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May 2018

In this Issue:

Soaring Above
Notes from REMS Music Teachers:
Of Wonderland and Music of the Sea
  Band Beat
Build For the Future

Save the Date: Patxi's Pizza! 
Music in the Parks at Wild Waves
With Gratitude for our Volunteers

Free Money Corner
Chinook Book Apps
Action List

Soaring Above
By Steve Skonieczny, FORESMA President

One thing I have learned about the Robert Eagle Staff music community is that we are always ready to meet a challenge. Every time the board comes together to talk about how we can raise the money to support everything that our music program needs to be successful we are never sure what to expect. As a new program, we don't have a track record of fundraising to look back on to see what works best nor a comprehensive understanding of our community to know how much we can ask for.  Throughout the year we have explored many ways reach out to our community for help. Some methods are tried and true such as the bake sales and Chinook Book sales. Other events focused on building community such as the Oktoberfest, the Drumline class for Adults, and the Power Hour Boxing class. Finally, we put forth a direct-ask campaign. Every time we have presented one of these plans to the community, you have risen to the challenge and often exceeded our goals. For this, I would like to thank everyone in the community who have given generously of their time and money to make the music program at Robert Eagle Staff a success.

Our challenge now as we go forward is to keep up the energy and enthusiasm for making this a great music program for the school and one that can be looked upon by others as an example of what can be done when we come together and work as a community.



Of Wonderland and Music of the Sea
Gavin Hayes, REMS Choir Director

"In my recent absence we choose to cancel our April 24th field trip. There has not been enough enthusiasm for performance at this stage in our learning. Students have voted to wait on the public performance experience until the end of the year.

Our upcoming choir performance will produce a CD to represent this year's choirs and a concert to space!  This will be in recognition of the first West Coast launch mission to Mars this May!

Raven Choir will conclude with a traditional choir concert, performing, "Music of the Sea." This is TBD in tandem with the Alice in Wonderland Jr. schedule! AiWjr looks and sounds fantastic thus far as they make full use of our wonderful stage!Every day I am amazed at what these students are capable of doing together!

Everything I do here is dependent on the quality teaching of others and I am happy to be at Robert Eagle Staff; what we really need is to continue the tradition of choir and singing to build not only the musical theater tradition but the choir tradition as well. This will lead to not only an award winning band and orchestra, but also an award winning musical and choir program.  To aid in this, I will extend my endorsement as a Music Educator to Robert Eagle Staff Middle School as a Choir/Musical Focused Music Honorarium to honor and extend value of the work students have produced in my classes and in the musical theater production. I am honored to be selected as an Honorarium Advisor this Spring!"

Lindsey Dustin, REMS Orchestra Director

Congrats to all orchestra students on a successful Spring concert! Our next concert at RESMS is June 12 and will also feature our guitar class. 
Beginning orchestra students are making tremendous progress, now playing pieces with syncopated rhythms and advanced key signatures. 

Intermediate orchestra performed at our region's middle school orchestra festival, and received all "Superior" ratings!
Junior and Senior orchestras are finalizing their repertoire choices for their upcoming Silverwood trip on May 18-20. 
Guitar students can now play on all 6 strings and at 6+ chords.  We are currently finishing up a composition project and will soon begin choosing songs for our June performance.

Band Beat
John Aguilar, REMS Band Director, shared these thoughts at our last FORESMA meeting. 

REMS Jazz Band took 3rd place at the University of Portland Jazz Festival. That’s impressive for being the only non-auditioned group in the top three. This Spring break trip went “surprisingly smooth” and John had terrific chaperones at his back who get lots of credit for that.  The bonding that happens on these trips, John explained, is so important to an ensemble. He hopes to take his musicians to the Idaho State University Jazz Festival in Boise next year, which has more learning opportunities and notable evening performances.

Additionally, Mr. Aguillar hinted that he may have something else up his sleeve and we’re sure it will be great. For now, please know that the Marching Raven's will be representing at Ballard's Syttende Mai parade. A Swing Dance is set for June 2nd, which will include music from outside talents and REMS, possibly dance lessons, and definitely a cake auction. 

Cake studies in oil pastels or clay, created by students of REMS art teacher, Rebecca Pleasure, 2018.

Build for the Future!
By Andrea Frank

Whatever you are doing right now, you have our permission to stand up, smile grandly, wave hands in the air and proclaim, with your best Oprah-esque voice, “Senior Orchestra gets sheet muuu-sic! Jazz Band gets sheet music!  You get sheet music and you get sheet music  Every. Music. Class. Gets sheet muuu-sic!”

Our 'Build for the Future'  campaign exceeded our goal by bringing in at least $10,000, with some corporate matching funds still to come. That’s not all sheet music. From festivals, transportation, instruments, and fee scholarships to preparing for next year, you are making these a reality.


To our FORESMA 'Build for the Future' co-ordinators, Brooke Doyle, Roxanne Kennison, Steve Skonieczny, Judy Nelson, Lindsey Dustin, John Aguilar and Laura Tiberio- THANKS for making it so easy. 

  Luckily for us, sheet music is printed on paper now.

Early "sheet music." Stone at Delphi carved with a hymn to the Greek god, Apollo. 128 BCE.  Source: Wikipedia


Save the date:
 Dine out or Dine In with Patxi's Pizza

Tuesday, June 5th
By Heather Mulligan

On Tuesday, June 5th Patxi’s Pizza, on Ballard Avenue, will donate 15% of all participants sales (excluding alcohol and taxes) to FORESMA as part of their "52 Weeks of Giving." This includes lunch and dinner!  So round up your friends and family; make your reservations; and mark your calendars now. Let Patxi’s handle lunch and/or dinner while earning money for our growing music programs.

Don’t think you can make it to the restaurant?  No problem.  Patxi’s will also include carry out, delivery and gift card sales in the final total.  Just remember to mention,  “52 Weeks of Giving,” when placing your order.  Preview Patxi's Pizza menu here:

“Music In the Parks” at Wild Waves 
2nd-Year Orchestra and Band Students
Saturday, June 9th, 9am-7pm

By Krissie Dillin

Get ready for a fantastic opportunity to play music, receive worthwhile evaluations, spend time with friends and have a blast at Wild Waves

For more information about the "Music In The Parks" program, please go to

Important registration packets will be available on April 24th. Registration and payment are due on or before May 4th. 

In order to make this event a success, we need fabulous parent volunteers! Are you interested in a full day of fun? Please contact Krissie Dillin at

With Gratitude for our Volunteers

Many thanks to our recent volunteers, including concert hands, James and Katy Palmer, Aoife O'Meara, Rebecca Marion, Maggie Czajkiewicz and all our bakers! 

A special thank you to Eric Olson who came out and recorded the performances even as his student was out sick. 

Local and over-night chaperones deserve our applause. Particularly hard at work are our Silverwood Lead Organizers: Angel Hackman, Barb McKague, Nora Paille, Krissie Depew. Thank you for stepping up to assist students in our absence!

FORESMA has nearly completed its first trip around the block, so to speak. We’re already anticipating the next.  We would LOVE to have your help launching the next school year’s activities and welcome your talents, time and ideas.  Please contact Brooke Doyle at or Steve Skonieczny at



Music Calendar


May 3-5: Alice in Wonderland, REMS first musical! More info to come.

Fri. May 4th: Jazz Band to Bellevue High School Jazz Festival.

Mon. May 14th, 7-8:30 pm: FORESMA Meeting, REMS Orchestra Room.

Thurs. May 17th, 5-8 pm: Marching Ravens at Syttende Mai Children’s Parade, Ballard.

Fri. May 18th-20th: Sr & Jr Orchestras and Wind Ensemble at “Music in the Parks,” Silverwood Theme Park, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.



Sat. Jun 2nd, 6-9 pm: Swing Dance, Robert Eagle Staff Commons

Tue. Jun 5th, 11 am-10 pm: Paxti’s Pizza donates to FORESMA

Sat. Jun 9th, All Day: Symphonic Band and Intermediate Orchestra at “Music in the Parks” at Wild Waves, Auburn.

Mon. Jun 11th, 7-8:30 pm: FORESMA Meeting, REMS Band Room.

Tue. Jun 12th, 7-8:30 pm: All Orchestras & Guitar Ensemble, End of Year Concert. REMS Commons. 

Thu. Jun 14th, 7-8:30 pm: All Band Ensembles, End of Year Concert. REMS Commons.

Mon. Jun 18th: Volunteer Appreciation Night, Laguniats

Thu. Jun 21st: 8th Grade Promotion

Fri. Jun 22nd: Last day of School


On the horizon….



 In general, times provided are performance times. Teachers will provide specific instructions and arrival times for our musicians prior to each event.
For concerts at REMS, families are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 for pre-concert socializing, Banh Mi sandwiches and a bite to eat at from our bake sales.


Free Money Corner

              Thanks to everyone who turned in BoxTops for Education.  Keep saving those for collections drives next year.  Meanwhile, the giving is easy when you link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to FORESMA using our account number 91755. Just follow the links, starting here: 

Chinook Book App

FORESMA gets a donation and you get 12 Months of great savings beginning when you purchase the Chinook Book App.  With coupons for ferry rides, museums and ice cream, gardening supplies and so much more- How can you take on Summer without it? Purchase the app and share among three devices by following this link from your cell phone:$deeplink_path=set-affiliate%3Faffiliate_code%3DFORESMA&campaign=FORESMA&_branch_match_id=448286031023241470

Watch for field trip updates from your student's instructor.
Participating students to turn in Wild Waves paperwork by May 4th
All Silverwood participant paperwork due by May 18th
Join us for dinner at Patxi's Pizza, June 5th, or take a pie to go!

Appreciate a Music Teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week

Consider cakes...
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