January Newsletter from Mrs. G
Bliain Nua faoi Mhaise daoibh
Happy New year to all as we head into a new Year .
It was wonderful to have a nice long rest. The dance Room Floor was refinished to an excellent standard. We hope to keep it in good shape for several more years. Many thanks to Cardinals care for their financial assistance in getting this done.
The 2017 Collage is finished for your viewing and will remain in the hallway for the month of January . Remember I can only work with what I have and or get from you so sorry if I missed you in it.
The Videos of the Christmas Concert are ready to be picked up for those who ordered them. We have a very limited amount of extra ones. Please see Rose Smulczenski for same.
Many Thanks to Kim Elliott for the huge amount of work she put into our costuming this year. Everyone looked smashing on stage. We got two more lovely open dresses from Kansas. You are welcome to buy any dress on the rack for $350.00 with the opurtunity to trade it for a bigger dress free. These are so fun for the kids to wear for Performances etc. ( keeps them interested and motivated)
Beattle Bob left the box of Calendars with me and will have the remaining 25 this Saturday when they are distributed
Saturday January 6th
Saturday January 13th
Saturday January 20th
Saturday January 27th
Saturday February 3rd
Feis Practice on these dates are arranged in a manner to have time for Ceili teams /Duets and Trios have the opportunity to practice together . I urge you all to please try and arrange your schedules to accommodate this . Duets Trios and Ceili teams will be arranged to stay as is for the Fleadh in May. Eileen/ Shannon will help you with your selection of partners. You must go to www.Feisworx.com to enter. Ask for help if needed.
I have made hard copies of the syllabus for all and will highlight the suggested competitions for the Monday and Wednesday class
Monday Class practice time 9am to 11am
Wednesday practice times 10.30am to 12 Noon
Tuesday practice times Noon to 2pm
Grade Exams will be offered at our Feis this year and will happen on the Monday
( presidents Day) after the Winter Feis. The Grade exams are similar to the SCT exams.
As of January 1st 2018 the Commission of Irish dancing has mandated that to take the teachers examination one now must have passed all 12 Grades. This is a new rule but which may not be of any interest to many of you right now. However it is important to St. Louis Irish Arts to offer you the opportunity of taking the exams just as we offer the SCT exams for Music potential teachers. Please let me know if you are interested in taking the Grade exams on Monday February 19th
Sunday January 7th Performance at Marie De Ville retirement home 13900 Clayton Rd.
This is a very special Performance for a very special Lady who will celebrate her 100th Birthday this Sunday. She is really looking forward to it. The Performance will start at 1pm but I would like to meet those attending at 12.30pm. We can have a fairly large group but if possible could you come fully dressed please. Open dresses welcome. I can also provide rides from the school and back. I will leave the school atNoon pm
February 24th This is our Trivia night with all hands on deck.
Help Keep traditional Irish culture thriving in St. Louis by making plans to attend this fun evening of music, dance and trivia. Doors open at 6 pm, live music starts at 6:30 pm. Trivia starts promptly at 7 pm.
As always, soda, wine and beer included. Please bring your own food. Proceeds benefit St. Louis Irish Arts.
Book your table via Paypal at slia.org. Tables of 8 are just $200 before February 1; $240 between February 1 and February 19; and $280 after that (if tables are still available
Matt Hathaway is the chair of this event which has raised lots of dollars over the past several years for the good of the School and the organization.
Baskets would be very welcome so keep aome of your holiday stuff to donate as prizes or to be auctioned
March 3rd out of town Performance in Moberly Missouri Please let Shannon or I know of your availability. Rides will be available from School and back. more info to come to those interested in this fun day. Congressional valuable hours given for this.
Gold Medalists Your deadline for submission is February 28th this year. Bring your completed book to me by appointment only. I will make myself available as convienient as possible for you .
Silver medalists . Please check your hours and make an appointment to discuss completion.
Bronze medalists You have a deadline of March 1st for submission. There are lots of minor jobs available for hours. such as keeping the school clean etc.
If you didn't make it to Registration Night, that's ok. Just come in and see Mrs. Gannon / email her and she will get you all ready to go. Her email address is email@example.com.
All beginners come to class on Mondays
All advanced students come on Tuesdays
All intermediate students come on Wednesdays.
Individual classes are available in all instruments and those classes should be set up with each individual instructor. Email firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com and they will give you the names and email addresses of the individual teachers.