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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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Spring Has Sprung!

"Watashiato: n. curiosity about the impact you've had on the lives of the people you know, wondering which of your harmless actions or long-forgotten words might have altered the plot of their stories in ways you'll never get to see. Pronounced "wah-tah-shee-ah-toh"." John Koenig, The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows


Final March Birthdays-

If you see each other in the wild, give big happy birthday wishes!

  • Derrick Miller (Executive Director), March 29

  • Kelly Gryniewicz (Brick Program Assistant), March 29

  • Montana Crowell (Grants Specialist), March 31


  • Midge Carter (Bryant Program Assistant), April 9

  • Hannah Keith (Hikone Intern), April 17

  • Harrison Metzler (GBC Director), April 18

  • Kimberly Sells (GBC Program Assistant), April 30

  • Madison Kase (Year-Long VISTA), April 30


Upcoming Staff Meetings- For March, our meeting schedule as of right now will look as follows:

  • March 25, Off Week: Teams meet as-needed

  • April 1, Off Week: Teams meet as-needed (Spring Break)

  • April 8, Management Meeting, 1-2:30pm

  • April 15, CAN All Staff Meeting*, 1-3pm

  • April 22, Management Meeting, 1-2:30pm

  • April 29, Off Week: Teams meet as-needed

*All staff & interns are welcome to join, but work-study/part-time & interns are not obligated.

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

  • 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).

Google Calendars are a helpful tool CAN uses so we can make updates and share them out with all of our stakeholders in case anything changes!


After School Program-

  • April & May Holiday Parties: Ask your supervisor if there's anything you can do to help! If you aren't normally working from a specific community center, holiday parties a really fun way to join, help, and have a good time.

  • AAPS and LCS Spring Break March 28-April 1: CAN After School Program closed.

  • AAPS and LCS Closed April 15 for Good Friday: CAN is still open but since it is a Friday, no programs operate as usual.

  • ASP Wrap Up (may be subject to change):

    • April 28- Last day of Brick ASP

    • May 12- Last day of Hikone ASP

    • May 19- Last day of all other ASPs


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

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