Newsletter

DECEMBER NEWS

Congratulations to all our State Champions!  Team levels 1-5 just finished their State Championships, and many of our gymnasts returned with gold.

Team tryouts take place this Thursday, 7th, at 4.30pm.  We have different levels of commitment on our teams for preschoolers, recreational gymnasts, and serious competitors, so turn up on Thursday if you are interested.

The big event for this month is the Winter Wonderland on Friday, December 8th, from 5-6pm.  Bring family to enjoy this 1 hour show  and  some festive refreshments afterwards.  Spectators are free.  Participants should sign up at the front desk for $10 which also gets them a gift from Santa.  Team gymnasts should turn up in their competitive leotard.

The team holiday party for Senior levels 1 and up takes place on Saturday, December 16th.  A big thanks to the parents committee who organize this event every year, and also use it to remind our kids to give back.

The gym will be closed from December 25th, and reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.  Make-up classes will take place on Saturday 16th, so if you take a class any day from Monday through Thursday, sign up at the front desk.

We thank you sincerely for your business this year.  We are grateful to be involved in your children’s lives.  Lets hope 2018 is peaceful.

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NOVEMBER NEWS

This Thursday, November 9th, gymnastics and fencing coach, Natasha Novikov will sign her official national letter of intent to join NCAA Division 1 school, Wagner College,  with a scholarhip to compete on their fencing team.  Join us at 7pm in the gym to celebrate the signing and eat cake.  Natasha will start in fall 2018. Go Seahawks!

Planet will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on November 22-26.  Friday and Saturday are the only days without 4 practices this month, so Friday classes will have make ups on Saturday 18th, 9-11am, and Saturday classes should pick a class during the week.  See the front desk to sign up or if you need any help.

There will be no Open Gym on Friday 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Our annual Winter Wonderland exhibition will take place on Friday, December 8th, from 5-6pm, so coaches will begin working on routines.  Always our best night of the year, keep this one free in your diary.

OCTOBER NEWS

Our annual Planet Beach Meet takes place on Saturday, October 14th, from 8am-8pm, and Sunday, 15th, from 8am-11am.  See the schedule posted on our website or in the front lobby for details.  Beach Meet Schedule  Spectators cost $7 adults, $2 kids, with 5 and under free.  Come and support our team and get an idea of what is involved in the competitive part of gymnastics, clue: shiny leotards and electronic scoreboards.

The preschool Saturday classes will be cancelled that day, Saturday, October 14th.  Please see the front desk about scheduling your make up class.

National qualifier and NCAA fencer, Natasha Novikov, has taken over the running of the Planet Fencing Club.  In addition to her Monday night class, she has opened a Wednesday Homeschoolers Class from 2-3pm, at the same time as our homeschool gymnastics class.  She has installed new stations upstairs in the fencing gym and is bringing a whole new vibe to the fencing club.  Look out for lots of exhibitions and tournaments!  Parents, if you are interested in learning yourself, see Natasha.

The gym is closed on Monday, October 9th for the holiday.  As we have 5 Mondays in October, we will not be scheduling a make up.

Dress up week (always fun!) is October 24-30 and has candy giveaways.  The gym will be closed on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31st.  As we have 5 Tuesdays in October, we will not be scheduling a make up.

A big thanks to our Parents Association for organizing the new team banners, and making the gym look amazing!

Make sure you have signed up for bank/credit card draft at the front desk, in order to get our best available rates.  Draft is mandatory for team members.  Happy fall!

SEPTEMBER NEWS

The new school year is back in full swing, and everything is going well at Planet.  More classes are being opened.  Our team parents already had their fantastic annual Parents’ Meet, and our team girls are getting their beautiful new leotards ready for the upcoming season.   Please see the front desk if you have any questions or suggestions.

We have a Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 4th, so make up day for those who will miss a Monday class, will be on Saturday morning, September 9th.  Sign up at the front desk to check your time spot.

National Gymnastics Day is on Saturday, September 16th, and we will be hosting a $1 (proceeds to Childrens’ Miracle Network) Open Gym from  10am-12pm.  Participants must be 14 years or under, and be signed in by a parent.  Team will do an exhibition, and everyone will have cake and juice.  Invite your friends!

The Planet Beach Meet takes Place over the weekend of October 14-15, and the deadline for our Recreational Development, Junior, and Dynamite teams to sign up is Friday, September 15th.  $65 entry fee covers USA certified judges, electronic scoring, trophies, medals and gift.  Coaches are able to assist these gymnasts during the meet. Please see your head coach if you have any questions.

Remember to sign up at http://www.planetgymnastics.com to receive this monthly handout electronically.

SUMMER NEWSLETTER

Summer is a busy time at Planet.  Classes continue on their current schedules in the evenings, (check if your class is small, as it may be combined with another) while summer camp takes place during the day.  We still have Open Gym on Friday evenings, birthday parties on Saturdays, and the fencing and dance gyms continue to operate.

Team girls switch to daytime hours starting Tuesday, May 30th.  For those girls still at school, we are continuing evening hours for the rest of the week,  just for them.  Pick up a schedule at the front desk.

The gym will be closed on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day, and will re-open on Tuesday at 7.30am for summer day camps.  Camps are for girls and boys, 3 to 14 yrs, and can be purchased on a half day, whole day or bulk buy basis.  Pick up a postcard with all the details, at the front desk.

Olympic Camp for female gymnasts takes place on June 12-15 with visiting World & Olympic Champion coaches.  All levels of team and class gymnasts are invited.  Registration forms are at the front desk.

We will also have extra conditioning classes going on during the summer.  Sign up on a daily basis, or for the whole summer with Coach Melanie.

The gym will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 for Independence Day, and the make up class will take place on Saturday, July 15th, so be sure to sign up at the front desk and get your class time.

There will be no team or recreational classes during the week of July 31 – August 5 to allow our coaches a vacation.  Summer camp will continue during this week.  Classes resume on Monday, August 7th, and team will go back to evening practice then.

Congratulations to our team on completing a great season, with 27 State and 4 Regional Champions!  Thanks to the parents for the recent banquet celebrating their hard work, and in particular, the dedication of our Seniors, Melonie Thomas and Natasha Novikov.

MAY NEWS

May is Mini-Olympic Month!  This annual event takes place on Friday, May 19th, from 4.30-6pm.  All class students are invited to participate in this fun meet.  After march in and stretch, students rotate around all 4 events, or tumbling and trampoline, performing the routines they will learn in class.  Our senior team members judge them kindly and hold up their scores.  Next our team perform a short exhibition, followed by an award ceremony where every student gets to stand on the podium to receive their award and goody bag.  At the end of the night, everyone has cake and juice.  Open gym for 6-14 year olds, from 6-9pm is on sale that night for only $10 for students who participated in the Mini-Olympics.  Sign up at the front desk.  $10 gymnast.  Spectators free.

For Mini-Olympics all team members should wear their competition leotard.  They will finish at 6pm that night.  If you normally have practice on Friday nights, or if you are on our silver team or higher, there is no admission fee for you.

With team tryouts taking place on Thursday, April 27th at 4:30pm, new members are starting on team this month, May 1st.  This gives them a chance to see if they enjoy it, before ordering team leotards during the summer, and gives them plenty of practice time before meet season in the fall.

Planet Olympic Camp takes place on June 12-15.  Guest coaches and gymnasts will arrive to help make this a great time to learn new skills.  Open to all team and class members.  Level 1 team are eligible for half day camp.  Motivational tips, goal setting, team building and even arts & crafts make this the camp for lifetime memories.  Flyers at front desk.

Our Xcel team finish off our season with Regional Finals in Myrtle Beach, SC, on May 12-14. Good luck to our girls representing Planet and Alabama!

The parents team meeting takes place on Wednesday, May 17, so all new parents can bring their questions.  We have a wonderful and positive parents association that we are very proud of here at Planet.

Team banquet on Thursday, May 18th, for 2016-17 members, celebrates the hard work and achievements of our awesome team members.

At the end of this month, our summer day camps for 3-14 year olds begin, and run all summer long, so get details at the front desk.  Great rates!  Classes also run all summer so your kids can have a fun, active vacation, right here at Planet.

 

APRIL NEWS

Congratulations to all our new Alabama State Champions!  Our Silver level team finished in 1st place!  Our Gold level finished 2nd, Platinum 3rd and Bronze 4th, and 26 of our gymnasts won individual titles.  A big thanks to all our parents who helped run the event at the Convention Center.  We hope you saw some of our girls during the TV interviews.

April brings one of our favorite events, the Egg Hunt.  Students will get to search for a candy filled egg at the end of class on April 10-15th.

The USA Regional Finals for levels 6-8 will also be hosted by Planet at the Convention Center, April 20-23rd, so any class parents who would like to volunteer, please leave your name and number with our front desk staff.  Good luck to McKenna Bullard who will represent Planet at these finals.

For anyone interested in getting involved with our Championship team, we will be hosting Team Tryouts at the end of April, possibly Thursday 27th, so keep watching for that flyer.  We will be looking for team members to join our Junior team (ages approx. 4-6), our Recreational Development team (ages 6+) and our Senior Level 1-2 teams (ages 6+). Each team has a different level of commitment suited to your child and your preference.

Planet Summer Day Camps will take place throughout the summer, from May to August, for ages 3-14.  3-4 year olds can only participate for a half day in the morning.  Lunch can be packed or purchased, and snacks will be provided.  Sports games in the gym and arts & crafts upstairs will keep your youngsters active and involved during the summer.  Our rates are great, with sibling discounts.  Walk-ins are welcome.  You can bulk buy your days at a discounted rate, and use them anytime during the summer.

Looking forward to May for our Annual Mini-Olympics, team banquet, and our Excel team finals in Myrtle Beach, SC.