Summer Session Week 6: Sunday, July 25th – Saturday, July 31st

SKILLS AND THRILLS FOR THE WEEK

  • SST: I can move like a monkey
  • Prep / Level 1: I can swim by myself
  • Level 2: I can swim chicken, airplane, solider
  • Level 3: I can swim with pizza arms and frog kicks
  • Level 4: I can swim breaststroke
  • STP: Flip Turns
  • Goggle Free
  • Slides: Purple
  • Canoes: Green

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

  • Effective immediately, the bell will be rung by the deck supervisor or deck assistant on the :27 or :57.
  • When the bell is rung, instructors should finish what they are working on and exit the pool.
  • We are hoping that this new format allows for the longest lesson possible (while still giving you, the instructor, the chance to quickly use the bathroom or set up your lane for the next class).
  • In addition, all classes must begin on time to allow our families and students as much pool time as possible. 

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/TRAININGS & FORUMS

          • Winchester Fall All Staff; Friday, August 13th
          • In Person Natick Fall All Staff; Saturday, August 14th. 1:00 – 4:00 pm

FACILITY CLOSURE

          • N/A

VALUABLE RESOURCES

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 6 of our Summer Session!

My name is ____________ and I will be your deck supervisor.  

This week we will be working on a variety of skills.

In SwimStars Transitional we are teaching students to move their hands along the wall from one spot to the next. This is our way of ensuring continuous movement and is a safe way for non-swimmers to travel back to the dock in between skills.

In SwimStars Prep and Level 1 we are encouraging independent swimming with simple arm and leg movements such as scoops paddles and kicks. We are looking for students to move at least 2 body lengths of the pool.  This independent action will lead to more comfort and confidence in the water.

In Level 2 we are practicing movement on the back by encouraging our students to use both their arms and legs to swim the elementary backstroke (A.K.A. Chicken, airplane, soldier). This resting stroke can be utilized to move to safety if students get tired while swimming, as it does not require a lot of energy.

In Level 3 we are working on the foundation of the breaststroke taught in level 4. This involves students practicing the simultaneous movements of the arms and legs that we refer to as pizza arms and frog legs.

In Level 4 we are building upon “pizza arms and frog legs” introduced in Level 3 by refining the Breaststroke.  We are reinforcing the proper body position, refining the arms and legs and incorporating the proper breathing and timing.

In Swim Team Prep we will be focusing on Flip Turns

ENROLLMENT IS NOW available in your Parent Portal for our Fall Sessions as well as our Summer Swim and Gym Day Program!

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY:  We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street.

Once again, my name is ______________ and I am available for questions or feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks and have a great day!  

Summer Session Week 5: Sunday, July 19th – Saturday, July 23rd

SKILLS AND THRILLS FOR THE WEEK

        • SST: I’m ready to learn
        • Prep / Level 1: I can kick, kick, kick
        • Level 2: I can roll over
        • Level 3: I can swim with big arms and flutter kicks
        • Level 4: I can swim freestyle
        • STP: Butterfly
        • Goggle Free
        • Slides in Pink
        • Canoes in Orange

         

          TIPS FOR THE WEEK

         

          • End of Class Reminder – More Details Coming Soon!

             

             

            UPCOMING MEETINGS/TRAININGS & FORUMS

                    • Zoom Employee Engagement Forum; Wednesday, July 21st. 8:00 – 8:45 pm
                    • In Person Natick Fall All Staff; Saturday, August 21st. 1:00 – 4:00 pm

            FACILITY CLOSURE

                    • N/A

            VALUABLE RESOURCES

            LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

            Hello and Welcome to Week 5 of our Summer Session!

            My name is ____________ and I will be your deck supervisor.  

            This week we will be working on a variety of skills.

            In SwimStars Transitional we are looking for our students to show us their readiness by willingly engaging with the instructor and following their directions. This reinforces comfort and confidence in the pool and with their instructors.

            In SwimStars Prep and Level 1 we are working on buoyancy, balance, and movement by teaching students to kick their feet behind them on their back and belly with the help of equipment. This reinforces proper body position while swimming and introduces simple leg actions on the front and back.

            In Level 2 we are educating our students about swim safety by introducing the roll over technique we are encouraging them to roll over and rest on the back if they become tired while swimming. This important safety skill can be used in any body of water for swimmers of all ages.

            In Level 3 we are working on the foundation of the freestyle stroke taught in level 4. This involves students practicing the alternating arm and leg movements that we refer to as big arms and flutter kicks.

            In Level 4 we are building upon the “big arms and flutter kick” introduced in Level 3 by refining the Freestyle stroke.  We are reinforcing proper body position, refining movement of arms and legs and incorporating side breathing and timing.

            In Swim Team Prep we will be focusing on Butterfly.

            ENROLLMENT IS NOW available in your Parent Portal for our Fall Sessions as well as our Summer Swim and Gym Day Program!

            ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY:  We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street.

            Once again, my name is ______________ and I am available for questions or feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks and have a great day!  

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Summer Session Week 4: Sunday, July 11th – Saturday, July 17th

SKILLS AND THRILLS FOR THE WEEK

        • SST: I’m an awesome listener
        • Prep / Level 1: I can float on my belly
        • Level 2: I can glide on my back and kick, kick, kick
        • Level 3: I can swim across the pool with roll overs & pop ups
        • Level 4: I can dolphin kick
        • STP: Backstroke
        • Goggle Free
        • Slides in Blue and Black
        • Canoes in Red and Yellow

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

  • End of Class Reminder – More Details Coming Soon!

Covid Reminders

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/TRAININGS & FORUMS

      • Zoom Employee Engagement Forum; Wednesday, July 21st. 8:00 – 8:45 pm
      • In Person Natick Fall All Staff; Saturday, August 21st. 1:00 – 4:00 pm

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • N/A

VALUABLE RESOURCES

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 4 of our Summer Session!

My name is ____________ and I will be your deck supervisor.  

This week we will be working on a variety of skills.

In SwimStars Transitional our instructors are guiding students using simple directions to create a safe and structured learning environment. Our goal is to create awesome listeners that follow the directions of the instructor throughout each class. 

In SwimStars Prep and Level 1 we are working on our breath control, buoyancy, and balance by teaching our students to float on their bellies independently. This skill helps our students build their confidence and comfort while floating in the water with their face submerged.

In Level 2 we are working on buoyancy, balance and movement through independent gliding and kicking on the back.  Moving through the water using only legs for kicking promotes stability, improved body position and propulsion.

In Level 3 we are expanding the distances of the roll over and pop up skills learned in level 2. The roll over skills reinforces safety by allowing students to roll on their backs if they become tired while swimming longer distances and the pop up skill helps student perfect rhythmic breathing over longer distances. 

In Level 4 we are introducing the dolphin kick by encouraging students to swim with their legs together and kick moving their body in a wavelike motion. This skill helps improve body proper body position and movement for the Butterfly stroke taught in swim team prep.

In Swim Team Prep we will be focusing on Backstroke.

ENROLLMENT IS NOW available in your Parent Portal for our Fall Sessions as well as our Summer Swim and Gym Day Program!

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY:  We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street.

Once again, my name is ______________ and I am available for questions or feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks and have a great day!  

 

Summer Session Week 3; Sunday June 27 – Saturday July 3

SKILLS AND THRILLS FOR THE WEEK

        • SST: I’m in class by myself
        • Prep / Level 1: I can float on my back
        • Level 2: I can glide on my belly and kick, kick, kick
        • Level 3: I can swim elementary backstroke
        • Level 4: I can circle swim
        • STP: Breaststroke
        • Goggle Friendly
        • Slides in Green
        • Canoes in Purple

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

  1. Bring your rolls to the door for each class and ensure you’ve gathered all students before escorting them to class.
  2. Practice safe entry into each lesson.
  3. Engage your students by introducing yourself and getting to know their names.

Covid Reminders

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/TRAININGS & FORUMS

      • Zoom Employee Engagement Forum; Wednesday, July 21st. 8:00 – 8:45 pm
      • In Person Natick Fall All Staff; Saturday, August 21st. 1:00 – 4:00 pm

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • Maintenance Week; Sunday, July 4th – Saturday, July 10th

VALUABLE RESOURCES

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 3 of our Summer Session!

My name is ____________ and I will be your deck supervisor.  

This week we will be working on a variety of skills.

In SwimStars Transitional We are encouraging students to participate in class without a parent. Our goal is for the student to develop a trusting relationship with their instructor!

In SwimStars Prep and Level 1 we are gaining comfort with buoyancy and balance by teaching our students to float on their back independently. This assists with students being able to relax in a back float position.

In Level 2 we are working on buoyancy, balance and movement through independent gliding and kicking on the front. Moving through the water using only kicking promotes stability, improved body position and propulsion.

In Level 3 we are perfecting the elementary backstroke (AKA the “Chicken Airplane Soldier”) skill learned in Level 2. This involves the students moving their arms and legs simultaneously and independently. This safety stroke is an excellent way for swimmers to travel longer distances without expending alot of energy.

In Level 4 we are introducing the concept of circle swimming to promote continous movement. In addition, circle swimming throughout each lesson creates a safer and friendlier environment where students are less likely to bump into each other during their swim.

In Swim Team Prep we are working on perfecting our Breaststroke.

ENROLLMENT IS NOW available in your Parent Portal for our Fall Sessions as well as our Summer Swim and Gym Day Program!

Our NATICK Day Program has begun and will run Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4pm. Each day includes gym lessons & open gym at Planet Gymnastics, swim lessons & open swim as well as educational classroom activities and themed craft projects! Registration is available at planetgym.com

Our Winchester Day Program has begun and will run Monday – Friday from  9am – 3pm. Each day includes gym Lessons and open gym at Sweet Peas Educational Gymnastics, swim lessons & open swim as well as educational classroom activities and themed craft projects! Registration is available at spgymnastics.com

We are closed for annual Maintenance. Sunday, July 4th – Saturday, July 10th.  This is built into the schedule and there is no need to mark an absence.

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY:  We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street.

Once again, my name is ______________ and I am available for questions or feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks and have a great day!  

 

Summer Session Week 2: Sunday, June 20th – Saturday, June 26th

SKILLS AND THRILLS FOR THE WEEK

        • SST: I’m a brave swimmer 
        • SSP/Lvl 1: I can find things underwater 
        • Lvl 2: I can go underwater 
        • Lvl 3: I can streamline 
        • Lvl 4: I can surface dive 
        • STP: Freestyle 
        • Goggle Free
        • Slides in Orange
        • Canoes in Pink

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

Teaching Tips for the Week

  1. Bring your rolls to the door for each class and ensure you’ve gathered all students before escorting them to class.
  2. Practice safe entry into each lesson.
  3. Engage your students by introducing yourself and getting to know their names.

Covid Reminders

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/TRAININGS & FORUMS

      • Employee Engagement Forum; Wednesday, July 21st – 8:00 – 8:45 pm

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • Maintenance Week; Sunday, July 4th – Saturday, July 10th

VALUABLE RESOURCES

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 2 of our Summer Session!

My name is ____________ and I will be your deck supervisor.  

This week we will be working on a variety of skills that showcase three of our four pillars.  Breath Control, Buoyancy, Balance and Movement.

In SwimStars Transitional we are celebrating brave swimmers by encouraging each student to finish class with smiles and high fives. This promotes confidence in the water and creates a fun learning environment.  Also, we are encouraging students to participate in class without a parent. Our goal is for the student to develop a trusting relationship with their instructor!

In SwimStars Prep and Level 1 we are expanding breath control by tempting students with objects below the surface and encouraging them to retrieve them. Practicing breath control skills will lead to a more comfortable swimmer overall! Also, we are gaining comfort with buoyancy and balance by teaching our students to float on their back independently. This assists with students being able to relax in a back float position.

In Level 2 we are expanding breath control by encouraging students to submerge completely and without assistance. Comfort submerging is a key skill to master and introduces rhythmic breathing. Also, we are working on buoyancy, balance and movement through independent gliding and kicking on the front. Moving through the water using only kicking promotes stability, improved body position and propulsion.

In Level 3 we are working on our balance and buoyancy by teaching students the streamline kick with arms fully extended, across the pool. This skill helps improve body position when introducing the freestyle stroke. Also, we are perfecting the elementary backstroke (AKA the “Chicken Airplane Soldier”) skill learned in Level 2. This involves the students moving their arms and legs simultaneously and independently. This safety stroke is an excellent way for swimmers to travel longer distances without expending alot of energy.

In Level 4 we are expanding our breath control by teaching students to swim half way across the pool, dive down and retrieve an object from teh bottom and return to the edge of the pool. This skill teaches students to change their body position to move toward the bottom of the pool. Also, we are introducing the concept of circle swimming to promote continous movement. In addition, circle swimming throughout each lesson creates a safer and friendlier environment where students are less likely to bump into each other during their swim.

In Swim Team Prep we will be focusing on Freestyle 

This is also our first week of GOGGLE FREE swimming. Often children become too dependent on wearing goggles and if they were to fall into the water unexpectedly and without goggles, they may become disoriented. We are hoping that by practicing this skill every other week, our student’s will learn to stay calm and be able to return to safety. This is recommended but not required.

ENROLLMENT IS NOW available in your Parent Portal for our Fall Sessions as well as our Summer Swim and Gym Day Program!

Our NATICK Day Program has begun and will run Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4pm. Each day includes gym lessons & open gym at Planet Gymnastics, swim lessons & open swim as well as educational classroom activities and themed craft projects! Registration is available at planetgym.com

Our Winchester Day Program has begun and will run Monday – Friday from  9am – 3pm. Each day includes gym Lessons and open gym at Sweet Peas Educational Gymnastics, swim lessons & open swim as well as educational classroom activities and themed craft projects! Registration is available at spgymnastics.com

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY:  We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street.

Once again, my name is ______________ and I am available for questions or feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks and have a great day!  

 

Summer Session Week 1: Sunday, June 13th – Saturday, June 19th

SKILLS AND THRILLS FOR THE WEEK

        • SST: Evaluation
        • Prep / Level 1: Evaluation 
        • Level 2: Evaluation
        • Level 3: Evaluation
        • Level 4: Evaluation
        • STP: Evaluation & Open Turns 
        • Goggle Friendly
        • No Slides or Canoes

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

Teaching Tips for the Week

  1. Bring your rolls to the door for each class and ensure you’ve gathered all students before escorting them to class.
  2. Practice safe entry into each lesson.
  3. Engage your students by introducing yourself and getting to know their names.

Safety Tips for the Week

 

Covid Reminders

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/TRAININGS & FORUMS

      • N/A

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • Maintenance Week; Sunday, July 4th – Saturday, July 10th

VALUABLE RESOURCES

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 1 of our Summer Session!

My name is ____________ and I will be your deck supervisor. 

Here at Little Flippers Swim School, we specialize in swimming instruction using The Four Pillars of Swimming™ progressive curriculum that emphasizes correct technique as well as water safety. Throughout the session we will incorporate a variety of skills related to Breath Control, Buoyancy, Balance, Movement and Safety.  Each lesson will also be taught using appropriate activities that enable children to build character, accept challenges, and develop confidence.  Our goal is to teach all of our students to truly LOVE THE WATER to the point that they could LIVE IN THE WATER.

Here at Little Flippers we have an unlimited absence and makeup policy! Absences can be reported in the Parent Portal and if they are reported before class time, your account will be credited with an absence which you can use for a MAKEUP in another class that is not fully enrolled, has an absence already reported for the day, is a designated makeup class. Make Ups Can be scheduled beginning June 20th!

If your child is having a hard time transitioning into swim class please do not be concerned. The first few weeks of a new class or new teacher can be challenging for some. All of our swim instructors are well-versed in handling these situations and are looking forward to being a part of your child’s success. Our goal this week is to ensure that each students’ class is the proper fit!

ENROLLMENT IS NOW available in your Parent Portal for our Fall Sessions as well as our Summer Swim and Gym Day Program!

Our NATICK program has begun and will run Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4pm. Each day includes gym lessons & open gym at Planet Gymnastics, swim lessons & open swim as well as educational classroom activities and themed craft projects! Registration is available at planetgym.com

Our Winchester program has begun and will run Monday – Friday from  9am – 3pm. Each day includes gym Lessons and open gym at Sweet Peas Educational Gymnastics, swim lessons & open swim as well as educational classroom activities and themed craft projects! Registration is available at spgymnastics.com

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY:  We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street. Once again, my name is ______________ and I am available for questions or feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks and have a great day!  

Employee Engagement Forum; May 2021

Thank you to those of you who took the time to join us at our Employee Engagement Forum!  We feel good about how things ran and we’re looking forward joining you all again soon! We discussed a wide range of topics which included:

  • Announcing some covid reopening changes and timelines.
  • Managing food consumption issues from families in our wet areas.
  • Length of service acknowledgments.
  • Rolling out a new EOB Reporting system.
  • Internal promotion announcement.
  • UUI review, Employees of the month, Internal Job Posts and Future Business planning talk!

We strongly recommend all staff who join the zoom call to turn on their VIDEO! It is important to get live feedback on the information covered and being on video is much more personal! Obviously if you’re driving and can only be on audio, we understand. Thank You and we look forward to hearing from you all soon!

 

Employee Engagement Forum; April 2021

Thank you to those of you who took the time to join us at our Employee Engagement Forum!  We feel good about how things ran and we’re looking forward joining you all again soon! We discussed a wide range of topics which included:

  • Announcing our monthly Deck Supervisor Training’s
  • Our process/strategy for class expansion
  • Reviewing procedures for close contact to a positive Covid case
  • More discussions on our re-opening plans (Staff Room access, Pays to be Punctual, Snacks etc.)
  • Sending off a seasoned Natick team member

 

We strongly recommend all staff who join the zoom call to turn on their VIDEO! It is important to get live feedback on the information covered and being on video is much more personal! Obviously if you’re driving and can only be on audio, we understand. Thank You and we look forward to hearing from you all soon!

 

Employee Engagement Forum; March 9th, 2021

Thank you to those of you who took the time to join us at our Employee Engagement Forum!  We feel good about how things ran and we’re looking forward joining you all again soon! We discussed a wide range of topics which included:

  • Point person for when Sami is out on maternity leave!
  • Safely increasing class sizes.
  • Pay raises.
  • Starting to plan and look forward, what does our re-opening plan look like?
  • Some good Level 1, 2 & 3 skill discussions!
  • Proper hand placements while teaching. 
  • UUI review, Employees of the month, Internal Job Posts and Future Business planning!

 

We strongly recommend all staff who join the zoom call to turn on their VIDEO! It is important to get live feedback on the information covered and being on video is much more personal! Obviously if you’re driving and can only be on audio, we understand. Thank You and we look forward to hearing from you all soon!

 

Employee Engagement Forum; February 8th, 2021

Thank you to those of you who took the time to join us at our Employee Engagement Forum!  We feel good about how things ran and we’re looking forward joining you all again soon! We discussed a wide range of topics which included:

  • Reviewing Drop & Go Process
  • Phasing Water back into our facilities for our employees
  • Social Distance management with our staff and students
  • Reminder about who’s responsible for checking double layers
  • Quarantine Expectations for vaccinated families and families traveling out of state then coming back to lessons.
  • Handbooks have been distributed!
  • Sign Offs, New Deck Supervisor Trainees, UUI review, Employees of the month, Internal Job Posts and Future Business planning!

 

We strongly recommend all staff who join the zoom call to turn on their VIDEO! It is important to get live feedback on the information covered and being on video is much more personal! Obviously if you’re driving and can only be on audio, we understand. Thank You and we look forward to hearing from you all soon!