We, Montana! has grown a lot since we started with a simple homeschool chorus in the Fall of 2018–to the point where it gets a little complicated talking about everything that’s going on–and to the point that our website at wemontana.org is quite crowded! So we’re splitting off our two most advanced vocal ensembles, Freedom Choir and Women’s Chorus under the Sing, Montana! banner, and we’ve given them their own website at SingMontana.org.
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 situation has created lots of upheaval in the educational world, and even at this late date, many parents are still uncertain as to how they will proceed for Fall 2020. Consequently, our We, Montana! enrollments for Fall are down such that moving forward with our classes is simply impractical. As a result, our Board has decided to suspend all course offerings for now while looking hopefully ahead to January or September 2021 to recommence, provided the situation is better. We regret this disappointing situation on behalf of all the people it affects, but we’re determined to make lemonade from the lemons that COVID-19 has handed us. Since we can’t fill up our classes with students, we’re going to take advantage of this opportunity to rework our strategic plan so that we can build another area of our intended outreach ahead of schedule, while hopefully raising enough financial support in the interim to keep the rent paid on our dedicated classroom space (the Great Room) .
As you may know, we’ve been making a big push this summer to spread the word about We, Montana! And thanks to the help of several of our older students, we’ve put together some great videos to help spread the word. Meanwhile, however, I think there’s a real need to get some parent testimonials out there, too. I’m thinking about putting together a video slideshow of written parent testimonials, and also about posting the same copy on a simple page on our website.
We’ve been very busy getting ready for the Fall, and there are many new things going on. I’ll start posting registration announcements all over social media today—and we sure could use your help to spread the word.
These are difficult times, to be sure, but we have high hopes that we can keep things going at the Great Room. With all this in mind, then, a successful Summer recruiting push is crucial!
Meanwhile, here are some brief bullet points about what’s new this year:
Here’s an audio recording of today’s meeting about the future of the Great Room classes. You’ll have to sign up for a free account at buzzsprout to hear it. Sorry about that, but the file is too large to host at our website or on Facebook.
In these difficult social/political/economic times, the future of the Great Room is in doubt. I’m calling a meeting, therefore, for all parents and students who would like to discuss what it will take to move forward. If there is a way to keep going, it’ll likely be figured out on Sunday, so if you’d like to be involved, please find a way to attend. Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of playing wait-and-see through the summer, so now is the time to be proactive.
The meeting is at 3:00 p.m. in the Great Room, this coming Sunday, April 26.
I have sent out a notice about this post through the Remind app. Please do let me know in advance if you plan to come.
Parents, to increase our efficiency and effectiveness in communication, we’ve just set up ten new “classes” in the “Remind” app. We need all parents with smart phones to go get the app and to register for those classes that pertain to them and/or their students. You’ll find our school listed under “We, Montana!”. You can download the app here.
For most new posts we make here, we’ll send out the appropriate notifications on the Remind app so that you’ll be informed immediately of things that pertain to you. So please go take a few minutes to look through the ten “class” options there—one of which is for “Weather Closures”, by the way.
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I apologize for all the email troubles of late—and the website being up and down. Can you say “Cheap hosting company?”
Well, I’m glad to report that wemontana.org is now hosted by Zee Creative of Billings, MT, where we know by experience that the site will run with high reliability—as will the emails.
For those who are subscribed to our various post categories, we hope you’ll start getting emails that were previously being blocked by your email or Internet providers—but it remains to be seen just how it will work in each case.
Would you please take a moment and send an email confirming that you received the email notification for this post? That will help us to know how well it’s working.
Please be advised that our suggested donations for enrollment will not be collected until October. We have decided to wait until we are formally incorporated; this makes the accounting much simpler. So we’ll still have the $30 per-student-per-class-per-semester suggested donation, but we won’t collected it until sometime in October.
We’ll make an announcement well in advance so that you’ll have time to prepare.
With the busy semester fast approaching, and with our total enrollment breaking 80 as of yesterday, I am reminded of the many benefits of excellent communication. I’d like you to consider having your students sign up for our email notifications for those categories of announcements that concern them. This can help reduce the likelihood that our announcements are missed altogether by a family, and can also increase the student’s overall habits of taking responsibility for his or her own learning and involvement. Obviously, this may not be the best strategy for our youngest students (at 6 years old), but many of them may be ready as early as 9 or 10. Naturally, you can decide what you think is best.
What I have in mind most specifically are reminder announcements for assignments, or announcements that announce new assignments not made in class. For example, an announcement might call for the Chorus to be ready to rehearse a certain number, or the Etiquette Class might be reminded to memorize a short poem. And further, we have at least six students this semester who are taking on teacher-assistant roles in the various courses, and it would be particularly good to have them well informed.
Thanks for your consideration! It’s going to be a great semester.
For the past couple of weeks, our web services have been intermittent. It’s up and running at the moment, but may well crash shortly, so I thought I’d send out this email while I can.
As soon as it seems to have been (really) resolved, I’ll send out another email to let you know.
Meanwhile, be advised that I have received several registrations through email in these past days, but I can’t respond to those emails when the system is down. No worries, though; I expect it to be resolved perhaps as early as tomorrow.
Hey, We, Montana! parents—-I need your help! As you know, we are taking an aggressive step forward for the Fall, so it’s forcing me to work both harder and smarter–as they say. If you’re willing, you can help make this easier for me in what may be a surprisingly simple way. It’s about communication. Please take a few minutes to read the following.