This is from out Oct 31st newsletter. If you would like to receive our newsletter, which comes out once a week, please email lisa@skatejourneys.org We NEVER sell our email database. We promise this!

In this newsletter for Oct 31st week:
• Regular classes
• No Slalom
• Teen instructors
Thursday open skate deets
• Fall Fundraiser
• New Volunteer page
• Share our Flyers
• Daylight Savings

Hope today finds you with a little bit of extra excitement for Halloween that is in the air—there seems to be a general feel for extra excitement when you are out and about. For me, it reminds me of the epic candy grab my sister and I would do in Magnolia where we staked out the houses that had few stairs so we could cover more territory. Of course at that time, my sister and I were left to go out into the neighborhoods unattended. My mom would double sew pillow cases so we could easily carry pounds of candy. She would go over our loot with us (she was planning what she would steal while we were in school—her sweet tooth for chocolate knew no bounds and I inherited my sweet tooth from her!).

I have full sized candy bars at my house, but no one ever seems to come by. Maybe I should put the light on this time. There are 21 steps to my house, so kids have to work to get to my porch!

Regular Classes this weekend, but only PRACTICE SLALOM on Saturdays as our instructors are out of town for two weeks. No charge if you just come to practice.
Kids Class updates: We are delighted that both Saturday and Sunday kids classes at the 3/4/5 levels have grown. We are now updating those classes to have separate teachers. Sunday the 10am 4/5 already has two separate teachers who will teach two separate classes. Saturdays the 3/4 class will also separate out and it will be 3 and 4/5. It always depends on instructor availability but our goal is to provide separate classes now that they have grown!

Have you wondered who our Kids instructors are? They are almost ALL Level 2 certified, not just Level 1. They are top drawer, highly educated, certified instructors. They may look young but they are smart, great skaters (like really great) they are always taking classes to improve their own skating and they are the BEST! They may look like teenagers to you, but if you look at them from the standpoint of SkateIA Certified Instructors, you can be sure that they have studied, practiced and passed their Certifications because they are passionate about teaching your kids. And, all but four of our staff instructors are volunteers!

Thursday Open Skate (Public Session) starts tomorrow!!!! 7pm to 9pm in the Advantage Bball gym at St. Edwards Park (just follow the Advantage Bball signs)
Thursday nights Open Skate Indoors
7pm-9pm
St. Edwards Park 14445 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
Advantage Basketball Gym (Follow signs to gym)
Skate rentals $4
Gear required and available for free
Slalom on the stage
Music will be played and you can bring a playlist to share!

Here is the Facebook Event Post so you can (please) share it with friends. You do not have to have an account with us to do this. Waivers and gear required. Skates for rent at $4, gear rental free. Cost is $8 and must be cash or check….

Fall Fundraiser, would you like to create a fundraiser at your office, with your kids, to assist us in meeting our goal of $30,000? If so, reach out to Trish@skatejourneys.org to see how we can tailor the fundraiser for you. The link for the Click & Pledge to securely pay on line is here: Donate to our Fall Fundraiser We take all major credit cards, e-checks and on our Donate Page, you can pay via PayPal. Also, you can pay at classes, round up a bit when you buy your classes.

Why the heck would I donate to Skate Journeys? We are a 501 C 3 non-profit organization. We charge a fair price for our classes and harness the power of 30 volunteers to allow our school to thrive. As with all non-profits, we rely on donations to complete the circle of thriving. And why?

Look, we are not just a skate school, we are a community, we create skating in a place that otherwise would not have it. We offer a high value in education and our skate school makes a difference in our community. We have created Youth Development programs that ensure our youth have pathways to learning, creating and building their own self esteem. Our adults get the same opportunity. We make THE difference when people come through our doors. Here is what three people stated when donating online:

1.(From: RM) Trish and team, please keep up the great work!
3.From: JF) Trish is a passionate and dedicated leader of this organization. Going to skate journeys is great for communities and families. Thanks, from the JF family.
4.(From: PC) Thank you for a wonderful first rollerblading experience

For those of you creating your Giving Programs, please consider donating to Skate Journeys Skate School. It is imperative that we meet our fundraising goals. And, feel free to create your own fundraiser. Facebook has us on their list of charities, so you can create a Facebook Fundraiser. Or maybe you want to create a bake sale at your office for us. Please do.

All donations of $100 or more will be matched by our Skate Angel and you will get a Water bottle or clear SJ bag, while supplies last. Donate to our Fall Fundraiser

New Volunteer Page. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee now have an easy way for you sign up to become a volunteer. We have a sign up form on your website. Click on the Volunteer! page.
We currently need the following volunteers.

1. Assisting at classes, host/hostess, working with front desk and our new students (Saturdays and Sundays)
2. Assisting at the Thursday night skate with gear and collecting money (cash and check, so no computer will be used)
3. Website update. We intend re-model our website to better convey our message. So peeps with experience in either building/updating website or marketing for non-profits would be terrific
4. More adult instructors – if you’ve wanted to become an instructor now is your chance.

Click here to enjoy our volunteer page and fill out the form so we know what you would like to do. Clicking and submitting doesn’t mean you promise to volunteer, only that you have an interest in finding out about how it might work for you. The page goes to Tamara Sherry our HR person.

Flyers! One way to assist us in growing is to grab a few flyer and leave them at restaurants and on community boards. Thanks, in advance, for doing it!

Daylight Savings is this Sunday. Sleep in an extra hour as you fall back and repeat one hour. Weeeeeeeeeee, except that whole dark thing at 5pm. …..

Trish and the Staff at Skate Journeys Skate School (Lots of info below the signature line like this weeks’ schedule, locations, closure/holiday dates)

Mission Statement:
To TEACH people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds, the sport of inline and roller skating
To CREATE and promote physical education and build healthier communities through skating and other playful communities

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