Volume 12
The Moderne Academie of Fine Arts
1820 East Second Street
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
(908) 322-4249
Helen Watts—Director
Issue 04
December 2011
Dear Parents and Students,
Oh my’s December! Although the weather doesn’t tell that story, we are well underway
for our recital plans. Costume deposits were due November 15. If you have not sent in your deposit,
please do so ASAP.
The studio will be closed for Christmas holiday from Saturday, December 24 until Sunday, January 1.
Classes resume Monday, January 2.
I will finish the recital programs by December 15. So as not to sell out, and in order to reduce the number of families in both shows, the recitals will be mixed ages this year. If you are in both shows, you Dates to Remember
will be notified by letter and receive two free tickets to one show. I will also have the children’s names December
posted in the waiting room.
3 Holiday Sale
15 Junior Essay Deadline
The charity event was a great success and raised about $4,000 for Beads Of Hope. The performers
24 - Jan1st Winter Break
looked beautiful. I was very proud. My personal thanks to “my girls” for all their hard work. There
have been requests to include “I Believe In Hope” in the recital and I am weighing the possibilities.
2 Classes Resume
15 Costume Balance Due
The next Associated Dance Teachers of NJ workshop is Funky February. All types of jazz classes are
No holidays
included in the workshop scheduled for February 12 from 9:00-2:30 at the Marriot in Bridgewater.
The workshop is open to students ages seven and up. The fee is $45. It’s great fun and the range of February
master teachers is awesome. If you are interested, please let your teacher know.
12 ADT Workshop
ADT is also sponsoring a dance essay contest and the prize is free tuition for the February workshop.
Essays should answer the question “What is my favorite type of dance and why?” Students in seventh
and eighth grade are eligible. If you are interested, please ask Miss Helen for an application. The dead- March
line is December 15.
The Competition Team has two ways to help you with your holiday shopping this season. This Saturday, December 3 from 1:00-3:00 is the Holiday Sale at the studio. Items for sale include MAFA shirts
and bags, handmade tutus, hair accessories, homemade soaps, toys and jewelry. Gigi’s Dancewear will
also be selling apparel and accessories. I hope everyone comes to help the Competition Team in their April
fundraising efforts for Nationals.
If you have some shopping to do but can’t find the time, let us entertain your dancer while you complete those last minute errands. The Competition Team is hosting a Holiday Dance Day on December May
10. There are flyers available in the waiting room.
24 Syllabus Exams
No holidays
18 Chalif Scholarship
23 Scholarship Exams
No holidays
1 Chalif Scholarship
9-15 Spring Break
16 Classes Resume
28 Memorial Day
29 Classes Resume
I can tell we are having a wonderful year because all the teachers have had lots of suggestions for class June
9-10 Pictures
or student of the month. Students Of The Month are Sabrina Canas and Sarah Cooney. Wow! I look
away for a little bit and you have made great strides. If both of you maintain that focus, anything is
possible! Most Improved Students Of The Month are Riley Dwyer and Theresa Fiumefreddo. The extra Student Of The Month
ballet class has made Riley blossom! Theresa has done a great job at meeting the challenge of tap. Class Of The Month:
Thanks girls! Class Of The Month is Tuesday 6:00 Jazz. Miss Kathy and Miss Tanya are thrilled to have
Tuesday 6:00 Jazz
a class full of eager learners. Keep up the hard work girls!
I hope everyone had a peaceful and relaxing Thanksgiving with family and friends.
Miss Helen
Student Of The Month:
Sabrina Canas, Sarah Cooney
Most Improved:
Riley Dwyer, Theresa Fiumefreddo
Tuition payments are due the first lesson of every month. A $10 late fee will be added after the last class of the
month. A $25 returned check fee will be added for any returned checks.
Please put the child’s name on the check of someone else is paying for the tuition.
22 Dress Rehearsal
23 Recital