CET Aftercare for 2018!

BREAKING NEWS! We are so excited to announce that Salem-Keizer Education Foundation is teaming up with CET to provide onsite aftercare at Howard Street during the entire CET season! Families will be able to sign up through SKEF for care that covers each CET day from dismissal until 5:30pm. For those families already enrolled in traditional SKEF summer care, CET aftercare is FREE as part of their summer SKEF tuition.

TO REGISTER FOR SKEF CET AFTERCARE: CLICK HERE! Tell your friends who are considering CET this summer – it is going to be fantastic!

Your Support Makes It Possible For CET To Provide An Incredible, Life-Changing Five Weeks!

Dear CET Families:

Please read Rose’s remarkable story and consider making a generous contribution to Children’s Educational Theatre today!  Visit cetsalem.org to make a donation online or send your check in to CET at 710 Howard Street SE, Salem, OR 97302.

Rose was late to crawl. She was late to walk. She was late to talk. 

She played differently than other kids. We knew not to compare her to other children, but she was our first. We didn’t really know what “normal” looked like. Not that we placed much value on being “normal.”

Somewhere in her third or fourth year we started to actually hear what people were trying to tell us; our daughter might have a developmental disability. In some ways we pushed each other away. In other ways we held each other closer than ever because we loved this girl so very much. I wish I had kept a journal so I could remember the details. I’m glad I didn’t keep a journal because I can’t remember the details.

Through it all Rose loved to act things out. She thrived when we read and acted out stories. I can still hear her saying, “Read The Cat in the Hat!” Once upon a time, I had the first 15 or so pages of that crazy book memorized because I had to be in character. She memorized many more pages, and corrected me when I said/did it wrong. We connected. Through acting. I found my “in” with my daughter. It only took several years. She was walking and talking by then.

A friend reminded me that Rose has a developmental delay“It’s a delay,” she said, “development will come, just later.” I was, at the same time, comforted and frustrated by these words. Between you and me, I was mostly frustrated.

A few years ago, I got a fabulous job opportunity at Willamette University, across the country from our established resources and connections. What’s a responsible parent to do? Of course I accepted the job, and you would have too! Before leaving Maryland, I asked one of my trusted resources if she knew about any theater programs in Salem. Almost immediately she said, “CET.”

We moved to Salem in August 2012 and I left a voice message for Robert Salberg in the spring. Robert called me back and told me all about CET. He spent more time on that call than I felt comfortable taking from him, but his passion for CET was evident and his can-do attitude with regard to disability was clear.But I was still reluctant to put our daughter out there among “typical” kids. So I waited.

In early 2015 my husband saw a notice about open registration for a “theatre camp” and thought it might be of interest for Rose. Of course it was CET. I admitted awareness of the program and agreed to consider it and took her over to Howard Street School for walk-in registration to see how we felt about it.

Though retaining my skepticism about everyone’s insistence that she would “fit right in at CET,” I filled out an application to enroll her in the performance track, which already had a waitlist. In April we learned that spots had opened and Rose was enrolled in CET. I was still skeptical. In May, she chose classes including Puppet Making and Musical Theatre. CET started in June and I met my daughter. I truly met my daughter.

Up to that point our daily script went something like this:

Me: “How was your day?”
Rose: “Good.”
Me: “What did you do?”
Rose: “I don’t remember.”
Me: <sigh>

I picked her up after her first day of CET. She jumped in the back seat of my car and she wouldn’t have shut up if I had begged her to (not that I would have…):

“Mom, next year at CET I’m gonnna…Today in puppet making, we…And in Musical Theatre, we…” We pulled in our driveway and I don’t think I had said anything more than, “really?” and “tell me more about that.” I met my daughter that day.

And I cried.

Rose was in the Library show, Charlotte’s Web, in 2015. And she nailed every one of her few lines. Trust me, I was on the edge of my seat at every performance and she nailed them. Her little sister, Andi, on my lap, turned to me and said, “Mom, can I do CET next year?” “Yes, baby, you can.”

         Our family is in. We’re all in for CET. Now on the first day of every season, I hear, “Mom, next year at CET, I’m gonna…” from both of my daughters, and I have to say, “please, let me get through these five weeks” because they are such a whirlwind, and I just can’t think a year in the future but…they love CET that much!

Rose has been included in CET in ways that aren’t practical or possible in “regular” school during the year. She attends CET without aides or instructional supports. She doesn’t use her locker because she doesn’t have the fine motor skills or attention to manage it, but she fits in and she is comfortable. And, perhaps most important, Rose is welcomed by her teen-aged peers. For five weeks Rose is ‘typical.” She’s just a CET kid. They’re quirky and talented. And she is one of them.

Rose is special. 
         But so are all the kids who want and need to be a part of CET. 

         I know that this letter is longer than most, but I want you to know how important you are to the success of CET. 

Your financial support of this amazing program makes it possible for CET to provide an incredible and life-changing five weeks happen. You make it possible for kids like my Rose to find a place where they can belong. During this season of giving, I hope that you will find a way to make a generous contribution to this remarkable program.

We’re all in. 
         I invite you to be all in with us for CET too. 

Laura Jacobs Anderson
Proud Mom of Rose and Andi

P.S. Don’t forget! You can be “all in” by giving securely at cetsalem.org and…your year-end gift is tax deductible.

Registration For Our 2018 Season


Registration for our 2018 season is open NOW…we hope you’ll consider joining us this summer! Please read the following information before beginning the registration process.

CET’s 2018 Season runs June 25-July 28. Reserve your place now! CET spaces are filled on a first-received, first-reserved basis. Preference is given to returning students and their siblings until February 1. Registration forms will be accepted until program has reached capacity.

LOCATION – Howard Street Charter School, 710 Howard Street SE, Salem, Oregon.

WHAT IS CET? – Students involved in CET will have the exciting opportunity to participate in three classes that include acting, music, dance, technical theatre, stage combat, improvisation and more. 2017 course descriptions can be found here if you’d like an idea of what we offer. Students enrolled in our performance program (Levels 1-4 & Level 7) will be cast in one of our productions (yes, everyone gets a role!). Students enrolled in our technical arts program (Levels 5 & 6) will be working behind the scenes to make the productions happen. This includes working on lighting, stage management, prop making, and more. CET’s success is based on everyone’s commitment to the program. Attendance for the full five weeks is expected.

CALENDAR – CET is a family commitment – please review the CET calendar for the season to ensure availability. CET students are expected to attend all days and commit to the entire program (see policy for pre-excused absences in the registration form).

HOW TO MAKE CET WORK FOR YOUR FAMILY – We all know that participation in Children’s Educational Theatre is a commitment for the entire family. These are some of the many ways our CET families have found to make CET work for them including information about our partnership with SKEF for CET Aftercare.


PARENT SERVICE COMMITTEE – Review the list to determine which committee you would like to serve on. See Parent Service Information on the registration form for buy-out option. Each participant serving parent service hours must have a current and approved background check on file.

You may also download the Background Check Form from our FORMS page.

WALK-IN REGISTRATION – Students and parents are welcome to attend walk-in registration from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 3rd. Talk directly with CET staff, parents and board members, get your questions answered and make your final payment.

TUITION – $595. See the Tuition section in our registration form for payment options. Please be aware that if payment is received after May 6, 2018, tuition will increase by $25 (from $595 to $620). Please note that paying by check will help us avoid credit card fees. CET board members, staff and volunteers work year round to secure additional funds through grants, special events, our Fine Arts Night Auction and ticket sales to help offset the real cost of around $800 per student for the CET program.

TUITION ASSISTANCE – Limited tuition assistance is available and we’ve created the Q scholarship fund, named after our founder, Phyllis Quanbeck, for the purpose of sharing the magic of CET with students of any background. Deadline to submit your tuition assistance form is 5pm Friday, April 6th.

Tuition Assistance Forms: English | Spanish

We provide both performance arts and technical arts programs (students must have completed indicated grades by June 2018):

The following levels are enrolled in our performance arts program:
Level 1 (NEW students who will have completed 3rd or 4th grade by June)
attends Mon-Fri 9:00am-12:30pm
Level 1A (RETURNING students who will have completed 4th grade by June)
attends Mon-Fri 9:00am-12:30pm
Level 2 (NEW students who will have completed 5th-8th grade by June) attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm, Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm
Level 3 (RETURNING students who will have completed 5th or 6th by June)
attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm, Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm
Level 4 (RETURNING students who will have completed 7th or 8th grade by June)
attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm, Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm
Level 7* (Any student who will have completed 9th-12th grade by June)
attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm

The following levels are enrolled in our technical arts program:
Level 5 (Any student who will have completed 6th-8th grade by June)
attends Mon-Fri 9:00am-12:30pm
Level 6* (any student who will have completed 9th-12th grade by June)
attends Mon-Fri 9:00am-12:30pm

Tech students will be required to work for a total of 15 hours during the evening work sessions at CET.

*Students enrolled in Level 6 & 7 can earn ½ high school credit by participating in CET

We will not be accepting credit card payments through BONZI, our online registration portal. You can still pay with a card, but you’ll do that using the “Pay Now” button on the CET website. Please note that paying by check will help us avoid credit card fees.

– OR – download the paper version to fill out & mail in: English | Spanish

Contact Mary: cetsalem@gmail.com

Thank You, United Way!

A huge shout out to United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley for going above and beyond to accommodate us for our CET board retreat!

We were able to welcome new board members and say our goodbyes to exiting board members in the comfort and convenience of their board room. We’re freshly reinvigorated for the 2018 season!

Earn Money For CET While Shopping Amazon!


We hope you’ve already signed up for Fred Meyer Community Rewards (if not, click on the link in the menu and sign up today!), and now you can shop through Amazon to support Children’s Educational Theatre!

When shopping at Amazon, 0.5% of money spent can be donated to CET. You can help by signing up for Amazon Smile and selecting Children’s Educational Theatre. Then whenever you shop at Amazon you must go to their site through smile.amazon.com and your donation will automatically be forwarded to us. It doesn’t cost you anything and it benefits your kids and CET!