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MAY NEWS

We are rounding out April with Team Tryouts this Thursday 28th at 5pm.  Everyone 5 years and over is invited.  If you are interested in team gymnastics for anyone under 5, please see the front desk, and our preschool director will advise you on our preschool team path.

This weekend, May 8, our senior gymnast, Sophia Hyderally competes in the USA Gymnastics Level 10 National Finals in Forth Worth, Texas.  This is the highest level in the USA Junior Olympics and we wish her luck.

Summer Camp Super Sign Up Week is May 9-14.  This is a great time to sign up and receive bonus gifts.  Classes will run as normal throughout the summer, but we will also have summer day camps from 7.30am to 5.30pm, from May 31-Aug 5. We would appreciate if parents could pick up some postcards from the front desk, to leave at their work place.  Thanks.

During the weekend of May 14, our Excel team will compete in the USA Regional Finals in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  We wish them luck!

Team Banquet is Thursday 19th.  See the booster club for details.  Junior and Rec. Development teams will also have a banquet to celebrate their achievements, on Wed. 25th. See Coach Paige if you could help with set up.

Friday 20th is our Annual Planet Mini-Olympics, from 4.30-6pm.  All students are invited to participate.  Our senior team will be judging, and everyone will receive a medal, goody bag, and cake afterwards.  Our excel and optional teams will do an exhibition, along with our Planet Fencing team.  This will be a USA Gymnastics Official Rio Olympic event!  Sign up at the front desk for $10.  Spectators are free.  Team members, senior 1 and up, and rec. team do not pay; just sign up.

The week of 23-27 will be Achievement Week.  All class students receive a ribbon and certificate at the end of class, as we celebrate their hard work.

The Planet Gymnastics Parents’ Association will hold its annual meeting,  Thursday 26th around 5.30pm.  If your child joins one of our teams, this is a great way to get up to speed, and pick up your new team handbook.

Monday 30th is Memorial Day, so no gym that day.  There is no make up class, as May already had 4 Mondays.  Summer Camps and summer schedule starts the next day, Tuesday 31st.  Evening classes will continue for any team members still at school, and our classes continue as before.  If classes are low, we may join some together, but we will let you know.

Vlad will be doing his extra conditioning classes for team members this summer.  Watch out for information on Melanie’s camps too, and remember to sign up for our Annual Planet Olympic Camp.  World and Olympic gold medalists, Artur Akopyan and Igor Korobchinski will be coaching at it!!!

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APRIL NEWS

This month we are enjoying spring, and preparing for summer, with our Spring Fling Week and Spring Camp,  and our Summer Camp Super Sign Up Weeks.

Fun games and face painting are included in your class during the week of April 18-23, as we enjoy our Spring Fling Week.

Super Sign Up Weeks are April 4-9 and May 9-14.  This is a great time to prepare for your summer.  Classes will run as normal throughout the summer, but we will also have summer day camps going on from 7.30am to 5.30pm, from May 31-August 5.  Pick up a postcard at the front desk and get sign up gifts during these weeks.

For spring break, Coach Diamond is hosting a fun camp from April 11-17, so sign up at the front desk and make your checks payable to Diamond Washington.

For serious gymnasts, we will have our Planet Olympic Camp the week of June 26-30.  Sign up ahead of time at the front desk.

RESULTS:  Our team gymnasts could not have worked harder, and the results showed when they dominated the Alabama State Championships last week, coming home with two team titles, three 2nd places, and one third place!  Twenty-five of our gymnasts bought home at least one state title.  Ten gymnasts will represent Alabama at the Regional Finals, and many more qualified as all-stars.  Finals will take place in North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida.

Congratulations also to our cheer and fencing teams.

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MARCH NEWS

All class students who missed practice on Tuesday, February 23, due to the tornado warning, should schedule a make up at the front desk.

No holidays this month.  Egg Hunt Week (our favorite time at the gym) takes place from March 21-25.  Students hunt for a candy filled egg at the end of practice.

Team gymnasts, excel levels and 7-10, have their State Championships on March 18-20 in Tuscaloosa.  There will be no practice for team members on the following Monday, March 21.  The optional team first have a meet on March 5 at the University of Georgia.

Summer camp registration starts this month, so look out for upcoming flyers.  Coach Alex hopes to add some fencing camps to the lineup.

We have started two new Facebook pages, one for fencing and one for gym.  We will post information related to classes, and also about the sport in general.  Please visit us, and share with your friends. It will be very informative.  Remember to sign up on our website at http://www.PlanetGymnastics.com to receive this newsletter and handouts electronically.

February Results:  In fencing, Natasha qualified as a coach in Atlanta, and Coach Alex upgraded his certification. In gymnastics, our Mardi Gras meet was a big success, thanks to all the parents who helped out.  The team from Scotland had a wonderful experience and did not want to go home!

FEBRUARY NEWS

GYMNASTICS & TUMBLING NEWS

Sign up for automatic debit through your bank account or credit/debit card.  Tuition does not come out before the 5th of the month, and not only does it save your spot, but you also save $5 each month.

The gym is closed for Mardi Gras on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th, and for our meet on Friday 12th through Sunday 14th.

Make up day is  Saturday 20th.  Sign up for your 9am or 10am class at the front desk. This if for the following: classes on Mon 8th and Tuesday 9th.  Saturday classes on 13th  and development team on Friday 12th.

Level 1 and 2 (bronze) teams can practice on Wednesday 10th during the day or in the evening to practice for the meet.  Hours to follow.

A team from Glasgow, Scotland will arrive on Friday 5th.  They will be training with us, and enjoying a cultural exchange, before participating in our meet.

Our annual Planet Mardi Gras Invitational takes place over the weekend of 12-14th, so there will be no Open Gym or classes on Friday 12th.  Our junior, dynamite and recreational development teams will compete that night, so make sure you have signed up at the front desk. See the schedule on our Meet page.  Admission to the last session on Saturday night is free if you are from Planet Gymnastics.  Come out to support our highest level optionals, levels 9 and 10!  They start at 7pm and finish by 9pm.  Please remember we set up for the meet on Thursday 11th at 6pm, and are looking for strong men to help move the equipment, and creative women to decorate. Thanks! As usual, no team practice after the meet, Mon. 15th.

Remember to keep bringing in your beads.  We recycle them during our meet, and students get a free bungee turn for bringing them in.

We have started new preschool classes during the day with Coach Stephanie. Jumpin’ Joeys are for moms and babies as well as preschoolers.  See the front desk for times and prices.

Summer camp flyers will be coming out soon.  Day camps for 3-14 years will run from around May 31 to August 5.  Olympic Camp for gymnasts will be June 26-30 with guest coaches.

January Results: Level 1 and Silver teams finished 1st at the Southern Classic, while Bronze, Gold and Platinums took 2nd.  Level 7 team finished 1st at the Roulez Les Bons Temps meet in Baton Rouge.

FENCING NEWS

No class on Monday 8th for Mardi Gras or Monday 15th as Coach Alex will be at the Junior Olympic Nationals in Cleveland, Ohio.  Please turn up on Thursday 11th and 18th for your make up class, or see Coach Alex.

Good luck to Natasha at Nationals.  The team will also compete in Atlanta on 21st.

January Results:  Garrett Whalen got a rating at the Epee Melee in Baton Rouge. He has now gone from unrated to rated E!!  Keep up the good work.