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					                         ABOVE            THE        BARRE

                         AT B N E W S
                         December 2008                                                                           Volume 1, Issue 3

                         FROM        THE       DIRECTOR—SUSAN                          BARR

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
                                                          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!
                         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

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!
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                                     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
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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
you at our next Booster         bulletin Board.
                                                                                                     Mega Star
ROSES          FOR        THE       DANCERS
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
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                                 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

                                                             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
As athletes progress through the program,
he or she will move their name from star to
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                                   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.
 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
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
We’re on the Web!                                               TOP All—Star Cheer Program
                                        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                the cheer heading.
   Phone: 440 625-0000
   E-mail: MelanieUlman_ATB
                                        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.

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