All Families E-News ~ May 2017
Happy May everyone! We are getting so close to our end of the year performances. It seems like just yesterday we were sizing for dance shoes and ordering music books. As we come to an end we are already planning for next year. Every year, we send out a survey after all of our performances are over. This is such a great way for you to leave us feedback. We would love to hear everything…. good, bad, etc. It is great to hear things you love, so we know to keep doing them, and it is crucial we hear about things you wish we changed. I personally read every single survey and share them with my staff. It is such a great way to make APA better every year. We appreciate you taking the time to fill this out for us.
Another one of my favorite things going on is our dad/dancer dance that we perform at our June dance showcases. This is a free event and we hope to get as many dads involved! (If dad isn’t available, feel free to invite your uncle, grandpa, etc.) We will have free classes at APA for you to bring dad and learn the dance OR we will send out the video link in the June newsletter for you to learn on your own. Practice dates are listed at the bottom of the newsletter under our spring dance showcase information.
We know how many questions pop up this time of year, so please do not hesitate to call, email, or stop in. We are here to help and want to make sure you know what is coming up!
Stacy Tuschl – Owner/Director
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More Important Info For You To Know:
License Plate Winner – Congrats to license plate 348-VTU. One of our staff members spotted your Academy window sticker while driving! Please contact the front desk so we know who you are and you will receive a $50 tuition credit. To participate next month, grab a FREE window sticker at the desk!
Logo Wear for Sale – You can click the link below and place your order online. Our store will close on the 10th of the month and will not reopen until the 1st of the next month. All orders will take 3-4 weeks after the store closing date and will be shipped for free to APA. Click here to order!
Mother / Daughter Painting Party – Don’t miss out on this fun event held on Friday, May 5th 5:30-7:30pm at our Oak Creek location. $40 includes: admission for mother and daughter, all painting supplies, light refreshments and one 16×20 canvas that mom and daughter will paint together. You’ll get to take home your canvas as a keepsake! Registration is almost full – CLICK HERE to sign up and save your spot! ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!
Memorial Day Weekend – We will have regular classes on Saturday, May 27th. We WILL be closed Sunday, May 28th and Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day.
Dance Classes: You are charged full June tuition for 2 dance classes, rehearsal, and showcase. Our last class at the studio before summer break will be on Monday, June 12th. If you have any questions, please let us know! ***If you are NOT performing in the spring showcase, please let us know and we will pro-rate your tuition. Please email us or notify our front desk by May 14th.
Music Classes: Please check out your music fee schedule located on the back side of the Academy calendar to see how many lessons you will be charged for on May 15th. Our last class will be on Monday, June 12th.
APA Students of the Month –
Dance Student – EMILY KILDAHL Congratulations to Emily Kildahl our May dancer of the month. Emily is very reliable and responsible. I recall her being at a dance competition and her parents were not there due to her baby sister being born. She was organized, on time, and so mature. She even had scissors in her little kit she had in her bag. She is a great team leader and encourages her teammates and all APA teams. She takes pride in being a leader and does it in a positive manner. She is well liked by all her classmates and always dances with all she’s got and ready to work. Emily is also a straight A high honors student. She attends a Fine Arts school where she is a member of the Art Studio and plays the drums in her school’s band. She is also part of the Safety Patrol and is a Peer Mediator where she helps other students with conflict resolution and character development. She has fantastic performance quality and facial expressions. She’s one of those kids that reaches for the stars and touches our hearts. Emily truly is a gem that comes to class to sparkle and shine! Congratulations Emily!
Music Student – JOZIE DERKS Congratulations to Jozie Derks, our May Music Student of our month. Jozie has great attendance and has only missed when she was sick. She has a great attitude. During lessons she listens to what Mr Sam has to stay and tries to repeat what he does. Jozie’s work ethic shows through during her lessons, Mr Sam asks her to fill out what she practise for the upcoming week, and she does it consistently and even practices pieces she doesn’t like, because she knows she’ll get better and be able to play even more fun pieces. They were working on one of Jozie’s pieces, and Mr Sam told her, “You know, I bet you could write a better piece than this, why don’t you try?” I gave her a few guidelines, and she came back the next week , having composed a piece called “Sanctuary”, and it was better than the piece she was learning before. Her hard work and determination continues to pay off. Congratulations Jozie, you are well deserving!
Sign up for all our parades and get full details by going to www.AcademyWI.com/Parades/ Participation in the parades is always FREE, but registration is required. Meeting location and times will be emailed out a week prior. Parade details (routes, etc..) for each city can also be found on each cities website.
4th of July Parade Sign-Up: Come walk with us in the 4th of July Parade and help represent our Academy. We will be in the Oak Creek and Franklin parade. We will have all younger students under the age of 6 sit on our float/truck. For students ages 7 and up, we will teach a fun dance for them to do during the parade. Music students that do NOT want to dance, feel free to walk in the parades.
We will have practice times for the students to come and learn the dance or can provide you with a video link to practice at home. Don’t worry; this will be an easy dance! Both locations will be doing the same dance so you can attend either location if the practice times work better. This will always be the same dance every year but to a different song.
Oak Creek practice –Tuesday, June 20th from 530p-630p
Franklin practice – Wednesday, June 28th from 515p-615p
Heritage Days Parade: Join us for this fun parade on Saturday, July 29th in South Milwaukee!
Parade attire: Students under the age of 6, can wear their showcase costume (ballet shoes and tights are not necessary) or they can wear their academy t-shirt (given out at recitals) with shorts and tennis shoes. 7 and older that will be dancing/walking, please wear your academy t-shirt with shorts/pants and tennis shoes. Use your best judgment to make sure the students are comfortable during the parade.
Music Spring Recital – Our Music Recital will be held on Sunday, May 21st at the Oak Creek Salvation Army starting at 1pm. We usually have 5 acts starting at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm & 5pm. In the past we have gone over our times so this will ensure we will run on time. It is located at 8853 S. Howell Ave. in Oak Creek. This is a beautiful and newly renovated space that seats up to 400 people. This is a free event for students and any friends or family. Please feel free to invite as many guests as you would like. The recital will be about 1 hour in length per act. Teachers will only be attending certain recitals they are assigned too. If you have not informed your teacher that you will be participating, please let them know ASAP! Performance orders will be emailed out by May 15th.
Yard Sign Contest: Our Yard Sign Contest is back!! Grab a yard sign from the front reception area at either of our locations and place it in your front yard where we can see. Our staff members will be out looking for a winner! Check back on our Facebook and Instagram pages towards the end of the month. If you house shows up on our newsfeed you’ve won a $50 tuition credit! Yard Signs will be available at both locations starting next week!
Parent Observation Week May 1st-6th: We invite parents to come and sit in the classroom to see what your child has been working on in all dance, music, and acting classes. We will have enough chairs for each child to bring 2 people. If you choose to bring grandma or grandpa please bring additional chairs. If you have a younger child that can be disruptive to the class, please watch outside of the classroom through our observation windows. All students will receive a participation ribbon during this week. Our Oak Creek leveled ballet, tap and jazz classes will also receive a goal sheet.
Team Auditions – Auditions for our Competitive Teams are held on May 20th and 21st at our Oak Creek location. If you are interested in having your child audition/join our competitive program (ages 4+) please email us at email@example.com to get more details.
Optional Kringle Fundraiser – Fundraisers are due to our front desk by Monday, May 1st. All late orders handed in will receive $10 off of your profit! Please make sure you have everyone make out the check to you, and you need to make one check out to APA. We will not order your fundraiser without payment. Profits will be in your account before May 15th! Where you drop off your order forms is the location you will pick up your order. Please remember there are refrigerated and frozen items that MUST be picked up on their set days b/c we do not have space to store these items. FR pick-up is Thursday, May 18th from 3p-6p. OC pick-up is Friday, May 19th from 3p-6p.
Kudos! Program – We’re teaming up with local businesses to offer exciting perks to our APA families. If you are a business owner (this is great for at home businesses too!) and want exposure to hundreds of families this FREE opportunity is perfect for you! CLICK here for more details or email Cara at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Elite Kudos! Member – Please welcome Jessica Hinnawi – Shorewest Realtors, as our newest Elite Kudos! Member! Take a moment to learn more about Jessica and ‘like’ her Facebook page by CLICKING HERE.
Oak Creek Preschool REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!!! – CLICK HERE for our 2017-2018 summer & school year information.
Summer Classes Monday,July 10th – Saturday, August 19th– Click here to view our summer programs! Registration is OPEN!!! Remember we have over 800 students currently attending the studio. If you are interested in signing up for summer classes, please do so immediately to guarantee your spot. Full payment for the 6 week session is required to hold your spot and is nonrefundable.
Fall Classes – Register NOW & Pay LATER – You can register online from May 1st-May 10th for our fall schedule. CLICK HERE to register online. In-person registration begins May 11th. When registering you will be charged your $20 yearly registration fee p/p ($40 max. per family) and on JUNE 15th you will be charged for September’s tuition. Preschool registration/supply fees are higher. CLICK HERE to view a pdf of our Fall Schedule!
RACE TO REGISTRATION: Students who register online for our September GROUP DANCE CLASSES during May 1st-May 10th can stop into either location to spin our prize wheel. Our prizes will include free registration, dance attire and 1 person could win a $250 tuition credit. You must stop in to spin the wheel prior to May 15th.
Music students who register before May 10th will receive a small gift at their first lesson in September.
SPRING DANCE SHOWCASE INFORMATION
Dance w/ Dad on Stage Dance @ our Spring Dance Showcase:
Come join this FREE event. This is for current students performing in our spring dance showcase who want to dance with their father for an additional performance during their showcase time. Only one practice would be needed to learn the routine or if you can’t make it, we will have a video link for you to learn at home. Students will wear their costume on stage for the performance. Dads, please wear khaki pants or jeans and button up shirt for the performance. Both locations may attend either practice.
Grades 1st and younger: Thursday, June 1nd 5:30pm-6:15pm
Grades 2nd and older: Thursday, June 1nd 6:15pm-7pm
Oak Creek Practices:
Grades 1st and younger: Sunday, June 4th 1145am-1230pm
Grades 2nd and older: Sunday, June 4th 1230pm-115pm
Please register for your showcase time by CLICKING HERE. You may register for as many show times as you would like!
Hair for Showcase:
1st Grade and Younger Classes – pulled back in a ponytail
Grades 2nd and Up Ballet, Jazz, Poms, Hip Hop & Tap – Bun Click HERE for video demonstration (changed from winter showcase)
Competitive Classes – please wear your competitive hair style. If you are in competitive and a recreational class, please wear competition hair for both!
Video of Recital Dance: If you would like to record your child’s dance(s) for the Spring Showcase to practice at home please do this the week of Parent Observation Week IN CLASS, May 1st – May 6th. APA will not be recording the classes for Showcase.
Music: If your student would like to practice at home with their music, please email us to receive your music link.
For a full list of details for our spring show including performance times please click here: Please remember it is very hard for us to get siblings to perform together. We run an enrollment report from families that register prior to June 15th and try to prioritize in the order that you register. If siblings perform in different shows, we will put a credit in your APA account for a value of 4 tickets. Please notify us before May 14th so we can put the credit in your account before the final payment.
Ticket Sale Dates: Monday, May 8th: online only at 10am
Monday, May 15th: tickets can be purchased over the phone or in person.
Ways to order Tickets at the South Milwaukee Box Office:
Online (preferred method) http://southmilwaukeepac.org/tickets/
In Person– 901 15th Ave. South Milwaukee Hours are Monday-Friday 10am-4pm
Phone – (414) 766-5049 Hours are Monday – Friday 10am-4pm
Spring Dance Showcase Details – Friday, June 16th & Saturday, June 17th
For details on rehearsal times, show times, ticket sale dates, hair and make-up etc. Please click here
Dance Showcase Volunteers: If you are interested in working backstage for our showcase, please let the desk know. You will not need to purchase a ticket and you will be able to see your son or daughter perform from the side of the stage or in the back of the auditorium. We need several volunteers for all 6 showcases.