First Colony Homeschool Ensembles

Choral, Handbell, Instrumental Classes for Home-Educated Students

Attendance

Each student is an integral part of the ensemble(s) to which s/he belongs and has made a commitment to that ensemble by joining.  Students should make every effort to attend each rehearsal.  Consistent attendance at rehearsal (no more than two absences per semester) is essential to the success of each ensemble.  While all parents are grateful when ill children remain at home, please honor ensemble instructors and fellow members by regular and consistent attendance.  Parents, please inform the instructor in advance, if possible, if your stuent must miss class.

Conduct

Students should:
  • be dropped off no earlier than ten minutes before class begins, and should be picked up promptly at the end of class.
  • be supervised at all times, either by instructors during rehearsal, by monitors between classes, or by parents during co-op study hall.
  • treat instructors, monitors, parents, and other students with respect and consideration.
  • dress appropriately and modestly.
  • treat the church facilities with care and respect.

Rehearsal Etiquette

  • Students should arrive at least five minutes before the beginning of rehearsal.
  • Students should give respectful attention to the instructor during rehearsal.  Unsolicited comments and conversation are not appropriate. 
  • Students should ask permission to leave the rehearsal.
  • Gum, food, and flavored drinks are not permitted in rehearsals.  Choristers are encouraged to bring bottled water, as there is no easily accessible water fountain. 
  • Parents are always welcome at rehearsals.

Discipline

Because our class time is limited, it is vital that students be attentive, cooperative, and respectful.  Disruptive behavior and talking wastes time and is discourteous to both teachers and students.  Parents, please communicate to your children the importance of attentive cooperation.  Students who are disruptive in class will be warned by the instructor to stop the disruptive behavior.  If the behavior continues, they will be sent to the  monitor for the remainder of the class and parents will be notified of the behavior.

Study Hall

Only registered FCHE students are allowed to be left at rehearsals, and they must be supervised at all times.  Students who are on campus but not in classes must be in study hall.   Students should bring a quiet activity for the time they spend in study hall, but are not allowed to bring rollershoes, skates, skateboards, or other toys.  Inappropriate items will be confiscated and returned to parents.  Students in study hall must remain in the assigned room.

Lunches & Personal Belongings

Students should keep personal belongings such as purses and backpacks with them at all times.  Snacks and lunches may be eaten outdoors between classes, or in the monitor area in case of inclement weather. Please be sure to clean up. Food or drink (except bottled water) is not allowed in the rehearsal rooms. Students are encouraged to bring a bottle of water, as there is no easily accessible water fountain.

Music

Each choir student is issued a choir folder containing the music for the semester.  The folders and music are the property of FCHE.  It is the responsibility of the student to whom it was issued to take care of it throughout the semeser and return it in good condition at the final rehearsal.   Students may mark on the music in pencil only.