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
In order to provide consistent musical instruction, we
depend on fundraising money or donations.
Thank you in advance for your support!
2018 Encore Cheesecake Information
Tuesday, September 11 - 8th
September 18 - 7th Grade
Tuesday, October 2 - 6th Grade
Delivery Day is Thursday, November 8
Instructions for Delivery Day
VOLUNTEER TO HELP ON DELIVERY DAY by filling out our online form.
Please read the following letters about our fundraising
7th Grade Letter
8th Grade Letter
How to turn in your order:
1. Using the orders on your
Customer Order Form, fill out the
Complete and Final Order Form.
Parents must sign the first blank to verify that
your order is correct. DO NOT sign the second blank yet.
2. Turn in your
Complete and Final Order Form
with ONE form of payment
(Cash OR one check made payable to "LMMS")
Note: We will order what is printed on the
Complete and Final Order Form. We will NOT
look at the
Customer Order Form. You are responsible for
making sure that order is correct. Any orders with than one form of payment
will not be accepted.
Although our sales don't always reach 100%
of our goals, please know that our appreciation of your participation and
donations is unlimited. Thank you, parents and students for making our goals
and acheivements possible!
New info for 2018 coming soon.
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
A: We use sixth and seventh grade
profits to pay for the entire chorus program; so it is critical that sixth
and seventh graders participate in our fund raisers. Eighth graders who go
on the Disney Trip (which are most of them) are allowed to use 100% of the profits to defer the cost
of their trip. So, I take money from 6th and 7th and spend it on 6th, 7th,
AND 8TH! When a student makes it to 8th grade, I set their money aside, take
6th and 7th grade money and spend it on them.
Since so much depends
on the participation of 7th grade sales, we are requiring that our 7th
graders in band, chorus and orchestra sell 70% of their goal in order to be
eligible for 100% of the profits to go toward the cost of the Disney Trip as
8th graders. If we don't meet 70% of the goal, 8th grade profits will be
adjusted so some profits will benefit the music department and the rest can
be allocated toward the cost of the trip.
Q: What if I don't want to
participate? Is there something else I can do to support the LMMS Choral
A: We do not
require students to participate. Some parents have reservations about
fundriaising or do not have ample opportunities to do so effectively. In the
past, parents have inquired about simply making a donation in leiu of fund
raising. We are certainly grateful for such a thoughtful consideration.
leiu 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
A: 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 recieve all the rewards for selling 10, 20, etc. You will even be
entered to win $100 twice!
Q: Do I have to sell more if I'm in
Offiicially, no. Unofficially, it would help a lot! If you wouldn't mind
selling 15 instead of 10, that would make up for the extra money we spend on
Q: Who should my customers make checks payable
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 one lump sum of cash, but please don't send
your child to school with a large amount of cash! We ask that you bring it
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 do I have to do
to be eligible to win the $100 drawing?
A: Three things: 1. Sell 10 items (even if your
a doubler). 2. Turn in your order form correctly and on time according to
your designated turn-in date. 3. Pick up your order on Delivery Day.
How do I turn in my order?
A: We collect three things on turn-in day: 1.
The sales catalog. 2. The FINAL ORDER FORM. and 3. Payment in a single form
(i.e., check, cash, money order etc.) The parent/guardian is responsible for
transferring the total order from the catalog(s) to the colored FINAL ORDER
FORM. We will NOT look at the catalog with individual orders on it, so
please make sure you transferred your order correctly. We will only order
and distribute items according to the FINAL ORDER FORM, not your catalog.
Once the parent has transferred the final and complete order from the
catalog to the FINAL ORDER FORM, they must sign ***the first blank*** on the
order form to verify that their order is correct. The bottom blank should
not be signed until the order is picked up and filled correctly on Delivery
Day. Payment must match the amount on the FINAL ORDER FORM. Please
double check your math before writing a check or turning in money. On
Delivery Day, we will return your catalog to you and ask you to sign your
FINAL ORDER FORM.
Q: What is the "8th grade discount"?
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 Encore
Fundraiser. You get to buy the items at a discount in a round-a-bout sort of
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! Encore 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 to me or you 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 $24 item for $14.40.
You can buy a $22 item for $13.20.
You can buy a $18 item for $10.80.
You can buy a $17 item for $10.20.
You can buy a $16 item for $9.60.
You can buy a $15 item for $9.00.
You can buy a $14 item for $8.40.
You can buy a $13 item for $7.80.
much can I raise to help pay for the Disney Trip?
of the profits from both the Encore Cheesecake and the Poinsettia
fundraisers will go toward that students' individual trip account. The
profit margin for the Encore fundraiser is 40% and the profit margin for the
poinsettia fundraiser is $4.50 a flower. For example, if Albert sells 15
items totaling $210, Albert will receive 40% of that, or $84.
Realistic goals - The cost of the
Disney Trip is unknown at this time, but we can estimate it at around $650.
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 Encore fundraiser is $7. This would
obviously be higher if a student mostly sold the more expensive items. If a
student sold 45 items, they would make $315 profit. At $4.50 a poinsettia, a
student would have to sell 41 poinsettias to make $185. Other combinations
would be 40 items and 50 flowers, or 30 items and 65 flowers. 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 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 choral