COVID-19 IL, MO, ND, IA Family Communication 3-31-2020

Dear FOSS Families,   As of today, classes have been suspended until further notice.   Safety is at the core of what we do. As we look ahead to re-opening, we’re keeping ...
Dear FOSS Families,   As of today, classes have been suspended until further notice.   Safety is at the core of what we do. As we look ahead to re-opening, we’re keeping safety at the center of our plans. We can’t wait to see you all back at the pool as soon ...
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COVID-19 MN Family Communication 3-27-2020

  Dear FOSS Families in Minnesota,   We learned this week that swim lessons are part of the group of companies and services mandated to close through May 1st in Minnesota. ...
  Dear FOSS Families in Minnesota,   We learned this week that swim lessons are part of the group of companies and services mandated to close through May 1st in Minnesota. As of today, we’re targeting Saturday, May 2nd as the next date we’ll be teaching lessons in Minnesota.  Safety is ...
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COVID-19 Family Communication 3-18-2020

Dear FOSS Families,   The events of the last weeks are truly unprecedented. In the 27 years we’ve invested in teaching people of all ages to LOVE WATER, we, like you, ...
Dear FOSS Families,   The events of the last weeks are truly unprecedented. In the 27 years we’ve invested in teaching people of all ages to LOVE WATER, we, like you, have never seen anything like this.  It was with a realistic concern for our employees, students and families and with ...
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COVID-19 Family Communication 3-13-2020

Dear Families, It is important to communicate we do not have any known COVID-19 confirmed or “presumptive” cases amongst any students, families or employees in any of our facilities at ...
Dear Families, It is important to communicate we do not have any known COVID-19 confirmed or “presumptive” cases amongst any students, families or employees in any of our facilities at this time. However, out of an abundance of caution and recommendations for community businesses to do their part for community ...
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These are the People on the FOSS Pool Deck

We hear from families that what sets Foss Swim School apart, and the reason they keep coming back, is the people. We couldn’t agree more – hiring the right kinds ...
We hear from families that what sets Foss Swim School apart, and the reason they keep coming back, is the people. We couldn’t agree more – hiring the right kinds of people and training them well is a huge part of what FOSS does. We hire people who love working ...
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Faces of FOSS: Malwina J.

Malwina J. Enrollment Specialist South Barrington, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve been at FOSS for 3.5 years.  What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?   ...
Malwina J. Enrollment Specialist South Barrington, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve been at FOSS for 3.5 years.  What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?   My favorite part is working with kids and seeing how they master the lifelong skill of swimming. Can you tell ...
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Faces of FOSS: Sylvia Johnson

Sylvia Johnson Shift Coordinator Niles, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve been at FOSS for two and a half years. What is your favorite part about working ...
Sylvia Johnson Shift Coordinator Niles, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve been at FOSS for two and a half years. What is your favorite part about working for FOSS? I like that everyone at FOSS works as a team. And everyone who works here genuinely loves being ...
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Special Needs Swimming Lessons Require Special Considerations

At Foss Swim School, we truly believe that every child can learn to swim. When it comes to swimming classes for special needs kids, we encourage parents to reach out ...
At Foss Swim School, we truly believe that every child can learn to swim. When it comes to swimming classes for special needs kids, we encourage parents to reach out to us before registering, so we can develop a plan together that offers the best chance of success and progress ...
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Faces of FOSS: Steve Ott

Steve Ott Site Director Sun Prairie, WI How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve been at FOSS for 4 amazing years! What is your favorite part about working for ...
Steve Ott Site Director Sun Prairie, WI How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve been at FOSS for 4 amazing years! What is your favorite part about working for FOSS? The students—no matter what life is throwing at you personally, the students are here to have fun and learn ...
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Faces of FOSS: Hillary Rieveley

Hillary Rieveley Site DirectorLakeview, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? 2 years. What is your favorite part about working for FOSS? Getting to watch the children grow and ...
Hillary Rieveley Site DirectorLakeview, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? 2 years. What is your favorite part about working for FOSS? Getting to watch the children grow and improve from one session to the next.  Especially when you skip a session with a student and you get them ...
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Teacher Appreciation Week at Foss Swim School

While you’re celebrating all of the teachers in your life this week, we want to also celebrate the amazing teachers who work here at Foss Swim School. Teaching kids to ...
While you’re celebrating all of the teachers in your life this week, we want to also celebrate the amazing teachers who work here at Foss Swim School. Teaching kids to swim is about more than skills and technique – it’s about building relationships and trust and the art of making ...
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Faces of FOSS: Jacob Vaas

Jacob Vaas Shift Coordinator South Barrington, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? I started in January 2018 – a little over a year now! What is your favorite ...
Jacob Vaas Shift Coordinator South Barrington, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? I started in January 2018 – a little over a year now! What is your favorite FOSS story? I was teaching a Little 2 who was swimming really well, and I liked to tell her she ...
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Why It’s OK to Take a Break from Swim School

Just to be clear—we love swimming. We would swim every day if we could, and can point to plenty of evidence that—like any skill—the more frequently and consistently a student ...
Just to be clear—we love swimming. We would swim every day if we could, and can point to plenty of evidence that—like any skill—the more frequently and consistently a student practices, the faster a student typically learns and masters that skill. Since swimming is a physical activity as well, kids ...
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The pool deck: Is it hot in here? It’s not just you.

Why is it so hot in the pool area? It’s one of the questions we hear often from parents and others sitting alongside our pools. The answer is somewhat more ...
Why is it so hot in the pool area? It’s one of the questions we hear often from parents and others sitting alongside our pools. The answer is somewhat more complicated than most people would expect, but the short answer is that the heat is necessary for us to deliver ...
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FOSS Insider: How we Help Swimmers Make Up a Missed Class

Life happens. Kids get sick, important plans conflict with set schedules, and families go on vacation (to somewhere with water, we hope!) While swim class is important, students just can’t ...
Life happens. Kids get sick, important plans conflict with set schedules, and families go on vacation (to somewhere with water, we hope!) While swim class is important, students just can’t always make it. Fortunately, Foss Swim School has a unique way to help keep learning on track. We want our ...
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