Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ October 7, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ October 7, 2019

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, October 10 – Formalwear Pickup 5PM
Thursday, October 10 – Band Parents Meeting 7PM
Friday, October 11 – Football vs. Upper St. Clair 7PM
Saturday, October 12 – PIMBA @ Moon
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

PIMBA CHAMPIONSHIPS Competition ~ Saturday, October 12, 2018

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for this Saturday's (October 12th) Home PIMBA Competition! Please review the sign-up genius and pick some way to volunteer. This is a great event but it takes everyone getting involved to make it work. BONUS: we shut everything down before Moon Band takes the field so, if you are volunteering, you get to watch our kids perform! Please sign up asap! Thanks in advance!    Click HERE to volunteer. We need your help! If you have any questions, contact Andrea @ president@moonband.org

We also need baked goods for the bake sale.  Please, see the sign-up genius for this as well.
PIMBA FLYERS
are available for download.  Print out copies and help promote the event!

SENIOR RECOGNITION PHOTOS
If you have not yet picked up your senior recognition photos they will be available for pickup at the band parent meeting on October 10th.  See Wendy Bloom. 

BANDSTAND (CONCESSION STAND)
A HUGE THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped with the Bandstand Friday night! We couldn't have done it without you! 
We would also like the thank Shari and Paul Ruppel and whomever else helped with setting up the Bandstand Thursday night. This was a huge help!! 
Our last home game is Friday, October 11. It is Youth Night, fall weather and more importantly- our football is doing AWESOME!! 
It will be  a BUSY night and we need all the help we can get! 
Remember how cold you were sitting in the stands cheering on our Tigers on October 4? We were toasty and warm cheering them on in the Bandstand.  The Bandstand is WARM AND DRY! :)
Please click on the links below to sign up. Thank you!!

THURSDAY 10/10 BANDSTAND SET UP
FRIDAY OCTOBER 11 BANDSTAND SIGN UP

PIMBA CONCESSIONS- A Sign up Genius for the entire PIMBA event has been created and distributed via email last week.   There is NOT an individual Concession Stand Sign up Genius for PIMBA. 
Please sign up and help with the concession stand for PIMBA. Heidi and I are working on creating shifts for this event. When our band performs, we will close the stand temporarily to go and watch the show. 

Heidi and I are also looking for a few brave men/women to take over managing the concession stand for the 2020 football season. If you are interested and want to shadow us or discuss it with us, please contact us. Ideally the stand should be managed by at least two people. 


FUNDRAISING
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 begins on Tuesday, October 8.  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. 


ALUMNI
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!
Don’t forget Scrip gift cards will be delivered at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, October 10th. 

Click HERE for the 2019/2020 season Scrip Schedule. 
For information on how to order Scrip, please click 
HERE.

HEINZ FIELD
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 hburakow@yahoo.com. 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
Student accounts have been updated to include Aramark events through September 24th and the J&J Hoagie sale. 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 
corporatepartnership@moonband.org

FORMAL WEAR
The Formal Wear pickup will be on Thursday, October 10th from 5:00-6:00. All clothing items must be tried on before they can be taken home. If you'd like your items hemmed, please bring the fee of $15 for tux pants or $20 for dresses. Contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com with any questions.

APPAREL
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

CLEARANCES
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 secretary@moonband.org.

COMMUNICATIONS
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
October Calendar 

Upper St. Clair H.S. Football Game - 10/11 - Report time 5:30pm

PIMBA Competition at Moon Area High School - Report time 2:15pm in High School Stadium

Symphonic Band Tux and Gown Pick-up
 - Thursday, October 10 - 5pm-6pm in H.S. Band Room

SPRING 2020 BAND TRIP - 
Update!

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.

WPIAL Football Play-offs – The football team is trending toward making the WPIAL play-offs.  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! 


Daily Events
Mon. 10/7 - PMEA Honors Band Auditions at South Fayette H.S. - 4:00pm, depart at 2:15pm
Tue. 10/8 - FULL Band Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS

Thu. 10/10 – Symphonic Band Formal Wear Distributed 5-6PM
                        FULL Band Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS

Fri. 10/11 - Football Game vs. USC – Home – Report time 5:30PM
Sat. 10/12 - PIMBA Show at Moon Area H.S. – Report 2:15
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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
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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 
Sat. 10/26 - PIMBA Championships at Gateway H.S.
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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

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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
October 12 - PIMBA Show at Moon Area
October 26 - PIMBA Championships at Gateway H.S.
December 16 - MAHS Winter Orchestra Concert - 7:00PM

December 17 - MAHS Winter Band Concert - 
7:30PM


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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 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 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 ~ October 7, 2019

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