Welcome to LSW Music Parents 2016-17

Good afternoon,

I hope that everyone has enjoyed their summer and is ready to get school started again. If your student is no longer in the music program, please let me know your students name and I’ll remove you from our software. I do my best to not flood your inbox with information, as a result sometimes my emails can be a bit long.

Let me start off by saying thank you for the privilege of being the Music Parent President for the 2016-17 school year, this will be my four year in the position. In addition to volunteering for this position; I’ve got a full time job, a wife and four kids (from 9th to college junior) who are in involved in all areas of the music program, sports and the crazy schedule that comes with it.

The more involved I’ve become the more I’ve been blessed with getting to know the very talented students we have at LSWHS. Even if you don’t see my name on a volunteer sheet I’ll be around somewhere helping out. Please include your younger children as mine have enjoyed it over the years.

Our first music parent meeting will be August 30th at 7pm. Our music parent meetings cover a variety of topics. Each meeting is different on duration but I do my best to keep it to an hour or under, this first meeting is usually the longest and most attended. Music parent meetings are not mandatory but we’d love to have you there.

If your student has money in their student accounts please remember that they can be used for music related fees, this includes the activity fee that was required at registration. If you would like to do this, please visit CHARMS to get a copy of the Student Account Request located in the Forms section of the handouts. Forms and other information for the music parents organization can be turned into the lock boxes that are located in the band or choir rooms. We also have a mail box at LSWHS.

I’ll be sending out a monthly music program update that will include what’s been going on, what’s coming up, information from the music directors, volunteer needs, etc. Some news and notes:

– Music parent meeting as I mentioned above on August 30th at 7pm.

– Ice Cream Social – This year it’s on September 20th, it’s our biggest general fundraiser and a great time to enjoy fine music performed by our students and a good meal. We need many volunteers to help make this event possible. Please mark your calendars to watch the students and volunteer! Tickets and a letter will be sent home with your student shortly. If you’d like to help with the Ice Cream Social committee, please let me know.

Attached is a music parent handbook. Our hope is that this guide will help new and experienced parents alike as to what the Music Parents Organization is about and how we support the LSWHS music department. I’m also attaching how to access CHARMS. Charms is our software that we use to email, keep track of student account financials, volunteer needs, etc.

We hope to see you at the meeting as we have a lot of events planned and need your active participation. If you should ever have any questions, concerns or comments please contact me via email, call or text. I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can and don’t hesitate to grab me at a function.

Thank you for your support and go Titans!

Brent Grigsby

LSWMP President


LSWMP CHARMS – Handbook.doc