Youth Program '13 - '14

Starts - 7 September 2013

8:00 AM for Children
9:00 AM for Teens

Welcome to the beginning of a new year of aikido training. I hope you had a wonderful summer. This letter includes information about the program.

Dues for the Youth Program, both the Children’s and Teen classes, will be $75/month for each student. For families with more than one youth enrolled, the fee for the second child will be $65/month, and for those with three, the third will be $55/month. The Dues listed are for recurring payments, by credit card or bank draft. Dues paid by check are $10 more per child/family. Checks can be made out to Aikido Shobukan Dojo, or ASD. Please write “youth program” and your child's name in the memo area. Checks should be placed in the Black Box in the office.

Forms for automated payment of dues will be available on 7 September. Please make certain that you cancel the service for the months of June, July and August if your child is in the Children’s class and for July and August if your child is in the Teen’s class.

Please keep in mind that the monthly fee permits attendance at all three Children’s classes a week, and Teens may attend all those classes plus the two Teen classes each week. Children’s Saturday class will be from 8:00 to 9 AM. Monday and Wednesday classes will be from 5 until 6 PM. One of the weekday classes will focus on Preteens. Teen classes will be from 9 to 10:15 on Saturdays, and on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 PM. There will be no class on the following dates:

  • Nov 27 - Dec 1 — Thanksgiving
  • Dec 22 - Jan 4 — Winter Break
  • Jan 20 — Martin Luther King
  • April 14 - April 19 — Spring Break
  • May 26 — Memorial Day
  • End of year demonstration and party— May 31

Please note that the Youth Schedule generally follows the Montgomery County School System for days off due to snow and other weather related issues.

To facilitate communication, we collect home and email addresses and phone numbers for all families. We do not have complete or appropriate contact information on all enrolled families. We ask returning families to check and correct our existing information.

Promotions and belts are awarded at the discretion of the instructors.

Community service is a school requirement for many of our high school students. We could use the help of a teen or two for the Children’s classes, especially during the weekday classes. If any teen is interested, we can explore the school’s requirements and the necessary record-keeping.

The Parent Committee oversees Youth Program activities, including the Record-keeping and BBQ Party Committees, and representation to the Board of the dojo. I need your active participation.

I also encourage all parents to come and watch the students during class time: it helps integrate aikido and its teachings into the students’ lives. I am looking forward to more parental involvement in helping to organize some of our activities, foster more communication, and in general, build a stronger dojo family. From time to time, we have special events such as trips to or from other aikido dojos and we need extra parental help. We appreciate your contributions in providing food, carpooling and the like in these instances. With your help, we have already established a reputation as a warm, involved dojo family.

This year I am pleased to be assisted again by our co-instructors - Mr. Fred Cook, Mr. Bob Gillette and Ms. Sara Bluestone.

Dojo Etiquette:

  1. If you plan to watch class, please turn your cell phones off.
  2. Please keep the volume of your conversations to a minimum during class time.
  3. Parents may sit on the back deck during class; however,  once class has begun you may not cross the mat to go on the deck or leave the deck until class has ended.

We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to an exciting year.

Lewis Cuffy
Aikido Shobukan Dojo
421 Butternut Street NW
Washington DC 20012

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