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    2017-2018 Information

    West Woodland Chess Club Parent Volunteers welcome all families to join Chess Club!  Below is information about schedules, costs, and registration.  If you have any questions email us at westwoodlandchess@gmail.com.

    Why Chess?

    Chess club is for students who want to learn to play chess and play it well.  Chess is a 400-year-old game played in every county in the world that is great fun at every level from beginner to professional.  Chess teaches concentration, focus, and empathy: the only way to succeed is to see the board from your opponent’s perspective.  It also teaches how to win with grace and lose with dignity. These are all great skills for life and support West Woodland’s core values. The West Woodland team has recruited three great coaches with extensive experience teaching children chess at all levels. 

    Schedule

    Class

    Day

    Coach

    Begin

    End

    Meet

    Pickup
    Loc.

    Start Date

    Beginner

    Monday

    Lori Osseward

    2:30

    4:00

    Cafeteria

    Library

    10/2/17

    Intermediate

    Monday

    Steve Ryan

    2:30

    4:00

    Cafeteria

    212

    10/2/17

    Advanced 

    Monday

    Bill Schill

    2:30

    4:00

    Cafeteria

    211

    10/2/17

    Chess Team

    Thursday

    Bill Schill

    2:30

    4:00

    211

    211

    10/4/17

    Dates

    Fall: 10/02 - 12/14

    Winter: 01/02 - 03/16

    Spring: 03/19 - 06/07

    For beginners and intermediates, classes are cumulative and must be taken in order: Students must complete the Fall class before taking the Winter class, and Winter’s class before Spring.

    Cost

    Chess Club is funded by tuition paid by families.  All funds go to pay our professional coaches, for snacks, and for chess equipment.  The cost is $135 per quarter per student for all sessions & all levels. There is a $25 discount if you sign up for all three sessions at one time.  If your child wants to attend both Chess Club (Mondays) and Chess Team (Thursdays), all sessions, then there is a $50 total discount for the year.

    Registration

    Registration Opens on Thursday, September 14th.  Payment is made to the West Woodland PTA by Paypal, credit card or check made out to West Woodland PTA and placed in the chess club envelope in the main office.

    Online Chess Registration Form

    Scholarships

    Scholarships for up to 75% of tuition are available, funded mainly from tuition paid by parents. To request a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Request Form.  Someone will respond to your request as soon as possible. All requests are kept confidential. 

    Pickup and Dropoff

    Monday classes meet in the cafeteria and then go to their respective rooms.  Chess Team on Thursday meets in Room 211.  Pickup is from the classroom unless your child is in Kid’s Inc. or regularly walks home.  We can’t release your kids from the building without an adult. 

    Absences

    If your child is going to be absent, please send email to westwoodlandchess@gmail.com.

    Snacks

    A snack is provided by parent volunteers before Monday chess club. There is no snack provided for Thursday’s Chess Team. Please make sure your child has some extra food from lunch.

    Tournaments

    Seattle enjoys a vibrant elementary-age chess community.  We compete in tournaments held on Saturdays in the Winter and Spring, culminating in a Washington State Tournament in late April or early May. Many kids turn on to chess after their first tournament, so it is very important to go to at least one. Tournaments are all day affairs with lots of time between rounds for playing outside and socializing with friends -- think of it as a big play date with some chess mixed in and lots of trophies at the end. Tournaments are open to all ages and skill levels, including kindergarteners. Parents usually car pool and share kid-minding duties at tournaments.  Register for tournaments online at http://nwchessreg.com.

    Curriculum

    Beginner Level:  K – 2nd grade.  Beginner teaches the rules from the ground up, including chess etiquette, setting up the board properly, touch move and touch take, detailed move rules for each piece, castling, pawn promotion, checkmate, stalemate, and other ways to draw.  By the end of the Winter quarter all beginners should be able to play in a tournament setting by themselves. 

    Intermediate Level:  1 – 3rd grade.  Intermediate assumes all players have completed the beginner class or equivalent.   Topics include chess notation, that is, writing down the moves of chess game so it can be replayed later; end games: checkmating with king and two rooks, king and queen, and king and one rook; basic tactical patterns including forks, skewers, and pins, and basic opening principles.  Most kids who complete the intermediate class can beat most adults. 

    Advance Level & Chess Team:  2 – 5th grade.  The advanced level & chess team are for kids who play in tournaments regularly and want to improve their tournament play.  They assume all the material in the intermediate class, especially the ability to write down games, as a prerequisite.  Topics include advanced openings, space, time, and initiative, playing under time pressure, king-pawn endings, and studying master games. 

    Parent Responsibilities

    These are the expectations of parents.  Please only sign up for chess club if you can meet them. If you are unsure, please contact one of the Parent Volunteers.  

    • Parents of kindergarteners:  You must attend or send a responsible adult to each class, and actively help your child pay attention and play. In other words, no phone surfing.
    • Pick up your children from their classrooms unless your child is in Kids Inc.  We cannot release your kids from the building to meet you out front.  
    • Help distribute snack once per quarter in addition to the day in which you bring snack.
    • Purchase a chess board and make it available to play at home.  It is best if a parent learns enough chess to play with your kids at home.  Sitting in on the beginner class is a great way to learn the game.

    Resources

    Website

    http://tinyurl.com/wwchessclub

    Registration

    Registration for 2017-18 school year will start in early September

    Scholarship

    https://westwoodlandwpta.wufoo.com/forms/pol1jtz0lfn6sf

    Tournaments

    http://nwchessreg.com

    Email

    westwoodlandchess@gmail.com

     

    Questions?

    Contact any of the Parent Coordinators:  
    Abigail, abkin212@yahoo.com
    Ryan, rcalo@uw.edu
    Lindsey, lindseyrae77@gmail.com
    Summer, summer_burt@yahoo.com