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SONYC Update

Good evening Parents and Guardians,

We hope this email finds you and your family safe and well.

The Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, Inc would like to introduce you to its new SONYC remote after school program. This program will provide a variety of recreational and educational activities that your child can participate in when they have completed their school work. They will also have the opportunity to connect with GRYC Instructors and Group Leaders that are familiar to them from afterschool.

Activities will include:

Drama Club: Participants are getting ready for Hairspray, JR. Broadway show in which our school was selected to take part in for the 3rd consecutive year under the guidance of Ms. Gleason. I am not sure if we will perform on Broadway this year because of the current situation, however, they will still work on trying to put it all together remotely if need be.

Stock Market: Participants learn about stocks and trade and investments and create their portfolio. We have just ended the Year long session game that began in September and I am proud to say that some of our participants Ranked in the Top 2 teams under Mr. Giulietti’s guidance. We were in first and second place.

How we ranked in NY:

1st place out of 721 Middle schools in NYC

1st place out of all 1,370 schools in NYC

4th place out of all 3,056 schools in NY state

Robotics: Mr. Giulietti will try a new challenge with VEX robots online with the participants. Participants in our program had previously entered Robot lego competitions and have received awards for Best Program Design and Robot programming.

Music (Glee): Participants will participate in music history and group interactive activities. Mr. Beckett will also work together with Drama and work on the Music portion of the show with the participants.

Fitness: Mr. Montalvo introduces participants to acceptable behaviors and consequences in sports as well as sets up a fitness routine.

Game Room: Participants participate in some recreational and educational interactive activities; We will also be having Family Game night once a week where the parents, siblings, and other family members in the household can come together for a fun night of Kahoot, Family feud, Bingo, etc. and join their friends online. You may even have a shot at winning a surprise gift.

We may add new activities as we go along such as Chess and Forensics. New activity announcements and codes will be posted on the main page.

How it works:

Students log in to their google classroom where we will post activities for our participants.

There will be a Main SONYC page where we have all participants and will make all general announcements.

Each activity will have its own smaller classroom. Your child does not have to participate in all activities and may choose what they are interested in.

They are not tied down to any activity with the exception of Drama or anything that actually involves them working on a project that involves them working together with others. While, I prefer your child to remain consistent and be an active participant in the activity, I understand there may be days in which they may not be interested. To make sure the activity runs smoothly, we do ask that they stay for the complete activity.

In google classroom (GC) for the activity, there will be instructions on what to do. Some may involve being on Google Meet where your child is live with the instructor and group leaders. Attached there are also participant guidelines for GC and Google Meet in which the instructor will review with participants.

Attached you will also see the classroom codes for each activity so that your child may join.

A schedule (attached) has been created with the activities being offered as of now. It may be subject to change as we develop more activities into the program.

If you have any questions or trouble logging in you can contact us at Please be sure to include a phone number where we can reach you.

We look forward to working with you and your family.

All the best,

Ms. Cynthia Diaz

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