The other, more important component is the parent communication tool. Like many student management systems (Powerschool is what the school uses), Charms allows the director to communicate many different pieces of information with students and parents. We will be using this tool mostly to maintain accurate financial records for students and parents over long periods of time. This makes the process of determining how much a student owes for band fees very simple. Things like payments, credits, fundraising profits, and other billable items can easily be added by the director and then viewed by the students and parents.
As of now we are running on a 60 day free trial of Charms. This trial version gives us full access to the program for 60 days. All student financial data has been added to the program and (as best as we can determine right now) is current as of today. Parents are encouraged to follow the setup instructions handed out last night to check their child's statement, as well as to browse around all of the other features Charms has to offer.
If you have any questions about how Charms works, or if you find that your financial statement is inaccurate, please email Mr. VanPatten (email@example.com).