Weekly Mailer
 Dear Swimmers and Parents,
Theo St. Francis from NBA (North Bay Aquatics) was seriously injured in a beach accident in Boston in late August while attending M.I.T.'s freshman Oceanographic Engineering orientation program. Theo currently is without motor skills from the chest down. Prior to Theo’s time with NBA he swam on the Napa Valley Swim Team. Many of our VJO swimmers have swam against him in the past years. He was a Junior National level swimmer and was to be on the MIT swim team this fall.  Presently, Theo is in rehabilitation from which no one knows what the outcome will be. VJO will be sending Theo a “get well soon” poster, which we greatly encourage all VJO swimmers to sign.  The poster will be on the pool deck for the next couple of days for our swimmers to sign.
Hot Chocolate Night Starts this Thursday!
Hot choc nights start Thursday Nov 7. We serve the kids at 5:30, 6:30, & 7:30, after they get out of practice, every Thursday night, all winter long.  This is a "parent run/parent donated" activity that we do for 5 months (Nov - March), and we depend on parent volunteers to run this.
We need parents to help serve, set up, clean up, and put away. What a great way to get volunteer hours in!  Diane Powell will be setting up everything starting at 3:30, but we need parents starting at 5:30, taking shifts till 7:45.
Items we need donated:
Hot chocolate packets (individual packets, not canisters of powder)
Bags of mini marshmallows (any flavor, any shape)
Apple cider packets 
Boxes of cookies
Bags of chips / pretzels
Granola bars
Homemade cookies or brownies (or anything)
3 oz paper cups
5 oz paper cups
Disinfectant wipes
Gallon and sandwich size baggies
Big garbage bags
Big Costco box of plastic forks and spoons
(no candy)
Tuffy Signing at Hot Chocolate Night
Coach Tuffy will be stopping by the pool for Hot Chocolate Night this Thursday night, so make sure to bring any items you still need signed.  Or just come in to say hi!
College Prep Seminar – Fri Nov 15th
On Friday Nov 15th we will be having a guest speaker (Reed Philips) come in and give a College Prep Seminar from 5-7:30pm.  All VJO High Schoolers are encouraged to attend. On this day the Senior Group and Age Group practice will be combined from 3:30-4:40pm.  The Seminar will be held in the portable buildings next to the pool and there is no charge. Pizza will be provided!
Extra Order Forms for “ Coach Tuffy” Shirts
If you didn’t get a chance to order your “Coach Tuffy” shirt at the party, here’s your chance!  Extra shirt order forms have been placed in your file folder.  Please place all completed forms and checks into Coach Hillary’s file folder by next Friday November 15th.
Tri Meet at VJO – Sat Nov 23rd
On Saturday Nov 23rd we will be having a Tri Meet against SASO and QUIK at our pool.  Entry forms will be released in the next week or two.
Location:  Cunningham Pool
Time: Warm-ups 9:00am, Meet Starts at 10:00am
WCAB Senior II Trials/ Finals Meet
The WCAB Senior II Trial/Final Meet on Dec 6-8 is now open online for enteirs.  This meet is reccomended for all  Senior Group swimmers. Please keep in mind you need Senior II time standard to enter this meet. Enter Online: 
Nov 7th       - Start of Hot Chocolate Night (Every Thurs Night in the Winter)
Nov  15th   - College Prep Seminar (5:00pm)
Nov 23rd    - Tri Meet @ VJO (SASO & QUIK)
Nov 21st      - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-6:30pm)
Nov 28-29 - Happy Thanksgiving (No Practice)
Nov 29       - VJO Social Event TBA
Dec 6-8      - Junior Olympic 14 & Under Championships (Morgan Hill, CA)
Dec 6-8      - Senior Champs (Sr II @ Walnut Creek)
Dec 14th     - Dual Meet @ QUIK
Dec  19th    - Annual Christmas Party (6-9pm)
Dec 24-25   - No Practice (Merry Christmas!)
Dec 26th      - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-6:30pm)
Dec 31-Jan 1st  - No Practice (Happy New Year’s)
Jan 18-19     - Zone 3 Winter Championships(Location TBA)
Feb 7-9          - VJO C/B/A+ Meet
Feb 13-17     - Lost Dutchman Meet(Chandler, Arizona)
Mar 1-2        - Zone 3 All Star Meet (Burlingame HS)
Mar 14-16    - Junior Olympic Championships
April 3-6        - Far Western Championships (Morgan Hill, CA)
April 25-27   - VJO Long Course C/B/A Meet (Cunningham Pool)