Ski Club Announcements


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 

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 

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