News: Social Arts 101 & 102 Start Rescheduled for 1/29

YoungDancersThe first Lesson of the Winter/Spring Semester of Social Arts Classes has been rescheduled for this Friday, January 29, 2016

Social Arts 101 is for ages 11-13 and teaches through interactive exercises important social skill such as introductions, right-of-way, dining and managing social media. A social dance repertory is taught and includes the Box Step, Swig, Waltz, Merengue and Cha Cha.

Social Arts 102 is for ages 12-14. Completion of Social Arts 101 or its equivalent with another organization is required. This class builds on 101, always practicing basic skills and adding subjects important to young adult life such as interviewing and hosting events. Social dance skills are strengthened with leading and following exercises and this addition of traveling and turns.

Social Arts 101 meets at 6:00 pm and Social Arts 102 starts at 7:30 pm. These monthly hour-and-fifteen minute classes will meet January 29, February 19, March 25, April 22 and May 13. Classes are held at the International Montessori Academy just east of Little 5 Points. Tuition is $275. As of the publication of this post, registration remains open.

News: No Social Arts Classes This Evening, 1/22

snow-1015513_640Social Arts Atlanta has confirmed that the International Montessori Academy will be closing at noon today, Friday, January 22, 2016. Therefore classes for this evening are canceled.

These classes will be rescheduled and families contacted with this information as soon as possible.

News: Social Arts 101 & 102 Begin Tomorrow

StudentsReadySocial Arts Atlanta offers training in etiquette and social dance, providing the knowledge to builds skills, which leads to confidence.

The Winter/Spring Semester of Social Arts Classes begins Friday, January 22, 2016.

Social Arts 101 is for ages 11-13 and teaches through interactive exercises important social skill such as introductions, right-of-way, dining and managing social media. A social dance repertory is taught and includes the Box Step, Swig, Waltz, Merengue and Cha Cha.

Social Arts 102 is for ages 12-14. Completion of Social Arts 101 or its equivalent with another organization is required. This class builds on 101, always practicing basic skills and adding subjects important to young adult life such as interviewing and hosting events. Social dance skills are strengthened with leading and following exercises and this addition of traveling and turns.

Social Arts 101 meets at 6:00 pm and Social Arts 102 starts at 7:30 pm. These monthly hour-and-fifteen minute classes will meet January 22, February 19, March 25, April 22 and May 13. Classes are held at the International Montessori Academy just east of Little 5 Points. Tuition is $275. As of the publication of this post, registration remains open.

Notes: Success at the Museum

A parent whose son completed Social Arts 101 shared this success story with us. We hope you enjoy reading it!

My mom took John and Cindy to the Fernbank Museum recently. She relayed this story to me:
Cindy was thirsty and they didn’t know where the water fountain was located. John offered to find out. He left my mom and Cindy and made his way to the gentleman taking tickets at the entrance. (Mom said the man was pushing 80 years old. She kept her distance to see how John would handle the situation.)
John said “Excuse me, sir. My sister is thirsty, will you tell me where the water fountain is located.” The man told him. John offered his hand, they shook hands and John thanked him. As my mom walked by, the ticket taker complimented her on “that polite young man.”
I’m proud of John for his behavior, and thrilled this went down in front of my mom. Woo hoo! Sometimes it’s the little things…
Thanks for working with these kids. I know mine isn’t the easiest egg, and I really appreciate you offering your time and patience!
Note: The names have been changed in this post for privacy.

Notes: No Forced Marches or Feeding

pieHere at Social Arts Atlanta, we receive search engine alerts for articles containing the words etiquette and manners. People around the planet blog about these subjects regularly. Sometimes there are great finds and we repost these to our Facebook page (hope you will like us on FB) and at other times, a review and not a repost is in order. Here is one such review.

An expert was asked to settle a dispute between husband and wife about the behavior of a guest who attended their New Year’s celebration. The guest did not eat much during the event and repeatedly discussed that she was “trying to cut back.” This guest raved about the small portions she consumed but refused dessert. The wife thought the guest extreemly rude to not have eaten more and to have declined dessert. The wife wanted this guest to be removed from the household’s invitee list while the husband was not offended and wanted the guest to remain.

The etiquette expert weighed-in in favor of the wife because the expert felt that it was rude not to eat full servings of offered food and that it was even worse that the guest refused food.

Yikes!

There are two people in this situation that lack consideration for others, the hostess and the guest. But, not for the reasons the expert sites.

As a host, you provide for the possible needs of your guests. The only guarantee you have is their company. Guests do not have to partake in everything that you offer. They may not care to see your garden regardless of how many new varieties of hostas you just planted. Or, they might only drink one bottled water instead of the three that you planned for each guest. No forced marches or feedings allowed.

Now, for the guest. Even with nearly every magazine cover shouting the benefits of a new diet, it is best to keep relatively quiet about yours. When you are offered something that you do not care for, a sincere “no thank you” is all that is required. You may not even need to mention your eating plan. If you repeatedly talk about it, you impose it on others and they are not on your diet.

So, hosts, enjoy your guest’s company and do not count his/her calorie intake. And, guests, be discreet about your regime. It keeps your mouth shut which could possibly help your diet.

Quote: Promptness

Promptness is the cardinal rule when dialing with others; the person who is late for appointments or keeps people waiting for meetings, classes, or meals is an annoyance and is saying in essence, “I don’t care enough about you to be on time.”

– Sister Mary Mercedes

WatchThis daily courtesy is important and a challenge with most people’s schedules and Atlanta’s traffic. When you set appointments give yourself several extra minutes for travel. If you arrive early, take a breath and a moment to yourself. If you are a few minutes late for an appointment, apologize simply and directly. If you think you are going to be more that 15 minutes tardy, contact your appointment and offer to reschedule.

The original version of this book was first published around 1910. The edition sited for this quote was lovingly republished by graduates of the San Domenico School in San Anselmo in 2001. Several of the people involved in this effort had Sister Mercedes as a teacher.

Mercedes, Mary. A Book of Courtesy: The Art of Living with Yourself and Others. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. Print.

News: Social Arts Classes Start Soon

IntroductionThe Winter/Spring Semester of Social Arts Atlanta’s Social Arts Classes will begin Friday, January 22.

Social Arts 101 for ages 11-13/grades 6-8 is designed to give knowledge and practice. Interactive exercises demonstrate the importance of manners and key etiquette rules related to events such as introductions and dining. Each class also includes the introduction of a social dance.

Social Arts 102 is for students through age 14/grade 9 who have completed Social Arts 101 or its equivalent with another organization. In this class students continue to practice the basics while adding new skills such as eating difficult foods, entrepreneurship, interview skills and managing emergencies. Social dances will be practiced with the additions of turns and traveling.

Both classes are five monthly lessons. Tuition is $275 and class enrollment is limited to 26.

Quote: Two Languages

It take two…Languages that is: body and spoken.

-Cindy Post Senning & Peggy Post

SmileTrue, true, the Posts are, as always, right on the money. A “hello” without a smile could be worse than saying nothing at all. The language and the face do not match and so the receiver will be confused.

Senning, Cindy Post., and Peggy Post. Teen Manners: From Malls to Meals to Messaging and Beyond. New York: Collins, 2007. Print.

Register for 101 & 102

ClassThe Winter/Spring Semester of Social Arts Class will begin Friday, January 22. Openings are still available for both classes and registration is being accepted both online and by mail.

The feedback that we have received about classes is that they are a great balance of information and fun. As the session goes by, the hands-on activities and practice increase the confidence and abilities of the students.

Social Arts 101 is for students in grades 6 – 8 and covers many primary social skill such as introductions and dining etiquette. The students also learn and practice a repertory of social dances.

Social Arts 102 is for students in grades 7 – 9 that have either completes Social Arts 101 with Social Arts Atlanta or its equivalent with another organization. The class continues to practice the basics and adds important next level actives such as managing social media, interviewing skills and how to handle difficult foods. Social dances are practiced and turning and traveling are added.

Both classes are five lessons and tuition is $275. Registration is first come, first served and class size is limited to 26.

 

Quote: Don’t Make is Worse

If you do something you know is wrong, such as going where you don’t belong. Don’t make it worse by telling lies; Say you’re sorry and apologize.

-Madeline
Truth
Our French friend is correct. As with all mistakes and accidents, the quicker it is acknowledged, owned and apologized for the better. Eventually the truth comes out and a lie is almost always more regrettable than the original mistake or accident.

Marciano, John Bemelmans. Madeline Says Merci: The-Always-Be-Polite Book. New York: Penguin Putnam for Young Reagers, 2001. Print.