March, 2020 Newsletter
School Dance: A Big Thank you to our chairpeople, Brenda Daly Jamieson and Linda Naughton Walsh and Barbara McCoy , and all who supported through their attendance, donations, gift baskets, etc. Thanks to those who came to setup and anyone that stayed to clean up. It was a great afternoon for our entire school. A financial report will be available at class. Karen says a “big Thank you!!!” to everyone who helped celebrate with her and for her lovely gifts! Thank you to Barbara McCoy for creating the outstanding Violin for Karen - it was a beautiful, one of a kind gift!!
May/June 2019 Newsletter
The newsletter is distributed via email to all dancers and families. Please remember to check your emails for important notices and upcoming information
SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP – Monday, July 29- Thursday, August 1
In addition to our championship dancers who are expected to attend, there is also a workshop group for our advanced beginner/novice/prizewinner dancers. This is a wonderful opportunity for them. Everyone will receive an email with all the times/prices this asap. Information is available at class, if you have any other questions.
SUMMER CLASS SCHEDULE
Our summer schedule starts on Tuesday, June 25th, and continuing for all, including new beginners on Tuesdays, starting July 9th at 6pm through Tuesday, August 13th, in St. Mary’s in Dumont on Washington Avenue. You only pay for each class you attend. FEES WILL BE $25, payable in cash for all returning dancers. New beginners will be $20 per class (45 min). Please bring your payment in an envelope, labeled with your child’s name, at each class.
These classes are great to help keep the dancer practicing their material and also so as to not forget their steps. They can help a child to advance a little in material they might not yet have mastered. They are very useful if your child plans on competing in competitions during the summer months. Also, if you know of someone who has a child thinking about starting lessons, these classes help them and we, as teachers, ascertain their readiness and it gives them a head start on September. Lastly, anyone competing at Championship level or is planning on competing in the Regional Oireachtas should be attending these classes. At this level of competition, one cannot afford to take the summer off.
PLEASE SEE ONLINE CALENDAR TO SEE WHEN YOUR CLASS LOCATION ENDS IN JUNE.
Proceeds from the ceili will be used for workshop subsidies, workshop scholarship, 5 free full registrations, class costume subsidies, start-up for our Feis and accounting and other business expenses for the PTA accounts. We also take an ad for the National American Championships and make donations from our school where appropriate.
The drawing for our workshop scholarship will take place when all the names of participants are in. We also will announce the 5 free registration winners shortly!
7th ANNUAL BERGEN COUNTY IRISH FESTIVAL
We are all so very excited for the 7th annual Irish Festival to be held in Bergen County is taking place on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at Overpeck County Park in Ridgefield Park, NJ. Admission is free. There will be live music, dancing and other festivities. We will be having dancers perform so please let us know if you are interested in dancing. We are looking forward to a wonderful event!!! You can visit www.BergenCountyIrish.org for more information. We also will have further details as we get closer to the date.
RE-REGISTRATION for 2019-2020
Registration letters will be emailed next week to everyone. Please return your registrations in June ASAP so as to take advantage of the discount offered. This assists us in planning for September classes and guarantees your place in fall classes. Thank you for your cooperation. ** Please let us now if you’d like additional registrations for any other children you know that might be interested in Irish Dance lessons.**
CAR MAGNETS - PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE ONE - WE HAVE A FEW LEFT. $5 EACH. Share your #TeamMcL Pride!
SCHOOL FEIS - SUNDAY OCT. 6 - This is the ONLY School function that we need and require every family with an entry to donate some time to help with the running of this as it is such a huge undertaking - We especially need a few volunteers to do the shopping for the kitchen supplies - more information will be coming soon - thank you in advance for your cooperation.
We will be again offering grade exams at our feis this year. We will be working with the dancers to help them prepare for these exams. Therefore we ask dancers to not register for any other grade exams before this date. (Anyone attending summer sleep away dance camp-please do not sign up for grades - thank you)
OUTSTANDING BALANCES OWED
Please note ALL remaining balances for classes, shoes, costumes, etc. should be cleared up by 6/15. We would like to close our books out for the year so please see your teacher to pay. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.
HAVE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY SUMMER TO ALL OUR DANCERS AND THEIR FAMILIES!
May/June 2019 Newsletter
You all received School Dance information and we need your cooperation in making your reservations. The date of our Annual Dance is Sunday, February 24th. Hopefully, all our Oireachtas dancers are supporting this event as over the years you have been the recipients of most of our fundraising through travel stipends and new school costumes. Oireachtas dancers: we also need to know if you are NOT performing at the Dance so the show can be put together (email me). You also received a letter requesting a donation to help purchase basket gifts or for donations of themed baskets. Please send in to class any of your gifts/donations, labeled clearly with your name ASAP. Please try and get donations from local business so we can create some great prize baskets. You can print copies of that letter out to solicit from local businesses, restaurants, etc. If everyone could solicit even 1 donation from a local business we would have an amazing raffle! On the letter there are also lots of basket ideas!The better the prizes, the more successful our raffle will be!
(I’ll send the business letter and order form again in this email.)
Please send in your ticket forms and payment asap.
Please let any other alumni families know about the dance if you can that might not be on my email list.
This year we are please to be honoring Chris McLoughlin Jr.! Chris has played for our Regional and National championships for over 25 years and has played for our dancers before each of these events as well as recording individual set dances for many years. We are excited to honor him for his many musical contributions to Irish Dance.So, please keep the date aside and plan to join us for a wonderful afternoon!
Our chairpeople for this event are Kerry Tadiello (201-836-3323) and Kristin McGowan (201-444-5643) . If you have any questions please contact them.
We need someone to please volunteer to help Barbara McCoy with coordinating our Tricky Tray Raffle. You can help collect prizes at class and put the baskets together at class with some parents and then bring to the dance. Please email me if you can take on this job.
Upcoming Feisanna - To get more information about the upcoming entire year you may log on to www.NAFC.com. Register online or print out each syllabus and send registration immediately as many feises have a cut off number. Do not wait, or your child will be disappointed (North American Feis Commission, 2019 Feis Schedule). Attending feisanna is a key factor in motivating your child to strive for improvement. Remember that students are to be in appropriate age categories and levels and dance material that is appropriate to them. If you are unsure of where your child fits in, in please discuss it with one of your teachers before you enter.
St. Patrick’s Day Activities:
The Bergenfield parade is Sunday, March 10th. As you all know, Patsy has been chosen as the Grand Marshal of the Parade this year and we are beyond excited for her!! All dancers and families are invited to march with our school. We usually have an amazing turnout of our dance families and we look forward to an amazing day with Patsy.
The Bergen Council Parade Installation Dance is Saturday February 23th at 8pm so let us know if you would like to purchase tickets to attend.
Don’t forget next month we will be having a number of dance outs for St. Patrick’s Day. Oireachtas/Prizewinner Dancers: Please leave your calendars available to be able to dance at these shows. They provide an important source of funds for our dancers and it is imperative we have enough dancers to participate at each of the shows. We had a number of dancers go off to college over the last few years so we really need all of our dancers to be available so we can have dancers enough for each show. Please arrange to carpool if necessary so you are available on those weekends to dance - ALL our championship dancers.
SCHOOL RECITAL/CEILI: The date for our ceili this year is Sunday afternoon, May 5th , 2019. At this event we showcase all our beginner, novice, and prizewinner dancers. So save the date on your calendars!
SUMMER WORKSHOP: The dates for this year’s summer workshop with Carol are Monday, July 29th to Thursday, August 1st, 2019. More information to follow but we are letting you know now so you can plan accordingly for vacations, etc.
Anyone who would like a beginner dance costume (skirt/shawl set) to use for marching in the parades please email us right away so we can place the order. Skirt set is $50. We do have some skirt sets available now for purchase. We really encourage the dancers to wear our uniform for the parades, and then you will have it for our recital/ceili in May.
We also have some school costumes available for purchase. Let us know if you are interested and we can bring them in to class for you to try on.
FEIS REMINDER: Dancers’ age & category (depending on what they have won in the year 2018) changes on January 1st, 2019.
REMINDER: As stated in your registration package – all class fees are due the 1st class of the month. Any payment after the 2nd class will result in a $10 late fee charge.
• Anyone who paid ½ year – all remaining balances are due February 1st