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Weekly Mailer
Hey VJO Families!  
We've got a lot going on this week and next. Please make sure to read over this weeks Weekly Mailer.  The Upcoming Events Section at the bottom of the Weekly Mailer has also been updated through the end of May. We are very excited for this upcoming Spring season!
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
ONLY 2 MORE DAYS TO SIGN UP FOR ZONE 3 WINTER CHAMPS  
The Zone 3 Winter Championships Meet deadline to enter is tomorrow Wednesday Jan 9th.  Get signed up if you haven't already. The meet will close tomorrow. See "Upcoming Meets" section below for more meet details.
 
 
 
 
 
 
NO PRACTICE - Monday January 21st 
There will be no practice on Monday January 21st due to the MLK Holiday. We hope everyone has a great day off. See you all back at the pool on Tuesday Jan 22nd. 
 
 
 
 
HOLIDAY PARTY BRUNCH
The holidays aren’t over yet!  Let’s celebrate the new year together over breakfast.
Come join us for a morning of family fun with breakfast goodies and team building activities. There will be prizes for the winners. PLEASE plan to bring some food to share
WHEN: Saturday, January 12th
WHERE: 477 Canyon Creek Rd. American Canyon, CA
TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
POTLUCK DETAILS
A – G  Breakfast Sides (Bacon, Bagels, Muffins, etc.)
H – S   Breakfast Main Dishes (Casseroles, Eggs, Waffles, Pancakes, etc.)
T – Z Drinks (Hot Coco, Juice, Cider, etc.)
WHITE ELEPHANT AUCTION
The  White Elephant Auction is a VJO tradition, bring a gently used item from home that might be of interest to another. We will auction it off to the highest bidder and the proceeds will go to a local charity.
*We will also have a gingerbread-making contest*
RSVP - Please place RSVPs in Raymond file folder by Jan 9th 2019
 
 
 
 
 
VJO HELPS FEED THE HUNGRY AND HOMELESS 
Sunday, January 13th 
4-6:30pm
Volunteers Needed! We still need volunteers for this Sundays Feeding the Hungry and Homeless. Please click on the link below to sign up.  This Sunday, Jan 13th from 4-6:30pm come help VJO give back to the community.  We need 15-20 VJO swimmers to help out with the "Sparrow Project" and feeding the hungry and homeless.  This will take place at the 1st Baptist Church in Vallejo. Our swimmers will help set up, help serve food, and help clean up.  This is a great way for our swimmers to get involved in their community. Swimmers can also count this toward their community service requirements for school.  Swimmers under the age of 11 need to have a parent helping them.  If you wish to leave while your child is volunteering, please make sure to leave your child with another parent. This is NOT a VJO practice and children are NOT under the supervision of VJO coaches. Thank you!
Date: January 13th 2019
Location: 1st Baptist Church, Vallejo (  2025 Sonoma Blvd,  Vallejo, CA)
Number of Volunteers: 15-20 people (swimmer under 11 yrs need parent to help) 
Time: 4-6:30pm
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
 
 
 
 
PERSONALIZED CAP ORDERS UPDATE
Personalized Cap orders from November will be arriving next Friday January 18th. If they are not here in time for practice on Friday we will bring them to the meet over the weekend and have them at practice the following week.
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEETS: 
 
2019 ZONE 3 WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS  
***MEET CLOSES WEDNESDAY JAN 9th***
January 19-20th 2019
If you haven't already signed up for Zone 3 Champs and you are qualified, sign up today. The Zone 3 Winter Championships Meet on January 19-20 is only open for entries for 2 more days.  The meet will be a trials and finals meet this year and will be held at the indoor Santa Rosa Junior College Pool. It will be run similar to REAL Championships where the top 16 swimmers will come back and swim in the afternoon for points.  This is our team Championship Meet for the Winter season. It is also a team scored meet, so we need ALL qualified VJO swimmers attending.  All swimmers must meet the Zone 3 Champs qualifying times.  Click on the link  below to view qualifying times.
LOCATION:  Quinn Swim Center, Santa Rosa Junior College (1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA )
TRIALS / FINALS: This year the Zone 3 Winter Championships will be run as a Trials/Finals Meet. This means that the top 16 swimmers will come back in the evening to swim again for points in finals. All 9 and over events are trials and finals. All 8 & Under event will be timed finals and will only swim in the morning. 
DEADLINE: Wed, January 9th 2019 (or when meet fills)
TIME:  Arrive at 7:15am each day. Warm-ups will start at 7:30am and the meet will start at 9am each day
EVENTS: Enter your 3 best events each day. Swimmers must meet the qualifying time to enter each event. This is a championship meet and we are going for points. If you have questions on what events to enter, talk to your coach.
RELAYS: There will be relays at this meet. All swimmers will be entered in relays unless coaches are notified otherwise.
HOTEL ROOMS:  Our Coaches and many of our families will be staying at the Best Western Plus off Hopper Ave. in Santa Rosa on Saturday night. Because the finals session of the meet will end around 7:00pm, we recommend staying the night in Santa Rosa. Below is a 10% coupon code to give when you reserve your room. To reserve your room call the number below. Room rates will change daily (todays room rate is $152.09/night).
Best Western Plus
870 Hopper Ave. Santa Rosa CA
(707)545-9000
Coupon Code: GP10 (for 10% off)
COST: ~$152/night (rates change daily)
TEAM DINNER:  We will be going out to dinner as a team on Saturday night.
 
 
 
 
 
SASO DISTANCE MEET
(SASO & VJO)
Friday, January 25th 2019
ENTRY DEADLINE: Tuesday, Jan 22nd
The SASO Distance Meet on Friday, January 25  th has now been added to our schedule. This meet is only open to Senior, Junior 2, Junior, Mako and Leopard Shark Groups. This meet is not open to Hammerhead swimmers.  There will be two distance events offered; the 500 free and 1,650 free. Swimmers may only swim one event.  The 1,650 free is only open to 11 & overs in the JR/JR2/SR Group. This is a paper entry meet. Please turn all paper consolidated entry forms into the manila folder hanging on the team bulletin board at the pool. Entries are due by Tuesday, Jan 22nd
LEOPARD AND MAKO GROUPS
This distance Meet is open to all Mako and Leopard Shark swimmers. This meet is not required. Swimmers in both Leopard and Mako have the option to swim the 500 free.  The 1,650 free is not open to the Leopard and Mako swimmers. There will be regular practice at Cunningham Pool on this day for all Hammerhead, Leopard and Mako Groupers not attending this distance meet.
REQUIRED FOR SENIOR / JUNIOR 2 / JUNIORS: 
This meet is required for all Senior, Junior 2, and Junior Group swimmers.  We will be attending this Friday meet instead of practice this day. Swimmers in the SR & JR2 group are required to swim the 1,650 free. Swimmers in the JR group may swim either the 500 free or 1,650 free. There will be regular practice at Cunningham Pool held for all other groups on this day.
 
 
 
VJO “February Frost” C/B/A MEET
February 22-24th 2019
***NOW OPEN for ENTRIES***
The VJO “February Frost” CBA Meet is NOW OPEN ONLINE for ENTRIES. This is a home meet and while be held at the Cunningham Pool on February 22-24th. This is our team meet for the month of February and is recommended for ALL VJO swimmers. Please sign up ASAP as meets fill quickly. 
ENTRY DEADLINE: Monday, February 11th (meet will fill prior to deadline date)
LOCATION: Cunningham Pool
TIME:   Friday - arrive at 3:15pm
               Saturday – arrive at 7:15am 
               Sunday - arrive at 7:15am 
Warm-ups will start at 7:30am on Saturday and Sunday and the meet will start at 9:00 am each day. Remember parking is easier the earlier you arrive.
EVENTS: Please speak with your coach if you have questions about what events to enter. Leopard, Mako, JR’s & SR please enter 3 events a day (one challenging event, one favorite event and one to keep you well rounded). 
Senior & Junior 2 Groups -  Swimmers in the Senior and Junior 2 Groups will all be swimming the 400 IM on Friday night. You must all enter this event. If you need an entry time, contact Coach Jennifer.
10 Volunteer Hours Required - Families don't forget you are required to work a minimum of 10 hours at each home meet. The job sign ups will be emailed out and online soon. 
 
 
 
 
 
2019 WINTER / SPRING SCHEDULE ***UPDATED***
 
JANUARY
Jan 1          - NO PRACTICE (Happy New Year!)
Jan 12         - VJO Holiday Brunch (10-1pm, 477 Canyon Creek AC)
Jan 19-20    - Winter Zone 3 Champs (Qualifiers, SRJC) ***STILL OPEN***
Jan 21         - NO PRACTICE (MLK Holiday)
Jan 25         - SASO Distance Meet (SR/JR2/JR/LS&MS Grps, Solano College) ***NOW OPEN***
Jan 31          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups, 5-6:30pm)
 
FEBRUARY
Feb 18        - NO PRACTICE (Presidents Day Holiday)
Feb22-24    - VJO February Frost C/B/A+ Meet ( All Groups, Cunningham Pool)  ***NOW OPEN***
Feb 25          - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
Feb 28          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups, 5-6:30pm)
 
MARCH
Mar 2-3           - Zone All Star Meet (Qualifying Meet, Sunnyvale CA)
Mar 9-10         - Napa C/B/A Meet
Mar 15-17       - Junior Olympic Champs (Qualifying Meet, Walnut Creek)
Mar 23            - VJO Spaghetti Feed (5-9pm, ACHS Cafeteria)
Mar 28            - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-6:30pm)
Mar 28            - Last Hot Chocolate Night
 
APRIL
April 4-7         - Far Western Champs (Qualifying Meet, Santa Clara)
April 6             - Saturday Long Course Practice (All Groups, 7-9am)
April 12-14     - Westside Long Course C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Petaluma)
April 20          - 10 & Under Championships (Sunnyvale, CA)
April 20           - Saturday Long Course Practice (All Groups, 7-9:30am)
April 25           - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
April 26-27      - VVAL  High School League Championships 
April 27-28     - NAPA Long Course C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Napa Valley College)
TBA                 - Mandatory General Membership Meeting (8-9:30am, Portables)
 
MAY
May 3-4         - North Coast Section High School Championships (Qualifying HS)
May 5            - SR Walk On Meet (location TBA)
May 10-11     - High School State Championships (Qualifying HS, Clovis)
May 11           - Long Course Morning Practice (All Groups, 7-9am)
May 17-19      - VJO Long Course C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)
May 20           - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery day)
May 25           - Long Course Morning Practice (All Groups, 7-9am)
May 27           - NO PRACTICE (Memorial Day)
May 30           - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)