First Ski Club Trip 1/3/14

posted Jan 3, 2014, 4:58 AM by John Seabreeze
First Ski Club Trip This Friday, January 3, 2014! 
Welcome to ski season!  Please re-read the Ski Club Information 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 We will try to answer within 24 hours.
What's Up with Bus Assignments?
Your student can see his/her bus assignment 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 on Thursday.   
The Skinny on Friday Morning Equipment Drop-Off

Friday morning between 7:15am - 8:00am 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.
We are trying something new this year.  All bags dropped off on Friday morning will be tagged with a colored tag before being put into the storage POD.  When you hand your bags to the volunteer, clearly state the bus number and color.  The bag will be tagged for the season, allowing us to more quickly load/unload in future weeks.
  • Bus 1 (grade 8) - GREEN
  • Bus 2 (grade 8) - BLUE
  • Bus 3 (grade 7) - YELLOW
  • Bus 4 (grade 7/6) - RED
  • Bus 5 (grade 6) - ORANGE
Being Ready to Ski/Board this Friday...

Temperatures are predicted to be in the 20's in Carroll Valley, PA (home to Liberty Mountain).  Be sure to have your student bring appropriate cold-weather gear for those temps!  It is always colder there than in Bethesda, so don't let the temps here fool you.  Some suggestions:
  • Appropriate winter/ski clothing - including helmet, coat, gloves, ski goggles, and face mask or bandana.  (Cold weather skiing is better when covering your face).
  • A plan for before-school drop-off of equipment/bags.
  • A plan for after-school food/drink.
  • A plan for dinner money while skiing.
  • A parent-student conversation about decision-making.  (See pg.4 of info pkt.)
  • A plan to pick-up your student at 11:00-11:10pm Friday night.
  • Hopefully not necessary, but also the ability to drive up to Liberty in case of medical emergency so that you can drive your student home.

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 will be punching their lift tickets to prove they took a lesson.  We will be doing random drawings for $10 iTunes cards for those who successfully took a lesson, and you too will have proof if you need it with the punched ticket.
6th Grade Parents - Outdoor Education on January 10th

As a reminder, half of the 6th grade has Outdoor Education ending on Friday, January 10th, our second ski club date.  You are responsible for your child between the time MCPS drops off your student at NBMS and the start of Ski Club.  Neither the PTO nor NBMS has arranged for any supervision or care during that ~1.5 hours.  One suggestion is to bring your student home for a quick shower and meal, then back to NBMS for Ski Club by 2:45pm, refreshed and ready for a great night in the snow.