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78 Ave. Louis Pasteur
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FOA Monthly Meeting - Mar 1 at 6:30 pm
Please join us on Wednesday, March 1 for our monthly meeting. We review events and plan how we can support the Performing and Visual Arts Dept. We meet from 6:30 - 8 pm in the Music Wing. All are welcome.

Handel and Haydn - Feb 28 - in school
On Tuesday, February 28 during R4 (10:37am), 120 members of the Boston Latin School Concert and Chamber Choirs will be joined by the Wellesley High School Concert Choir, the Handel and Haydn Society Vocal Quartet, and the Handel and Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra. Under the direction of Harvard University Director of Choral Activities Dr Andrew Clark we will be performing excerpts from Dido and Aeneas and Come Ye Sons of Art, both by Henry Purcell. Parents are welcome to attend.  

FOA Monthly Meeting - Feb 1 at 6:30 pm
Please join us on Wednesday, Feb 1 for our monthly meeting. We review events and plan how we can support the Performing and Visual Arts Dept. We meet from 6:30 - 8 pm in the Music Wing. All welcome. 

Pizazz at Shepherd Hill Show Choir Festival - Feb 4
Good luck to our show choir ensemble Pizazz; they will be competing in the Shepherd Hill Show choir Festival on Saturday morning (9:30 am), Feb. 4.  Tickets for this event are here

Handel and Haydn - Feb 9 - in school
On Thursday, February 9 during R4 (10:37am), 120 members of the Boston Latin School Concert and Chamber Choirs will be joined by the Wellesley High School Concert Choir, the Handel and Haydn Society Vocal Quartet, and the Handel and Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra. Under the direction of Harvard University Director of Choral Activities Dr Andrew Clark we will be performing excerpts from Dido and Aeneas and Come Ye Sons of Art, both by Henry Purcell. Parents are welcome to attend.

Yellow Submarine Improv Show - Feb 10
Need a laugh? (Don’t we all?)  Join us or the Yellow Submarines Improv Troupe’s first show of 2017.   The comedy will take over the Black Box on Friday, February 10 at 3pm for $3 and/or at 7pm for free if you're a student (adults $5). Guaranteed fun for all.
 
Berklee Jazz Fest - Feb 11
Berklee College of Music hosts its High School Jazz Festival at the Hynes Convention Center February 11. Berklee’s annual event is the largest of its kind in the United States, free, and open the public. The Big Band will be performing at 2:55 that afternoon.  Should be a great afternoon of music, please support our talented musicians. More info here: http://festival.berkleejazz.org/

Join FOA
Please consider becoming an active and paid FOA member - we need your help.  You can join on our website http://blsarts.org/. For information on becoming involved, please contact Alicia Jurus alicia.jurus@gmail.com or Cathy Bosch cbosch15@yahoo.com. Paid members will be listed in the Program Books - don’t miss out. 

 

FOA Updates

FOA Monthly Meeting - Nov 2 at 6:30 pm
Please join us on Wednesday, Nov 2 for our monthly meeting. We will be discussing the calendar, Holiday Concerts, Program Books, Upcoming Improv and Theater Shows.  We meet from 6:30 - 8 pm in the Music Wing. All are welcome.

2016 Holiday Concerts Program Cover Contest
FOA is now accepting entries (deadline - November 30th) for artworks to be chosen as the cover of the 2016 Holiday Program Book Cover.  The contest is open to all BLS students. There is one $100 first prize and two $50 runner-up prizes. The winning entry will be showcased as the program cover, and runner-up artwork will be featured within the program, which is seen by thousands of the BLS School community members and supporters.

The programs may be printed in color, or black and white. The printable area of the cover is 5” x 8”. Remember we will be adding text on the cover as well, so please consider this while doing your design.

Entries/questions may be submitted to the art teaches, Mr. Pitts, in person or via email (ppitts@bostonpublicschools.org) or Alicia Jurus, FOA Co-Chair, at alicia.jurus@gmail.com
Remember Deadline is November 30.

 

FOA Meet & Greet Dinner Meeting: Oct 19

October Faculty Meet & Greet Dinner/Potluck  – October 19 at 6 pm
This Wednesday, October 19, FOA will sponsor the October Meet & Greet Dinner/Potluck meeting in the Black Box Theater.  Join us for dinner and conversation with the faculty, learn what is on the calendar for the arts department and how you can help FOA. We will have delicious entrees and we ask parents to please bring a dessert to share, if they are able.  

Join FOA
Please consider becoming an active and paid FOA member - we need your help.  You can join on our website http://blsarts.org/, , or bring a check to the Meet & Greet.  All paid members will be listed in our Program Books. 
Save the date - our next regular meeting will be Wed, Nov 2, at 6:30 pm in the Music Wing. 

 

News From Friends of the Arts

Friends of the Arts at Back-to-School nights: Sept 22 and 29.
Stop by if you have questions. Bring your checkbook to become a paid member and support our talented artists. Find out how you can help.  We need parent leaders to assist us with our Program Book: coordinating ads, selling ads, doing the program layout for our printer.  Want to handle marketing and communications? We will also need help during the Holiday concerts, Dec 16 and 21, so save the dates.

BLS Theater News
Thanks to all who auditioned for our Fall Play and One Acts. We look forward to the performances.  Improv Comedy Boot Camp for new members will be the first week in October - more details to follow.

Extra-curricular Ensembles - up and running.  
Chamber Choir rehearses on Mondays.  Gospel Choir rehearses on Tuesday.   Show Choir rehearses on Thursdays.  Wolfettes and Wolftones are also in full swing.

Big Band is off and running and the Thursdays Dues Band will start rehearsing in October.  Football Pep Band has been rehearsing and sounded great at last week’s game. Check them out at all the games and at the Roslindale Parade, Oct 2 - Go Wolfpack!

 

Welcome New Parents and Reminders of Band and Show Choir Camps

FOA would like to Welcome the new parents that we met at orientation on Friday. We are looking forward to a wonderful year filled with great music, art and theater at BLS. Please consider joining us on Wednesday, Sept 14, for our first meeting of the year. We meet in the 1st floor of the Music-Arts Wing at 6:30 pm. All are welcome.

Just a reminder - there are two camps happening before school starts:  Football Pep Band and Pizazz Show Choir

Football Pep Band is holding a summer band camp prior to the start of the school year to get a head start for the season and give the band a chance to learn some new music.  All members should plan on attending.The band will be meeting at BLS from 10-3 on August 30, 31 and September 1.  New members are welcome - especially trumpets and trombones. Questions, please email Mr Pitts at ppitts@bostonpublicschools.org.

Pizazz, BLS' Show Choir, is holding a summer camp prior to the start of the school year to get a head start for the Fall show. All members should plan on attending. Pizazz will be meeting at BLS from 10-2 on August 30, 31 and September 1.  Students should bring a lunch and water with them.  Questions, please contact Mr. Twiraga at stephen.twiraga@gmail.com.

 

Welcome Back: FOA Updates for September

FOA would like to welcome everyone back to school. We are looking forward to a wonderful year filled with great music, art and theater at BLS.

Tonight the Football team is playing a home game vs Brookline at 7pm at White Stadium - Come cheer on the Wolfpack and the BLS Football Pep Band.

Theater News
Auditions for the Fall Play Suite Surrender (open to all classes) are on Wednesday, Sept 14 and Friday, Sept 16. Call backs will be on Monday, Sept 19.   Info and signups on board across from Black Box.

Auditions for the One Acts Plays (for 7-9th graders) will be on Sept 20 and 21. Info and signups on board across from Black Box.

Improv Comedy Boot Camp for new members will be the first week in October - more details to follow.

FOA September Meeting
Friends of the Arts will have our first meeting of the school year on Wednesday, Sept 14. We meet in the 1st floor of the Music-Arts Wing from 6:30-8:00 pm. Join us to learn about all the events on the Arts calendar.  Become involved. We need parent leaders to help with committees, program books and communications.  All are welcome.

Please share this announcement with new families

 

August Updates from FOA

It was nice to see new and old friends at the summer cookout and meeting last week. Huge thanks to Mr and Mrs Pitts for letting us use their yard!

Just a few updates...

There are two camps happening before school starts:  Football Pep Band and Pizazz Show Choir

Pizazz is holding a summer camp prior to the start of the school year to get a head start for the Fall show.  All students should plan on attending. Pizazz will be meeting at BLS from 10-2 on August 30, 31 and September 1.  Students should bring a lunch and water with them.  Questions, please contact Mr. Twiraga at stephen.twiraga@gmail.com.

Football Pep Band is holding a summer band camp prior to the start of the school year to get a head start for the season and give the band a chance to learn some new music.  All members should plan on attending.The  band will be meeting at BLS from 10-3 on August 30, 31, and September 1. New members are welcome - especially trumpets and trombones. Questions, please email Mr Pitts at ppitts@bostonpublicschools.org.

Celebratory Cruise on August 29
For those interested there is a Harbor Cruise honoring  Lynne Mooney Teta ’86, P’18, ’19 and Malcolm Flynn as they set sail for their next chapters and as we honor their many years of service to Boston Latin School.  
Monday, August 29, 2016SPIRIT of Boston ship, Seaport Hotel & Trade Center, Boston
Boarding 6 pm, Cruise 7-9 pm, Tickets are $90/person   https://6992.thankyou4caring.org/2016-spirit-of-boston

Enjoy the rest of the summer and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, Sept 14, for our first meeting.


Final Reminder 
Don't worry about the chance of rain, we have a plan and tons of food!  

Friends of the Arts Cookout and Summer Meeting - tonight6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Mr. Pitts' backyard at 81 Seaverns Ave in Jamaica Plain.
 

All are welcome, including students.  
Please forward this to any incoming families that you think might be interested in joining us.

Learn about the Friends of the Arts, meet other parents, especially if you don't always have time for meetings during the school year.  Tons of great food!!! We'll have a chance to catch up, and look ahead to the upcoming school year arts events. Parents are asked to bring salads, desserts, family favorites, or beverages, and an extra folding chair if you can

 

Friends of the Arts Summer Cookout and Meeting: Aug 10

The annual Friends of the Arts Cookout and Summer Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Mr. Pitts' backyard at 81 Seaverns Ave in Jamaica Plain. Please join us!  All are welcome.  Please forward this to any incoming families that you think might be interested in joining us.

The FOA summer gathering is a great time to learn about the Friends of the Arts and meet other parents, especially if you don't always have time for meetings during the school year.  Grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and cold cuts will be available. We'll have a chance to catch up, and look ahead to the upcoming school year arts events. Parents are asked to bring salads, desserts, family favorites, or beverages, and an extra folding chair if you can

 The agenda for the meeting will include introductions for new parents, plans for the upcoming school year, updates from Mr. Pitts and specific requests for volunteer help in late August and early September. Questions?  Contact FOA co-chairs Alicia Jurus atalicia.jurus@gmail.com and/or Cathy Bosch at cbosch15@yahoo.com

Please RSVP to Cathy Bosch at cbosch15@yahoo.com to let FOA know that you are coming so we can have enough food.

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer!!  We look forward to seeing you on the 10th.