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Athletics & Activities Blog – November 13

A Little Something to Look Forward To

It’s nearly the weekend again.  Time is flying.  I keep asking myself, “how can time be moving so quickly when the days all feel the same?”  My husband’s Grandma Eula lived to be 105 years old.  She was an amazing woman; small in stature but huge in personality.  She played golf until her late 80’s, drove a car until she was 100, and played bridge (and won frequently) until her eyesight got so bad she could not see her cards anymore.   She used to say about lifting weights and doing water aerobics, “if I quit now, I will die.”  And she was well into her 90’s by then.

Grandma Eula had one life lesson that she taught me before she died: always have something to look forward to (well that, and birthdays should last all month).  When the days start to feel the same, or work is getting you down, put something on the calendar that you can look forward to – whether that’s a spa treatment, a cup of tea with a friend, or  full-fledged vacation (once those things are possible again).

So that’s what I have been doing lately when the days all feel the same.  I’ve been trying to put just a little something on the calendar to look forward to: tennis lessons with a fellow ISY teacher, a cool drink on the patio with my husband, or even a movie night with popcorn and cocoa (if you turn the A/C way down it might even feel like a winter vacation).

I hope you have a little something to look forward to this weekend.


Community Education Update

We have put together a series of new Community Education classes for parents and staff, based on feedback we received over the past few weeks.  People have requested ways to stay mentally and physically fit while also being social with others in the ISY community.  We are currently offering classes in meditation, kickboxing, spinning, and HIIT (high intensity interval training), in addition to a “compassionate communication” seminar.

Registration is now open on PowerSchool.  Just log into your parent account and look for the Community Education tab on the left sidebar menu.  If you do not know your PowerSchool username or password, please take a look at this handy guide on resetting your PowerSchool login. If that doesn’t work then please contact PowerSchool support at

The Community Education packet can be found HERE!  Keep in mind that more classes could be added over the next few weeks.

Facilities Update

Starting from this Friday 13th November, ISY will begin the process of opening facilities on a limited basis to members of the community through a gradual phasing in process taking into consideration health and safety requirements and government regulations. In this first phase, parents and high school students (grades 9 – 12) will have limited access to the fitness room equipment and the swimming pool.

The fitness room aerobic machines have currently been moved into one of the gym courts to allow for social distancing. The weight lifting equipment is still in the weight room at the back of court 1 of the gym. Masks must be worn at all times in both areas.

Time slots of up to 60 minutes for the fitness room equipment are bookable by clicking on this form. If a time slot does not appear, it has been filled and is no longer available. No more than nine people will be permitted in the aerobic fitness area for use of aerobic equipment only and no more than four people will be permitted in the weight room. Some time slots are also blocked automatically for deep cleaning. The aerobic fitness area and weight room will be closed during school hours of 7:30 – 13:00. Other than those times, the aerobic fitness area and weight room will be open all day everyday.

Time slots of 60 minutes are available for lap swimming in the same form. No more than 4 people are allowed in the pool at one time to leave a lane between each swimmer. Users must shower poolside with soap before entering the water. The pool will be open from 6am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.

Please note masks need to be worn in all public areas of the school, except while in the water. This includes while using the fitness facilities, walking from one area to another, in the locker rooms, and while on the front steps. We also ask that you make every attempt to practice social distancing. Please always enter through the front steps area as this entrance is outfitted with a thermal camera to check temperatures. We also ask that everyone wash their hands at the sinks on the front steps before entering the campus.

Changes to our facility use will be kept up to date here.  Any questions should be addressed to Ms. Isom:

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