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January 5, 2017

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year!

The holiday season flew by and we’re days away from Big Sky State Games. We are looking forward to helping host BSSG and a test session again this year! Figure Skating Club of Billings would like to send a warm welcome to all the visiting skaters from around Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. It will be nice to see the familiar faces and cheer everyone on! FSCB skaters, you’ve all been working hard and making your coaches proud! Good luck at the competition and the test session! Have fun and let the games begin!

 

March 19, 2014
Congratulations to all of the skaters who passed their tests and did a great job while participating in the Cody competition!  Also wishing good luck and safe travels to all those FSCB skaters and families traveling to test and compete this weekend in Missoula!
Have fun!

The 2014 FSCB Snowflake Showcase exhibition is coming up this weekend.  We hope to see you there this Saturday, February 22 @ 4 – 6:15 p.m.  Some of the Learn to Skate kiddos will also be participating in a “Looked What I Learned” portion of the exhibition, so come and cheer for their debut on the ice!  Admission will be $1 per person at the door, kids 5 and under are free.  We hope to see you there!

October 28, 2013
Just a reminder that this is the last week that there will be five days of afternoon OFS on the schedule.
This week OFS for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday is 4:30-5:30.
Thursday and Friday 4:15-5:15.

For those participating in Club ice, there is no Club ice this Thursday since Halloween is that day.  If you would like to squeeze some skating in before trick-or-treating, there is OFS being offered.

 

Sept. 30, 2013

Everyone at FSCB would like to send our best wishes to Coach Lisa’s skaters who are heading off to Regional this week! Good Luck to Marissa, Kim and Zac.

(R to L) Marissa Nunberg, Kim Van Atta, Lisa Grasso-Hartly and Zac Hagan

(L to R) Marissa Nunberg, Kim Van Atta, Lisa Grasso-Hartly and Zac Hagen

Sept. 23, 2013

OFS is on the Centennial Ice Arena calendar for the week.                                     September 23 & 24 OFS is 4:30-5:30.                                                                     September  25 & 26 OFS is 4:15-5:15.

As always, sign in at the skate window before getting on the ice.

 

Sept. 19, 2013

Learn to Skate
Centennial Ice Arena
427 Bench Boulevard, Billings Heights (behind Target) For kids of all ages 3 years and up.

First session starts Sunday, Sept. 22 @ 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Sessions run for six weeks and the cost is $70
Includes rental skates and a US Figure Skating Basic Skills Membership at no additional cost
One free public skate pass is included with paid registration
Visit www.centennialicearena.net to get registered today!

 

Sept. 17, 2013

Hi Everyone,
There has been a change to the OFS schedule this week.

OFS is on the CIA calendar for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 4:30-5:30 (Sept. 16, 17, 18 & 20)
Thursday 4:15-5:15 (Sept. 19)

 

USFSA Learn to Skate Workshop

FSCB will be hosting a USFSA Learn to Skate workshop on Saturday, September 14, 2013. The workshop is open to everyone in the figure skating community. Please see the link below for the workshop itinerary and registration information. If you are a FSCB club member please contact Sara Johnson directly for registration and questions.

Sara Johnson

sara@digstory.net

Click here for registration form

 

September 8, 2013

The rink has some OFS sessions on the calendar for the next couple of weeks. September 9, 10 & 11 @ 4:30-5:30, September 12 & 13 @ 4:15-5:15.

The following week – September 16, 17 & 18 @ 4:30-5:30 and September 19 @ 4:15-5:15.

As always, be sure to have your skater sign in at the skate window prior to stepping on the ice.

 

 

August 27, 2013

OFS sessions have been added to the Centennial Ice Arena calendar for the next two weeks.  In addition to August 27, 28, 29, Friday August 30, has been added to the line-up. All scheduled sessions are from 4:15-5:15 p.m. 

The following week there is OFS scheduled Tuesday-Friday as well. September 3, 4, 5 & 6, from 4:15-5:15 p.m.

As always, sign in at the skate window and pay or have your card punched before stepping on the ice for OFS.

Thanks!

 

August 23,2013

The Centennial Ice Arena calendar has some OFS scheduled for next week.  The dates are August 27, 28 & 29 @ 4:15 p.m.  Remember to check in at the skate window to sign in and pay for the session (or have your card punched) before stepping on the ice.

 

August 12, 2013

Who has a flip-flop wearing figure skater who is ready to squeeze their feet into some boots and get out on the ice?  Centennial Ice Arena has OFS scheduled for August 19, 21 & 22 at 7:45 p.m.  That is Monday, Wednesday and Thursday night of next week. Get out there and get your skate on!

 

March 27, 2013

Hi Everyone,Emoji

Just a reminder that there is no Club Ice scheduled for tomorrow, 3/28.  There is, however, OFS scheduled at the usual time from 4:15-5:15.
Thanks,
Cathy Emoji

 

March 3, 2013
Hi All,
Hope everyone is able to get some much needed rest today! I have to say I was so proud of all of our skaters yesterday! They all did an absolutely AMAZING job!!! I truly witnessed some of the BEST skating I have ever seen from our kids! We have great kids!!!

And let me also say THANK YOU to everyone. I would mention names, but I would end up forgetting someone and the reality is we could not have made the Competition go without the assistance of everyone involved, siblings of skaters included.

I don’t have much else for you today. I just wanted to touch base and say thank you for all of your hard work, for supporting our skaters and for having such wonderfully talented and amazing kids!

See you at the rink.

February 25, 2013
Just a few short days until the Test Session and 20th Annual FSCB Competition. It’s getting exciting! I cannot wait to see our skaters out on the ice displaying their talent and shining in the moment!

February 10, 2013

Hi Everyone,

Don’t forget to get signed up for the FSCB test session and/or the FSCB 20th Annual Figure Skating Competition.  We were a bit late getting the entryeeze site up and running for competition  entries but it is rolling now.  We have not assigned a late registration fee because of our tardiness, but be sure to sign up ASAP so we can get a  schedule made.

Competition t-shirt and sweatshirt orders can only be guaranteed for those that are pre-ordered by Friday, February 15th.  You may pre-order apparel under the merchandise tab on the entryeeze website.  You may also contact Sara Johnson for a Competition apparel pre-order at sara@digstory.net or by cell at (406)690-9689.

For those who plan on testing Friday, March 1, 2013.  Please download a copy of the test sheet on this website (under the competition and test tab) and send it to Cathy Swandal as stated on the test sheet.  Call Cathy for questions @ (406)208-7757.

We look forward to seeing you soon!!!

 

January 7, 2013

The Test Session for 2013 is set! The test session will be on Friday, March 1st and will be followed by the 20th Annual FSCB Competition on Saturday, March 2nd.

The next FSCB meeting will be Thursday, January, 17th after club ice. The meeting will focus on the preparations needed for the competition. Please mark your calendar and make it a priority to attend. Thanks and see you at the rink.

January 3, 2013

Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope that you were able to enjoy the Christmas season with family and friends!

Just sending out a reminder that Club Ice resumes today at the usual time, 4:30-5:15.

See you at the rink!

November 29, 2012

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR CLUB SKATERS

Last year FSCB brought in Kim Berry, a skating coach from Colorado, to help with choreographing programs for club members. Although we have been working for months to get her back to Billings it has come together last minute. Kim is flying into Billings tonight to work with skaters on Friday, November 30th. If you are interested in having Kim work with your skater please contact Cathy Swandal 208-7757.

 

November 28, 2012

A belated thanks to all the FSCB skaters who showed up last week for the taping of Angela’s Adventures. If you didn’t get a chance to catch the figure skating segment last week, you can link to it here Q2’s Angela’s Adventures: figure skating

November 28,2012

Every January, U.S. Figure Skating hosts National Skating Month with rinks, clubs and skaters participating in all kinds of events to attract new families to the wonderful world of skating. This year we are holding the Second Annual National Skating Month video contest for skaters who have passed their pre-preliminary, preliminary or pre-juvenile moves in the field or free skate test January 1st, 2012 or later. We are also inviting all beginner and preliminary synchronized skating teams to participate.

We invite you, or your team, to submit a 30 second (or less) video stating why you love figure skating before December 14th, 2012. The top video in each category will be selected as winners and will receive a U.S. Figure Skating prize pack along with having their video featured during the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January. The winning videos will also be distributed to all member clubs, rinks and basic skills programs participating in National Skating Month to use during their events.

Kelli Evers

Athlete Development Coordinator

U.S. Figure Skating

20 First Street

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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Lisa Grasso-Hartly is excited to take this project on!!!  Thanks Lisa!  Now all we need are for those eligible skaters [skaters who have passed their pre-preliminary, preliminary or pre-juvenile moves in the field or free skate test by January 1st, 2012 or later]  who are interested in being a part of the video to meet with Lisa for about 5 minutes, some time between now and next Thursday, (December 6) and provide an answer to the question:

 “Why you love figure skating”You don’t have to make an appointment, just have your skater approach Lisa at the rink and she will get them on “film”. 🙂

November 20, 2012

Thanks everyone for making an effort to skate tonight at the rink! It was fun to see 14 FSCB skaters on the ice. Q2 will be airing the figure skating segment on Sunday, November 25th at 5:30 pm and 10:00 pm. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

November 19, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Just an FYI, the FSCB group number for the Helena show has been cancelled due to a lack of interest. 

However, hopefully your skater will be excited about the opportunity for a group number at the December 15, Centennial Ice Arena Christmas Show.  Some of our skaters are getting ready to perform solo programs, but for those interested we would also like to offer the opportunity for a group number.  Please respond by Wednesday, November 28, if this sounds like something your skater is interested in and you can commit to the show to be performed on December 15.  Let’s make this an opportunity for our skaters to show off all of their hard work and hopefully spark some interest in those Learn to Skate participants to come and join the club! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cathy Swandal, Skater Mom

 

 

November 18, 2012

Hi Everyone,

At the request of a couple of our figure skaters, I set up the Celebrating Home fundraiser again this season.  If you would like to participate, please let me know and I will sign your skater up as a participant.  You can then send out e-mails to friends and family who can in turn order items and have them shipped directly to them.  If you would like to do things the old-fashion way, I will have brochures and order forms available as well.  

 Thanks, Cathy Swandal, Skater Mom

November 16,2012

Hi Everyone, Just a follow up to find out who is committing to the “Christmas Around the World” show on December 8, 2012,  1-3 p.m. in Helena, MT.  The clock is ticking and Lisa needs to know who definitely plans on participating in the show.  Lisa is thinking (as long as there are no objections) that she could use the Nov. 29, club ice session for those interested, to get everyone comfortable with their part.  You would then be able to practice it a couple of times on the following club ice session Dec. 6, prior to the show on Dec. 8.  Please let Lisa know as soon as possible if your skater will be participating so she can work on choreographing a part for them prior to practice on Nov. 29.  lilgrasso17@gmail.com

Please reply to Lisa @ lilgrasso17@gmail.com by 12 noon, tomorrow, November 17, to confirm whether or not you will be participating in the show (the show programs are being printed and we want to make sure everyone skating is included in the “official” program Open-mouth smile).
The following skaters expressed an interest in participating:
Zac
Katelyn H.
Kim
Karli
Toryn M.
Kaylin M.
Kaitlyn C.
Remember, there is no club ice next week due to Thanksgiving.  Enjoy your time with friends and family and we will see you the following Thursday, Nov. 29, 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Thanks, Cathy Swandal, Skater Mom

 

 

November 9, 2012

A shout out to Zac Hagen who is competing at Sectionals in Provo, Utah this weekend.  Have fun, skate hard and travel safe!

 

November 4,2012

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
Thanks to all of the kids who were out on the ice for the debut of “Synchro” yesterday!  There were nine skaters on the ice for this first session of synchro.  They were fun to watch and looked like they were having fun as well. Party smile  The plan is to have a couple more free “try it” sessions of synchro on the next two Thursday Club Ice dates (same time 4:15-4:30’ish), see who is interested in forming a team and go from there.  Thanks to Jordan for getting this program up and running! 

Opportunity
For all who are interested, there will be a Holiday show in Helena on December 8, 1-3 p.m.  This production by the Helena Figure Skating Club, gives those from FSCB the opportunity to skate in a group number in a show themed, “Christmas Around the World”.  The length of the group number will be 2 1/2 – 3 minutes and will be choreographed by Lisa Marie Grasso-Hartly.  Each skater will have a piece in the number that is choreographed to their skill level. Lisa is planning on having 3 practices in total prior to the show.  If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Lisa Marie Grasso-Hartly at lilgrasso17@gmail.com or talk to her when you see her at the rink.  You don’t have to decide immediately, but please let her know by the week of November 12, if you are interested.

Centennial Ice Arena Christmas Show
Another opportunity to let your skater shine.  December 15, Centennial Ice Arena will be having their Christmas show to showcase the Learn to Skate participants for the current session.  They have also invited FSCB skaters to skate an exhibition program during this show.  If you and your skater are interested, please let your child’s coach know so that you can be working on a number for this program.  Also, if you would let Lisa Marie Grasso-Hartly know that your child is participating and their choice of music, that would be great!  Lisa – lilgrasso17@gmail.com

I think that is all that I have for now.
Have a great weekend!

 

SEPTEMBER 29, 2012

This weekend is Northwest Regional Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Skating in Eugene will be Zac Hagan, Kyla Jewell and Kim Van Atta. Good luck and best wishes!

Kim Van Atta, Lisa Marie Grasso-Hartly (coach) and Zac Hagan

SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

There is a change in the Club ice dates. We added October 25th and cancelled April 18th Club ice.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2012

Ice is coming on Monday, September 17! Yippee! According to Chandra at Centennial Arena ice is being made and OFS will start on Monday. OFS times and days for the remainder of September are as follows:

September 17-20, (Mon-Thurs) 4:30 – 5:30

September 24, 26 and 27 (Mon, Wed, Thurs) 4:30 – 5:30

September 25 (Tues) 4:00 – 5:00

See you at the rink!

SEPTEMBER 7, 2012

The season is getting off to a late start, but we hope it will be a good one none-the-less. The last update we received from Centennial Ice Arena is that the needed compressor part is in and they are working hard to get ice in this weekend. We haven’t gotten word if the work is on schedule, but we will keep you posted. You can also find the latest information on Centennial’s website. www.centennialicearena.net

On October 4th, we will be throwing a Club Party to kick-off the season. Please join us at 5:30, immediately following OFS, for dinner and club business. We hope to register or renew all skaters with FSCB and USFSA, discuss fund-raising opportunities, National Ice Skating month, pre-order club t-shirts, and vote on new club by-laws. As you can see we have a lot to cover, so please plan on attending and being at the arena for at least an hour and a half. Also, look for a packet in the mail from the club in the next few weeks. It will contain the proposed new by-laws for the club. Please look over the new by-laws and come with any questions or comments. Keep in mind the new by-laws are from USFSA and adopting them will help us in transitioning to non-profit status, our ultimate goal. WE NEED FULL ATTENDANCE TO GET THE JOB DONE! So, please save the date!

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you all this season.