Explorations!

Explorations is an exciting after school program that offers the students of Helen Morgan an opportunity to explore topics and activities not covered in the regular curriculum. Explorations is sponsored by the HMS PTO and is taught by the faculty of Helen Morgan. This program runs three times per year, for six weeks each session. Explorations is a tuition-based program and does not receive any funds from the Sparta Township Board of Education.
_________________________________________________________________________________
WINTER SESSION 2017:
  • Classes run Tuesdays or Wednesdays and begin the week of January 3/4 - February 7/8
  • All classes begin immediatley after school
  • Pick up at 4:40 in the cafeteria. For the safety of all the children, please come in and sign out your child.
  • If your child is in school, but will not be attending Explorations, please let the school know.
    TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD for the Winter Session 2017:
  • Read the descriptions of classes below.
  • Click the link below the class description to register your child.
  • Send in tuition for the class or classes in an envelope labeled Explorations with your child's name, Exploration class chosen, & homeroom teacher. The tuition for each Explorations course is $60.00.
  • Only register your child for one class per day. Multiple registrations for the same day will be considered void. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Registration closes on Friday, 12/9/16

TUESDAY COURSES

Pillow Pals with Mrs. Kratina (Tuesdays)

Pillow Pals are stuffed toys which are wonderful to set against a pillow on your bed, to perch on a window sill or bookcase or to play with.  You will design your own one-of-a-kind stuffed pillow with a personality of your creation.  Boys and girls will use felt, fiber fill and embroidery floss to sew the pillows.  No sewing experience is necessary.  Bring your imagination!  Limit 10

Click here to register for Pillow Pals!



Competitive Fun and Games I with Mr. Ciaburri (Tuesdays)

Come join us for a non-stop competitive experience of some of your favorite PE games.  Games will include Castle Ball, Guard the Pin, Team Handball and many more.  This section will take place in the Annex Gym and be combined with Mrs. Reigstad's Competitive Fun and Games II.

Click here to register for Competitive Fun & Games with Mr. Ciaburri!

This class is full.



Competitive Fun and Games II with Mrs. Reigstad (Tuesdays)

Come join us for a non-stop competitive experience of some of your favorite PE games.  Games will include Castle Ball, Guard the Pin, Team Handball and many more.  This section will take place in the Annex Gym and be combined with Mr. Ciaburri's Competitive Fun and Games I.
This class is full.  



LEARN TO KNIT with Mrs. Shuppon (Tuesdays)

Beginners:
This new course will take the beginner knitter through the basics of knitting. You will learn how to choose the right yarn and needles, cast on, knit, and bind off to create your very own, one-of-a-kind project.  
Returning knitters:  You will learn how to purl and follow a pattern.  Once you have learned this, it is quite possible that you will be able to start knitting your own hat!
Supplies to get you started will be available.


MinecraftEdu with Mrs. Bandel and Mrs. Church (Tuesdays)
Do you love  adventure? Do you enjoy building and designing? Well,
MinecraftEdu is the Explorations class for you!  Through game based learning, all who join will have an adventure while creating and sharing content, play while building friendships, learn through a variety of "Game Worlds".  Students will become "learning designers" as we navigate through a diverse number of quests.  Through our Exploration class, we will learn different "crafting recipes" so the beginner to the expert will all learn something new. We will discuss digital citizenship and how to be safe while gaming! The class is open to 20 creative, adventure seeking students!   


Abracadabra - It's Magic!! with Mrs. Hart  (Tuesdays)

Are you interested in magic? Do you know any magic tricks? Explore the history of magic. Come to Winter Explorations and learn several magic tricks using objects, cards, numbers, and paper. Become a budding magician. Share some tricks and amaze your family and friends. Remember - you don't have to tell them the secrets if you don't want to! Tricks will include, but will not be limited to, Color Cube ESP, Ring and Beads, Vanishing Handkerchief, The Card Hotel, Pencil/Circle Trick, and Folded Money. This session will meet on Tuesdays. Limit 10 students. 



Nifty & Krafty Recyclables with Mrs. Ross and Ms. Bath (Tuesdays)
Crafting with kids can be so much fun.  We will nurture your child's creative spirit with many nifty & krafty ideas.  We will be utilizing everyday items that you see in your home such as toilet paper rolls, used light bulbs, cups, cereal boxes, and so much more.  One of the many fun things we will be making is a tall snow globe using...we can't give away all of our secrets!  Let your child join us and they will learn how it is made and teach you.  We are so excited and can't wait to spend nifty & krafty time with your children. Limit 20 students

Click here to register for Nifty & Krafty Recyclables!


Tumbling with Mrs. Jennings (Tuesdays)



Come flip around with us!  Kids will have some tumbling fun.  Work on cartwheels, bridges, round-offs, flexibility and more.  Each week the class will practice new skills and put together a routine to showcase our new abilities.  Great fun for beginners and beyond!  12 max

Click here to register for Tumbling!




SpherOlympics with Mr. Layman (Tuesdays)

Learn how to drive, program and code our Sphero Robotic Balls and compete against other teams to see who can win gold!  IOS or Android devices with the SPRK Lightning Lab App installed recommended but not required.  16 max

Click here to register for SpherOlympics!







STEM Challenge with Mrs. Benson (Tuesdays)

Come try the STEM Challenge, as we use teamwork to help build, create, and attempt various team building challenges.  Some creations you might participate in are creating bucket towers, building bridges, making index card towers, and other creations. 10 max

Click here to register for STEM Challenge!




WEDNESDAY COURSES

Ga-Ga with Mr. Parlapiano (Wednesdays)

Ga-Ga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. The more players the better! Ga-Ga, literally meaning ‘touch-touch’ in Hebrew, is a variation of dodgeball. The game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. Players need to keep moving to avoid getting hit by the ball. Fun and easy, everyone gets a serious workout. It is easily addictive where people can't wait to get back in the pit! So come join us…in the Ga-Ga pit! (Limit 25 students)

Click here to register for Wednesday Gaga!

THIS CLASS IS FULL.  

 

Electric Engineers with Mr. Layman (Wednesdays)

lilttleBits are tiny circuit-boards with specific functions engineered to snap together with magnets.  No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap together for prototyping, learning and fun.  Each bits has a specific function (light, sound, sensors, buttons, threshold, pulse, motor, etc.), and modules snap to make larger circuit.  Just as Lego allows you to create complex structures with little engineering knowledge, littleBits are small, simple, intuitive blocks that make creating with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together.  16 max

Click here to register for Electric Engineers!



Little Einstein’s Science Club with Mrs. McMahon (Wednesdays)

This 5th grade club is for the curious-minded young scientist. Learn the science behind hands on experiments such as:  launching alka seltzer rockets, creating stunning crystals and  elephant toothpaste and so much more! You also get to take home what you made! So come join us for some science fun! (Please bring one white button-down shirt to use as an Einstein smock-lab-coat).  Limit 10

Click here to register for Little Einstein's Science Club!




Intro to Coding with Mrs. Zoeller  
(Wednesdays)


Come try out a basic course in coding with your friends and Mrs. Zoeller. Not only will we code, but we will try some hands on activities to understand how coding works. Limit 10




MinecraftEdu with Mrs. Bandel and Mrs. Church  (Wednesdays)

Do you love  adventure? Do you enjoy building and designing? Well, MinecraftEdu is the Explorations class for you!  Through game based learning, all who join will have an adventure while creating and sharing content, play while building friendships, learn through a variety of "Game Worlds".  Students will become "learning designers" as we navigate through a diverse number of quests.  Through our Exploration class, we will learn different "crafting recipes" so the beginner to the expert will all learn something new. We will discuss digital citizenship and how to be safe while gaming! The class is open to 20 creative, adventure seeking students!

Click here to register for WEDNESDAY MinecraftEdu!


Fun with Flowers with Mrs. Pitzer (Wednesdays)


Students will have fun learning to create different flower arrangements.  We will make corsages (including how to make a bow from ribbon), flower crowns, vase arrangements, arrangements in foam and more.  Flowers will be provided with the class.  There is an additonal materials fee of $15.00 per student for this course.

 Maximum is 10 students

Click here to register for Wednesday Fun with Flowers!



Questions?

Contact 

Mrs. Bleakley  - Morgan.Bleakley@sparta.org   

or 

Mrs. Rennie  -  Karin.Rennie@sparta.org