Session 2 Class Descriptions

5-6


Training choir

The choir class for the youngest age group is meant to be an introduction to choir singing and learning to do things as a group. There will be call and response songs, movements to copy, and both new and familiar songs to learn. This choir does not use any music, but learns the words through motion and with pictures. We will also learn some songs using ASL. The songs we're preparing for Christmas are all in English from the more traditional repertoire, i.e. "White Christmas", by Irving Berlin. (Some warm-up and fun songs may be in other languages).

A list of the songs we're working on for the concert, and videos with recordings will be sent out during session 1, so kids can practice at home if they would like.

Our Christmas/Winter concert is on Dec. 17th at 3pm (kids arriving at 2:15). We will prepare four songs to sing for the concert, some combined with other choirs, and some just on their own.

It is not mandatory to sing at the concert! Children can take this class without performing, but they can not perform without attending chorus both session 1 and 2 without permission from the choir director. It is also very helpful to know ahead of time if a child is not participating in the concert, since we have seating and staging arrangements to plan. Teachers: Sabine and Kara

Art II

Art II is a continuation of the first session's art class.  I'll introduce a new set of artists & we'll use paint, oil pastels, scissors & glue to create six art projects for your kids to bring home & show off.  The goal of this class is to introduce art and have a great deal of messy fun. Teacher: Janie S

Elving Class

Let’s be the busy elves making and wrapping homemade gifts to take home and surprise our families and friends this holiday season! Teacher:  Lilli

Fun with Math

In this class, we explore math concepts such as operations, place value, geometry, and more.  We'll play games, do art projects, and create a notebook of activities and games to play at home. Teacher: Angela A

Australian Books and Crafts

Introduction to Australia and Australian animals through classic Australian children’s books. Australian landmarks and animal crafts will be made, and map identification will be introduced. (Books being used- D is for Down Under, Wombat Stew, Possum Magic,  An Australian Night before Christmas, and more.) We will discuss similarities and differences between Australia and the US Teacher: Abbi T

Science show and tell:
 This age group loves to share their thoughts...alot.  so let's give them the opportunity to do so.  
Each wk will have a theme and I will either pick 2 kids to bring a show and tell item  to share or have all the kids depending on the theme.  I will email the parents the schd  once I get my class list.  Topics will include mammals, the human body and plants...

Top Out and Movement: 
Designed for the child that loves to climb. Inspired by the form of rock climbing known as bouldering, each week children will be presented with a problem (the path the climber takes in order to complete the climb) that starts in a seated position and leads to the top out or finish. These problems are climbing challenges that follow specific routes utilizing foot holds and hand holds. Also, children will explore other proprioceptive challenges off the wall that might feature balance beam, slackline and various other props and obstacle course-like activity to help stimulate and develop active movement abilities. Some classes might utilize the outdoors- weather permitting. 

7-9

 

Junior choir

Once kids get to this age, they are expected to know how to interact as a group and follow instructions together. This choir will start singing in 2 parts, mostly canons and partner songs. They will learn four songs in English for the choir concert on Dec. 17th at 3pm. (kids arriving at 2:15pm), that are from the traditional repertoire, i.e. "The Grinch who stole Christmas" and "White Christmas".

 

It is not mandatory to sing at the concert! Children can take this class without performing, but they can not perform without attending chorus both session 1 and 2 without permission from the choir director. It is also very helpful to know ahead of time if a child is not participating in the concert, since we have seating and staging arrangements to plan.

 

Some of the songs we use for warming up and as "fun" songs in choir class might be in different languages, and/or with movement and sometimes with sign language. There is no actual sheet music used for this class. Kids learn their songs by movement and repetition.

A list of the songs we're working on for the concert, and videos with recordings will be sent out during session 1, so kids can practice at home if they would like. Teachers: Sabine and Rachel

 

Science Experiments 7-9

Engineering and Physics: We’ll be working on a number of group activities in which children will design and build using a variety of materials, after discussing such ideas as friction, shape strength, and energy. Projects may include creating a spaghetti tower, a toothpick bridge, a realistic spiderweb using dental floss, and a water drop wax paper racing track. Teacher: Anne D

Holiday Snacks and Treats

We are going to have a lot of fun cooking holiday snacks in the kitchen! We will make food they can replicate at home, focusing on no bake recipes. Teacher: Katie P

Seasonal Crafts

Crafts tailored to the season. Will be accompanied with stories when possible Teacher: Heather R

Strategy and Conquering

We’ll explore creative thinking and how it can be used in game play or to gain the upper hand in battle. We might play card or board games and consider how castles have been stormed and territories taken. Teacher: Lilli

BirdSleuth Investigators

Based on the popular publication from Cornell, this group will explore the benefits of birding by practicing key skills on identification and calls, observations and journaling. The class will install feeders to improve the bird habitat, make a bird hide, assemble a nest box and interact with a constructive effort to increase bird activity. Students who would like to participate will have an opportunity to submit original works to the BSI magazine. Teacher: April B

 Art sculptures

Many different mediums to create fun sculptures. Teacher: Nicole O

Everything Norse

Curious about the world of Vikings? Together we’ll learn about their long ships, food, weapons, battle strategies, what games they played for fun, and how the children participated in their own culture. We’ll begin the session by creating our own character, and end by experimenting with clothing similar to what they wore and writing our names in Runes. Teacher: Missy F

Running 7-9

Come play running games with us! The kids will get to help pick and create fun running games, play tag, and do relay races. Teacher: Laura

KenKen

This is a fun experience for those working on basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Also perfect for those kids that enjoy solving logic puzzles. The class will introduce kids to a brief Ken-Ken history, playing rules and time to work on puzzles independently or collaboratively. Appropriate for all abilities. A quick google search will provide you with a more detailed history of the game that was invented in 2004 by a Japanese math teacher named, Tetsuya Miyamoto. KenKen puzzles will be provided. Teacher: Greg S

Think, Make and Share

Designed for kids that are out-of-the-box thinkers, theatrical, musical, performers, dancers, artists, tinkerers, but most all enjoy active challenges that require flexible adaptation to whatever happens to transpire within the time allotted. Each week, kids will be given a focus topic where they will have some "think time," "make time" and then come together in the end for some "share time" where they will present their connection projects in some way to the initial focus topic.  Teacher: Greg S



10-11

 


Senior choir

This choir is designed to make kids more familiar with harmony, and also learning to read some basic music. They will first get instructions on how to hold their folder and follow a conductor, and then learn rhythms and how to read them. This choir will sometimes sing up to 3 parts at a time, depending on the music, and they will mostly use sheet music to learn their songs.

There may be some staging/choreography learned for some songs for performance.

Our Christmas/Winter concert is on Dec. 17th at 3pm (kids arriving at 2:15). We will prepare four songs to sing for the concert, some combined with other choirs, and some just on their own.

It is not mandatory to sing at the concert! Children can take this class without performing, but they can not perform without attending chorus both session 1 and 2 without permission from the choir director. It is also very helpful to know ahead of time if a child is not participating in the concert, since we have seating and staging arrangements to think about for the concert.

A list of the songs we're working on for the concert, and videos with recordings will be sent out during session 1, so kids can practice at home if they would like. Teachers: Sabine and Rachel

Brain Exercises

If you think that exercising your brain is important, then take this class!  In this class, we will do a variety of exercises to improve memory, concentration, and thinking skills.  Teacher: Deanna L

Art O’ Motion

Kinetic Art -  n. a form of art that depends on movement for its effect.

We will continue to inspire each other and think outside the box with dimensional projects that result in beautiful pieces inspired by Alexander Calder and others. Teacher: Amy M

Sewing

This session in sewing we will learn basic sewing skills - about the sewing machine and other functions such as choosing projects and fabric.  We will work on several small projects that will encourage a slow, steady, controlled pace in order to achieve a quality finished product. Teacher: Kris S

DIY Holiday Gifts

We will make gifts to give to family and friends.  These one of a kind presents will be something to be treasured for years to come. Teacher: Stephanie S

Running

Become a faster, stronger runner! We’ll work on speed, hill technique, and endurance, learn how to avoid injury, practice some interval training, and learn some strength and flexibility exercises, all while enjoying the social side of running. Teacher: Corinne C

Cooking

Snack Attack: We will be making snack recipes that are simple to make. Some recipes will have nuts.  Teacher: Melanie D

Science 10-11

This session we'll be exploring the human body.   We'll think about our bodies as being like a machine. We have parts for moving around, sensors, and a built-in computer. Students will explore their senses and consider how the information we process helps us understand and react to our environment.  Teachers: Angela A and Jill W



12+

 


Show choir

This choir is run like a high school select ensemble. Students in this choir will learn to read music, use the sheet music, and learn most of their music with it until it's memorized. There will be some music theory learned during the choir periods, but the focus is on learning to blend the sounds of different voice parts, and learn four songs for the Christmas concert. There will also be some focus on learning correct singing and breathing for singers during class.

All the songs we're singing for the concert are in English, but some warm-up songs and other exercises may be in other languages. The songs we're singing for the Christmas concert include Pentatonix "White Winter Hymnal" and "Happy Christmas (War is over)", by John Lennon.

Our Christmas/Winter concert is on Dec. 17th at 3pm (kids arriving at 2:15).  Parents who wish to sign their kids up for this choir class without performing, need to let the choir director know ahead of time, so she can plan accordingly.

There may be some choreography learned in this choir. If we do it, it will be easy enough for everyone to do, and practiced during class repeatedly!

A list of the songs we're working on for the concert, and videos with recordings will be sent out during session 1, so kids can practice at home if they would like. Teachers: Sabine and Rachel

 

Run & Tone Class

Our main goal is to get you moving, and help strengthen and condition your core. This class will include a variety of strength building exercises using body weight and resistance bands and approximately 30 minutes of running. Teacher: Anitra S

Sewing

This session in sewing we will learn basic sewing skills - about the sewing machine and other functions such as choosing projects and fabric.  We will work on several small projects that will encourage a slow, steady, controlled pace in order to achieve a quality finished product. Teacher: Kris S

Cooking

Snack Attack: We will be making snack recipes that are simple to make. Some recipes will have nuts.  Teacher: Melanie D

Art

We will be making multi media clay face paint brush people, a canvas birch tree painting and a silhouette chalk picture on black paper. Teacher: Caroline C

Crafts

We are going to decorate light bulbs, make book mark markers, t-shirt bags, emoji pillows, candle holders and drawings that will be melted onto candles. Teacher: Caroline C

NANOWRIMO!

This young writers program is getting geared up for the National Novel Writing Month and offers an encouraging tool with perks for aspiring authors. Your student will share and explore their creative stories while receiving valued feedback from the group, set an individual word count goal and will engage in a fun environment that encourages enthusiasm and determination. Students who achieve their goal will have an opportunity to receive a published copy of their story.  Teacher: April B

Science

We will be diving into the skeletal and muscular systems of the body with a lot of fun games and projects.

Oral History:

In this session we will create a short recorded interview with a subject of the student’s choosing.

As a class we will work to select interview subjects, create questions, and discuss effective interview techniques. In addition we will examine what makes oral history so unique as a primary source and listen to some great stories told to historians over the years. 

I encourage students to examine the following link and download the story corp app to a smart phone or tablet if able. (I will facilitate recording for anyone who does not have access to this app or a compatible device.)

https://storycorps.org/podcast/storycorps-452-the-great-first-listen/

And by all means, if you already have a favorite interview on tape, bring it in to share!

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