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Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ September 28, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ September 28, 2020

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Saturday, October 10th – Football vs. Peters Township H.S. (Band 2)
Thursday, October 15th – Band Parents Meeting
Wednesday, October 21st -
Moon Township Spooktacular at Moon Park (TBD)
Thursday, November 19th – Band Parents Meeting

THANK YOU
Thank you to every person who volunteered in any way to make Saturday a success. From the donations to help feed our kids to the moms and dads who gave of their time and talents through the day, thank you! We are blessed to be a part of this community and of this organization. 

FUNDRAISING
The September raffle is ongoing throughout the month. Winners will be determined by the 7 p.m. 3 digit Pennsylvania daily lottery number. Winners will be notified via phone call. Winnings will be mailed in the next week or so.

The St. Johnsbury Candle fundraiser began on Tuesday, September 15.  Fall and holiday themed candle scents are available in 14-oz. jars and in candle melt sizes.  Orders and payments are due by October 8.  Delivery will be in early November.  The color brochures are in the mail and will be available at the end of practices once they arrive.  Digital flyers are available HERE.

It's time for the Fall NewMe's Pies fundraiser!  If you've never tried a NewMe's pie, stop by the Moon Farmer's Market on Wednesday and buy one.  They are delicious.  The pie fundraiser begins on Tuesday, September 29.  Orders and payments are due on Tuesday, October 20.  Delivery will be on Wednesday, November 18 - just in time for Thanksgiving!  The pies come frozen and keep well for many months, so stock up for the holidays.  Information sheets and order forms can be found HERE.


CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP
One way our organization strives to reach its financial goals is by seeking corporate partners. Are you a business owner? Do you work for a local organization with opportunities for community outreach? If so, please consider filling out THIS FORM or passing it along to the relevant person at your place of work. If you have any questions please email corporatepartnership@moonband.org

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.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Any questions, email Ralph at treasurer@moonband.org.

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

Thank you to all who helped, donated, cooked, etc. to make Saturday, 9.26 Band Night a success!  It was a great evening; weather was beautiful, and the band performed very well.  Thank you!

Also, a special THANKS to the Senior Recognition Committee for the festivities during and after the shows.  Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES
Tue. 9.29 and Thu. 10.1 will be from 6pm-8pm in the SPLIT (BAND#1 & BAND #2 Format)

Tue. 10.6 and Thu. 10.8 will be from 6pm-8pm in the SPLIT (Band #1 & Band #2 Format)

Tue. 10.13 and Thu. 10.15 is Picture Day, in a SPLIT Format with Rehearsal afterwards until 8PM

Band #2 will be performing on Saturday, October 10 at MAHS - Report time is 5:15pm

October 21 is the Moon Township Spooktacular at Moon Park.  Performing arrangements and times will be forwarded once it is known.

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. 


Weekly Band Schedule  
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Tue. Sept. 29 - Band #1 Rehearsal - 6pm-8pm
Thu. Oct. 1 - Band #2 Rehearsal - 6pm-
8pm
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Tue. Oct. 6 - Band #1 Rehearsal - 6pm-8pm
Thu. Oct. 8 - Band #2 Reheasal - 6pm-8pm
Sat. Oct. 10 - Band #2 Varsity Football Game - Report 5:15pm

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Tue. Oct. 13 - Band #1 Picture Day & Rehearsal - 6pm-8pm
Thu. Oct. 15 - Band #2 Picture Day & Rehearsal - 6pm-8pm

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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 ~ September 21, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ September 21, 2020

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Saturday, September 26th – Band 1 & Band 2 Performance (Senior Rec)
Saturday, October 10th – Football vs. Peters Township H.S. (Band 2)

Thursday, October 15th – Band Parents Meeting
Thursday, November 19th – Band Parents Meeting


SENIOR REC
Senior parents:  if you have not already filled out the BIO FORM, please make sure the bio form is filler out ASAP. This is what will be read during senior recognition night.

SAVE THE DATE
Parents of 2021 Seniors, a Senior Recognition Celebration for parents and seniors is planned for the evening of September 26th after the band performance.  Invitations were emailed last week.  Please, RSVP.

VOLUNTEERS – Cutting and Sewing
Thank you so much to everyone who helped cut at sew last Monday night!  We had a great turnout and got a lot done!  Special thank you to Tina Foremsky and Heather Park who helped me come up with a pattern and design for the bags!
This Tuesday and Thursday at 6 pm in the band room, we will be sewing saxophone bags.  If you have a sewing machine and can help – we would appreciate it!  We also need to hand sew 2 scrunchies onto each bag for the arm holes.  This is not hard to do and I can teach anyone who would like to help.  We also have a few things that need done if you want to help and cannot sew.  Email Uniforms@moonband.org if you can help.


FUNDRAISING
The September raffle is ongoing throughout the month. Winners will be determined by the 7 p.m. 3 digit Pennsylvania daily lottery number. Winners will be notified via phone call. 

The St. Johnsbury Candle fundraiser beg
an on Tuesday, September 15.  Fall and holiday themed candle scents are available in 14-oz. jars and in candle melt sizes.  Orders and payments are due by October 8.  Delivery will be in early November.  The color brochures are in the mail and will be available at the end of practices once they arrive.  Digital flyers are available HERE.

The NewMe's Pies Fundraiser will begin on Tuesday, September 29.  Look for the information in the next newsletter.

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP
One way our organization strives to reach its financial goals is by seeking corporate partners. Are you a business owner? Do you work for a local organization with opportunities for community outreach? If so, please consider filling out THIS FORM or passing it along to the relevant person at your place of work. If you have any questions please email corporatepartnership@moonband.org

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.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Any questions, email Ralph at treasurer@moonband.org.

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

Itinerary for September 26, 2020.
Parent e-mail from September 18, 2020 -  LINK
We will be holding our MAHS Band Night and Senior Recognition on Saturday, September 26 in our MAHS Tiger Stadium.  With the stadium capacity at 250 people, regardless of role (performers, spectators, staff, etc.), we will be holding three, full band performances and have assigned spectators a performance time to view the performance based on their student’s last name.  The performances will begin at 7:00pm, 7:30pm, and 8:00pm, with ten minutes of passing in between the show to clear the stadium.  Underclassmen parents will receive three tickets to an assigned performance. Senior parents will receive four tickets to their 8:00pm performance, which will include the on-field Senior Recognition Ceremonies.  If parents have multiple students in band, they will only receive one set of tickets based on their oldest child grade. (ie. senior and a junior student in band will receive 4 tickets for the 8pm performance; junior and sophomore in band will receive 3 tickets for the performance associated with their student’s last name).  Tickets will be distributed at the Tuesday 9.22 rehearsal in a white MASD envelope to the oldest student in the family. Below is the breakdown of the assigned viewings: 

 - HOT PINK TICKET - 7:00 PM Performance 
          Spectators will consist of families of underclassmen students with the last name that begin with A – McCartney. 
 - SKY BLUE TICKET – 7:30PM Performance 
          Spectators will consist of families of underclassmen students with the last name that begin with McCormick – Z. 
 - LIME GREEN TICKET – 8:00PM 
          Spectators will consist of families of senior band members. 
 
ALL BAND STUDENTS WILL PERFORM IN ALL THREE SHOWS! 

IMPORTANT 
 - Tickets are NOT transferable to different shows times other than the time printed on the ticket. 
 - If you are not utilizing your allotted amount of tickets, I would encourage you to give your ticket(s) to someone who would use it for that performance. 
 - All spectators must wear a mask/face covering and adhere to social/physical distance protocols at this event! 

FULL BAND REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES 
With the changes in guidelines, we have been given the go ahead to rehearse and perform with the Full Ensemble for non-sporting events.  We are going to hold a MAHS Band Night on Saturday, September 26 in our MAHS Tiger Stadium.   

We are also going to be honoring our Senior Band Members during our MAHS Band Night on September 26.  Additional details will be provided to Seniors and Senior parents.

CHANGES IN REHEARSAL SCHEDULE - September 22 and September 24 – Full Band 
To prepare for the 9.26 performance, we will be holding Full Band rehearsals on Tuesday, September 22 and Thursday, September 24 from 6pm-9pm.  Both members in Bands #1 and Band #2 should be in attendance for both rehearsals.  We will be able to continue the Physical Distancing methods which have been established by the design of the marching band show.  Students will need to complete the Self Health Check Form including the temperature check, wear face coverings and bring water to rehearsal.  Upon arrival, students should place their items on their “Side” of the field in which they perform.  Weather will play a huge factor in the success of these rehearsal.  If heavy rain or thunderstorms are pending, there may need to switch back to our original split rehearsal plan.  These updates will occur, if necessary, through TEAMS, REMIND, and e-mail.   Additional information will be made available as soon as it is known! 

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. 


Weekly Band Schedule  
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Tue. Sept. 22 – Full Band Rehearsal - Band #1 &  Band #2 Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm
Thu. Sept. 24 - Full Band Rehearsal - Band #1 &  Band #2 Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm
Sat. Sept. 26
MAHS Band Night Report at 3PM to MAHS Tiger Stadium; 7:00PMm 7:30PM, 8:00PM Shows at MAHS Tiger Stadium
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Tue. Sept. 29 - Band #1 Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm
Thu. Oct. 1 - Band #2 Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm

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Tue. Oct. 6 - Band #1 Rehearsal - 6pm-8pm
Thu. Oct. 8 - Band #2 Reheasal - 6pm-8pm
Sat. Oct. 10 - Band #2 Varsity Football Game - Report 5:15pm

___________________


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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 ~ September 14, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ September 14, 2020

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Tuesday, September 15th – Volunteer meetings
Thursday, September 17th – Band Parents Meeting

Saturday, September 26th – Band 1 & Band 2 Performance (Senior Rec)
Saturday, October 10th – Football vs. Peters Township H.S. (Band 2)


MABPO PARENT MEETING
The next band parent meeting is scheduled for September 17th at 7:00 pm. The location is the grassy area between the middle school and Beaver Grade Road, same location as the August meeting. We encourage all parents to attend, bring a chair and observe appropriate social distancing guidelines

Planning Meetings for September 26th Rehearsal/ Performance
This Tuesday September, 15th at 6:15PM, there will be two separate planning meetings held on campus.

- Senior Recognition planning meeting will take place (6:15) in the grassy area where we have been holding our band parent meetings this summer. This group will meet with the senior rec chair, Beckie Tobin, to plan for senior rec festivities that will be held after the performance on September 26th.


- general planning meeting will take place outside of the student entrance of the high school at 6:15, as well. This meeting is for anyone interested in helping to plan and organize a meal for the students the afternoon of the 26th, as well as helping to plan for the evening's performance on the 26th. 
If you are interested in helping with either of these groups, please feel free to come and join us Tuesday night.
    

SAVE THE DATE
Parents of 2021 Seniors, a Senior Recognition Celebration for parents and seniors is planned for the evening of September 26th after the band performance.  Invitations will be sent out this week.

FUNDRAISING
The September raffle is ongoing throughout the month. Winners will be determined by the 7 p.m. 3 digit Pennsylvania daily lottery number. Winners will be notified via phone call. 

The St. Johnsbury Candle fundraiser begins on Tuesday, September 15.  Fall and holiday themed candle scents are available in 14-oz. jars and in candle melt sizes.  Orders and payments are due by October 8.  Delivery will be in early November.  The color brochures are in the mail and will be available at the end of practices once they arrive.  Digital flyers are available 
HERE.

The "Moon Tigers" apparel orders are in!  Orders will be available at the beginning and end of practices this week, September 15 and September 17.  If you would like to pick up your order at a different time, please contact 
fundraising@moonband.org.

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP
One way our organization strives to reach its financial goals is by seeking corporate partners. Are you a business owner? Do you work for a local organization with opportunities for community outreach? If so, please consider filling out
THIS FORM or passing it along to the relevant person at your place of work. If you have any questions please email corporatepartnership@moonband.org

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.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Any questions, 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

UPDATE
An e-mail was sent to parents on Friday, September 11 regarding updates in our performances.  

Our previously schedule game for Band #2 has been changed to Saturday, October 10 beginning at 7:00PM.  This game will be televised live on the KDKA Networks (exact information will be distributed once it is known).  The Full, attend #1 and Attend #2 scenarios which were outlined in the previous document still apply for this October 10 game. 

FULL BAND REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES 
With the changes in guidelines, we have been given the go ahead to rehearse and perform with the Full Ensemble for non-sporting events.  We are going to hold a MAHS Band Night on Saturday, September 26 in our MAHS Tiger Stadium.  Details regarding the number of spectators permitted will be forwarded when guidelines have been solidified, but there will be parents/spectators in attendance for this performance.   
 
Below is an outline of events for Saturday, September 26. 
 - Students arrive at Stadium – 3:00pm 
 - Rehearse at Stadium – 3:00 - 4:30pm 
 - Eat and change into uniform – 4:30 – 6:00pm 
 - Warm-up at Stadium – 6:30pm 
 - Gates open for spectators – 6:30pm 
 - Show begins – 7:00pm 
 - Show Ends – 8:15pm 

We are also going to be honoring our Senior Band Members during our MAHS Band Night on September 26.  Additional details will be provided to Seniors and Senior parents.

CHANGES IN REHEARSAL SCHEDULE - September 22 and September 24 – Full Band 
To prepare for the 9.26 performance, we will be holding Full Band rehearsals on Tuesday, September 22 and Thursday, September 24 from 6pm-9pm.  Both members in Bands #1 and Band #2 should be in attendance for both rehearsals.  We will be able to continue the Physical Distancing methods which have been established by the design of the marching band show.  Students will need to complete the Self Health Check Form including the temperature check, wear face coverings and bring water to rehearsal.  Upon arrival, students should place their items on their “Side” of the field in which they perform.  Weather will play a huge factor in the success of these rehearsal.  If heavy rain or thunderstorms are pending, there may need to switch back to our original split rehearsal plan.  These updates will occur, if necessary, through TEAMS, REMIND, and e-mail.   Additional information will be made available as soon as it is known! 

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. 



Weekly Band Schedule  
___________________
Mon. Sept. 14 - Full Percussion Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Tue. Sept. 15 - Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Thu. Sept. 17 - Band #2 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm

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Tue. Sept. 22 - Band #1 Rehearsal (possibly Band #2 also) - 6pm-9pm
Thu. Sept. 24 - Band #2 Rehearsal (possibly Band #1 also) - 6pm-9pm
Sat. Sept. 26
MAHS Band Night Report at 3PM to MAHS Tiger Stadium; 7:--PM Show at MAHS Tiger Stadium
___________________
Tue. Sept. 29 - Band #1 Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm
Thu. Oct. 1 - Band #2 Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm

___________________


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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 ~ September 7, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ September 7, 2020

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Friday, September 11th - Football vs. West Allegheny H.S. (Band 1)
Thursday, September 17th – Band Parents Meeting
Friday, September 25th -
Football vs. Fox Chapel H.S. (Band 2)
Saturday, September 26th – Band 1 & Band 2 Performance

Friday, October 9th - Football vs. Peters Township H.S.

2020 PERFORMANCE UPDATE - HERE
Football Itinerary - Due to capacity restrictions there will not be any chaperones allowed to accompany the band at football games.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – cutting and sewing
Calling anyone interested in helping cut fabric or sew- We are looking for volunteers to help in the process to create bell and instrument covers for the wind Instrument students in grades 5-12. If you can help cut fabric or have any sewing experience, please let us know. We will be trying to complete these in the next month or so. Email uniforms@moonband.org if you can help. Thank you in advance!

FUNDRAISING
The September raffle is ongoing throughout the month. Winners will be determined by the 7 p.m. 3 digit Pennsylvania daily lottery number. Winners will be notified via phone call. 

The candle fundraiser that is due to start this week will be postponed temporarily. We are still awaiting the delivery of the candle brochures.  As soon as they arrive, an email will go out and the brochures will be available at the end of each practice. Sale dates and delivery date will be adjusted accordingly.

Please see the attached form for a TENTATIVE fundraiser schedule for the school year
HERE

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP
One way our organization strives to reach its financial goals is by seeking corporate partners. Are you a business owner? Do you work for a local organization with opportunities for community outreach? If so, please consider filling out THIS FORM or passing it along to the relevant person at your place of work. If you have any questions please email corporatepartnership@moonband.org

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.

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
Any questions, 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

Football Game Procedure and Performance Updates - NEW!
I sent an e-mail to Parents on 9.7 at 3:45PM detailing new procedures for the Varsity Football Games.  This can be also found on the Skyward class page as well as the Marching Band TEAMS pages.  Please read!

The rehearsal schedule will still be the same, Band #1 meeting on Tuesdays, and Band #2 on Thursday from 6pm-9pm.  

Our performances have been modified, as soon as I know the details for the remaining performances, I will forward.

The first MAHS Football performance will be on Friday, September 11 with Band #1.  An itinerary will be sent home.
The second MAHS Football performance will be on Friday, September 25 with Band #2.  An itinerary will be sent home.

A performance on MAHS Campus is being planned for Saturday, September 26.  Report time for students will be 3:00PM.  This will include both Band #1 performers and Band #2 performers.   Additional information will be distributed once plans are solidified later in the week.

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. 



Weekly Band Schedule  
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Tue. Sept. 8 – Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm

Thu. Sept. 10 – Band #2 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Fri. Sept. 11 – Football vs. West Allegheny H.S. – Report time is 5:15pm at MAHS
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Mon. Sept. 14 - Full Percussion Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Tue. Sept. 15 - Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Thu. Sept. 17 - Band #2 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm

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Tue. Sept. 22 - Band #1 Rehearsal (possibly Band #2 also) - 6pm-9pm
Thu. Sept. 24 - Band #2 Rehearsal (possibly Band #1 also) - 6pm-9pm
Fri. Sept. 25 - Football vs. Fox Chapel H.S. - Report time is 5:15pm at MAHS
Sat. Sept. 26 - Band #1 & Band #2 Performance - 3pm Report;  Performance early evening

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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 31, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 31, 2020

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Friday, September 11th - Football vs. West Allegheny H.S. (Band 1)
Thursday, September 17th – Band Parents Meeting
Friday, September 25th -
Football vs. Fox Chapel H.S.
Friday, October 9th - Football vs. Peters Township H.S.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  - TShirt and Jug sorting 9/1
The Band t-shirts arrived over the weekend! Volunteers  are needed to help sort them for distribution at rehearsal this week. 
We will be sorting them in the band room at 6pm on Tuesday 9/1. The temperature check form must be submitted to help. Please email Laurie Crow at 
vpoperations@moonband.org with questions regarding the sorting and distribution. 
Thanks!


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
– cutting and sewing

Calling anyone interested in helping cut fabric or sew- We are looking for volunteers to help in the process to create bell and instrument covers for the wind Instrument students in grades 5-12. If you can help cut fabric or have any sewing experience, please let us know. We will be trying to complete these in the next month or so. Email uniforms@moonband.org if you can help. Thank you in advance!

FUNDRAISING
Please see the attached form for a TENTATIVE fundraiser schedule for the school year HERE

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP
One way our organization strives to reach its financial goals is by seeking corporate partners. Are you a business owner? Do you work for a local organization with opportunities for community outreach? If so, please consider filling out THIS FORM or passing it along to the relevant person at your place of work. If you have any questions please email corporatepartnership@moonband.org

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.

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
Any questions, 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.
 -‚Äč 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) was due on August 24.

MARCHING BAND SCHEDULE MOVING FORWARD - NEW!
With Allegheny County DOH modifying their large group outside gatherings to 100 on Friday, 8.28, there will be some slight modifications to the band schedule.  This will be sent home via e-mail as soon as Mr. Barthen meets with the MASD Administration and Athletic Director on Monday 8/31.  

The rehearsal schedule will still be the same, Band #1 meeting on Tuesdays, and Band #2 on Thursday from 6pm-9pm.  Our performance obligations will be modified.

The first MAHS Football performance will be on Friday, September 11 with Band #1.  An itinerary will be sent home next week.

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. 

Please be on the lookout for that e-mail on Tuesday, 9/1.

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: With the start of school, the method of communicating marching band activities will change, slightly
 
Parents WHO HAVE a child enrolled in a band class:  Information will be placed in the Skyward Message Center.  All e-mails will originate from Skyward.
 
Parents who DO NOT have a child enrolled in a band class:  Information will be e-mailed home via the MAHS Band Parents Organization Weekly Newsletter, mailed on Mondays of each week.  This is also accessible if you go to www.moonband.org, click on the News and Events Tab, then scroll down.  I have a space in the newsletter for information.
 
Communications to the students regarding marching band will be done through their TEAMS Channel.

Weekly Band Schedule  
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Mon. Aug. 31 – Full Percussion Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Tue. Sept. 1 - Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Thu. Sept. 3 - Band #2 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
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Tue. Sept. 8 – Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm

Thu. Sept. 10 – Band #2 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Fri. Sept. 11 – Football vs. West Allegheny H.S. – Report time is 5:30pm at MAHS
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Mon. Sept. 14 - Full Percussion Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Tue. Sept. 15 - Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Thu. Sept. 17 - Band #2 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm

___________________

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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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