New Announcements for Jan 14:
Hi, all! Club this week is Round 2 of the Velociraptor Junior tournament. Same routine as last week and the next few weeks to come. Check in as close to 5 PM as possible with me so I know to pair you, pick up your chess bucks (STORE WILL BE CLOSED THIS WEEK, though), make your ladder challenge, and go to class. Coaches, release the kids at 6 PM. The pairings will all be posted upstairs by then. If you are running late and want to be paired (I will pair at 5:45 PM sharp), please be sure to text me, so I know you are on the way. As always, if you know that you will be out this week, let me know ASAP so I can enter the bye before Tuesday night (saves a lot of time). I do understand kids coming home from school sick, parents getting stuck at work, etc., so last minute call-outs are okay, but whatever you do, don’t just not show up and leave me waiting until the last minute to see if you are going to walk through the door. This is called a “no show,” and three of those puts you out of the club to open slots for wait listed families. Just communicate with me and we’ll all be great! Last week went super smoothly, thanks to all of you!!!! Especially with all the new families — I was very pleased with a well-oiled night. Let’s do it again this week!
Also, don’t forget to register for the VSCA tournament being held at the church February 1st. It will most likely cap, so get registered as early as humanly possible (like now) AND PAID — registering without paying in advance will no longer guarantee a spot in local tournaments. Register at www.vschess.org
(just scroll down the page).
There WILL be another tournament at the church on February 29th — it’s locked in. I will let you know when registration opens (that one is ours). And then it’s on to the State Championship March 6-8! Scholarship application deadline is February 8th.
See you Tuesday!
VOLUNTEER REMINDER: Each family is REQUIRED to volunteer 9 times / 9 hours during the school year. There are 40 families who have not yet volunteered in September. Pay attention to those e-mails that come from Sign-up Genius. There are also links on our Facebook page and website. Sign up for a job, check in for the job, and get credit!
As a gentle reminder… NEW ROOMS
Room assignments (room number and our descriptive nicknames):
Guppies: Conference Room (104 downstairs)
Minnows: 220 Blue Room
Rockfish: 224 Big Room
Swordfish: Church Lobby
Dolphins: 223 Corner Room
Orcas: 222 Couch Room
Megalodons/Mosasaurus Combined: 221 Fridge Room
Candidate Masters: Downstairs in the choir room
Let me know if you have any questions!
Check out at all of the great opportunities for tournaments coming up!
Inclement Weather Policy
HRSCC follows the guidance of Virginia Beach City Public Schools for cancellations. If school is cancelled or released early, or if after school activities are cancelled due to inclement weather, HRSCC will be cancelled that day.
Please continue to sign up to Volunteer (once per month required). Use the link pinned to the top of the Facebook page or from the Volunteer tab on the HRSCC dropdown menu to sign up in advance. Our volunteer coordinator is logging your hours for the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards (adults and kids). If you would like to submit retroactive hours, please see Amy Nichols at club.
It is imperative that you let Coach Tina know in advance if you will NOT be at club. This allows us to enter Byes in advance and know how many board numbers to lay out, saving time and allowing us to run each club meeting smoothly. E-Mail prior to 4 PM on Tuesdays if possible. Last minute absences (e.g. child comes home sick from school, car breaks down, impossible traffic, etc.) should be texted to 757-535-3880 prior to 5:30 PM, as should planned late arrivals. Rounds will start between 6 and 6:15 PM weekly, so if you can guarantee arrival by 6, you will be paired (but you will miss training). If you are a “no show” (absent with no notice), you will receive a zero point bye for that night’s round. If your absence is known in advance, you are entitled to one half point bye per tournament. Subsequent absences will receive a zero point bye for the same tournament. Despite these pleas, we continue to have a few no-shows each week.
Chess Bucks: Chess bucks (which replaced tickets) are awarded at check-in for ChessKid usage, tournament attendance, homework, etc. See the Weekly Homework tab on the HRSCC dropdown menu for your assignments! The chess store will be open each week for you to purchase items with your chess bucks.