Into the New Year…

We’re hoping the “2018” part of the 2017-2018 school year is great for SRCSA students, teachers, and parents. Typically, SRCSA families complete most of their volunteer hours in the fall at the Art Walk and Halloween Carnival and these events create wonderful connections between members of our community. Due to the wildfires, we had to re-plan the year with a focus on preserving the best parts of the fall events.  This includes conducting the fundraising that supports SRCSA students and teachers through the year, while retaining the fun and community-spirited aspects of the Art Walk and the Halloween Carnival. Look out for some great opportunities to volunteer at the school to support our students and teachers!

Youth In Arts – Artist in Residence Hannah Gavagan

Last year, SACO identified a community interest in helping supplement the arts integrated education offered at SRCSA by bringing visiting artists to the school. This has taken shape as an artist “residency” where teaching artist Hannah Gavagan will be working with SRCSA students this spring. The program was anticipated to begin in the fall, but was postponed until now. In the first phase, 4th and 5th grade drama students and all middle school students (grades 6, 7, and 8) will begin working with Ms. Gavagan when school resumes in January.  This special program kicks off with a Family Art Night planned for Thursday, January 11 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. The event is free, and all 4th through 8th grade families are welcome and encouraged to attend. Pizza and drinks will be offered as an 8th grade fundraiser.

SACO’s goal is to ensure that all SRCSA students benefit from the residencies. We have applied for a grant that would provide significant funding for supplemental arts education and are awaiting final word about the amount and timing of the funds. In the meantime, we are very pleased to move forward with the first phase.

For more information about Ms. Gavagan, please visit Youth in Arts’ web site here: