc.
  • March 30 – Concert Orchestra.
  • MOPOP: April 5 – Wind Ensemble performs.
  • Katrina Sibicky will make a schedule on Sign UP Genius for parent chaperones needed for these field trips and concerts. Laurie Duyker volunteered to help as needed.
  • School Musical: Music Dept. is encouraging students to play at the musical in the pit.
  • Got application from University Women’s Club of Seattle for a grant app for piano lab. Application was for $300. This group gave us a grant a few years ago.
  • SOLO and Ensemble Contest: There are four NH students that will be participating at SPU Feb. 10.
  • All-State Band: Chelsea Li, who plays the clarinet, will be participating in this Feb. 17 in Yakima. Adelle Koenig was also accepted into All-State Band but will not be participating.
  • Teachers and Boosters all agreed that money should be set aside in future years to help students and their families pay for these All-Star expenses.


  • Donna Crist reported that from last September to current, Music Boosters have spent everything we brought in.
  • Need to have $5,000 – $6.000 in bank by end of school year to get off to a good financial start next September.
  • Barnes and Noble: We raised $1,000, half the revenue from last year. This was due to several reasons: there was a new point person at BnN, this resulted in no gift-wrapping table (which brought in about $300 last year). Good news: The equipment transportation, set-up and tear-down was a lot easier thanks to the many volunteers. Thank you to all! Teachers would like to make sure groups are playing in store to the best advantage.
  • Direct-Ask: 35 donors contributed $4,500. Best year in several years, according to Rebecca Dietz.
  • Ideas to increase this amount include being at all (bring own table, pay-pal) concerts this spring, put a program link on every communication that goes out, and continue to keep a donation button on the Web site. Alliance sends all donors a thank you note – and if donations are made online an immediate thank you/receipt is sent.
  • Sponsorship opportunities: Field Trip Sponsor, on programs, t-shirts, etc. We need to check if this is within School District policy rules.
  • Recommendation for 2018-19: Katrina Sibicky gets music performance promotions out in the community for more visibility and attendance.
  • SWAG: Still in the red, because we ordered extra, (t-shirts, sweatshirts, bags). Cost is $1,160; have brought in $1000. Should break even soon.
  • Expenses: Donna – Alliance fees are $400 (6% of what we put in) but breaking even with those fees and this is comparable to other options.
  • Monterey is a little bit in the red, but Boosters will cover some of the costs (buses and maybe chaperone fees).
  • Upcoming Fundraisers: Chipotle, bake sales – Jen Barron: Decided on Northgate Mall, we made $1,600 last year with 2 events. Date will be decide soon. Maybe before spring break. March 17 tentative date.
  • On average, we make about $200 per bake sale/concert.
  • Royal Room: Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz. May , 20 or 27.
  • Katrina Sibicky – suggested donating t-shirts to office admin staff so they can wear to promote Music program.
  • No pancakes/music this year.
  • Folklife: Jazz Band goes on Friday and plays in the Armory, do swing dancing, not a fund raising opp.
  • Anne V will update Website to say thank you for Direct Drive and Check out our Wish List!! Evan will email Anne with a list. Barb: this will help communicate to parents what we are spending our money on through the year.
  • Laurie asked the group if there would be more cookie dough donations from staff if it was promoted to not wait for a student to ask but Donna said it would not help.
  • Next year: Add line to cookie dough order form: Donate to Music Boosters without a purchase

Barb Dolby:

  • Barb tabled the conversation about chaperones. It is a bigger conversation and we have enough chaperones for Monterey. Chaperones are getting a bit of a discount.
  • Board Positions 2018-19: Barb said we need to have a nominating committee, Rebecca, Packy, Barb, Anne and Sue Caldwell will join Barb for a one-hour planning meeting. Talk to teachers for recommendations. Rebecca chairs the Nominating Committee.

Monterey Jazz Festival: March 9-11

  • Sue Pess – we need a school bus to the airport. She has changed outbound flight to middle of the day, packing list will be sent out. Other than that, everything seems to be under control.
  • There will be a parent meeting prior – or sign off on Code of Conduct
  • There will be Chaperone training,suggested to have meeting prior to trip, Feb. 27, 6:30, before our Boosters meeting at 7. TENTATIVE!

THANK YOU PARENTS and meeting reminder for January 16, 7 pm, Choir Room

Barnes&Noble Fundraiser raised $1016

Direct Ask (including corporate matching) raised a tremendous $4500.

Bake Sales have netted about $360 so far this year.

Students going to Monterey, CA for Jazz Festival were able to raise more than $2000 through the Cougar Mountain Cookie Dough Sale.

All are welcome to attend the next Booster Meeting, Tuesday, January 16, 7 – 8 pm, Choir Room. So far the agenda will include:

  1. Teacher Updates
  2. Fundraising/Treasurer Update: How much we have raised (direct appeal and B&N) and spent, etc.
  3. Upcoming Fundraisers and Swag Sales
  4. Chaperone Policy – Do we want to provide a greater subsidy to parent chaperones?
  5. Board Position Openings: Do we put together a nominations committee to recruit for 2018-19?
  6. Monterey
  7. Next Booster Meeting Date

Please email Barb Dolby, Chairperson with questions/to add items: babsdolby


Order Holiday Desserts – Support Nathan Hale Music Program!

Support the Nathan Hale Music and take home a delicious dessert that’s great for holiday entertaining

Pre-order any of the items below by Nov. 25 – see order information below.

You will need to pick up and pay during the Nathan Hale Music Book Fair at the Northgate Barnes and Noble Café on Saturday, December 2. A percentage of each sale will benefit the Nathan Hale Music Program.

Hurry! Orders must be in by November 25.

How to Order

Choose a dessert (or more than one!) from the selection below.

o Email your order to Music Booster parent Carol Achtmeyer at cea1962 by November 25 (Saturday).

o Include your ORDER, NAME, EMAIL, PHONE in your email.

o Pick up and pay at the Nathan Hale Music / Barnes and Noble Book Fair on December 2.

Dessert Items

· Cheesecakes $40/cheesecake

(Pre-sliced, 14 slices in each cake)

Choose from:

o Hersey’s Chocolate Cheesecake

o Original Cheesecake

o Red Velvet Cheesecake

o Pumpkin Cheesecake

o Blueberries and Cream cheesecake

· Godiva Ballotin 36-piece assorted Chocolates $50.00
Godiva Signature Chocolates $50.00

· Harney and Sons Blueberry Green Tea $10.95

Pick Up Your Order

Orders must be paid for and picked up on December 2 at the Barnes and Noble Café in Northgate in order for the Nathan Hale Music Program to receive credit. Please contact Carol Achtmeyer at cea1962 with any questions.

Happy Ordering!

A big thanks to Barnes and Noble for providing this fundraising opportunity for our Music Program!

!!! Barnes and Nobles Event !!!

Hi all,

We’d like folks to have a heads up on this quickly approaching event. Please invite friends and family to come watch our students perform and make purchases to benefit the music department.

Barnes & Noble has partnered with Nathan Hale Music again this year, SAT., DECEMBER 2nd, to support a fund raising event at the Northgate Barnes & Noble store.

A portion of every purchase made with our voucher number (online or in store) will go directly to benefit our Hale music department.

Stay tuned for more information!

Every Hale music ensemble will be performing throughout the day.

11:00 Concert Orchestra

11:30 Drumline

12:00 Chamber Orchestra

12:30 Concert Choir

1:00 Wind Ensemble

1:30 Vocal Jazz

2:00 Jazz Band


To: All Parents / Guardians sending their Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz students on the 2018

NHHS Monterey Jazz Festival Trip

Nathan Hale High School Music Boosters has been presented with an optional fundraising opportunity that will help our student’s families pay for the upcoming

2018 NHHS Monterey Jazz Festival Trip! All Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz families are welcome to participate in the Cougar Mountain cookie dough sale fundraiser (11/13 – 11/27/2017).

Cougar Mountain Baking Company, based in Seattle, will let NHHS Music Boosters sell 3 pound tubs of cookie dough for $16.00 each. Each tub makes apx. 48 cookies which ends up to be about $.333 per cookie. NHHS Music Boosters will be able to keep 50% of all proceeds: $8.00 for each tub of cookie dough sold! Whatever amount of cookie dough each student’s family sells will be applied to their own individual 2018 NHHS Monterey Jazz Festival Trip payment.

Cougar Mountain Cookie dough is locally owned and made – all natural, no preservatives, no trans fat, certified kosher, freshly made and hand packed. The tubs of cookie dough remain viable refrigerated for up to 3 months and frozen for up to 12 months. There are 8 different varieties of cookie dough (see online at Cougar Mountain Baking Company).

The cookie dough order forms will be passed out during music class to all Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz students on Monday, 11/13/2017. The sale will end on Monday, 11/27/2017 and all order forms, cash, and checks must be turned in on Monday, 11/27/2017 (sorry – no credit cards). All checks must be made out to “Nathan Hale Music Boosters”. Please note that the cookie dough sale will be held over Thanksgiving weekend – the perfect time to sell pre-order cookie dough to gathered friends and relatives, with delivery prior to the Winter break holidays! The cookie dough will be delivered at 4pm, Tuesday afternoon, 12/12/2017 in the Nathan Hale Commons. All cookie dough tubs must be picked up by student’s families before 6pm and delivered and refrigerated by 8 to 9pm that evening (4 to 5 hours after delivery).

NHHS Music Boosters, will be forwarding this information to all Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz families that are participating in the 2018 NHHS Monterey Jazz Festival Trip. Your family does not have to participate in this fundraising event. It’s just nice to have a fundraising option.

Final note: Last year for the 2017 Music Boosters Disneyland Trip, 22 of 70 students participated (approx 1/3). The range of funds raised (after paying for the cookies) began at $32 and on up to $752. The average amount raised per student was $220. Selling cookie dough is an awesome, easy way to offset the cost of participating in the 2018 NHHS Monterey Jazz Festival trip.

Here is the time-line for the Cougar Mountain Cookie Dough fundraiser:

Monday, 11/13: Cookie Dough Sales begin

Monday, 11/27: Cookie Dough Sales END

Each family should send in their completed order forms, cash and

Checks (All checks made out to Nathan Hale Music Boosters) to their

Music teachers asap (Monies will be turned over to Donna Crist,

Nathan Hale’s Music Booster Treasurer

Tuesday, 11/28: Final order form will be sent to Cougar Mountain Baking Company

Tuesday, 12/11: 4:00PM Frozen Cookie Dough will be delivered to the Nathan Hale

Commons. Parents / Families must make arrangements to pick up

the cookie dough by no later than 6:00PM. The dough must be

delivered to purchasers and refrigerated no later than 4 to 5 hours

post delivery, (so, by 8pm or 9pm that night) in order for the cookie

dough to remain viable

If you have any questions, please contact:

Donna Crist (thecristfamily) cell: (206) 349-6636

(NHHS Mom, NHHS Music Booster Treasurer)

Carol Suddarth (caroljsuddarth) cell: (206) 348-3340

(NHHS Mom, cookie dough fundraiser coordinator)

Direct Fund Drive Starts Today!

Hello! Thanks to all who came last night and welcome all new families.

Today is the start of our direct fund drive!

The school district gives zero money to the music program and it is entirely funded by the music boosters group, a  group that supports the staff and students so they can get the items on the wish list, pay for entrance fees to festivals, and any other needs they have so they can have the basic needs of a music department. We are talking sheet music and instrument repair etc. ( larger trips have their own separate fundraisers)

To run this program, we aim to raise $15k each year– and we have roughly 140 students. That means we are hoping each family can give $110 this year to the program. (this is different than the classroom $75 you gave to teachers, which is for field trips and buses)

This is $11/month or a check today for $110 dollars or more.

  1. Click the Purple Donation Button at the top of this page.
  2. Complete the form. You will receive an email receipt within seconds.
  3. Does your employer match charitable gifts? If so, please contact your human resources department and make the match.
  4. Forward your email receipt (the one you received in step 2) to the booster treasurer, Donna Crist at Donna will track your donation and your match and let you know when she has received the funds.
  5. Forward this email to all friends & family interested in supporting the music program.
  6. If you prefer to donate by check, please contact Donna directly.

Thank you!

***If you can donate time and not money, we are happy to have you and need many hands to make the school year go smoothly, like chaperones, bake sale, etc. Please contact us to volunteer for any of the committees

Current Officers 2017/2018

Barb Dolby, Chairperson:

Donna Crist, Treasurer:

Carolyn Price, Secretary:

Rebecca Dietz, Fund raising lead:

Jen Barron, Swag Sales, Chipotle:

Anne Viggiano, Website:

Laurie Duyker, Communications:

Carol Suddarth,Cookie Fundraiser: