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'Chaug Football Spirit Club!

August 19, 2018

Good Evening Chaug Football Families!

We had a great turnout at today’s team/family picnic! A huge thank you goes out to all of our parent volunteers today. You rocked it out this afternoon!! 
I am always in awe of our community of families giving of their time and energy. Your sense of teamwork and willingness to help make me proud to be a Chaug Football parent and fan!!!  
We have a lot of updates for you this week, but first here are a few links and apps I’d like to remind you about. 
***Football Handbook, which includes info such as the practice schedule and coaches contact info. 
***Chaug Football Apparel can be purchased throughout the season. A link is always provided at the bottom of each communication sent out. See below or click here, www.prepsportswear.com, search Minnechaug to get started. Thank you for your continued support!
***For up-to-date schedules and venue addresses, download the MIAA app to your smartphone or visit www.miaa.com
***To get quick reminders or last minute info/changes, download the Reminder app to your smartphone. Many have provided feedback that the Class is difficult to find so I will add your email addresses directly. The Class is 2018 Falcons Football. 
Now for the updates:
>Regarding football pants and pads
Many parents have inquired as to whether or not they need to buy these items. 
     ~All players receive 1 practice pant, 1 white game pant, and 1 green game pant.  They will also get the pads to go into the practice/game pants. 
     ~Some parents/players opt to buy the all-in-one padded girdles. 
Should this be your preference, these can be found locally at Dick’s Sporting Goods or at your favorite online sporting goods website. 
Please note that this is not required.   
> Monday, Aug. 20th
     ~Leftover pizza from today’s picnic will be brought to Chaug for the players to enjoy after practice
     ~Pictures for our Program Book will be taken after practice. Players and Coaches are asked to meet at the JV softball field behind the student parking lot. Look for Mr. Butcher or Mrs. Mills. 
Saturday, Aug. 25th
     ~Scrimmage v. Chicopee HS at Minnechaug 10am
     ~Attn. all Seniors! Please bring your green game jersey with you. After the scrimmage you will have individual pictures taken for our Program Book. Look for Mr. Butcher or Mrs. Mills.
Merchandise Sales/Game Socks
     ~While you can order apparel online at the link shared above and below, we have a very small supply of green Falcons shirts, Walk Thru shirts, and Walk Through shorts. Jenn Loddo is the contact regarding the remaining inventory. She can be reached at jennantiaris@gmail.com. 
     ~Game Socks: Many of you pre-ordered game socks. Unfortunately, there was a mix up with the vendor and the order had to be resubmitted. The good news is that Jenn Loddo was able to work with the vendor on making the correction and getting them delivered before Sept. 7th. She has also ordered extras so you will have an opportunity to buy game socks if you did not have a chance early on. Thank you very much for your patience. 
Snacks/Drinks donations
     ~Diane Diehl, lead coordinator / cell 413-478-2686 / email dmwagrowski@yahoo.com
     ~Thank you to all the parents that made donations today at the picnic. We appreciate it very much!
     ~We are in need more donations please:). If you were not able to bring your donations today, Diane Diehl will happily assist you. 
> Pasta Parties
     ~Michele Talaia (tuh-lie-uh) lead coordinator / cell phone 413-519-6891 / rmtalaia@juni.com
     ~First pasta party will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6th immediately following practice. Details to follow. 
     ~If you are interested in co-hosting a pasta party please reach out to Michele Talaia for all the details. 
     ~To ensure that all of our players have an opportunity to attend the pasta parties, we are looking for parents that are willing to transport players to the host location. On Thursdays the team has Walk Through practice that ends at about 4:30pm. If you will be picking up your son to take him to the scheduled pasta party and have room in your vehicle for a few more players and are willing to help, please let Michele Talaia know and she will make sure your availability is provided in the weekly pasta party update.
Shout Outs:
     ~This is fan mail that is published in our Program Book. It’s a message to your son from you, family, and/or friends. The cost $10 per Shout Out. Spread the word:)
     ~Nicole Murdoch, lead coordinator / cell 617-320-5805 / murdochnicole@hotmail.com
     ~If you would like to wish your favorite player a great season in our Program Book, please reach out to Nicole Murdoch. She will gladly help you:)
Program Book Ad Space
     ~Heather Jolicoeur, lead coordinator / cell 413-205-9791 / jhjoli@verizon.net
     ~If you are a business owner or know someone who is, and would like to place an ad in our Program Book, please reach out to Heather Jolicoeur for details on how to do so. 
     ~Senior parents, in the past parents have also used ad space to wish their sons well in their final season of football. Some parents have also split the cost and shared the space. Heather Jolicoeur can also assist you with this. Feel free to give her a call or send her an email. 
MRHS Booster Club Membership
     ~Michelle Patrick, lead coordinator / mpatrick@bigy.com
     ~$25 Membership fee / covers all sports and students in your family that attend Minnechaug. 
     ~Membership benefits all athletic programs at Minnechaug by assisting with the purchase of equipment or anything that will help to enhance these programs. Last year the Booster Club helped with the purchase of new Away Jerseys and an End Zone Camera. Please consider signing up for your membership if you have not done so already. Contact Michelle Patrick for more details and the membership form. 
>Volunteer Opportunities
     ~A separate email will be shared listing volunteer opportunities throughout the season. 
Next Spirit Club Meeting
     ~Wednesday Sept. 5th 6:30pm
     ~At Gio’s Pizzeria in Hampden (Gio’s has been a tremendous supporter of Chaug Football that we thought we hold our next meeting there)
Again, thank you so much for all you do. We are off to a fantastic start this season.  Remember, you are all part of the Spirit Club. We cannot accomplish all that we do without you. We are One Family, One Community. 
If you you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at the contact information below.
Cheri Mills


August 16, 2018

Good Evening,

Tomorrow’s practice will run a little later tomorrow than originally communicated. The team should be released by 12:15pm or 12:30pm. 

We are looking forward to kicking off the season with our first practice tomorrow.

Thank you,

Coach Allosso