This is from out Dec 6/18 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!

Hi everyone,

A few things to know:

  1. Classes this weekend, including Slalom on Saturday morning!
  2. Aviya’s class will continue on Sunday mornings at 10am. Level 3 and above should feel comfortable with most of the steps. Kids and adults, invited. Sundays at Bridle Trails location
  3. We are open this weekend and next. (Dec 8/9 and 15/16) we are closed the last two weekends of the December and reopen January 5th and 6th.
  4. Information on our Apprentice Program can be found in the last newsletter and on our website here under Classes. These classes start January 12/13th. Register now!
  5. We are running a fundraiser and a letter to you from our Treasurer is included so that you can see why! Skate Journeys is a treasure to the community and without it there would be no skating, no summer camps, no program that is non-competitive, no youth development opportunities. No place where parents can skate with their kids, where individuals can meet others and create a community. Donate here on click and pledge, or donate through PayPal here.  Our goal is $30,000 so we can end the year balanced (like your skating!).

Letter from our Treasurer:

Dear Skate Journeys Students and Parents:

If we haven’t met yet, my name is Lis Lutz, and I’m the Treasurer on the Board of Skate Journeys (and a fairly new Skate IA level I instructor – class of ‘18). I am writing to give you an update on Skate Journeys’ finances, since your commitment to the skate school is evident in all that you do for us!

As most of you know, Skate Journeys currently runs 3 skate education programs:

Summer Camps

Weekend Classes

After-school Programs (on-location in schools and community centers)

We are also in process of reviving our Skate PE program, which partners with schools by:

  • teaching physical education teachers to teach skating, and
  • renting skates and gear to their schools to use in a skating unit for their classes

Of these programs, summer Camp brings in the most revenue, then Weekend Classes, followed by After-school Programs. However, Summer Camp and After-School Programs are the most profitable, primarily due to facility rental costs for Weekend Classes.

On the cost side, Skate Journeys is administered by a small and very effective staff. Aside from a very few paid instructors (mostly for Camp and After-school Program), these are the only employees – and they are all part time! We are also quite lucky to have a devoted volunteer bookkeeper. Other overhead consists of IT (internet, software) and other business expenses. Aside from rent, program costs include insurance, skate supplies and equipment. A careful review of the school’s expenses shows no significant fat to trim. In addition to the behind-the-scenes folks and the three Ts (Tamara, Taylor, and Trish), our volunteer instructors make our skate education happen.

Despite revenue growth, the school endured net losses in 2016 and 2017, and is expected to continue that trend in 2018. As a non-profit, you might wonder why that is important: the reason is that non-profits must stay solvent to continue operations. If we continue to sustain net losses, we will deplete our equity, becoming insolvent. I mentioned above that we have reviewed expenses carefully. We have also reviewed our revenue: weekend classes and summer camps have had tuition increases over the last two years. We may be able to raise our tuition a bit more, but we risk losing students before we would be able to break even – a result no one wants!

Expanding programs is the best option for us to get back to generating modest net revenue. We are working on ways to do that, including Skate PE as mentioned above.

  • We have the beautiful, newly-wrapped van to make logistics much easier.
  • We are looking for volunteers and/or an unpaid intern to help with marketing for Skate PE.

Trish is also working to try to find another dedicated weeknight location for the school to host a regular skate space.

If you have questions about our finances, please reach out to Trish or myself. If you have ideas (or want to volunteer JJJ), please let Trish know.

Sincerely,   Lis Christine Lutz

Skate Journeys is excited about all that we have going on including new classes, our research for additional facilities and expanding what is possible for skate education, and skating. And, have you seen our new van yet? It’s so fun!!!

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

Trish Alexander, Director
Skate Journeys Skate School
www.skatejourneys.org
trish@skatejourneys.org
206-276-9328

Saturday Morning Classes at St. Edwards Park  

Dec 8, 2018

9:20m Staff set up
9:30am Open skate for 10am class participants
9:45 1 SLALOM – for Kids & Adults-  Happening
2 LEVEL-4  Adults   with Doug
3 LEVEL-5/6 –Trish
10:35- – 11am OPEN SKATE (free, includes a 10 minute roller fitness class)
11:00am   Please arrive by 10:45am for 11am classes
4 BEGINNER-1 Kids & Adults
5 BEGINNER-3 & 4 Kids
6 BEGINNER-2 Kids
7 BEGINNER-2 Adults
8 BEGINNER-3 & Level 4.5 Adults (with Doug & Jay)
12:05pm Classes end for the day
Sunday Morning classes
at Bridle Trails
 

December 9th 2018

8:15 to 8:30am Staff set up
8:30 to 9am Open skate for 9am class
9am 1 PAIRS with Dan  ?
2 LEVEL-5/6  (Dan)
Classes end at 9:50
 3 Dance with Aviya – New
10:00am 4 LEVEL-4/5 Kids
5 LEVEL-4/5 adults now combined
6 SLALOM –  Not available this weekend
11:00am 7 BEGINNER-1 Kids  & Adults
8 BEGINNER-2 Kids
9 BEGINNER-3 Kids
10 BEGINNER-2 Adults
11 BEGINNER-3 Adults
12:05 Classes end for the day

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
To PROVIDE instructional programs empowering individuals’ educational, professional and personal growth

Saturday classes are at St. Edwards Park: 14445 Juanita Drive NE Kenmore, WA  98028.  Here is a link to the website with an interactive map:  http://www.stateparks.com/saint_edward_state_park_in_washington.html

Sunday classes are at Bridle Trails Shopping Center:
Located between Ace Hardware and Anytime Fitness. You’ll see our sign. To find us via your phone or GPS system, it’s best if you search for Tech City Bowl. It is on the most northern spot in the shopping center. Look for Starbucks and you’ll find us. We have our sign out!  Come join either session: Saturdays or Sundays or both!  We don’t list the address because it sends you on a wild goose chase. Just google Tech City Bowl and note we are South of it in the same complex.

Account questions? Remember, anything to do with money, class packages, purchasing, emails, Etc all go to Lisa@skatejourneys.org

Our offices are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.

Ways to support us

  1. Take classes from us! This really makes a difference.
    2. Invite friends to take our classes. They must register an account online, sign up for the B1 classes and arrive by 10:30am.
    3. Donate?  Click on the donate button to donate via Click & Pledge or PayPal.
    4. Smile.amazon.com (skate journeys) for when you shop on Amazon
    5. Volunteer. You get a 20% discount for your family when you volunteer. We have lots of volunteer opps: volunteer from home, volunteer at classes for 30, 60 and 90 minutes
    6. Evites? You can have your guests donate to Skate Journeys when you plan parties on Evites.

Upcoming Closures: (designed to allow our volunteers time with their families)
Holiday closures: Dec 22/23 & 29/30

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