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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.

Polar Notes - December 2015

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Season’s Greetings to all of our fabulous St. Charles North Music parents!! This month is a busy one for everyone, I’m sure! We have had lots of music made, with much more coming up!

Congratulations to all of our musicians on outstanding fall concerts!! The level of musicianship was high and the music was beautiful!


On that note, the St. Charles North music department saw many students audition into and participate in the ILMEA District 9 band, orchestra, choir, and jazz festivals this fall. Congratulations to all who auditioned to all who were accepted into the different musical groups!

ILMEA Traditional participants – Grant Aguirre, Mike Anderson, Christine Beal, Dewey Bolz, Emma Breen, Kayla Bussert, Brett Husar, Emily Kaliski, Kira Nutter, Jacob Rollins, Jake Rossi, Clayton Senechalle, Emma Spellman, Grace Taylor, Sophie Wasilevich

ILMEA Jazz participants – Ally Hahn, Emily Kaliski, Miranda Keigher, Jakob Moberly, Macintosh Rivara, Tracy Suppes, Amada Vallejara

Jazz Festival

SCN was invited to host the Jazz Festival this year. We had many parents step up to provide food, serving help, and ticket sales help. The directors from the other high schools were thrilled with the hospitality shown by our school and parents. A big thank you goes out to everyone who helped! Thanks Deb Anderson, Sara Baratta, Carrie Black, Cait Flones, Andy Hahn, Kris Hahn, Miranda Keigher, Betsy Nelson, Bev Nesbit, Cristie Nutter, and Lisa Zangora!

St. Charles Holiday Parade

Did you see our Marching North Stars in the Holiday Parade? All decked out in uniforms and decorations, they were a sight to see! And they sounded just as good! In order to get the kids all dressed in their uniforms, many parents came in to help out. This was the first time the students wore their uniforms, so many hands were needed and much appreciated. Thank you to our Parade Parents: Laurey Benshish, Kim Devine, Patti Ellingson, Cait Flones, Andy Hahn, Kris Hahn, Annemarie Hocking, Andrea Lee, Celeste Marc, Tim Moberly, Bev Nesbit, Cathy Schwanebeck, Hannah Ware, Stacy Wasilevich, John Whitehurst, and Marybeth Whitehurst.  

Constellation tickets, help, and vintage spirit wear sales!

Our Constellation concert is coming up next week on December 17, 2015! There are 2 performances (6:00 and 8:00 pm). The same performance will occur at both times. Have you gotten your tickets yet? If not, please visit to purchase them today. The 6:00 pm show usually sells out, so don’t delay!

Are you coming to the 6:00 show and want to help out with the other? We are looking for a few more people to help backstage during the 8:00 show. Easy work with benefits! If you help out, you get to enter first for the show you are seeing! If you’ve been to the Constellation concert before, you know how hard it is to get good seats. Take advantage of this benefit and contact Jennifer Nemetz to volunteer at


Do you have a child who could use a little more SCN music spirit wear? Or maybe it’s really for you! We have vintage spirit wear available for sale at the Constellation concerts. There is a bunch of stuff – ornaments, magnets, various shirts, and the ever-popular Cowbell t-shirts. Stop by in the lobby and check out what we have (not all sizes are available) and take something home with you – the prices can’t be beat!


Congratulations to the Madrigals on an excellent dinner and performance. What a treat to see and hear. Watch the website for pictures from the dinner, coming soon! If you missed out on this fabulous show, I believe there will be several songs performed at Constellation on December 17.

Veteran’s Day Concert

The Veteran’s Day Concert was a huge hit once again. The bands really stepped up and provided wonderful entertainment for our veterans. And the singers were outstanding and a beautiful addition to the evening. If you missed this year’s concert, you can plan ahead for next year. It is always on November 11th, no matter what day of the week it falls on. What an awesome way to recognize and commemorate so many veterans’ service to our great country! Special thanks go out to the many volunteers who made this concert an outstanding community event.

2015 Donations

 Did you know that the Friends of Music is a 501(c)(3) organization that survives on donations and fundraisers? As we finish up the year, the Friends of Music would like to ask you to consider making an end of the year donation. We supplement many, many activities in the music department and donations are one way that makes it possible to do. No donation is too small and every little bit helps us provide opportunities that our students appreciate – scholarships to summer camp, clinicians during the school year, materials and uniforms, instruments, and more! Please go to the site and click the “donate” button. Your tax-deductible donation means more opportunities for our children’s musical future!


Well, thank you once again for reading to the end of our long, long newsletter. But, every bit of it shows the many ways our students excel in music, as well as all the parents who stand behind them and help! We encourage every parent to be involved in some way. There are many, many opportunities to be involved with something that is going on. Volunteer to help with the Constellation concert, offer to be involved with Jazz Showcase, be a parent that assists with uniforms, help plan one of our fundraisers, work with your child’s director on a special event for that group. There are so many events throughout the year and so many chances to get involved. Your child will only be at St. Charles North for 4 years. Don’t let that time slip away without doing something to be part of it. I have never heard anyone say that they wished they had done less – most people have students graduate from high school and wish they had been more involved. Take the chance and get involved. Below is a letter from Linda True, who is the event chair for our wonderful Jazz Showcase. Please read it over and consider if there is something that you could do to help! Linda’s contact information is included. This event needs your help!

Have a wonderful holiday season!!

Cait Flones

President, SCN Friends of Music

Dear Families of SCN Music Students,

As you may know, St. Charles North is a Grammy Award winning high school. We have been able to achieve this success in part because proceeds from our Jazz Showcase and other fundraisers. They have given us the ability to bring in guest clinicians, provide travel opportunities to national and international events and purchase and maintain musical instruments for the students.

This year, the Jazz Showcase will be held on Saturday, May 21st at The Q Center in St. Charles. Both instrumental and vocal jazz groups will be performing. Although talented jazz ensembles of SCN will be featured that night, it is important to understand that the proceeds of this fundraising event benefits ALL of the amazing music programs at SCN.

The tradition of this event provides an opportunity for time spent with family and friends enjoying the entertainment and our annual Silent Auction. As you can imagine, an evening of this magnitude has many facets to its continued success. This is where you come in. There are many ways that you can support this event.

  • Buy tickets and attend with family and friends
  • Purchase ad space in the event program for your business or invite a friend to
  • Make a donation to the silent auction or raffle
  • Volunteer your time by participating in one of the many subcommittees of this event:
  • Donation gathering
  • Set up
  • Tickets
  • Help during the event
  • Advertising

The students are what make the evening memorable, but the donations are what make the event a fundraising success beyond covering the cost of the venue. Gift cards, autographed memorabilia, tickets, large or small items, services – anything at all that you would be willing to donate would be greatly appreciated! 

Please email me to let me know how you would like to show your support for the music programs of SCN. Don’t forget your contact information, and let me know of any questions you may have. 

On behalf of the music students, staff at St. Charles North High School and the Friends of Music parents, I thank you very much for your consideration and support of this special event.


Linda True
Jazz Showcase Event Chair

Phone: Linda True 630-945-1923
Mail: 39W920 Prunetree Lane, St. Charles, IL 60175