January 2018
In this issue:
  • Reflections!
  • Notes from our Teachers: A Last minute gift idea!
  • Volunteering
  • Upcoming Music Events Calendar
  • Free Money Corner
  • Action List


By Steve Skonieczny, Lead Coordinator
FORESMA Planning Committee

 As one of our board members has said about being involved in FORESMA it is exciting because we get to create our community from scratch, at the same time our greatest challenge is that we have to create our community from scratch. Being a new school we don't have the knowledge of previous years to build upon, but we do have a group of creative and dedicated parents willing to share their experiences and use them to build the music experience at Robert Eagle Staff. Challenges were met and excitement rose as the many hands of our community came together to make our first concert week a wonderful success. From organizing the bake sales to the audio and video recording to helping to break down the stage between performances. Thank you to everyone who pitched in to help. 

We are now working on plans for the second half of the year and have many good ideas, including a drumline class for parents in January. If you are looking for a unique gift for a special parent, consider signing them up for the drumline class. Our band teacher Mr. Aguilar is offering this two hour class for parents who were inspired by the drumline students performance that began the band concert. If you are interested and have questions about this or want to share thoughts or observations about other music department matters, please contact me at 

Happy Holidays! 

Consider making an end of the year gift to Foresma.  Donations are tax-deductible.
Please share this link with family and friends who may also want to support RESMS music students.

Still looking for a great gift?  Our band director, John Aguilar has an offer for you:

Drumline Class 
with REMS Director of Bands
 John Aguilar

Thursday, January 11th, beginning at 7 pm

  Do you know someone longing to release their inner percussionist?  Perhaps you know they desire to turn mental chaos into perfect, orderly rhythms?  Maybe you saw our drumline students perform this month and thought, "I want to make those awesomely loud sounds, too!"  Seriously. Call it a date night or Mom's rejuvenating mini-retreat, but you and/or your co-parent want a slice of this!  Mr. Aguilar's drumline class needs no gift-wrapping, is gluten-free and maintains a low carbon footprint. Best of all,  it won't break the bank! Two rocking hours costs $45. Proceeds benefit FORESMA.  
Spaces are limited. No experience required. Adults Only.

 Contact FORESMA at to register, get payment instructions and receive a printable gift certificate.

By Brooke Graham Doyle, Volunteer Coordinator

Thank You!

     A huge thank you to folks who pitched in and made our December concerts run smoothly.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  Kudos to: Aoife Lawlor O'Meara, Maggie Czajkiewicz, Jessica Gallo, Karen Silva, Alison Rice, Chris Maykut, Andrea Frank, Kim McMillen, Lisa Nakamoto, Julianne Bishop, Ev Kara, Lorie Bettelyoun, Erik Olsen, Dan Chiang, Cheryl Haug, Neil Morton, Becky Marion, James and Katy Palmer, Mishelle Jin, Maureen Carr, Jelena Vandenhaak, Jeannette Chen, Roxanne Kenison, Gretchen Bruce, Nancy Dahlberg, Judy Nelson, Liz Ryan, Barbara Burroughs, Mollie Mills, Erickson Moskito, Alka Sud, Steve Skonieczny, and Steve Barsotti.  Apologies if I missed anybody.  
How Does a Swing Dance Sound?
     FORESMA is planning to host a swing dance fundraiser at school on the evening of June 2nd.  Three professional groups plus our very own jazz band will play.  We will probably have food trucks for dinner plus a dessert dash.   We are hoping to offer swing dance lessons before the dance.  If this sounds like your kind of event, would you consider organizing it?  Find a friend, and jump in!  John Aguilar has already done quite a bit of the initial organizing.  This is going to be a great event, and you can help shape it.  Please contact Brooke Doyle if you are interested
Upcoming Music Events Calendar
Mon, Jan 8, 7:00 pm: FORESMA Meeting. Orchestra Room.
Thu, Jan 11, 7:00-9:00 pm: Drumline Class for registered participants. Band Room.
Friday, Jan 12: Watch for Silverwood field trip registration packages!
Wed, Jan 17, 4:00 pm: Senior Orchestra Performance, SPS School Board Meeting
Friday, Jan 26: Silverwood registration packets and deposits DUE!
Wed, Jan 31, 4:00 pm: Junior Band Performance, SPS School Board Meeting
TBA: Choir concludes semester with "Songs of Earth and Moon"


Mon, Feb 2 7:00 pm: FORESMA Meeting. Orchestra Room. All invited to attend.


Thu, Mar 1, All Day into Evening: 1st Annual MUSIC-A-THON! REMS.
Mon, Mar 12,  7:00 pm: FORESMA Meeting, Band Room. 

Fri, Mar 16: Field trip, Senior Orchestra, WWU Orchestra Festival.
Fri, Mar 16: Field Trip, Wind Ensemble, EBMEA Band Festival
Sat, Mar 17, 12:30 pm: Marching Band,  St Patrick's Day Parade
Tue, Mar 27, 7:00 pm: Spring Orchestra and Guitar Concert, REMS
Thu, Mar 29, 7:00 pm: Spring band Concert, REMS


Times shown are performance start time.
Teachers will provide specific information & instructions for students.
Free Money Corner
by Andrea Frank, Newsletter Editor

It's amazing to watch the pieces of our new organization fall into place.  For example, at the December FORESMA meeting, our teachers asked us to fund new sheet music purchases. It was easy to say, "Yes! We can do this," because we had just tallied the proceeds from our concert sandwiches and baked goods sales.  The amounts were nearly the same! Of course, far more thought goes into these decisions, but go on and pat yourself on the back. You are making our music program happen. Two more ways small actions can make a big impact are through Fred Meyer Rewards Card and Box Tops for Education.  If you have other Free Money ideas, we'd love to hear about them. Contact us at
If you haven't already aligned a Fred Meyer's Rewards Card with FORESMA, it's easy to do.  Go to the Fred Meyer Community Rewards page HERE, sign in and follow the links to add FORESMA to your card, choosing #91755. Fred Meyer will take it from there, donating a percentage to us based on your purchases while you keep the fuel points!  
Please keep saving 
Box Tops for Education. Our next submission will be in April. You can learn more about this long-lived fundraising program HERE.  Remember to include the whole Box Top image, including the product code.  Thanks!


Give someone you love a 2-hour drumline class with John Aguilar.
Review the FORESMA calendar.  We've got big plans in 2018!
Be aware of trip registration and deposit requests for some students in January
Volunteer: Music-A-Thon, Spring Swing Dance, Field Trips and more! 
Keep saving Box Tops for Education.
Use your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to generate donations to FORESMA.
Donate to FORESMA  as a one time gift or monthly pledge. Click
Learn the Lindy.

Have a Very Happy New Year!
Disclaimer: Mentions for any specific commercial or organizational product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Robert Eagle Staff Middle School or the Friends of Robert Eagle Staff Musical Arts (FORESMA).
Contact FORESMA:
Friends of Robert Eagle Staff Musical Arts
1330 N. 90th St.
Seattle, WA 98103

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