Welcome Letter from the Chorus Directors
2 August 2021
Dear Walton Chorus Students and Parents:
WELCOME! We are very pleased you are a part of Walton Chorus. This year will hold musical experiences you will treasure your entire life. Now for your first assignments. All assignments marked with an asterisk* are due by THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 6th. Timely completion of these tasks will serve as your first quiz grade.
Please create (new students) or update (returning students) your Walton Chorus CHARMS account at charmsoffice.com by following the steps on the instructional video and/or written instructions for new students and returning students by Friday, August 6.
- PARTICIPATION FEE
Once your CHARMS account has been created/updated, please follow these instructions to pay the mandatory, tax-deductible participation fee that includes this year’s required t-shirt, which serves as our informal uniform. Participation fee payment is due by Friday, August 20.
- BRAVES TICKETS
Tickets for the Braves game on Tuesday, September 14 may be purchased on this website via the Payment Checklist page. Braves game attendance is not mandatory but highly encouraged. Family members are also welcome. All chorus students are invited but only 10th-12th graders sing The National Anthem. It’s always a wonderful, highly anticipated outing, and we’re thrilled to be returning this year! The deadline for purchasing Braves tickets is Tuesday, August 20.
2. BLANKET PERMISSION TO PARTICIPATE*
Please complete and submit the county-required Blanket Permission to Participate Form to your class’ assigned Dropbox folder (see links below) by Friday, August 6.
- 2nd period-9th Grade Tenor/Bass Ensemble
- 3rd period-Camerata Singers
- 4th period-Select Women’s Ensemble (SWE)
- 5th period-A Cappella
- 6th period-Bel Canto
- 7th period-9th Grade Treble Choir
3. HANDBOOK VERIFICATION*
Please view the 2021-22 Chorus Calendar, and mark your family calendars accordingly. Parents, note the Virtual Chorus Parent Meeting is on Tuesday, August 10 at 7:00 PM. Please be on the lookout for a CHARMS e-mail with the Zoom link. Students will receive 10 lettering points for sending a parent to this valuable meeting.
Please read the Uniform Information and complete the steps to complete purchase of required uniform items by Friday, August 20.
6. WALTON CHORUS BOOSTERS
We are honored to be your directors. You are now part of a tradition of excellence whose future depends on you. Take your place in Walton Chorus with enthusiasm, pride, and dedication.
Mr. Wes Stoner, Choral Director
Mrs. Maggie Allyn, Assistant Choral Director
Welcome Letter from the Choral Booster Club President
Welcome to Walton Chorus!
On behalf of the Walton Chorus Booster Board, I want to wish you a successful start to the new year. The Booster Club is committed to supporting the educational and fundraising needs of the chorus program. As an organization, we will help our chorus directors with the resources they need to successfully lead our students. Our collective fundraising efforts will provide music, accompanists, recognitions, and classroom improvements, as well as cover the costs for special events.
Here is a checklist of items for the start of the year, which may all be handled on our Payment Checklist page:
Parent meeting – the annual parent meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 10th at 7:00 p.m. virtually via Zoom. An email will be sent with instructions and a link.
Booster donations – a significant portion of the Chorus budget is supported by donations from Booster Club members. I invite you to join the Booster Club with a donation of as little as $50. You can find details about the benefits associated with various levels of donation below. Your contributions are fully tax-deductible and directly impact your student’s experience in the program.
Volunteering – We are so excited with the prospect of bringing back some of our favorite Walton Chorus traditions and with that, we need parents!! Volunteer parents are essential in making our 420+ chorus students have the best year possible. We are requesting volunteers for some general needs as well as a few specifics for the fall semester. If you have any interest, please sign up and more information and details will follow soon to make sure it fits your schedule.
We look forward to working with you and your students throughout the year, and we are excited about sharing another year of amazing music together!
Choral Booster Board
Walton Choral Booster Club
Walton Chorus depends on fundraising to enable us to present our students with the best music and equipment possible. Because we value our students’ and parents’ time and resources, we strive to keep our fundraising requests to a minimum. The Walton Choral Booster Club has designated three primary ways of raising funds to support our program:
1. Booster Club Student Participation Fee ($55 per student)
2. Booster Club Sponsorship through donations
3. Designate Walton Choral Booster Club as your charity while shopping via smile.amazon.com
The Booster Club spends a minimum of $108-$120 per student each year. Though Cobb County supplies Walton with the basic tools to run a chorus program, it is with the support of the Booster Club that Walton is able to do all the things that make the Chorus program so successful and outstanding. A very small portion of the choral budget comes from Cobb County, the rest comes from the support of the Booster Club.
In addition to the student participation fee, your generous Booster donations are critical to ensuring the continued success of the Walton Chorus. Here are the Sponsorship Benefits by level: