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A $35 SAVINGS

SAFE students sign-up for Summer Day Camp and we’ll waive the registration fee 

This offer is reserved for students enrolled in SAFE.  SAFE students must fill out a SAFE to Summer Camp registration form. Return forms to either your SAFE location or the front desk at Central or West Branch.


 NEW for 2018

  • ANNOUNCING a 2nd Location in Sandwich at our new Early Learning Academy School-Aged Child Care building. Children will experience the same once-a-week field trip opportunities AND swim twice-a-week at Central Branch. Rates, camp info and schedules will be the same as Central Branch.
  • EXPRESS PICKUP through text message! It’s simple, just send a text when you’re on your way and we’ll have your child waiting for you when you arrive. Sign-up for this feature at camp orientation.
  • New Field Trips including Sky High and more!
  • CHARACTER COUNTS focuses on developing good manners and habits through our new camp reward program. For example, when a counselor sees a child open a door for a Y member or pick-up litter on the field without being prompted, their counselor will have the chance to nominate the child for the camp reward program. Word of the Day & Team Building Tournaments implemented at lunchtime and playtime to promote camp conversation and togetherness among campers, counselors and directors.

 

CLOSURES & CANCELLATIONS FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH


FULL FACILITY-WIDE CLOSURE: Both Central & West Branch, including both Early Learning Academy's, will close today, 2/9 at 4:00pm due to worsening road conditions. The Y plans to reopen tomorrow morning, 2/10 under normal facility hours.

SAFE CLOSURES at Newark, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk & Yorkville School Districts. Please be aware, the Y's SAFE program does not hold Activity Days for emergency school closures.

 

 


We will continue to post cancellations or closures, including Y program closures, as we receive them. Reminder: the Y is a public warming center and tries to stay open during tough weather conditions to accommodate those in need.

 

5-WEEK WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE
February 19 - March 25  |  $20M/$60NM
Meet & Greet + Weigh-In at Central or West:
Friday, Feb. 16 at 11:00am or Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10:00am

Are you struggling to get started on a weight loss plan or have you hit a plateau in your weight loss journey? Then it’s time to check out the Y’s Spring Slim Down Weight Loss Challenge. This 5-week incentive-based program is designed to assist participants and challenge them to achieve their weight loss goals.

This program features:

  • Weekly Weigh-ins
  • Initial & Final Measurements
  • Food Planning Menus
  • Facebook Support Group
  • YMCA Adult Membership (5 weeks)
  • No Join Fee for Adult Membership After Program Completion
  • Free Wellness Room Orientation
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Prizes will be Rewarded for the Percentage of Weight Lost

Central Branch Contact: Michelle LeMaistre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.630-552-4100 x247
West Branch Contact: Melissa Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 815-786-9998

 

We are proud to announce the acquisition of For Kids Only Daycare, Preschool and Before & After School Care in Sandwich, IL. The purchase was confirmed on December 29th, 2017 and DCFS licensing permit was issued to the Y’s Early Learning Academy on January 8th, 2018.

“The children currently attending For Kids Only are happy and healthy which I would directly attribute to the strong dedication the current staff has. The Y is committed to nurturing and supporting staff to continue this vital connection.” Amy Collins, Director of Child Care.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to continue focus on and invest in the development of youth in our community and serve our Sandwich area families.” Rebecca Morphey, FVFYMCA Board President.

For years, For Kids Only has provided a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance. The Y’s Early Learning Academy plans to build on that foundation by introducing Creative Curriculum focused on science, social studies and “first hand” experiences as a segue to learning. The Early Learning Academy will continue to develop confidence, creative and critical thinking skills necessary for Kindergarten.

In addition, the Early Learning Academy will also introduce the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) which requires staff to follow USDA food guidelines. This program’s reimbursement allows for the Y to purchase fresh, more nutritious food for the facility.

The Early Learning Academy provides full daycare for birth-5 years, full and half-day preschool and Before & After School care. Enrollment includes a child membership to the FVFYCMA with reduced program pricing and access to both Central and West branch.

GET YOUR TRIATHLON SEASON OFF TO AN EARLY START
TRAIN WITH US!
Train with triathlon coaches in a supportive environment for the Y's first-ever indoor triathlon! Practice once a week with other triathletes, attend our featured Endurance Sports Clinics and then train on your own schedule the rest of the week. Endurance Sports Clinics included. Register online, call 630-552-4100 or stop by the front desk.

Triathlon Training includes Endurance Sports Clinics  |  Jan. 20 - March 10  |  8:30-10:30am  |  $120M/$180NM  |  ages 12+
Endurance Sports Clinics only  |  11am-12:00pm  |  $5 drop-in fee
• Diet & Energy Management: January 27  |  Michelle LeMaistre, Registered Dietician & Nutritionist
• Cycling 101: February 10  |  Guest Coach MJ Gasik, Tri Right Coaching
• Running 101: February 24  |  Guest Coach Eric Ott, Geneva Running Outfitters
• Transitions 101: March 10  |  Guest Coach MJ Gasik, Tri Right Coaching 


FOX VALLEY FAMILY YMCA INDOOR TRIATHLON
Date: Sunday, March 18th, 2018
Time: Check-in begins at 6:30am, wave schedule TBD
Individual Fee: $30M/$45NM (includes t-shirt)
Ages 12+
Participate in a distance measured triathlon where each participant swims, bikes and runs for a total of 1 hour. Great for new and experienced triathletes. Our YMCA Indoor Triathlon consists of a 10-minute swim in our Y’s indoor lap pool, 30 minutes on our stationary cycling bikes and a 20 minute run on one of our treadmills. Download registration form here.

 

ALWAYS WELCOME IN EVERY COMMUNITY

Beginning in February, we're excited to announce our members will benefit from the Y's NATIONWIDE MEMBERSHIP program. That means, our members can use other Y facilities throughout the nation at no extra charge! Simply present your Y membership and photo ID at one of 2,000+ participating Y's nationwide and enjoy free access.

We want to encourage members to utilize the Y as often as they can. Sometimes, it’s more convenient for members to utilize a Y in a different location when traveling, near a workplace or in another region. Now, Fox Valley Family YMCA members have the opportunity to use other Y facilities throughout the nation, at no extra charge.

HOW IT WORKS
It's easy! Simply present your active YMCA membership card and photo ID at a participating YMCA nationwide and enjoy free access.

NATIONWIDE YMCA MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM DETAILS

  • The YMCA’s Nationwide Membership Program is valid for YMCA Facility Members only.
  • Visitors to other Y’s must present a valid YMCA membership card and photo ID upon their first visit and complete a visiting member waiver or standard facility usage form with a liability waiver.
  • A Facility Member’s home branch designation and subsequent monthly membership rate will be determined by which branch the member uses 50 percent of the time.
  • Program discounts do not apply. Participating YMCAs reserve the right to restrict facility or program access. Other restrictions and exclusions may apply.

In this season of giving, Second Chance Cardiac Solutions has generously donated an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the Fox Valley Family YMCA.  The Cardiac Science AED is the second one in service at Fox Valley Family YMCA Central Branch and will be located on the pool deck of the indoor lap and recreational pool.

Use of the pool continues to grow through the Y’s Aquatic Programs including swim lessons, aquatic fitness, special events and Aqua Force Swim Team and this addition will make swimming at the Y even safer. “Having an AED on pool deck increases the safety of the pool – in the event of a cardiac emergency, pool staff will have access to the most effective solution.” Kevin Satler, Aquatics Director.  “We are very grateful for the AED donation from Second Chance.” 

Elizabeth Heriaud, President of Second Chance Cardiac Solutions, stated, “We are thrilled to support our home YMCA with this donation.  Making more AEDs readily available promotes a heart-safe environment for Y members and guests.”  Second Chance Cardiac Solutions, a local AED  supply and safety training company, also provides CPR/AED training for Y staff and community members.

Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are lightweight, portable devices that deliver an electric shock to a fibrillating heart via electrodes placed on the chest.  AEDs have the potential to restore a normal, effective heart rhythm to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  An AED should be used in combination with CPR whenever available for the victim’s best chance of survival.  Illinois law requires having at least one AED available at all physical fitness facilities serving over 100 individuals and trained staff to be available during every hour of operation. 

Get to know Second Chance Solutions here: https://www.sccsolutions.net/

 

The Fox Valley Family YMCA is now accepting Toys for Tots applications. 

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Download, print and complete your application. Or visit Central or West Branch to fill out an application.
  2. Before dropping off your application, make sure you have your ID, medical card or government assistance paperwork and a birth certificate for each child on the application.
  3. Drop off your application at the front desk at either Central or West Branch.

Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, December 6.

Attachments:
File
Download this file (Toy-for-Tots-Individual-Application-2017.pdf)Toys for Tots Application

In August, the Fox Valley Family YMCA adopted and implemented Y USA’s new safety-centric Swim Lesson curriculum. The updated swim program has evolved to better meet the needs of the people the Y serves.

“I can confidently say that there is no other swim program in the area that exceeds our level of combining safety with proper swim mechanics,” said FVFY Aquatics Director Kevin Satler.

The latest evolution of Y swim lessons accommodates students of varying abilities and helps foster a sense of achievement as swimmers progress between levels.

“The new lesson guides make the curriculum easier for instructors to teach and easier for kids to learn. Every lesson is different, which makes it exciting for the kids,” said Alissa Keebler, swim lesson coordinator.

Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. “The new curriculum allows kids to explore in the water – flying like superheroes or pretending to be submarines – in search of the best way to move through water,” said Keebler.

To make this change, FVFY sent swim instructors to training in Iowa to become certified in the new safety-based curriculum. Keebler took it a step further.

Maribeth Mees, the Y USA’s director of leadership development and training, approached Keebler with the opportunity to pursue Swim Lesson Trainer status, in which she would be able to train new staff and staff from other Y’s in the new swim curriculum. Y USA funded the three-day trip to Atlanta.

“Moving forward, we can ensure that all of the new staff we bring on board are receiving the highest quality training in swim safety and instruction,” said Steph Majewski, FVFY interim CEO. “On top of that, we now have the ability to host and train staff from other Y’s. Our goal is not only to teach swim safety in our pool, but to reach other Y’s and their members. Bigger picture is teaching water safety beyond our community.”

We can’t do it alone. We’re STRONGER TOGETHER.

Every day, the Y strengthens communities for kids, adults, seniors and families with programs that protect, teach, connect, heal, nourish and encourage. It’s how we help communities and the“us” who live in them find the power of their full potential. 

As the nation's leading charity organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, it's important to know that the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact right here in our community. Through generous contributions, the Fox Valley Family YMCA is able to provide financial scholarships that enable all members of the community to utilize the Y, regardless of income, to the extent funds are available.

One hundred percent of these donations go to scholarships such as: Membership, Child Care, Before and After School Child Care, Summer Day Camp, Youth Sports, Youth Aquatics, Community Outreach, Gymnastics, Dance, and more. We recognize that for communities to succeed, everyone must be given the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Give for a better us.

HOW CAN I HELP?

  •  Lead by example and give on Tuesday, November 28!
  • Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/fvfymca
  • Follow us on Twitter @fvfymca
  • Follow us on Instagram @fvfymca
  • Share with your friends on social media that you gave, and encourage others to give!

six easy ways to give!

  1. Click to Donate Now! 
  2. Stop by our Central or West Branch locations.
  3. Click the Donate Now button on our Facebook page.
  4. Contact us: 630-552-4100 or 815-786-9998 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  5. Deduct through your Membership bank draft*.
  6. Drop your donation in the mail.

Please make checks payable to:
Fox Valley Family YMCA
3875 Eldamain Road, Plano, IL 60545
or 707 S. Main Street, Sandwich, IL 60548

*Monthly bank draft is applicable to total amounts of $50 or more.

All pledges are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Federal Tax ID# 36-3028169.