Lower School Ski/Snowboard Club
Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, MA
For students in Grades 3-8
Information night, October 16, 6-7 PM, Room 118
Registration open October 7-November 8, 2019
A six-week Ski Enrichment Program begins Friday, January 10th as students, faculty and parents head to Wachusett Mountain to ski or snowboard. Beginning and experienced riders alike enjoy the camaraderie and fun that unfolds on the slopes and bus trips to and from the mountain.
January 10 February 7
January 24 February 14
January 31 February 28
All ski cancellations will be published in the box on the right. Decisions are usually made on Thursday afternoons.
Ski and Snowboard Club registration is done in two parts; use Quick Links panel on the right.
- Wachusett Registration: Use Access Code: ACND. Registration will be open until November 8, 2019
- NDA Registration: The bus fee of $125 is due by Friday, November 8, 2019.
Morning Drop-off at NDA
Skis/snowboards will be placed in the small gym in the morning. Boots may not come upstairs. The children should take the clothes that they have to change into up to their classrooms. Please make sure that everything is labeled (there has been confusion at Wachusett when skis are not labeled).
There will be older students assisting on Friday morning. If you need to get out of your car please pull up all the way to the Upper School side. Students may go in the Upper School side to put their skis in the small gym. There are signs for each grade in the small gym. Please make sure the equipment is placed under those signs (not in the middle of the floor).
Children may not call home for forgotten items. It is a good idea to attach the ski pass to their jacket. Ski pants, gloves and hats are sometimes forgotten. If your child has forgotten these items (especially pants), there is a possibility that they may not ski.
Lunch at NDA
Lunch will be at 11:30 for grades 3-8 on ski Fridays.
Changing to Ski Clothes
Children come to school in dress down day clothes. They will be allowed to change into ski clothes after lunch.
All chaperones MUST have completed the Virtus training and have submitted a CORI form to the school. Chaperones should be at the school no later than 12:10 p.m. If you are chaperoning for a younger grade, please help the students load their equipment into the bus. Boots and skis go under the bus. Some classes like to place their school bags under the bus too. The buses stay at Wachusett so school bags can stay on the bus, however, if skis are left on the bus we cannot get them. The buses are in a remote parking lot.
One chaperone on the bus should take attendance as soon as possible. The children should be quiet as you read out the names. There is a bathroom on the bus, but it is for emergency purposes only. Children should be seated at all times and should not be changing seats. All movies must be approved by the chaperones.
We will leave school at approximately 12:15 p.m. We board the buses at Wachusett at approximately 5:00 p.m. Any child who holds up the buses at the end of the day may not be able to ski the following week. There are clocks at Mt. Wachusett, but a watch is advisable. Everyone should be ready to board at 5:00 p.m.
Pick up is 6:30 p.m. at the Academy. Please be punctual. If you are not there on time, your child may lose privileges to ride the bus to and from Mt. Wachusett the following week. The children and chaperones have had a long day so we ask for your consideration on this matter.
If we are going to be returning late to the Academy, we may have students call with an advisory. Please do not call your children. They are not allowed to use cell phones on the bus. Cell phones will be taken away if used without permission and returned upon arriving at NDA.
We expect students to keep the bus tidy. It is up to the bus driver whether food can be eaten on the bus.
We expect appropriate and respectful behavior toward fellow classmates, the bus driver and the chaperones.
The buses drops off at the front of the building. They are not in any particular order as they return. Please do not park in the front of the school. We need this room for the buses to come in (also, you may be blocked in until the buses leave).
Items left on the bus may be retrieved on Monday from Mrs. Dominique in Reception.
Please email Bernadette Fossa with questions at email@example.com
Arriving at Wachusett
Chaperones will bring their group to rentals (if need be) and then to lessons. Third Graders and beginners are required to enroll in classes. Each group will rendezvous at a designated site after lessons.
Ms. Fossa will have complimentary passes for chaperones.
All third grade students and new skiers/snowboarders must take lessons.
If your child is renting equipment, please make sure they know their shoe size.
Chaperones will return rentals and have their groups back into the lodge for snacks etc. by 4:30 pm. We will gather at the NDA table - usually located in the newer part of the lodge. We board the buses at 5:00 pm. and chaperones will account for every member of their group.
Thank you for volunteering. Our program could not work without you!
Drop-Off/Pick-Up at NDA
Parents are dropping-off children with skis/snowboards are asked to pull up to the far front of the building. Students should enter the building using the side door of the Upper School (across from the Walsh Sports Complex) and proceed to the small gym. Please leave your child's equipment by the sign labeled with his/her grade.
Please make sure all skis, bags, poles, etc. are labeled with your child's name.
Parents are asked not to park in front of the school so that buses returning from Wachusett can pull up and students can disembark. Pick-up is at 6:30 p.m. and parents are expected to be on time to meet the bus. Please be puctual.
Picking up at Wachusett Mountain
You must write a note if your child is being picked up from Wachusett Mountain. Send the note in to the homeroom teacher Friday morning stating who is picking up, what time the pickup will be and include your child’s first, last name and homeroom. Any child picked up at Wachusett must be signed out at the Academy table in the Wachusett Lodge as soon as you arrive at the mountain. You must show identification at the table. These are safety issues. We board the buses at approximately 5:00 p.m. If you have not arrived at that time, we will take your child back to the Academy on the bus. If you fail to sign your child out, they will lose bus privileges for the following week.
Thank you for your understanding and your compliance of these safety measures.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What do I need to wear?
- Waterproof jacket and snowpants
- Waterproof gloves or mittens (no polar fleece or knitted gloves)
- Ski/snowboard socks, or knee socks (crew socks are too low!)
- Neck warmer (you really need it on cold days!)
- Helmet (recommended) or hat
- Label everything! Masking or duct tape works best
- Bring your Wachusett Ski pass with you every Friday
Do I need money?
Most children do bring money with them to buy a snack or a drink. $10.00 is probably enough for fries and a drink, or a snack. Unfortunately, the price of food is high, like any ski resort.
If you don’t want to send money, you can pack a small snack in their bag to eat on the bus ride home if permitted by bus driver.
If you bring your own equipment:
- Label everything! (If it is leased you can use masking tape)
- Please make sure the equipment is in working order, and the child fits in the boots and the boots fit in the skis/snowboard.
- With this many children we can’t bring them to have adjustments made at the ski shop.
- We highly recommend that the children use “Ski Watch” when they leave their skis. This is a free ski check service right outside the lodge. Skis have been stolen in the past.
- Please make sure that the children can recognize their own equipment (color, brand, size, where their name is on the equipment, etc.)
- If they don’t use Ski Watch it can be hard to find the equipment at the end of the day!
- We are not responsible for lost ski equipment, but will make every effort to try and find it.
- Call Mt. Wachusett if something has been left there.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Ms. Bernadette Fossa, Programs Coordinator