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Furry friends and fall festivities!




 

Announcements

Sending happy vibes to our November CAN birthdays! 🥳

  • Anna Miklosek, Brick Program Assistant - November 15

  • Chantelle Franklin, Creekside Court Intern - November 28

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Upcoming Events-

  • November 8 - AAPS & EMU Closed, No School for Election Day

  • ASP will likely be closed for Ann Arbor-based locations, please connect with your supervisor to determine whether ASP is closed this day, or if you need to make arrangements to take time off to vote!

  • November 23-25 - CAN Closed

  • ASP will likely be closed November 21-22, please connect with your supervisor to confirm (CAN is still open Monday & Tuesday)

  • All of CAN will be closed Wednesday-Friday

  • November 30 - AAPS Early Release

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

  • Week of December 5 - Last week of ASP for most locations

  • Check with your supervisor for more details about your site's plan for ASP

  • December 9 - CAN Closed, EMU and U of M Classes End

  • December 12 - December 16 - Holiday Parties

  • Find site-specific invitations on the CAN Google Calendar!

  • This is also the week of U of M and EMU exams - expect most PAs to be wrapping up during this time.

  • December 22 - January 1 - CAN Closed

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

  • November 1, 12pm - Management Meeting / In-Person (with a virtual opt-in) @ Hikone Community Center

  • November 3, 4pm - Mid-Semester Check-In /In-Person (with a virtual opt-in) @ Bryant Community Center

  • November 8, 12pm - All Staff* Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • November 15, 12pm - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • November 22, 10:30am - VISTA Improvement Program (VIP) Meeting /Virtual (Zoom)

  • December 6, 12pm - Management Meeting /In-Person (with a virtual opt-in) @ Bryant Community Center

  • December 13, 12pm - All Staff* Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • December 20, 12 pm - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

*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 (canvistas@googlegroups.com, caninterns@googlegroups.com, canprogramssistants@googlegroups.com, cansummerstaff@googlegroups.com & canmanagement@googlegroups.com) 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 klampen@canwashtenaw.org so you can be added!

You can find a link to subscribe to the CAN Google Calendar at www.can-academy.org/staff-resources (CAN Calendar).

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Find resources you may need at www.can-academy.org/staff-resources and www.can-academy.org/general-resources


 

Tips & Tidbits


I've been doing some reflecting on the celebration of Thanksgiving and what we know about it. Consider reading this article written by Sean Sherman, the CEO of the Sioux Chef and author of The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen.

In the article, Sherman highlights some inaccuracies of the story of the first Thanksgiving many of us have been taught. He shares some of the ways he and his family have changed their practices around the holiday: shifting from the emphasis on colonialist history to shared values that everyone can relate to and thinking more about food.

 

It might be coming time for some of our staff to say goodbye to CAN's youth and children as our fall after school programs wrap up for the semester.


Take a look at CAN's guide for Saying Goodbye to Our Children and Youth for some reminders and tips that will help make the transition more constructive for both you and our kids.

 

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Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments (or highlights, announcements, etc.), please email Anabel at asicko@canwashtenaw.org.

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