Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Poinsettia Orders Due

REMINDER: Poinsettia Orders Needed by MONDAY NOV. 28!

As a Fundraiser for FOFA and for the students, we are making available for purchase seasonal favorite Poinsettias!

These beautiful high quality, six- to eight-bloom red plants are delivered directly from the grower. 

Each plant is $12 and the music students earn $4/plant for their account for the 2nd, 3rd, etc. poinsettia sold.

They will be on display during the Downers Grove South Holiday Concert on December 8. 

The potted poinsettias can be picked up at the conclusion of the concert or the day after during school hours at the Fine Arts office of Downers Grove South High School, B-122. 

Special arrangements can be made by contacting Julie Baker at iab00@hotmail.com or 630-750-1466. 

Please complete and follow the instructions on the Poinsettia Order Form 2016.    

Thanks again for supporting the DGS Friends of the Fine Arts.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Welcome Back!

It's the start of another school year, and we're eager to welcome all parents and students to join us in making it the best year ever!

If your child is in the Fine Arts, consider joining FOFA, either as a contributing member, a member of our Board, or an occasional volunteer supporting various special events. 
View our membership brochure to learn more. (The 2017-18 calendar is in the works...) 

Add your name to our mailing list - no obligation! 
www.volunteersignup.org/E4HPA 
- and we will keep you informed of volunteer opportunities you can choose to participate in - things like tending to the treats tables at concerts or helping out with one of the fundraising projects.  

All are welcome to come to our first meeting Monday September 11 at 7:00 pm Downers Grove South HS in room B124. With several FOFA Board members graduating next spring, it's a great time to take advantage of shadow opportunities.

If you can't attend this meeting we will be meeting on the first Monday of each month, from October through May, at 7:00 pm.  Watch this space for details.  

Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Plant Sale: Fundraising Opportunity for ALL DGS Music Students

Did you hear the big news about the PLANT SALE? The DGS Band Booster website is all set with the PLANT SALE details: photos, descriptions, order forms, instructions...everything you need to sell plants!

Why SELL PLANTS? Because it's the best way to earn money in your student account! Everyone loves fresh spring flowers, so they are easy to sell! And most people you know (friends, family, neighbors, teachers) are going to buy flowers soon to enjoy in their yards, and on their porches and decks. Why should they shop at the local big box stores, when their nice, friendly DGS music student is selling flowers and plants? You offer a beautiful selection, outstanding quality plants, and personalized free delivery in time for Mother's Day! That is Fantastic!

You can find photos and order forms on our website at http://www.dgsbandboosters.com/fundraisers.html

Share the link with friends and family, then follow up with a phone call to get their orders. What a snap! The money you earn can be used for lessons, supplies, fees, and trips! ALL music students are eligible: band, choir, and orchestra. Incoming freshman, too!

Order forms are due APRIL 13.
Note that plant orders must be picked up by the buyer or the student seller at DGS in the morning of Saturday May 7. 

Make checks payable to DOWNERS GROVE SOUTH. Questions? Call Charlene Kubik (630) 985-2860 or email charlene.kubik(at)aol.com.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

"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 Tuesday, March 22 (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 $14. (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 Wednesday, April 20, stop by the Orchestra Room to pick up your order between 2:00 and 6:00 pm.

We appreciate your help! If you have any questions, please contact Karolle Krajewski at 630-951-0347 or Tina Karagiannis at 630-697-9342.

Thank you!

The DGS FOFA Board

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

2016 FOFA 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 April 11, 2016. The Summer Study grant application is on a Google form, completely paperless.. You can complete the form here:  
FOFA SUMMER STUDY GRANT APPLICATION. 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.




Thursday, February 18, 2016

Time to Order Butter Braids from DGS Mustang Bands

Treat yourself to the homemade taste of a Butter Braid pastry. Butter Braid pastries are hand-braided with a sweet dough base containing over 25 layers of light, airy dough and 100% real butter. This gives the one-and-only Butter Braid pastry its unique and incredible flavor!

These delicious, freshly baked pastries are so simple – take them out of the freezer, let them rise overnight, and bake them in the oven for a delicious treat. Great for breakfast, dessert or any special occasion. You'll love it when you try it! Click here for more information.

The cost for each individual Butter Braid is $13.00. The Mustang Band Booster profit is $5.20 for each braid ordered, of which $2.60 goes directly to your student’s account. Or, try the Variety Packs – get 3 Butter Braids for $37. The Mustang Band Booster profit is $14.80 for each Variety Pack ordered, of which $7.40 goes directly to your student’s account. (Incoming freshman band students included!)

See any South band student--or other participating choir/orchestra students--to place an order. Or click here for a blank order form and return with your payment to any participating student. All orders with payment must be returned to the Band Mail Box by March 3, 2016. Make checks payable to "Downers Grove South." The Butter Braid delivery date is March 9, 2016.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Scholarship Opportunities from Downers Grove Music Club (for Juniors and Seniors)

This is to announce the availability of the Downers Grove Music Club (DGMC) College Music award.  The application is available via the website for the DGMC, http://downersgrovemusicclub.org.  The College Music Award information and application is available in the Educational Opportunities section of the website or it can be accessed directly at this link:  http://downersgrovemusicclub.org/scholarships_college.html.  Email inquiries may be made to the following address:  musiced@downersgrovemusicclub.org

Monetary award opportunities are available to all SENIORS enrolled in music during this academic year, at both South and North.  Up to Two awards will be given and each recipient will receive $1,000.  As outlined in the actual application, the requirements of the application are as follows:
  • Purpose:  to recognize up to TWO District 99 High School Music students for excelling at a high level of achievement;
  • Eligibility:  high school Seniors enrolled and graduating during this academic year, who are actively involved in music in District 99 and who will be attending college in the fall, are eligible to apply.  These students need NOT be pursuing a music degree program at their chosen college;
  • 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 College Music Award recipients will be made at the spring awards ceremonies at both Downers Grove North and South.
Additionally, up to Six awards will be given to JUNIORS 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, 2016.  Or it must be submitted electronically with a date and time stamp of no later than 11:59 pm April 1, 2016.  
  • mailing address:  Downers Grove Music Club, Attn: DGMC College Music Awards, P.O. Box 551, Downers Grove, IL  60515
  • email address:  musiced@downersgrovemusicclub.org

Thursday, February 11, 2016

"Scholarship Dough" Fundraiser Kicks Off Tuesday, February 16

FOFA's annual cookie dough and popcorn sale begins this Tuesday, February 16, continuing through Wednesday, March 16, 2016. 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.

Each item is $14. 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 Wednesday, April 20, plan to pick up your order between 2:00pm and 6:00pm in the Orchestra Room.

Three Ways to Earn Prizes

Sell 1-9 units
Earn a Chocolate Chunk 3-oz Baked Cookie
Sell 10-24 units
Earn 2 Lava-Licious Fudge Cakes
Sell 25-49 units
Earn a tub of Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough
Sell 50-99 units
Earn a caramel-filled Deep Dish 3-Layer Chocolate Chip Cookie
Sell 100+ units
Earn a 25-oz gift box of Gourmet Chocolate Truffles

Also: A $25 gift card will be given to each of the highest sellers in orchestra, art, choir and band.

Plus: A $50 gift card will be raffled to one Fine Arts student; earn one raffle ticket for every 5 items sold.

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 Karolle Krajewski at 630-951-0347 or Tina Karagiannis at 630-697-9342.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Raffle Tickets for DGS Choral Boosters Mardi Gras Event


As part of the Mardi Gras event hosted by DGS Choral Boosters on February 9, we are selling raffle tickets for Bulls, Blackhawks and Cubs tickets, as well as a photography package. 

To purchase tickets, please download and print this raffle ticket raffle ticket order form. Winners need not be present.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Join the Fun at Two DGS Choral Booster Events

The DGS Choral Boosters are hosting two upcoming fundraising events and welcome the support of the entire DGS Fine Arts community.

"Mardi Gras" Social Event/Fundraiser 
All parents are invited to join Choral Boosters at Gatto's Restaurant on Tuesday, February 9. The evening will include a buffet dinner, cash bar, sports ticket raffle, basket raffle and a door prize. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Please see this flyer for details.

Panera Bread Fundraising Day
Take a break during finals and stop by Panera Bread on Thursday, January 14, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Bring a printed copy of this flyer so a portion of your proceeds will support DGS Choral Boosters.

Thank you for supporting the Fine Arts at DGS High School!