An Olympic season is an inspiring time to try skating and hockey!
Online registration for Session 2 winter classes will be open December 20, 2013 – January 8, 2014.
Classes run January 19, 2014 – March 2, 2014 with an expanded range of programs and events. Be on the lookout for Olympics viewing events, a night with Carleton College, and a kick-off exhibition of NSS competitive skaters. See Session 2 schedule
Please join us for our Session 1 Parent Meeting, Wed 9/25/13, 7-8pm at the Northfield Community Resource Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, room YW 108 (youth wing).
At the parent meeting, you will receive your skater’s class and coach assignment. We will also distribute your open skate passes and Parent Handbooks, review our programs, policies, equipment, Q & A,and more. This is a great chance to have your questions answered and clarify what to expect from lessons and how to help your skater get the most out of our program. It is important to us that parents and skaters have the information they need before lessons begin and we have found this type of communication especially important for new skaters. The meeting is geared toward parents, but skaters are welcome to join us. If you are unable to attend, please contact us for your group and coach assignment and the parent handbook.
Congratulations to Emily North, the first Northfield skater to pass into Freeskate 6, the most advanced skill level of the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills curriculum. At her March evaluation, Emily demonstrated mastery of all of the Freeskate 5 elements to earn her badge and progress to NSS’s top level. Emily is currently a 7th grader at the Northfield Middle School and began skating with the Northfield Skating School’s Sunday group lesson program in 2006. Her consistent effort and practice paid off as she advanced through the Snowplow Sam 1-3, Basic 1-6, and Freeskate 1-5 levels during NSS’s fall and winter sessions.
Emily skates year-round takes privates lessons with NSS Founder Carey Tinkelenberg. She has performed in competitions and shows throughout the state, including the annual Shattuck St. Mary spring ice show and the Duluth Northland Invitational competition. She has been a faithful participant of NSS’s spin classes, power classes, off-ice classes, and camps, and she trains both in Northfield and at the St. Paul Figure Skating Club. Emily is currently working on her axel and USFS Preliminary Moves in the Field test. She looks forward to more performances this season and to progressing into U.S. Figure Skating test levels beyond the basic skills with NSS!
The Master rating is the highest rating attainable in the PSA. Coaches and directors become rated in their discipline by completing a series of oral exams, sport science written exams, and meeting experience and continuing education requirements. The minimum requirements for the group coach master rating include 250 hours of coaching at a master level and “exceptional knowledge and understanding” of ethics, business practices, teaching methodology, class management, safety, and equipment. In addition, knowledge of all 13 of U.S. Figure Skating’s specialty curricula is required.
Tinkelenberg completed her master oral exam on May 21, 2012. Her performance prompted an invitation to become an examiner for future exams, and she was honored at the Professional Skaters Association International Conference and Trade Show in Boston, MA on May 23. This marks Tinkelenberg’s second Master Rating. In May 2010 she became the youngest director in the PSA to achieve a Master Rating in the program director discipline.
Tinkelenberg founded the Northfield Skating School after graduating from Carleton College in 2005. In 2008, the school was named a “Model Program” by the editors of SKATING Magazine and Tinkelenberg was presented the June 2008 Making a Difference Award by the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative for the school’s positive impact on youth. Tinkelenberg now serves as a mentor to directors as member of the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Committee instructor/director training team. She presents regularly at director training events nationwide.
Sofiya Briguene- Pre-Preliminary Test Track Freeskate – 1st, Compulsory 5th
Molly Hennelly – Basic 6 Freeskate – 1st
Maggie Kielas – Beginner Test Track – 5th
Michelle Kielas – Basic 4 Freeskate – 5th
Emily North – Freeskate 3 – 1st
Elizabeth Penny – Preliminary Test Track Freeskate – 1st, Compulsory – 4th
Lily Scott – Basic 2 Freeskate – 2nd
Congratulations to our skaters. Skaters train at the Northfield Skating School and at the St. Paul Figure Skating Club with Northfield Skating School Founder/Director, Carey Tinkelenberg. Videos coming soon!
On behalf of the NSS staff, thanks for a great 2010-11 skating season! Registration for the 2011-12 classes will open in late August. Check this webpage or be on the lookout for your fall Community Services flyer. Please check your email newsletter or contact Carey for a list of spring/summer skating classes, performances, private lesson opportunities, and summer camps. Remember, skating is a year-round sport, and you can work with NSS coaches at many other local facilities!
Attention Parents and Skaters: Due to current weather conditions and the predicted blizzard, today’s Northfield Skating School lessons and specialty classes are cancelled. There will be open skate for those who choose to brave the storm from 12:30pm-3:00pm today. This open skate is for skaters currently enrolled in NSS programs. Please stay tuned for more updates later in the week. Stay safe and warm!