Hello Skaters,

In this newsletter:

  1. Closure for this Saturday
  2. Adjustments to kids classes on Saturdays (teaching)
  3. The grids of skills we use to separate out each class
  4. Buying inline skates for kids (does not apply to quads)
  5. Kids Level 3 on Sunday is offered twice
  6. Below the signature line is our schedule for 2020 of closures and our schedule for Sundays

Hopefully the snow is gone where you are and life is getting back to normal. Right now the sun is streaming through my living room window and the Hummingbirds are feasting furiously on/in the feeder I’ve provided for them. Such a great way to spend small parts of your day: watching a hummingbird beat it’s wings, watching you and taking in nourishment. Nature is delightful. And sometimes when it comes in the form of ice, a little less fun.

  • This weekend Aviya is back with her dance class.
  • The Apprentice Class has the weekend off, so NO apprentice class
  • NO classes on Saturday at JDS because they have something going on which would fill up the parking lot and we’d have no place to park. So rather than create that frustration for you, we are closed Saturday but open on Sunday
  • Yes to classes on Sunday!
  • Roller Fitness at 9am to 9:30am returns on Saturday the 25th

About Saturday kids classes: We are making some adjustments and adding in adult instructors, along with our fabulous kids instructors to continue our instructor training and expanding those classes. Expect the quality of those classes to improve NOW! Our goal is to get in some Skate IA Level 2 instructors to up the offering in the classes. That started last week and will continue with another implementation when we return in 10 days. Come bring your kids and play in those classes!

The new grids (Guides) for your classes:

We developed a new program for our instructors so we could be sure that we are teaching the full panoply of moves that are taught at each level. Often we move instructors around (especially for Kids Classes) and so we have not had a system to make sure that all skills are being taught in a systematic program. So now what we have is a document used each month that lists all the skills for that class and then the teachers mark off what they taught each week and this ensures we get to all moves. I’ve attached the basic grid for Adults and the one for Kids so you can see the whole list of skills for each level. Our grids/guides that we use are formatted differently but it is essentially the same list of skills used at each level.

If you wonder how your child is doing, or as an adult you want to see what the moves are, I can direct you to a different company (my personal one) that has a video of each skill. Here is the link to the SkateIA You tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyA6xoe1D5UbKl66MwgzNSg   

          Please ask your instructor for more details, or stop and ask Trish or Larissa.

Buying Inline Skates: So there are a lot of kids who are skating in the brands and types of skates that we do not recommend. The impact is that the kids are struggling to skate well, get on edges and complete tricks and moves that would have them advance. I don’t make a dime if you buy higher quality skates, but YOU lose out if you buy a pair of skates that are poor quality.

Why am I writing this? Because so many people ask me why their kid isn’t progressing and it’s sometimes because they cannot get the proper edges ONLY due to their skates. Trust us, it’s like asking your kid to play soccer in Crocs. Yes, it can be done, but they won’t be very successful. Don’t save the $70 on the skates, by buying cheap skates—it really matters!

We recommend the following brands:

SEBA (any of their models)

Rollerblade (only their high end models that run about $125 or more

ROCES-the ones at Shop Task, but note that they are one-time use skates and we will not assist you in reselling them as they are just good enough for one child, but don’t expect your second child to benefit from them as the quality breaks down over time (SEBA and Rollerblade high quality skates can be resold (and we will assist you) for about $70 so if you buy a pair for $140, then you can get $70 back when you resell.

K2 Skates (only their top end model) that runs $129

Poor quality skates:

  • Don’t buy off of Amazon unless you know what you are doing.
  • Do spend at least $120 on skates (they can be used for years, inside-outside with little to no maintenance and they all expand at least 3 sizes, so a good investment)
  • Don’t buy any model that doesn’t have a name. We’ve seen a ton of cheap skates coming from China that don’t even have a name.
  • Don’t buy: Schwinn, Nike, Roller Derby, ZPM (and I know a bunch of you have them) Chicago low end Rollerblade & K2 (under $120).

If you are not sure, send me a link to the skates and I’ll give you an honest opinion. For $120 you can buy a pair of skates that won’t wear out, and can last as long as your kid can fit into them size-wise. And when you are done, we will assist you in selling them.

Kids level 3 is offered at 10am and 11am and your child may take either. The 10am has smaller numbers of students. 😊

Thanks so much everyone, for coming to classes, for supporting us with our fabulous Year End Fundrising Campaign and for sharing our classes with others.

Later, skaters, Trish & the amazing instructors and staff!

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

Mission Statement: Teaching and transforming lives through inline and roller skating

Upcoming Closures for 2020: (designed to allow our volunteers time with their families)
No classes Saturday January 18, 2020
No classes Easter Sunday April 12th 2020
NO classes Sunday, Mothers Day May 10th
No classes Saturday or Sunday May 23/24 for Memorial Day weekend
No Classes July 4/5 for Fourth of July
No classes Sept 5/6 for Labor Day weekend
No Classes November 28/29 for Thanksgiving
No classes Dec 26/27 for Winter Holiday

Sunday classes at Bridle Trails Shopping center between Ace Hardware and Anytime Fitness in the Hot Dog Gym (see marquee when you arrive at the shopping center: Hot Dog: 6601 132nd Ave NE  Kirkland, WA 98033

Sunday Morning classes   January 19th, 2020
                     8:15 to 8:30am Staff set up
           8:30 to 9am Open skate for 9am class
          9am LEVEL-5/6 Adults
  4 – Toddler class with Saumya and Aviya
10:00am LEVEL-4/5 Kids
LEVEL-4/5 Adults
BEGINNER-3 Kids New  ( Same class 10 am and 11am)
11:00am BEGINNER-1 Kids  & Adults
BEGINNER-2 Kids
  BEGINNER-3 Kids  (also offered at 10am!)
  BEGINNER-2 Adults
  BEGINNER-3/4 Adults
12:05 Classes end for the day

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Hello everyone!

Weather: Quick note that you should keep an eye on your email for a note from us in case snow cancels. We also post on our UPDATE page on the website.

Regular classes this weekend Januray 11/12, except, no 10am dance class on Sunday.  Please note that Saturday the 18th (in 9 days) we are closed due to an event at JDS. We are at JDS this weekend!

Apprentice class starts this Sunday at 9am-11am. Not too late to sign up, but if you do, let me know right away.

Roller Fitness Class: A few of you asked for more information on the Saturday Roller Fitness class. It is for all levels and we do a series of moves, continually. I introduce them at the beginner level, then give  modification for intermediates and a third modification for advanced. You keep working on the one you choose. So, it might be kicking out at ankle height for beginners, knee height for intermediates and kicking at hip height for advanced. The majority of the moves can be done by B3 students. And B2 students are welcome to take it on!  Saturdays 9am to 9:30am for $10

Final Fundraising total: Drum roll please, thank you so much…. $25,541.09  The largest amount we’ve ever raised. And, while we cannot thank the anonymous $5,000 donor enough, you want to get that your $10, $20, etc made the difference too. Thanks to our Skate Angel for the matching funds!

          This is $85% of our goal and while it doesn’t have us end up the year at break even, it really makes a difference. YOU made the difference! (and we accept donations throughout the year).

I’m just going to end this with,

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Later skaters,

Trish & the Crew at Skate Journeys Skate School

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

Mission Statement: Teaching and transforming lives through inline and roller skating

Upcoming Closures: (designed to allow our volunteers time with their families)
Saturday January 18th as JDS has a conflicting event. Open Sunday the 19th.

Saturdays have resumed at a new location:  The Jewish Day School: 15749 Northeast 4th Street, Bellevue, WA 98008

Saturdays at JDS January 10th, 2020
8:45 Staff loads in
9am – 9:30am Roller Fitness with Trish (cost is same as second class/$10)
9:45 Level 4/5/6 adults (Trish)
Slalom with Jay
10:35 Classes end – open skate
10:45 Level 1, 2, kids and adults Level 3 & 4 kids
Level 3 / 4 adults
11:35 Classes end – open skate
11:45 Load out complete by noon

Sunday classes at Bridle Trails Shopping center between Ace Hardware and Anytime Fitness in the Hot Dog Gym (see marquee when you arrive at the shopping center: Hot Dog: 6601 132nd Ave NE  Kirkland, WA 98033

Sunday Morning classes   January11th, 2020
                     8:15 to 8:30am Staff set up
           8:30 to 9am Open skate for 9am class
          9am LEVEL-5/6 Adults
  4 – Toddler class with Saumya and Aviya Apprentice class at 9am (Part 1)
10:00am LEVEL-4/5 Kids
LEVEL-4/5 Adults Dance with Aviya is cancelled this weekend
BEGINNER-3 Kids New  ( Same class 10 am and 11am)   Apprentice Class, (Part 2) at 10am
11:00am BEGINNER-1 Kids  & Adults
BEGINNER-2 Kids
  BEGINNER-3 Kids  (also offered at 10am!)
  BEGINNER-2 Adults
  BEGINNER-3/4 Adults
12:05 Classes end for the day

The holiday fell in weird ways on the calendar so we find ourselves back at classes this weekend and so if it seems early, note that we took our usually two weekends off already.

And we intend that you are doing well, relaxed and enjoying 2020.

In this newsletter;

  1. Roller Fitness, a new Saturday class
  2. Regular weekend classes return this weekend.
  3. The Instructor Apprentice Course starts January 14th ( (instructor training)
  4. Year end fundraising goal- where we are now! It’s a doozy!

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  1. A new class starts this weekend: Roller Fitness. This class will be a 30 minute class each SATURDAY from 9am to 9:30am. It’s a 30 minute class and you can pay for it with a “2nd class” package and those are $10 each and you can buy those in singles or in any number (6 for $60). Roller Fitness will use the whole space but those who do not wish to participate can also use our space.

Roller fitness is a dynamic class that continuously skates through a wide variety of moves. We introduce the beginner version and you can work on that, then we introduce the intermediate level and then the advanced level and you can take on any level you want. Come get fun fitness in your life!

  1. Regular Classes resume this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday with the new Roller Fitness happening before Saturday classes. The full schedule of classes is below.
  2. Apprentice course starts in 10 days on January 11th 
  • Cost:  $125 (8 sessions + 1 make-up day)
  • Sundays 9am to 11am (two hours) First hour is skills, second hour is teaching.
  • Classes held
    • Jan 12, 26
    • Feb 2, 9, 23
    • Mar 1,8,15 & makeup on 22nd
    • No classes on Jan 19 or Feb 16!
  • Here is the link to register. Please do so by Wednesday so we can send out manuals, etc
  1. Year End Fundraising Goal.
    1. Goal: 30,060.00
    2. Now: 21,646.96
    3. Matching: 6,730.00
      1. Leaving on the table: $3,269.00

So our angel allowed us to match any donations over $100 and we didn’t have enough to use all the funds, and so we will lose them. And I worked out a little something with the Skate Angel to bring in, and utilize the balance of the funds we lose. So, drum roll please:

          All donations over $50 will be triple matched. So, donate $50 and we can get $100 from the $3,269.04. We have a week to make this happen!

Click here to donate and lets grab that last $3,269.00

If we can collect on the $3,269 and you donate up to 1/3 of that, it brings us to about $26,004 which is 86% of our goal which would be amazing.

Can you do this with us! Donate and triple your donation so we don’t lose anything!

Thanks a ton!!!!! just for considering the possibility of donating to us.

Later, skaters, Trish & the amazing instructors and staff!

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