Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ November 4, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ November 4, 2019

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
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.

FUNDRAISING
Our Sarris Holiday Candy Sale is underway.  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!

The Black Friday Bountiful Basket Gift Card Raffle tickets and information sheets have been mailed.  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.

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

The Chestnut Hill Candle orders have been delivered early!  If you are interested in picking up your candle order earlier than November 21, please contact fundraising@moonband.org.

ALUMNI
The Moon Area Band Alumni Association's membership drive has been extended through the end of November - there have been several parents who have expressed an interest, but have yet to enroll.   You know who you are!  Please take the time to enroll and join this great extension of the MABPO!
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.  Order your gift cards for the Bountiful Basket!!
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 10th with a 1:00 PM report time.  If you’d like to work this game 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 28th and October 6th Aramark events and VAB trip payments for those using student account funds.  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.orgThank you!

CONCESSIONS
As we close out another successful year at the Bandstand Heidi and Ginny could not have done this alone- it took MANY people to make the Bandstand successful- the people that came the night before and helped set up the stand, the people who donated delicious home cooked food for our customers, the volunteers who braved the weather ,put on a smile and give their best so our customers could have the best experience and finally to those who came before and after the game to help set up and clean up. THANK YOU. This is what volunteering is all about.
We are now looking for people to step up and manage the stand for the 2020-21 season. Ideally it should be 2-3 people. Anyone interested please let us know concessions@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

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
November Calendar

Playoff Football Game #2 - 11/8 - Report time: 4:45pm - Itinerary HERE - vs. Peters Township H.S. at West Allegheny H.S.

WPIAL Football 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-7:00pm while the team is in the play-offs. The WPIAL and PIAA football play-offs format are win and move on, lose and you are done (with the exception of the WPIAL Championship game, both teams in the WPIAL Championship game will move onto the PIAA State play-offs).  Plans for each week will be forwarded as soon as they are known.  All rehearsals and games will be graded events. Students involved in the MAHS Fall Play, Mr. Michael and Mr. Miller have been in contact with students who need to participate in the Fall Play, and students who will attend the football game with the band.
 
Who Wants To Be A Music Major Seminar – Moon Area School District Music Department is holding their annual, “So You Want To Be A Music Major” on Thursday, November 14 at 7:00pm in the Middle School LGI.  Students in grades 7-12 interested in being a music major in college are invited to attend.  This seminar will include a mixture of topics geared towards students wishing to further their studies in music beyond High School.  Parents are encouraged to attend.  This year’s guest speaker will be Dr. Travis Weller from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA.

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

Daily Events
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 – vs. Peters Township at West Allegheny H.S.
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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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Tue. Nov. 26 - Full Marching Band Rehearsal for Play-off Game #5 - 6:00-7:00pm
Wed. Nov. 27 - Flute Choir Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00pm
Thu. Nov. 28 - Happy Thanksgiving!
Fri. Nov. 29 - Possible PIAA State Football Play-off Game
Sat. Nov. 30 - Possible PIAA State Football Play-off Game

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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 ~ November 4, 2019

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