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In an attempt to reach and engage more of New Canaan’s youth, the Outback will kick off the school year with new hours, grade-specific programs and events, exciting new technology, and increased community engagement and service.
“We’re really excited to celebrate the Outback’s reopening for the new school year with a car wash,” said Outback Student Governing Board president, Tim Casavant. “The car wash will help raise funds for the Outback, will be a lot of fun for the SGB and the new Middle School Youth Board, and will hopefully be a community service, too,” he continued.
Executive Director Susan Serven explained, “The Outback has been closed for a few weeks in order to allow us to clean, paint, and install new equipment. Although this redesign will be continuing into the fall, we wanted to celebrate everything that’s been accomplished to date, specifically through the efforts of the Student Governing Board.”
“We will open Wednesday, September 19, for programming for middle school and high school students, and are available for birthday parties and other rentals, as well. Everyone is invited to visit our web site at www.NewCanaanOutback.org for more info or may contact me at Susan.Serven@NewCanaanOutback.org,” she continued.
Board president Sangeeta Appel noted, “The support we’ve received from the community has been wonderful. We look forward to offering continued enhancements to our facility in order for it to be enjoyed by students and community members for years to come.”
The Outback Teen Center has announced their summer schedule for students in grades 5th through 12th. Detailed calendar of events and information is available at www.NewCanaanOutback.org.
The Outback facility will be open Thursdays and Fridays, from 2pm-5pm, each week through Friday, August 13. Programs will include Olympic game events, movie “nights,” and Outback Recording Studio sessions for those interesting in DJ-ing, music production, or recording their own band’s sessions.
Outback Program Director Erin McDermott stated, “Although many people are away for much of the summer, we are pleased to offer a slate of programs for students who may wish to come in and hang out with friends, or learn a new skill, such as studio production.
As always, we are available for rentals throughout the summer as well, and we thank the many community members who have booked the Outback this spring and summer, so far, for preschool birthday parties, graduation parties, and adult private parties and workshops.
Please give us a call at 203-594-3075 with any questions or feel free to stop by. We’d love to hear from you!”
Thursday June 14, 10:00am-4:00pm
Emsies Jewelry Bumwrap Bird Dog Bay
Cabana Life Karen Siebert Patrice
In a Jar Foods Juice Plus April Marin
Stella & Dot Three is a Charm Amore dei Cani
M ~Belle~ Ish Jewelry Mon Amie Kelly’s Four Plus
Biba Thirty One Gifts … and more!!!
For more information, call 203.594.3074.
A special thanks to our sponsors:
As the 2011/2012 school year comes to a close, we are excited to announce a unique and fun program starting in the fall for middle schoolers at the Outback!
As part of our overall effort to engage and support as much of our town’s youth as possible, our High School Student Governing Board (SGB) has decided to launch a middle school youth board (MSYB) in the upcoming year. The SGB’s mission is to represent and promote the outback by coordinating social, community service and enrichment opportunities for all New Canaan teens.
The MSYB’s mission is to generate and develop ideas for social engagement , community service opportunities and enrichment activities for New Canaan Middle Schoolers.
We are looking for leaders who:
*Have a positive, “can do” attitude and are willing to work with others
*Are willing to speak out about what’s “cool” and “in” to generate event ideas
*Have the ability to reach out and engage various groups of middle schoolers
*Will help generate interest and promote events to middle schoolers
*Can attend regular meetings at the Outback
*Participate in community service events
Benefits of participations include:
*Team-building and leadership experiences
*Mentoring by SGB leaders
*A year-end commendation letter issued by the Board of Directors
If your child would be interested in this new leadership experience, contact Program Director Erin McDermott today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203.594.3075!
Still looking for that unique and exciting summer camp experience? Well, we’ve got it for you, right here in the Outback’s newly re-opened commercial kitchen!
For the month of July, we have partnered with the Kiddie Kitchen of Norwalk. Chef Neena Perez has been teaching cooking techniques for seven years to both children and adults. She has also had experience working at cooking camps for kids over the past five years, choosing this year to continue with her very own! She promises lots of fun and learning during each daily session, in classes that are hands-on, educational and team oriented, in order for kids to develop their group and individual talents. Check out her website here!
The Outback is offering the following classes in July:
- July 2-5, 9am-1pm: Brunch Week, grades 4-6 (class does not meet on the Fourth of July)
- July 9-12, 9am-1pm: Brunch Week, grades 6-8
- July 16-19, 9am-1pm: International Foods Week, grades 6-8
- July 23-26, 9am-1pm: Knife Skills & International Cooking, High School only
Register now for the coming session of chess classes at the Outback Teen center. Students will play chess, solve chess diagrams and receive exciting lectures on the moves and rules as they study classic games!
Where: Outback Teen Center, 71 Main Street, New Canaan, CT 06840
When: Thursdays – May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and June 7
Cost: $90 (checks payable to Bedford Chess)
*Space is Limited*
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!
Or mail your registration to:
Bedford Chess, PO Box 83, Ridgefield, Ct 06877
The Outback & New Canaan High School present REEL Talks!
On April 12 and May 4, join the Outback, NCHS, Youth Services, Grace Community Church and St. Mark’s for
FINDING KIND and AMERICAN TEEN.
This event is FREE and open to all high school students.
Food and drinks included.
FINDING KIND (April 12 @ NCHS, 6:30pm): In Finding Kind, filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson, who met while in school at Pepperdine University, set out in a cross country journey of discovery and education. Interviewing women and girls along the way about their lives and experiences, Parsekian and Thompson find, among all of the unique personal stories, some universal truths about growing up as girls.
- Have you ever been negatively affected by something another student/peer has said to you?
- Have you ever said something that negatively affected another student/peer?
- Does girl-against-girl crime affect your experience at school, or in your day to day life?
Stick around for pizza and drinks as we share personal stories, discuss common negative behaviors and how we can change them, and come together with your peers to stand strong as a community to help bring an end to bullying.
AMERICAN TEEN (May 4 @ the Outback, 6:30pm): A funny, engaging documentary focused on the issues teens face today. Experience senior year of high school through the eyes of five real-life Indiana teenagers: the Prom Queen, the Heartthrob, the Jock, the Rebel, and the Geek. This year-in-the-life feature reveals all the heartbreak, hilarity and OMG-drama of senior year from 5 very different viewpoints. No matter who you identify with, everyone will relate to American Teen.
After the show, stick around for pizza and drinks while we discuss the issues raised in this feature in a judgement free, open and fun environment. Talk with friends and peers to share your thoughts about this teen film. Journey through a “day-in-the-life” of those you spend most of your time with, but may know nothing about.
On Saturday March, 24 the Outback Teen Center was fortunate to host the up and coming hip-hop duo AER. Hosted by the Outback’s in-house DJ, former NCHS student, Ryyan Hova T, students were thrilled by the very intimate setting and the chance to get up close and personal with the group. “Giving New Canaan teens the opportunity to see such a popular act right here in our hometown was a chance for the Outback to prove that it is really here for us,” said Outback Student Governing Board president, Tim Casavant. The event was sold out and AER was able to truly cater to the fans – performing their hit songs, taking requests, and setting the stage for one student to ask his girlfriend to prom! At the end of the show, the duo even stuck around to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. The success of this event has motivated the Outback staff and Student Governing Board to seek out other acts that create a similar buzz and continue to engage their peers.
Check out pictures from the event here!
Read more in the NCHS Courant online!
Nearly 1,000 spectators cheered on New Canaan public schools’ faculty members as they matched skills with players from the Harlem Rockets comedy basketball team. Sponsors included HOOPS Grand Sponsor Brown,Thayer, Shedd Insurance, TD Securities, Hersam Acorn, Joe’s Pizza, ClubSandwich, Karl Chevrolet, and theUPS Store. Many other local businesses are making contributions includingexciting door prizes offered at the event.
Check out all of the event pictures here!