IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, October 17 – Spring Band Trip Commitment Form Due
Friday, October 18 - Woodland Hills Football Game - Away - Voluntary Pep Band
Wednesday, October 23 – Moon Township Park & Recreation Spooktacular Event – Voluntary
Thursday, October 24 – Spring Band Trip Payment #1 due
Friday, October 25 – Football @ West Allegheny
Saturday, October 26 – PIMBA Championships at Gateway H.S.
Tuesday, October 29 – Trunk or Treat 7:30PM
Friday, November 1 – WPIAL Play-off Game #1
Thank you to everyone who volunteered this past weekend! The fact that many of you chaperoned or worked on the equipment crew on Friday night and then came back and volunteered again all day for our PIMBA competition didn't go unnoticed or unappreciated! Many of you pulled double and triple duty on Saturday from set-up, to parking, to concessions, admissions, bake sale, candy-grams, to chaperoning, and tear-down! Each person who volunteered played a vital role in the success of this year's competition and you helped to make it run smoothly. I hope you also had some fun during all of the work and that you had a chance to enjoy watching our kids perform! As always, they did a great job!
There is one more opportunity to watch them compete this season at PIMBA Championships on October 26th at Gateway High School. Plan to come out and cheer them on! If you haven't already signed up to chaperone and would be interested in doing so, please contact Andrea Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org or via text at 412-505-3803. An email indicating who will be chaperoning that day will be distributed within a week! Moon Area Band and its parents ROCK!!!
We still have PIMBA Programs available for sale for $6.00 each. If you would like to purchase one/some, Andrea Ward will have them with her at drop-off and pick up times for this week's band rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday! If you know that you would like to purchase one and would like her to put one/some aside for you, please email your request to email@example.com
BANDSTAND (CONCESSION STAND)
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered to help make both Friday's game and Saturday's PIMPA competition a huge success! Both nights were crazy busy and you all rocked it! Whether you were helping to set up the stand Thursday night with Paul and Shari Ruppel, or helping out in the stand your presence and enthusiasm was greatly appreciated!
Next up is our last home game- THE PLAYOFFS!! WOOHOO!
Keep warm and dry by volunteering to help out in the concession stand. Please take a look at Sign Up Genius and consider volunteering to help. We will also need help setting up the stand. The Sign Up Genius for set up will be posted later. We are working on a time for set up as our usual date/time falls on Halloween.
The Sign up Genius link for the playoff game is below.
NOVEMBER 1 Playoff game sign up
The NewMe's Pies sale is underway! These delicious pies, tarts, and potpies are available in a variety of flavors. Delivery on November 21 will be just in time for Thanksgiving! Pies arrive frozen and can be stored in your freezer to enjoy during the holidays and throughout the winter. Order forms and information sheets are available in the band room or HERE. Orders and payments are due on October 15.
Our School Spirit Creative Coffees fundraiser is underway. Items include coffees, teas, hot chocolate, rubs. Items arrive in packages with 'Moon Band' on the label so they make great hostess and grandparent gifts as well as stocking stuffers!
Instructions, brochures, order forms, and master order forms (5 pages total) can be found in the band room or HERE. Orders are due on October 29. Delivery will be on December 5.
The Moon Area Band Alumni Association's membership drive is happening now through mid-October 2019. Let us hear from you! Tell your former band parents and graduated band members! Click HERE to join or renew your membership! We are looking forward to a fun year ahead!
Scrip card orders are due November 15th for delivery at the November 21st Parent Meeting.
Click HERE for the 2019/2020 season Scrip Schedule.
For information on how to order Scrip, please click HERE.
The next 2 events to work at Heinz Field are a Pitt game on Saturday, October 26th with a report time TBD and a Steelers game on Monday, October 28th with a 4:30 report time. If you’d like to work these games or get more information about earning money through Aramark Fundraising, please contact Heather Park at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also in need of someone to take over the job of Coordinating the Heinz Field Volunteers. It’s a job that can be done completely on your own time. It’s a good way to get involved in the Band Parent Organization. Please reach out to me to find out more!
SENIOR POLE NOTES
Senior Pole notes have been hung along Tiger Trail for the football season. We encourage senior families to purchase their child's pole note to keep as a memento (many use them as a decoration for grad parties). Notes are $17.
TRUNK OR TREAT
TRUNK OR TREAT takes place this year on Tuesday, October 29th at 7:30 pm. Kids show up to practice in your costume (no masks or head covering that will prevent you from seeing in all directions). Parents, decorate your car and hand out treats to the band kids! Let's keep this tradition going. The kids really enjoy it and they're only kids for so long!
Student accounts have been updated to include the September Raffle and candle sale fund raisers. Thank you!
Tax-Deductible CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP Opportunity.
A big thank you to our Corporate Partners so far:
Kenny Ross Toyota - www.kennyrosstoyota.com
Clearview Federal Credit Union - www.clearviewfcu.org
Padgett Business Services - www.mypadgett.com
CDMG - www.cdmg.com
Diane Cleaners - www.drycleanermoontwp.com
Be sure to frequent these businesses wherever possible!
Do you have a local business you’d like to promote, and support a worthy cause at the same time? Perhaps you work for a Corporation that’s interested in participating in community outreach. MAHS Bands kindly asks that you consider becoming a Corporate Partner. There are several levels of sponsorship to suit all budgets. Please visit the link HERE for more information.
If you have any questions, please contact Maria Johnston at email@example.com
If your child’s Formal Wear does not fit properly please contact Heather Park immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. Items can be exchanged as long as the tags are still on, but this has to be done ASAP.
MABPO is trying something a little different this year. To purchase apparel, click HERE. There is a great assortment of items to show your Moon Area Band pride. Also, car decal order forms can be found HERE .
Please remember in order to volunteer with anything other than concessions we must have your clearances on file. We’d love to have you and although they may not say it, your student does like to see you involved. Child abuse clearance and Criminal background check is needed for every volunteer, and if you have lived in PA less than 10 years a FBI Fingerprint clearance is also required (this one takes a while to get). Clearances are good for 5 years. Please send copies of your clearances in an envelope into the band room mailbox with your student or email them to Shea Corsetti at email@example.com.
Moon Band Parent Organization has a private Facebook group where events are posted. It is a closed group and you can request access to “Moon Area Band Parent Organization”. You will be prompted to identify your moon band student and the year they graduate.
As a reminder, please do not post videos on social media where the general public can view them. This is especially important as we begin the season.
BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS: Mr. Nick Barthen
Woodland Hills H.S. Football Game - 10/18 - Report time 4:45pm - Pep Band
West Allegheny H.S. Football Game 10/25 - Report time: 4:30pm
PIMBA Championship at Gateway H.S. 10/26 - TBD (around 1:00pm) Guesstimate
SPRING 2020 BAND TRIP
The marching band will be traveling to Virginia Beach in April of 2020 to perform. Numerous fundraisers are available to off-set the costs of this trip. Please start now in order to alleviate some of the financial burden of this trip. Forms will be distributed Tuesday, October 8 after evening rehearsal explaining the payment process and the Commitment Form. Forms are due, October 17 and the first payment is due October 24. PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION! The forms will also be posted to Skyward and moonband.org.
Woodland Hills Football Game – 10/19 – Busing has been secured for the Varsity Football game vs. Woodland Hills. A voluntary pep band will be taken to the Football Game. Sign-ups will be in the band room. We need at least 15-20 students to volunteer to participate in this event. We will play from the stands during the game and at halftime. Please see Mr. Barthen for details. ITINERARY
WPIAL Football Play-offs – The football team HAS qualified for the WPIAL play-offs. The first game will be Friday, November 1 at a location TBD. (Chances are very good that we will have a first-round home game, all of the rest of the games will be at a neutral site). The full band will travel in support of the team. Games will be Friday during the WPIAL play-offs. These will be graded events. Plans will be forwarded as soon as they are known. The band will rehearse once a week (Tue. or Thu.) from 6pm-7:15pm while the team is in the play-offs.
Halloween Parade at Moon Park 10/23 - Moon Twp. Park & Rec. is holding a Halloween event on Wednesday, 10/23. This is a voluntary event, but we need to have at least 20-30 students attend. Students should arrive at Moon Park at 4:00 PM at the Amphitheater, and activities will conclude at 6:30PM. Students are encouraged to dress in costume, we will be marching a mini-parade using fight song, stand cheers, etc.
IMPORTANT – Hoodies at Rehearsals – As the weather begins to turn colder, please make sure students are bringing appropriate clothing to rehearsal. Students are not permitted to wear the hood part of a hoodie or ski masks during rehearsal. The hood and/or ski mask impair peripheral vision and is a safety issue. Students are encouraged to wear hats, tassel hats, beanies etc.
TRUNK OR TREAT – 10/29 – This has become a tradition to decorate parent’s vehicles and pass out candy to the kid’s ala trick-or treating around the neighborhoods/cars. Students will dress-up for rehearsal, and trunk-or treat. This will begin around 7:30pm. Check www.moonband.org for additional details and pictures from previous years events. To make candy plans, we have 120 students in the marching band!
Tue. 10/15 - FULL Band Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Thu. 10/17 - FULL Band Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Spring Band Trip Commitment Form Due
Fri. 10/18 - Woodland Hills Football Game - Away - Voluntary Pep Band – Report time 4:45PM
Tue. 10/22 - FULL Band Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Wed. 10/23 - Moon Township Park & Recreation Spooktacular Event - Voluntary - 4:30pm - Moon Park
Thu. 10/24 - FULL Band Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Spring Band Trip Payment #1 Due
Fri. 10/25 - West Allegheny Football Game - Away – Report time 4:30 PM
Sat. 10/26 - PIMBA Championships at Gateway H.S. – Report time TBD (Guess is 1pm)
Tue. 10/29 - Full Band Rehearsal for Play-off Game #1 - 6:00 - 7:15pm – MAHS
Trunk-or-Treat - 7:30pm - MAHS Parking Lot - Specific Location TBA
Fri. 11/1 - WPIAL Play-off Game #1 - Location and Opponent TBD
Thu. 11/7 - Full Band Rehearsal for Play-off Game #2 - 6:00-7:00pm
Fri. 11/8 - WPIAL Play-off Game #2 - Location and Opponent TBD
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
October 26 - PIMBA Championships at Gateway H.S.
December 16 - MAHS Winter Orchestra Concert - 7:00PM
December 17 - MAHS Winter Band Concert - 7:30PM
Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
c/o Shea Corsetti
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.