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St. Charles, IL

The Parent Booster Organization for the St. Charles North High School Music Program.

Polar Notes

Polar Notes is the events blog for the St. Charles North High School Friends of Music.

From The President - Sept. 2014

andy montgomery

Hello to all St. Charles North music families, and welcome to the second issue of Polar Notes for the 2014-2015 school year!

The first home football game was a bit different than I think we all expected. Big kudos to the band and drill team for entertaining the crowd in the gym Friday night! They did a fantastic job, and were well liked by both the Blue Fan Group and SCN fans, as well as the fans from Elk Grove. (The Kane County Chronicle tweeted that the “band and cheerleaders were trying to keep natives from growing restless in the steamy gym” on Friday night during the lightning delay.

Before we go much further, I was talking with a friend who is a music parent last week, and a question came up that I thought I would address. The question is, “Is Friends of Music only for Marching Band (or band in general)?” It’s a great question. Friends of Music supports ALL music students at St. Charles North, whether they are in choir, orchestra, jazz band, vocal jazz, or band. The parents on the Friends of Music board have children in all of these groups.

Thank you to everyone who helped out with Fitting Days! I really appreciate everyone who came out to make this so successful! I would especially like to thank Cathy Schwanebeck and Kim Devine for the hundreds of hours they put into getting Fitting Days organized and run! They spent a lot of the summer getting ready for this, and I really appreciate all their hard work. If you see them, please tell them thank you!

The Friends of Music Board is looking forward to seeing all of you on Thursday, September 4 at the Music Parents Pizza Party (aka MP3)! The MP3 starts at 6:30 PM in the auditorium. All music families (Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz, and Band) are invited to attend!

The next FoM Board meeting will be Tuesday night, September 9 at 7 PM in room 140 at the high school. It was originally scheduled for September 2, however due to some late conflicts, it had to be moved. Sorry for any confusion that caused.

Looking ahead, we are in need of volunteers to help out with uniforms and water at home football games. Cathy Schwanebeck and Kim Devine are helping to coordinate this, so if you are available, please contact them or contact me and I’ll put you in touch with them. This includes parents before games (to help students get their uniforms) and after games (to put the uniforms away), as well as help to distribute water bottles and pick them up during the games.

Are you interested in SCN Music Spiritwear? Check out the link on the website! There are t-shirts and a hoodie available (in addition to the Marching Band T-Shirt for 2014-2015).

Coming up on November 11 is the Veteran’s Day Concert! This will be a tremendous event celebrating Veterans and their contributions to the nation and to us. We are in need of volunteers for that event, so if you are interested in helping out, please contact me.

Just a reminder, the board and I are very interested in receiving your feedback on how things are going, what is working and more importantly what isn’t. Feel free to contact any of us with your comments, questions, and suggestions. Our email addresses are at

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the MP3, September 4. Thank you all for your support!

Andy Rollins