March 23, 2020

Hi RIFAC Families,

We are so proud to have met our goal of launching RIFAC Online today! It took our RIFAC staff an incredible amount of work to get this remote training program set-up within one week, but we are so pleased to say that we have some type of class or live training for every program level at the club. (Beginners- I will be reaching out to you soon with details!)

Earlier today, I sent out email invites with links to everyone’s training. If you are a current student and you did not receive an email, please contact us at rifaconline@gmail.com, or you can reach me directly at jillripa@gmail.com

We had over 35 families take advantage of the curbside weapon pick up today! If you missed it, please contact me and we will set up a time to make sure you have what you need to get started with the online training.

We have also started receiving lots of fun photos of students already jumping into their first class! Please feel free to send pictures for me to share on our FaceBook page, too, if you’d like.

We are so grateful for the overwhelming amount of positive support we have received during this incredibly difficult time. It has been truly heart-warming and we sincerely thank you all. As you know, fencers have to be able to adapt and persevere, and so we shall!

Kindest regards,

Jill, Alex and the RIFAC Staff

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March 20, 2020

Dear RIFAC Students and Families,

We hope everyone is doing well! The RIFAC Staff has been very hard at work transforming all of our programs to be accessible online. We are so excited to begin sharing this with you starting Monday, when we launch RIFAC Online! We hope our students will find the online learning program really fun and engaging. We will be holding weekly classes, live discussions and special workshops for all our program levels.

Over the next few days, our currently enrolled students will begin receiving emails unique to their class or team level with instructions about how to access their online learning program. We will be using GoToMeeting, Zoom and our new private YouTube Channel. If you don’t receive this email, please check your Spam folder or contact us at our newly designated email address just for this program rifaconline@gmail.com to let us know the best email address to use. Since this will include exclusive content for RIFAC students only, we ask that you please don’t share these links.

In anticipation of your first class, there are two things you can do to be ready:

First, please have a wall target hung up and ready to go. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, even an old pillow lined with duct tape nailed to a (parent approved) wall would do the trick!

Second, for students who do not yet own a foil or epee, we are happy to loan you one for the duration of our RIFAC Online program. We will have a special curbside pick up at RIFAC for you this Monday, March 23 from 12-2pm (or by appointment.) Please just send me a quick email at jillripa@gmail.com to let me know you plan to come and I will have the appropriate weapon ready for you.

While we are taking this one week at a time, as of today, we have been given a potential re-open date of Tuesday, April 7. The Centers for Disease Control is calling for no gatherings of 50 people or more for eight weeks, which means that when fencing training does resume, classes and events will be restricted in size until May 10. Most of the time we fall under that limit anyway, but our larger events, such as tournaments, will most likely be postponed.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment, support and patience as we begin RIFAC Online. We’ve had a very positive response to moving our programs to this online format and we are very confident we will be able to continue to offer the great fencing instruction you have come to expect at RIFAC. Our staff and community have always risen to every challenge and I am sure this time will be no exception! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us.

Kindest regards,

Jill, Alex and the RIFAC Staff

 

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March 16, 2020

Dear RIFAC Families,

We understand this is a difficult and stressful time for everyone with great uncertainty about what is to come. The health of our students and families remains our top priority and we are carefully monitoring the ongoing situation daily (if not hourly.)

We have made the very difficult decision that effective Monday, March 16, 2020, RIFAC will be suspending all classes, practices and open fencing for the remainder of this week. RIFAC will be closed as of today, Monday March 16, for all training.

Over the next few days, the RIFAC staff will be planning a remote class and team program which may include home workouts, lessons, special workshops and video review. In the meantime, we deeply appreciate your patience and support as we figure this out.

We will continue to monitor this ongoing situation daily and will send any updates to our plan as soon as they are available. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions or concerns in the meantime.

Kindest regards,

Jill, Alex and the RIFAC Staff