The Academy Times
FALL 2020
All events are at the Academy except as noted
First Week of Classes photos by Mike Dutka
New Faculty

All of the new faces this fall are really not NEW – but have had lives here at the Academy prior to this fall. We are so glad so have a whole new generation of young teachers joining us to teach our youngest dancers. Sofie Besser and Tatiana Castaneda grew up here from age 3; Isabella Ginter came to us for high school and has returned now to teach. Sally Donaubauer just started with us this summer, but has many wonderful skills to bring to her teaching – and Sarita Smith-Childs has moved from being a beloved summer teacher to being her with us for the academic year. 
Sarita Smith Childs
Tatiana Castaneda ~ see her bio here.

Isabella Ginter ~ see her bio here.
Sofie Besser ~ see her bio here.
Sally Donaubauer ~ see her bio here.
Summer Happenings at the Academy
The building was buzzing this summer with staff and volunteers working and organizing (with proper distancing of course)! See here for more info about our Summer Happenings.

We want to thank: Rachel Gorgol,
Isabella Ginter and her sister Laila Lucy Wright, Laini Gorgol, Barb Sader (Laini's grandmother!), Alex and Maya Dysico, Drew Lewis, Gina and Gino Sigismondi and Mike Dutka for all their hard work this summer!
Many, many thanks to the families that responded to our SOS for monitors for the studios; we had four monitors donated – from the James Botana family, the McDonnell family, the McGavock family and the Berg/Faulkner family! We are so very grateful – being able to wall-mount these larger monitors will give every studio in the school monitors that fit into the smaller spaces.

With many thanks to our dancers, our teachers and our staff for making it possible for the Academy to continue its legacy of education children in the arts – may we all keep making art, music and dancing throughout the fall!! 
Business News
Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:15 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday 8:15 AM - 6:15 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Monthly payments are due on the 1st of the month. To avoid a late fee, why not use AUTOMATIC BILLING to your credit or debit card. A call to the office can set this up, 708-848-2329.

Session II: September 28 - November 7
Session III: November 9 - December 19 
Winter Music: November 9 - February 13, 2021
Payment for each session is due by the last class of the previous session. Session payments can also be billed automatically to your credit card. 
Who's Who in the Front Office:
Kari Farkvam - Mon. 8:00 am-5:30 pm,
Tues./Weds./Thurs. 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Fri. 8:00 am-3:30 pm
Business Manager
Rachel Gorgol - Mon. thru Fri. 8:30 am-3:00 pm
Brigid Anderson - Mon./Thurs. 8:15 am -1:30 pm
Teresa Deziel - Thursday 3:30-7:00 pm
Friday 1:00-6:30 pm
The Office is open Saturday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Meet Our Traffic and Security Person
Mary Eggelston works here
Monday thru Friday evenings and
on Saturday mornings. 
Read more about Mary here.
Academy Emails & Info
Please be sure to add to your safe list and check
your email regularly for Academy correspondence
Follow us on Instagram @academyofmovementandmusic.
Student Message Board
Parents ~
We have a Student Message Board above the drinking fountain next to the front door. If you call to leave a message for your dance/music student, we will post it on the board. Please alert your child to make a practice of checking the message board before they leave the building or try to call you.
Please Note:
The Academy is NOT closed for
Indigenous People's Day or Veteran's Day.

Nov. 23-27 - No Preschool A.R.T.S.
Nov. 23, 24, 25, 28 - Dance Classes are
in Session
Nov. 26, 27 - Academy Closed
Nov. 28 - Dance Classes are in Session
Lock Up Bicycles Alert
Lock bikes up carefully, use extra strong locks; there have been bicycle thefts in the community.