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AUGUST 2020 NEWSLETTER

posted Aug 3, 2020, 2:36 PM

August 2020 Newsletter

Summer 2020 skating

The Port Credit SC has successfully offered skating sessions to a limited number of skaters since the beginning of July.  Skaters who are at Star 1 to Gold level only are allowed to skate at this time.  Summer skating has allowed for COVID protocols to be established and put into practice as we look ahead to a new way of offering our programs in the Fall. 

COVID-19

The City of Mississauga has now entered Stage 3 of reopening.  The Board of Directors is working with the coaching team to make the appropriate updates to our current protocols based on Skate Ontario and City of Mississauga guidelines.

2020-2021 Skating Season

Your Port Credit SC Board of Directors will be hard at work over the next month planning for the 2020-2021 skating year.  There are many factors which need to be taken into consideration in light of COVID restrictions and regulations.  Skate Canada, Skate Ontario and municipal protocols must all be taken into consideration to ensure safety for our skaters, coaches, volunteers and parents.    

The Port Credit SC will continue to communicate with our members regarding Fall program registration as well as updates related to COVID-19.  You can also visit our homepage and COVID-19 tab for up-to-date information.

See you at the rink!  

Port Credit Skating Club

JULY 2020 NEWSLETTER

posted Jul 1, 2020, 12:34 PM



Happy Canada Day!  

Summer 2020 skating

The Port Credit SC Board of Directors has been working in collaboration with the City of Mississauga and following Public Health and Skate Ontario guidelines regarding COVID protocols and restrictions.  We are proceeding with very limited Summer programs in order to maintain safety for all participants, coaches and volunteers.  Skaters who have been contacted by their coach will be permitted to register for the specific sessions for which they have been instructed.   Summer session will take place at Iceland arena.  Further details regarding summer skating will be emailed to eligible skaters within the next few days.  There will be no CanSkate or Adult learn-to-skate sessions taking place this summer.  Guest skating will not be permitted.  There will not be a test day taking place.  

Please remember that if you are registering for programs and cannot recall your log in information, DO NOT create a new account.  Instead, please email admin@portcreditfsc.ca for assistance or to receive password reset instructions. 

Your Port Credit SC Board of Directors will be hard at work over the summer planning for the 2020-2021 skating year.  There are many factors which need to be taken into consideration in light of COVID restrictions and regulations.  We will send an email with details and registration information as soon as it is available. 

We wish all of our Port Credit Skating Club families a wonderful summer!

See you at the rink!  

Port Credit Skating Club

JUNE 2020 NEWSLETTER

posted Jun 2, 2020, 8:52 PM


COVID-19 update

The Ontario Government announced that Figure Skating would be permitted to resume in Stage 1 of reopening. This being said, only National level competitive skaters have been allowed to return to skating under strict protocols.

The Port Credit SC is monitoring updates from our National and Provincial Skating governing bodies, Skate Canada and Skate Ontario, as well as the Provincial and municipal governments. The City of Mississauga arenas remain closed with no planned re-opening date at this time. We will continue to communicate with our members when new information is made available.

Port Credit Skating Club Coach Goodwill Fund

We would like to thank our members who have generously contributed towards our Coach Goodwill Fund. We have raised a total of $3225.00 to date as we strive to reach our goal of $5000 by June 30th. You can apply your credit for lost skating sessions or make a monetary donation towards supporting our coaches. Donations can be made here. Simply chose the amount you wish to donate and the credit/gift certificate you received for lost skating sessions will be applied to the invoice. Be sure to log in to your current PCSC account to ensure your credit will be applied, do not create a new account.

Summer 2020 Programming

In light of the current COVID closures and uncertainty regarding arena re-opening, registration for Summer programs remains unavailable until we can confirm sessions will be taking place. Schedules for Summer are posted on our website under the Spring and Summer 2020 tab and can be viewed here. You can review this information in order to make plans but we cannot guarantee that Summer skating will be able to proceed.

2019-2020 skating season memories...

We are putting together a video to recap the 2019-2020 season and are looking to you, our members, to submit photos, videos or to talk about your experience skating at PCSC.  We would love to hear from you and include your memories. Please email us at president@portcreditfsc.ca with your images or comments.

2020-2021 Season

The PCSC Board of directors is diligently working on plans for the 2020-2021 season. We must not only plan for our usual skating programs but also for COVID protocols to ensure a safe return to skating for everyone. Again, a resumption of skating in September will be dependent on arena reopening and government guidelines.

MAY 2020 NEWSLETTER

posted May 2, 2020, 2:37 PM

The Port Credit Skating Club continues to comply with COVID closures which remain in effect until early July. We appreciate our members’ support, generosity and patience as we navigate through this difficult time.

Session Credits

Credits, or gift certificates, have been processed for all missed sessions due to COVID-19 and invoices were re-sent to all members. The gift certificate will remain on your account for two years and will be automatically applied to your next invoice transaction.

Carnival refunds

Carnival registration fees have been refunded back to the credit card originally used for your purchase. Updated invoices were re-sent to all Carnival registrants.

PCSC Coach Goodwill Fund

The Port Credit Skating Club would like to thank our very generous members who have already answered the call to support our coaching team. Click here for more information on what the PCSC is doing to raise funds in support of our coaches who have lost income due to the current COVID-19 shutdown and how to make a donation. PCSC will match donations received up to $5000.00! Let’s work together to support our hard working coaches.

Spring and Summer 2020 Programming

Spring programs have been cancelled due to ongoing arena closures. Registration for Summer programs will be postponed until we can confirm that sessions will be taking place and we know the start date. Schedules for Summer are posted on our website under the Spring and Summer 2020 tab and can be viewed here. You can review this information in order to make future plans. We will notify you when registration opens.

Activities!

We have added some resources and activities to our website for you to keep your skater busy during the skating closure. You can download and print coloring pages and take part in one of our “Challenges” here. You can also look for the challenges on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Send us pictures to let us know how your skater is staying fit and keeping busy these days. We will post these to our website and social media! You can send your pictures to admin@portcreditfsc.ca .

Your PCSC Board of Directors is hard at work, even during the COVID closures, looking far ahead and planning for the 2020-2021 season. We are eager to welcome each one of you back to the arena once again.

Stay safe and stay home.

Port Credit Skating Club

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE AND COVID-19 UPDATE

posted Apr 9, 2020, 5:06 PM


Dear Port Credit Skating Club Members,

The City of Mississauga has informed us that they made the difficult, but responsible decision to close all city arenas until the beginning of July.  Sadly, that means our regular skating season has come to an early end, and we will need to adjust our planned Spring and Summer seasons.

We were heartbroken that we needed to cancel Carnival, as many of our skaters look forward to our ice show and consider it one of the highlights of their skating season.  We are planning to reschedule Carnival to April 2021, and invite back our graduating skaters so they have their last skate with their PCSC skating family.

Even though the arena is closed, your Port Credit Skating Club board is diligently working behind the scenes.  We will be processing credits to reimburse you for missed regular season sessions and we will refund those who registered for Carnival.  We are planning a condensed Summer skating season once we know when the arenas will open again. 

We are creating the "PCSC Coach Goodwill Fund” where you will be able to apply your credit for lost skating sessions or make a monetary donation towards supporting our coaches. Further information regarding the Coach fund will be forthcoming.

We are also planning for the future.  Next year is the 60th anniversary of the Port Credit Skating Club and we want to celebrate our history and return to arena on a high note.  We plan to have our 2020-2021 program information available on our website in early August, We will hold our Annual General Meeting in September as a welcome back party.

Most importantly, we are here for you.  Please feel free to contact us at admin@portcreditfsc.ca or info@portcreditfsc.ca if you have any questions or suggestions.  We miss you and appreciate all your support for our club, our coaches and our skaters.

Please keep an eye on our social media, as we will post a retrospective of the last and celebrate the successes of our skaters.

Take care, stay safe.

We will see you at the rink!

Miriam Phelps
President, Port Credit Skating Club

APRIL 2020 NEWSLETTER AND COVID UPDATE

posted Apr 6, 2020, 6:27 PM

The world we live in has changed significantly since our March newsletter. COVID-19 has taken a hold of every aspect of our lives. Let’s all make a difference by staying home and practicing physical distancing.

Cancelled Sessions

The Port Credit Skating Club’s programs remain suspended. We have received direction from the City of Mississauga that arenas will be closed until further notice.

Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to cancel PreCanSkate, CanSkate and Adult CanSkate programs for the remainder of the season. Credits will be issued for missed sessions, this will take a bit of time so we ask for patience*. Progress reports ribbons and badges will be distributed during the 2020-2021 season.

For all other levels, we will inform you as soon as we receive information regarding arena re-opening. Once we know how many sessions have been missed, we will credit your account*.

*Credits which are on your account will automatically be applied to your next invoice.

Carnival 2020

Sadly we are cancelling Carnival for this year. We are rescheduling Carnival for April of 2021! We understand that current graduating skaters will be especially disappointed with this decision as Carnival is often a highlight of their year. These skaters will be invited back to participate next year. An email will be sent to skaters registered for Carnival regarding refunds. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers who have worked extremely hard on planning Carnival and hope that you will be willing and able to help in 2021.

Supporting Our Coaches

The Port Credit Skating Club is hoping to raise funds to support our coaches, who have lost income due to the current COVID-19 shutdown. Some of our coaches depend on PCSC programming as their primary source of income. As independent contractors working for a not-for-profit organization this makes for tough times ahead. If you are lucky enough to have a stable income, unaffected by the current economic situation, please consider donating to the "PCSC Coach Goodwill Fund". You will be able to apply your credit for lost skating sessions or make a monetary donation towards supporting our coaches. Further information regarding the Coach fund will be forthcoming.

Port Credit SC – Annual General Meeting

The planned Annual General Meeting and Skater Awards Ceremony of the Port Credit Skating Club planned for May 6th, 2020 has been rescheduled for the fall of 2020.

Spring and Summer 2020 Programming

Registration for Spring and Summer will be postponed until we are assured that sessions will be taking place and we know the start date. Schedules and pricing have been posted on our website under the Spring and Summer 2020 tab and can be viewed here. You can review this information in order to make future plans. We will notify you when registration opens.

Please note that there has been an arena change for our Spring and Summer programs. All sessions are to take place at Iceland arena and NOT Erin Mills Twin Arena.

We would like to thank all our members for their patience and understanding during this difficult time. We will keep everyone updated as more information becomes available. Stay safe and we hope to see everyone back at the rink soon!

Port Credit Skating Club

COVID-19 UPDATE - MARCH 19

posted Mar 20, 2020, 9:47 AM

The Port Credit Skating Club Board of Directors is having regular discussions regarding COVID-19 and the impact on our Club, skaters and members.

Cancelled classes due to COVID-19: we will issue credits for missed classes. Once we know how many sessions will be missed, we will credit your account and advise you by email. The credit will be automatically applied to your next invoice and is valid for two years from the time it is issued.

Spring and Summer 2020: registration for Spring and Summer will be postponed until we are assured that sessions will be taking place. Schedules and pricing have been posted on our website under the Spring and Summer 2020 tab and can be viewed here. You can review this information in order to make future plans. You will be notified when registration is available on our website.

March 31stStarSkate Test Day: we have cancelled the March 31st Test Day. The next planned test day will be on our Spring session and will be held on Tuesday, June 30th.

Carnival 2020: At this time we continue to make plans for Carnival. We will re-evaluate our timelines and update our members as soon as we can confirm whether Carnival will still take place on April 25th. We will communicate via email and on our website as soon as a decision has been made.

Port Credit Skating Club

COVID-19 UPDATE - IMPORTANT

posted Mar 13, 2020, 4:54 PM

The following communication was received late this afternoon from the City of Mississauga:

With guidance from Peel Public Health and in an abundance of caution for both our residents and staff around the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is Mississauga is responding with the following changes in City operations at this time.

  • The City of Mississauga will be closing all recreation, library, and cultural facilities starting Saturday, March 14 through to April 5 to the public. This includes the Living Arts Centre, Meadowvale Theatre, Paramount Fine Foods Centre and the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre.  Programming at these facilities will be cancelled.

For this reason, the Port Credit Skating Club will be cancelling all skating sessions starting Sunday, March 15th to Sunday, April 5th.

We currently have coaches at the arena who are prepared to proceed with today’s scheduled sessions.   PreCanSkate and CanSkate classes will proceed as planned. We ask that you use your discretion as to whether you wish to attend skating today.

We will keep you posted on further updates as they are available, this includes updates regarding Carnival.

COVID-19 MARCH 12TH UPDATE

posted Mar 12, 2020, 10:29 PM

The health and safety of our members, coaches, parents and volunteers the top priority for us. We are closely following the direction of the City of Mississauga, Peel Public Health, provincial health officials, the Public Health Agency of Canada and our governing bodies, Skate Ontario and Skate Canada.

Will there be skating on Friday & Sunday (March 13 & March 15)?

Yes. As of this time, all City of Mississauga facilities, including the Port Credit Memorial Arena are open. We plan to run all Star Skate and CanSkate/PreCanskate programs on Friday, March 13th and Sunday, March 15th.

If Public Health recommends closing the arena, we will advise you as quickly as possible by email and notifications on our website (portcreditskatingclub.ca) and social media accounts (#PCFSC and @portcreditskatingclub).

Will there be skating over March break?

There are no regular skating sessions at the Port Credit Skating Club from March 16th – March 21st.

We have a planned Competitive/Pre-Competitive on ice session, as well as a planned Off Ice session for March 22nd. Click here for more details.

At this time, we anticipate all regular StarSkate, CanSkate and PreCanskate sessions to resume March 23rd and March 24th, respectively.

Should circumstances change, we will communicate these to you as soon as possible.

The Government of Ontario has closed public schools for two weeks following March break (until April 5th). Will Port Credit Skating Club cancel skating sessions too?

We just don’t know right now. The COVID-19 situation is evolving quickly, and we do not have enough information to give you a definite answer at this time. We will let you know as soon as we can.

Will Carnival rehearsals begin as scheduled and will there still be a show?

Good question.  While Carnival is an important tradition for Port Credit Skating Club, the health of our skaters, members, parents, coaches and their families and friends are more important. Please bear with us. When we know more, we will let you know.

Will the Skate Ontario Provincial Championship go ahead as scheduled?

Skate Ontario is monitoring the situation closely and, are “proceeding according to plan with upcoming Skate Ontario events at this time.” Skate Ontario will communicate any changes at skateontario.org

COVID-19 Prevention

Symptoms of COVID-19 are mild fever, dry cough, and sore throat. The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other more common viruses is to:

  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose as much as possible
  • avoid contact with people who are ill and their items​
  • cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; if no tissue is available, then sneeze or cough into the sleeve or arm
  • clean and disinfect objects and surfaces regularly
  • do not share food or drinks (including water bottles)

What should I do if my skater is sick?

Anytime you or your skater are sick, it is expected that you do not attend any scheduled skating sessions.

We will continue to monitor the situation and seek advice and recommendations in the coming days to ensure we are providing the safest environment possible.  If recommendations change, we will respond quickly and communicate via our website, social media and email.

MARCH 2020 NEWSLETTER

posted Feb 29, 2020, 9:54 AM

We have had a busy winter and are looking forward to an exciting spring.

Carnival

Our much anticipated ice show will be taking place on Saturday April 25th. Thank you to all who have registered, you’re going to have a great time! Online registration is now closed. If you would like to register your skater please email your request to events@portcreditfsc.ca .

  • CanSkate Carnival practices will begin on March 29th during your regular skating session.
  • StarSkate Carnival practices will begin April 1st - schedule TBA
  • Ticket sales for both shows will begin in early April, further details to come.
  • Our Volunteer coordinator will be contacting you in mid-March to discuss your volunteer position and best availability for the event.

We are currently seeking sponsors and advertisers for Carnival. If you, or someone you know, are a business owner we are offering the opportunity to reach a large local audience by sponsoring a portion of our show or by advertising in our Show Program. All advertisers and sponsors will be listed on our website, Facebook and Instagram pages. An email blast will also be sent out to all our membership after the show for further promotion. See the Sponsorship page on our website for further information. You can speak to one of our volunteers or email events@portcreditfsc.ca if you have any questions.

Competitions

Our Competitive skaters, along with their coaches, have been travelling throughout Ontario to compete this winter and have done a great job at representing our Club! Congratulations!  See our Facebook page for photos and updates from the events.

IMPORTANT DATES for the month of March:

  • Daylight Savings Time: Remember to “Spring Forward” and turn your clocks ahead on Sunday March 8th.
  • Wednesday March 11th: Junior Development information session. Details to follow.
  • March Break: there will be NO skating sessions from Monday March 16th to Sunday March 22nd. Please note that StarSkate sessions (PreCompetitive and Competitive)will take place on a modified schedule on Sunday March 22nd. See the attached March Break schedule.
  • Tuesday March 31st -StarSkate Test Day:
    • There are NO Pre CanSkate or CanSkate sessions on this day (this is a scheduled “no skating” day).
    • There are NO Open (4 pm) or Development/PreCompetitive (5 pm) session on this day.
    • A test day schedule will be sent and will include information regarding the remaining scheduled Open and Competitive Sessions for this day.
    • For skaters who are testing, please see the PCSC website for test day information, schedule and to pay for your test day fees prior to test day.

Spring and Summer 2020: the Board of Directors is currently working on finalizing the Spring and Summer schedules. Information will be sent out as soon as it is available.

Remember to visit our website and Facebook page for up-to-date information regarding Club activities.

See you at the rink!

Port Credit Skating Club

FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER

posted Feb 2, 2020, 1:13 PM

Welcome to our new Winter CanSkate families!

Please make note of the following dates and information:

  • Saturday February 15th -- Carnival Registration closes
  • Monday February 17th – Family Day, there are no skating sessions taking place on this day

Carnival 2020 will be taking place on Saturday April 25th for two shows at 2 pm and 7 pm. This much anticipated ice show is a great opportunity for your skaters to take part and shine in the spotlight. ALL levels of skaters are welcome to register. PreCanSkate and CanSkate level skaters steal the show every time! Practices take place during regular sessions in the weeks leading to Carnival. Only the Thursday and Friday rehearsals may require you to come to the arena on an additional day. We are also seeking Sponsors and Advertisers. If you, or someone you know, are a business owner refer to the Carnival Sponsorship information on our website. See our website under the Carnival 2020 tab for everything you need to know about Carnival. If you have any questions, please email us at events@portcreditfsc.ca or stop by to talk to one of the Board members at the CanSkate table or at the arena. REGISTER TODAY!

Congratulations to all of our Port Credit skaters who are taking part in competitions throughout Ontario. Your hard work is an inspiration to everyone. Huge thanks also go out to our dedicated team of coaches who spend many hours getting our young athletes prepared mentally and physically for competition. Good luck to all of you!

Did you know that the Port Credit Skating Club is operated solely by parent volunteers? We are always seeking new volunteers who are willing to help. If you are interested, please speak to one of our Board members at the arena or email admin@portcreditfsc.ca .  

Remember to visit our website and Facebook page for up-to-date information regarding Club activities.

See you at the arena!

Port Credit Skating Club

JANUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER

posted Jan 5, 2020, 6:30 PM

Please make note of the following dates and information:

  • Thursday, January 2nd- StarSkate Programs resume
  • Thursday, January 2nd - Winter CanSkate Programs begin
  • Thursday, January 30th – StarSkate Test Day. There will be NO CanSkate sessions on this day.   StarSkate session cancellation information will be sent out when available.

Winter CanSkate Programs are filling up! If you haven’t already registered, do so now. Click here to view and register.

If you are a returning PreCanSkate or CanSkate participant, please bring the Progress Report that you received on your last session. This will enable our coaches to more easily assess your child based on their prior accomplishments.

Some of our skaters have severe peanut/nut allergies. We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring a safe environment for everyone and ask that consumption of all nuts be avoided by your skater prior to or while at skating. If they should come into contact with nuts please have them wash their hands thoroughly prior to attending skating. We are particularly concerned about our common areas such as the dressing rooms.

With winter upon us, please refer to our “Weather Policy” which is found in the Port Credit SC policies:

  • In cases of inclement weather, check the PCSC homepage and Facebook page for updates/information regarding skating cancellations and arena closures
  • No make-up session or refund will be provided due to cancelled sessions beyond our control.

As always, remember to visit our website, Facebook and Instagram pages for up-to-date information regarding Club activities.

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