May Newsletter - Summer's Almost Here

REST Communications
May 1, 2019

Happy May RATS families,

We’re ALMOST there…to summer kicking off and swim team kicking in. We’ve got a lot coming up quick, so here’s what you need to know.

President’s Message – We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, May 4 at our Welcome Back Party! It’s a great opportunity to catch up with everyone you haven’t seen in a while and a great chance to meet our new families. The Welcome Back Party starts between 5-5:30pm, once we finish up our New Family Orientation.

This weekend is the official opening of the pool for the season. As such, please be sure to keep the pool deck clean. Lately, we’ve had a lot of swim paraphernalia and clothing left out and about after practice. Make sure you have everything you came with before you leave and make sure your kids are using the garbage cans provided.

And just a friendly reminder, please do not bring any glass onto the pool deck. Broken glass at a pool is a bad thing all around. We have lots of little bare feet running around, and if any glass winds up in the pool, the pool would have to be shut down and be completely drained. So let’s avoid any issues and not have any glass at the pool. We do have some great wine tumblers and travel drink mugs available for purchase with our 2019 Rats apparel, so be sure to check out all our team merchandise there.

- Karen Abbott

Coaching UpdateAnnouncing our 2019 Rat Pack!  Samantha Alvarado, Logan Christensen, Emma Foscalina, Jack Richards, Sophia Neitz, Maddie Granskog, Masie Smutney, Carson Christensen, Nico Harris, Michael Carrera, Alexis Delmonico, Sage Barry, and Lilly Doherty. We are so excited and grateful for these swimmers volunteering their time to support our 6&U and Polliwog programs and lead our team in spirit and sportsmanship! 

May brings some coaching changes to the pool deck. Coach Cameron will be arriving on May 13, back from his second year at University of CO, Boulder. We are all excited for his return! Coach Maddie arrives May 20th after a phenomenal swim season at Colorado State University. Let’s give this former REST swimmer a warm welcome! We will also be saying farewell and THANK YOU to Coach Jake whose reliability and passion for swimming & coaching the RATS this spring was truly appreciated. We are looking forward to welcoming the summer with our full coaching staff on deck! 

-Jen Landgraf

Registration Information – To date, we’ve got 149 swimmers registered to swim this summer. Yay! Talk to your friends and make sure they’re registered too. In an effort to let everyone know you love swim team, we’ve attached an image for you to share on social media so the world knows our name. Our Facebook group does not have a share option so this has to come from your personal pages. Side note - if you’re not already a member of our Facebook group, find us at Rudgear Estates Swim Team. You can request to join the group. We can also be found on Instagram at rudgear_rats and on Twitter at @GoRudgearRats. 

We’ve got close to 20 new families we’re holding our New Family Orientation for at 4pm this Saturday (before the Welcome Back Party) to go over what to expect after joining swim team, answer any questions you may have, and teach you how to sign up for jobs. There’s always lots of good information at this meeting.

Spirit Update – We will be having our 2019 team apparel available to check out at the Welcome Back Party on May 4, so if you missed our two earlier Fit Parties, this is a great chance to see what we’ve got this year – clothing, hats, towels, mugs and tumblers, parkas, and more. All apparel and team suit orders can be made online from the team website. Suit orders are due by May 5. Apparel orders are due by May 18. Both orders should be ready by early June.

Social Update – We’re excited to see close to 70 families RSVP’d to our Welcome Back Party, Saturday, May 4. Everyone can start showing up after 5pm, when we’ll be wrapping up our New Family Orientation. Bring a picnic for your family and something to sit on, we’ll provide something sweet.

And later this month, we’ll be having an Adult Happy Hour from 4-6pm at the pool. Come spend some time unwinding at the pool. Mark your calendars so you don’t forget.

Jobs Update – We’ll be opening up job sign ups Sunday, May 5. We do have some team jobs that we are looking to pre-fill before online sign ups open. Specifically, a starter and someone to work with the Desk on the CTS machine. An email went out earlier this week with full details. If you’re interested or have any questions, please contact us at

Also, keep you eye out for an email later this week regarding the opportunity to purchase a Jobs Buy Out package for $600. We have spots for four families to purchase a jobs buyout. For those of you who don’t know, this means your family would be relieved of having to sign up for any Meet Jobs this season. You would still be responsible for signing up for one Team Job. Full details will be in the email sent later this week.

- Gene and Lisa Wright

Check this out We’ve started a team sponsorship program. If you have a business or know of someone who has a business that would be interested in supporting our team, head over to our website for more information. Look under the General Information tab. In the dropdown menu, you’ll see Sponsorship Information. There are three levels of support to choose from, you’re sure to find just the right fit for you and your business.

Congratulations to our Las Lomas swimmers who are finishing up their swim season. Maggie and Sammi Blecha, Sydney Dossa, Jake and Sam Alvarado, Merrik Pohl, Michael Carrera-Walker, Allie Gillis, Eliza Loventhal, and new Rat, Easton Mann. 

Important Upcoming Dates

5-4     New Family Orientation – Welcome Back Party from 4-7pm

5-5     Online job sign-ups open

5-5      Team suit order due

5-18    Time Trials

5-18    Team apparel orders due

5-27    Memorial Day – no practice

5-31    Adult Happy Hour at the pool from 4-6pm

6-1      Our 1st home meet, Ygnacio Woods @ REST

6-4      Special Tuesday night meet, REST @ PHAQ

6-7      Last day of school – no practice

6-8      WCSC @ REST