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Weekly Mailer
 
APPLEBEE'S FUNDRAISER A HUGH SUCCESS!
Thank you to everyone that came out last Saturday to our Applebee's Fundraiser. It was a huge success and the biggest turnout we have ever seen.  Our VJO swimmers did a terrific job serving, seating and greeting all our guests. We received many complements from our guests about how well our swimmers did.  Our team raised over $1,700!.  Great job everyone!  This money will be going towards purchasing the remainder of our long course lane lines that we so desperately need.  Thank you again to everyone for all your help in making this event such a success! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR HOME MEET THIS WEEKEND
We are still in NEED of volunteers in some areas for our home meet next weekend.
Please remember that all families are required to complete at least 10 volunteer hours at each home meet. A paper sign-up sheet is also available at the pool, next to the Shark Tank.  This will also be a great opportunity to get to see some elite level swimming right in our home pool. We encourage parents and swimmers to come watch an elite level meet.
Jobs we STILL NEED more VOLUNTEER HELP:
Check-in (Sat)
Chicken Adobo Cook (Sat & Sun)
Clean-up (Sun)
Hospitality (Sat & Sun)
Marshals (Sat & Sun)
Parking Attendant (Sat & Sun)
Timers (Sat & Sun) 
MEET QUESTIONS: Please email Gigi and Joe Sapida at [email protected]org if you have any meet questions.
VOLUNTEERING QUESTIONS: Please email Melody Cannon at [email protected] if you have any volunteering questions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SNACK SHACK DONATIONS NEEDED
Hi VJO Families! Our November meet is this weekend and we need your help again in making it successful! VJO Snack Shack is very well known for our Breakfast burritos and Filipino Adobo with Rice! However, it would not be successful without your generous donations. We maximize our earnings if we get all the items we sell, to be donated.   Thank you so much for your donation!
- Click Link Below for a List of the Donations Needed:
QUESTIONS: Please contact Madelyn Cueva at   [email protected]     .
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
POLAR BEAR CLUB is BACK!
In an effort to encourage VJO swimmers to keep their attendance up during the Winter Months, we are bringing back the Polar Bear ClubThe Polar Bear Club will start December 1st and run through the end of February. The VJO coaching staff will track daily practice attendance and award participation based on swimmers attendance to practice and events. VJO will provide prizes for those meeting qualifying levels.
 
Although we encourage all team members to attend as many practices as possible, each practice group will have attendance prize requirements on a sliding scale to reflect the monthly expectations of each group.  Prizes will be given out to swimmers monthly. Prize levels are as follows:
PRIZE LEVELS: 
  • Prize Level 1 – Polar Bear Club Pin 
    • Attendance prize requirements for each group for Dec, Jan & Feb:
    • Senior -80%
    • Leopard, Junior & Junior 2 Group – 70%
    • Mako Sharks - 60%
    • Hammerheads 2 - 50%
    • Hammerheads 1 - 40%
  • Prize Level 2 – Polar Bear Club Pin & Bumper Sticker
    • Attendance prize requirements for each group for Dec, Jan & Feb:
    • Senior -90%
    • Leopard, Junior & Junior 2 Group – 80%
    • Mako Sharks - 70%
    • Hammerheads 2 - 60%
    • Hammerheads 1 - 50%
*Meets, Social Events and Saturday Practices will be given as extra credit attendance days.*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SIGN UP NOW!
VJO SWIMMERS AND FAMILIES – GET OUT YOUR TENNIS SHOES…WE’RE GOING FOR A RUN!
Thanksgiving Morning 2019
Solano Community College
Suisun Valley Road
8:20 a.m. 5k run/walk
We have a Turkey Team set up!  We will be entering the 8:20 a.m. 5K Run/Walk (timed or untimed, your choice).  On the Registration page be sure to click on “Join a Team” and search for Vallejo Aquatic Club.
 If you have questions, please email Jennifer Matteo at [email protected]
 
 
 
 
 
 
HOT CHOCOLATE NIGHT 
Last Thursday was our first Hot Chocolate Night of the season!  Thank you everyone for all the snack donations.  We are still in need of some HCN items for this week. Please drop off snack items on the table next to the Shark Tank. 
Thank you!
ITEMS NEEDED:
    G allon size Ziploc bags
    Oatmeal - individual boxes/bowels (any flavor)
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VJO HELPS FEED THE HUNGRY AND HOMELESS - Dec 1st 4-6:30pm
On Sunday, December 1st from 4-6:30pm come help VJO give back to the community.  We need15-20 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.
SIGN UPS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE SOON
Date: December 1st 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
 
 
 

 

 
PERSONALIZED VJO CAP ORDERS
***Order Forms Due November 15th 2019***
You have the opportunity to order personalized swim caps for your child or children and yourself. They will be standard black team caps with white VJO logo and your name under the logo.  One order consists of 2 caps. Please make sure to select what name you want on your cap. Place completed order forms in the Team Attire” file folder with your check (no cash please) made payable to “Vallejo Aquatic Club”.
Cost:    Latex -  $15.00/2 caps
             Silicone -  $30.00/2 caps
Orders must be turned in by November 15th
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
PACIFIC SWIMMING REGISTRATION - DUE NOV 1st
Pacific Swimming Registration was due on November 1st.  If you still have not turned your swimmers $73 check in, please do so IMEDIATELY.  If you started after June 01, 2019 you are probably already covered until December 2020. If you are not sure please email Blanca or talk to her on the pool deck. Families please write a check ($73 per swimmer) made out to "PACIFIC SWIMMING" and place in the Membership File Folder at the pool. All checks were due by November 1st 2019.
Due:                  November 1st, 2019
Amount:           $73.00 (for each swimmer)
Payable to:       PACIFIC SWIMMING
Place checks in the Membership File Folder
QUESTIONS:  If you have any questions please contact Blanca (Membership Chair) at [email protected].
 

 

 

 

 
 
IMPORTANT INFO & UPDATES:
 
HOW TO ORDER A TEAM SUIT OR TEAM PARKA?
Don't worry if you missed our team suit fitting day this fall. You can place team suit, team warm-ups, and team parka orders in person or online at any time. Make sure to try on the team suit before you place your order as our team suit brand has changed this year to Nike.
To Order Team Suits
1. Place an order online at  https://makingwavesusa.com/team/vallejo-aquatics/
Password: Vallejo
2. Drive down to "Making Waves Swim Shop" in Walnut Creek and order a team suit in person. Please make sure to bring in a completed order form to the store.
2019 Order Forms and the link to order online. 
Password: Vallejo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEET S: 
 
WINTER 14 & UNDER JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPS ***OPEN*** 
The 2019 Winter 14 & Under Junior Olympic Championships is OPEN for entries. The meet will be held on Dec 6-8th at the Gunderson High School Pool in San Jose.  Sign-up ASAP as the meet could fill prior to the entry deadline. This is a qualifying meet.  The meet is only open to swimmers who have achieved the Winter JO qualifying time standards.
LOCATION: Gunderson High School – 622 Gaundabert Lane, San Jose, CA 95136
 
 
 
 
 
SENIOR II CHAMPIONSHIPS ***OPENING SOON***
The 2019 Senior II Championships Meet on Dec 7&8th will be opening any day.  This meet will be held at the DVC pool is Pleasant Hill, CA. This meet is only open to qualified Senior Group swimmers. Senior swimmers must have achieved a SR II time standard to attend this meet. When the meet opens, get sign up ASAP as this meet will FILL VERY VERY QUICKLY.
LOCATION: Diablo Valley College Pool, Pleasant Hill, CA
 
 
 
 
NEPTUNE SWIMMING C/B/A+ MEET ***STILL OPEN***
December 13-15th 2019
Santa Rosa Junior College
The Neptune Swimming C/B/A+ Meet on December 13-15 is STILL OPEN for entries and is our team designated meet for the month of December.  This meet is recommended for all VJO swimmers except for SR group swimmers. Get signed up today!  
Enter Online:   www.fastswims.com
Location: : Quinn Swim Center, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.
Time: Arrive at 7:15am. We will get in as a team to warm-up at 7:30am. The meet will begin at 9:00am each day.  
Events:
Leopard, Mako, JR, JR2 Groups - Please enter 3 events each day. Choose one favorite event, one challenging event and one event to keep you well rounded.
Hammerhead 1 & 2 Groups - Please talk to coach Daniel about what events he recommends you swim prior to entering. Do not enter your child in events they are not ready for. 
***Senior Group - This meet is not recommended for the SR Group. The Senior Group will be attending the WCAB SR II Trial/Finals Meet on Dec 6-7 weekend***
TEAM SUITS REQUIRED:  This is a reminder that VJO Team Suits are required at ALL team meets. Please make sure you have your team suit. You can order a team suit through Making Waves Swim Shop at any time.
 
 
 
 
 
2019 VJO FALL/WINTER SCHEDULE :  ***UPDATED***
 
NOVEMBER
Nov 2-4     - NAPA Valley Swim Team C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups) 
Nov 9        - Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser (8-10am, Vallejo)
Nov 15     - Personalized VJO Cap Order Forms Due
Nov 16-17 - VJO Senior Open Meet (Cunningham Pool, Qualified SR Grp)
                    ***VOLUNTEER STILL NEEDED***
Nov 21       - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All Groups)
Nov 28-29 - NO PRACTICE (Happy Thanksgiving!)
Nov 28       - Turkey Trot (Fairfield,CA)
 
DECEMBER
Dec 1        - VJO Helps Feed the Hungry and Homeless (4-6:30pm, 1st Baptist Church, Vallejo) ***ADDED***
Dec 6-8     - Junior Olympic 14 & Under Champs (Qualifying, San Jose, CA)  ***OPEN*** 
Dec 7-8     - Senior 2 Trials & Finals (SR Grp Swimmers only, Pleasant Hill, CA)
Dec 13-15 - Speedo Sectional Championships (Qualified SR Groupers)
Dec 13-15 - Neptune Swimming C/B/A+ Meet (Santa Rosa, CA) ***OPEN*** 
Dec 21       -12 Articles of Clothing Swim (All Groups, 8-10am)
Dec 23-27 - NO PRACTICE (Happy Holidays!)
Dec 28       -  Morning Practice (8-10am JR/JR2/SR)
Dec 30 -Jan 3   Combined Practice Schedule
                          Dec 30   JR/JR2/SR  8-10am & 4-6pm
                                         H1/H2/LS/MS 6-7pm
                          Dec 31   JR/JR2/SR  8-10am 
                          Jan 1     JR/JR2/SR  4-6pm
                                        H1/H2/LS/MS 6-7pm
                          Jan 2    JR/JR2/SR 8-10am & 4-6pm
                                       H1/H2/LS/MS 6-7pm
                          Jan 3    JR/JR2/SR 8-10am & 4-6pm
                                       H1/H2/LS/MS 6-7pm
                           
JANUARY
Jan 11        - VJO Holiday Party Brunch (TBA)
Jan 18-19  - Winter Zone 3 Championships (Qualifying Meet, SRJC)
Jan 20        - NO PRACTICE (MLK Holiday)
Jan 24       - SASO Distance Dual Meet (All Group, Solano College)  *NO PRACTICE*
Jan 30       - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All Groups)
 
FEBRUARY
Feb 7-9    - VJO Home C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)
Feb 10     - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
Feb 14      - Regular Practice 
Feb 15      - Saturday Morning Practice (JR/JR2/SR, 8-10am)
Feb 15      - VJO Goes Ice Skating (TBA)
Feb 17      - President's Day (NO PRACTICE)
Feb 27      - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All groups)
Feb 29      -  Saturday Morning Practice (JR/JR2/SR,  8-10am)
 
MARCH
March 1          - Zone All Star Meet (Qualifying, Santa Clara)
March 7          -  Saturday Morning Practice (JR/JR2/SR,  8-10am)
March 13-15  - Spring Junior Olympic Champs (14&under Qualifying Meet, Santa Clara)
March 17th     - St Patrick's Day (Regular Practice)
March 21-22  - Hills Hurricane C/B/BB+ Meet (All Groups, Moraga)
March 23      - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
March 26       - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All Groups)
March 28       -  Saturday Morning Practice LC (JR/JR2/SR, 7:45 -10am)
March 28       - VJO Spaghetti Feed (Tentative)
 
APRIL
April 2-5      - Far Western Championships (Qualifying Meet, Pleasanton)
April 10         - Combined Practice Day
                              JR/JR2/SR      4-6pm
                                   H1/H2/LS/MS  6-7pm
April 11         - Long Course Morning Practice (All Groups)
                              JR/JR2/SR      7:45-10am
                                    H1/H2/LS/MS  9-10am
April 17-19    - Westside LC Meet (All Groups, Petaluma)
April 20         - NO PARCTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
April 25         - 10 & Under Champs Meet (Qualifying, Sunnyvale)
April 30         - Shark Pride Day (5-7pm)
 
MAY
May 2           - LC Morning Practice (7:45-10am) *Tentative*
May 9          - LC Morning Practice (7:45-10am)  *Tentative*
May 16        - LC Morning Practice (7:45-10am)  *Tentative*
May 23        - LC Morning Practice (7:45-10am) 
May 25        - Memorial Day (NO PRACTICE)
May 28        - Shark Pride Day (5-7pm)
May 29-31   - VJO LC C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)
 
JUNE
June 1        - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)