December 17, 2021

Dear Parents of Middle School Scholar Bowl team members:

Our events are about to begin! Here is some information and dates for your calendar. Two of the locationsare different from what was published in the district calendar.

Practices will be in the library during AR time a couple times a week for each group. I may schedule an after school one here and there, if needed. Our Middle School competition season starts right after basketball finishes, so January 20 is our first meet., and will be at home.

Usually the meets are scheduled for Thursdays at 4:30. However, please note that the last meet will be at Belle Plaine on Monday, February 14.

We have eight players on both the 7th and 8th grade team this year. Five team members play at a time, with the others rotating in between the matches. Rank on the team right now is based on their try-out test, but may change during the season, as we see how well each player does in answering questions at the tournaments.

The shirts we ordered in the fall are our uniforms. Please wear them with nice jeans on competition days. I will hand out the ones I still have from picture day in mid-January.

As far as I know, we are allowed to have spectators this year. Probably a good idea to bring a mask to other schools and send one for your student when we go to other schools.

I do not know if other schools will be providing refreshments. If you want to send a snack for your student to have before we leave for the tournament, that is fine. Each student should probably also bring his/her own water bottle. The only time we might be stopping to eat would be on the way home from Kingman on 1/27.

Schedule: Please note that a couple of the locations are different than those on the district calendar.

I am estimating the return times. This year, the meets are smaller, 4 team meets and not everyone plays each team, to keep stats lined up through the season, so the whole tournament will probably only last about an hour. Return time also varies with distance. We will use the middle school School Messenger system to let you know when we are leaving each tournament.

Thursday, January 20at home – meet begins at 4:30.

Thursday, January 27at Kingman – meet starts at 4:30. Return time around 7:00 if we eat out

Thursday, February 3 - at Chaparral (south of Harper)– starts at 4:30. Back around 6:15.

Thursday, February 11 – at home again – starts at 4:30

Monday, February 14 - at Belle Plaine - starts at 4:30, return time, around 7:00.

If we are coming back from the north and you need to have a Viola area student dropped off at the Viola gym, we can arrange to do that. If you are meeting us at a tournament and are taking your student with you, instead of coming back with us in school transportation, we will need to have you document that for us as well. If you need to contact us, Mrs. Kitch usually takes her cell phone with us. That number is (620) – 440-7570. Mrs. Martin will also be driving and sponsoring one of the teams. Her cell number is (316) – 308-6261.

If you have any questions about any of this, please contact us at school, (620)-456-2965, or kitch@usd356.org, or home (Mrs. Kitch at 620-456-2076 or martin@usd356.org.

Sara Kitch and Kristy Martin - CSHS Scholars' Bowl sponsors