Parent Newsletters

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Dear Falcon Parents,

Thank you to everyone who went above and beyond and volunteered to time at the Carroll meet.

Our last regular season meet is Tuesday, March 10, and it is 8th grade appreciation!  We have a western theme this year if the kids would like to dress up. We will recognize our 8th grade swimmers and divers between the swim and dive events. Approximately 6:00. Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer.  Reserve volunteers will be timers.

This is hard to believe, but next week is our last full week of practice. We will be choosing our conference team very soon. We will make our decisions based on the current season Summit times, attitudes and attendance at practice, and post the conference team on our bulletin board on Friday, March 13. We will be choosing swimmers for events, based on our talent and what we know about the competition, so that Summit is represented as best as possible. The last practice for the kids that do not make the conference team will be Friday, March 13. See below for conference team practice times.  They are different than regular practice times. We will need to provide 4 timers for the girls conference meet and 4 timers for the boys conference meet. Once we have the list of conference swimmers, you can sign up here.

Girls https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aaaa629a13-20203

Boys https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aaaa629a13-20202

Thank you everyone who has taken pictures. You can get your pictures to Christine Knecht by one of these 4 methods.

1) I can send them an invite to my flickr account and they can upload to their hearts content

2) they can email them to me at jcknecht@gmail.com

3) they can send a flashdrive to me (or send it to practice and give it to Greta) labeled so I can return them

4) or burn a copy and send it in to Greta at practice.

 

We are aware that the band and choir concerts are Monday and Wednesday next week at 7:00. Play and sing well!

Woodside has another home meet on Thursday, March 12, so we will not have practice that day.

Get ready for a good time at the banquet!  It is Monday, March 23, 6-7:30, at the Homestead High School Cafeteria! We are aware that it is the same day as the dress rehearsal for the play, but that was the best we could do.

Upcoming Events

Monday, Mar 9                No dive practice

Tuesday, Mar 10              Bluffton @ Summit, be there by 4:30, meet starts 5:30, 8th grade appreciation

Thurday, Mar 12              NO SUMMIT SWIM OR DIVE PRACTICE   

Friday, Mar 13                  Last day of practice for those who do not make the conference team

Monday, Mar 16              Conference team only practice 2:30-3:30

Tuesday, Mar 17              Girls conference meet, more details later, NO BOYS PRACTICE

Wednesday, Mar 18        Boys conference team only practice 2:30-3:30

Thursday, Mar 19             Boys conference meet, more details later

Peace be with you,

Deb, Cherry, Amy

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Dear Falcon Parents,

Thank you to the Middletons (Lilly Hahn) for the pizza after pictures. The kids really appreciated that. Thank you to everyone who helped at the meet on Wednesday. We need you all, and we appreciate you all! There are still a few volunteer spots open for our meets on Monday and Thursday. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aaaa629a13-20205. Reserve volunteers will be timers. Next week is the only week we have 2 meets. It is our expectation that our club team members attend both meets.

Spirit wear is in!  We will hand it out on Monday.

We have a boys team suit, jammer size 30 if anyone is interested.

Upcoming Events

Monday, Feb 24               East Noble @ Summit, kids be there 4:30, meet starts 5:30

                                             Spirit wear handed out

Tuesday, Feb 25               NO SUMMIT SWIM OR DIVE PRACTICE

Thursday, Feb 27             Maple Creek @ Summit, kids be there 4:30, meet starts 5:30

Peace be with you,

Deb, Cherry, Amy

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Parent letter 3
Dear Falcon Parents,

Despite the threat of a winter storm, we got our first meet off, and we think our team looked pretty good! Thank you to our 8th graders who had a chance to practice some leadership skills. Thank you to our parents who volunteered to be a timer even though it was a Woodside “home” meet. Our first home meet is this Wednesday against Norwell.  There are still a few volunteer slots available if you would like to get into the meet for free!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aaaa629a13-20205

The locker decorations look great!  Thank you, Julie Smith and company.

Wednesday will be a long day for the kids.  Please send a snack (or a small meal) with the kids so they can have a bite to eat before the meet starts.  Team pictures are right after school at 2:30. Picture forms were passed out at the parent meeting, but we have extras at the pool.  Have the kids wear their team suit if they have one. They will be supervised from 2:30 until meet time.

Academic ineligibility will take effect this week. We should be receiving the list soon. You should receive the Norwell lineup on Tuesday night.

Upcoming Events

Monday, Feb 17               OPTIONAL swim and dive practices, regular times

Tuesday, Feb 18               No dive practice

Wednesday, Feb 19         Team pictures, 2:30

                                             Home meet against Norwell, warmups, 4:45, meet starts 5:30

Thursday, Feb 20             No dive practice

Friday, Feb 20                   No dive practice

Monday, Feb 24               Home meet against East Noble, arrive 4:30, meet start 5:30

Tuesday, Feb 25               NO SUMMIT SWIM OR DIVE PRACTICE!

Peace be with you,

Deb, Cherry, Amy

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Parent letter Week 2
Dear Falcon Parents,

We will continue to work on strokes, turns, and starts throughout the whole season.  This week we started to work on breath control.

I totally goofed up the email last week, so from now on I am just going to send it to the distribution until I figure out how to send privately! Information is always posted on the website. Since many of you did not get my email in time last week. The spirit wear store will be open until Monday morning. Don’t wait! Get your order in! https://smssd19.itemorder.com/sale

Our first meet is this Wednesday, Feb 12. The Jamboree is our fun meet with our friends at Woodside.  It is our chance to practice and work out all our bugs before we race against other teams. For this reason, we pair our 8th graders with our new 6th graders in relays so the kids will know what to do at future meets. 

On Wednesday, the kids need to go home after school, have a snack, and come back by 4:30. We do not have supervision at the school until 4:30. We will have a swim team meeting in the stands near the shallow end at 4:30 and warm ups will be soon after that. Divers need to report to the diving well at 4:30. The kids need to be ready to go. The meet starts at 5:30 with diving and will run a little long because it is a learning meet. We will be passing out swim caps. Each swimmer/diver will get one. If you don’t have your team suit, don’t worry. We do have locker room privileges on meet days, so the kids will be able to change out of their suits after the meet is over. The kids should bring a sharpie marker with them for the meet. We also will have some high school helpers that will be on deck with us.  We could still use some more.  Please let me know if you have a Summit swim team alumnus that will help!

You will receive the lineup thru email on Tuesday, so the kids will know what they are swimming on Wednesday. Everyone is eligible for this meet. It is very possible that we will have to make a few changes, but we will communicate that with the kids on Wednesday. We will help the kids read the lineup and heat sheets on Wednesday.

We have 2 boys jammers, sizes 28 and 30 if anyone would like them.  Please let me know.

Thank you to all our volunteers who have signed up! We still have a few spots open for our home meets. https://smssd19.itemorder.com/sale. Reserve volunteers will be timers.

Upcoming Events

Wed, Feb 12       Jamboree.  Kids need to be in stands, ready to go at 4:30.  Meet starts at 5:30

Fri, Feb 14           NO SCHOOL, OPTIONAL swim practice 2:15-3:30

                              Divers, no practice

Mon, Feb 17       NO SCHOOL, OPTIONAL swim and dive practice, regular times

Peace be with you,

Deb, Cherry, Amy

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Parent letter Week 1
Dear Falcon Parents,

Since this is my first attempt at this distribution, please let me know if I have included you in error.

We spent most of our first week of practice working on strokes and conditioning. Divers are working hard to learn new dives.  The kids have done great!

Thank you for picking your kids up within 15 minutes of the end of practice.  This is especially important on Fridays as coaches have other places to be after practice, but must stay until last swimmer is picked up. If you can’t pick them up on time, they can walk to the Y.

Thank you to everyone who attended the parent meeting. Because it was so dark, I couldn’t see my notes, so I wanted to clarify a few things that I may not have covered so well at the meeting.

Regarding academic eligibility, all kids that have at least 1 “F” on Feb 4 will have to meet with Mr. Beck, the Athletic Director, and together they will come up with a plan to improve their grade. The coaches will then receive a list of the kids that are academically ineligible to participate in competition.  We will not know what or how many classes they are failing, only that they have at least 1 “F”. The kids will be allowed to participate in competitions as soon as they prove to the Athletic Director that they are passing all classes. At that point, Mr. Beck will let us know. Academics come first.

The other topic I don’t think I covered so well was conference. At the end of our season, we compete with other schools for girls/boys conference champion. This is the biggest meet of our season. There are many factors that we take into account when choosing our conference team, but a big factor is performance and attendance at our regular season meets. We will use current season Summit times/dive scores to create a fast, small team that will represent Summit, in and out of the pool, in the best possible manner.  Not everyone will attend the conference meets, and the spots available must be earned.

Also, we only have 1 regular season away meet this year.  The kids must ride the bus with us back to Summit after the meet, unless we receive a hand written note explaining who will be taking them home. No emails, no texts, no phone calls. They may only ride home with their immediate family. 

Parents must fill out a yellow card for each athlete and for each sport.  This is the only way we have emergency information.  It is week 3 and we still do not have all the yellow cards. Kids that have not turned in a yellow card by Monday will not be permitted to practice with us until their card is turned in.

The $10 transportation fee is required for all athletes and is due by Monday.

Don’t forget to order your suits and spirit wear!

We could still use some volunteers to create locker signs for the kids.  This is something they really look forward to! We are collecting the locker numbers. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aaaa629a13-20201

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer so far!  You won’t regret it.  We still need to fill a few more slots for our home meets.  Reserve volunteers will be timers.  You will notice there is no slot for a computer worker this year.  We have someone who will be running the computer for us all season!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aaaa629a13-20205

I know many of the kids on the team have older brothers and sisters that swam for Summit! We need about 4 high school kids to help us on deck for the Jamboree, Wed, Feb 12!  Please let me know if your high schooler will help!

Upcoming Events

Mon, Feb 3         Transportation $10 and yellow cards due!

                              Online spirit wear store closes, 9:30 am

 

Wed, Feb 5         Divers -  no practice

Thurs, Feb 6       Divers – no practice

Fri, Feb 7             Divers – no practice

Peace be with you,

Deb, Cherry, Amy