SJC FORTNIGHTLY 2013
7:30 -9:00 p.m.
SJC School Gym
February 8 - Electric Slide & Slow Dance
February 22 – Swing
March 1 – 50′s 60′s night
March 8 – 70′s night
March 15 – Latin night
April 12 – Country Western night
April 19 – Dance Party Review
WHAT IS FORTNIGHTLY?
Fortnightly is fun dance instruction and social etiquette training for St. John of the Cross 8th graders. It provides an opportunity for our students to learn to dance properly and, at the same time, have fun and enjoy the company of their friends. The Fortnightly program helps build maturity through social dance skills and helps aid them in respectful communication with the opposite sex and adult chaperones.
Students are introduced to contemporary and traditional dances, as well as learning proper etiquette while in a reception line. They will learn proper ways to greet someone and offer a proper handshake. Students dance continuously, and change partners often. By attending these classes students will show incredible growth in the areas of:
- Social Awareness
- Self – Esteem
- Care and Consideration of Others
Mrs. Sue Bak is the instructor. She is the Physical Education instructor at St. John of the Cross School. She has been teaching Fortnightly Classes for over twenty -five years. She also teaches the Cotillion classes at St. Issac Jogues, and Fortnightly classes at St. Francis and McClure Middle School.
HOW DO WE SIGN UP?
You may register your child by completing the registration/permission form and returning it to the school office, along with a check payable to St. John of the Cross School. If the fee presents a problem, contact Miss Zita Wheeler regarding special arrangements. It is important that all students who have the desire to participate in this extra-curricular activity have the opportunity to do so.
WHAT TIME ARE THE DANCES?
Classes meet from 7:30 to 9:00 in the SJC Gym.
Please have the students arrive at 7:20 to facilitate check-in. Also, please pick up students promptly at the end of the evening.
What if my Child is Absent?
If your child will be absent from a session please contact Mrs. Sue Bak, at 708- 292-1110. If your child is not present at the dance and we have not received an absent call, we will call your home or contact number to make sure your child is safe and accounted for.
Can I Chaperone?
All parents are invited and encouraged to offer their services as chaperones. Many couples chaperone together. However, all chaperones must be Virtus-trained. There can be no exceptions. If you would like to chaperone, please fill out the chaperone form, with the date(s) you are available and return to school as soon as possible.
Is there a Dress Code?
There is a standard dress code, which will be strictly enforced. Girls are requested to wear a dress or skirt with nice shoes that can be danced in. Sleeveless dresses are permitted, but no spaghetti straps, strapless tops, halters, low backs, miniskirts, or outfits showing midriffs will be allowed. Boys are requested to wear dress pants, dress shirt, tie and dress shoes.
Gym shoes and jeans are not permitted except for 50’s –60’s night, and Western Night. Students and chaperones are invited to dress according to the theme for the 3 “theme nights,” (50’s/60’s night, Disco night, and Western Night). Please note that all students’ costumes must conform to the SJC requirements for out of uniforms days, and /or the Fortnightly dress requirements. Parents are asked to please check and enforce their children’s adherence to these standards before each dance. Parents will be notified if the dress code is not followed. Any student who abuses the dress code will be refused admission. Parents will be called to pick up their child.
Our students, chaperones and instructor deserve a respectful atmosphere. Proper etiquette and behavior can ensure a fun evening for all. A child who displays unruly or disruptive behavior that distracts from the instruction may ruin the evening for the group. If an act of misconduct occurs, the child will be dismissed from Fortnightly and the parents will be called to pick up their child. Before dropping off your children, please remind them that their best social behavior is expected.
ARE POLITE CONSIDERATE WAYS TO BEHAVE WITH OTHERS. WHEN YOU USE GOOD MANNERS, IT WILL HELP YOU FEEL AT EASE AND HAVE A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE.
- Mistakes will be made…Laugh at yourself, not at others.
- Feelings can be hurt, avoid it by thinking about what you do or say before you act.
- Don’t be the “one” who risks spoiling it for everyone.
The more you comply, the more you will learn, and thus it will be fun as you learn to dance with your classmates
“We ‘R’ SJC – Ready, Respectful, Responsible.”