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Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 10, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 10, 2020

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, August 20th – Band Parents Meeting
Thursday, September 17th – Band Parents Meeting


MABPO PRESIDENT’S NOTE
Thank you to every parent who volunteered in any way for band camp. Whether it was through a donation of snacks or hand sanitizer or through the donation of your time and talents, it is much appreciated. We are blessed with a great group of parents who always make sure the band is taken care of! Thank you!

We wanted to also give a very huge thank you to DiBella’s Subs in Robinson. They donated lunch for all of the seniors and band staff last Friday for the senior lunch. 

Reminder- the next band parent meeting is scheduled for August 20th at 7:00 pm. The location is still to be determined. We encourage all parents to attend


FUNDRAISING
Fundraising is an easy way to add funds to your child's student account.
Our first fundraisers of the year are a Moon Tigers Apparel Sale and a Raffle based on the PA 7:00 PM Daily Number Drawing each day in September.
Show your Tiger Pride with Moon Tigers apparel.  'Moon Tigers' sweatshirts, t-shirts, masks, and gaiters are available.  Please see the attached forms for photos and more information.

INSTRUCTIONS
APPAREL PRODUCT SHEET
SALES ORDER FORM
MASTER ORDER FORM
Master order sheets and payments are due by August 20.  Item delivery will be mid-September.

Tickets and instruction sheets for our Annual September Lottery Raffle were mailed to you.  Winning numbers will be based on the 7 PM PA Daily Number Drawing each day in September.
Ticket stubs and payments are due on Thursday, August 27.  Student account profit will be based on the number of tickets sales minus the prize money awarded.

Please see the attached form for a TENTATIVE fundraiser schedule for the school year.  More solid dates will be announced as the year progresses. 


COMMUNICATIONS FORMS
Parents: Please don't forget to fill out the communication and volunteer form HERE. This information was in the July 7th email from Mr. Barthen. The contact information at the top of the form will be used to send out email blasts and other important information.

MABPO WEBSITE BASICS
For some basics about registering on the website, reviewing your child’s account balance and viewing photos on SmugMug can be found:

HERE for registering as a new user.
HERE for instructions on viewing photos.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
The refund checks from the cancelled band banquet went out week. Any questions, don’t hesitate to email Ralph at treasurer@moonband.org.

HEINZ FIELD
If you are interested in learning more about fundraising for your band student by working at Heinz Field, please contact Karen Pritchard at aramarkheinzfield@moonband.org. Currently there are no scheduled events to sign up for, but stay tuned for the upcoming football season. 

PNC PARK
If you are interested in raising money for your Band student by working at PNC Park this upcoming 2020 baseball season, watch for Grand Slam Training coming soon!  This is a great opportunity to start filling those accounts in anticipation of next year’s trip or Band Camp. Most parents who participate pay nothing or very little for the Band Trips. If you have interest, please send an email to Cindy at aramarkpncpark@moonband.org, with your contact information.  Also, if you are a Veteran of PNC Park and plan to continue, please confirm with an email.

APPAREL
Check out the available gear, click HERE.  There is a great assortment of items to show your Moon Area Band pride!   We have recently added some new stuff with the legacy logo.  Check it out!

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
NOTE FROM MR. BARTHEN
EVERY STUDENT MUST HAVE A FACE MASK, HAND SANITIZER, AND WATER!!  NO EXCEPTIONS!!

IN ADDITION students/parents are reminded to complete the COVID-19 Prescreen form before attending EVERY REHEARSAL!  Students/staff who do not complete the form prior to rehearsal will need to do so with Mr. Barthen.  Here is the LINK
PLEASE NOTE:
On the Pre-Screen Form, Question #4 is pertaining to Travel outside the State of Pennsylvania.
 -​ If your travels are classified as High Risk, the Allegheny County Health Department recommends people who will return to a large group environment or interact with the public, quarantine for 14 days after returning. Travelers may also consider getting tested upon their return due to potential exposure. To determine if your travels are high risk, please visit this 
LINK to the Allegheny County Health Department page.  Additional information can be seen at this LINK, which will take you to the PA DOH Travelers Page.

***Please contact Mr. Barthen/Mr. Fear if your travels will make you quarantine and miss rehearsals/camps to work out a virtual plan to keep up with the group while you are out.

FAIR SHARE – If you broke the Fair Share Payment into 2 parts, the second portion ($37.50) is due on August 24.

Thank you to all MABPO Parents, volunteers, donations and anyone who stopped by for aiding in a successful week of Band Camp!
Check your e-mail for the Band Camp Week #2 video.

AUGUST 15 PRODUCTION REHEARSAL IS CANCELLED! 

AUGUST BAND SCHEDULE 
The Marching Band Schedule for August (AFTER BAND CAMP WEEK #2) has been updated and attached to this e-mail. We will be rehearsing one day a week with each band. Tuesday will be Band #1 and Thursday will be Band #2 from 6PM-9PM. We will stay with this rotation until we are able to rehearse with the full ensemble. It is imperative that students attend their one rehearsal each week. These performance groupings will include the Color Guard. 

The PIAA/WPIAL has delayed the start of the Football season until September 11. Also, the PIAA has placed limits (250) on the number of participants (football players, coaches, cheerleaders, band, medical) who can be in the stadium at a given time. We will be staying with our rotating split ensembles (Band #1, Band #2) for performances until otherwise told. 

We will be performing with our split ensembles starting on September 11 with Band #1 at Moon Stadium vs. West Allegheny H.S. The bands participation in Away Football games has not been determined at this time. The PIMBA Festival tentatively scheduled for September 26 is still tentative. As soon as I learn know of information, I will update parents and students. 

UNIFORM FITTINGS 

Please click the link to make an appointment to be fitted for a marching band uniform.  APPOINTMENTS SHOULD NOT OCCUR DURING YOUR CHILD’S MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL. 
Marching Band Uniforms will be fitted starting August 11. Students in Band #1 who rehearse on Tuesdays will need to make an appointment to fit on Thursdays from 6-9pm.  Students in Band #2 who rehearse on Thursdays will need to make an appointment to fit on Tuesdays from 6-9pm.  Please wear gym shorts, t-shirt, and band shoes to the fitting.  Students in cargo shorts, jean shorts, and/or tank tops will not be fitted. 

Please follow the instructions on the e-mail you will receive once an appointment is booked.
 
https://mahsbanduniformfitting.youcanbook.me/

ABSENCE COMMUNICATION 
If your student is going to be absent from a marching band rehearsal, please communicate with either Mr. Barthen (winds/guard) or Mr. Fear (pit/battery percussion). This will aid us in planning and structure of rehearsal. Our e-mail addresses can be found at the bottom of this document. 

COMPRESSION SHIRTS 
The Compression Shirt Order Form has NOT been distributed at this time. When additional guidance is released for the upcoming fall performance season, we will then decide if the Compression shirts are needed. 

SIGN-UP FOR REMIND 
Students and Parents are encouraged to sign-up for the REMIND App. Please make sure you are signing up for the correct section. REMIND has a limit of 150 users per section, if the Brass/Woodwind Section is full, please use the Percussion/Guard section. See the parent e-mails or band handbook on how to join.


IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: Summer Information will be handled the following ways:
STUDENTSMain line of communication, music, videos, will be distributed through the Microsoft Band TEAMS Channel which students were invited to through their school e-mail in early June.  Please have students check the Microsoft TEAM throughout the summer. It would be a good idea to have them turn notifications ON for this TEAM!

PARENTS:  E-mails to this address, which was on Skyward, e-mail blasts from moonband.org, and REMIND APP.  First e-mail was sent out Tuesday, June 2.  Also, please check the band website for information updates..

Weekly Band Schedule  
Tue. Aug. 11 – Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
                        Uniform Fitting – 5pm-8:40pm
Thu. Aug. 13 – Band #2 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
                         Uniform Fitting – 5pm-8:40pm
Sat. Aug. 15 –  PRODUCTION REHEARSAL CANCELLED
___________________
Tue. Aug. 18 - Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
                        Uniform Fitting – 5pm-8:40pm
Thu. Aug. 20 - Band #2 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
                         Uniform Fitting – 5pm-8:40pm
___________________
Tue. Aug. 25 - Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
                        Uniform Fitting – 5pm-8:40pm
Thu. Aug. 27 – Band #2 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
                         Uniform Fitting – 5pm-8:40pm
___________________

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CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Amy Clark
Suite 12, PMB 174
5990 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA  15108

Per the updated MASD policy, Clearances are valid for 5 years
Under PA Law Act 153, The State of Pennsylvania is requiring all adults who volunteer in any capacity within the school to obtain background checks. This will include parents who volunteer to chaperone the MAHS Marching Band at football games, parades, band camps, and trips. Chaperones are required to complete the PA State Police Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse History, and FBI Fingerprints. The FBI Fingerprint is only if the volunteer has not been a state of PA resident for at least 10 years. Please visit http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found 
HERE
Child Abuse Clearance click HERE 
1. Cost: Free
2. Create the account

3. Submit the required information

4. Print certificate and submit to MABPO Secretary
PA Criminal Background Check click HERE
1. Cost: Free
2. Click on "NEW RECORD CHECK" (Volunteers Only)

3. After the record check is complete, click on the blue control number

4. To view the certificate, click on the blue words "Certification Form"
5. Print the certificate and submit to the MABPO Secretary
FBI Fingerprinting click HERE
1. Cost: $27.50
2. Required for volunteers who have lived outside of PA in the last 10 years

3. Register on website

4. Take form to Cogent Fingerprinting location
5. Receive clearance and contact MABPO Secretary to arrange for original to be copied.
Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 3, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 3, 2020

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, August 20th – Band Parents Meeting

CANDY GRAMS
In the past at band competitions parents and friends would send “Candy Grams” to our band children. Due to the present situation our parent organization would like to do this for our children on the last day of band camp. The Form can be found HERE.  Form and money is due Wednesday August 5 and Candy Grams will be distributed on Friday August 7. I realize this is a bit last minute but we are trying to make the best Band Camp possible considering all the changes.

Candy Grams are candy with a message given to your child. Simply fill out the form and return with payment. We handle the rest.

COMMUNICATIONS FORMS
Parents: Please don't forget to fill out the communication and volunteer form HERE. This information was in the July 7th email from Mr. Barthen. The contact information at the top of the form will be used to send out email blasts and other important information.

MABPO WEBSITE BASICS
For some basics about registering on the website, reviewing your child’s account balance and viewing photos on SmugMug can be found:
HERE for registering as a new user.
HERE for instructions on viewing photos.


FUNDRAISING
Fundraising is an easy way to add funds to your child's student account.
Our first fundraisers of the year are a Moon Tigers Apparel Sale and a Raffle based on the PA 7:00 PM Daily Number Drawing each day in September.
Show your Tiger Pride with Moon Tigers apparel.  'Moon Tigers' sweatshirts, t-shirts, masks, and gaiters are available.  Please see the attached forms for photos and more information.

INSTRUCTIONS
APPAREL PRODUCT SHEET
SALES ORDER FORM
MASTER ORDER FORM
Master order sheets and payments are due by August 20.  Item delivery will be mid-September.
Tickets and instruction sheets for our Annual September Lottery Raffle were mailed to you.  Winning numbers will be based on the 7 PM PA Daily Number Drawing each day in September.
Ticket stubs and payments are due on Thursday, August 27.  Student account profit will be based on the number of tickets sales minus the prize money awarded.

Please see the attached form for a TENTATIVE fundraiser schedule for the school year.  More solid dates will be announced as the year progresses. 


BAND JACKET & VARSITY LETTER ORDER TIME
It’s time to place our annual order! Anyone who has completed 1 year in marching band is eligible to purchase a jacket.  Please see the order form HERE for information on ordering.  This year we will not be having the opportunity to try on jackets.  If you need help figuring out what size you need, or have questions, please contact Maria Sacherich at (412) 716-2537 or email her at uniforms@moonband.org

Students may also purchase Varsity Letters only (for a fee of $7) if they wish to place them on a jacket already purchased through another activity/sport.  The DUE DATE for order/payment of both jackets and patches are Wednesday, August 5th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Payment can be placed in the Band Room Parent Mailbox, or mailed along with the order form to MABPO, Suite 12, PMB 174, 5990 University Blvd., Moon Township. 

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
The refund checks from the cancelled band banquet will be going out in the mail this week. Any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at treasurer@moonband.org.

HEINZ FIELD
If you are interested in learning more about fundraising for your band student by working at Heinz Field, please contact Karen Pritchard at aramarkheinzfield@moonband.org. Currently there are no scheduled events to sign up for, but stay tuned for the upcoming football season. 

PNC PARK
If you are interested in raising money for your Band student by working at PNC Park this upcoming 2020 baseball season, watch for Grand Slam Training coming soon!  This is a great opportunity to start filling those accounts in anticipation of next year’s trip or Band Camp. Most parents who participate pay nothing or very little for the Band Trips. If you have interest, please send an email to Cindy at aramarkpncpark@moonband.org, with your contact information.  Also, if you are a Veteran of PNC Park and plan to continue, please confirm with an email.

APPAREL
Check out the available gear, click HERE.  There is a great assortment of items to show your Moon Area Band pride!   We have recently added some new stuff with the legacy logo.  Check it out!

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
NOTE FROM MR. BARTHEN
EVERY STUDENT MUST HAVE A FACE MASK, HAND SANITIZER, AND WATER!!  NO EXCEPTIONS!!

IN ADDITION students/parents are reminded to complete the COVID-19 Prescreen form before attending EVERY REHEARSAL!  Students/staff who do not complete the form prior to rehearsal will need to do so with Mr. Barthen.  Here is the LINK
PLEASE NOTE:
On the Pre-Screen Form, Question #4 is pertaining to Travel outside the State of Pennsylvania.
 -​ If your travels are classified as High Risk, the Allegheny County Health Department recommends people who will return to a large group environment or interact with the public, quarantine for 14 days after returning. Travelers may also consider getting tested upon their return due to potential exposure. To determine if your travels are high risk, please visit this 
LINK to the Allegheny County Health Department page.  Additional information can be seen at this LINK, which will take you to the PA DOH Travelers Page.

***Please contact Mr. Barthen/Mr. Fear if your travels will make you quarantine and miss rehearsals/camps to work out a virtual plan to keep up with the group while you are out.

FairShare Payment is due on July 27.  Please read document explaining included in the July 7 e-mail.  If you do not pay then entire $75 on July 27 and split the payment into 2, the 2nd payment is on August 24
.


Please watch KDKA Morning Show Tuesday, August 4, the MAHS Marching Band will be featured on the Back to School Segment.  KDKA Reporter and Moon Band Alumni Chris Hoffman interviewed and took footage of the morning session on Monday, August 3.

BAND CAMP WEEK #2 SENIOR LUNCHEON - FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 – 11:30-12:30 – MAHS Student Entrance 

Keeping with tradition, the Senior Band Camp meal will be a luncheon on Friday, August 7 from 11:30AM-12:30AM at the Student Entrance. Individual Box Lunches will be provided from DiBella’s. ALL SENIOR MARCHING BAND MEMBERS SHOULD ATTEND. The senior picture will be taken at this time. This is a senior student only event. 

BAND CAMP WEEK #2 THEME DAYS 
As relayed from the Senior Class: 
Monday – USA Day 
Tuesday – Tie dye Tuesday 
Wednesday – Chris Shirts/Orange Out 
Thursday – Hawaiian Day 
Friday – Freshman – White Shirts 
Sophomores – Gray Shirts 
Juniors – Black Shirts 
Seniors – Senior Shirts 

AUGUST 15 PRODUCTION REHEARSAL IS CANCELLED! 

AUGUST BAND SCHEDULE 
The Marching Band Schedule for August (AFTER BAND CAMP WEEK #2) has been updated and attached to this e-mail. We will be rehearsing one day a week with each band. Tuesday will be Band #1 and Thursday will be Band #2 from 6PM-9PM. We will stay with this rotation until we are able to rehearse with the full ensemble. It is imperative that students attend their one rehearsal each week. These performance groupings will include the Color Guard. 

The PIAA/WPIAL has delayed the start of the Football season until September 11. Also, the PIAA has placed limits (250) on the number of participants (football players, coaches, cheerleaders, band, medical) who can be in the stadium at a given time. We will be staying with our rotating split ensembles (Band #1, Band #2) for performances until otherwise told. 

We will be performing with our split ensembles starting on September 11 with Band #1 at Moon Stadium vs. West Allegheny H.S. The bands participation in Away Football games has not been determined at this time. The PIMBA Festival tentatively scheduled for September 26 is still tentative. As soon as I learn know of information, I will update parents and students. 

UNIFORM FITTINGS 
Marching Band Uniforms will be fitted starting August 11. Due to the limited rehearsal time, students will not be fitted during their rehearsal times. Students in Band #1 who rehearse on Tuesdays will need to make an appointment to fit on Thursdays from 6-9pm. Students in Band #2 who rehearse on Thursdays will need to make an appointment to fit on Tuesdays from 6-9pm. I will send a link to an on-line scheduler to schedule  appointments later this week. We should be able to fit the entire band in 2 weeks. Please be on the look-out for additional information. 

ABSENCE COMMUNICATION 
If your student is going to be absent from a marching band rehearsal, please communicate with either Mr. Barthen (winds/guard) or Mr. Fear (pit/battery percussion). This will aid us in planning and structure of rehearsal. Our e-mail addresses can be found at the bottom of this document. 

COMPRESSION SHIRTS 
The Compression Shirt Order Form has NOT been distributed at this time. When additional guidance is released for the upcoming fall performance season, we will then decide if the Compression shirts are needed. 

SIGN-UP FOR REMIND 
Students and Parents are encouraged to sign-up for the REMIND App. Please make sure you are signing up for the correct section. REMIND has a limit of 150 users per section, if the Brass/Woodwind Section is full, please use the Percussion/Guard section. See the parent e-mails or band handbook on how to join.


IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: Summer Information will be handled the following ways:
STUDENTSMain line of communication, music, videos, will be distributed through the Microsoft Band TEAMS Channel which students were invited to through their school e-mail in early June.  Please have students check the Microsoft TEAM throughout the summer. It would be a good idea to have them turn notifications ON for this TEAM!

PARENTS:  E-mails to this address, which was on Skyward, e-mail blasts from moonband.org, and REMIND APP.  First e-mail was sent out Tuesday, June 2.  Also, please check the band website for information updates..

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CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Amy Clark
Suite 12, PMB 174
5990 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA  15108

Per the updated MASD policy, Clearances are valid for 5 years
Under PA Law Act 153, The State of Pennsylvania is requiring all adults who volunteer in any capacity within the school to obtain background checks. This will include parents who volunteer to chaperone the MAHS Marching Band at football games, parades, band camps, and trips. Chaperones are required to complete the PA State Police Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse History, and FBI Fingerprints. The FBI Fingerprint is only if the volunteer has not been a state of PA resident for at least 10 years. Please visit http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found HERE
Child Abuse Clearance click HERE 
1. Cost: Free
2. Create the account
3. Submit the required information
4. Print certificate and submit to MABPO Secretary
PA Criminal Background Check click HERE
1. Cost: Free
2. Click on "NEW RECORD CHECK" (Volunteers Only)
3. After the record check is complete, click on the blue control number
4. To view the certificate, click on the blue words "Certification Form"
5. Print the certificate and submit to the MABPO Secretary
FBI Fingerprinting click HERE
1. Cost: $27.50
2. Required for volunteers who have lived outside of PA in the last 10 years
3. Register on website
4. Take form to Cogent Fingerprinting location
5. Receive clearance and contact MABPO Secretary to arrange for original to be copied.
Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

 

Updates

CANDY GRAMS
In the past at band competitions parents and friends would send “Candy Grams” to our band children. Due to the present situation our parent organization would like to do this for our children on the last day of band camp. The Form can be found HERE.  Form and money is due Wednesday August 5 and Candy Grams will be distributed on Friday August 7. I realize this is a bit last minute but we are trying to make the best Band Camp possible considering all the changes.

Candy Grams are candy with a message given to your child. Simply fill out the form and return with payment. We handle the rest.

2020 SENIOR VIDEO
Though the end of the year ended quite different and the banquet didn’t quite allow us to celebrate our seniors one last time, we could not let it stop us from offering a final congratulations to our seniors. Special thank you to Ben Sacherich for his time and talents putting this slide show together

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ July 27, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ July 27, 2020

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Wednesday, July 29th – Band Parents Meeting(s)

BAND PARENT MEETING
This informational meeting for parents has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, July 29th to allow parents to attend the virtual school board meeting. In addition, the meeting has to be  modified to meet Allegheny County's criteria for gathering outside. 
Wednesday, the MABPO will run two meetings. These meetings will be held in the parking lot/ grass area behind the Moon Area Middle School ( in the lot where the band trailers are parked between the school and Beaver Grade Road). 

Meeting #1 will be held from 7:00-7:45 for families with last names A-K.

Meeting #2 will be held from 8:00-8:45 for families with last names L-Z

MABPO Executive Board members will be present fifteen minutes prior to each meeting to meet and answer your questions.  Please bring your own chair or blanket to use for the meeting. Please also be mindful of recommendations for social distancing.  Please email me at 
president@moonband.org if you have any questions. 

SNACK DONATIONS
During band camp next week, the band parents will be offering a small snack to the students during their breaks. If you are interested in volunteering to donate, please sign up using the link below. Donations can be dropped off at the band parent meetings tomorrow night or at the end of any of the practice blocks this week Wednesday-Friday (drop off at the middle school practice field parking lot).

SIGN UP HERE
Thank you for your support and your donations!!


COMMUNICATIONS FORMS
Parents: Please don't forget to fill out the communication and volunteer form HERE. This information was in the July 7th email from Mr. Barthen. The contact information at the top of the form will be used to send out email blasts and other important information.

FUNDRAISING
Fundraising is an easy way to add funds to your child's student account.
Our first fundraisers of the year are a Moon Tigers Apparel Sale and a Raffle based on the PA 7:00 PM Daily Number Drawing each day in September.
Show your Tiger Pride with Moon Tigers apparel.  'Moon Tigers' sweatshirts, t-shirts, masks, and gaiters are available.  Please see the attached forms for photos and more information.

INSTRUCTIONS
APPAREL PRODUCT SHEET
SALES ORDER FORM
MASTER ORDER FORM
Master order sheets and payments are due by August 20.  Item delivery will be mid-September.
Tickets and instruction sheets for our Annual September Lottery Raffle will be mailed to you this week.  Winning numbers will be based on the 7 PM PA Daily Number Drawing each day in September.
Ticket stubs and payments are due on Thursday, August 27.  Student account profit will be based on the number of tickets sales minus the prize money awarded.

Please see the attached form for a TENTATIVE fundraiser schedule for the school year.  More solid dates will be announced as the year progresses. 


BAND JACKET & VARSITY LETTER ORDER TIME
It’s time to place our annual order! Anyone who has completed 1 year in marching band is eligible to purchase a jacket.  Please see the order form HERE for information on ordering.  This year we will not be having the opportunity to try on jackets.  If you need help figuring out what size you need, or have questions, please contact Maria Sacherich at (412) 716-2537 or email her at uniforms@moonband.org

Students may also purchase Varsity Letters only (for a fee of $7) if they wish to place them on a jacket already purchased through another activity/sport.  The DUE DATE for order/payment of both jackets and patches are Wednesday, August 6th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Payment can be placed in the Band Room Parent Mailbox, or mailed along with the order form to MABPO, Suite 12, PMB 174, 5990 University Blvd., Moon Township. 

SCHOLARSHIP
Congratulations to 2020 MABPO scholarship award winners Parker Ward and Emily Grace Riggle. Good luck in your future endeavors!

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts have been updated to reflect the refunds from the VA trip.

HEINZ FIELD
If you are interested in learning more about fundraising for your band student by working at Heinz Field, please contact Karen Pritchard at aramarkheinzfield@moonband.org. Currently there are no scheduled events to sign up for, but stay tuned for the upcoming football season. 

PNC PARK
If you are interested in raising money for your Band student by working at PNC Park this upcoming 2020 baseball season, watch for Grand Slam Training coming soon!  This is a great opportunity to start filling those accounts in anticipation of next year’s trip or Band Camp. Most parents who participate pay nothing or very little for the Band Trips. If you have interest, please send an email to Cindy at aramarkpncpark@moonband.org, with your contact information.  Also, if you are a Veteran of PNC Park and plan to continue, please confirm with an email.

APPAREL
Check out the available gear, click HERE.  There is a great assortment of items to show your Moon Area Band pride!   We have recently added some new stuff with the legacy logo.  Check it out!

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
NOTE FROM MR. BARTHEN
EVERY STUDENT MUST HAVE A FACE MASK, HAND SANITIZER, AND WATER!!  NO EXCEPTIONS!!

IN ADDITION students/parents are reminded to complete the COVID-19 Prescreen form before attending EVERY REHEARSAL!  Students/staff who do not complete the form prior to rehearsal will need to do so with Mr. Barthen.  Here is the LINK
PLEASE NOTE:
On the Pre-Screen Form, Question #4 is pertaining to Travel outside the State of Pennsylvania.
 -​ If your travels are classified as High Risk, the Allegheny County Health Department recommends people who will return to a large group environment or interact with the public, quarantine for 14 days after returning. Travelers may also consider getting tested upon their return due to potential exposure. To determine if your travels are high risk, please visit this 
LINK to the Allegheny County Health Department page.  Additional information can be seen at this LINK, which will take you to the PA DOH Travelers Page.

***Please contact Mr. Barthen/Mr. Fear if your travels will make you quarantine and miss rehearsals/camps to work out a virtual plan to keep up with the group while you are out.

FairShare Payment is due on July 27.  Please read document explaining included in the July 7 e-mail.
PARENT Information E-mail was sent of Tuesday, July 7.  If you did not receive the information, please e-mail Mr. Barthen.


A Parent e-mail was sent out on Friday, July 24 with a summation of Forms, Links, and due dates.  Please reference that table for all correspondences that are due.

A Parent e-mail will be sent out on Friday, July 31 with information pertaining to Band Camp Week #2.  

AUGUST BAND SCHEDULE
The Marching Band Schedule for August (AFTER BAND CAMP WEEK #2) will be updated once more is known regarding our performance engagements during the fall.  We will remain with the days listed on the original schedule, but times may change.  Mr. Barthen will update and distribute the schedule during the week of August 3.

ABSENCE COMMUNICATION

If your student is going to be absent from a marching band rehearsal, please communicate with either Mr. Barthen (winds/guard) or Mr. Fear (pit/battery percussion).  This will aid us in planning and structure of rehearsal.  Our e-mail addresses can be found at the bottom of this document.

MANILLA ENVELOPE

At the July 21 rehearsal, an 8”x 12” manilla envelope was distribute to students containing forms and music.  Please make sure parents and students familiarize themselves with the material inside the packet.  Please reference the table above to understand what was in the envelope.  IN ADDITION, please pay special attention to the MAHS Band Handbook which was included in the envelope.  On the last page of the handbook is an Acknowledgement Form and Field Trip Permission Form.  This form is due by July 30.

COMPRESSION SHIRTS

The Compression Shirt Order Form has NOT been distributed at this time.  When additional guidance is released for the upcoming fall performance season, we will then decide if the Compression shirts are needed.

SIGN-UP FOR REMIND
Students and Parents are encouraged to sign-up for the REMIND App.  Please make sure you are signing up for the correct section.  REMIND has a limit of 150 users per section, if the Brass/Woodwind Section is full, please use the Percussion/Guard section.   See the July 15, July 24 e-mail or the MAHS Band Handbook on how to sign up.


IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: Summer Information will be handled the following ways:
STUDENTSMain line of communication, music, videos, will be distributed through the Microsoft Band TEAMS Channel which students were invited to through their school e-mail in early June.  Please have students check the Microsoft TEAM throughout the summer. It would be a good idea to have them turn notifications ON for this TEAM!

PARENTS:  E-mails to this address, which was on Skyward, e-mail blasts from moonband.org, and REMIND APP.  First e-mail was sent out Tuesday, June 2.  Also, please check the band website for information updates..

PHYSICALS FOR MARCHING BAND
MASD requires all band students to receive a sports physical for marching band.  Parents of Marching Band Students MUST register their child on the MAHS Athletic site for completion of the physical.
The address of the site it 
https://moonarea.8to18.com/
Concussion Testing will only be completed for the Color Guard Members of the Marching Band.  Color Guard members will be notified individual of how and when to set-up an appointment to have these completed.
IMPORTANT FIVE OUT OF THE SIX required Physical Forms are automated and on-line at the address above.  These forms can be signed electronically and submitted through this site.  ALL PARENTS MUST REGISTER TO SUBMIT THESE FORMS.  ONLY THE PHYSICAL FORM (SECTION 5 & 6) WILL BE REQUIRED IN HARDCOPY WITH DOCTOR AND PARENTS SIGNATURE. When making an appointment with your family doctor, please take the physical form to the authorized medical examiner and have him/her fill out Section 5 & 6 of the evaluation.  Please fill the paperwork out completely including correct signatures in the appropriate places.  ONLY THE PIAA CIPPE FORM WILL BE ACCEPTED.
     -
Completed Physical Form with Doctors/Physician signature are due to the Athletic Office by 7/27/20 and/or no later than August 3, 2020.
     - To be eligible to participate in Marching band for the 2020-2021 school year, the CIPPE Physical form must be completed no EARLIER than JUNE 1, 2020. 
     - Any CIPPE physical turned in after that date will be valid for the entire 2020-2021 school year.  This comprehensive evaluation can be performed at your family physician’s office or with our school doctor. 


All registrations for sports are done on-line at https://moonarea.8to18.com/  All forms are completed on line with the exception of sections 5 and 6 of the physical form.  These two pages must be printed out and section 5 needs to be completed and taken with you to your physical along with section 6 which the doctor will complete.  Upon completing your physical, sections 5 & 6 must be turned in to the athletic office prior to 8/3/20
There will be two dates for physicals at the school, Tuesday, July 21st from 5-9 PM and Saturday, August 1st from 8 AM-noon.  The cost for the physical is $20 and checks can be made out to AHN.  If paying with cash, please bring exactly $20.  To sign up for physicals, please go the link below to reserve your spot:
     -
www.Moonareafallphysicals.youcanbook.me 

The school district form MUST be used for this examination, no substitutes will be accepted.

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CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Amy Clark
Suite 12, PMB 174
5990 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA  15108

Per the updated MASD policy, Clearances are valid for 5 years
Under PA Law Act 153, The State of Pennsylvania is requiring all adults who volunteer in any capacity within the school to obtain background checks. This will include parents who volunteer to chaperone the MAHS Marching Band at football games, parades, band camps, and trips. Chaperones are required to complete the PA State Police Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse History, and FBI Fingerprints. The FBI Fingerprint is only if the volunteer has not been a state of PA resident for at least 10 years. Please visit http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found 
HERE
Child Abuse Clearance click HERE 
1. Cost: Free
2. Create the account

3. Submit the required information
4. Print certificate and submit to MABPO Secretary
PA Criminal Background Check click HERE
1. Cost: Free
2. Click on "NEW RECORD CHECK" (Volunteers Only)

3. After the record check is complete, click on the blue control number
4. To view the certificate, click on the blue words "Certification Form"
5. Print the certificate and submit to the MABPO Secretary
FBI Fingerprinting click HERE
1. Cost: $27.50
2. Required for volunteers who have lived outside of PA in the last 10 years

3. Register on website
4. Take form to Cogent Fingerprinting location
5. Receive clearance and contact MABPO Secretary to arrange for original to be copied.
Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

 

 

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ July 20, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ July 20, 2020

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Saturday, July 25th Mattress Sale Fundraiser
Monday, July 27th – Band Parents Meeting 7PM


COMMUNICATIONS FORMS
Parents: Please don't forget to fill out the communication and volunteer form HERE. This information was in the July 7th email from Mr. Barthen. The contact information at the top of the form will be used to send out email blasts and other important information.

BAND PARENT MEETING
This informational meeting for parents is scheduled for Monday, July 27th.  The meeting is currently scheduled to be at the Moon Area High School auditorium at 7PM.  All parents are encouraged to attend.   Be on the lookout for alerts for location change or change to a zoom meeting depending on the current allowed limitations of gatherings.

FUNDRAISING
ONLY 5 DAYS UNTIL OUR 2ND ANNUAL MATTRESS SALE!
Mattress Sale – Save the Date
The band parents will be holding their second annual mattress sale on Saturday, July 25th, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., in the high school auxiliary gym. This is a fantastic way to start earning fundraiser money for your child's student account.  See Referral Flyer HERE.
Check out this video to learn more about how a Mattress Fundraiser works! VIDEO
See Press Release HERE
WE STILL NEED LOTS OF STUDENT HELP!
Students can earn money for their student accounts by signing up to work a shift at the mattress sale. The Sign-up link is
HERE.

BAND JACKET & VARSITY LETTER ORDER TIME
It’s time to place our annual order! Anyone who has completed 1 year in marching band is eligible to purchase a jacket.  Please see the order form HERE for information on ordering.  This year we will not be having the opportunity to try on jackets.  If you need help figuring out what size you need, or have questions, please contact Maria Sacherich at (412) 716-2537 or email her at uniforms@moonband.org

Students may also purchase Varsity Letters only (for a fee of $7) if they wish to place them on a jacket already purchased through another activity/sport.  The DUE DATE for order/payment of both jackets and patches are Wednesday, August 6th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Payment can be placed in the Band Room Parent Mailbox, or mailed along with the order form to MABPO, Suite 12, PMB 174, 5990 University Blvd., Moon Township. 

CONCESSIONS
We are in need of coffee makers that are used for large gatherings/banquets. If anyone is able to donate one or knows of a business that is getting rid of one please let Heidi and Karen know. Contact concessions@moonband.org.

HEINZ FIELD
If you are interested in learning more about fundraising for your band student by working at Heinz Field, please contact Karen Pritchard at aramarkheinzfield@moonband.org. Currently there are no scheduled events to sign up for, but stay tuned for the upcoming football season. 

PNC PARK
If you are interested in raising money for your Band student by working at PNC Park this upcoming 2020 baseball season, watch for Grand Slam Training coming soon!  This is a great opportunity to start filling those accounts in anticipation of next year’s trip or Band Camp. Most parents who participate pay nothing or very little for the Band Trips. If you have interest, please send an email to Cindy at aramarkpncpark@moonband.org, with your contact information.  Also, if you are a Veteran of PNC Park and plan to continue, please confirm with an email.

APPAREL
Check out the available gear, click HERE.  There is a great assortment of items to show your Moon Area Band pride!   We have recently added some new stuff with the legacy logo.  Check it out!

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
NOTE FROM MR. BARTHEN
MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL BEGINS ON TUESDAY, JULY 21 PENDING MASD SCHOOL BOARD APPROVAL.
 - Please read the schedule, for times have changed.  Here is a link to the new schedule, which was e-mailed and placed on TEAMS on July 15, 2020.

EVERY STUDENT MUST HAVE A FACE MASK, HAND SANITIZER, AND WATER!!  NO EXCEPTIONS!!

IN ADDITION students/parents are reminded to complete the COVID-19 Prescreen form before attending rehearsal!  Students/staff who do not complete the form prior to rehearsal will need to do so with Mr. Barthen.  Here is the LINK
PLEASE NOTE:
On the Pre-Screen Form, Question #4 is pertaining to Travel outside the State of Pennsylvania.
 -​If your travels are classified as High Risk, the Allegheny County Health Department recommends people who will return to a large group environment or interact with the public, quarantine for 14 days after returning. Travelers may also consider getting tested upon their return due to potential exposure. To determine if your travels are high risk, please visit this LINK to the Allegheny County Health Department page.  Additional information can be seen at this LINK, which will take you to the PA DOH Travelers Page.


***Please contact Mr. Barthen/Mr. Fear if your travels will make you quarantine and miss rehearsals/camps to work out a virtual plan to keep up with the group while you are out.

FairShare Payment is due on July 27.  Please read document explaining included in the July 7 e-mail.
PARENT Information E-mail was sent of Tuesday, July 7.  If you did not receive the information, please e-mail Mr. Barthen.


PHYSICALS FOR MARCHING BAND
MASD requires all band students to receive a sports physical for marching band.  Parents of Marching Band Students MUST register their child on the MAHS Athletic site for completion of the physical.
The address of the site it 
https://moonarea.8to18.com/
Concussion Testing will only be completed for the Color Guard Members of the Marching Band.  Color Guard members will be notified individual of how and when to set-up an appointment to have these completed.
IMPORTANT FIVE OUT OF THE SIX required Physical Forms are automated and on-line at the address above.  These forms can be signed electronically and submitted through this site.  ALL PARENTS MUST REGISTER TO SUBMIT THESE FORMS.  ONLY THE PHYSICAL FORM (SECTION 5 & 6) WILL BE REQUIRED IN HARDCOPY WITH DOCTOR AND PARENTS SIGNATURE. When making an appointment with your family doctor, please take the physical form to the authorized medical examiner and have him/her fill out Section 5 & 6 of the evaluation.  Please fill the paperwork out completely including correct signatures in the appropriate places.  ONLY THE PIAA CIPPE FORM WILL BE ACCEPTED.
     -
Completed Physical Form with Doctors/Physician signature are due to the Athletic Office by 7/27/20 and/or no later than August 3, 2020.
     - To be eligible to participate in Marching band for the 2020-2021 school year, the CIPPE Physical form must be completed no EARLIER than JUNE 1, 2020. 
     - Any CIPPE physical turned in after that date will be valid for the entire 2020-2021 school year.  This comprehensive evaluation can be performed at your family physician’s office or with our school doctor. 


All registrations for sports are done on-line at https://moonarea.8to18.com/  All forms are completed on line with the exception of sections 5 and 6 of the physical form.  These two pages must be printed out and section 5 needs to be completed and taken with you to your physical along with section 6 which the doctor will complete.  Upon completing your physical, sections 5 & 6 must be turned in to the athletic office prior to 8/3/20
There will be two dates for physicals at the school, Tuesday, July 21st from 5-9 PM and Saturday, August 1st from 8 AM-noon.  The cost for the physical is $20 and checks can be made out to AHN.  If paying with cash, please bring exactly $20.  To sign up for physicals, please go the link below to reserve your spot:
     -
www.Moonareafallphysicals.youcanbook.me 

The school district form MUST be used for this examination, no substitutes will be accepted.

__________

 IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: Summer Information will be handled the following ways:
STUDENTS:  E-mails to their school account, and the Microsoft Band Team that they were invited to, through the school e-mail.  Please have them check these two locations throughout the summer.
PARENTS:  E-mails to the address which is listed on Skyward, e-mail blasts from moonband.org.  First e-mail will be sent out Tuesday, June 2.

Please check the band web-site for information updates.  The summer mailing with forms and information will be sent via e-mail was e-mailed to parents on July 7.  If you did not receive this e-mail, contact Mr. Barthen.


2020 MAHS Marching Band Summer Rehearsal Schedule

Schedule will be updated as we progress through the season if necessary.

SUMMER MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL SCHEDULE – ALL REHEARSALS ARE 5PM-9PM at MAHS
8/10 – P&A       8/17 – P&A                  
8/11 – W          8/18 – W                                 
8/13 – FULL      8/20 - FULL                  

- See KEY below for abbreviation meanings
 
SATURDAY, PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – Learn Drill, clinicians and drill writer in with MAHS Band. - ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED!!!!
Saturday, August 15 – 8AM – 4:00PM


Saturday, September 26 - PIMBA Band Festival - Location and Time TBA

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CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Amy Clark
Suite 12, PMB 174
5990 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA  15108

Per the updated MASD policy, Clearances are valid for 5 years
Under PA Law Act 153, The State of Pennsylvania is requiring all adults who volunteer in any capacity within the school to obtain background checks. This will include parents who volunteer to chaperone the MAHS Marching Band at football games, parades, band camps, and trips. Chaperones are required to complete the PA State Police Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse History, and FBI Fingerprints. The FBI Fingerprint is only if the volunteer has not been a state of PA resident for at least 10 years. Please visit http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found 
HERE
Child Abuse Clearance click HERE 
1. Cost: Free
2. Create the account

3. Submit the required information
4. Print certificate and submit to MABPO Secretary
PA Criminal Background Check click HERE
1. Cost: Free
2. Click on "NEW RECORD CHECK" (Volunteers Only)

3. After the record check is complete, click on the blue control number
4. To view the certificate, click on the blue words "Certification Form"
5. Print the certificate and submit to the MABPO Secretary
FBI Fingerprinting click HERE
1. Cost: $27.50
2. Required for volunteers who have lived outside of PA in the last 10 years

3. Register on website
4. Take form to Cogent Fingerprinting location
5. Receive clearance and contact MABPO Secretary to arrange for original to be copied.
Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

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