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"Connect" is CAN's internal newsletter for staff, interns, volunteers, board members, and anyone else who would like to receive bi-weekly updates regarding highlights, announcements, and ongoing training/professional development updates. Welcome and join us in our virtual community-building endeavor!

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After School Programs are Back!

Hooray! This week Arrowwood Hills and Bryant kicked off their After School Program 22-23! Additional CAN sites are gearing up to start soon -- it feels great to get re-settled back into a new Fall routine and we're so excited for the year!



If you see them, wish our September babes a happy birthday!

  • Larisa Mednis (Brick Intern), September 6

  • Madison Peterson (Bryant Intern), September 15

  • Colette DeRaud (Director of Community Wellness & Engagement), September 19

  • Nirvi Desai (Education Intern), September 26

  • Dawn Hoyer (Bryant AmeriCorps VISTA), September 27


Upcoming Events-

  • September 20 - AAPS Early Release Date

    • ASP may be closed at your location, make sure to connect with your supervisor for your site-specific details

  • October 5 - AAPS Student Count Day

    • We always encourage students to attend school as much as possible, but really emphasize the importance of attendance for this day

  • October 17-18 - UM Fall Study Break

    • Please let your supervisor know if you plan to work or not on these days in advance so they can determine if they have enough staff to operate ASP

  • October 20 - AAPS Early Release Date

    • ASP may be closed at your location, make sure to connect with your supervisor for your site-specific details

  • October 27 - LCS Half-Day

    • Please connect with Kayla to determine whether ASP will be open or closed this day

Staff Meetings (*Meetings have been moved to Tuesdays at 12pm*)-

  • October 4, 12pm - Management Meeting / In-Person (with a virtual opt-in) @ Brick Community Center

  • October 11, 12pm - All Staff* Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • October 18, 12pm - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • October 25 - Meeting Off Week

*Due to availability/scheduling, All Staff Meetings are required for Management and AmeriCorps VISTAs and optional for Program Assistants and Interns (although we highly encourage any PAs and Interns who are available to join!)

All of our staff meetings and CAN holidays are up on the CAN Google Calendar. If you are in our Google Group listservs (,,, & you should receive an invitation to any relevant staff meetings, events, etc.

  • If you are not in one of these listservs or cannot access the CAN Google Calendar, please email so you can be added!

You can find a link to subscribe to the CAN Google Calendar at (CAN Calendar).


Accessing Online Training & ASP Materials-


Tips & Tidbits

Have you seen your site's Classroom & Behavior Management Binder? It's PINK!?

This is your go-to resource for all-things related to managing a successful After School Program, including tools for:

  • Team & schedule planning

  • Setting expectations with staff and students

  • Ways to build meaningful relationships

  • Mindfulness strategies

  • The importance of transitions and check-ins

  • Behavior management strategies

  • Identifying and responding to trauma

  • More!


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Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments (or highlights, announcements, etc.), please email Katie at

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