A MESSAGE TO OUR MEMBERS

Updated August 23rd 

We are currently open and having a great time with the kids! 


We are opening family open gym, to replace family "drop in" as of September 11th. We changed the name because you must pre-registered online first, you cannot just "drop in".

Registration for our "Fall #1" session is now closed. Registration for "Fall #2" will open on October 1st, assuming we're all still in good health and able to continue to run :)  

 

Fall #1 will run between August 22nd until October 25th & Fall #2 will run between October ​26th until December 20th 


Warmly, 

 

Team Polarettes

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May 28th, 2020 

We are excited to be running Summer Camps out of a temporary secondary facility to ensure we have enough restroom facilities and non-gymnastics space for campers to stay safe and healthy this Summer.  We will have a whole second gymnastics space set up in this space, complete with an air-track, beams, bars, floor, vaults, and play equipment. 
 

Here is what you need to know if you're coming by the gym: 

 

  1. By registering in programs, you are agreeing to follow the guidelines in our Return to Play plan. People who disrespect our cleaning, hand washing, illness policies, and physical distancing in our space will not be welcome here. The safety of our community is our number one priority. 
     

  2. As of June 15th, we are hosting a few classes in our main gym in the evenings for adults and older, more experienced kids. 
     

  3. As of May 19th, we are running competitive training in the main gym, we are not taking new registrations to this program.  

  4. Our main gym will remain closed to the public and will not be opening drop in's, or birthday parties this Summer. We are also not offering preschool or kinder garden programming this Summer as per our Yukon Health approved plan.  
     

  5. Fall registration will be delayed to August 15th, to give us time to assess the Fall COVID situation.
     

  6. If you need to make a payment, we will be open limited hours as of June 1 (TBC) and ask that you only come in if absolutely necessary. Please pay online or over the phone if you can. Our phone lines will be managed regularly again as of June 1st, 2020.  
     

  7. All members entering the facility will be greeted at the door and must pass the screening questionaire, this includes parents, siblings. Everyone :)  
     

  8. Parents will not be permitted in the camp zone unless absolutely necessary for medical reasons, or emergency.
     

  9. We ask that everyone sanitize their hands upon entry to our space, and athletes/campers must wash their hands before entering our training spaces. 
     

  10. Bathrooms remain closed to the public and outside of class times.  

We cannot wait to welcome our students back :)

 

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Update May 27th, 2020

 

Good evening members,

You may have heard the news that our Polarettes Camp Plan was approved by Yukon Health. Which may seem confusing, since we just refunded everyone's camp registrations. We agree with you, this has been really confusing. BUT we are hoping to have AMAZING news....

 

We're working on a fun project to help get Yukoners' back to work and their children back in organized activities!

We are working on offering Summer programming this year, but it won't be your typical Polarettes Camp...things will be a bit different this year...for one, it's going to be in a new *temporary* location! 

Polarettes Gymnastics Club is setting up a temporary Summer recreational gymnastics facility...we are dotting the i's and crossing the t's still with this, so we will announce that soon! You wouldn't believe the amount of equipment we have hiding away in our storage unit, and now you get to see first hand our ability to expand ;) 

While there will be no foam pit, the gym will be equipped with uneven bars, parallel bars, balance beams, floor space, vaults, play equipment, and a gigantic air tumble track. It will be a whole second gymnastics club! 

 

In addition to a change of venue, your camper will be outside A LOT! We are so fortunate to be in beautiful Riverdale, close to many nature trails, big fields, and parks. Each group will have a gymnastics or parkour lesson every day, and will spend the majority of the rest of the day outside adventuring with our enthusiastic camp leaders!

With the help of Lotteries Yukon, we have brand new outdoor games for this Summer; Ladderball, Spikeball, Basket Balls, Badminton, Ninjalines, Slacklines...you name it, we probably have it! 

For everyone's safety, we have split our camp into mini camps each week, they will operate as their own units within the larger space. When registering, you'll register for a specific "Camper Crew". Your camper crew will have specific staff assigned for the entire week, and they will have their own schedule. The Camper Crews will not be intermingling this Summer. 

Minimum age is now 6 years old, and we will only be accepting 6 year old children after July 5th. We are sorry we will not take younger children, we cannot spot gymnastics this summer and in our experience children under the age of 6 are not independent enough for safe unassisted gymnastics play. Your child's safety is our number one priority. 

Warmly, 

Kimberly Jones

Executive Director

 

 

Update May 22nd, 2020

 

Good morning members, 


With the support of Yukon Health, Gymnastics Canada, and our Board of Directors, the club has created a reopening strategy to get gymnastics running again in the Yukon. 

 

To ensure the safety and well-being of our members, we are doing everything we can to follow the Yukon Health protocols. One of the Summer Camp protocols requires that, for facilities to host more than 10 people at a time, each group of 10 people needs access to their own bathroom facility. 

 

We do not have sufficient capacity to operate under this condition, as well only have two small bathrooms, and typically host 60 kids a week in camps and competitive classes. We have refunded our camp and will instead be hosting a session of Summer Classes. 
 

Registration will open to the public on June 1st, 2020 and classes are set to start June 15th. If we are able to resolve the Summer Camp issue, we will let everyone know if we're able to offer anything. We know we play a vital roll in the community for Summer childcare. 

You can find our clubs reopening strategy here: Return to Play

It is essential to know that our return to play strategy is a working document, and will have ongoing changes based on the changing guidelines of Yukon health.  

 

If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them. We will be monitoring our progress, and revising the plan as we go.

From all of us at the Polarettes team, we cannot wait to welcome you all back to the gym. 

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Update May 14th, 2020

 

Good morning members, 

 

I am grateful today to share good news with our members. With the support of Yukon Health, Gymnastics Canada, and our Board of Directors, the club has created a reopening strategy to get gymnastics running again in the Yukon. 

We have the pleasure of being the first club in Canada to re-open our doors. What an honour! 

 

The health and safety of our community is our number one priority, so I encourage everyone to be cautiously optimistic. As we try to move forward, our plan may need to be slowed down, or shut down, if the COVID situation evolves unfavourably. We are proceeding with a slow, careful, and measured approach to returning to play. 

 

You can find our clubs reopening strategy here: Return to Play

It is essential to know that our return to play strategy is a working document, and will have ongoing changes based on the changing guidelines of Yukon health.  

 

Phase one will begin on May 19th; our office remains closed and our facility remains closed to the public at this time. 

 

If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them. We will be monitoring our progress, and revising the plan as we go.

From all of us at the Polarettes team, we cannot wait to welcome you all back to the gym. 

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Updated May 1st, 2020

 

Dear Members,  

Our office is currently closed due to COVID-19. For inquiries, please e-mail [email protected] If you need to phone the gym, please be aware at phone messages will only be heard on Tuesdays between 12:30 and 3:30. 

While staff will be at the gym Tuesdays performing a deep de-cluttering and preparing to eventually re-open, we will not be opening our doors to the public. 

Currently we are waiting for information from the Chief Medical Officer to inform us if we can re-open in any capacity for camp. We've had lots of requests to re-open for camps, and we want to ensure we can do this safe and gradually. 

Our clubs insurance has been temporarily nullified by the insurance company until they feel that gymnastics clubs in BC and Yukon are safe to re-open. As a result, we cannot re-open in any capacity until that provision is lifted. 

We will keep our members up-to-date :) Our number one priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy! 

Keep active and take care of yourself & families, 

The Polarettes Team

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April 27th, 2020
 

Dear Members, 

 

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our members, our club is currently closed due to COVID-19. While the gym is empty, our staff have been doing a deep clean of the gym, and brainstorming how we may re-open. 

We have been actively brainstorming how social distancing will work in the gymnastics club, how our cleaning practices may need to change, and how we can ensure our coaches, athletes, and community can stay safe. 

We are currently waiting on advice from the Chief Medical Officer on our Summer camps, and whether or not we will be able to run in any capacity. 

Until then, our club has been getting a deep clean, we've replaced our foam pit, our competitive athletes have been training through Zoom, and our board is focusing on long-term strategic planning. 

We received just over $9000 in donated fees from our members to help us get through this tough time; Thank you!! 

If you haven't already, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram using the handle, @polarettes  to stay up to date on closure information, contests, and more! 

See below for the original message...

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Dear Members,

Polarettes has been contributing to fostering healthy minds and bodies in Yukon youth for 38 years; Our communities health and safety is our number one priority.

The Chief Medical Officer has shut down all recreational facilities and gyms as of March 18th, 2020 until at least April 15th, 2020. The Polarettes and Polar Tumblers facility is official closed until further notice. 

Our Spring Session has been cancelled. If you have registered, please check your e-mail, including your junk folder for an important message from our Executive Director. If you have not replied to the e-mail by April 15th, a credit will be automatically provided.
 

Please keep the kids engaged with staying active and connected to their gymnastics team; this is obviously going to be an incredibly challenging time for our small not-for-profit and the rest of our community. Our biggest priority is ensuring the kids don't lose touch with their team.

Practice might be cancelled but conditioning, flexibility, relationships, the team, your passion, your journey and your love for gymnastics is not cancelled!! 

Thank you all for your ongoing support and help to keep our community safe,

Kimberly Jones
Executive Director
[email protected]

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