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Band Booster President's Note Concessions Stand Chair's Note Chaperones Info
Director's Note Student Pick Up Policy Medical Information

A Note from the  Director:

I hope this note finds you well and on your way to being rested and refreshed. It is time again to turn our attention to the coming season. We will have an awe inspiring band this year. We currently have over 220 students in the band with great instrumentation and auxiliary groups. This year we are paying tribute to some of the great Stadium Anthems in the sporting world.

Best wishes to our graduating seniors and a warm welcome to our new members. See you in a few short weeks. It's going to be a great year!

Mr. Mark Falvo, Band Director


A Note from the Band Booster President:

Dear Fellow band boosters,

A big welcome to all of our new members joining us from Canonsburg Middle School. We hope that you enjoy the great experience that is "the Big Mac Band." New parents, each of us on the board and in the booster organization look forward to getting to know you as well as joining us in band-related activities and fundraisers.

For those who are returning, it should be a great year for us as we continue planning for our April trip to Orlando, Florida. Unlike past trips, it appears we will add a day to the journey in order for the students to maximize their experience.

 Our application for 501C3 and Small Games of Chance have been submitted, and we look forward to receiving both in coming days and weeks.

 Thank you for taking the time to read through this as well as considering or continuing your membership. Our group is only as strong as the support and ideas that we receive from you. We cannot do it alone and we hope to continue to grow the organization with your assistance.

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, please feel free to contact me or any of the officers and we will be more than happy to assist you. This should be a great summer of music!

Respectfully Yours,

Kevin Decker Big Mac Band Booster President



A Note from the Band Stands Chairman:


Chaperones, Chaperones, Chaperones

You must be a member of the Big Mac Band Booster organization, have the appropriate clearances on file with the high school principal, and have submitted the Chaperone Intent form to be considered to chaperone the band.

All prospective Big Mac Band volunteers must obtain the following clearances and submit them to Mr. Helinski (High School Principal):

Report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP); and
  Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services (Child Abuse).

 If you have lived outside of the state of Pennsylvania at any time in the last ten years, you will also need to obtain an FBI Fingerprint federal criminal history clearance.

You may submit previously obtained clearances as long as they are not older than 36 months. If your clearances are older than 36 months, you have until July 1, 2016 to file updated ones with the high school office.

From now until July 24, 2015, the PSP and Child Abuse clearances are $10 each. Starting on July 25, 2015, the cost for both of those clearances will be waved.

It would be reasonable to anticipate an extended wait time to receive your clearances back if you file for them after July 24th due to the number of volunteers in Pennsylvania waiting for the free period to start.

If you need to obtain an FBI fingerprint clearance because you lived outside of PA in the past ten years, that cost will not be waved at any time.

All prospective volunteers must submit all necessary clearances to Mr. Helinski in the High School office. No high school band staff member will accept them.

 Miss Miller will e-mail the parents selected to chaperone the band by the Wednesday before the event (Friday night game or Saturday band festival) to confirm your availability. Chaperone report time is the same as the students: 5:45 pm for home games and possibly a little earlier for away games, depending on the distance of travel required.

If you have Canon-Mac attire, please wear it to assist the students and staff in recognizing you as a chaperone.


Links to Chaperone  forms:

Canon Mac Chaperone Intent form:   (to be returned to Miss Miller)

 Chaperone Guidelines Document


Links to Chaperone Clearance forms:

PA State Police (Act 34):    https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Child Abuse (Act 151) - https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home

FBI Fingerprint (Act 114)-  https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_pdeNew.ht

Volunteer Affidavit document:  Volunteer_Affidavit_01.pdf



Student Pick Up Policy

For events located within the Canon McMillan school district, student may choose to ride the bus back to school or be picked up by a parent or guardian.

For events located outside of the Canon McMillan school district, students are expected to ride the bus back to the school.  If a parent or guardian has a need to pick a student up after an event, a handwritten note stating your intentions to pick up your child must be submitted to Mr. Falvo 24 hours in advance of the event.   At the end of the event, Both student and parent must check in with Miss Miller in person at the bus. No text messages or phone messages will be accepted.


Medical Information

The health and safety of our band students is a priority for the directors and the band boosters.  There is a medical professional that attends each of the band activities such as football games, band festivals, and trips.  We carry with us over-the-counter medications, personal hygiene products, and emergency medical supplies.   Students are only permitted to carry medications approved by the district such as an inhaler and epipen.  They are not permitted to have Tylenol, Motrin, or any other over-the-counter medication -  even cough drops are not allowed. 

In the event that the student becomes ill or injured during a band activity the parent/guardian will be notified.  We will obtain permission to administer any available over the counter medication.  If you have a child that with special health concerns or would like to talk to the nurse/doctor please call or speak to them at a booster meeting.

This page was last updated Sunday November 29, 2015