"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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, & email@example.com) you should receive an invitation to the relevant staff meetings.
If you are not in one of these listservs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so you can be added!
You can find a link to the CAN Google Calendar at www.can-academy.org/staff-resources (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
How To Say Goodbye
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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