Ski Club Announcements


Ski Club Cancelled 1/4/19

posted Jan 2, 2019, 4:38 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club

NO SKI CLUB ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2019
  
First Ski Club Trip Cancelled Due to Lack of Snow, Warm Temps
  
As (bad) luck would have it, this week's unseasonably warm temperatures are melting the base of snow and preventing Liberty Mountain from making any more before Friday.  Therefore, they are closing tonight with a TBD re-opening date.

The remaining trips are scheduled for January 11 & 18, and February 1, 8, & 22.
This is a first for us; we have had to cancel for extreme cold before, but never for extreme warm.  In any case, long-term forecast shows cold temps and snow - we'll get up there next week.
Night Club Card Valid at Whitetail and Roundtop
  
They have been able to maintain snow at their sister resorts, and they are scheduled to be open this weekend.  Check the websites before going, but your student's NCC is valid there too - Monday-Saturday after 4pm; Sunday after 3pm.    
Until next week.... think COLD and SNOW!


Ski Club Leadership Team
North Bethesda Middle School PTO
www.nbms-pto.org 

January 4, 2019 Ski Club Trip

posted Jan 1, 2019, 11:22 AM by North Bethesda Ski Club

First Ski Club Trip This Friday, January 4, 2019! 
  
Welcome to ski season!  Please re-read the 2019 Ski Club Info Packet (click here to download) to answer most, if not all of your questions.  This e-mail provides some reminders, but does not cover everything.  If you have a question not covered in the packet, please e-mail nbskiclub@gmail.com. We will try to answer within 24 hours.

The remaining trips are scheduled for January 11 & 18, and February 1, & 8.  Make-up date is February 22 (if needed).

Want to ski more?  Your student's Night Club Card is valid every night after 4pm (3pm Sundays) starting tomorrow through end of season.  Take advantage!
What's Up with Bus Assignments?
  
Bus assignments are posted outside the NBMS cafeteria.  We will not be posting them online or e-mailing them out to protect student names.  If not already known, please have your student get their bus number this week.  We will also have them at Morning Equipment Drop-Off and Afternoon Bus Loading.  Sorry, no bus changes.   
The Skinny on Friday Morning Equipment Drop-Off

Friday morning between 7:15am - 8:15am (sharp) in the lower parking lot by the tennis courts, we will be accepting bags and ski equipment for storage.  Be sure to put your student's name and home/cell phone number on every bag, coat, helmet, and piece of ski equipment - even if you are not putting into storage.
  
All bags dropped off on Friday morning will be tagged with a colored tag before being put into the storage POD.  When you or your student hands your bags to the volunteer, clearly state the bus number and color.  (If you don't know it, they will look it up).  The bag will be tagged for the season, allowing us to more quickly load/unload in future weeks.  Please cut off last year's tags before Friday.
  • Bus 1 (grade 8) - YELLOW
  • Bus 2 (grade 8) - RED
  • Bus 3 (grade 8/7) - BLUE
  • Bus 4 (grade 7) - GREEN
  • Bus 5 (grade 7) - ORANGE
  • Bus 6 (grade 7/6) - PURPLE
  • Bus 7 (grade 6) - GRAY
Please drive slowly and follow the directions of the volunteers.  Do not get out of your car or park - just keep moving.  Students may bring their ski bags/equipment on the school bus in the morning and drop it off over by the tennis courts too. However, ski club morning equipment drop-off is not a valid excuse to be tardy.

If MCPS has delayed opening, Morning Equipment Drop-Off is delayed as well.
Being Ready to Ski/Board this Friday...

Temps are predicted to be in the 40's and there may be some rain.  (Click here for weather).  Be sure to have your student bring appropriate cold-weather gear.  If you are dressed appropriately, skiing is a GREAT experience.  Some suggestions:
  • Appropriate winter/ski clothing - including layers on top and bottom, helmet, winter coat, ski gloves, ski goggles, and (if windy) face mask or bandanna.  
  • A plan for before-school drop-off of equipment/bags.
  • A plan for after-school food/drink.
  • A plan for dinner money while skiing.  Click here to learn about loading money on your student's Night Club Card.
  • A parent-student conversation about decision-making.  See below.
  • A plan to pick-up your student at 11:00pm on Friday night.  Arrive early for best parking - but don't park in the bus alley.  And PLEASE don't be late.

As a reminder, if schools are closed or close early, no ski club.

Lessons are Awesome!
 
If your student's Night Club Card comes with Lessons, they are at 5:45pm or 7:00pm.  Instructors should be punching their lift tickets with the Liberty Mountain logo to prove they took a lesson.  This allows you to have proof if you need it with the punched ticket.  We highly encourage lessons, especially for beginners.  Perhaps you can create an incentive for your child to take lessons?  We highly encourage them!
Chaperones

30 NB Parents will be serving as chaperones for 363 NB students.  Responsibilities for chaperones and students are clearly outlined in the information packet.  Your student is responsible for his/her behavior and safety.  Chaperones serve as guides, not supervisors, throughout the trip - especially once at Liberty Mountain.  Please have a discussion with your child about smart decision-making, for everyone's sake.  Safety is our #1 priority - make sure it's your child's as well.  Thanks!

Ten Decisions Made Every Week by NBMS Ski Club Participants
1. Do I rent skis or a snowboard tonight?
2. Do I take lessons tonight? If yes, at what time?
3. What lifts and runs will I try tonight?
4. Will I use the terrain park tonight?
5. With whom will I ski/board, and what is their ability compared to mine?
6. If my friends want to ski/board on a run that I'm not familiar, what will I do?
7. If I get separated from my friends while on the mountain, what will I do?
8. Will I ski in control or unsafely?
9. Will I drink high-caffeine energy drinks?
10. How will I behave on the bus, in the lodge, and on the mountain?
Chaperones

30 NB Parents will be serving as chaperones for 363 NB students.  Responsibilities for chaperones and students are clearly outlined in the information packet.  Your student is responsible for his/her behavior and safety.  Chaperones serve as guides, not supervisors, throughout the trip - especially once at Liberty Mountain.  Please have a discussion with your child about smart decision-making, for everyone's sake.  Safety is our #1 priority - make sure it's your child's as well.  Thanks!

Ten Decisions Made Every Week by NBMS Ski Club Participants
1. Do I rent skis or a snowboard tonight?
2. Do I take lessons tonight? If yes, at what time?
3. What lifts and runs will I try tonight?
4. Will I use the terrain park tonight?
5. With whom will I ski/board, and what is their ability compared to mine?
6. If my friends want to ski/board on a run that I'm not familiar, what will I do?
7. If I get separated from my friends while on the mountain, what will I do?
8. Will I ski in control or unsafely?
9. Will I drink high-caffeine energy drinks?
10. How will I behave on the bus, in the lodge, and on the mountain?
E-cigarettes, Vaping, and Juuling

They are 100% strictly forbidden during the entire ski club trip.  If your student in caught with any paraphernalia, they will be removed from ski club with no refund.  We suggest reminding your student of this important rule.
Not Riding Home on Bus?

If your student is not riding home on the bus from Liberty, your student must provide a written note to his/her Bus' Lead Chaperone.  Absolutely no verbal or email confirmations.  Thank you for your cooperation.
Emergencies

In the highly unlikely event that your student has a medical emergency, we have a thorough process to manage it.  Please answer any 'Unknown Numbers' on Friday night, and, if needed, be prepared to drive up to Frederick or Gettysburg.  In the past decade, we have had from 0 to 3 hospital trips per year.  So, highly unlikely, but know the safety and well-being of your student is our top priority.  
And remind your student.... HAVE FUN!  :)


Ski Club Leadership Team
North Bethesda Middle School PTO
www.nbms-pto.org 

2019 NB Ski Club Filled

posted Oct 25, 2018, 6:34 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club

The 2019 NB Ski Club is filled.  

All RETURNING members who registered by 10/22/18, and all NEW members who entered the lottery by 10/22/18 were enrolled in the club.  

RETURNING members have until 10/26/18 to complete their registration requirements.  NEW members have until 11/02/18 to complete their registration requirements.

We will consider a wait list AFTER 11/5/18.

NB Ski Club Registration Now Open

posted Oct 18, 2018, 4:12 AM by North Bethesda Ski Club

Interested in joining the 2019 North Bethesda Ski Club?  Please read on... 

What is the NB Ski Club?
The North Bethesda Ski Club is an activity sponsored by the NBMS PTO, a separate organization from the PTSA.  In existence for more than 20 years the NB Ski Club transports 320 NB students plus parent chaperones on 5 ski trips to Liberty Mountain January 4, 11, 18 and February 1, 9, (22 make-up date), 2019.  

How can I join the NB Ski Club?
Read the instructions below based on your student's previous participation in the NB Ski Club.  Be sure to meet all stated deadlines - there will be no extensions for any reason.  

NEW TO SKI CLUB INSTRUCTIONS
All new to Ski Club students (all 6th graders, and any 7th or 8th graders who did not participate in 2018) may enter a lottery for the remaining seats.  Entry into the lottery requires completing an information form by Monday, October 22nd.  This is a hard deadline. Selected students will be notified of their status by Saturday, October 27th, and have until Friday, November 2nd to pay, turn in the permission form and purchase a Night Club Card to complete a student's registration.  Visit http://www.nbms-pto.org/new-lottery for information and to enter the lottery.

RETURNING TO SKI CLUB INSTRUCTIONS
All returning 2018 NB Ski Club members (and those who were on the 2018 Waitlist) are guaranteed a seat in the 2019 NB Ski Club if they register and pay online by Monday, October 22nd.  This is a hard deadline.  In addition, a signed permission form must be turned in and the Night Club Card must also be purchased by Friday, October 26th to complete a student's registration.  Visit http://www.nbms-pto.org/returning-payment for information and to register.

Why is this the registration process?
Because we want to offer the fairest opportunity for students to participate in this high-demand program.  We used to wait in line for hours - no fun for anybody.  Then we moved to a first-come, first-serve online - stressed-out parents and crashing browsers.  So, last year, we separated RETURNING and NEW, and gave both groups 5 days to register, plus another week to complete all the other requirements.  MUCH less stressful for everyone involved.  :)

We guarantee seats to RETURNING TO SKI CLUB students (and those who were on last year's Waitlist) who meet the deadlines, and offer a random lottery to NEW TO SKI CLUB students.  We feel this is the most fair to all, and anticipate that the vast majority of new to ski club students will get in the club.  However, we also know that some students will be disappointed in the outcome of not being selected.  

Last year, about 25 students who were on the waitlist did not get in.  This year, we are guaranteeing those students a seat in the 2019 Ski Club.  We will do the same next year for this year's waitlisted 6th and 7th grade students.

We encourage ALL NB Students to consider registering for the NB Ski Club.  If you have a financial need, please contact us and we will refer you to the Counseling Center for potential assistance.

Questions?  E-mail nbskiclub@gmail.com.

Thanks!

NBMS PTO Leadership Team

2019 NB Ski Club Registration Information

posted Oct 14, 2018, 2:13 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club

Interested in joining the 2019 NB Ski Club, sponsored by the NBMS PTO (not PTSA)?  Please read on... 

When/where can I learn more about the NB Ski Club?
Come to our Ski Club Information Night on Wednesday, October 17th @ 7:00pm-8:00pm in the NBMS Cafeteria.  New to ski club parents are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to attend to learn more.  Returning to ski club parents are welcome, but no new information will be presented   Students don't need to come.  We will also vote on officers and pass our budget for the year.

What if I can't make the meeting?
That's okay - everything will be posted online at www.nbms-pto.org on Thursday, October 18th.  

What is the 2019 registration process?
Read the instructions below based on your student's previous participation in the NB Ski Club.  Be sure to meet all stated deadlines - there will be no extensions for any reason.  

RETURNING TO SKI CLUB INSTRUCTIONS
All returning 2018 NB Ski Club members (and those who were on the 2018 Waitlist) are guaranteed a seat in the 2019 NB Ski Club if they register and pay online between October 18th and October 22nd.  This is a hard deadline.  A signed permission form must also be turned in and the Night Club Card must also be purchased by Friday, October 26th to complete a student's registration.  

NEW TO SKI CLUB INSTRUCTIONS
All new to Ski Club members (all 6th graders, and any 7th or 8th graders who did not participate in 2018) may enter a lottery for the remaining seats.  Entry into the lottery requires completing an information form between October 18th and October 22nd.  This is a hard deadline. Selected students will be notified of their status by Saturday, October 27th, and have until Friday, November 2nd to pay, turn in the permission form and purchase a Night Club Card to complete a student's registration.  

Why is this the registration process?
Because we want to offer the fairest opportunity for students to participate in this high-demand program.  We used to wait in line for hours - no fun for anybody.  Then we moved to a first-come, first-serve online - stressed-out parents and crashing browsers.  So, last year, we separated RETURNING and NEW, and gave both groups 5 days to register, plus another week to complete all the other requirements.  MUCH less stressful for everyone involved.  :)

We guarantee seats to RETURNING TO SKI CLUB students (and those who were on last year's Waitlist) who meet the deadlines, and offer a random lottery to NEW TO SKI CLUB students.  We feel this is the most fair to all, and anticipate that the vast majority of new to ski club students will get in the club.  However, we also know that some students will be disappointed in the outcome of not being selected.  

Last year, about 25 students who were on the waitlist did not get in.  This year, we are guaranteeing those 25 students a seat in the 2019 Ski Club.  We may do the same next year for this year's waitlisted students as a way to ease in this new process.

We encourage ALL NB Students to consider registering for the NB Ski Club.  If you have a financial need, please contact us and we will refer you to the Counseling Center for potential assistance.

Questions?  E-mail nbskiclub@gmail.com.

Thanks!

NBMS PTO Leadership Team

2019 Ski Club Info Night

posted Oct 7, 2018, 5:34 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club

The NBMS PTO is happy to announce our annual Open Meeting & NB Ski Club Information Night will be on Wednesday, October 17th @ 7:00pm in the NBMS Cafeteria.  

All members of the NBMS community are welcome to attend.  Parents of students who wish to join the NB Ski Club for the first time are highly encouraged to attend.  Parents of returning NB Ski Club students are also welcome.

Registration details for new and returning students will be shared that evening, and will also be posted on the www.nbms-pto.org website by the next day.  On-line registration will take place in the last two weeks of October - pay special attention to all deadlines.

NB Ski Club dates are set for the first 3 Fridays in January 2019, and the first 2 Fridays in February 2019.    

February 23, 2018 - Ski Club #5

posted Feb 19, 2018, 12:58 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club

Get Ready for Final Week of Ski Club
 
Dont' worry!  Despite the warm weather and rain this week, there will be snow left on the ground at Liberty Friday night.  The season may be ending soon, but we'll still get in at least one more night of "spring skiing."

Final Week Behavior Reminder

Please remind your student (especially 8th graders) that just because it's the last week doesn't mean it's time to break the rules.  There are consequences (ski ticket cut, call home to parents, referral to principal's office).  Every rule is in place for their safety.  That's our #1 objective.  Thanks for having a talk with your student.

Pick-Up at 11pm - Please Be On-Time

The last few two trips we've had some students standing around waiting for pick-ups as late as 11:25.  We even had to drive a student home who never was picked up!  So please remember to arrive by 11pm, so that when the buses pull in, every student has a ride there and ready to greet them.  Thanks!
Thank you and remember.... Ski Club is all about HAVING FUN!  :)

No Ski Club Friday 2/16/18

posted Feb 19, 2018, 12:58 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club


With Friday, February 16th being the Friday of President's Day Weekend, we traditionally do not host a ski club trip given the amount of family travel.  Our next scheduled trip is Friday, February 23rd.

However, your student's Night Club Card is valid EVERY NIGHT for skiing at Liberty, Whitetail, and Roundtop.  Take a "snow night" this weekend - Friday, Saturday, or Monday (after 4pm), or Sunday (after 3pm).  If your student's card includes Lessons and Rentals, those are included too!

Interested in volunteering next year?  The NBMS PTO and Ski Club are 100% volunteer run.  Several "senior leaders" will be moving on from NBMS soon, and we're looking for parents who want to keep this club going strong.  You don't have to be a skier or available to chaperone on Friday nights, as we need administrative (registration, communication, treasury, etc.) leaders too.  Just drop us a note with your name, student's name/current grade, and the current grades of any future NBMS students.  Thanks!

February 9, 2018 - Ski Club #4

posted Feb 5, 2018, 4:45 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club

Get Ready for Fourth Week of Ski Club
 
Snow is on the ground at Liberty!  The cold weather serves us well, in that snow falls and the resort can also make snow.  Remember to pack a bandanna or ski mask, as the wind (and snow making) can make it extra cold up there (as it was last Friday).

Please remember to be at NBMS by 11pm.  Last week, about 8 students were still waiting at 11:15, with the last picked-up around 11:20.  Also, please drive very slowly.  Lots of people means lots of chances for accidents.  Thanks!

In case of a 2-hour delay on Friday, the POD will be open from 9:15-10:15.  If school is let out early for any reason, no ski club.

Finally, Friday the 16th is an 'off day' for Ski Club.  Traditionally, we do not go up on President's Day weekend, as many families travel and Liberty is extra crowded that night.  Our final ski club trip is scheduled for Friday, February 23rd.
Thank you and remember.... Ski Club is an all-volunteer organization.  We couldn't do it without the 30 or so volunteers who make it happen every week.  Thanks them when you see them at the PODS or the 'blue jackets' as they get off the buses at the end of the night.  :)

February 2, 2018 - Ski Club Trip #3

posted Jan 29, 2018, 5:32 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club   [ updated Jan 29, 2018, 5:33 PM ]

SKI CLUB TRIP IS ON FOR THIS FRIDAY!
Few Tips for Week Three - READ THIS WITH YOUR STUDENT
 
Keep the Buses Clean is the theme this week.  Students are reminded to use the garbage bags, not the floors, for all garbage.  We will restrict food and drinks should there be any more problems.

Morning Equipment Drop-Off is from 7:15-8:15am sharp.  If a 2-hour delay, it will be from 9:15-10:15am.  Thank you for being patient while waiting in the queue.

Label All Bags With Name and Phone Number, including backpacks and instrument cases.  Adding a colored ribbon will also help your student.

Bring your Night Club Card and Money for Dinner.  Lost your NCC?  Head to Group Sales as soon as you arrive to get a new one.  If definitely lost, then call in advance to have one printed (for $25 fee).  If just misplaced for one week, they will give you a one-week temporary pass.

Dress for 30-degree Weather this Friday.  It may even snow up at Liberty while we are there, which would be great!

Remind your student to take their lessons.  They are always better once your student can more accurately describe their skiing/boarding ability to the instructors for proper placement in a class.  

Charge phones in advance, or bring a portable charger.  The cold weather robs phones of battery life VERY quickly.  Many kids were shocked when their phone died.
Safety - READ THIS WITH YOUR STUDENT

25 NB Parents will be serving as chaperones for 315 NB students.  Responsibilities for chaperones and students are clearly outlined in the information packet.  Your student is responsible for his/her behavior and safety.  Chaperones serve as guides, not supervisors, throughout the trip - especially once at Liberty Mountain.  Please have a discussion with your child about smart decision-making, for everyone's sake.  Safety is our #1 priority - make sure it's your child's as well.  Thanks!

Ten Decisions Made Every Week by NBMS Ski Club Participants
1. Do I rent skis or a snowboard tonight?
2. Do I take lessons tonight? If yes, at what time?
3. What lifts and runs will I try tonight?
4. Will I use the terrain park tonight?
5. With whom will I ski/board, and what is their ability compared to mine?
6. If my friends want to ski/board on a run that I'm not familiar, what will I do?
7. If I get separated from my friends while on the mountain, what will I do?
8. Will I ski in control or unsafely?
9. Will I drink high-caffeine energy drinks?
10. How will I behave on the bus, in the lodge, and on the mountain?
Not Riding Home on Bus?

If your student is not riding home on the bus from Liberty, your student must provide a written note to his/her Bus' Lead Chaperone.  Absolutely no verbal or email confirmations.  Thank you for your cooperation.
And remind your student.... HAVE FUN!  :)


Ski Club Leadership Team
North Bethesda Middle School PTO
www.nbms-pto.org 

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