Studio Update 3.26.22

Studio Updates:

  • Academics are strong- our writing program is generating some buzz and we’re getting positive feedback. Training on Writing Course implementation will be available in April.
  • Do you love Fractions? We have a new math course for 4th-5th grade. We will be working out the curriculum in April (thanks Mr. Rafael) and we’d love to know if anyone feels they can sub this class or teach it should it gain some traction.
  • Teacher Dashboard functionality improved- it seems a few software updates may have hampered the ability for some of you to update your schedules. This issue has been fixed. Let me know if you still have issues.
  • Hong Kong spring break. The anticipated Hong Kong rush hasn’t been what we expected (no big surprise there), but we believe there may be a new story time audience with these classes. As attendance builds, I’ll be reaching out to teachers to assign some of these classes.
  • Bathroom problems! Some of our younger students seems to need the bathroom in the middle of class at the same time every class. For a 30 minute or 55 minute class, the family really should plan better. Never tell a kid they can’t go to the bathroom (it’s their house), but if you think you have a repeat offender then tell them to go and remind them to try to go before class.

Have a laugh

Rae: Do you have your art supplies ready?

Boy: No.

Rae: Uhuh. Where is your paper?

Boy: It’s in the other room.

Rae: Do you need to get it? Are you able to get it?

Boy: I need to get out of this bathroom!

Rae to self… I thought he was sitting next to a toilet

Rae: Are you able to leave are you allowed to leave… Okay, I we’ll make some magic. I will put you in the waiting room and we will count to 15 then I will bring you back and it will be like magic.

Boy: Okay.

Boy starts to stand up before Rae can put him in the waiting room. Takes 5 seconds to get him out of student view. Rae has to email Outschool safety to delete the video of the little boy with is pants down.

More Full Moon Stories

2021- 10 year old started twerking and mooned Rae

2021- 11 year old was excited about her acting assignment and stood up, but forgot she wasn’t wearing pants (thankfully no one else was present)

Got a full moon tale? Would love to here it.

Teaching Needs as of 2.27.22:

Choreography by Rae provides quality self-confidence boosting activities online. We welcome contractors who are kind, energetic, supportive, and able to thrive working with a team. To ensure that students have a consistently positive experience, all of our classes have a basic structure that educators follow when teaching online.

All positions are remote.

You must have a laptop or computer to work from (no chromebooks).

The pay is non-negotiable. We offer contracts based on what our budget allows. If you are replying to an ad on Indeed and feel you are over qualified for the pay, then feel free to revisit us when we have posted an opportunity with a pay rate that matches your skill set.

We do periodic contract reviews. Every quarter we review contracts, performance, and our budget to see where we can increase pay for team members. Many of our team members receive a new contract with an increase pay rate within 4 months.

All new team members must be willing to work with us on Outschool and on Choreography by Rae. This includes a background check. If you are new to Choreography by Rae, and would like to apply for a position, please send your resume to help@choreographybyrae.com along with 2 references (at least 1 reference being work related).

Teaching & Administrative Needs as of 2.27.22:

  • Chess (Beginner & Advanced Beginner)
  • Tumbling, Acrobatics Basics to Intermediate
  • Ukulele (group and private lessons)
  • K-Pop (this position is on hold at this time)
  • Ballet (all levels)
  • House Dance
  • Breakin’ (Breakdance)
  • Coding (Scratch, Code.org, CodeMonkey, Python, JavaScript, HTML/ CSS)

We strongly encourage POC to apply.

Teaching Needs as of 2.17.22:

Choreography by Rae provides quality self-confidence boosting activities online. We welcome contractors who are kind, energetic, supportive, and able to thrive working with a team. To ensure that students have a consistently positive experience, all of our classes have a basic structure that educators follow when teaching online.

All positions are remote.

You must have a laptop or computer to work from (no chromebooks).

The pay is non-negotiable. We offer contracts based on what our budget allows. If you are replying to an ad on Indeed and feel you are over qualified for the pay, then feel free to revisit us when we have posted an opportunity with a pay rate that matches your skill set.

We do periodic contract reviews. Every quarter we review contracts, performance, and our budget to see where we can increase pay for team members. Many of our team members receive a new contract with an increase pay rate within 4 months.

All new team members must be willing to work with us on Outschool and on Choreography by Rae. This includes a background check. If you are new to Choreography by Rae, and would like to apply for a position, please send your resume to help@choreographybyrae.com along with 2 references (at least 1 reference being work related).

Teaching & Administrative Needs as of 2.19.22:

  • Story, Art, Movement (before 5pm ET)
  • Chess (Beginner & Advanced Beginner)
  • Yoga Games for Kids
  • Tumbling, Acrobatics Basics to Intermediate
  • Ukulele (group and private lessons)
  • Essay Writing grades 4-7
  • Administrative Assistant ($12 an hour)
  • K-Pop Dance Workout
  • Ballet
  • House Dance
  • Breakin’ (Breakdance)
  • Coding (Scratch, Code.org, CodeMonkey, Python, JavaScript, HTML/ CSS)

We strongly encourage POC to apply.

Team Updates week 12/6

New Office hours button added to dashboard

New Teacher resources button added to dashboard

class evaluations started

Evaluation rubric is in teacher resouce folder. take a look.

Updated Ballet ages 4-6 outline added to teache resouces folder

Stop Wasting Money! 5 ways to save on Online Learning

Start Saving Now.

I love saving money. Over the years there were times when money seemed scarce, allusive, or desirable. I take great pride, in my ability to spot a good deal. Sure, companies help me with this by announcing how much I’d be saving if I buy now instead of later, but as a business owner I’d fallen into the trap of enrollment season looking like a marketplace in Southern Nigeria. Everyone wants to barter, but unlike a true marketplace, no one though to bring their best goods to the market. Below I’m giving my 5 best tips for saving money on online kid’s activities without having to trade your prize goat.

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Tip #1 Use Your FSA

Does your employer offer a Flex Spending Account? If so, talk to your accountant about whether your child’s online educational activities are tax-deductible. Every year around tax season I get love letters from parents trying to sort their receipts and hoping that I’ll have record of how much they spent on classes. Because Choreography by Rae offers a variety of movement classes most parents can submit their receipts to the FSA for reimbursement. If your FSA is employer-funded, then you could be looking at a sizeable reimbursement.

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Tip #2 Look for State Funding

Are you a family fully committed to Homeschooling? Many states offer educational funding for homeschoolers. If your child is enrolled in a Home School Charter School talk to your school about applying homeschool funding to their online classes. Even if your child isn’t enrolled in a Home School Charter School, it’s still worthwhile to look into your state’s requirements and incentives for homeschooling. According to The Mom Trotter, the state of California provided families with more than $1,000 towards home school educational expenses. For some families, this funding means more opportunities for their children to explore different interests or even get academic support.

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Tip #3 Look for Hidden Deals

Sure 50% off sales are appealing, but fire sales can be unpredictable. Instead, look for hidden deals or perks. At Choreography by Rae students get more than the classes they paid for. Families have access to free exclusive events including dance parties, chess tournaments, and the occasional complimentary class. Parents don’t have to worry about paying more money for activities when schools are closed. This can be a big help for parents who don’t get to finish work early due to a teacher planning day. These parents know that our special event is available for their kiddo and there’s no extra fee. Does your kid’s new hobby require dance shoes, special computer software, what about a uniform? Look at what’s included. Chances are if your online program is offering a tasting menu, it will be far cheaper than purchasing à la carte.

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Tip # 4 Pay More. Save More!

Stop looking for Cash discounts! While some businesses offer a discount for cash payments, Choreography by Rae simply doesn’t. Sure, we like cash, but we don’t believe that a cash discount is in the best interest of our families. There’s the back and forth negotiating price, and back when we offered only in-person lessons, there was that nervous walk from the bank to the studio as parents hoped they were bringing the correct amount.

If you have the cash to make the payment, then make that money work for you. Some studios offer a discount for payment in full upfront. Do you have a credit card with 0% APR or a low APR? Putting the tuition payment on a credit card that offers cashback and a low-interest rate can be a game-changer. Tuition is paid and if you pay off the credit card balance by the end of the month you aren’t paying interest on your child’s activities. Remember you used a card that offers cashback rewards. Now, you have the cashback from your purchase which can be anywhere from 1% to 5%, and you just did something nice for your credit report. Another bonus is you didn’t miss out on getting your kid signed up for classes because you were waiting on a holiday sale.

If your credit card has a high-interest rate and you know you won’t pay off the balance right away, then you’ll want to speak with a financial advisor before putting anything on those credit cards.

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Tip #5 Plan Ahead

Does your family take a vacation at the same time every year? Do you know school closure dates months in advance? Look at programming that will allow your child to develop their skills while still being flexible enough for your changing schedule. Online classes can travel with you on that vacation. Commit to in-person activities that compliment your child’s online learning schedule. If the soccer season is only 3 months, it makes more sense to find a soccer program that doesn’t conflict with your 6 month or 1-year online program. Some online programs also make class recordings available when your kid misses class. It’s rare to get a class recording for in-person activities and if you are allowed to do a makeup day, sometimes trying to fit that into your child’s schedule ends up being a big headache

The best way to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to online learning is to plan ahead. It might take a little time in the beginning, but in the long run it will save you both time and money. By using resources already available to you like an FSA, checking into resources you are eligible for (state Funding), calculating what’s included in your child’s tuition (hidden deals), using cashback rewards, and signing up for activities that require fewer reenrollment periods are great ways to save money– no bartering skills required.

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