Metcalf News 2/8

Hi chess families!
Well you can see how active things get once the season gets underway! Lots happening.
Friday Feb 9– League matches at Metcalf..we will not be in the lunchroom, but in Room 109 or media center for the matches, due to a school party.
Saturday Feb 10–chess lessons…hope to see most of our team take advantage of the masters teaching this day.  You should have all received the flyer for these fantastic lessons.  Players really show they want to get to the next level quickly by their attendance.  Also, everyone gets a free lesson to at least check it out.  For most of the team, they will be in the advanced beginner group which is from 11 to 12 in Room 109 at Metcalf. The intermediate and advanced groups follow that.
Sunday Feb 11..Party time…one of the big ways our team bonds and have the chance to make connections/friends for life​ is our important parties. I gave everyone today a sheet of what to bring (each student brings a snack or drink item for sharing and it is indicated on the sheet who brings what)  If your child lost their sheet, they can pick it up Friday after school in Room 109 or at the lessons Saturday or  you can email me for a copy.  Parents need to sign their kids in at the front desk and mention metcalf chess party.
Monday Feb 12…more lessons for intermediate/advanced students.
Tues Feb 13…Only club of next week!
Needed: A few parents who can do some detective work finding metcalf chess alumni on facebook…directions on how to do this will be given…we are going to get some fundraising info out to them for our team is the reason.  Contact Coach Ribnick if you can volunteer to do this.
Sell Sell Sell…we are in the heart of our fundraising season…hope your students are doing their best with the pizza sales and the taproom sales.
Feb 17//The State Gradelevel Tmt at Metcalf…we need SO much help at this.  PLEASE sign up in the sign up genius ASAP. Here is the link:  Remember ..ALL families expected to give a minimum of 4 hours  per season.  PLUS, for those who would like to acquire some help for Atlanta this year, you need to get those volunteer hours in .  This is the event where it is most critical as WE NEED YOU!!! SIGN UP TODAY.
Thanks to all those that have devoted time and energy to the silent auction coming up…hope you all got a chance to acquire items for this big day. If not, please spread the word to friends and neighbors to attend on Saturday Feb 17th at Metcalf!!
Go Metcalf!!

Brian A. Ribnick

Metcalf Middle School 

​Chess Coach

Fundraising Update, Over $6,500 in Silent Auction Donations

Metcalf Chess Families-

The Independent Fundraising Committee has been working hard to support the club this year,  We are excite to announce the Community has donated over $6,500 in items that we will put up for bid!

Promotion All Call:

Please, share the Silent Auction Event, on your Facebook timeline.

The Community has been very generous with their donations.  Let’s respond by making the most of this event!  Bring your neighbors, bring your friends, Tweet, Forward, Like Promote!

Credit Cards will be accepted.  New items are arriving daily.

Metcalf Masters Chess Team will be holding the annual Silent Auction Saturday February 17th at the Metcalf Middle School cafeteria.  Bidding begins at 8:00 am and will conclude at 2:00 pm. The community has contributed over $6,500 in donations that will be put up for bid.  Items include: Disney Theme Park tickets, Gift cards to restaurants, salon and spa packages, Entertainment – theatre tickets, museum and gallery tickets & family fun, auto care packages,  wine packages, brewery packages, private lessons from Chess Masters, hand crafted chess items and MORE!   Winners can claim and pay for their items at the conclusion of bidding. Terms are cash, check, or credit card.  If winners are not present, we will contact them following the auction.

Fundraising dates to know:

February 6th – All club members bring $20 to Chess Club for a Taproom ticket, Pick up Sales Packet if you are interested in the contest and selling tickets to support the team.

February 13th – Club Members Turn in Pizza orders and money at Chess Club

February 17th – Silent Auction at State Gradelevel tournament (Metcalf)

February 20th – Club Members Turn in Taproom Ticket orders & money at Chess Club

February 22nd – Club Members Pick up Taproom tickets at Chess Club

February 27th – Pizza Sellers 4:00 Pick up Pizzas at Metcalf

March 3rd – Taproom Tour @ Bald Man Brewing 6-9 pm

Pizza Sales support player’s Individual account.  Silent Auction and Taproom support the Metcalf shares account.

Thank you for your support!


Andy Johnson
(612) 269-7993
Fundraising Chairperson
Metcalf Masters Chess

Metcalf Chess News 2/1

Chess Families,
Hello and welcome to the regular season of middle school chess.  Certainly a fun and hectic time and so much going on its good to keep  you in the loop.
Thanks to all the chaperones that made last weekend’s Winter Open a success and congratulations to our one award winner..Justin Joubert, who placed 3rd out of 47 entrants!
Thursday Feb 1 is our optional Open Chess Meeting…
Friday Feb 2 is our next two rounds of the Minnesota Middle School Chess League.  This time we are taking a bus to Friendly Hills Middle School in Mendota Heights and due to return not too long after 6PM unless we hit big traffic.  Students need to let me know by Wednesday if they cannot make it, but we are expecting all the top 25 boards that day
Saturday is the Groundhog Open Tmt in Plymouth.  Flyers went out to all on Tuesday.  In one of the sections..the doubles, students can team up with a friend, teammate or adult..meaning YOU can play WITH your child!  Hope to see many of you try this fun option!
Monday is our next round of intermediate and advanced lessons.  ON that note, we have one Eagan teammate that needs a ride on Mondays to these lessons, although he can get a ride home.  Please contact me if you can help this young man attend.
Tuesday is our ONLY required meeting of next week.  Also this is the deadline to turn in Lifetime Fitness Party registrations.  The info for our big party on Feb 11 at Lifetime Lakeville went out at  Tuesday’s club.
Any day now you will get more details of our incredible taproom fundraiser and I did some initial briefing on Tuesday. Hoping you are all helping with our independent fundraising committee with items for our upcoming silent auction.
And like always, help make sure your child is doing at least their minimum requirement of one hour a week on our chess training sites.
Go Metcalf!
Brian Ribnick
Metcalf Chess Coach