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After-School Enrichment K-6/ Beyond School

VIRTUAL BEYOND SCHOOL

Spring 2020:

 

MONDAY CLASSES

8 sessions: 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1, 6/8

 

Open Art Studio

Teacher: Mrs. Fleisher             Grades: K-4               Mondays,  3:30-4:30pm

This is an opportunity for young artists to explore and express their creative ideas using a variety of media, techniques, and materials. Drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture are all possibilities. Activities will be based on students’ interests. Experimentation, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving will be encouraged. Come explore the visual world around us. 

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore new materials and techniques

  • Utilize descriptive mark making

  • Use visual media to tell a story about historical events or personal narratives

  • Engage in the creative process using sketchbooks to learn, experiment and as a tool for problem solving



Viva Los Angeles!: Conversational Spanish while Discovering LA

Teacher: Maestra Diaz                 Grades: 3-6           Mondays,  3:30 - 4:30pm

This upper grade Spanish class will develop conversation in Spanish while learning about the history of Los Angeles. Vocabulary and grammar lessons will be incorporated into each lesson. Assessments will be based on verbal and written participation, improved communication skills in Spanish, and written expression.

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply Spanish terminology for day-to-day objects and activities in a city

  • Review & continually incorporate previously learned concepts

  • Write sentences to aid learning & convey comprehension

  • Develop an awareness and appreciation for historic landmarks in Los Angeles by learning its Latino history

  • Take notes for clarity of information & comprehension 



Grade 5 Study Skills/ ISEE Language Arts

Teacher: Ms. Samuels             Grade(s):  5              Mondays,  3:30-4:30pm

NOTE: In the past, the registration fee for this class was $40 and included an ISEE book. This time we will ask you to purchase the book online yourself and have it shipped directly to your home. (The book will not be needed for the first few weeks of class, and the instructor will give you more details after week 1.) The same book will be used for the Math class.

Overview:

Students who participate will learn/ practice invaluable study skills and test-taking strategies in the area of language arts. With a joyful approach to learning, students will build time management and practice various skills. For the ISEE, this class will cover the Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension sections. Finally, our students will gain confidence in language arts and be able to apply these study skills in the regular classroom setting. 

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will practice study skills, e.g. using context clues, learning vocabulary roots, identifying synonyms.

  • Students will utilize important test-taking strategies, e.g. process of elimination, identifying key words, and recognizing the positive/negative connotation of vocab words

  • Students will improve time management skills as related to test-taking.

  • Students will have increased opportunities to identify the main idea in reading passages.

  • Students will practice inference skills with reading passages.

  • Students will learn strategies to aid in identifying the author’s tone in a reading passage.



The Art of Puppet Making 

Teacher: Mrs. Fleisher               Grades: 1-4              Mondays,  4:30-5:30pm

In this class, you will design and create your own puppet. We will look at different methods for constructing puppets as well as historical and contemporary examples of the art form.  It will be a fun and creative opportunity to explore a new medium resulting in an original, one of a kind creation, limited only by your imagination.

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore fundamentals of 2D and 3D design principles, create and implement a narrative/ origin story for puppet, solve new creative challenges using your imagination.  



Girl Power: Math Empowerment for Girls

Mr. Hermeno                Gr: 5-6                 Mondays, 4:30 - 5:30pm

Research shows that math scores for girls drop in middle school due to social conditioning that tells girls that they “can’t do math.” This class will work to buck that trend.  Fifth and sixth grade girls will discover/strengthen their own math superpowers. Through real life examples, students will see how math is used in so many aspects of daily life. Scenarios will include managing one’s finances, owning a business, going out to eat, shopping, etc.

Girls will also have some Zoom chats with successful women in various careers to help them see the connection between “school” math and “real world” math.

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply middle school math concepts to consumer math

  • Be empowered to use math in personal finance scenarios

  • Develop/grow confidence in using math concepts and terminology

  • Create a math model for a practical scenario, such as a business model





BEYOND SCHOOL: TUESDAY CLASSES

8 sessions: 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2



Book Club Buddies

Teacher: Mrs.  Leonard            Grade(s): 1              Tuesdays,  3:30-4:30pm

Overview: Fairies, fantasy … and Fun! A chapter book club for 1st  graders. Once deciding on a book and each student will get their own copy! We read aloud, discuss characters, plots, setting, conflict and much, much more. 

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Reading fluency

  • Learning to love reading

  • Presentation of book review for the school community

 

 

The Art of Altered Book Making

Teacher: Mrs. Fleisher             Grade(s): K-4             Tuesdays,  3:30-4:30pm

An ‘altered book’ is an art object created from an existing printed book. Through various artistic processes the student artist will choose what means and media to ‘alter’ a book into a piece of art.  Students use the book’s pages as a canvas on which to apply paint, collage or rubber-stamping, etc. This also includes historical journaling, family personal photo histories, scrapbooking skills and other creative arts skills as required by student agency and their creative self-expression during class. 

In the class, each student will select a book and transform it into their own, unique altered book.  Students will have access to diverse materials, learn a wide range of new techniques, and how to apply them within the pages of their altered book. As the process unfolds, students gain confidence in transforming their pages, develop their own creative methods and explore the idea of their own endless artistic possibilities. 

This class is open to new students, and students on a continuing basis.  Continuing students will have the choice to develop further upon their book from last year, a book from a previous class, or begin a completely  new ‘altered book’ object. 

Important note: Altered Book Artists respect books in a way that is second only to librarians. We are not defacing books that anyone wants or needs. We are resurrecting old, unloved books, and turning them into art!

Skills/ Learning Outcomes: 

  • Introduce the art form of the Altered Book and its creative potential (present physical examples of altered books as well supplemental images of exceptional works from different artists and their interpretations of the medium)

  • Explore the altered “blank page” as a canvas (students will have a prompt that they will express on this newly transformed platform) 

  • Introduce and experiment with new materials and mixed media techniques 

  • Learn to integrate new materials within the context of visual journaling (students will be asked to bring personal photographs, small objects or artifacts to incorporate into their altered book) 

  • Students develop confidence to work on their altered book independently as a means of creative self-expression 

 

 
3Ps: Posture, Presentation, Public Speaking 

Teacher: Mrs.  Leonard              Grade(s): 4-5             Tuesdays,  4:30-5:30pm

This course will introduce 4th and 5th graders to some basic principles of speech communication. Students will practice public speaking, poetry recitation, introductions, and much much more. This class is the perfect way to improve self confidence for any public speaking ( class presentations, reading in chapel, student led conferences, etc.)

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Public speaking

  • Building confidence

  • Presentation skills

  • Students will prepare and give 2-3 speeches



5th Math Study Skills/ISEE Prep

Teacher: Mr. Hermeno             Grade: 5             Tuesdays,   4:30 - 5:30pm

NOTE: In the past, the registration fee for this class was $40 and included an ISEE book. This time we will ask you to purchase the book online yourself and have it shipped directly to your home. (The book will not be needed for the first few weeks of class, and the instructor will give you more details after week 1.) The same book will be used for the Language Arts class.

Students who participate will learn/ practice invaluable study skills, problem-solving and test-taking strategies in the area of math. With a joyful approach to learning, students build time management skills and learn other skills that will help them succeed in math. For the ISEE, the areas of focus for this class are the Quantitative Reasoning and Math Achievement sections. Finally, our students will gain confidence in this subject area and be able to apply these study skills in the regular classroom setting. 

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will learn study skills, e.g. interpreting sets of data, reading charts/graphs, and estimating.

  • Students will use a multi-step plan to solve problems: plan, solve, check

  • Students will have increased opportunities to evaluate the reasonableness of an answer in problem solving situations

  • Students will improve time management skills, as related to test-taking.

  • Students will practice utilizing a variety of strategies for problem solving, such as mental math, guess and check, work backwards, and draw a diagram.

  • Students will utilize important test-taking strategies, e.g. process of elimination, identifying key words, and substitution.





BEYOND SCHOOL: WEDNESDAY CLASSES

8 sessions:  4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3



BEGINNING Writing a Hit Song: Songwriting & Recording

Teacher: Sean Fleming               Grade(s): 2-6              Wednesdays,  3:30-4:30 pm

In this course, students will learn how to craft a song and will be introduced to basic music recording techniques.  Through a series of exercises and workshops, students will embark the journey of finding their original voice as a songwriter.  Students will write and record a "demo" of their song, which will be presented at the end of the course.

Skills/ Learning Outcomes

  • Discover the process of songwriting through emulation, creation and revision. 

  • Learn to compose a song using common structural designs found in popular music.

  • Performance and presentation of one workshopped and recorded “demo” at end of course.

 

 

Comic Class 

Teacher: Stephanie Guerra          Grade(s): K-6             Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm 

The term graphic novel is more of a general term to describe a specific way of storytelling. Page lengths, formatting, and complexity vary greatly. For the purposes of this course, we will be adopting the short-story zine format to create a comic book, or series of comic books to create a graphic narrative! Students will be guided through an entire process of brainstorming ideas through literal writing, as well as visual communication. These short-format activities will introduce a basic story arc, communicating with and without text, book covers, and collaborative activities.

Skills/Learning Outcomes: 

  • Stylized drawing

  • Visual communication, graphic design

  • Collaboration

  • Narrative writing

 

 

School Newspaper/ Podcasting

Teacher: Emmy Gilliam             Grade(s): 3-6             Wednesdays,  4:30-5:30 pm

**Note: This class is offered on Thursdays as well. Students can only be in ONE (not both) of these sections.**

Overview

In this journalism class, your children will  become aware of the world around them, make decisions, plan with their classmates and become producers as well as consumers of the written word. This Beyond School class will transform students into news readers…news gatherers…and news writers. 

Skills/ Learning Outcomes: 

Students will:

  • identify the purposes of a newspaper

  • define vocabulary related to newspapers

  • determine the format for the school newspaper

  • Identify the essential elements of a news story: who, what, when, where, why and how 

  • learn the criteria for newsworthiness – what makes a story news? 

  • choose news topics for their own newspaper 

  • write a news story for the school newspaper 

  • write a feature story

  • learn the characteristics of opinion writing 

  • write an editorial or draw an editorial cartoon 





BEYOND SCHOOL: THURSDAY CLASSES

8 Sessions:  4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4

 

The Art of Storytelling (Creative Writing Workshop)

Teacher: Mr. Sae-Low            Grades: 4-6             Thursdays,  3:30 - 4:30pm

Overview

In this creative writing class, students will study the art of storytelling and learn how to bring their own stories to life! Each lesson will focus on a different element of storytelling and walk students through practical lessons and exercises. By the end of the course, students will have a completed draft of their very own tale to share with family and friends!

Skills/ Learning Outcomes: 

Students will be:

  • Creating believable characters (building background/establishing what’s at stake)

  • Building their own world (creating an exciting and inviting setting/establishing rules)

  • Keeping the plot moving I (creating rising action/venturing into the unknown)

  • Keeping the plot moving II (continue rising action with minor obstacles)

  • Reaching the climax (solving the protagonist's problem/satisfying pay-off)

  • Aftermath and denouement (returning home and lessons learned)

  • Balancing your writing (humor, action, drama, relationships, tragedy)

  • Putting it all together (mastering the basics and the joy of creative self-expression)

 

 

100 Years of Dance

Teacher: Ms. Hamilton               Grades: 4-6             Thursdays,  3:30 - 4:30pm

Whether you love to dance or have two left feet it is hard to ignore how interesting or fun dance can be. In this class we will explore the way people have danced overtime  and figure out why might people dance, and how have dance trends changed in America since the 1920s? This class is perfect for anyone who is interested in dance/ music of the past or those who enjoy history. 

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experience to art.
  • Gain an overview of major events in American history
  • Develop an appreciation for different styles of music
  • Interpret intent and meaning artistic work.  



Book Club Buddies

Teacher: Mrs.  Leonard             Grade(s): 2-3              Thursdays,   3:30-4:30pm

Overview: Fairies, fantasy … and Fun! A chapter book club for 2nd and 3rd graders. We will collectively decide on a book and each student will get their own copy! We read aloud, discuss characters, plots, setting, conflict and much, much more. 

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Reading fluency

  • Learning to love reading

  • Presentation of book review for the school community



K-Pop Music, Dance and Korean

Teacher: Ms. Ji Hae Lee and Marlborough students          

Grade(s): K-6               Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 pm

This class will give students unique opportunities to explore Korean culture by learning Korean language with K-Pop music and dance. In week 1 and 2, students will learn Korean culture, Korean consonant and vowel alphabets through games and group activities. In week 3-6, students will learn basic Korean vocabulary and phrases by doing creative interdisciplinary activities, including music, dance, and art. In week 7-10, students will learn Korean language by singing and dancing to K-Pop Music.

Instructor's teaching approach will consist of constructivist pedagogy to boost students' social and experimental learning.

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will learn the verbal and written Korean language.

  • Students will explore the Korean culture through games.

  • Students will understand the Korean culture through creative interdisciplinary activities including Korean language, music, dance, and art.

  • Students will learn Korean language throughout singing and dancing to the K-Pop Music, including music by BTS and Blackpink.

  • Students will learn multiculturalism and diversity through appreciation of Korean language, music, dance, and culture.




School Newspaper/ Podcasting

Teacher: Emmy Gilliam                Grade(s): 3-6              Thursdays,  4:30-5:30 pm

**Note: This class is offered on Wednesdays as well. Students can only be in ONE (not both) of these sections.**

Overview

In this journalism class, your children will  become aware of the world around them, make decisions, plan with their classmates and become producers as well as consumers of the written word. This Beyond School class will transform students into news readers…news gatherers…and news writers. 

Skills/ Learning Outcomes: 

Students will:

  • identify the purposes of a newspaper

  • define vocabulary related to newspapers

  • determine the format for the school newspaper

  • Identify the essential elements of a news story: who, what, when, where, why and how 

  • learn the criteria for newsworthiness – what makes a story news? 

  • choose news topics for their own newspaper 

  • write a news story for the school newspaper 

  • write a feature story

  • learn the characteristics of opinion writing 

  • write an editorial or draw an editorial cartoon 



BEYOND SCHOOL: FRIDAY CLASSES

8 sessions:4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5

 

The Art of Altered Book Making

Teacher: Mrs. Fleisher              Grade(s): K-4              Fridays,  3:30-4:30pm

An ‘altered book’ is an art object created from an existing printed book. Through various artistic processes the student artist will choose what means and media to ‘alter’ a book into a piece of art.  Students use the book’s pages as a canvas on which to apply paint, collage or rubber-stamping, etc. This also includes historical journaling, family personal photo histories, scrapbooking skills and other creative arts skills as required by student agency and their creative self-expression during class. 

In the class, each student will select a book and transform it into their own, unique altered book.  Students will have access to diverse materials, learn a wide range of new techniques, and how to apply them within the pages of their altered book. As the process unfolds, students gain confidence in transforming their pages, develop their own creative methods and explore the idea of their own endless artistic possibilities. 

This class is open to new students, and students on a continuing basis.  Continuing students will have the choice to develop further upon their book from last year, a book from a previous class, or begin a completely  new ‘altered book’ object. 

Important note: Altered Book Artists respect books in a way that is second only to librarians. We are not defacing books that anyone wants or needs. We are resurrecting old, unloved books, and turning them into art!

Skills/ Learning Outcomes: 

  • Introduce the art form of the Altered Book and its creative potential (present physical examples of altered books as well supplemental images of exceptional works from different artists and their interpretations of the medium)

  • Explore the altered “blank page” as a canvas (students will have a prompt that they will express on this newly transformed platform)

  • Introduce and experiment with new materials and mixed media techniques 

  • Learn to integrate new materials within the context of visual journaling (students will be asked to bring personal photographs, small objects or artifacts to incorporate into their altered book)

  • Students develop confidence to work on their altered book independently as a means of creative self-expression 




Algebra All-Stars: Algebra Readiness

Mr. Hermeno                  Gr: 6               Fridays,  3:30 - 4:30pm

Sixth grade students will have the opportunity to complete challenging math problems to help them prepare for middle school math.  Algebra 1 is designed to give students a foundation for all future mathematics courses, and this class will help students prepare for Algebra 1. Students must be willing to complete all homework assignments. 

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Translate, evaluate and simplify expressions involving integers

  • Solve linear equations and inequalities including these written from word problems and applications.

  • Graph points and linear equations on the coordinate plane analyzing the resulting graph.

  • Represent functions using multiple representations, such as tables, graphs and equations. 

 

 


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VIRTUAL After-School Enrichment: Spring 2020



*All classes meet from 3:30-4:30 and are 8 weeks long. All courses will be taught via Zoom.

 

 Monday Classes

Monday classes meet 8 times in the Spring session: 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1, 6/8. Enrollment fee is $320. 

 

Spy Kids: Secret Agents

With Parker-Anderson Enrichment

Take fingerprints, decode secret messages, search for clues, go on a scavenger hunt and decipher our Escape Room! Explore the fascinating world of solving mysteries and develop observation and reasoning skills! Every student also receives their very own ID Badge and detective kit!

 

Tuesday Classes

Tuesday classes meet 8 times in the Spring session: 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2. Enrollment fee is $320. 

 

Jedi Training Camp

With Parker-Anderson Enrichment

The Force will be with you as you learn the ways of the Jedi! Play Star Wars games, build Star Wars vehicles and go from Padawan to Jedi Knight in one session! You will play characters, learn to draw the Clone Wars cartoon characters, create your own Jedi uniform, and even take home your very own Light Saber!

 

Wednesday Classes

Wednesday classes meet 8 times in the Spring session: 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27 6/3. Enrollment fee is $320.

 

“Dance Grooves”

With Schooly Groove’s Delandis McClam

Come hit the dance floor in “Dance Grooves!” This high-energy VIRTUAL dance class will get your kids moving to the coolest tunes. We will incorporate fun dance games where they get to show off their best dance grooves. This dance party from home will be a fun, healthy, safe space for them to enjoy their creativity. So grab your cool shoes and get ready to move in “Dance Grooves” with Delandis!!! 

 

Marine Biology

With Parker-Anderson Enrichment

Explore the diversity of ocean life from organisms in hot deep sea vents, to tropical fish, to the astonishing varieties of arctic marine life! Observe dissections of a lamprey eel, a crayfish, and even a shark! Check out squid ink, grow Sea Monkeys, and learn about the largest environment on the planet!

 

Thursday Classes

Thursday classes meet 8 times in the Spring session: 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4. Enrollment fee is $320.

 

Chess Club! 

With Parker-Anderson Enrichment

We introduce chess to students in a fun and exciting way! For all students and all levels, we teach students to play chess and help them succeed in school by stimulating their problem- solving skills, analytical skills, and critical thinking. Includes exclusive booklets and worksheets. Win certificates, medals, and trophies!

 

Friday Classes

Friday classes meet 8 times in the Spring session: 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5. Enrollment fee is $320. 

 

Young Ninjas: Focused Snake at Home (K-3)

With Young Ninjas USA

The snake is one of the most feared creatures in nature. However, while the stories of the snakes sneaky ability to slither and slide around with incredible precision, the snake is known for being Focused. In order to embody the snake, you must learn to grow by making thoughtful, tactful decisions before acting.

ABOUT OUR SENSEIS: Young Ninjas Live stream classes are led by our high-energy Sensei's from all over the city who  introduce children to fundamental martial arts elements, like blocks, kicks, strikes, and the all important KI-YAH! By following along with your Sensei, each week children will participate in skill training, fun games, creative challenges, and some fun parent led activities and games. KI-YAH!

Demo Link: https://youtu.be/dfbN-3Hl5y4



Lego Robotics

With Parker-Anderson Enrichment

Students build new and different projects each week as they graduate from simple machines, to motorized mechanisms, to robotics with basic programming. They’ll learn all about engineering principles such as gears, wheels, axles, levers, and pulleys. This class is as fun as it is educational!

 

Beyond School Registration Guidelines and Tips:

  1. Round 1 Registration: For the first round of registration, each student may only be registered for ONE Beyond School class.

  2. Round 1 Exceptions: 5th grade students can sign up for the ISEE test prep courses in addition to another Beyond School class.

  3. Round 2 Registration: If there is availability, a second round of signups will be opened next week.

  4. Music Schedule Conflicts (Grades 2-6): Please check with our Music Department for potential schedule conflicts.

  5. Multiple Students: If you have multiple students please log in separately for each student.

  6. Waitlist: If the course you wanted is full, please use the waitlist (at the bottom of the form). We will do our best to accommodate requests. 

  7. Minimum Class Sizes: Conversely, if a course does not meet minimum enrollment requirements, the course may be cancelled for this trimester.

  8. Nominal Registration Fee: Each Beyond School course is tuition-inclusive, and there is a nominal registration fee for each course. The fee is $20 for each class. For ISEE classes, families will be asked to purchase a specific book and have it delivered directly to the student's home. 

  9. Non-refundable Registration Fee: Registration fees are non-refundable. Exception: When the school cancels a class for any reason.

  10. Absences/Tardies: Students may be dropped from the class if they are late/absent more than twice.

  11. Questions/Emails about Registration: During the registration window, we hope to provide email responses to registration queries within 24-48 business hours of email receipt.



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ASE Registration Guidelines and Tips:

  1. Number of classes: Sign up for as many courses as you would like.

  2. Music Schedule Conflicts (Grades 2-6): Please check with our Music Department for potential schedule conflicts.

  3. Multiple Students: If you have multiple students, please log in separately for each student.