Parent Newsletters

Dear Falcon Parents,

Congratulations to all the swimmers who swam their first meet on Wed! Thank you to all the parents, relatives, siblings and swimmers that helped out at the meet.  We can’t do this without you!  Please sign up on line to volunteer at future home meets.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aaaa629a13-home1

Spirit wear looks absolutely great!  Our spirit wear is always so unique because every year it is designed by one or more of our 8th graders.  This year our designer is Mia Herber.  Well done, Mia! If you have any issues with your spirit wear, please contact Jen Ramos directly, jen@ramosmade.com.

If you haven’t seen the locker signs, take a look when you come to the Crestview meet.  Thanks to our parents that personalized them and hung them up!

Pictures are after school on Mon, 2/12.  Please wear a team suit if you have one. Picture forms will be at the pool on Monday, but I will attach a scan so that you can get an idea of what your options are.  Should have handed out the forms earlier. Forgot. The students are to go to collab after school and do their homework! This will be a very long day. 

Our first away meet is this Wed, 2/14 @ Norwell.  I think the pool is in the high school, but I will have to double check. Roster is at end of letter.  Below is the high school address.

1100 E. US 224

Ossian, IN. 46777

Remember for the upcoming away meets, if your child does not ride the bus home, you must give us a written note, not a text or an email.  A child can only go home with his/her immediate family.

If anyone is interested in singing the National Anthem at our home meets, please let one of the coaches know.

We are still looking for someone interested in taking pictures at our meets.

Probation cut off date is Monday, Feb 12.  We will get the list on Tuesday.

For our home meets, we will not release the kids to go until they have cleaned up the bleacher area.  That is the team’s responsibility.

If you are new to the distribution, you can find all of the old correspondence on the website. http://summit.sacs.k12.in.us/athletics/sports/swim_and_dive/parent_newsletters/

Upcoming Events

Mon, 2/12 – collab after school, pictures 3:00, home meet against Crestview  begins at 5:30, done about 7:30

Wed, 2/14 -  AWAY meet @ Norwell, be at Summit at 4:00, return to Summit about 8:15

Mon, 2/19 – NO SCHOOL – OPTIONAL swim practice 7:15-8:30

Wed, 2/21 – NO PRACTICE! Woodside home meet

Thu, 2/22 – Home meet against Maple Creek 5:30

We will send out the tentative lineup for Crestview on Sunday and the tentative lineup for Norwell on Tuesday.

For our first away meet at Norwell, we will have a small snack and drink on the bus.  The meet should end about 7:30, we should be back at Summit about 8:15-8:30.  We will have the kids call from the bus when we are 10 minutes out.  They are welcome to use one of our cell phones if they do not have one.

The Norwell and Carroll away meet rosters are below.  The rosters are contingent upon eligibility. Please let me know if anyone is missing from the roster.

Peace to you this day and always,

Coaches Deb, Rachel, Amy

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Dear Falcon Parents,

So much to say this week!  The kids are working so hard!

Big news! Our first meet is this Wed, Feb 7! It is an unscored, fun (but official) meet with Woodside. Kids must go home after school and return at 4:30 and bring a sharpie pen. They cannot wait around after school. Just a reminder . . . Swimmers MAY NOT leave after their last event, and swimmers MAY NOT change out of their suits until the last relay is over, we have cheered for the opposing team, and cleaned up the bleachers at the end of the meet.  Middle school swim is a TEAM sport. Divers may leave after diving. We will send out the tentative heat sheet on Tues, so swimmers can write their events on their arms before they come, but please be aware that we may have to make last minute changes on Wed. 

If you haven’t turned in your $10 transportation money, please turn it in soon. Please make checks payable to Summit. We are also still collecting donations for snacks and the party; cash or checks made out to Deb Berghoff.  All yellow Athletic Medical cards must be turned in before the first meet.  Please return them to the office if you will not be at practice.

Our meet season is almost underway. Thank you to all the volunteers that have signed up so far J! Please volunteer for the meet on Wed and the rest of our home meets!  The kids are so proud when they see you. Sign up online at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aaaa629a13-summitwoodside1 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aaaa629a13-home1 and get in for FREE!!!!

We need people to learn how to run the computer during the meets! It’s not hard, it just takes a little training. Our meets will not happen if we don’t have someone to run the computer.  Get trained at the Jamboree so we are ready for our home meet against Crestview!  We are also looking for a volunteer to take pictures during the meets, then put together a slide show for the banquet.  This might be a great opportunity for an older brother or sister to help out.

Remember to call, text, or email if your swimmer or diver is not in school, or is in school, but will not be at practice. We do not get the attendance list any more.

Thank you for picking up your swimmers and divers on time.

Mon, Feb 12, the Athletic Director will be checking grades of all athletes.  PLEASE make sure your student has all homework turned in so that they are not ineligible. 

Just a reminder that all academic curriculum and school sponsored events take priority over athletics, but participation on a school athletic team, specifically the meets, takes priority over club activities. The Valentines dance on Mon, Feb 5 is a school sponsored activity, so it is fine to go there instead of practice.  If you don’t intend on going to the dance, please be at practice!

There is no school on Friday, Feb 9, so we will have OPTIONAL practice at the regular time, 2:30-3:30.  Please arrive at 2:15.

Just a reminder that Monday, Feb 12 is our picture day and our home meet against Crestview.  It will be a very long day.  The kids will go to collab after school, pictures at 3:00-4:00 (wear team suit if you have one) and then stay until warm ups.  If you want to bring them a snack before the meet, we should have a little time between 4 and 4:30

Hayden’s Mom has made the most generous offer of 3, size 28, gently used, Summit swim team suits for FREE to anyone who wants them! Believe us, if we were a size 28, we would snatch those right up!  Contact Deanna at dcshurtz@me.com otherwise they go to Goodwill.

Now for some disappointing new.  Our custodians have informed us of some vandalism in the boys’ locker room that occurred on Thursday, Feb 1. If you are aware of anything, please let us know.

The custodians have also asked us to remind parents that the hallway next to the pool is not an area for younger brothers and sisters to run around.

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Dear Falcon Parents,

Wow, did we work hard this week! We worked on all 4 strokes, flip turns, open turns, IM turns, starts, endurance and had our first fun Friday! The divers are working hard too!

Thank you to all that attended the parent meeting and to all that have already signed up to help.  We still need more help!  Please check sign up genius on our website. http://summit.sacs.k12.in.us/athletics/sports/swim_and_dive/volunteers/ 

Thank you to all who have turned in the transportation money.  Please send that in soon if you haven’t yet.  $10 Check can be made out to Summit Middle School or cash is fine.

Thank you for picking your kids up on time.  If they do not shower at Summit, please make sure they shower at home to get the chlorine off their skin.

Please make sure the kids are turning in their homework!  We still have a few weeks before the probation date, but don’t let those grades fall!

Our swimsuit store will close on Monday, Jan 29 at midnight!  Please order your suit and any other gear you need before them. Again, suits are optional . . . that is, you don’t need to buy a team suit . . . Here is the link and the password is: gosummit https://makingwavesusa.com/team/summit-middle-school/ Not sure if they will be in before the Jamboree or not, but please don’t forget to write your names in the swimsuits!  They all look the same!

Our online spirit wear store will be closing on Monday also.  I see that the store will close at 11:30 am, not 11:30 pm.  Get your orders in! https://smssd18.itemorder.com/sale?read_message=true Spirit wear should be in before the Jamboree and we will hand it out at practice.

Team caps will be handed out at the Jamboree on Feb 7.  Speaking of the Jamboree, please know although all times are official, this is our “practice” meet.  We will be pairing our 8th graders with our new swimmers in the relays in order to give our 8th graders the opportunity to gain the respect of their younger peers and help our new swimmers as well. We have always done this for the Jamboree, but this year since we have so many first time swimmers it may be more noticeable. We are doing our best to prepare our new swimmers for the meet, but when you are in it for the first time, it can be a little daunting.

There are still a few emails that are missing, so if you know someone that is not on this list, please forward this along.  It will also be posted on the website.

Note to divers from Coach Amy: Practice next week, Monday will be Hannah, Romeo, Noah, and Aurie. Tuesday Romeo, Noah and Ellie. Coach Amy has parent/teacher conferences.

Peace to all and GO FALCONS!

Coaches Rachel,  Deb, and Amy