Monday, December 7, 2015

Patron Reminders: Holiday Concert/Art Show


With the Holiday Concert/Winter Art Show coming up Thursday, December 10th, at DGS, we wanted to share several related reminders with our members. 

All FOFA donors are entitled to reserved seating at the concert. Please stop by the FOFA table just inside the gym for your "tickets" to identify you as FOFA Patrons. 

CDs of the concert will again be available for purchase. Order forms will be included in your program and also available at the FOFA table. CDs are $15 each and will be delivered in January. Some of our donors will receive a complimentary CD based on their level of giving. If that is the case, you do not need to complete an order form unless you choose to order additional CDs.  

We are also offering gift sets of note cards featuring selected works of art created by our very own DGS visual art students. (View this year's images.) They makes great gifts for teachers, grandmothers, aunts, co-workers, etc. Each set includes 6 different designs, priced at $10.00 per set. Already attractively wrapped, they are ready to give to someone special. Please stop by the FOFA table outside the gym to see samples and make a purchase.

Thank you to everyone who purchased poinsettias. To get yours, please stop by the FOFA table inside the gym to pick up a plant sleeve which serves as your "purchase receipt." Once the concert is over, please select a plant(s) to take home.  

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday. Please enjoy browsing through the abundant display of student art work which opens at 6:00 pm. Then enjoy the concert, featuring the DGS Bands, Choirs, and Orchestras, which follows at 7:00 pm.

Thank you for supporting FOFA. Through your donations and your support of our fundraisers, we are able to make a significant contribution to the Fine Arts at DGS.

Happy Holidays!
The DGS FOFA Board

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Our Newest Holiday Notecards, Featuring Student Artists!

Looking for a lovely one-of-a-kind gift for the holidays? Consider purchasing a collection of six notecards featuring original artwork from students at Downers Grove South High School. Priced at $10 for each set of six, you'll also be supporting the DGS Fine Arts program.

Notecards will be available at the Downers Grove South Holiday Concert and Art Show, Thursday, December 10, starting at 6:00 pm. 

If you can't come to the show or concert, you can still purchase directly at school. Please make your check payable to DGS FOFA (Friends of Fine Arts), stop by the Fine Arts Department office (or send your student) and ask for Glenn Williams.

Images from this year's talented artists include:


Frame & Brushes by Claire Koopman (digital photography)

Sea and Stardust by Ari Ganahl (drawing)

Serenity by Madelyn Josey (ceramics)

The Brown Tree by Julianne Beierwaltes (sculpture)

Still Life by Gabriella Loconti (drawing)

St. Michael by Claire Pikul (digital photography)

Monday, November 30, 2015

REMINDER: Poinsettia Orders Needed by Wednesday!

Please remember to turn in your orders right away! These beautiful high quality, six- to eight-bloom red poinsettia plants, delivered directly from the grower, will be on display during the Downers Grove South Holiday Concert on December 10, 2015. Each plant is $12 and can be picked up at the conclusion of the concert. 

Alternate pick-up options include December 11th, during the school day, in the Fine Arts office of Downers Grove South High School, B-122. Or special arrangements can be made by contacting Tina Karagiannis at 630-697-9342.

Please complete the order form and return it, with payment, to the DGS Fine Arts Department. Checks should be made payable to DGS Fine Arts.

Thanks for supporting this FOFA fundraiser! (Note: Music students earn $4/plant for the 2nd, 3rd, etc. poinsettia sold.)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Downers Grove Music Club Annual Benefit Concert


The Downers Grove Music Club is hosting its annual benefit concert that supports music education in District 99 on Saturday November 14
th at 7 pm.  This event, A Notable Celebration of the Arts, is a music filled evening, including a performance by DGN’s very own, Amelia Smerz, a very talented cellist and recipient of one of the Music Club’s 2015 Rising Star awards.  In addition, the program will include professional local musicians who are donating their time and talent to support music education in District 99:  violinist Renee-Paule Gauthier, pianist Chris Garofalo, soprano Angela Presutti-Korbitz and guitarist Ron Korbitz.  The concert will be followed by a dessert reception and a silent auction.

More information and tickets are available at http://downersgrovemusicclub.org/2015benefit.html. High school and younger students are admitted free with a paying adult.

The Music Club relies on this event to fully fund the annual Rising Star and College Music Awards given each spring to deserving students in music at both Downers Grove North and South High Schools.  The Rising Star awards ($400 each) are given to up to 6 juniors, and the College Music awards ($1000 each) are given to up to 2 college bound seniors for the continuation of their musical studies.  Look for information on the application process that will be announced early in 2016.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Poinsettia Sale FOFA/Student Fundraiser - Order Now!

Help decorate your home and the Downers Grove South Holiday Concert by purchasing a beautiful high quality, six- to eight-bloom red poinsettia plant, delivered directly from the grower. Each plant is $12 and can be picked up at the conclusion of the concert on December 10, 2015.

Alternate pick-up options include December 11th, during the school day, in the Fine Arts office of Downers Grove South High School, B-122. Or special arrangements can be made by contacting Tina Karagiannis at 630-697-9342.

Orders are needed by Tuesday, December 1, 2015, along with your payment. Please complete the order form and return it to the DGS Fine Arts Department. Checks should be made payable to DGS Fine Arts.

Thanks for supporting this FOFA fundraiser! (Note: Music students earn $4/plant for the 2nd, 3rd, etc. poinsettia sold.)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Panera Bread/FOFA Fundraising Night - October 12


Monday, October 12 may be a school holiday. But it's also the perfect day to enjoy dinner at Panera AND support DGS Friends of Fine Arts.

How? It's simple:

1. Print this flyer.

2. Bring it with you to the Panera Bread store located at 1001 West 75th Street, Woodridge, IL between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

A portion of the proceeds from your purchase will be shared with DGS Friends of Fine Arts...but only if at least 20 flyers are submitted. The more participants, the higher the percent of proceeds received.

Please show your support for the Fine Arts at DGS (this fundraiser supports art, band, choir, and orchestra) and wrap up your long weekend with a nice meal at Panera.

Thanks in advance for your support!

The DGS FOFA Board

Monday, May 4, 2015

Thank You for Supporting the Orchestra Basket Raffle!

Dear Orchestra Families and Area Businesses,

A big thank-you to everyone who helped make last Friday an enjoyable and successful event.

We are pleased to announce that we raised nearly $1400 via the Basket Raffle for the District 99 Orchestra instrument fund!

Again, thank you for your support. Please patronize the following businesses, which donated many items and gift certificates for our raffle and let them know you appreciate their contributions:

Anderson’s Book Store
Ballydoyle
Berto’s Deli
Buona Beef
Brunswick Zone
Classic Cinemas/Tivoli Theatre
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Community Bank of Downers Grove
Delta Sonic
Egg Harbor
Emmett’s Brewing Company 
Everyday’s a Sundae
Filbert’s Old Time Root Beer
Five Guys
Fuller’s Car Wash
Happy Dog Barkery
Heritage House Florist
Holy Cow Sports
Home Run Inn Pizza
Jeans and a Cute Top
Jolie Boutique
Knitche
Lemon Tree
Morton Arboretum
Navy Pier Shakespeare Theatre
Oberweis
Peet’s Coffee
Rocco and Rocco Salon
Skuddlebutt’s
Stacey De Music
Style Studio
The Dinner Club
Trader Joe’s
Untouchables Gangster Tours
Wells Street Popcorn



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Last Chance! Scholarship Dough Orders Due Tomorrow

If you haven’t already, please complete and submit your order for our most important fundraiser of the year by Thursday, March 26.

Our "scholarship dough" sale helps eligible DGS music and visual art students continue their studies over the summer. Each item is $13. (Checks payable to Downers Grove South Fine Arts.)

View the complete collection of cookie and popcorn choices OR print an order form.

Orders can be dropped off at the DGS Fine Arts Office, the band or choir mailbox, or given to any Fine Arts teacher.

What happens next? On Monday April 20, stop by the Orchestra Room to pick up your order between 3:30 and 6:00 pm.

We appreciate your help!
The DGS FOFA Board


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Scholarship Dough Orders Due Soon - Deadline Extended

If you haven’t already, please complete and submit your order for our most important fundraiser. We’ve been able to extend the deadline to Thursday, March 26 (two days before Spring Break begins).

Please help us reach our goal and provide much-appreciated scholarship money for eligible DGS music and visual art students. Each item is $13. (Checks payable to Downers Grove South Fine Arts.)

View the complete collection of cookie and popcorn choices OR print an order form.

Orders can be dropped off at the DGS Fine Arts Office, the band or choir mailbox, or given to any Fine Arts teacher.

Then, on Monday April 20, stop by the Orchestra Room to pick up your order between 3:30 and 6:00 pm.

We appreciate your help! If you have any questions, please contact Koreen Hux at 630-294-0991.

Thank you!

The DGS FOFA Board

Friday, February 20, 2015

"Scholarship Dough" Fundraiser Kicks Off Tuesday, February 24

FOFA's annual cookie dough and popcorn sale begins this Tuesday, February 24, continuing through Wednesday, March 18, 2014. Take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy fresh-baked cookies (the easy way!) AND provide much-appreciated scholarship money that supports eligible Downers Grove South fine arts students seeking help to continue their music or visual art studies. (Read "Student Voices" from past scholarship recipients.)

How? Simply place your order for cookie dough or gourmet popcorn through any participating band, orchestra, choir, or visual arts student. View the complete collection of cookie and popcorn choices or download an order form.

NOTE: Students selling at least 15 items win a custom or already-designed skin for their phone or other device!

Each item is $13. Please make checks payable to Downers Grove South Fine Arts. Orders can also be turned in to the DGS Fine Arts Office, the band or choir mailbox, or one of the Fine Arts teachers.

Then, on Monday, April 20, plan to pick up your order between 2:00 and 6:00 pm in the Orchestra Room.

Support DGS Fine Arts!
Remember, this is FOFA's largest fundraising event, designed to support students' visual and musical arts endeavors. We appreciate your help! If you have any questions, please contact Walter or Karolle Krajewski at 630-951-0347.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Apply Now for FOFA's Summer Study Grants

Student Artists and Musicians:

If you are interested in continuing your fine arts studies this summer at a music or art camp, but need financial assistance to attend, please consider applying for a scholarship from Friends of Fine Arts, which annually supports over $3,000 in summer study grants to student musicians and artists.

To be considered, your application must be submitted by Friday, April 10, 2015. The Summer Study grant application is on a Google form, completely paperless.

You can complete the form here: FOFA Summer Study Grants. (You must be logged in with your District 99 e-mail to access and utilize the form.)

Questions about the application process? Please ask Mr. Williams, Downers Grove South Fine Arts Department Chairman at gwilliams@csd99.org.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Scholarship Opportunities for DG Student Musicians (Juniors Only)

Once again, applications are being accepted for the Downers Grove Music Club's Rising Stars Music Awards.

The Music Award information and application is available in the Educational Opportunities section of the DG Music Club's website or it can be accessed directly at this link: http://downersgrovemusicclub.org/scholarships.html. Email inquiries may be made to the following address:  musiced@downersgrovemusicclub.org

This monetary award opportunity is available to all Juniors enrolled in music at both South and North High Schools. Up to Six awards will be given and each recipient will receive $400 toward furthering their musical education through continued study during the summer. As outlined in the actual application, the requirements of the application are as follows:
  • Purpose: to recognize up to SIX District 99 High School Music students for excelling at a high level of achievement;
  • Eligibility: current high school Juniors who are actively pursuing music are eligible to apply;
  • Requirement: the award recipients are required to perform the following year at the Downers Grove Music Club’s Rising Stars program scheduled annually in April;
  • How to Apply: complete the written application, along with a required recording;
  • Selection Criteria: the merit of the applicant’s musical accomplishments and the quality of the applicant’s musical performance.
  • Award Notification: the announcement of the Rising Stars Music Award recipients will be made at the spring awards ceremonies at both Downers Grove North and South.
The application must be submitted either via hardcopy, postmarked no later than April 1, 2015. Or it must be submitted electronically with a date and time stamp of no later than 11:59 pm April 1, 2015.  

Mailing address: Downers Grove Music Club, Attn: Rising Stars Music Awards, P.O. Box 551, Downers Grove, IL  60515


Last year's winners are performing on Tuesday, April 21st at 7:30 pm. The location is Four Corners Community Church, 8251 Lemont Road in Darien. Faculty, friends and family are welcome to attend this exciting event.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Volunteers Needed for Scholastic Art Show


Dear Parents,

Once again, our friends at North High School will host the Chicago-land regional Scholastics Art Show, which opens on Sunday, February 8 at 1:00 pm. In recent years, South High School has been well-represented, including two American Vision Awards regionally and one national American Vision Award. 

Volunteers are needed from both high schools to support this event, as well as on Judging Day - Saturday, January 24.

Please use this link to a spreadsheet, which details time slots, as well as options for donating baked goods: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As-rLpLBHELHdDZkZ2xRTG1pU2FJVUJyYVhfZ1preGc&usp=sharing_eid#gid=0 (Any questions can be directed to Michelle Lynn at mlynn@csd99.org.)

Thanks in advance for supporting the fine arts in our high schools!
The DGS Friends of Fine Arts Board