August 2-8, 2020 Weekly Bulletin
This bulletin includes the following read below for details:
*NPMK Director’s Message
*Calling all Chaperones & Medical Professionals
*Band Camp Meals
*Canopy Tents Needed
*Crew Volunteers Needed
*Fundraising – Mask Pre-sale
*Fundraise with Scrip!
NPMK Director’s Message
I’m sure it has been a difficult and stressful week for many of you. This year continues to present challenges to us all. I hope that the Marching Knights is providing a small amount of positivity in your child’s life during this time. I can speak for the staff and say that we are all happy to have the opportunity to provide this experience for your children this summer. While the School Board’s decision to make school virtual until November may have been a relief to many, it does cast a small amount of doubt on the remainder of our season. I want to be clear that I will be advocating for the continuation of Marching Knights in light of this decision as long as it is determined that it is safe to do so. I believe that our development of and adherence to strict safety protocols makes this activity low risk and offers your children a high musical and social reward. I will work hard to protect that! It may mean that we never move indoors this season but our team will find a way to run this program in spite of that.
To keep us running, I need your help. Please continue to fill out the Rehearsal Clearance Form
for each and every rehearsal. When the form is not filled out, we are pulling students from rehearsal and isolating them until we can perform a screening which includes a temperature check. It helps us tremendously if this can be done at home. Please send your child in with a mask. Percussion and Color Guard should be masked at all times during rehearsal. Wind students should be masked during all “non-playing” portions of rehearsal. I think we got a good sense of how students (and staff!) handle heat while wearing masks this week and although it was uncomfortable, I received no reports of unsafe conditions. Hopefully, this past week was the hottest we’ll get. We will continue to practice physical distancing during rehearsal and we will be constantly reminding students to distance during down-time (meals and breaks) as well. You can help by discussing this with your child. We are also keeping rehearsals to groups of 35 students or less until the administration allows us to move to the next phase.
Thank you for your support as we navigate this crisis.
Calling all Chaperones & Medical Professionals
If you are interested in chaperoning our Marching Knights, now is the time to get your clearances together. Visit the NPSD Volunteer Clearances webpage
for more information on obtaining your clearances.
Once you have your clearances turned in, or if you have turned them in previously, let Deb Neild (email@example.com
) know that you would like to chaperone. A SignUp Genius will be sent out before the first performance.
Chaperones are needed for football games and Saturday competitions.
Band Camp Meals
Band camp is around the corner. This year we will need to do things a little differently. We will be serving dinner to the students at 5:00pm but they will be pre-packed meals from the school. We will supplement with packaged veggies and whole fruits, desserts and drinks. All social distancing rules will be followed (hand sanitizer, gloves and masks will be provided to the volunteers). The meal schedule is as follows:
August 10th – Burger with potato wedges
August 11th – Chicken sandwich with french fries or tater tots
August 12th – Grilled cheese sandwich with french fries or tater tots
August 13th – Hoagie sandwich and chips (order form will be sent out in google classroom)
August 17th – August 20th the schedule will be the same as the week before.
If you have an allergy or if you are not interested in what is being served, you can bring a meal with you or you can have a parent drop something off for you at 5:00pm (you will not be allowed to leave the campus).
Use the SignUp Genius link below to volunteer your time or donate items. All donations should be dropped off at Jenn Karpf’s house (please call 267-664-1895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to make arrangements).
Canopy Tents Needed
We need a way to give the kids a break from the sun during rehearsals. If you have a canopy tent that we could borrow through August, please contact Mr. Santanello at email@example.com
. Please label your tent and drop it off at rehearsal on Tuesday at 3pm. Students will be in charge of setting up and taking down tents, and they will be stored in our trailer. Since we need to stay socially distanced, the more tents we can get, the better. Thank you!!
Crew Volunteers Needed
We need your help to make this year’s show a success. Crew members help build props and move equipment on and off the field. No construction experience needed. Why should YOU join Crew?
- Get in to competitions for free!
- Cheer on the band from the sideline!
- Awesome tailgating at competitions!
- We have a lot of fun!
When submitting a payment for student fees or any other NPMA expense, please use the following procedure:
- Make checks out to NPMA.
- Write your student’s name on the memo line.
- Label the envelope with your child’s name and purpose of the payment.
Any questions? Please contact Alicia Hayes at
We are selling masks! You asked for it and here they are! Wear your North Penn colors with pride! 2 sided, 2-ply, 100% polyester, antibacterial viroprotect and washable! Cost for the masks will be $8.00 each. If you choose to pay via PayPal, a 3.25% processing fee will be added to your payment. $2.50 will go to your student’s CHARMS account. If you would like to purchase a mask, please complete the form below and submit it to a staff member with your payment. Questions? Contact Andrea Hinderliter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use this link when shopping Amazon Smile and the NPMA will benefit.
New shopping online partner – Shutterfly
Fundraise with Scrip!
Scrip card orders placed by midnight tonight, Sunday, July 26th, will arrive and be ready for pick-up this Thursday, July 30th. This year we are placing scrip orders every other week so the next order will be placed Sunday, August 9th.
For those new to the scrip program you will need to set up an account at shopwithscrip.com
. The enrollment code is 3L9CAFEF13638
. Remember, electronic gift cards are also available from many vendors for instant use. Purchase on your phone while shopping in store and redeem instantly at checkout. Be sure to check each vendor for availability, terms and conditions.
A reminder to everyone that we can’t put videos of the show on social media – specifically because we purchase the rights to use the music in these programs and any posting of the music on social media can cause these programs to incur fines.
Remember to TAKE PICTURES!!
You can upload them to the Flickr Account – Info Below:
Password: Npma1972! (PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE THE PASSWORD!)
Should you be the one to create a new Album, here is the naming convention: “YYYY-MM-DD Name of the event or competition”. Please use this format so the albums stay in order.