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almost done?

Wow - there are only 2 weeks left? It took forever to get here and also, it went by so fast. How does time work???

We're already starting to prepare for the end of summer camp -- how are you going to prepare yourself and the students for the transition?

Below under "Tips & Tidbits" are some best practices for "How to say goodbye" to the kiddos we just spent this summer getting to know. It's hard for everyone!



July Babies-- Happy Birthday!!! If you see someone with a birthday, send them your birthday wishes!

  • Bennine Al-Anssari (Bryant Summer Program Facilitator), July 7

  • Sherrie Greenleaf (Bookkeeper), July 7

  • Paige Swanson (Year-Long VISTA), July 13

  • Seth Poirot (Bryant Summer Program Facilitator), July 26

August Babies--It's almost your birthday!!! If you see someone with a birthday, send them your birthday wishes - especially before we end all summer camp festivities August 12.

  • Fayiza Nabilsi (Director of Bryant Market and Facilities), August 1

  • Rossi Clark (Bryant Intern), August 24

  • Shelbie Schwall (Brick Summer Program Facilitator & Intern), August 24

  • Preston Pierce (Hikone Summer Program Facilitator), August 25


Upcoming Staff Meetings- For the summer, our org-wide meeting schedule as of right now will look as follows:

  • Friday Gatherings- Every site will be gathering with their teams on Friday to debrief on the week and prepare for the following week / unwind as a team. These times and agenda for each Friday will vary by site/week.

  • July 29 - Management Meeting (10am)

  • August 5 - CAN Closed (Our newly updated PTO Policy requires an org-wide closure the day after an educational program ends - here is our first one!)

  • **UPDATE** Monday, August 8 - End of Summer Celebration! (more details to come to our email listervs)

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, please email so you can be added!

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


Accessing Educational Summer Camp Training & Camp Materials-


Tips & Tidbits

Transitions are hard for anyone, but they can be especially hard for kiddos who experience a lot of transience. It's crucial that when we say goodbye, we do so with the students in mind.

  • Remind the students when your last day is so they can prepare for that time to come and think about how they want to say goodbye to you.

  • Saying goodbye can be a great opportunity to share how much the students mean to you. Making cards, sharing treats like candy, are a nice way to show you care.

    • Please do NOT give gifts outside of edible treats Please do NOT make promises you will not be able to keep ("I will come back and visit every week!")

  • Here are some messages that make saying goodbye a more positive experience:

    • Focus on the achievements the student made this semester

    • Express positive expectations for their futures and ability to do well

    • Let the student know they are always loved and valued no matter what

  • Help the students identify and name their feelings. "I am sad, too. I will miss you when I am gone. But, I am glad we got to know each other. You taught me how to keep trying at a problem even when it was really hard."


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