Student Noelle Sharp Makes Donation to Music Boosters

Foregoing the traditional birthday party, Sycamore student Noelle Sharp recently hosted a Donation Party and requested her guests contribute a donation to her choice of a non-profit organization instead of a traditional gift. “I feel very fortunate in my life, and always want to do something meaningful to celebrate my birthday. I want to do my part in supporting others in our community; I love music and want to help all the kids in my school district have the opportunity to enjoy music as a part of their lives, so I chose to support the Sycamore Music Boosters again this year” explains Noelle.

Noelle is a 6th grade student at Sycamore Middle School as well as a growing musician playing Violin in Orchestra and Clarinet in Band. This is the second year in a row Noelle has chosen the Sycamore Music Boosters to receive her birthday donation. As she presented her donation to Music Boosters President Lisa Smith, Noelle commented she hoped her donation would help support the young students in the Music Program, but especially to help bring back the Elementary School Spring Sings. Noelle adds, “Many of my friends and family, including myself, missed performing and attending the Spring Sing this past year. I know the community would like to see these fun concerts return in the future, so I hope this donation will help with that.”

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Lisa Smith, President of the Music Boosters comments, “We are honored to be selected as the recipient of Noelle’s birthday donation again this year! She is a very thoughtful and giving young lady, and such an inspiration! We love the idea of giving back while you celebrate; fostering a culture of gratitude and compassion gives this a much sweeter meaning and we are thankful to receive her gift!”

The Sycamore Music Department and the Sycamore Music Boosters, a non-profit volunteer organization that supports all students in grades K-12, encourages others to consider making a donation and support these music programs.  Future opportunities for additional donors are always welcome! Contributions in any amount may be given by individuals, families, local businesses, and even corporations.

SMS Students Attend IYSM Summer Camp

Four Sycamore Middle School students attended Illinois Summer Youth Music (IYSM) this past week. Mitch Edwards, Sam Crutcher, and Jaxon Lang were in Concert Band; Aidan Dempsey was in Symphonic Band.

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Jaxon Lang (pictured here) won an Achievement Award and a full scholarship for next year’s ISYM for hard work despite switching from trombone to tuba in the last few months of the school year. Jaxon played tuba at this camp.

 

 

These students, and many others, were able to experience various summer camps due to the Sycamore Music Boosters Summer Camp Scholarship program. Music Boosters work diligently all year long to provide wonderful experiences such as these for our students!

Vendor Applications Now Accepted for Autumn Craft & Treasures Market

We are excited to announce we are now accepting vendor applications for the annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market during the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival on October 28 and 29, 2017.  Vendor booth sizes are 10’ x 12’ and cost is $150.00 for both days. Application deadline is September 1st, 2017.  There is an additional $30.00 fee for applications received after September 1.  Applications received after deadline go into standby.

For more information or to reserve a booth, please contact Vendor Chair, Kristine Ohman, at KristineOhman.pumkinfair@gmail.com.  Space is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Sycamore Music Boosters is a volunteer organization comprised of families and friends of students enrolled in music education classes in Sycamore Schools. The Autumn Craft & Treasures Market is their largest fundraiser of the year.  For more information about the Craft Fair and to download the application, please click here >>>

Our First Mattress Sale Fundraiser Was a Great Success! Thank You!

The Sycamore Music Boosters recently partnered with Custom Fundraising Solutions and held a unique and very successful Mattress Fundraiser this spring. Lisa Smith, Sycamore Music Boosters President comments, “We decided to try something different with our fundraising efforts, and are pleased with the success of this event! It has been a pleasure working with Chris with Custom Fundraising Solutions. We are thrilled to announce we raised over $5700 to support the music programs for all of the students Kindergarten through 12th grade, and we are very thankful to the wonderful support from our entire community.”

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Pictured here (left to right) is Sycamore Music Boosters President Lisa Smith, Chris Sedlak with Custom Fundraising Solutions Chicago, Sycamore Music Boosters Publicist Deb Loitz, and Scott Mertens, Sycamore School District #427 Music Department Chair, with a check presentation from their recent successful fundraiser.

Thank you to everyone that supported this fundraiser!

Thank You & Words of Appreciation for Music Boosters Treasurer Peggy Diemer

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At our May meeting, we recognized and thanked our Music Boosters Treasurer, Peggy Diemer, for her 6 years of service! She has been one of the hardest working, loyal, and trustworthy parent volunteers for music boosters over the past 6 years.  She was extremely involved in all fundraising activities each year including the Craft Fair, A Note To Remember, and all smaller fundraisers such as the Feed My Starving Children” ticket sales, Portillo’s, Culver’s, Jamrah and other food fundraisers, Spirit Wear sales, and more!  She was often one of the first to arrive and the last to leave at each event!

Peggy took the Treasurer position from manually balancing the  check book and accounts to development of digitizing the accounting, developing more professional reports, and assuring that all tax laws are followed through yearly consultation with an accountant.

In addition to serving as Treasurer, Peggy has been involved as a volunteer as a Band Parent preparing meals and assisting with band events over the past 8 years.

On behalf of Lisa Smith, current Sycamore Music Boosters President; Ken Olson, past-President of the Music Boosters; past and current Music Boosters Officers; Sycamore School District Music Staff; everyone involved in the Music Boosters; and the Sycamore School District Music Programs – we all owe Peggy a great deal of gratitude for her faithful service! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

With great appreciation for her untiring dedication and hard work, Music Boosters President Lisa Smith presented Peggy a Certificate of Appreciation and restaurant gift card (above photo).

Bravo to Peggy Diemer!

Music Boosters to host 1st Mattress Fundraiser

We are excited to announce we are hosting our 1st annual Mattress Fundraiser Sale!

Saturday, May 6

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

At the Sycamore Middle School

Name brands such as Simmons Beautyrest, Restonic and Malouf brand mattress sets are available for up to 50% off showroom prices and come in all sizes. A variety of pillows, adjustable beds, and mattress protectors will also be on sale. Layaway and delivery is also available. All profits go directly to the Sycamore Music Boosters and will help to support all students in grades K-12. Additional sale information can also be found at our Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1718234565141081/

Or at: http://bit.ly/beds4SMB.

Mattress Fundraiser Flyer

SHS Jazz Ensemble Performs at the Grand Victorian

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The Sycamore High School Jazz Ensemble recently was invited to perform at the Grand Victorian in Sycamore. Directed by Sycamore Music Department Chair Scott Mertens, they performed works by Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Charles Mingus, and others. This talented jazz band will be performing with the SHS Jazz Choir at the annual Jazz Night on Thursday, May 4 at the Sycamore High School Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and all are invited to attend.