Faces of FOSS: Jennifer Anderson

Jennifer Anderson Office Manager Ankeny, IA   What’s your name and do you have any nicknames students call you?  Jennifer Anderson aka. Swimming Jenny   What is your current job ...
Jennifer Anderson Office Manager Ankeny, IA   What’s your name and do you have any nicknames students call you?  Jennifer Anderson aka. Swimming Jenny   What is your current job title at FOSS?  Office Manager at our Ankeny location   How long have you worked for FOSS?  Almost a year!   What ...
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Faces of FOSS: Kayla Whittrock

Kayla Whittrock Shift Coordinator St. Louis Park, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? 5 years! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?   Teaching a lifelong skill ...
Kayla Whittrock Shift Coordinator St. Louis Park, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? 5 years! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?   Teaching a lifelong skill to kids and having fun while doing it. Can you tell us your favorite FOSS Story? When we had one ...
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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: Alexa Ihrke

Alexa Ihrke Head Receptionist Blaine, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? Almost two years! What is your favorite part about working for FOSS? I love that I am ...
Alexa Ihrke Head Receptionist Blaine, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? Almost two years! What is your favorite part about working for FOSS? I love that I am teaching kiddos a life-saving skill while showing them how to have fun at the same time. What is your favorite ...
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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: Rachael Skoog

Rachael Skoog Site Director Chanhassen, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? For 14 years! Since 2004. What is your favorite part about working for FOSS? Getting to know ...
Rachael Skoog Site Director Chanhassen, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? For 14 years! Since 2004. What is your favorite part about working for FOSS? Getting to know so many incredible swimmers and families over the years. And I can’t forget the phenomenal group of instructors that I’ve had the pleasure of ...
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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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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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Faces of FOSS: Allison Ryks

Allison Ryks Shift Coordinator Woodbury, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? Almost 3 years! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS? All of the joy! Laughter ...
Allison Ryks Shift Coordinator Woodbury, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? Almost 3 years! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS? All of the joy! Laughter truly comes first in everything we do! What is your favorite level to teach and why? I don’t really have ...
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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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