Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 24, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 24, 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)
Friday, October 9th - Football vs. Peters Township H.S. (Band 1)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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
Ticket stubs and payments for our Annual September Lottery Raffle are due on Thursday, August 27.  Tickets and instruction sheets were mailed to each family.  Winning numbers will be based on the 7 PM PA Daily Number Drawing each day in September.  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
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.

COMMUNICATIONS FORMS
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.

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.
 -​ 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) is due on August 24.

AUGUST BAND SCHEDULE 
The Marching Band Schedule for August (AFTER BAND CAMP WEEK #2) has been updated and emailed in week 8, 9, 10, & 11 e-mails. We will be rehearsing one day a week with each band. Tuesday will be Band #1 and Thursday will be Band #2 from 6PM-9PM. We will stay with this rotation until we are able to rehearse with the full ensemble. It is imperative that students attend their one rehearsal each week. These performance groupings will include the Color Guard. 
 
The PIAA/WPIAL has delayed the start of the Football season until September 11. Also, the PIAA has placed limits (250) on the number of participants (football players, coaches, cheerleaders, band, medical) who can be in the stadium at a given time. We will be staying with our rotating split ensembles (Band #1, Band #2) for performances until otherwise told. 
 
We will be performing with our split ensembles starting on September 11 with Band #1 at Moon Stadium vs. West Allegheny H.S. The bands participation in Away Football games has not been determined at this time. 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. 

UNIFORM FITTINGS 
If your child has not done so already, please click the link to make an appointment to be fitted for a marching band uniform.  This is the last week to have the uniforms fitted APPOINTMENTS SHOULD NOT OCCUR DURING YOUR CHILD’S MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL.   Students in Band #1 who rehearse on Tuesdays will need to make an appointment to fit on Thursdays from 6-9pm.  Students in Band #2 who rehearse on Thursdays will need to make an appointment to fit on Tuesdays from 6-9pm.  Please wear gym shorts, t-shirt, and band shoes to the fitting.  Students in cargo shorts, jean shorts, and/or tank tops will not be fitted. 

Please follow the instructions on the e-mail you will receive once an appointment is booked.
 
https://mahsbanduniformfitting.youcanbook.me/

Uniform Fittings need to be completed by the week of August 24 (August 25/27)

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. 24 – First Day of School
Tue. Aug. 25 - Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
                        Uniform Fitting – 5pm-8:40pm – Schedule a time (read above) LAST FITTING DAY FOR BAND #2
Thu. Aug. 27 – Band #2 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
                         Uniform Fitting – 5pm-8:40pm – Schedule a time (read above) LAST FITTING DAY FOR BAND #1
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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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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.

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Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 24, 2020

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