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Launch Driver Training, Parent Meeting, Volunteers, Green Days, Concussion Training, Fundraisers

posted Oct 2, 2017, 5:53 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Aug 27, 2018, 5:54 AM ]
  • Launch Driver Training (including Sign Up Genius) 
  • Parent Interest Meeting and Fundraiser at Chick-fil-A 
  • Volunteers Needed (including Sign Up Genius sites) 
  • Fall Green Days (including Sign Up Genius) 
  • Online Concussion Training 
  • Fundraisers

1. NEW: Thank you to the parents who did Launch Driver Training on Saturday and thank you Coach Tylander for conducting the training. Due to the overwhelming interest, Coach Tylander will conduct another Launch Driver Training session this coming Saturday, 7 October from 10am-noon (please arrive at 9:45am). This will again be limited to the six participants. Please sign-up here.

2. SAVE THE DATE: Please join us on 12 October from 7-9pm for the 2017-2018 Parent Crew Interest Meeting in the WTW High School Cafeteria B. This is not just for parents of new rowers/coxswains. We have made changes to volunteer requirements and dues so please join us to learn more. Also on 12 October, we will be holding our first Family Fundraiser Dinner Night at Chick-fil-A from 5-8pm. We hope you can join us for both events!
  • NOTE: For the Family Fundraiser at Chick-fil-A, you must tell the cashier before ordering that you are there to support WTW Crew. 
  • We still have parent volunteer shifts for the concession stand at the 20 October WTW Home Football Game unfilled. Please sign up here if you are available to volunteer. 
  • Craft Fair Volunteer Sign-Up Genius is available for student-athletes and parents to sign up for volunteer opportunities. Since this is one of our main fundraising events, we encourage all student-athletes and as many parents as possible to participate. 
4. LAST WEEK: Fall Green Days go through 7 October! Green Days to date have been outstanding with many novice rowers getting time in the boat and a head start on technique, and returning rowers an opportunity to get back on the water, plus just enjoying being on the river and meeting potential teammates. With only three Green Days left this Fall, all are encouraged to come out before we enter winter conditioning.

There is still time to sign up for remaining Fall Green Days at WTW Crew Fall Green Days Sign-Up Genius. If you plan to attend, please sign-up so the coaches can plan the appropriate number of boats to launch.

Location: Sandy Run Regional Park – 10450 Van Thompson Road, Fairfax Station 
Dates and Times: Tues, Thurs, & Sat between 19 September and 7 October (visit WTW Crew website for details) 
Wear: Athletic clothing (dry wicking running shorts/tights and shirts are best) 
Bring: The Emergency Care Form (for new rowers, see below) and a water bottle (reusable is best, but disposable is okay) 
Note: Rowers/Coxswains must furnish their own transportation. 

The Carpooling Sign-Up Genius (for those able to drive student-athletes or need a student-athlete driven) is active. There are student-athletes in need of rides so if you are available to provide a carpool ride, please check out the site to connect to those needing a ride. 

NEW ROWERS: Before Participating in Green Days you need to complete the following: 
  • VHSL Physical FormYou will need to get a physical, complete all sections of the VHSL form and submit it to the WTW Athletic Trainer, Ms. Fickes (located inside Door 5, Room C-158). NOTE: Turn in the completed physical as early as possible. It can take up to 5 business days for your name to show up on the compliance report our coach uses to clear you to row. Remember to keep a copy for your own records.
  • Emergency Care Form: Have your parent complete this form and bring a copy with you to the river the first day you row.
  • Swim Test: All new rowers must pass a specific swim test given by one of our coaches before he/she can row. This test is required only once. Sign up here for one of the swim tests on 10 or 16 September - specific details located on the sign up page.
  • US Rowing Membership & Sign the US Rowing Waiver: Before any rower is allowed on the water, he/she must join US Rowing. The cost is $7.75, and you will be reimbursed this amount if you participate in at least one Green Day. To get started, visit the USRowing Membership Site. On the main portal page, JOIN as an INDIVIDUAL. When asked what team or club you belong to type in WTW. That will cause a blue bar with the words WTW CREW BOOSTERS to appear. Click on the blue bar. Then a pop up window will open asking for Club Code Verification. Enter DURXS (all uppercase letters). You’ll continue to input information over the next couple of pages. At step 4 – Compliance, an adult needs to read and agree to the Waiver. This will take you to the Checkout at Step 5. 
RETURNING ROWERS: You are required to have a current VHSL Physical Form on file at WTW. You currently have all other necessary requirements completed. 

5. REMINDER: FCPS Online Concussion Training. Online concussion training is required by one parent and the rower prior to the rower participating in Winter Conditioning. Because the FCPS online program has had a few ‘glitches’ in the past, we request you complete the training ASAP. To increase your chances of the online training working the first time, please follow this guidance from FCPS: “Due to circumstances beyond our control the online verification program is not compatible with Internet Explorer nor Chrome. Please use Firefox or Safari to complete the program. We are sorry for the inconvenience.” The link for training is on the FCPS Student Athletics site. After the rower and one parent completes the training send an email to membership at www.wtwcrewmembership@gmail.com 

  • UPDATED: Fundraising made EASY! Scrip orders are due 15 October 2017. You can get re-loadable cards for many of our area retailers and grocery stores including Starbucks and Safeway. To order: pre-pay and submit your order to Kris Cole (colechips@yahoo.com) or sign-up for presto pay (preferred). This month Chipotle added $25 Gift Cards! You can order gift cards and use them at the upcoming family dinner fundraiser at Chipotle in December. Get yours today! 
    • Current Bonus Offers: 
      • Belk - 10%, 23 September - 6 October 
      • Blaze Pizza - 12%, 30 September- 13 October 
      • Cabela's - 14%, 30 September- 13 October 
      • Del Taco - 8%, 30 September- 13 October 
      • Dominos Pizza - 11%, 30 September- 13 October 
      • L.L. Bean - 17%, 30 September- 13 October 
      • Restaurant.com - 65%, 15 September - 6 October 
    • Upcoming Bonus Offers: 
      • Bath & Body Works - 18%, 7 October - 20 October 
      • Fridays - 10%, 7 October - 20 October 
      • Under Armour - 13%, 7 October - 20 October 
UPDATED: Craft Fair Fundraiser. A craft fair vendor is making WTW Crew oars (seen in the picture below) into hat/coat racks for now only $45 each and will donate $5 from sale of each one to the team! The blade will be red, white, and blue. The remaining part of the oar will be black and where the hooks will be located. Will hope to provide an updated picture of the new design and dimensions in next week's communication. If you are interested in pre-ordering, please contact Lesley Kowalski, Craft Show Chair, at lesleytkowalski@gmail.com.