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SEP Week 2 - 2023

Hello everyone! Thank you for an amazing first week. I hope everyone is enjoying their long holiday weekend (remember, we are not meeting again until Wednesday, July 5th!) Please remember that I will be converting to posting all weekly updates on our blog. Please subscribe if you haven’t already, and you will receive email notifications when new posts are made! https://www.slsummerenrichment.org/blog This newsletter is separated into the following categories:

Thank you!

ABOUT WEEK 2


  • Events: o Off Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th o Car wash on Friday, July 7th in Dairy Queen parking lot 10:00-1:00 o Anti-Bullying Discussion Circle in Mid-High Thursday, 7/6. Our program is very vocal about the harmful effects of bullying and prides itself on creating a safe space for all. This is a brief 20-30 minute activity coordinated by Jenny Cort, who is trained in Restorative Practice. It helps foster awareness and solidarity in our middle school students when it comes to supporting and advocating for others in lieu of tearing them down. o Ongoing: Penny Drive (ends Week 5)

  • What staff is working on: o Scripts are being written this week! We will also get started on additional specials including sign language, singing, and dance.

  • What I’m working on: o Every registered student will receive a Summer Enrichment t-shirt, the cost of which was included in their registration fee. We choose new colors every summer to make a good variety for students who come back year after year! This year is violet for Elementary and military green for Mid-High. Volunteers will also receive the shirt(s) for the session(s) they volunteer in as a thank you gift. The final order will be submitted this week and the shirts should be ready for distribution late Week 4 or early Week 5.

SCRIPTS

Scripts will be live to download and print here on Tuesday, July 11th (Mid-High) and Wednesday, July 12th (Elementary).

Due to our limited access to facility equipment such as printers and copiers, this year we will be administering all scripts via Google Docs. Please have your students print these at home and bring them in every day to practice! If you have any difficulties opening the documents or do not have access to a printer, please let us know and we will be more than happy to provide further guidance.

Scripts will be separated into two folders: one for Elementary, and one for Mid-High. Elementary students will be responsible for one script each, and Mid-High students will each have three. Please keep in mind that volunteers should also print a copy of the script for the Elementary classroom they are a part of. They may have a small role in the show or need a script to help others practice lines.

If you are unsure of which scripts your child(ren) need(s) to download when the time comes, please feel free to email me and I will direct you to the correct shows. We are also planning to upload lyrics for music and sign language to these folders.

As of now, we plan to have scripts available to download and print on the mornings of Tuesday, July 11th for Mid-High, and Wednesday, July 12th for Elementary. I will continue to keep you apprised if this estimate changes.


FUNDRAISERS

We are a nonprofit organization, which means all profits go directly back into the program to fund our activities from one summer to the next. Your participation is important and appreciated!



Car Wash Our Car Wash is taking place this Friday, July 7th, 10:00-1:00 in the Dairy Queen parking lot. If your student is an 8th or 9th grader, they will be invited to volunteer to work with staff that day. All high school and college volunteers are welcome to join as well. I will send permission slips home later in the summer. I am also including the flyer. Feel free to post to social media and share with family and friends!



Aubree’s


Our Aubree’s fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, July 18th, 11:00AM-10:00PM.


The format has changed! You can now order anything on the menu and have 20% of your bill donated directly to Summer Enrichment as long as you bring a paper copy of the red and white Dine to Donate Flyer.


The management and wait staff at the restaurant require families to provide at least one paper copy of the flyer per bill to assist them in record-keeping. I am attaching the official restaurant flyer.


Please note that we are not allowed to pass out flyers at the restaurant, so be sure to share with family and friends in advance!






Penny Drive


Current Standings:

Elementary: TBA This Week

Mid-High: TBA This Week


The final day of the Penny Drive will be Tuesday, 7/25. The winning team will receive their prize on Thursday, 7/27!


For those who need a refresher, the Penny Drive works as follows:


We will have one collection for Elementary, and one collection for Mid-High. Donated pennies will be counted as "positive" points towards the session in which they are enrolled. However, any silver (nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, etc.) or cash can be used to put into the opposing session's collection to make their points NEGATIVE!

For example, if 2nd grader Bobby brings in 50 pennies for his Elementary collection, but 7th grader Molly brings in two quarters (50 cents) to put into the Elementary collection, the Elementary points go back to "0". This is a fun and competitive way to raise money that goes right back into the program. The winning team will win a prize at the end of the summer, the plans for which are still underway!





Tricky Tray


Our annual Tricky Tray fundraiser will take place on performance nights. We collect various donated items between $5 and $10 from families to raffle at the end of each performance night.


You can begin sending your students with these items at any time! We will collect through the final week.

We will be searching for parents to help with asking for donations from local businesses (most businesses have worked with us in the past and look forward to participating) and selling tickets before and after the performances. Please let us know if you’d be interested in lending a hand in this task.





THEME THURSDAYS

ELEMENTARY SESSION ONLY

Thursday, June 29th: Class Color Day


Thursday, July 6th: Pajama (and possibly movie) Day


Thursday, July 13th: Favorite Fictional Character Day


Thursday, July 20th: Crazy Hair/Hat Day


Thursday, July 27th: Dapper Day





IMPORTANT NOTES


  • Please remind your students to adhere to standard school dress code. We also ask that all students wear close-toed shoes. We will be having games and activities that involve extensive movement (cardio and dance, for example), and close-toed shoes are the safest option to avoid any potential injuries.


  • Please also note that it is important to let your student’s teachers know about scheduled absences. If they need to miss some time due to illness or emergency, this is no problem! (And there is no need to “call them in” absent in these cases.) But if they will be absent for an extended period of time for camp, vacation, etc., having advance notice helps our staff prepare activities accordingly. If you included these dates in your registration already, I have those records and you do not need to inform us again.


  • If you would like to volunteer in any way, please let us know! We are asking for parents to help visit businesses in the South Lyon area, and sell Tricky Tray tickets on performance nights. We would love and appreciate any help you are able to provide, and your dedication contributes to the longevity of our program!


  • If you know of any additional fundraising opportunities, please let us know!





IMPORTANT DATES



Monday, July 3rd & Tuesday, July 4th: No Program. Enjoy your holiday!


Thursday, July 6th: Anti-Bullying Discussion Circle in Mid-High


Friday, July 7th: Car Wash Fundraiser in the Dairy Queen parking lot (10:00AM-1:00PM)

Tuesday, July 11th: Mid-High Scripts go live to download/print on our Google Drive folder, which you can access here.


Wednesday, July 12th: Elementary Scripts go live to download/print on our Google Drive folder, which you can access here.


Tuesday, July 18th: Aubree’s Fundraiser (11AM-10PM)


Tuesday, July 25th: Last day for Penny Drive!

Thursday, July 27th: Penny Drive winner prize day!


Thursday, August 3rd - Elementary Performance: No program for Middle School. Elementary dress rehearsal will take place 10:00AM-12:00PM, and our final performance will be held at 7:00PM in the SLHS Auditorium. Please note that students will be asked to arrive early in order to prepare for their shows. This typically means between 6:30-6:45. We will keep you apprised with an exact time as we get closer. Please note: there is no admission fee for the shows! Coming to watch is completely free. Please invite friends and family to join the fun!


Friday, August 4th - Mid-High Performance: Mid-High dress rehearsal will be held from 9:30AM-1:00PM, and our final performance will be held at 7:00PM in the SLHS Auditorium. Please note that students will be asked to arrive early in order to prepare for their shows. This typically means between 6:30-6:45. We will keep you apprised with an exact time as we get closer. Please note: there is no admission fee for the shows! Coming to watch is completely free. Please invite friends and family to join the fun!



IMPORTANT LINKS





Pay Your Program Registration Fee







IMPORTANT NAMES



Jenny Cort

Program Coordinator, Founding Family


Marcie Kryka

Program Director, Sign Language


Ben Machesky

Staff Lead, Theatre 101



Program Staff


Joey Abate

Elementary & Mid-High

Theatre 101


Ashley Bledsoe

Mid-High

Special Needs Aide


Zac Desentz

Elementary

Theatre 101


Ayana Ihara

Elementary & Mid-High

Music


Grace Mosher

Elementary & Mid-High

Music


Ethan Ponsock

Elementary & Mid-High

Sign Language


Cooper Schultz

Elementary & Mid-High

Theatre 101


Miranda Stepchuk

Elementary & Mid-High

Dance


Charlotte Thomas

Mid-High

Sign Language


Jake Werner

Elementary & Mid-High

Music



You can find more information about our amazing staff at the following link:





If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at this address any time.



Thank you everyone! See you Wednesday!




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