Dear WHC Families
Firstly, CONGRATULATIONS to WHC owner and coach Ashley Astephen on the birth of their son! Jaxon was born on November 18th and mom & baby, big sister Erica, and dad Perry are doing great!
This week, practices are closed for Parent Viewing. We thank you for your appreciation in this matter.
THEME WEEK! Its CRAZY HAIR themed week in the gym! The last practice of the week we encourage you to show up for practice with your craziest cheer hair! Due to the Christmas parade participants, Crazy Hair practices will be Wednesday November 22, 2017 for Brilliance and Prodigy!
Season 2017-18’s choreography sessions are wrapping up! This weekend its Crush from 9 am – 11:30 am.
SPRYFIELD SANTA CLAUS PARADE: Mark your Calendars! WHC will be participating in the 2017 Spryfield Santa Claus Parade on November 26, 2017. Anyone who is interested in participating is asked to contact Patrick Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org). We have won an award every time we have participates in this parade (Best Walking Group, Best Cheer/Baton Group, etc), let’s aim for a specialty award again for 2017!!!
We will be adjusting practice times for Wonder, Innovation and Prodigy on that day to allow those kids to participate. Currently, we’re planning to have:
- Wonder:10 am – 10:45 am
- Innovation:11 am – 12 pm
- Prodigy: 12 – 1 pm
Then, if the Prodigy kids want to participate in the parade, they can head to Spryfield immediately after practice.
Cheer Nova Scotia Junior Worlds Team!
WHC is THRILLED to announce that 9 of our athletes have made the CNS worlds team! Please join us in congratulating:
- Abbie Loughran
- Alli Stright
- Elle Spence
- Katie Fyfe
- Zoe Carslile
- Emma MacDonald
- Olivia Dimmer
- Emma Gouthro
- Breagh MacPhail
Huge congratulations goes out to all the other brave WHC athletes that tried out. This was a very tough competition among all elite Level 4 athletes in Nova Scotia.
Cheer Nova Scotia Credentialling:
WHC is also proud to announce that we now have 25 of our Coaching Staff and CITs credentialed by either USASF or Cheer Nova Scotia (or in some cases, both!) We are working on getting our certificates up on the wall in the gym. We are very proud to have such an amazing and talented coaching staff in our gym!
We thank everyone for your patience during uniform sizing. The order should be able to go in this week, thanks to the awesome team managers and Caren for organizing the sizing. Once we submit the order, we are expecting to have the uniforms by early January. As discussed in the uniform memo, 50% of the cost of the uniform is required to place the order, as WHC is required to submit half to the production company in order to begin production. The balance will be payable upon uniform pick up.
***Please note our uniform supplier does NOT offer custom sizing. So additional inches to the skirt or uniform top are not an option.
If you have NOT YET been sized, you need to see your Team Manager, or contact Caren@westhalifaxcheer.com immediately!
SENIOR TEAMS TRAVEL to NIAGARA FALLS: There has been a FaceBook created for the athletes and parents going to Niagara Falls. Important information will be (and has been) posted in this group. We would like to use this as a main source of communication for the trip, so that we can keep the weekly emails to general announcements for all teams. There will be a Parent Meeting for this trip on December 3, 2017 at the Canada Games Centre at 8:15 pm. It is to discuss the information in the package that was posted in the FB group (what we know so far) and to answer any questions parents or athletes may have at that time. If you need to be added to the FaceBook group, please let your team manager know.
An email just went out regarding the annual WHC auction. Please join and invite your friends! This is a great way for our athletes to fundraise for money towards their fees, uniforms, and trips.
Christmas / Fall Fundraisers:
WHC partakes in several fundraisers and community events per year:
Movember: WHC is a proud supporter of Movember. There are sheets of paper in the office where athletes can write the name of a male family member or friend whom they pledge to tell them about Movember, as a way to raise awareness of the Movember movement for men’s health.
Feed Nova Scotia: There are some collection boxes in the gym. Please donate non-perishable food items – we will be collecting throughout the month of November & December.
Christmas Daddies: There is a competition between teams right now to see who can collect the most change. We are also donating the money collected from the Uniform Reveal night to Christmas Daddies.
Audrey’s Barbies: This year, again, we are collecting Barbies in memory of the daughter of a childhood friend of Caren Yeomans (Proshop Manager). The Barbies collected are given to the less fortunate during the Christmas season. Some of the places include women’s shelters, Salvation Army Toy Drive, kids staying in the IWK over Christmas etc. The Brabies are symbolic as they were her favorite toy. Audrey always liked to share and give and this is a way to share her legacy. Here is a message from the family:
“Once again, we will be doing our Barbie Drive in memory of our daughter Audrey. We have decided that this will be our last year for the Barbie Drive as we will think of another way to contribute to something nice and worthy as a tribute to such a wonderful girl….Today she would be 15 and well into her first year in high school. She would have outgrown Barbies by now (we think haha) and knowing her love for animals, or wanting to help the less fortunate, we wanted to move towards something new… Or maybe we might look at trying to get more defibrillators out there through gov’t assistance and other ways…Thanks so much for all of you that have participated in the past; we love all of you! “
WHC staff is currently working on a celebration of the end of the year for all of WHC. Details to be announced soon!
Black Friday Sale:
Have your purchased your cheerleader a Cheer-ific gift yet? Our pro-shop will be having a “Black Friday” sale on select items! Please stay tuned for our Instagram and Facebook adds outlining opportunities to obtain our items at discount!
Erica, Jana, and Ashley