Archived Emails for Families in the BKL One Day Program

These are emails issued to the One Day a Week BKL program for the 2015-2016 season and before.


Ford Sayre Registration is Open

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN:

Registration for all Ford Sayre programs is now open. Please go to the Ford Sayre website and click on Registration. Or, CLICK HERE to directly access the registration page. If you have any difficulties, please let us know.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES:

  • Children in grades 3 and higher: Please register by October 31, 2016
  • Children in grades K-2: Please register by November 20th, 2016

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE:

Scholarships are available to support program costs. Please see our Scholarships page, contact your Program Heads, or e-mail Scholarship@FordSayre.org if you have any questions.

CHANGES IN THE STRUCTURE OF THE NORDIC YOUTH PROGRAMS:

We have restructured our youth skiing program (grades K-8) to better meet the needs of children and better use our resources, facilities and coaches. Please carefully review the new program descriptions, and let your Program Heads know if you have any questions about which choice may be the best fit for your child.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?

This program relies on parent involvement for much of what makes it so special for the kids. We Need Volunteers! Both on the snow and off, and for the smallest beginners it’s really more about your enthusiasm and involvement than about your skiing technique and fitness level. So, if you are willing and able to commit a little time (about an hour a week during the short ski season), please get in touch as soon as possible.

EQUIPMENT:

Finding and ordering nordic ski gear can be confusing, frustrating and a hassle, but it is well worth it to have solid gear once the snow flies. For help, start by reading our “Ski Gear Info” page. Please ask questions if you need guidance.

  • OMER & BOB’S TEAM NIGHT: Thursday, October 6, 6:30-8:30pm: This is a night during which you can purchase new ski gear at a team discount. Vendors will be present so you can see and try on their gear (Alpina, Salomon, Atomic, Fisher, Rossi and Swix). Each vendor will have reps and we will have coaches on hand to help answer questions regarding fitting skis and poles. For fitting info, review our “Ski Gear Info” page and look for the “Checklist for team-night purchases.” Many have found this helpful.
  • BUY, SELL, OR EXCHANGE USED GEAR: Check out our “Used Gear Exchange” to easily buy, sell, or donate used gear with other Ford Sayre families. This is a family-to-family system, and families are responsible for setting prices and taking down items once they are no longer available.
  • SKI SWAPS: The Ford Sayre Ski Sale often has a good assortment of used ski equipment. The sale is Sunday, November 6th from 12-2:30pm at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover, NH.
  • LEASE PROGRAMS: Omer and Bob’s will again lease waxless classic ski equipment for $79.95 for the season (leasing will begin at the end of October). The cost will be  (This gear is not appropriate for children participating in the 5-8 grade development / racing program).

E-MAIL COMMUNICATION: You are receiving this e-mail because you were on the BKL mailing list during the 2015-16 season. We will be discontinuing the use of the 2015-16 BKL e-mail list after October 31st (for children in last year’s 2-day a week program) and November 20th (for children in last year’s 1-day a week program). If you register your skier in a 2016-2017 BKL program, you will automatically be subscribed to our new e-mail list. If additional family members, caregivers, or others want to stay connected with the BKL program communications, please subscribe here. Future e-mails will automatically be posted to our website.

Please contact your BKL Program Heads with any questions you might have. You can reach us at:

Aricca Van Citters, Co-Program Head, Ford Sayre BKL Grades K-4, JuniorBKL@fordsayre.org
Jane Phipps, Co-Program Head, Ford Sayre BKL Grades 5-8, BKL@fordsayre.org

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Reminder- Meeting Tonight Regarding New Ski Facility at Oak Hill

Come join the discussion about the Proposed Project at Oak Hill
TONIGHT, Wednesday, September 28, 7:00pm
Norwich Congregational Church
If you cannot make it tonight but are interested in staying in the loop, please fill out this Google form:
Email apmilliken@tuckermancapital.com with questions
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Ford Sayre Nordic BKL Programs: Getting Started for the 2016-2017 season!

Hello Ford Sayre Families!

We hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather! We’ve been busy getting organized for the upcoming cross-country ski season, and have some exciting changes in the works.

One of our big changes is that we are restructuring our programs to create a more unified Bill Koch League (BKL) program – including more integrated communication and curriculum across the K-8 grade programs. Please check out our website for more information. 

As a heads-up, Online Registration opens during the first week of October! Please let us know if you have any questions about which program is the best fit for your child. 

In the meantime, please mark your calendar with the following important upcoming dates/events.

  • Sunday, 9/25: Stratton Mountain School Elite Team Clinic, 2:30-4:30pm at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover, NH. Details hereThis is a great opportunity for children of early elementary through high school age.
  • Monday, 9/26: Deadline for reserving Mont-Ste-Anne rooms for December trip*
  • Wednesday, 9/28: Meeting of the local Nordic community to hear about proposed plans (and give input) on developing a cross-country ski venue at Oak Hill in Hanover. The project is still in its beginning stages and will be a collaborative effort with Dartmouth and the Hanover and Upper Valley Communities. 7:00pm at the Norwich Congregational Church (located next to Tracy Hall in Norwich, VT; Use the side entrance and then turn left for the meeting hall).
  • Thursday, 10/6: Omer and Bob’s Team Night, 6:30-8:30pm, (Lebanon, NH. Team discounts for ski gear and garb)
  • Saturday, 10/15: Dartmouth Ski Swap & Sale, 10:00 – 4:00pm, Dartmouth Collis Common Ground (Hanover, NH)
  • Thursday, 11/3: New Families Night: 5:30pmMayer Room, Howe Library
  • Sunday, 11/6: Ford Sayre Ski Sale,12:00 – 2:30pm at the Richmond Middle School. A great source for used gear (Hanover, NH)
  • Thursday, 11/10: First Day of Practice for children in 3rd grade and higher (dry land), 3:30-4:30pm (Hanover, NH)
  • Tuesday, 11/29: First Day of Practice for children in kindergarten through 2nd grade (expected to be dry land), 3:30-4:30pm (Hanover, NH)
  • Thursday, 12/1: Deadline for reserving BKL Festival rooms*
  • Saturday, 2/11: Silver Fox Trot – our home race! (Hanover, NH)
  • Sat & Sun, 3/4 & 3/5: New England BKL Festival (Bethel, Maine)
  • Tuesday 3/7: Last Day of Practice

* Reminder: Information regarding room reservations for both the Mont-Sainte-Anne & BKL Festival events may be found on our website under recent e-mails.

We look forward to seeing you soon. As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. 

Best wishes, 

Aricca and Jane (BKL co-program heads)
Aricca Van Citters, 603-643-5670, JuniorBKL@fordsayre.org (Grades K-4)
Jane Phipps, 802-649-8823, BKL@fordsayre.org  (Grades 5-8)
If your child does not plan to ski with Ford Sayre BKL this year, you can unsubscribe by going to the bottom of this email and clicking “unsubscribe”.

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Mont-Sainte-Anne December trip, reserve rooms by Sept. 26th

Ski w/ Ford Sayre families at Mont-Ste-Anne near Quebec City Dec 26th-30th: a tradition in its 4th year! Reserve rooms by September 26th.
 
THE SKIING EXPERIENCE:
This will be the 4th winter that Ford Sayre families have been gathering at Mont-Ste-Anne over the winter holiday break. What started out with just a few families has grown to nearly 20 Ford Sayre families, and families that go have had a whole lot of fun with some early-season skiing!!
The Mont-Ste-Anne trip has historically included more middle-school and high-school aged Ford Sayre skiers and their families. However, this is a great opportunity for younger families to get to know other Ford Sayre families, and enjoy skiing with friends on a beautiful trail system.
HOW IT WORKS: 
Each day we will have gathering times for folks who want to ski in Ford Sayre groups, led by parents/coaches. This is completely optional, but as many parents have noticed, kids seem to ski with fewer complaints when in kid groups! There are 5 warming huts on the trail system so it is extra fun to ski in packs and take snack breaks together.
It can be cold, but the extensive trail system cannot be beat, and Quebec City is only 30 minutes away!

Château Mont-Sainte-Anne

RESERVE by Sept 26th(Reserving after will work, too, if rooms are available, but the hotel needs a chunk of money from us by 9/26 to hold the block.)
WHEN: 4 nights: arriving Dec 26; departing Dec 30
RATE: $219 Canadian + taxes per room per night for 2 adults; no additional charge for children 17 and younger (taxes = federal & provincial sales tax 5% & 9.975% and tourist area tax of $3/night)
FORD SAYRE ROOM BLOCK: Ask for “Ford Sayre Ski Team” rate; rate is discounted. We have reserved 20 rooms.
ROOM TYPE: “Château Studio” = 2 queen beds; small table for 4; kitchenette w/ stove, microwave, fridge, toaster. You can ask about upgrade costs if you would like a different type of room.
OUTDOOR HOT TUB: This is an après ski highlight!
PHONE & LINK:1.855.342.3376
MONT-STE-ANNE SKI AREA & proximity to our hotel:
There is no lodging right at the XC trails except for one big lodge that many people would need to co-rent. Chåteau Mte-Ste-Anne is at the alpine mountain, and you can ski to the XC lodge from there, but it’s 7K, so what most families do is drive to the XC lodge in the morning w/ lunches packed, and then individual family members ski back to the hotel at the end of the day if they so desire.
FOOD: Here is what most families do, making use of the grocery stores that are only a few minutes away from the hotel.
Breakfast in hotel rooms. (Many enjoy the bakery in the hotel lobby.)
Lunch in ski lodge: families pack lunches and eat among friends. Food is also sold at the lodge.
Dinner plans vary: families go out to restaurants; they cook in hotel rooms; and they bring food down to the conference room we have reserved in order to eat among other families. (We have reserved that conference room again this year for each night.)
QUESTIONS?
Please e-mail Emily Silver at: emily.silver@thet.net
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