Raiderette Gazette July 24, 2023

2023-2024 L.D. Bell Raiderettes & Sapphires


Our dancers have been working so hard at camp so far and we are proud of them! 💙 We can't wait to see you at Show Offs and Family Dinner this Thursday, July 27. We will get a sneak peek of all the dances they've been learning for this season. Then, we will enjoy dinner with everyone and their families. Be sure to purchase your dinner tickets in Cheddar Up today. In order to get an accurate count for the food, please purchase tickets TODAY, July 24th if you haven't already! The dancers' meals are provided so please purchase tickets for any family members that will attend. Also, we could use volunteers to help set up and clean up- please sign up HERE. If you Pre-Ordered 23-24 Spirit Gear, we expect them to be available at Family Dinner for pick up. We will keep everyone posted about the yard signs.

Show offs & family dinner


Spirit Items for SALE


  • Monday, July 24- Thursday, July 27- Sweetheart Camp 7am-4pm with lunch between 11:30am-12:15pm
  • Thursday, July 27- Camp Showoffs at 6pm in Main Gym at LD Bell & Family Team Dinner after showoffs in the Cafeteria, Dinner Tickets Available for Purchase on Cheddar Up
  • Saturday, July 29- Operation Back to School 7am -12 pm
  • Monday, July 31- Practice 7am-4pm
  • Tuesday, August 1- Practice 2:30-5:30pm
  • Thursday, August 3- Practice 7-1:30pm, 2pm All City Dress Rehearsal at Cross City Church
  • Friday, August 4- Convocation at Cross City Church greeters earning a merit or All City dancers meet 7:30 am, greeters done by 9 am, All City Dancers finished by 11am


  • Cheddar Up Link Here for Online Payments and Spirit Wear. Hat, Boot Payments and Practice Wear are Past Due
  • Families of '24 Senior Dancers Only - Buy a football ad HERE by July 30!
  • Log Volunteer Hours on the VIPS website.

team trip- NYC March 8-11, 2024

We are traveling with the Greenlight company and they are hard at work preparing our own website we will need to use to register for this team trip. Registration will open July 27 and close the registration on the first day of school August 10. There will be a $50 registration fee at the time of registration. After the registration process, they will break down the payments into a monthly payment plan directly to the travel company.

Here are some of the plans we have for New York City:

  • Wicked on Broadway
  • Broadway Dance Clinic
  • Tour of Radio City Music Hall
  • 9/11 Memorial and Museum
  • Cruise enjoying views of Lady Liberty
  • Empire State Building
  • Central Park
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Times Square
  • Oculus
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Chinatown
  • Breakfast daily at the hotel
  • Lunch at Rockefeller Center ($20 cash back)
  • Lunch at Hudson Eats ($20 cash back)
  • Lunch at Paesano’s of Little Italy

Round trip airfare included in the price, price is based on the number of travelers so once we receive a count of participants and chaperones we will update everyone on the prices. The estimated price for about 40 travelers is around $2000 per person. Greenlight is also working on finding a cheaper airline company that if it comes through would bring it to around $1800. We will be doing tons of fundraisers this year and hope much of this cost will come down from the efforts of fundraising.

Directors' Corner- Ms. Ibanez & Ms. Blankenship

So excited to see our dancers perform this Thursday at Showoffs. Please meet by 5:50 in Main Gym to watch your dancer perform. Immediately following we will be eating team dinner in the cafeteria, we would love for you all to join the Raiderettes and Sapphires for some Abuelos tacos. Ticket sales for non-dancers end tonight for team dinner. Our dancers have been working so hard and learning so many routines this week, they have amazing dances to showoff. Also if you are interested in being a chaperone for our team trip to NYC be sure to be at the next booster meeting in order to sign up. - Mrs. Ibanez

Upcoming Events

  • July 24-27- Sweetheart Camp, 7am-4pm
  • July 27- Showoffs & Family Dinner 6pm, Dinner Tickets Available for Purchase on Cheddar Up
  • July 29- Operation Back to School 7am-12pm
  • July 31- August 1 & 3- Team Practices-see calendar for specific times
  • August 7- Raider Rally- Meet at 5pm
  • August 8- Team Practice 7-4pm- SnapRaise Fundraiser Kick Off- bring 20 email addresses, Booster Meeting 7pm @ LD Bell Library
  • August 10- 1st day of school