New Announcements for March 10:
Club this week is our annual tradition of the State Championship celebration. This consists of some mini-simultaneous exhibitions with some of our top kids, followed by cake and ice cream with a toppings bar! I’m always late throwing this together due to the prep for the championship itself. I’ve asked our volunteer coordinator to add ice cream to our volunteer sign-up sheet, so please check back there tomorrow (Monday). We need several different flavors of ice cream. I’ll pick up everything else but just don’t have the freezer space to store ice cream. We’ll provide the cake. If anyone won an individual and/or team award, we ask that you bring those Tuesday (including wearing your medals). We will take a group photo with all the awards.
This party is for EVERYONE in the club, not just those who attended State. Even if you were unable to attend this year, you helped prep your clubmates for the event by studying and practicing with them all year. We want to include you in our celebration! The group photos will include some with just those who attended State, and some of the whole club. We generally make the photo our Facebook header photo for a whole year, so don’t miss being in it!
Check in as close to 5 PM as possible. We’re still working out the details, but we will likely be handing you a slip of paper at check-in with the name of your clubmate you will be playing in the simul, and we’ll direct you to the proper room. There is no Ladder this week. Simuls will run until about 6:30 PM, at which time we will come down and get pictures and eat!
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.