Aug 30, 2011

Want to sell or buy used skating items?

What Do You Need To Do To Sell?
  • Start getting your stuff ready with lables that include their name and cost of the items
  • Email Nichole Yakstis, nichole0617@yahoo.com and let her know you have items to sell.

What Do You Need To Do To Buy Items?
  • Show up at any Learn To Skate, Club Ice or Synchro Session during the week of October 10 - 15.

Principal Roles in Nutcracker on Ice

Nutcracker on Ice
Principal Role Auditions

Sept 13th 4-5:30 pm
Sept 17th 4-5:30 pm
Webster Groves Ice Rink

Audition Information &
Applications will SOON be available at
Webster Groves Ice Rink or
from MEFSC coachers.

Molly Romano

Metro Edge FSC Invites all St. Louis Area Skaters
who have passed:
•     ISI FS5 and/or USFS Pre-Juvenile Fee Skate OR
•    Are 13 years or older AND have passed FS4 and/or
      USFS Preliminary Free Skate to audition for a principal role in this holiday classic.

Group Numbers are available for skaters of all ages & abilities. 

Group registration will follow auditions.

Registration for Classes start September 15th.

Saturday, December 10th 2:00 and 5:00 pm
Saturday, December 11th 2:00 and 5:00 pm

Webster Groves ice Arena
Audition Fee: $15

Aug 26, 2011

Synergy Warm-Ups

Make sure you have tried on your travel warm ups!  Synergy travel warm ups and backpack are required for all traveling teams.  If you need new travel warm ups or the Synergy backpack, please get in touch with Cindy Grigg at cgrigg@swbell.net or 314-800-8300 ASAP.  The orders will go to the company next week so that they will arrive before travel begins in November. 

The shirts shown on the backpack order form are optional.  The three t-shirts on the top row are all black (not royal as stated on the sweatshirt) and practice attire approved.  Many parents inquired about the polo shirts on the bottom row.  Other Synergy attire  (including t-shirts, sweatshirts, headbands, leggings, etc.) will also be available through our soft goods coordinator, Julie Latta.

You can find the Order Form HERE

Aug 25, 2011

HPC Club Ice

Club Ice has started at Hockey Performance Center.  It is on Sunday's from 1:50 - 2:50!  We also still have Club Ice on Mondays and Wednesdays at Webster.  Check out the Club Ice Calendar for exact times and details.

Push for Pencils School Supply Drive

Don't forget to bring your school supplies in!  You can drop them off at the rink or bring them to the ice cream social on Sunday!

Ice Cream Social

Mark your calendars!  The Buddy Family Ice Cream Social will be held at Blackburn Park in Webster Groves on Sunday, August 28 from 2-4 p.m.  Ice cream will be provided. Skaters will get to meet their skater "families" made up of skaters from each team.   Skaters will also work on their family flag and learn their family dance at the ice cream social.  Don't forget to bring your decorated felt square you received at synchro camp in June.  If you have misplaced your felt square or need a new one, Joan Wise will have them available at boot camp this weekend. 

RAMS Fundraising Opportunity

The MEFSC offers parents the opportunity to earn money for your skater’s expenses by working concessions at the Edwards Jones Dome.  We have thirteen events, ten of which our RAMS games.  If you would like to participate in the RAMS fundraising opportunity, please email Matt Kirkpatrick at matthew.d.kirkpatrick@monsanto.com or you can reach him at 314.378.4134

Whatever happened to those Coaching Evaluations?

As I am sure you remember, we asked skaters and parents to confidentially evaluate their coaches and the Synergy program at the conclusion of the season.  We received a lot of great feedback, both positive and negative.  I thought I would briefly share some of what we learned with you.
Let’s start with the positive.  The vast majority of our families are clearly pleased with the direction of Synergy.   They also recognized the strong commitment to our skaters and work ethic of our coaches.  Skaters expect to be pushed hard and believe almost all of our coaches are making them better each and every practice.  The surveys also indicated that a spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship are central to our teams in large part due to the leadership of our coaching staff.  In addition, skaters trust and respect their coaches.
We do also have some areas that need attention.  The most consistent theme was a need for better communication at both the club and team level.  While some people saw some improvement in this area, there is a clear need for more communication in a timely manner.  There was also some concern about how well coaches made use of practice time.  Another concern was that rules were not always consistently enforced.  Finally, there was a concern that coaches and parents are not working together as well as they should.  This included a feeling by some that coaches distanced themselves from parents and did not always show respect for them.
What are we doing with this information?  First, the Board has reviewed a summary of the results and approved some changes for this season to improve communication.  For the first time, we will have a biweekly Synergy newsletter designed to provide more timely information to families.  We also had a formal team manager training that included website training and a discussion about effective communication.   Second, coaches have received summaries of their results and have been asked to review them carefully.  In addition, I will discuss these results with the staff at the next coaches meeting.   We will discuss ways to facilitate better teamwork between parents and coaches.
Thank you to all who participated.  We intend to conduct evaluations a bit earlier this season.  Please participate.  It is a great way to have your opinions heard.
Laura Arnold


MEFSC Parent Seminar:
 Figure Skating 101
Saturday, September 10  8:30-10:00am
Webster Groves Ice Rink

Figure skating can be overwhelming for a parent or a skater.  There are so many things to consider from organizational memberships, selecting coaches, and finding ice to understanding testing levels and the rules of synchronized skating.   While we cannot promise to bring you up to speed on everything, this seminar is designed to give you a foundation with which to start.  In this seminar, we will discuss the skating governing bodies (ISI and USFS), the testing structure of each organization, and kinds of competitions held under each governing body.  We will also review the basics of synchronized skating, including team levels and basic elements.  A third topic will be how to find ice for your skater, including an introduction to our club ice program.  Finally, we will talk a bit about how to interact with your skater’s coaches, including what to consider in hiring a private coach or changing coaches.

Synergy Spirit Wear

We are pleased to roll out our 2011/2012 line of Synergy Spirit Wear during boot camp!  We have some great new designs this year!  We will also be taking custom orders,  and launching an on line store very soon!  Please visit our “shop” at the rink during boot camp,  one of these days/times:

Sunday,  Aug. 21  from 9-12 AM
Monday,  Aug 22 from 5-7 PM
Thursday, Aug 25th from 5:30 —7 PM
Saturday, Aug 27th from 10 AM – 1 PM

You may also contact:  Julie Latta  julie_latta@hotmail.com or Colleen Sosbey colleen.sosbey@centurylink.com  with questions!   

6 Synergy Girls Go to Ohio for Camp

Six Synergy members spent a fantastic week at the University of Miami-Ohio
synchronized skating camp.  With 160 girls in attendance, each team was
tasked with putting together a routine that matched the rock and roll theme
for the week.  Mary Carnal and Olivia Roseman led team "Journey" while
Bridget Oliver, Noel Walters, Katie Spears and Anna Mallas looked great
skating to AC/DC!

Juvenile Girls Kick-Off Party

The Juvenile Team had a great kick-off pool party on August 9th.  The theme
of their circus routine translated well into food -- the girls munched on
popcorn, cotton candy, corn dogs and caramel apples!  Coaches Bridgid and
Ali lead the girls in some get-to-know your games and we are all looking
forward to a terrific season!

Welcome to the Synergy Blog!

In an effort to keep you informed we are going to be using this blog to post important information.  The blog will be updated weekly with events, times and schedules for our skaters.