Ski Club Announcements


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 

No Ski Club This Week

posted Jan 21, 2018, 5:21 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club

No Ski Club on Friday, 1/26/18
With Friday, January 26th being a Professional Day (No School K-12), we are unable to transport students up to Liberty Mountain for night skiing.  Our next scheduled trip is Friday, February 2nd.

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

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

January 19, 2018 - Ski Club #2

posted Jan 16, 2018, 6:49 AM by North Bethesda Ski Club

Few Tips for Week Two - READ THIS WITH YOUR STUDENT
 
Our first week was VERY successful.  Thanks to all the students who did a great job doing their part to follow the expectations and ski/board safely.  However...

We had a MAJOR rule violation that we'd like you to speak about with your student.  We heard several reports of students using e-cigarettes/vaping machines while on the slopes.  No adults observed this, but we have ZERO tolerance for this behavior.  Any student in possession of any type of vaping/e-cigarette paraphernalia will be immediately removed from Ski Club with no refund.  Referral to MCPS for disciplinary action will also take place.  Thank you for discussing this with your student before our next trip.

Morning Equipment Drop-Off will go much faster this week, as most bags are already tagged.  Thank you for being patient while waiting in the car queue.

Label All Bags With Name and Phone Number, including school backpacks, because they all look alike.  Adding a colored ribbon will also help your student.

Bring your Night Club Card and Money for Dinner.  Misplaced your NCC?  Head to Group Sales as soon as you arrive to get a one-time pass.  If definitely lost, then call in advance to have one printed (for $25 fee) - it will be waiting for your student.  

Dress for 30-degree Weather this Friday.  Much better than the muggy 60-degrees from last week.  Conditions will be ideal!

Remind your student to take their lessons.  They are ALWAYS better the second week.  The student knows more, and the instructors are able to better classify them.  

Charge phones in advance, or bring a portable charger.  The cold weather robs phones of battery life VERY quickly.  Many are shocked at how fast their phone died.
Want to Ski/Board with Your Student?

You can!  Do the very large size of our Ski Club, we have earned 60 extra vouchers that we don't need for chaperones and volunteers.  So we're offering them to you at a steep discount.  Just $50 donation per voucher (limit 4 per family), versus a cost of up to $91 at Liberty, Whitetail, or Roundtop for a night lift ticket, rentals, and lesson. 

100% of your donation will go the NBMS Principal's Fund - same as we did last year.

Hurry!  We only have 60 vouchers, and when they're gone, they're gone.  


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 

January 12, 2018 - Ski Club #1

posted Jan 15, 2018, 8:53 AM by North Bethesda Ski Club

First Ski Club Trip This Friday, January 12, 2018! 
  
Welcome to ski season!  Please re-read the 2018 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 19February 2, 9 and 23.

Want to ski more?  The Night Club Card is valid every night after 4pm (3pmSundays) through the end of the 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 7/6) - ORANGE
  • Bus 6 (grade 6) - WHITE
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

25 NB Parents will be serving as chaperones for 317 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?
Night Club Cards and Helmets

If your student did not pick up his/her Night Club Card or helmet at school, we will hand it to them on Friday.  If your student forgets his/her Night Club Card, they will have to get in an extra line on Friday that will take at least half an hour.  If your student forgets his/her Helmet, they don't ski/board.  They can rent one for $12.50, but must pay for it with cash.  We do not recommend forgetting either.
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 

Update for January 5, 2018 Trip

posted Dec 30, 2017, 5:06 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club   [ updated Jan 1, 2018, 7:05 AM ]

First Ski Club Trip Cancelled! 
  
Welcome to ski season!  Unfortunately, with temperatures predicted to be in the single digits, and wind chill below zero, skiing at Liberty Mountain is not realistic on Friday night.   Therefore, we have decided to cancel Ski Club this Friday, January 5, 2018.  
  
Remaining trips are scheduled for January 12, January 19, February 2, February 9, and February 23.  

If you have any questions, please e-mail nbskiclub@gmail.com. We will try to answer within 24 hours.

Want to ski on your own?  The Night Club Card is valid every night after 4pm (3pm Sundays) starting January 2, 2018 through the end of the season.  Take advantage!

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

2018 Ski Club Registration is CLOSED

posted Oct 17, 2017, 3:40 AM by North Bethesda Ski Club

The 2018 Ski Club registration closed at 11:59pm on Monday, October 16th.

Returning to ski club students who completed Step 1 of the registration process have until Friday, October 20th to complete remaining steps and become a full member of the Ski Club for 2018.

New to ski club students who entered the lottery for a spaced in the 2018 Ski Club will be notified of their status on Sunday, October 22nd, and have until Friday, October 27th to complete remaining steps.

More students than spaces available signed up for the ski club, so we will have a waitlist in 2018.  

2018 NB Ski Club Registration Notice

posted Oct 9, 2017, 7:03 PM by North Bethesda Ski Club

The NB Ski Club will be instituting a new registration process for 2018.  Instead of a one night mad scramble, we separated RETURNING and NEW, and gave both groups 5 days to register, plus another week to complete all the other requirements.  

Key Highlights for Returning to Ski Club Students:
  • All returning 2017 NB Ski Club members are guaranteed a seat in the 2018 NB Ski Club if they register and pay online between October 12th and October 16th
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  • Additionally, a signed permission form must be turned in and the Night Club Card must be purchased by October 20th to complete a student's registration.  
Key Highlights for New to Ski Club Students:
  • All new to Ski Club members (all 6th graders, and any 7th or 8th graders who did not participate in 2017) may enter a lottery for the remaining seats.  
  • Entry into the lottery requires completing an information form between October 12th and October 16th.  Selected students will be notified on October 22nd, and have until October 27th to pay, turn in the permission form and purchase a Night Club Card to complete a student's registration.
  • Please note that siblings of returning or alumni members must enter the lottery.
Additional information will be sent early next week with details and links.

NBMS PTO Meeting / Ski Club Info Night
  
On Wednesday, October 11th @ 7:30pm in NBMS Cafeteria we are hosting a Ski Club Info Night, primarily for New to Ski Club parents.  However, all parents are welcomed.  We will also hold a short business meeting to elect nominated officers (same as last year), and pass an annual budget (also, same as last year).  

Questions?
If you have a question, please e-mail nbskiclub@gmail.com. We will try to answer within 24 hours.

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