Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ July 27, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ July 27, 2020

Wednesday, July 29th – Band Parents Meeting(s)

This informational meeting for parents has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, July 29th to allow parents to attend the virtual school board meeting. In addition, the meeting has to be  modified to meet Allegheny County's criteria for gathering outside. 
Wednesday, the MABPO will run two meetings. These meetings will be held in the parking lot/ grass area behind the Moon Area Middle School ( in the lot where the band trailers are parked between the school and Beaver Grade Road). 

Meeting #1 will be held from 7:00-7:45 for families with last names A-K.

Meeting #2 will be held from 8:00-8:45 for families with last names L-Z

MABPO Executive Board members will be present fifteen minutes prior to each meeting to meet and answer your questions.  Please bring your own chair or blanket to use for the meeting. Please also be mindful of recommendations for social distancing.  Please email me at if you have any questions. 

During band camp next week, the band parents will be offering a small snack to the students during their breaks. If you are interested in volunteering to donate, please sign up using the link below. Donations can be dropped off at the band parent meetings tomorrow night or at the end of any of the practice blocks this week Wednesday-Friday (drop off at the middle school practice field parking lot).

Thank you for your support and your donations!!

Parents: Please don't forget to fill out the communication and volunteer form HERE. This information was in the July 7th email from Mr. Barthen. The contact information at the top of the form will be used to send out email blasts and other important information.

Fundraising is an easy way to add funds to your child's student account.
Our first fundraisers of the year are a Moon Tigers Apparel Sale and a Raffle based on the PA 7:00 PM Daily Number Drawing each day in September.
Show your Tiger Pride with Moon Tigers apparel.  'Moon Tigers' sweatshirts, t-shirts, masks, and gaiters are available.  Please see the attached forms for photos and more information.

Master order sheets and payments are due by August 20.  Item delivery will be mid-September.
Tickets and instruction sheets for our Annual September Lottery Raffle will be mailed to you this week.  Winning numbers will be based on the 7 PM PA Daily Number Drawing each day in September.
Ticket stubs and payments are due on Thursday, August 27.  Student account profit will be based on the number of tickets sales minus the prize money awarded.

Please see the attached form for a TENTATIVE fundraiser schedule for the school year.  More solid dates will be announced as the year progresses. 

It’s time to place our annual order! Anyone who has completed 1 year in marching band is eligible to purchase a jacket.  Please see the order form HERE for information on ordering.  This year we will not be having the opportunity to try on jackets.  If you need help figuring out what size you need, or have questions, please contact Maria Sacherich at (412) 716-2537 or email her at

Students may also purchase Varsity Letters only (for a fee of $7) if they wish to place them on a jacket already purchased through another activity/sport.  The DUE DATE for order/payment of both jackets and patches are Wednesday, August 6th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Payment can be placed in the Band Room Parent Mailbox, or mailed along with the order form to MABPO, Suite 12, PMB 174, 5990 University Blvd., Moon Township. 

Congratulations to 2020 MABPO scholarship award winners Parker Ward and Emily Grace Riggle. Good luck in your future endeavors!

Student accounts have been updated to reflect the refunds from the VA trip.

If you are interested in learning more about fundraising for your band student by working at Heinz Field, please contact Karen Pritchard at Currently there are no scheduled events to sign up for, but stay tuned for the upcoming football season. 

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, with your contact information.  Also, if you are a Veteran of PNC Park and plan to continue, please confirm with an email.

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!


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
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.

FairShare Payment is due on July 27.  Please read document explaining included in the July 7 e-mail.
PARENT Information E-mail was sent of Tuesday, July 7.  If you did not receive the information, please e-mail Mr. Barthen.

A Parent e-mail was sent out on Friday, July 24 with a summation of Forms, Links, and due dates.  Please reference that table for all correspondences that are due.

A Parent e-mail will be sent out on Friday, July 31 with information pertaining to Band Camp Week #2.  

The Marching Band Schedule for August (AFTER BAND CAMP WEEK #2) will be updated once more is known regarding our performance engagements during the fall.  We will remain with the days listed on the original schedule, but times may change.  Mr. Barthen will update and distribute the schedule during the week of August 3.


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.


At the July 21 rehearsal, an 8”x 12” manilla envelope was distribute to students containing forms and music.  Please make sure parents and students familiarize themselves with the material inside the packet.  Please reference the table above to understand what was in the envelope.  IN ADDITION, please pay special attention to the MAHS Band Handbook which was included in the envelope.  On the last page of the handbook is an Acknowledgement Form and Field Trip Permission Form.  This form is due by July 30.


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.

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 July 15, July 24 e-mail or the MAHS Band Handbook on how to sign up.

IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: Summer Information will be handled the following ways:
STUDENTSMain line of communication, music, videos, will be distributed through the Microsoft Band TEAMS Channel which students were invited to through their school e-mail in early June.  Please have students check the Microsoft TEAM throughout the summer. It would be a good idea to have them turn notifications ON for this TEAM!

PARENTS:  E-mails to this address, which was on Skyward, e-mail blasts from, and REMIND APP.  First e-mail was sent out Tuesday, June 2.  Also, please check the band website for information updates..

MASD requires all band students to receive a sports physical for marching band.  Parents of Marching Band Students MUST register their child on the MAHS Athletic site for completion of the physical.
The address of the site it
Concussion Testing will only be completed for the Color Guard Members of the Marching Band.  Color Guard members will be notified individual of how and when to set-up an appointment to have these completed.
IMPORTANT FIVE OUT OF THE SIX required Physical Forms are automated and on-line at the address above.  These forms can be signed electronically and submitted through this site.  ALL PARENTS MUST REGISTER TO SUBMIT THESE FORMS.  ONLY THE PHYSICAL FORM (SECTION 5 & 6) WILL BE REQUIRED IN HARDCOPY WITH DOCTOR AND PARENTS SIGNATURE. When making an appointment with your family doctor, please take the physical form to the authorized medical examiner and have him/her fill out Section 5 & 6 of the evaluation.  Please fill the paperwork out completely including correct signatures in the appropriate places.  ONLY THE PIAA CIPPE FORM WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Completed Physical Form with Doctors/Physician signature are due to the Athletic Office by 7/27/20 and/or no later than August 3, 2020.
     - To be eligible to participate in Marching band for the 2020-2021 school year, the CIPPE Physical form must be completed no EARLIER than JUNE 1, 2020. 
     - Any CIPPE physical turned in after that date will be valid for the entire 2020-2021 school year.  This comprehensive evaluation can be performed at your family physician’s office or with our school doctor. 

All registrations for sports are done on-line at  All forms are completed on line with the exception of sections 5 and 6 of the physical form.  These two pages must be printed out and section 5 needs to be completed and taken with you to your physical along with section 6 which the doctor will complete.  Upon completing your physical, sections 5 & 6 must be turned in to the athletic office prior to 8/3/20
There will be two dates for physicals at the school, Tuesday, July 21st from 5-9 PM and Saturday, August 1st from 8 AM-noon.  The cost for the physical is $20 and checks can be made out to AHN.  If paying with cash, please bring exactly $20.  To sign up for physicals, please go the link below to reserve your spot:

The school district form MUST be used for this examination, no substitutes will be accepted.

 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
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 for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found 
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 if you have any questions.

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Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ July 27, 2020

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