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Notices for Jan 10, 2018

Hi WHC Families,

This week, practices are OPEN to viewing. Please note that the policy is typically the first two weeks in the month they’re open, however, during the week leading up to competitions, practices are always closed to parent viewing. 

Make-up/Additional Practices this weekend: 

Saturday, January 13

Courage – 12 -2 pm

Charm – 3 – 4:15 pm.

Sunday, January 14

Envy – 10:30 am – Noon

Crush – Note that Crush will be at regular time. We were going to have it earlier in the day but have decided to leave it as per normal schedule. 

HAIR AND MAKE-UP SESSION: Our very own, and very talented, Jessie Strum, will be hosting a make up and hair session at the Orange Dome this Sat. Jan. 13 from 12 – 2 pm.  The cost is $10 per person. This is recommended for anyone new to cheer  hair & make up, or anyone who would just like a refresher!

WHC’S 4th ANNUAL SHOWCASE: Our annual Showcase is approaching quickly!  This is an event where ALL WHC teams perform their current routines for WHC family and friends only. 

**NOTE: Unfortunately this event is NOT open to WHC friends from other cheer clubs.  This Showcase a great way to show our Orange family all of the hard work our coaches and athletes have put in so far this season, and to work out the competitions jitters! We welcome pictures and videos of your athletes, but please respect that we do not want ANY routine video footage posted on any social media platform to protect our choreography prior to the first competition of the season, Cheer Blast. This will only assist our direct competition in making changes to enhance their routines.

DateSaturday, January 20th 

Time: Athletes arrive at approximately 3 pm (see schedule below); Performances for the West Hali Fans will begin at 5 pm

Location: Halifax West High School 

Cost: $5 at the door for all spectators over the age of 5 (athletes are not charged)

This is a Mandatory event and athletes will be expected to be dropped off early, so that each team have floor time to warm up stunts safely. The warm up and performance schedule is as follows:

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Uniforms for showcase: Unfortunately our AMAZING Season 10 Uniforms are NOT likely to arrive in time for showcase, but they will be here before our first Competition “Cheer Blast” which is February 3-4, 2018. Athletes are asked to wear “ALL BLACK” and Season 9’s competition bow. This would include any WHC tank tops, sports bras, shorts etc. with our logo and/or any other all black clothing which is appropriate. This is also considered a dress rehearsal for Hair (up and out of the athletes face and off of their shoulders) and Cheer make-up (for those who wish to wear it). Athletes are asked to arrive to the venue as if they were competing.  Many pictures will be taken and used for social media!

Fees: Note that the January payment (if you are paying on the 3 installment plan) of $442 for most competitive teams is now due. Please note that the $75 deposit on the mandatory athlete fee for the Niagara trip is also overdue.  Also, the 2nd payment for the uniform is due before your child is allowed to pick up their uniform. We are taking a firm stance on this. No uniforms shall be given out to the athletes if they are not paid for in full. The first 50% was due earlier in the fall, and the 2nd half must be paid on or before pick up.  We must take a firm stance on this as the cost is too high for WHC to absorb.

CHEER BLAST: Cheer Blast is WHC’s annual competition that we host in partnership with Scotia Cheerleading All-stars. We typically run Day 1 of the competition (Saturday) and SCA’s parents run Day 2, with a bit of overlap. We have a sign up sheet available for everyone to be able to participate. We need lots of volunteers for the competition to run on time and smoothly! Please take a look at the shifts, and sign up if you are available! We realize that we are asking you to sign up for shifts before the competition schedule is created. If you need to switch a shift after it’s created, you can also do that on the sign up page. http://signup.com/go/DpmrXOn. This link can also be found on our website.

 WHC Group Text: WHC has a group text set up that you can register for. This is useful in situations where we need to cancel practice with short notice, most typically due to inclement weather.  You can sign up for the group text here: https://westhalifaxcheer.com/whc-group-text/. Note you can also unsubscribe from the same link.

 Learn to Cheer & Tumble: WHC is running another session of Learn to Cheer and Tumble. You can forward the registration link to anyone you think might be interested in a non-commitment intro to cheer program. https://westhalifaxcheer.com/learn-to-cheer-tumble/

Thanks, have a great week!

Erica, Jana, and Ashley

 

Notices for November 22, 2017

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!

CHOREOGRAPHY:

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 (slimbodyfitness@gmail.com).  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 WonderInnovation 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!

UNIFORMS:

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.

 

 

WHC Auction

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! “

Christmas Party:

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!

Thanks

Erica, Jana, and Ashley

Notices for Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dear WHC Families, 

This week, practices are open for Parent Viewing.

Spryfield Santa Claus Parade:  Our WHC athletes had a fantastic appearance in the 44th Annual Spryfield parade! A few pictures from this event are attached!

Christmas Daddies:  Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest to see which team could bring in the most change for Christmas Daddies.  The team who raised the most amount of money was COURAGE!!! The total WHC provided Christmas Daddies this year was just over $400!  We were lucky enough to have several of our athletes present the money on CTV. There is a nice video of it on our Facebook group!

Christmas Schedule: Several people have been asking about the practice schedule over Christmas. As of now, the plan is to coincide with the school schedule (i.e. last day of practices is Thursday, December 21 with practices resuming on WednesdayJanuary 3). If you already know you will be missing practices, please let you coach know by emailing staff@westhalifaxcheer.com ASAP. If too many kids are absent, the coach may reschedule or cancel the practice. Also, knowing about absences in advance allows us to find a fill-in athlete so the rest of the team can still successfully practice.

Christmas Party:  WHC staff is planning a fun social open-night in the gym on Saturday, December 16 from 6- 9 pm! Come out for a night of interactive fun holiday themed games! Hot Chocolate, cookies and treats will be provided!

Christmas Themed Practices:  Our Christmas-themed practices for all teams will be Sunday, December 17, except for Envy & Charisma (since those teams don’t practice on Sundays, their Christmas-themed practice will be Tuesday, December 19). For the themed practice, just wear your favourite holiday or red/green clothing!!

SENIOR TEAMS TRAVEL to NIAGARA FALLS: Thank you to those who attended the parent meeting this past Sunday (Dec. 3). As a reminder, there has been a Facebook group created (WHC Seniors Travel to Niagara Falls 2018) 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.  We have also posted in the Facebook group for people to either comment their email address, or send an email with the email address that they wish to be used for email communication regarding the trip, to augment our FB group.

Parking Lot:  As a reminder, everyone needs to slow down in the parking lot. The speed bumps have been removed for the purposes of snow removal throughout the winter, and will be put back in the spring. Please ensure you are driving slowly and carefully as we have had SEVERAL near-misses, especially with it turning dark so early in the evening.

WHC Annual Showcase! Mark your calendars for WHC’s annual showcase which is currently planned for Saturday, January 20, 2018This is an event where all of our teams perform for their parents and families for the first time.  Details of this event will be released shortly!   Please note this is a private event and not open to members of other all-star cheerleading clubs. 

WHC Auction:  If you have auction items, please bring them into the gym ASAP.  Contact Amy or Kim in the office if you have any questions. 

Christmas / Fall Fundraisers:

Feed Nova Scotia: There are some collection boxes in the gym. Please feel free to donate non-perishable food items – we will be collecting throughout the month of November & December.  

Audrey’s Barbies: TODAY (Tues. Dec. 5) is the last day to donate Barbies for the Audrey’s Barbies fundraiser.

Thanks

Erica, Jana, and Ashley

Notices for Thursday, Nov 9, 2017

Hi WHC Families,

This week, practices are open to parent viewing.

2017-18 UNIFORM INFORMATION: Please see the attached memo for details regarding the 2017-18 uniform.

SEASON 10 UNIFORM REVEAL!

Location: Orange Dome

Date: Saturday,  November 11, 2017

Time: 6 pm (Doors will open at 5:30 pm for seating)

Cost: We kindly ask for $1 donation to Christmas Daddies Foundation

On November 11, 2017, we invite all West Halifax current athletes and siblings to attend our SEASON 10 Uniform Reveal Fashion show!  We are going to be showcasing all our trends over the last 10 years along with our new Season 10 Uniform designs!  Priority seating on the gym floor will be given to our athletes. **Shoes will not be permitted on the floor.

*IMPORTANT: Due to limited space, friends and non-members are not permitted to this event. It is exclusive to West Hali members & families!!

Don’t miss out on our Season 10 – “10 Days of Giveaways” happening on Instagram (@west_halifax_cheer), leading up to the Uniform Reveal (Nov. 1 – 10).  We are having daily contests with some great prizes!!!

SOCIAL MEDIA REVEAL:  ***We ask for your cooperation. West Halifax Cheer would like to be the FIRST to reveal the uniform on Social Media following the fashion show. We ask that you do not leak non-professional photos on social media until our timely release! We encourage you to share your pictures on Facebook, Instagram, etc, once this is complete!

REMEMBRANCE DAY LONG WEEKEND: 

Sunday, November 12: If you are going to be missing practices on Sunday, November 12 due it being a long weekend, please send an email to staff@westhalifaxcheer.com ASAP. Coaches will tally the planned absences and make a decision on a case-by-case basis if they will be holding practices or not.  As of now, practices are a-go unless you hear otherwise from your coach.

Monday, November 13: Practice for Sr. LOVE are still on as regularly scheduled from 8-9:30 pm

 

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 (slimbodyfitness@gmail.com).  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 WonderInnovation 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.  Coaches and Team Managers, please post this on the team Facebook groups.

WORLD JUNIOR NATIONAL CHEERLEADING INFORMATION!

A PDF File outlining the information regarding this exciting opportunity is attached. To be eligible, you must be born between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2006.

Also attached is a MANDATORY questionnaire: ‘CNS Junior Regional Athlete Questionnaire Document‘.  Please print this and fill it out ahead of time.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WEc2m7ZUOx79ExvYk4QLScaF9IbX00Yf8DE48IkxCeM/edit

WHC’s own Jana Nickerson will be one of the Assistant Coaches of this team, so you will have a familiar face at tryouts!

Final Upcoming Choreography Dates:

Saturday, November 18, 2017

  • Ambition: 12 pm – 3 pm

Saturday, November 25, 2017

  • Crush: 12 pm – 2:30 pm

 

*Important: These choreography sessions are CLOSED to Parent Viewing including Team Managers.

Thanks,
Erica, Jana, and Ashley

Junior Provincial Team Info 2017 – Nov 2, 2017

Uniform Memo – WHC (Final)

November 2, 2017

Hi WHC Families,

 

This week is closed to parent viewing (the last week of October blended into November).

 

Reminder that the following teams have choreography this weekend:

 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

  • Love: 10 am – 12:30 pm
  • Brave: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Ambition: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Devotion: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

 

Sunday, November 5, 2017:

  • Brilliance: 10 am – 12 pm

Important: These choreography sessions are CLOSED to Parent Viewing including Team Managers. While we generally have closed choreography sessions anyway, this weekend it is especially not possible, due to the fact that Cheer Nova Scotia is utilizing our facility to run Coach Training and Credentialing sessions, and therefore, all of the viewing rooms including the office will not be available.

 

Exception: Wonder/Innovation on Sunday, Nov 5, 2017- Please note that these practices are still open to parent viewing this weekend, as per normal. However, due to the fact that credentialing testing will still be occurring at this time, we are insisting that all parents remain in the Kitchen only.  The other rooms will not be available as coach testing will be going on.

 

SEASON 10 UNIFORM REVEAL!

 

Location: Orange Dome

Date: Saturday,  November 11, 2017

Time: 6 pm (Doors will open at 5:30 pm for seating)

Cost: We kindly ask for $2 donation to Christmas Daddies Foundation

 

On November 11, 2017, we invite all West Halifax current athletes and siblings to attend our SEASON 10 Uniform Reveal Fashion show!  We are going to be showcasing all our trends over the last 10 years along with our new Season 10 Uniform designs!  Priority seating on the gym floor will be given to our athletes. **Shoes will not be permitted on the floor.

 

IMPORTANT: Due to limited space, friends and non-members are not permitted to this event. It is exclusive to West Hali members & families!!

Don’t miss out on our Season 10 – “10 Days of Giveaways” happening on Instagram (@west_halifax_cheer), leading up to the Uniform Reveal (Nov. 1 – 10).  We are having daily contests with some great prizes!!!

 

Sunday, November 12If you are going to be missing practices on Sunday, November 12 due it being a long weekend, please send an email to staff@westhalifaxcheer.com ASAP. Coaches will tally the planned absences and make a decision on a case-by-case basis if they will be holding practices or not.  As of now, practices are a-go unless you hear otherwise from your coach.

Monday, November 13: Practice for Sr. LOVE are still on as regularly scheduled from 8-9:30 pm

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 (slimbodyfitness@gmail.com).  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 at 10 am – 10:45Innovation from 11-12 and Prodigy from 12-1, then if the Prodigy kids want to participate in the parade, they can head to Spryfield immediately after practice.  Coaches and Team Managers, please post this on the team Facebook groups.

World Junior National Cheerleading Information! Congratulations to our own Jana Nickerson who has been selected as one of the assistant coaches of the Nova Scotia provincial World Junior team! A PDF File outlining the information regarding this exciting opportunity is attached. To be eligible, you must be born between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2006.

 

Junior Provincial Team Info 2017 – Nov 2, 2017

June 28, 2017

Hi WHC Families,

 

We are now in the middle of our second week of practice for the 2017-18 cheer season!  A few housekeeping items:

 

Email List: We are working on cleaning up our distribution list. If you are no longer cheering and no longer wish to receive these emails, please let erica@westhalifaxcheer.com know and we will remove you as soon as we can.  We typically send out an email once every week or so.  Imperative information is also posted on our Facebook groups and other social media sites.

 

Facebook Groups: Each team has a Facebook group. We also have a main “West Halifax Cheer” Facebook group that is for all athletes, coaches, families, and staff.  This one can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/52440255018/. We STRONGLY encourage you to join the Facebook groups, as it is used as a frequent tool for communication in our organization.

 

Please comment in this group if you need to be added to individual team groups. The coach or Team Manager will add you.

 

Staff Introductions: Please take a few minutes to see who your Team Manager is.  You can also view the coaches and the coaches in training and other support staff photos. They can be found on the website under ‘WHC Leadership‘.

 

 

Canada Day Weekend – CANCELLATIONS: Please note that we are canceling Love & Charm practice on Monday, July 3, 2017 since it is a holiday. Their practice make-up times will be:

  • LOVE: Wednesday, July 5 from 8:15-9:30 pm
  • CHARM: Wednesday, July 5 from 7-8:15 pm

 

Safety Reminder: Due to the temperature in the gym (no AC) please come dressed for practice in lightweight clothing and bring water for hydration.  Also, remember your cheer sneakers and an elastic to put your hair up. 🙂

 

Viewing Policy: The gym is open for viewing all summer. Parents are asked to be in one of the viewing areas (Kitchen, ProShop, or Office).  You can also set up some chairs outside the gym garage bay doors (we usually open these if the weather is nice), however, please keep the noise level to a minimum. This is to help keep the temperate and volume down for your athletes’ safety.  It becomes a major issue when the athletes are not able to hear a coach’s instructions over the parents speaking.  We realize the rooms aren’t huge, but they are there for your convenience.

 

Unsupervised Athletes & Other Children: No athletes or children should be participating in cheer or tumbling without the supervision of a WHC coach or Tumbling Coach either as a tumbling lesson or cheer practice. Sometimes kids come early for practice, and then are tumbling on the strips without a coach supervising. Our insurance does not cover this, so it is 100% not allowed.  This also applies to younger siblings of the athletes. We realize how tempting it is to practice tumbling, but please refrain, especially if there is a practice and a tumbling lesson happening at the same time. Then it becomes a more severe safety issue due to the limited space.

 

Practice Times: Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your practice time, and be picked up no later than 15 minutes after the end of your practice. The gym gets very busy!

 

Absences: Please remember to email staff@westhalifaxcheer.com to report absences. This email address is accessed by all coaches, so they will all receive these emails.  You can also reach them individually. The coaches specific email addresses are also found on the website.

 

WHC Summer Camp is still accepting registrations!! https://westhalifaxcheer.com/summer-camps/

 

That’s all, have a great week!

 

Erica, Jana, Ash

August 29, 2017

Hi WHC Families,

This summer has flown by, our 2017-18 competitive season kicks off next week on Tuesday September 5, 2017 (following the Labour Day holiday- there will be no Monday practices)

Your WHC Athelte will now start the 2017-18 competitive “Fall Schedule” which changes to 2 mandatory practices per week as follows:

Mondays:
Love: 8-9:30

Tuesdays:
Charisma: 6-7:45
Charm: 6:30-7:45
Envy: 7:45-9:30

Wednesdays:
Prodigy: 6:00-7:00
Brilliance: 6:00-7:00
Devotion: 7:00 – 8:15
Ambition: 8:15-9:30

Thursdays:
Courage: 5:45-6:45
Brave: 5:45 – 7
Crush: 7-8:15
Charisma: 6:45-8
Envy: 8-9:30

Sundays:
Wonder: 2-2:45
Innovation: 3-4
Prodigy: 3-4
Courage: 4:15 – 5:30
Brilliance: 4:15-5:30
Charm: 5:30 – 6:45
Brave: 5:45 – 6:45
Ambition: 6:45 – 8
Crush: 6:45-8
Love: 8-9:30
Devotion: 8:15-9:30

We recognize the struggle some will have to get to practices at 5:45 pm. We are looking into possible adjustments. We also recognize that due to the construction in the city that will continue into the fall, that even 6 pm practices may be difficult. At this point, we will wait a few weeks into September to see how it goes. If you’re going to be late, or absent, please simply email staff@westhalifaxcheer.com.

*Please note if you have shown interest in being a “Cross-over” Athelte and are not yet on two assigned teams, please email info@weathalifaxcheer.com to advise us of your on-going interest.

***Reminder Closed practices:

During the summer we have opened our doors to parent & sibling viewing. Effective September 5, 2017 parents will not be permitted viewing the last two weeks of the month (*exception mini Prodigy & pre-competitive).  For example in September, the week of Sept 18th and Sept 25th will be closed to viewing.

CHOREOGRAPHY DATES:

***We will soon be posting upcoming choreography dates. These are mandatory sessions where your WHC athlete will learn part of their 2017-18 routine. They will be in 2-5 hour chunks of time (depending on team/level).

Question: What do you do if you cannot attend?

Answer: Should you not be able to attend for extenuating circumstances, advance notice will be required by sending an email to staff@westhalifaxcheer.com asap!

Coaches will need to have another WHC Athelte to fill in. A private lesson with a coach will need to be booked to be caught up on what was learned. Please note, roles my be adjusted based on attendance.

Snacks breaks will be allocated- stay tuned for dates/times.

Other important reminders:

Returnables files: Your team managers are working hard to collect the WHC Returnables files (packages) from you. Please fill this out if you haven’t already done so and ensure it gets to your Team Managers ASAP.

Fees: The first fee installments are now past due, and the second installment is due in September. For your convenience, we’ve attached a copy of the fee structure to this email. Payment can be made in the gym, online (www.westhalifaxcheer.com – click “make a payment“), or via etransfer to erica@westhalifaxcheer.com (please use password: orange).

Parent Portal: As a reminder, a copy of our information package, returnables files, as well as the fee due dates can be found on our website if you click on Parent Portal. Password: westhalilife (i.e. west hali life with no spaces).

Facebook Groups: Each team has a Facebook group. We also have a main “West Halifax Cheer” group that is for all athletes, coaches, families, and staff.  This one can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/52440255018/.  In addition, we have a ‘West Halifax Cheer Mom & Dad’s’ Facebook group, specifically for parents. We STRONGLY encourage you to join the Facebook groups, as it is used as a frequent tool for communication in our organization.

Please comment in the main group if you need to be added to individual team groups. The coach or Team Manager will add you. You may have to become a Facebook “friend” to a coach or manager in order to be added to the group.

Absences: Please remember to email staff@westhalifaxcheer.com to report absences. This email address is accessed by all coaches, so they will all receive these emails. You can also reach them individually. The coaches specific email addresses are also found on the website.

That’s all, have a great week!

Erica, Jana, Ashley