Week 1 USSC Chronicles!

Hi All,

I would like to officially welcome you and your kids to the 2019 USSC Season!!!  As you have probably already heard from your kids, they had a great time!  So much so that 1 unnamed ski clubber just didn’t wan’t the night to end and decided to stay a little longer.  Buses were loaded, attendance was taking, passes collected when we realized he was not on the bus.  So I called his cell & he answered!  That was the best part!!!  Ahh boys, gotta love them!!!

Rest assure we never leave the mountain until we have EVERYONE accounted for!

The bus ride up was flawless! The kids were quick in getting to the buses & were very well behaved.  Eli may have put the fear of God in the 4th-6th grade bus but it worked!  His bus was perfectly behaved!  (Last year we heard it was pretty rowdy but he laid down the law.)

The High School bus was also great & even once the 28 7th graders joined us they weren’t loud like I feared and all was smooth.  All us chaperones & bus drivers appreciate a quiet bus ride, especially when the buses are full.

Only 3 absences total today!  One naturally was my youngest, and 2 high schoolers!  Pretty impressive!!! Please remember to text me if your child is absent so I can add extra chaperones to the buses otherwise they would have to drive! They would much rather ride up than have to take their own car so as a general curiosity please let me know in the morning when you call your student out of school.  Just a quick text is all I need, it will be super helpful!

Naturally the 1st week is a little chaotic trying to get kids to rentals & lessons for 3:50 especially when we don’t arrive to Wachusett until 3:15.   Remember last year we had 2 arrival times so not everyone went to lessons at the same time like we do now.  I am sure next week will go smoother.  If your student rents equipment next week they will get off the bus & go with chaperones directly to rentals. Then straight to lessons.  After lessons they are free to ski with a buddy or chaperone or go inside to get dinner.  Remember to send food, money or a COW Card, you all know my preference by now.  Perfect example, we arrived and with in minutes we saw a COW card on the floor by our table, no name on it.  When we had a minute we went to costumer service, had them run the number & realized it was a $50 card belonging to one of our boys, (not a rookie either)  So I let some time pass to see if this student will inquire about the missing card but he doesn’t.  I go over to  Zach R, who has been doing ski club for years & ask him how its going & if he has had dinner yet.  He says he is having a great time but needs to get dinner.  So messing with him a bit I say, oh & how are you going to pay for it? (Laughing a little to myself).  He says, I have a Cow Card!

I reply, are you sure? Laughing now as he is searching his pockets not even realizing it was gone.  This is why Cow cards are the safest option.  If you have one, write your students name on it & TUXB.  You can even hole punch it and put it on a lanyard.  Zach was a good sport & new after his mistake of not labeling his stuff he was going to make this weeks Chronicles:)

The newbies did amazing!!!!  They seemed to really enjoy it & I am sure by week 3 will be completely comfortable with the mountain.

Everyone was polite, listened & cleaned up after themselves!!!  We only had 1 minor meltdown upon arrival when this students boot bag & our coordinator bag which are identical were mixed up.  Now I know I mentioned a few times to label everything but part of the mix up was on the chaperone (Eli) that brought said bag unlabeled & the other chaperone ( Eric) that took the poor girls bag that looked like ours and moved it to our table.  I think we all learned a valuable lesson again.  LABEL YOUR STUFF, ALL OF IT!!!!!

Lastly our record of weekly injuries continues! We are hoping it is a minor head injury for 1 of our 8th grade boys & thankfully ski patrol cleared him to ride home with us so that is promising!  We all hope you feel better & will be ready to go up next week Jack!!!  Thank God everyone wears helmets now.  Back when we were kids helmets were not a thing, but those wild crazy hats sure were! Not sure how those would of helped us in a fall but they sure looked cool!

Special thanks to Eli’s bus chaperones, Matt, Jamie, Julie, & John!!! He couldn’t stop bragging to me how well behaved “his” bus was!!!!  I guess he wins round 1 seeing as how my bus had  one chaperone show up late to the high school & I had the student that decided to extend ski club hours tonight!  Hahaha….Next week we are bringing it!

Seriously though special thanks to my bus chaperones, Eric, Kayleigh, & Heather!!! ZYou guys were great!!!

Also to all that helped at the mountain, THANK YOU!!!  What a great group of volunteers that were willing to do just about anything I asked of them with the exception of our co-coordinator Jim.  He was not amused with me when I asked him to find all the kids he could that were wearing the USSC apparel from Think Local and  take a group pic!!!  Come on Jim that would have been a great Pic!  LOL….Next week!!!!

January 15th is the deadline to order apparel from Think Local.  The link is on our website so if you wanted anything order now before its too late.  I saw lots of kids with sweatshirts & the sweatpants on today & they looked awesome!  Even the Wachusett staff commented on how nice it looked!  Remember a small portion of your orders comes back to the club to help with the end of season pizza party!!!

A few kids forgot to hand in their student passes at the end of the night.  I am missing the following:  Teddy Rigney, Jon Dow, Carlee Veinotte, Logan Grabowski, Finn Cove, & John Grabowski has my season pass:)  Remember to bring them with you next week!

I noticed a few more members on Uxbridge Ski Bums (our FaceBook Group)  If you haven’t already joined please do so.  We will post when we leave the mountain on that page.  From that moment its roughly 45 minutes so plan to be at the High School based off of that post.

I have pics from tonight that I will share tomorrow.  Need to locate my cable to upload but its midnight & I am tired!!!

Week 1 officially in the books!

See You Next Tuesday!!!

Shelley, Eli, & Jim

Uxbridge Ski & Snowboard Club



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