Welcome to Hale VAPA
As we begin a new year at Hale, we want to welcome new families to Hale VAPA Academy. VAPA stands for Visual and Performing Arts, and is an exciting program offered to students who are interested in learning through an arts lens. We have some exciting changes this year, and are happy to welcome you with our brand new website! Some areas are still under construction, but we will be updating with new information throughout the year.
This year, we are partnered with SAG/AFTRA, the unions who represent film and television actors. Their Conservatory will be offering nine workshops to VAPA students this year. We are planning the workshops for after school on Thursdays once a month. This program should begin in October, so please look for your student to bring more information home soon!
We will also begin our career series soon, so if you work in any of the arts industries (or know someone who does) and would like to volunteer your time to talk to students about your job, please contact Mrs. Fletcher. We will send home a flier with more details!
Back to School Night is on Thursday, August 30th! Please save the date in your calendar, and there will be a VAPA parent meeting that night as well. We are very excited to start this year with your students!
I am happy to announce some upcoming events for our VAPA families!
Our first ever VAPA Parent-Student Tea will take place on Friday, September 28th from 3:15-4:15 under the covered lunch area. This event is pot-luck style with parents bringing packaged food items (cookies, chips, veggies, etc.) and teachers providing drinks. This is an excellent opportunity to bond with your students, meet other VAPA parents, and have a great discussion with teachers. We really look forward to sharing this time with you!
The SAG/AFTRA Workshops will be starting in October! Right now, we have a set schedule of workshops every last Thursday of the month, after school from 3:10-4:30. Students will be able to sign up for workshops on the career series page soon. Unlike the career series (where there is limited room), the SAG/AFTRA Workshop presenters would like to invite parents to attend the workshops as well.
VAPA sponsored Karaoke Night is coming up on Friday, October 26th! We will spend an evening under the stars, listening to the vocal stylings of our incredibly talented students (and possibly some less talented teachers and administrators). This outdoor event will be open to all Hale families, but VAPA will sponsor, so if there are any parent volunteers please contact us! Families will bring their own picnic dinner, and VAPA will sell drinks, and glow accessories.
Also, we will be accepting candy and decoration donations at the beginning of October to help supply our Annual Halloween Hallway on Tuesday, October 30th! At this event, students walk down the spooky hallway to trick-or-treat after school.
We really need help filling our career series slots! Please contact us if you, or someone you know, work in the arts industries and are willing to take an hour to speak to our VAPA students. We have always had a very diverse group of speakers, and I am sure that this year will be even better! Go to our Career Series tab for more information.
T-shirts are being ordered now, if you have not turned in your order form, please do so! Parents, feel free to order a shirt for yourself as well to show your support! Thank you to those who have already purchased.