Here are a few upcoming events to put on your calendar:
1) Morning Chess Class begins on Friday,
February 2nd, from 8:00-8:30 am in the faculty room. This class
will be held once a week on Friday mornings from February 2nd to March
9th. Local chess expert, Milt Moody, will lead us through some of
history's most famous and exciting chess games. The instruction will
focus on tactics and strategy as we prepare for the Elementary
State Chess Tournament on Saturday, March 10th. This instruction would
benefit every player in chess club, regardless of level. I hope your
child will join us, whether or not he or she is planning on attending
the state tournament.
All Girls Chess Day on Tuesday, February 6th--Calling all girls to
join us for a fun girls-only chess day! We will meet on Tuesday,
February 6th, 3:20-4:00 pm, in the cafeteria. Bring your friends and
have a great time with other girls, either playing chess or learning
how to play chess. No cost. No experience needed. See you then!
3) State Elementary Chess Tournament on
Saturday, March 10--Details have not yet been posted, but my
understanding is that the tournament will be held on BYU campus as it
was last year. I hope that many of you will take advantage of this
great opportunity. It is an all-day event, but it is also a fantastic
experience to play chess with hundreds of other kids. The chess club
will provide a pizza lunch for all participants. I will send out more
information and details on how to register once that information
becomes available, but save the date now!
4) And just FYI, there will be no Chess Club held on February
7th due to the early-out schedule for SEP conferences, nor on April
4th due to Spring Break.
Volunteers Needed--Thanks to all who have been able to help
in recent weeks! I am still in need of many more volunteers to cover
our chess meetings through the end of the school year. (25
spots to fill!) Please hit reply and let me know when you
are available to help.
Volunteer Needed to Oversee Chess Club--After 15 years of
running a chess club here at Rock Canyon Elementary, I'll be
retiring at the end of the school year. Please let me know if you or
someone you know might be interested in coordinating chess club for
the next school year. There is much flexibility in how it could be
run in the future. Weekly meetings have been enjoyed by our students
in the past, but even just coordinating a few volunteers to pull out
the chess boards once a month for open play would be appreciated!
Chess Resources for Our Club:
Chesskid.com--This is a
fantastic resource for your kids to use at home with lessons,
instructional videos, chess puzzles, and opportunities to
play chess games with other kids. Everyone will have the chance once a
month to work on chesskid during chess club time, so please make sure
your child knows how to log-on.
1) Go to https://www.chesskid.com
2) Find Log In in the upper
3) Your child's user name is
RockCanyon followed by your child's first name and last initial.
4) The password for all new
accounts is: roadrunner
Once your child is logged-in, she can go to "Settings" to change her
password and avatar picture. If desired, you can set up your own
parent account. If you do this, just let me know and I will connect
you to your child's account. Let me know if anyone has problems
Rock Canyon Chess webpage--Coach Milt (who teaches our
morning class) has set up a webpage for our chess club at http://utahbirds.org/roadrunners/.
It is designed to help the members of the Rock Canyon Chess Club
develop their chess skills by providing access to the chess games we
have studied over the years in preparation for
the state chess tournament. Th ere is a library of over 30 famous
games that you can play move by move, along with notes to help you
study the reasons behind each move. This is a valuable
resource--check it out!
Mary Elizabeth Christensen
P.S. Although as a group we will only be participating in
the state tournament on March 18, there are several good scholastic
tournaments available between now and then that would be great
preparation for the state tournament. Click here for the calendar
of upcoming scholastic events.