February 11, 2022
Dear MDU Families,
Today the Onalaska and Holmen School Districts announced that due to a sharp decline in cases, they will no longer require the wearing of masks in their facilities as of Monday, February 14. We have noted the same sharp decline in cases in our programs and will be following suit. The updated policy for MDU will be effective Monday, February 21 as our studio is closed for Intersessional Break next week.
Every day that we can get where children can fully express themselves in the classroom and teachers can have full communication, including facial cues, we will celebrate! And, if there are days ahead where cases rise to a point where we have to revisit our mask policy, we will do so.
In meantime, all other risk-mitigating factors remain in place and parents are asked to keep their children home if they do not feel well and to keep up with other healthy habits such as good hand hygiene, hydration, nutrition, and sleep. Anyone who would still like to wear a mask to class for comfort is welcome to do so and plenty of masks will still be available at the front desk.
I want to thank our faculty, families, and students for their support over the past two years. Working together, we have kept our classrooms open continuously since June of 2020 and we are working on our return to the stage for Spring Recital! Now that’s some awesome teamwork!
Thank you for your support! With appreciation,
February 1-12: Graded Level Skills Testing
February 14-19 : Intersessional Break (STUDIO CLOSED)
February 21: Spring Recital Show Assignments & Ticket Information Published
February 21-26: Bring a Stuffy Week
NO REGULAR CLASSES will be held and the studio will be CLOSED Monday, February 14th - Saturday, February 19th for our final Intersessional Break of this dance season. Intersessional Break weeks allow for teacher and administrative staff development as well as deep cleaning throughout the building.
Watch your inbox! More details on Spring Recital 2022 “On Broadway” such as show assignments and ticket sales info will be published via email on Monday, February 21st (right after our Intersessional Break week).
In the meantime, be sure your calendar is marked for Spring Recital Week: May 17-22! Choreography will be starting in classes soon and costumes will be arriving and handed out in the months to come. If you haven’t done so already... click here for a peek at our 2022 Spring Recital COSTUMES! Please note costumes are shown in age order with all specialty classes and boys separates at the end.
NEW Mini Sessions starting in February!
These 6-week Mini Sessions are perfect for those who can’t fit a full season of dance into their busy schedule or simply want to try something new to warm up their winter! Check out all of the details and sign up at mistysdance.com/promotions
Dancers are welcome to create special valentines, notes, cards, or drawings for their MDU dance teachers to show their love and appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication in the classroom!
Each MDU teacher has a Valentine’s bag labeled in the lobby -- Simply drop your special valentine into their bag this week or next week. Let’s spread the love! :)
Mark your calendar for the week of February 21st-26th to remind your dancer to bring a stuffy to class. Teachers are planning fun ways to incorporate these special guests in class for this special week. Older dancers in our Graded Levels will be talking in classes about alternate treasured items they can bring to share with their peers and get to know each other better.
Congratulations to our most recent Student of the Month recipients! Each month teachers nominate students they see demonstrating Character Lives qualities such as Confidence, Selflessness, Honesty, Commitment, Kindness, Respectfulness etc! Teachers are also looking for students with great listening skills, super dress code, impressive work ethic and MORE :)
Other Nominees Include: Leighton Van Dalen, Addie Michelson, Sylvie Schams, Lucy Miller, Jessa Patty, Annaliese Bruns, Caroline Stanton, Makinlee Marx… Keep up the great work, dancers!
Please take a moment to make sure that your dancer is in proper dress code before coming to class. We want to make sure our classes stay looking their best all year long and reminders from both parents and teachers are vital to making that happen! Check out this blog post as a reminder on why Dress Code is so important:
If your dancer will be absent from a class, our teachers and administrative staff greatly appreciate you notifying our team via our MDU Absence Form. This form can easily be accessed at the bottom of the main page of our website or CLICK HERE to access now. Please note that this link should be used for non-COVID related absences (school function, vacation, etc.). See below for our COVID-19 Self Reporting link.
Our latest updates regarding COVID-19 can be found on the main page of our website. Simply visit mistysdance.com and click on the update link at the top of the page for the most current communications. Students who receive a positive test result should report the positive case to MDU via our COVID-19 Self Reporting Form.
In the event of inclement weather, an email will be sent and a Facebook post made by 2:00pm if classes are canceled (by 8:00am for morning classes). Please note that we do not necessarily follow school closings as roads are often cleared by the time studio classes begin. Any canceled classes may be made up on your own time from our regular schedule of classes. In the event there is not a make up class available, a replacement option will be offered.
Be sure to check out our Lost & Found for any items you may have left behind. Simply ask the front desk for their assistance, and they will direct you to it. All items remaining in the Lost & Found on the 15th of each month will be donated
As a reminder, be sure to label all of your dancer’s belongings with their name as everyone at the studio has the same or similar gear. Dancers should take all belongings into their classroom with them rather than leaving them unattended in the lobby or dressing areas.
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