Music Foundation News

Flea Market Donations, Meetings, and Volunteers Needed

At present, our donations are considerably below normal!  The Flea Market is one of the most important Music Foundation fundraisers. We can truly use the funds this sale generates and your help can make this a huge success. We have added the following date:

Sunday, 2/25: 4:00 - 5:00pm

We accept baby items, most household items including holiday items, furniture, and decorative items, clothing, toys, outdoor  equipment , sporting goods, tools, and more. 
PLEASE NO:  couches, mattresses, tube TVs, pianos, or refrigerators.
The following dates and times will be available to make donations for the music department  annual flea market on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the the month of  February as well as the first Friday of March.  See below for times.
Additional drop off by appointment for large donations is available by contacting
2/24:  11AM - 12:30PM

 2/28: 6:15 - 6:45 pm
Friday: 3/2 from 4 pm to 9 pm
**Donation Receipts Available Upon Request**

Volunteers DESPERATELY Needed

We are in need of more adults to help  make our flea market a success.
Can you spare an hour or 2? It takes a village to put the Flea Market together, thus we use our
Signup Genius to find a volunteer opportunity that works for you. We hope that you will sign up and help with set up on Friday, March 2nd, or to sell items on March 3rd. Students can receive Tri-M and NHS service hours.
Planning meetings for upcoming Flea Market

If you are interested in volunteering to help with our flea market, we will be having a final meeting on 2/28. 

Meeting time is 6:45 pm in the room across from the Fine Arts Office in the music hallway. We hope you'll consider joining us!


If you are not able to attend but are still interested please email : Laura Starks at.

If you are not able to attend but are still interested please email : Laura Starks at.  to discuss ways you can help and participate.  Attendance at all meetings is not required.  It is a great way to get involved and get to know other parents. In addition it is a relatively short duration commitment that makes a huge impact on the music department's ability to fund all of the great things it does with our kids.

Thank you for your continued support of the MRHS Music Department and Music Foundation.




The final deposit was due on February 15th. All fundraising credits have been applied and the final trip amount has been determined. Trip students have been notified directly through Charms that their accounts have been credited, so please make sure your emails and cell phone numbers are updated and correct in Charms.  Statements were emailed on February 12th and any money due from selling World's Finest Chocolate were added to the trip balance.  Any other outstanding fees were also be added to this statement. 
Please note that any additional World's Finest Chocolate boxes checked out after Monday, 2/12 will NOT be applied to the trip!

ONLY PAY AMOUNT DUE ON FINANCIAL STATEMENT.  You can pay by check as well as by using the
MRHS Online School Management Systems. Please note that a non-refundable 4.0% handling fee will be added to the purchase price.

The following items also need to be completed:

Boxed Lunch Signups

Use this link "Boxed Lunch Sign Up"  to choose your Boxed Lunch and Drink Selection for the 2018 Spring Trip with the Music Department. This is the meal that will be provided during the performance day.
The list is sorted by Student First, then by Chaperones. There are drop down boxes to choose your meal selection and then drink selection.

STUDENTS: You CANNOT use your "" email address to access the Google Doc in the link; you must use a personal email address.


 STUDENTS: Verify that the correct T-shirt size (S,M,L,2XL, 3XL) is noted for you in Charms. Note that 2XL and 3XL T-shirts will have an additional charge of $10 to the account.

Medication Form Information

If your student needs to take any medication on the spring trip, either prescription or OTC, medication treatment forms must be completed for all prescription and/or OTC medications. The medication forms are due by March 20th for review by the school nurse. Students may self carry if they turn in the form signed by the doctor and parent allowing them to do so. All medications must be in their ORIGINAL container on the actual trip.  For special situations, the nurse will contact the parent and arrange for any medication that may need adult supervision.

Medical Form

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stacey Storm, RN- 410-313-5419 or via email

 Ever wonder what it costs to maintain an award-winning high school music department? Parents often ask "Why do we run so many fundraisers?"  Howard County budgeted $4,033 for our 2017-18 MRHS Music department which is then divided among the 3 areas: Choral, Orchestra, and Band, according to their needs and expenditures. This is slightly less than 10% of the ACTUAL budget needed to break even! We need to ask our community to help us fill in the rest of funds needed so that we can provide our Directors and Students with all they require. 

We hope that we can count on YOU to help us by donating to our Patron program. If you have a business, please consider donating to our Business Patron program. In return, we will place an ad for your company on our website and in our concert programs. 


Please read as we have UPDATED information

We are using a new Student Accounts program called Charms. Directors have provided each student information on how to provide your data. 

96% of our music students have logged into Charms to update their information.

If you have not done so, please do this immediately. Also, if you have issues logging in, contact Joy Altenburg.


Instructions on how you can pay for your student's outstanding financial obligations can be found here

We currently have MRHS Music Spirit Wear available for sale as well as magnets, and ornaments. Concert tickets will also be made available via our Charms Online Store. You will find information on how to access our online store here

Please note that all payments on Charms are done using PayPay which will assess a 3% fee/donation to cover the expenses incurred by the Music Foundation for PayPal. You may still pay for your student's financial obligations or items ordered through the store by check. Online store orders will not be delivered to the student until the check is received in the black box outside the Fine Arts office.

More information can found at our website.


We have Board Member positions and committee chair openings for
the 2018-19 school year!
Use our NEW Signup Genius to learn more about these positions and others that we have available!

Your voice matters!!
Please join us for our Music Foundation meetings which are held the first Thursday of each month and are open to the public. Our next meeting is on January 11th at 7:00 pm in the Student Services office. We hope that you will join us and find out how you can become involved.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send an email to the Music Foundation. 

Looking for the 
2017-2018 Calendar?

It's now in Charms!

Do you Shop on Amazon???

Click on the link below the picture to logon thru Smile Amazon and .5% of your purchases will be credited to the Music Foundation through Amazon's Smile Program!!

Click on link below to download the handbook and print student forms:
2017-18 Music Handbook

Music Foundation Board

President: Deb Jeffries
Vice President: Ingrid Holzman
Treasurer: Sharon Stewart
Secretary: Kristine Jacobs
Member At Large: Kim Murphy
Student Accounts Mgr: Joy Altenburg

Many thanks to the board members and the many committee members and volunteers for your service to the music students of MRHS!

Question about your Student Account Balance?

Contact Joy Altenburg

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