My Fair Share for 2016 - 2017 is $275.00 

 

 

Dear Band Families,

 

It is a requirement that you log into the new Charms data system the band has implemented.  You may do so at www.charmsoffice.com.  School code is: fhsstarband, Password is your student’s school assigned ID number.  Please change the password after you log in.  Click here to view and download a “How To” document to assist you with the registration process.

 

Charms has many wonderful features including the ability to track the funds in your student’s account.  Please take the time to log in at your earliest convenience to complete your student’s information as well as parent/guardian contact information.  This information is critical for the band directors to access so it is imperative that you do so before the school year begins on August 25th! 

 

Don’t forget to download the handy Charms app in Google Playstore or iTunes! 

 

If you have questions or issues with the registration process, please email Student Account Treasurer, Yadira Perales at yadiraperales@fhsstarband.com, or General Account Treasurer, Karla McLaurin at kmclaurin@fhsstarband.com. Thank you.

 
 

 

 
When you are placing Anything in the Purple Mailbox (located in the middle band practice room), it is Very Important that you place it in an Envelope and Include:
        • The Student's Full Name
        • The Amount Enclosed
        • Specify what the payment is for
        • Indicate if you want a receipt, provide an e-mail address where you want the receipt sent
        • Provide a contact telephone number for a Parent 
The above information will ensure that we credit your payments correctly!
 
 
Our Student Accounts Treasurer for the 2015-2016 school year is Yadira Perales and you can contact her via email at yadiraperales@fhsstarband.com
 
For your convenience, the FHS Band Boosters are now using PayPal as an additional payment method.  Please Click Here for more information
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The El Paso Independent School District provides limited financial support for our band program.  They do cover the following:
  • Transportation to all District related events
  • Entry fees for all District related events – EXCLUDING Solo/Ensemble
  • Uniforms – EXCLUDING Guard uniforms and uniform cleaning fees
  • Large instruments (i.e. Tubas, Marimbas, Bassoons, etc.)
  • Transportation to U.I.L. Marching and Concert Band Festivals
  • Transportation, Lodging, and Meals for T.M.E.A. Area and All-State

 

Listed below are the expenses that are NOT covered by E.P.I.S.D.  Normally, general fundraising and booster fundraising have not covered this sufficiently.  Therefore, we have created a budget for the year and divided the expenses throughout the band.

 

My Fair Share of $275.00 avoids us having to “nickel and dime” you throughout the year.  Here is what is covered in this fee: 

  • Family Booster Club Membership
  • Band T-Shirt
  • Uniform Cleaning Fee
  • Entry Fees for UIL Marching and Concert Contest, Hanks Jazz Fest, Socorro Marching Festival, Anthony Concert/Sight Reading Contest, Percussion Competitions
  • Tips for band trip bus drivers
  • Buses, except those used for UIL and EPISD events
  • Special needs for extra events (i.e. meals at a contest, etc.)
  • Budget Expenses which include:
    • Marching Music
    • Additional Instructors for Marching Band
    • Additional Instructors for Guard
    • Additional Equipment/Instruments
    • Custom Drill for the Marching Band
    • Music for all musical groups – Marching, Jazz, Concert, Solo and Ensemble, etc.

 

Fundraising opportunities will be provided to offset this fee or you can choose to pay the fee in full, out of pocket.  Listed above are the payment options and schedule. Please know that any funds raised or paid into the students accounts will be applied to this fee before going toward any band or guard trip.  Also, if a student fails a class and becomes ineligible, he or she is still accountable for their My Fair Share.

 

Please understand that this concept is not unique to Franklin and other bands across Texas and the Nation have a similar fee structure in place.  In fact, many of these programs assess much higher fees.

 

Please feel free to contact Mr. Beach if you have any concerns or comments on this issue.

 
Soon you will be able to view the 2016-2017 FHS Band Booster Budget  by logging into the Charms web site. The file will be located under the Files and Handouts Tab.