Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ October 28, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ October 28, 2019

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Tuesday, October 29 – Trunk or Treat 7:30PM
Friday, November 1 – WPIAL Play-off Game #1
Friday, November 8 – WPIAL Play-off Game #2
Monday, November 11 – PMEA Honors Jazz Auditions
Thursday, November 14 – Who Wants to be a Music Major Seminar – 7:00 PM
Friday, November 15 – WPIAL Play-off Game #3
Monday, November 18 – Winterguard Meeting 7PM
Thursday, November 21 – Band Parents Meeting 7PM
Saturday, November 23
WPIAL Championship at Norwin
Thursday, December 12 – Band Parents Meeting 7PM
Sunday, December 15 – Pancake Breakfast
Tuesday, December 17 – Winter Concert 7:30PM


SENIOR POLE NOTES
REMINDER:  The senior pole notes currently hanging along Tiger Trail will be taken down as soon as football is over. If you haven't already done so, you may purchase yours for $17.00. Please indicate on your check and/envelope that it is for the senior pole note and place your payment in the band room mailbox. Questions? Contact Andrea Ward at president@moonband.org.

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!

BANDSTAND (CONCESSION STAND)
Wanna stay  warm and dry for the playoff game? Spots are going fast to help in the concession stand! See the link below and sign up! Not able to work the stand? Consider donating some food! Special thanks to all of you who have signed up so far....
The Sign up Genius link for the playoff game is below.

NOVEMBER 1 Playoff game sign up
WPIAL soccer schedule were not able to determine a firm time to set up for the game. If anyone is interested in helping to set up please email Ginny

FUNDRAISING
Creative Coffee orders and payments are due on Tuesday, October 29.  Tentative delivery date is December 5. Instructions, brochures, order forms, and master order forms can be found in the band room or HERE

Our Sarris Holiday Candy Sale began on Tuesday, October 22.  Order forms can be found in the band room or on-line
BROCHURE HEREMASTER SHEET HERE .  Information sheets can be found HERE.  Forms and payments are due on November 12.  Delivery will be on December 11 - just in time for Christmas!

Watch your mailbox for your Black Friday Bountiful Basket Gift Card Raffle tickets.  This is a mandatory fundraiser that benefits the Band's General Fund.  All Band students benefit from the General Fund.  Ticket stubs and payments are due on Tuesday, November 26.  The winning ticket is based on the 7:00 pm, PA Daily Number drawing on Friday, November 29, 2019.  Information can be found HERE.

Also, please consider donating one or more gift cards for the raffle.  Please visit our gift card sign-up genius here.  Sign up HERE.  Gift cards can be purchased from your favorite retailer or from our Band Alumni group through their Scripts program HERE.  

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!
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.

HEINZ FIELD
The next event to work at Heinz Field is a Steelers game on Sunday, November 3rd with a 9:30 AM report time.  If you’d like to work this 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!

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts have been updated to include the September 30th Aramark event and VAB trip payments (for those who requested to use funds from their accounts).  For the upcoming payments, please let me know in writing if you would like them deducted from your account.  You can either put a note in the band mailbox or send an email to treasurer@moonband.org. 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

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
Playoff Football Game #1 - 11/1 - Report time: 5:30pm - Itinerary Uploaded - ONE LAST RUN OF THE COMPETITION SHOW – POSTGAME

PIMBA Championship & Season Wrap-up

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, pushed carts, drove trucks, taped props, chaperoned, donated food and other items, and the list goes on.  Our students shined on Saturday, even though it was inside as they have done all season.  On behalf of the staff and students, thank you to all of the parents of the Moon Area High School Band for your support.

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

WPIAL Football Play-offs 
The football team HAS qualified for the WPIAL play-offs.  The first game will be Friday, November 1 at MAHS.  Report time will be 5:30pm.  During the WPIAL Play-offs, only first-round game can be at a teams home field, the remaining 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.

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
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 – at Moon Area H.S. – Report time 5:30 PM
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Tue. 11/5 - No School - 
Full Band Rehearsal for Play-off Game #2 - 5:00-6:00pm - due to the Fall Play
Fri. 11/8 - WPIAL Play-off Game #2 - Location and Opponent TBD
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Mon. 11/11 - PMEA Honors Jazz Auditions at Pine Richland H.S. - Depart 2:30pm
Thu. 11/14 - Who Wants to Be A Music Major Seminar - MAMS LGI - 7:00pm
                       Full Marching Band Rehearsal for Play-off Game #3 - 6pm-7pm
Fri. 11/15 - WPIAL Play-off Game #3 - Location and Opponent TBD
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Mon. Nov. 18 - Winter Guard Meeting - MAHS Band Room - 7:00PM

Thu. Nov. 21 - Full Marching Band Rehearsal for Play-off Game #4 - 6pm-7pm
Sat. Nov. 23 - WPIAL Championship at Norwin - 6:00PM
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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES.
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.

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Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ October 28, 2019

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