Jay Champion, Choral Director
Kacy Bishop,
Assistant Director
700 Old Mountain Road, Kennesaw, Georgia 30152
678-594-8224
Jay.Champion@cobbk12.org
Kacy.Bishop@cobbk12.org

Dr. Lenora Nyeste, Principal

Proud to be selected to perform at the
2010 and 2019 GMEA Statewide In-Service
and 2012 Inaugural Georgia State University
Invitational MidSingFest

One of our keys to success is the ability to hire professionals to record and perform at our concerts, pay for opportunities and services for our students, and provide for students who need financial assistance. 

In order to provide consistent musical instruction, we depend on fundraising money or donations. Thank you in advance for your support!

 

Please read our fundraising letters:

6th and 7th grade Fundraising Letter

8th Grade Fundraising Letter

2020 Blue Ribbon Cheesecake Information

Turn-In Dates:

Tuesday, September 10 - 8th Grade
Thursday, September 12 - 7th Grade
Tuesday, September 17 - 6th Grade

Delivery Day is Thursday, November 7

Cheesecake Pickup Instructions for Delivery Day - coming soon!

 

Poinsettia Information

New info for 2019 coming soon.

Poinsettia Letter

Poinsettia Customer Order Form

Poinsettia Complete and Final Order Form

View Pictures Here

 

Q: Why fund raise?


A: Trust us, if we had a choice, we wouldn't. Teachers do not get paid more, nor is it in our job description. However, in order to deliver the music education that our students deserve, we must have additional funds available to pay for equipment, music, and services we would otherwise not be able to buy. We are given an allotment by our schools, but we are limited as to how we can spend that. For example, we cannot pay people for services (i.e., accompanists, outside instructors). We depend on fund raising money to help provide for students and families that need assistance obtaining the required items like our polo shirt and theory workbook, not to mention payment for field trips. We do it because we feel it is necessary in order to run a quality music program and provide great experiences for our students. At least we can offer quality products that are practical and will get used effectively.

Q: How is the money allocated?

A: We use 6th and 7th grade profits to pay for the entire music program. So, it is critical that 6th and 7th graders participate in our fundraisers. 8th graders who go on the Disney Trip (which are most of them) use 100% of the profits to decrease the cost of their trip if they sold their “Fair Share” in 6th and 7th grades.  

If an 8th grade student did not sell their fair share or make a donation in both 6th and 7th grades, then the first $35 of profit from their fundraising will go to the department and the rest will go toward the Disney Trip. $35 is the approximate profit amount for half of the sales of a fair share goal, or half of a suggested donation.


Q: What if I don't want to participate? Is there something else I can do to support the LMMS Choral Department?

A: We do not require students to participate. Some parents have reservations about fundraising or do not have ample opportunities to do so effectively. In the past, parents have inquired about simply donating in lieu of fund raising. We are certainly grateful for such a thoughtful consideration. In lieu of selling ten items, we ask for a $70 donation to our department.

Q: What if I'm a doubler (in Band and Chorus, or Orchestra and Chorus)?

A: We would love for you to sell 8 items or donate to both music class.  But, if you don’t, your total profit will be divided equally to benefit both programs. Only half of your items sold will count toward your total class goal in each class. You will still receive all the rewards for selling items.

Q: Do I have to sell more if I'm in Boys/Girls/Chamber Chorus?

A: Offiicially, no. Unofficially, it would help a lot! If you wouldn't mind selling 16 instead of 8, that would make up for the extra money we spend on those ensembles.

Q: Who should my customers make checks payable to?

A:
Your customers should make checks out to your parents. Parents should turn in one check or money order made payable to "LMMS". You may also turn in cash, but students should not come to school with a large amount of cash!

Q: Why do I have to ask my customers to make checks out to my parents?

A:
Our bookkeeper must make a deposit for every check recieved. If all the 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Band, Chorus, and Orchestra (that participate in the fundraiser) turn in one check, that will require around 1,000 deposits. As it is, this takes over a week to do. If there were 10, 20, or 30 checks per student, this would take the rest of the school year to complete!

Q: Why do 6th, 7th and 8th graders have different turn-in dates?

A:
Our bookkeeper must deposit every check within a certain time period of recieving it. By staggering the turn-in dates, we allow time to do that.

Q: What is the "8th grade discount"?


A: This only pertains to 8th graders that are going on the Disney Trip, but it pertains to the 8th grade every year, so 6th and 7th graders can read on. For 8th graders, there is an extra benefit to participating in the Blue Ribbon Fundraiser. You get to buy the items at a discount in a round-a-bout sort of way.

When you sell an item, 40% of the cost of that item goes toward your cost of the Disney Trip, thus reducing the cost of the trip. If a parent buys an item for their student, 40% of that money will be given back to the parent; not directly, but in the form of a deferred cost of the trip. That 40% is money that the parent would have to pay toward the cost of the trip anyway.

So, when a parent of a student who is going on the Disney Trip buys an item, they are buying it for a 40% discount! The company still gets paid for the item, but you get that money back when it's time to pay for the trip. Not bad, huh? So even though it makes no difference  in terms of fundraising or trip cost, you have the opportunity to buy lots of nice foods for yourself or as gifts for your friends and family. Here's the breakdown:

You can buy a $35 item for $21.
You can buy a $26 item for $15.60.
You can buy a $24 item for $14.40.
You can buy a $22 item for $13.20.
You can buy a $20 item for $12.

Q: How much can I raise to help pay for the Disney Trip?

A:  100% of the profits from both the Cheesecake and the Poinsettia fundraisers will go toward that students' individual trip account. The profit margin for the Blue Ribbon fundraiser is 40% and the profit margin for the poinsettia fundraiser is $4 a flower.

Realistic goals - The initial deposit for the Disney trip cannot come from fundraising money, so a student could raise money to pay for the rest. The average profit per item for the Blue Ribbon fundraiser is $9. This would obviously be higher if a student mostly sold the more expensive items. If a student sold 40 Blue Ribbon items, they would make about $360 profit. At $4 a poinsettia, a student could sell 40 poinsettias to make $160. That would be over $500 in profit. Obviously, the majority of the students will not raise this much money, but in the past around 10% of the students have done so. It can be done! If you fundraise more than the remainder of the trip, we can reimburse you for some or all of your initial deposit.

In the event that a student raises more than the total cost of the trip, the fundraising money can go toward other costs incurred in choral activities (i.e., field trips, etc.), but we are obviously not allowed to give that student the remaining cash balance. If the extra money is not spent by the end of the year, the money will go to the music department.




 

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