ABOVE THE BARRE AT B N E W S December 2008 Volume 1, Issue 3 FROM THE DIRECTOR—SUSAN BARR IMPORTANT DATES: Happy Holiday’s to all our Middle School. Above the Barre families. > December 5&6 —Level I love the Christmas show, At ATB, we are constantly 4&5 State Champion- We have many exciting because it is an informal and working with our staff to make ship things planned for the wonderful way to introduce sure they understand the needs of > December 6— American month of December at the children to the world of each child. I want you to know Cheer Power Above the Barre. performing. The music is that each gym coach and dance Competition festive and fun. The kids instructor at ATB loves the kids > December 6-7—Co-Ed Gymnastics Progress always have a great time. they are working with and con- Classic Boys Meet Reporting: stantly are talking about the Again this year, the staff of > December 13 — Progress reports and awards progress their students are mak- Jamfest Cheerleading ATB will be performing our will be sent home the third ing. They are very proud of your Competition annual holiday dance. You week of December. The children. > December 14—Dance won’t want to miss it! Think progress reports will let you Christmas Concert Broadway! If you are have any questions know the status of your > December 18—21 — regarding your child and our child’s development and if I encourage you to limit the Region 5 - The Cup programs, please discuss it with your child is ready to move number of guests to just your child’s teacher, Jen or myself. > December 23— January up to the next level. Read parents and grandparent, 5 —ATB Closed for more about the progress because seating is limited. Happy New Year! Christmas reports on page 3 of the Other family members and > January 6—ATB Opens Susan Barr newsletter. friends will enjoy coming to the Spring Concert in May. Dance Christmas Concert: At the holiday, it is good time to The annual Dance INSIDE THIS reflect on the importance of having ISSUE: Christmas Concert is sched- our children in an encouraging uled for Sunday December environment where the they are Christmas Concert 2 14th at the Olmsted Falls valued. Mega Star Team 3 Mega Star Booster 3 JEN BEMENT ATB GYM MANAGER Progress Reports 4 It’s hard to believe it is will be evaluating each Check out some of Above the Banana Split Club 5 already December! Happy athlete. We will hand out a Barre’s upcoming high Holidays to all of the progress report the last week school meets. Strongsville Above the Barre athletes of December. If your gym- High School will be hosting a TOP All Stars 6 and their families. There nast has an 80% pass rate and are a lot of exciting things it is age appropriate, he or she meet January 17 starting at happening in the gym this will be permitted to move to 6:00. Olmsted Falls will be Summer Update 6 month. the next leveled class. hosting two meets: Class athletes, it is your Awards will be given out for January 10 at 6:30 and Febru- time to shine! Throughout various skills throughout the ary 7th at 6:00. Hope to see December, the instructors month as well. you there! Page 2 ATB NEWS SCHOOL OF DANCE CHRISTMAS CONCERT December Tuition SUNDAY DECEMBER 14TH Date: December 14, 2008 door last year. Policy Where: Olmsted Falls How many people can I How do I sign up to Vol- Middle School Main Stage invite to the concert? unteer? All December Tuition must be Time: 1:30 or 5:00 The show is for family Volunteers are needed for paid prior to the Christmas and grandparents. Al- the following committees: Concert. Dances are ready and the though you may invite Set Up costumes have been se- anyone, seating is limited. Clean Up For any account with an out- lected. We are ready for You may wish to wait to Reception – set up cookies standing balance, the child’s our festive family invite friends and and serve Christmas costume accessories friendly holiday concert. neighbors to the Spring Class parent – 1 per will be held at the desk until the Concert in May. dance to help make balance has been paid. This is Which Show Am I In? sure all the children our policy every year. We be- The list of classes partici- are accounted for and lieve that the students partici- pating in each show are What should my child costumes are com- pating in the show should be in listed in the lobby and on wear? Basic outfit as plete. good standing with the studio. the website. Please check listed in the Above the Each family is asked to There are no exceptions to this to see which show you will Barre brochure. If you are sign up for one commit- policy. be attending. unsure, please ask. Most tee. Many hands make classes will have accesso- light work. Thank you! Where is the Middle ries that will be provided School? The concert is at at no additional cost. Just How long does the show the Olmsted Falls Middle come looking your cutest last? Usually about 1 and school. The school is West and wear your smiles. 1/2 hours. It is very infor- of the studio on Bagley mal in the format. There- Road. You can’t miss it. fore it does not run as There is plenty of parking. How will my child get quickly as a Spring recital. their costumes? But, we believe it is impor- How early should I ar- When you arrive at the tant for the kids to get rive? Dancers are to school, there will be signs lined up correctly and for arrive 30 minutes prior down the west hallway the parents to have time to to the start of the show so with your class name and snap a couple of photos that they can find their time on it. Find the sign after each dance. We will class and get into their and class parent will pick keep it moving as quickly costumes. We will be up the bag of accessories as possible though. There started on time. The chil- from the main desk and are always cookies avail- dren must be ready to go the parents will help get able. and in the seats set aside the costumes on the kids. for the dancers 15 minutes Why should I bring prior to showtime. cookies? Reception to What will happen if I follow. Please bring a Is there an Admission forget to pay my tuition plate of cookies or munch- Charge? Admission will prior to the day of the ies to share. Snacks are be $4 per adult to assist in show? Don’t worry, your always festive. The kids covering the rental of the child can still participate. love having cookies after facility. Children under We will accept payment the show. 16 do not require a ticket. by Cash, Check or Credit Tickets can be purchased Card the day of the show. The entire Above the Barre presale the week prior to staff will do our best to the concert or at the door. make the concert an enjoy- We encourage presale due able, fun experience for all to the congestion at the Page 3 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 3 ATB MEGASTAR GYMNASTICS TEAMS High School Gymnastics The Compulsory Teams - Vault with at 9.2. Jenny Roberto placed 3rd Season Has Started Level 4 & 5 attended the on floor. In the 10 year old and older Many of our athletes meet on November 15th division, Carey Hendirx lead Highlights for Level 5: compete for their High at Gym World. We were Schools during the winter the team by placing 1st all proud of how well the girls In the 10 year old division, months. The High Schools around with a 2nd on the represented Above the Alice Clack was 3rd All they will be representing floor (9.10) and a 3rd on Barre. Around. She placed 2nd are Olmsted Falls, the Beam. Strongsville, Midpark, on Floor, and 2nd on Bars. Some of the Highlights for Westlake, and Midview. Hannah Nolan placed 2nd Level 4 were: Olivia Merdita placed 2nd These teams also work out in the All Around. She on Bars. at Above the Barre during In the 9 year old and un- placed 1st on Beam with a the Season. You may see der division Yesenia 9.00, 3rd on Bars with a All the girls did a great job. gymnasts from other clubs Morales placed 3rd All 9.00 and 3rd on Vault . The results from Flip for practicing here too. Around with a 2nd on Bars the Cure will be in the next Alexandria Sikora placed and 3rd on Vault (9.175) Jen Bement, our gym 1st on Vault with a 9.00, newsletter. and Beam. Jenevieve manager is the coach of the 1st on Floor with a 9.125 Olmsted Falls and Midpark Rusin placed 2nd on the and 2nd on Beam . teams. Our optional coaches Brian Gardner and ATB—GYMNASTICS BOOSTER CLUB Bernie Mehmed are the coaches for the Strongsville Check out the new Mega Club meeting. The meeting Good luck to the Boys team. These coaches have goals of making the State Star Bulletin Board in the is scheduled for Thursday, team who will be compet- Finals this year, and it Gym. It contains pictures December 11th at 7:30. ing in their first meet De- looks like they just might and information concern- cember 6th in Pittsburg. make it happen. Go ATB! We will be cheer- ing the gymnastic teams. ing you at State Champion- Strongsville will be Also we have parents who ship and the Region 5 Cup Happy Holidays to hosting a High School are creating scrapbooks of this month. Meet at ATB on Saturday pictures from each meet. Thank you to everyone who everyone at Above December 20th. Come There is one for each level. and support all our teams. helped with the GFS Holi- the Barre from the Everyone is welcome to day Pie fundraiser. The Megastar Booster look at the pictures. amount added to your We look forward to seeing account is posted on the Club you at our next Booster bulletin Board. Mega Star ROSES FOR THE DANCERS Calendar Roses will be great way to December 6-7 available for show your State Championship— purchase at the dancer what a Youngstown Ohio Chirstmas Con- wonderful job cert for $5 they did. December 19-21 The Region 5 Cup—Cincinnati each. It is a Ohio Page 4 ATB NEWS Dance Company Team Gymnastic Parents Progress ConQuest Dance Intensive scholarship winners Reporting On November 2nd several of our students traveled December is an important month in your to Columbus for the ConQuest dance workshop. child’s gymnastic education. This is one of Everyone learned a lot and had a great time. the two times per year that we do progress reports for each gymnast. The following kids received full tuition scholarships to attend next year’s workshop The progress report is for every gymnast from preschool to Rising Star levels. The Jessica Barr, Christina Barr, Tessa Ulman report is broken down by event, and by key competencies within each event. Based on Perfect Pirouette Club the report we will be able to determine if you child is in the correct class, or ready to November New Members more to a more challenging class. Single Pirouette With gymnastics more than any other Rachel Hrobart sport, the skills are progressive. To re- main safe and to continue advancement, Double Pirouette there is a proven order in which skills need Brenna Aurand, Christina Barr, Jessica Barr, to be introduced. Our curriculum ensures Melanie Campbell, Jessica Dete, Sarah Eash, Macie that each athlete learns the correct pro- Edwards, Mallory Fiorucci, Megan Hendricks, gression for safely learning skills. We Morgan Jedrzejek, Alexis Jobes, Grace Kelly, Sarah abide by the USAG safety standards. Massey, Tessa Phillips, Amber Silvaggio, Rachel Spurlock, Rebekah Spurlock, Arianna Thielman, Upon receipt of your Progress Report, if Tessa Ulman, you have any questions please set up a time to discuss your questions with your child’s teacher or Jen Bement, our Gym Manger. PROGRESS REPORTS Reach for the Stars! Soon all gymnastic athletes will have their name on a star. As a motivational tool, each star will represent a different set of skills. As athletes progress through the program, he or she will move their name from star to star. Page 5 ATB NEWS Cecchetti Exams Congratulation to the following dancers who successfully passed their National Cecchetti Ballet Exams November 14—16. These students worked extremely hard perfect- ing the steps and memorized the theory for these exam. I Banana Split Club am very proud of each dancer. Have you seen all the split pictures on the wall? We are very excited at the number of kids al- Grade IV ready in the club. A new wall mural is being Pass Commended Jessica Barr, Rachel Spurlock, Rebekah Spurlock painted by Jason Krucek for the split club. Ja- son also designed and painted all the artwork in Grade III the Galaxy Gym. He is the art teacher at North Pass Olmsted Middle School, and he does murals for Christina Barr, Julia Burnell, Samantha Carson, Macie private residences as well. His card is available Edwards, Alexis Jobes, Emily Kocjan in the Galaxy Gym. Grade II As a member of the Banana Split Club, the child Pass Commended receives one Ice Cream Treat for each split Sarah Eash, Megan Hendricks, Morgan Jedrzejek, achieved, and they get their picture taken doing Grace Kelly their split and we will place it on our Banana Split wall of fame. Pass Brenna Aurand, Kate Bailey, Melanie Campbell, Sarah Our new Banana Split Club members for Massey, Stephanie Scott, Alexa Szabo, Arianna Thiel- November are: man, Tessa Philllips, Tessa Ulman One Scoop: Grade I Christina Barr, Jessica Barr, Jennifer Boey, Pass MacKenzie Burke, Melanie Campbell, Katie Cass, Olivia Begeman, Mackenzie Crossen, Mallory Fiorucci, Morgan Ciolek, Julia Chapman, Shawna Cook, Alice Rachel Fiorucci, Raebeth Hughes, Christine Jakyma, Clark, Maura Crayton, Mara Deselich, Jessica Dete, Makenna Kaufhold, Allison Mehmed, Sophie Zoie Doucette, Sarah Eash, Macie Edwards, Isabella Minkiewicz, Marissa Moore, Alexandria Nolan, Ennemoser, Trisha Feighan, Mallory Fiorucci, Zasca-aisha Ristianto, Hannah Schmidt, Maggie Spooner McKenna Greene, Hannah Haserodt, Carrie Hendrix, Alexis Jobes, Holly Keating, Kara Keim, Grace Klepek, Olivia Merdita, Natalie Moore, Yesenia Morales, Gia Newsome, Hannah Nolen, Brianna Palkovic, Rachael Palmer, Tessa Phillips, Hallie Potter, Haley Preseren, Laura Reilly, Jenny Roberto, ATB Logo Wear Jenevieve Rusin, Jordan Sicking, Alexandria Sikora, Amber Silvaggio, Laney Spencer, Hannah Tomecko, ATB Logo Wear is here. Due to popular demand, we Tessa Ulman, Alex Wandrie, Tessa Wieneke will be selling new logo wear T-Shirts and Hooded Jack- Two Scoop: ets a little later this year. Brenna Aurand, Hope Aurand, Ashley Barr, Samantha Carson, Alyssa Collins, Rachel In addition, we will D’Alessandro, Julianna Galarza, Bailey Good, Megan Hendricks, Julianna Hess, Christine Jakyma, Morgan be selling cool car Jedrzejek, Grace Kelly, Kaitlyn Linder, Madison ATB window decals per- Malensky, Ashley Martincic, Sarah Massey, Baylee sonalized for your Medvetz, Mallory Morell, Paige Nicholas, Megan special someone. Robertson, Casey Schmidt, Hannah Schmidt, Arianna Thielman, Juliette Ulman, Cassie Urry, Lauren Weiler We’re on the Web! TOP All—Star Cheer Program WWW.AbovetheBarre.com Our Competition season begins December 6th at the American Cheer Power completion in Columbus. The girls have put in many, many hours of practicing and polishing their individual skill and routines. The ABOVE THE BARRE squads will be They will also be attending the Jamfest on December 1450 West Bagley Road 13th in Cleveland at the Public Auditorium. Berea, OH 44017 The Top All-Stars have a new website that is linked to our site under www.AbovetheBarre.com the cheer heading. WWW.topallstars.teampages.com. Phone: 440 625-0000 E-mail: MelanieUlman_ATB @Live.com Uniforms are on their way and the manufacturer is trying to get them here this week for our first competition. Thank you for your patience in the matter. We want to extend a hugh cheer to our squads and we want you to rock the house at the Competitions! You are awesome! CONSTRUCTIN UPDATE The snow has brought New for December: • New mushroom. about more construction changes to the facility. • Paving for the back parking Training Kids To Love The Art lot. Of Dance and Gymnastics. Completed in November: • Completion of Heating and Cooling System. • Carpet Bonded Foam for the Galaxy Gym’s Floor • Installation of climbing for added safety ropes • New Pommel Horse Thank you to everyone who trainer. has helped to make ATB a • More Carpet Bonded success. Keep telling every- • New mats for the tram- Foam for the Vault run- one about the good things poline installed. way will increase the happening at Above the use of the space for Barre. • New covers for our beginner gymnastics, square 8 inch mats. acro and tumbling If you are experiencing any classes. problems with the coaching • Sound reduction tiles for or facility, please let the front Studio A. • Additional Sound reduc- desk, Jen or Susan know so tion equipment in Dance that we can serve you better. studio’s A and D.