Announcement – February 10, 2021

Dear SANCA Family,

We were alerted today that individuals who were at SANCA have tested positive for COVID. The individuals were at SANCA on Sunday afternoon, February 7, 2021.

Our team has contacted all the people who were in the building during that time. The email includes instruction from King County Public Health.

When we learned the news, we quickly assessed which staff and students were in the building on Sunday. I contacted King County Public Health (KCPH). We are following their guidance and also going a little further to be safe. KCPH asked us to report the cases to them and notify all close contacts and advise them to quarantine. I asked if we should close the school temporarily and they said no.
However, a handful of our coaches are now in quarantine, so an attempt to keep classes and camps running over the next couple of weeks would be nearly impossible. Most classes would have to be canceled anyway, and Mid Winter Camp could not be held, simply because we will have too many coaches in quarantine.
As a result, we are cancelling classes and camps from today through February 19, 2021. While not required in terms of reducing the spread of COVID, it certainly is the safest route.
For our coaches and students who were not in the building on Sunday (and did not receive an individual email about it), we will remain open for training and private lessons.

We will have more information in tomorrow’s newsletter. Please be patient with us, as our first priority right now is contact tracing and safety.

With love,
John ‘JT’ Tannous
Executive Director

Marketing/Communication Volunteer

Marketing/Communication Volunteer
School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts
Reports to: Artistic Director
Description: SANCA is seeking an experienced Marketing and Communication volunteer to assist with social media management and light graphic design tasks. Responsibilities include content writing, newsletter creation, social media posting, and additional tasks as needed. Approximately 10 hours per week (negotiable).
This is a volunteer position. Applicants will not receive financial compensation!
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
– Social media management
– Content writing
– Newsletter creation
– Graphic design
– Database management
– Other tasks as assigned
Qualifications:
The ideal candidate would
– Have a passion for social media
– Experience with graphic design
– Deep knowledge of current social media platforms and best practices
Minimum requirements are:
– Experience with social media and/or graphic design
– Hard-working demeanor
– Ability to work solo or with a team
Apply via SANCA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/job_opening/465088571175371/?source=share
SANCA is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer. www.sancaseattle.org

Flying Trapeze Coaches

Flying Trapeze Coaches
School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts
Reports to: School of Flight Directors
Description: A flying trapeze coach is responsible for teaching recreational flying trapeze as part of a three coach team to students age 4 and up. Currently, these classes are session based, but may revert to single serving classes as COVID restrictions ease. Regardless, coaches must be able to quickly engage with each student, evaluate his or her individual level, and set out a personalized plan to help progress toward his or her goals. Your job is to create a fun and friendly environment that fosters a feeling of success and safety in the face of physical and psychological challenges.
This is a part/full time position, depending on the additional coaching skills of the new employee. 
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
– Working all positions on the fly rig: platform, safety lines, catching
– Uphold the highest standards of professional conduct with students, staff, and families
– Support and share SANCA’s Mission and Vision in speaking with students and parents
– Maintain a safe environment for the student, physically and emotionally
– Attend and participate in coach trainings and meetings
– Maintain equipment including: mats, belts, safety gear and any other equipment used for classes
– Immediately report any unsafe, damaged or lost equipment to School of Flight directors
– Set up and break down class space as required by the schedule and weather
– Willingness and flexibility to create success in a class environment with varying levels of skill
– Communicate and enforce SANCA’s COVID protocols
Qualifications:
The ideal candidate would
– Have a passion for flying trapeze and a desire to share that passion with students of all levels and abilities
– Have experience teaching flying trapeze to both children and adults in a recreational setting
– Show initiative
– Show good class management skills
 
Minimum requirements are:
– A year experience working with youth
– Working knowledge of circus skills
– Pass a background check
– Patience and ability to deal with stressful situations
To apply, please send a resume to recruiter@sancaseattle.org
SANCA is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer. www.sancaseattle.org

You’re Invited! – SANCA’s 2021 Virtual Tent Hall

Please join us on
February 23 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
for SANCA’s 2021 Virtual Circus Tent Hall
 
You’re invited to join us on SANCA’s Zoom for a Tent Hall event on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. We’re gathering our community of supporters to share a few highlights from 2020 and talk about what’s coming up in 2021. This brief community meeting will include:
  • A Welcome from John Tannous, SANCA’s Executive Director
  • New performances from members of SANCA’s Youth Performance Troupes
  • Our progress on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Anti-Racism with updates from SANCA’s IDEA Committee
  • Some notable highlights from 2020
  • An update on SANCA’s financial status
  • The outlook for 2021 and what’s next
  • Community Q&A
RSVP to development@sancaseattle.org to be sent a link a few hours before the event!
 
The link for the Tent Hall will be emailed to you on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 23rd, a few hours before the event. For questions about this event, contact SANCA’s Development Director, Jeff Deveaux at development@sancaseattle.org.

SANCA is hiring – Circus Camp Coach

Circus Camp Coach
School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts
Reports to: Camp Manager
The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) is looking for energetic and enthusiastic circus coaches for circus camp. Camps run Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm. All hired coaches will be trained to coach to SANCA’s standards of safety and skill progressions. 
Description: SANCA’s Camp Program provides a fun, engaging, and safe experience for children between ages 6 and 17, with camps grouped by age into 6-9 years old and 10-17 years old. Coaches will instruct campers in trampoline, tumbling, aerial rope and silk, static trapeze, partner acro, juggling, and other circus skills. Coaches will help to create an exciting and fun experience that includes teamwork, a positive atmosphere, and the joy of circus, helping campers through the challenge of learning new things by breaking difficult or complex skills down into steps, and helping their students feel successful, whatever their rate of progression. 
Camp coaches are part-time, with hours ranging from 18 to 33 hours per week.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
– Present a warm and welcoming demeanor towards campers and parents, and engage with their campers in a fun and constructive manner
– Maintain a safe environment for the student, physically and emotionally
– Supervise and instruct campers in a variety of circus skills and apparatuses, as assigned by SANCA’s camp manager
– Work cooperatively alongside other coaches and communicate effectively with the camp manager
– Provide motivational support and guidance to campers
– Uphold SANCA’s mission at all times (SANCA is dedicated to improving the mental, emotional, and physical health of children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities by engaging them in the joyous creativity of acrobatics and circus arts. 
– SANCA provides quality instruction in unique physical arts in a safe, supportive, nurturing environment that provides both challenge and reward to the student.)
– Be present and ready to greet campers 15 minutes before camp starts and work with other coaches to clean up camp areas after camp ends (this is paid time)
– Help campers develop social skills during snack, lunch, and other ‘down’ time
– Assist younger campers with an art project
– Supervise campers effectively and safely while in the flying trapeze tent
– Communicate and enforce SANCA’s COVID protocols
Qualifications:
The ideal candidate would have
– Working knowledge in movement based activities, especially circus or gymnastics, and willingness to learn additional
  movements and skills required 
– Experience working with children
– Ability to lift equipment and to spot students where appropriate
– Ability to motivate and effectively communicate with co-workers, parents and students
– Exercises mature judgment and sound decision-making
– Demonstrates enthusiastic attitude and positive demeanor
Minimum requirements are:
– Pass a background check
Email resume to: Program Director, Tom Hanna at tomh@sancaseattle.org
SANCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. www.sancaseattle.org

SANCA is hiring 

Administrative Assistant

School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts

Reports to: Director of Student Services
Description: The Administrative Assistant (AA) is a member of the Office Staff and responsible for providing
administrative and office support to the Office Manager. The AA position is currently part-time and hours will
fluctuate depending on specific events occurring within the organization.  Hours currently estimated at 15-20 hours per week.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
– Responsible for daily office operations and must be knowledgeable about SANCA’s programs and policies 
– Interacts with students, parents, vendors and visitors and show new students/families around the gym
– Responsible for answering phone, voice mail, and email inquiries about SANCA and transfer to appropriate 
  staff member when necessary
– Responsible for registering students for classes and/or assisting students to register themselves
– Open, sort and distribute incoming correspondence, including faxes and email; sign for and distribute UPS/
  FedEx or similarly delivered packages.
– Perform general clerical duties to include, but not limited to, data entry, copying, faxing, mailing and filing.
– Create and modify documents using word processing, spreadsheet, database and/or other presentation software 
– Help maintain inventory of office equipment and supplies
– May supervise volunteers and other support personnel
– Assist with special events, such as fundraising activities and productions
– Assist with overall maintenance of the organization and its offices
– Maintain student database
– Attendance: Record attendance during check-in, Follow-up with no-shows
– Inform students/families who are ready to advance
– Flying Trapeze Registration: Communicate with FT Director regarding changes/updates, Manage class closures
– Various projects and tasks as assigned
Qualifications:
The ideal candidate would have the
– Ability to operate standard office equipment, including but not limited to, computers, telephone systems, 
  calculators, copiers and facsimile machines.
– Good writing, analytical and problem-solving skills.
– Knowledge of principles & practices of organization, planning, records management & general administration.
– Ability to communicate effectively and professionally
– Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
– Ability to work well alone and as part of a team
-Familiarity with Google Suite

 

SANCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. www.sancaseattle.org

Previous administrative experience preferred.

Compensation: $17/hr

To apply, a resume and cover letter should be sent to recruiter@sancaseattle.org

COVID FAQ: January 6, 2021

FAQ: How is SANCA Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Dated: January 6, 2021 (new text is in RED)

Yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee announced that SANCA can reopen beginning January 12, 2021, based on new Healthy Washington guidelines. 

When will SANCA start offering classes again?

In order to give students time to enroll, SANCA will open classes beginning Sunday, January 17, 2021. Classes will be offered in a four-week session. Students must enroll in all four weeks of a class. Please see our updated COVID Policy page for details about how we are complying with state COVID guidelines. 

When can we enroll in Winter Session classes?

SANCA will open enrollment beginning Friday, January 8, at 10:00 A.M. Students can enroll online at sancaseattle.org or by calling (206) 652-4433. This four-week session will run from January 17 through February 13, 2021. Online classes will continue to be available throughout.

Will SANCA survive this latest closure and the uncertain future?

Despite the many challenges the pandemic and closures have caused SANCA, the short answer is YES, we will survive. In 2020, the SANCA community has stepped up generously with record-breaking levels of giving. Individual giving has doubled from 2019 levels ($184,109) to nearly $400,000 this year. Overall, contributed income – which includes COVID relief grants, foundation giving, employer matches, and the federal government’s PPP loan (forgiven) – has reached nearly $1 million. That’s up from $466,088 in 2019. 

This is incredible! SANCA’s supporters and students – all of YOU – have made it possible for SANCA to survive the pandemic’s closures and reduced operations. Not only is SANCA able to survive to now, it has built a reserve that will help us weather the storm even if pandemic restrictions continue for all of 2021. We are so grateful for this generous, loving community!

We still have work to do, though. SANCA’s earned revenue losses exceed $900,000 in total, and will likely continue to grow. So the overall losses are greater than the increased giving, but we have also done everything we can to reduce and eliminate expenses. SANCA will end 2020, somewhat miraculously, with a surplus.

SANCA still needs your help. Our Fall Appeal is ongoing through December 31. Your gift before the end of the year will support SANCA in this time of need, help us continue to offer online classes and limited in-person classes (when permitted and safe), provide scholarships to low-income youth, and support our incredible staff. You can support circus classes for our community at www.sancaseattle.org/give.

Since this last update, our year-end appeal has continued this level of success as SANCA supporters like you helped us reach a $15,000 match. We also have been approved for a grant from the State of Washington specifically for COVID relief of $12,500. We will have final numbers on all 2020 giving later in the winter.

What is the plan for the Up With a Twist event?

SANCA’s big glamorous fundraiser usually occurs in February each year. The 2020 event was a huge hit! Due to the pandemic, Twist is postponed to late summer or early fall 2021. SANCA leadership is waiting until later in the Winter or early Spring to make a determination if the event will be held in-person like always, or if it will be conducted as an online streaming show. 

What safety measures are in place when the gym reopens?

To ensure the safety of our students, staff, and surrounding community, and in consideration of public health, SANCA has developed and continually updated new policies and procedures in regards to sanitation and social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Masks are required. No one will be admitted to SANCA without a mask that covers the nose and mouth. Masks must be worn inside the facility, even when working out.

Learn about all of SANCA’s safety procedures during the COVID pandemic.

What else is SANCA doing to recover lost revenue?

SANCA’s leadership has been incredibly busy, even during full closures, as they seek out and apply for relief grants and other means of support. We have monitored and applied for just about every available avenue of support and relief funding, including the State of Washington’s recent offering to support restaurants and fitness centers shutdown by the recent closure.

If you are aware of other sources of support that SANCA should approach, please let us know by emailing Development Director Jeff Deveaux at jeff@sancaseattle.org.

If you have additional questions about SANCA’s financial status or wish to see financial reports, please contact Executive Director John Tannous at johnt@sancaseattle.org.

Dated: January 6, 2021. This FAQ will be updated regularly.

We Are Filled with Gratitude

We are simply stunned.

The generosity of our students, families, and supporters in 2020 has been amazing! Thank you so very much to everyone who contributed to keep SANCA going through the pandemic and the fall/winter business closure.

Our Fall Appeal succeeded beyond all our hopes. Including matching giving, SANCA raised $160,119 to support the school through the winter pandemic closure, continue online Circus at Home classes, maintain sanitation and safety measures, and when possible, safely re-open for in-person classes.

Your gifts of support also enabled us to launch a new BIPOC Youth Scholarship for 2021, stave off further employee furloughs and lay-offs, and continue to retain our reduced facility after the loss of our north annex gym space. Thank you so much for your support.

In the final weeks of December, SANCA also received new COVID relief support grants, including:

  • $2,572.50 from the Amazon in the Community fund
  • $8,000 from The Morgan Fund at Seattle Foundation
  • $8,269 from ArtsWA ― the Washington State Arts Commission
  • $10,000 from 4Culture’s Cultural Relief Fund
  • $12,500 from the Working Washington Round 3/WA State Department of Commerce

All of us at SANCA are deeply grateful for the support of our community, local businesses, foundations, and government agencies that have made SANCA’s survival possible during this time.

Sincerely,

Jeff Deveaux
Development Director

COVID FAQ: January 5, 2021

FAQ: How is SANCA Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Dated: January 5, 2021

When will SANCA start offering classes again?
Governor Jay Inslee has announced that SANCA cannot offer classes until at least January 12, 2021. As
a result, SANCA will remain closed until then. His first order had us closed through December 14. It
was extended to January 4, and most recently extended to January 11.

When can we enroll in Winter Session classes?
There is no set date for when SANCA will open enrollment for Winter Session. It is necessary for us to
know that we can open before we begin taking students, so it’s possible that we may not be able to
announce enrollment until very close to the end of the current shut down.

It will take about one week from the time we know we can open until we host our first class. Partly,
this is necessary for us to update all class listings to fit the new opening date. Additional time will be
needed to promote to our student base (and beyond) that enrollment is open, and then give our
students time to actually enroll in classes. After all, if we reopen but students haven’t had time to
enroll in classes, that won’t work!

As of today, we are hopeful that SANCA can reopen on January 17 at the latest. If the Governor
makes an announcement before January 11 that we can reopen on January 12, we may be able to
open earlier.

Will SANCA survive this latest closure and the uncertain future?
Despite the many challenges the pandemic and closures have caused SANCA, the short answer is YES,
we will survive. In 2020, the SANCA community has stepped up generously with record-breaking
levels of giving. Individual giving has doubled from 2019 levels ($184,109) to nearly $400,000 this
year. Overall, contributed income – which includes COVID relief grants, foundation giving, employer
matches, and the federal government’s PPP loan (forgiven) – are near $1 million. That’s up from
$466,088 in 2019.

This is incredible! SANCA’s supporters and students – all of YOU – have made it possible for SANCA to
survive the pandemic’s closures and reduced operations. Not only is SANCA able to survive to now, it
has built up a reserve that will help us weather the storm even if pandemic restrictions continue for
all of 2021. We are so grateful for this generous, loving community!

We still have work to do, though. SANCA’s earned revenue losses exceed $900,000 in total, and will
likely continue to grow. So the overall losses are greater than the increased giving, but we have also done everything we can to reduce and eliminate expenses. SANCA will end 2020, somewhat
miraculously, with a surplus.

SANCA still needs your help. Our Fall Appeal is ongoing through December 31. Your gift before the
end of the year will support SANCA in this time of need, help us continue to offer online classes and
limited in-person classes (when permitted and safe), provide scholarships to low-income youth, and
support our incredible staff.

Since this last update, our year-end appeal has continued this level of success as SANCA supporters like you helped us reach a $15,000 match. We also have been approved for a grant from the State of Washington specifically for COVID relief of $12,500. We will have final numbers on all 2020 giving later in the winter.

What is the plan for the Up With a Twist event?
SANCA’s big glamorous fundraiser usually occurs in February each year. The 2020 event was a huge
hit! Due to the pandemic, Twist is postponed to late summer or early fall 2021. SANCA leadership is
waiting until later in the Winter or early Spring to make a determination if that event will be held in-
person like always, or if it will be conducted as an online streaming show.

What safety measures are in place when the gym reopens?
To ensure the safety of our students, staff, and surrounding community, and in consideration of
public health, SANCA has developed and continually updated new policies and procedures in regards
to sanitation and social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Masks are required. No one will be admitted entry to SANCA without a mask that covers nose and
mouth. Masks must be worn inside the facility, even when working out.

Learn about all of SANCA’s safety procedures during the COVID pandemic.

What else is SANCA doing to recover lost revenue?
SANCA’s leadership has been incredibly busy, even during full closures, as they seek out and apply for
relief grants and other means of support. We have monitored just about every available avenue of
support and relief funding, including the State of Washington’s recent offering to support restaurants
and fitness centers shutdown by the recent closure.

If you are aware of other sources of support that SANCA should approach, please let us know by
emailing Development Director Jeff Deveaux at jeff@sancaseattle.org.

If you have additional questions about SANCA’s financial status or wish to see financial reports,
please contact Executive Director John Tannous at johnt@sancaseattle.org.

Dated: December 9, 2020. This FAQ will be updated regularly.

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