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After-School Enrichment

In addition to after-school care offered from dismissal until 6:00 p.m., St. James' gives students the opportunity to enroll in After-School Enrichment classes from 3:30–4:30 p.m. each day. These classes supplement the standard curriculum and focus on engaging, hands-on, interactive learning.

If you have questions about our After-School Enrichment programs, you should contact Jen Cefaly, After-School Enrichment Coordinator and Academic Technology Specialist.

Below are the course descriptions for the Spring 2017 session.

 

Monday Classes

Monday classes meet 7 times in the spring session: 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/08, 5/15, 5/22. Enrollment fee is $230 plus a $20 materials fee, for a total of $250.

Open Art Studio (K-6)
with Visual Art Teacher Josh Friedman

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. Dress to get messy!

Book Explorers Club (3-6)
With Technology Assistant Siena Castanares 
 

The Book Explorers Club is a reading enrichment ASE, devoted to reading great books together and enjoying fun activities that relate to the literature - such as eating yummy snacks, watching film adaptations, doing art projects, and more. This ASE is designed to help students hone their deep reading and literary analysis skills while having a rollicking good time. Come read, munch, and laugh with us as the text comes ALIVE!

Robot Building Workshop (K-3)
with Parker Anderson Enrichment

Build 3 awesome robots to take home:the Insectoid Robot, the Brush Robot, and the Table-top Robot! Learn engineering principles such as gears, wheels, and axles as you design amazing robots to battle against others in becoming the Battle-Bot Champion!

 

Podcast Club (3-6)
with Communications Manager Andrew Wright

Here is your chance to be the voice of St. James'! We'll be putting together a biweekly podcast about St. James' by St. James' students. Students will get experience in conducting interviews, writing stories, recording audio and audio editing software. If you have ever wanted to hear your voice on the radio or have a unique story to tell, this is your chance.

 

Flower Power (3-6)
with Second Grade Assistant Nicole Hamilton

Spring is in the air which means the flowers are in bloom. In Flower Power, we will make a series of crafts celebrating the beauty of spring time natures. Tentative projects include making a mosaic flower pot, living picture frame and even duct tape flowers. By the end of the class, students will have gained new found knowledge about flowers as well as a new set of crafting skills.

 

Street Hockey (2-6)
with PE Teacher Nick DiPasquale

Do you think you need ice and skates to play hockey? Not in this class! Come experience the thrill of one of the fastest growing sports in the world. We'll play a variety of exciting games to help you learn proper stick-handling, passing, fielding, shooting, and goaltending skills. So leave your skates at home and join ASE Street Hockey today!

 

 

Slime Time! (K-6)
With science teacher, Rachel Tobin

Slime Time is a fun, gooey, messy class that involves the creation of all types of slime: floam, fluffy, rainbow, and more! Each week will involve a new slime adventure.

Leggo My Legos: Superheroes (K-4)
with Schooly Groove/Delandis McClam

Experience your Ultimate fantasy in this creative Superhero Lego class!  Students will build their favorite Superheroes while creating stories to share.  Along with their Superheroes they will act out their super powers as well as create comic books for the characters they create!  Building has never been more fun in this fun-filled, interactive Leggo My Legos, “Superheroes” class!

 

Tuesday Classes

Tuesday classes meet 7 times in the spring session, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23. Enrollment fee is $230 plus a $20 materials fee, for a total of $250

Open Art Studio (K–6)
with Visual Art Teacher Josh Friedman

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, ceramics, 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. Dress to get messy!

CLYO (Climbing + Yoga) (K-3)
With Physical Education teacher Chenelle Geoffroy

CLYO will establish a strong base for kids to enhance their muscular strength and endurance. We will learn the basic grips and climbing techniques used in rock climbing/bouldering. Additionally, off the rock wall we will explore some yoga and various stretches that will enhance our climbing skills. Climbing + Yoga = CLYO! (Max students=8)

Debate (3-6)
With Science Teacher Rachel Tobin

Do you want to learn skills that are life-changing? Do you want to improve how you articulate your thoughts in front of big audiences? Do you feel passionate about a particular topic and want to share this passion with others? Do you want to increase your confidence and self-esteem? Do you want to debate topics discussed worldwide? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this class is for you.

Animal Encounters: Baby Animals (K–4)
with ACE Enrichment

This session of Animal Encounters features all baby animals! This session has adorable animals like baby bunnies, tiny snakes, baby chicks and ducklings, baby tortoises, and much more - This class is hands, with live, kid-friendly animals. Each week, students handle new animals, like snakes, lizards, furry critters, birds, and farm animals. In this fun and gentle learning environment, students will learn about the featured animal through a variety of ways. This includes stories, games, or a related arts/craft project. There's always a new set of animals every session, so be sure to sign up for them all! We have over 500 animals, many of which have been adopted or rescued.

Fairy Princess Tea Party (K-2)
With Kindergarten Teacher Nancy Vermette

Come to the Princess Tea Party with Mrs. Vermette. Little princesses will learn about table and party manners, make a craft project, and enjoy fun activities. We will end each hour with tea or beverage and a light snack. Dress-up is definitely encouraged, so bring your dress-up clothes in your backpack for the party!

Girls Run the World- Improv! (3-5)
With Play Facilitator Nadya Ginsburg

Who runs the world? Girls! Find your voice through the art of improvisational theater.

Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade girls will get an introduction to Improvisational Theater through a series of games and movement exercises and explore the process of taking ideas sparked from Improv and developing them on the page. The course will also touch upon women throughout history who changed the world by making their voices heard.

Wednesday Classes

Wednesday classes meet 7 times in the spring session, on 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24. Enrollment fee is $230 plus a $20 materials fee, for a total of $250

Young Ninjas USA: Dragon Session (K–3)
With Young Ninjas

By nature, the Dragon is Energetic. Young Ninjas will study characteristics of the Dragon while concentrating on the physical attributes of Strength, Flexibility, and Speed.

Young Ninjas USA is a non-contact martial arts program, designed to teach kids basic martial arts techniques. Styles will include taekwondo, karate, and kung fu. The Young Ninjas curriculum is designed to help children develop balance, coordination, and refined motor skills through physical challenges and games such as Jump the Stream, Flying Ninja, and Sensei Says. Young Ninjas are also asked to follow the "Promise of the Ninja," which helps promote teamwork and leadership skills. All new and returning Young Ninjas receive an official YNUSA headband to wear during class, which recognizes their own level of personal achievement. A personalized certificate of achievement will be handed out at the end of each completed session. Get active through martial arts! Kiai!

Advanced Flag Football (K-6)
with Fifth Grade Classroom Assistant & Play Facilitator Chris Zapata

Love playing football? Join Husky Flag Football, where no pads are needed. In flag football, students will learn, develop, and master football plays and skills. Students will improve their throwing, catching, running, ball handling, and much more, through guided drills. Students will not only learn new skills, but they will also learn to work as a team.

Wildlife Biology (K-4)
With Parker Anderson Enrichment

Taught by a wildlife biologist, students will explore the natural world, acquire tips and tools to spot wildlife while camping and on hikes, and learn all about animals’ natural habitats. Students will see live animals in class and learn techniques for locating and tracking animals in the wild!

Thursday Classes

Thursday classes meet 7 times in the spring session, on 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25. Enrollment fee is $230 plus a $20 materials fee, for a total of $250.

Mad Scientists! (K-4)
With Science Teacher Rachel Tobin

Every week we will do a super exciting new experiment. We will make things explode! And YOU can help suggest what experiments or activities you want to do!

 

Open Art Studio (K–6)
with Visual Art Teacher Josh Friedman

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, ceramics, 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. Dress to get messy!

Husky Basketball Camp (K–6)
with 5th Grade Classroom Assistant & Playground Facilitator Chris Zapata

Back by popular demand! In this class, students will sharpen their basketball skills and expand their knowledge. Students will work on fundamental skills – dribbling, shooting, throwing, and catching – as well as confidence, teamwork, and how to have fun while learning.

Breakfast Treats (K-6)
With Kindergarten Teacher Nancy Vermette

Didn’t your parents tell you how important breakfast is?  I think it is important enough to have breakfast after school, too!  Each week we will make waffles, breakfast burritos, hash brown potatoes, eggs and more!  Are you hungry now? Join me for this delicious cooking class, and we will eat what we make.

 

Book Explorers Club (3-6)
With Technology Assistant Siena Castanares

The Book Explorers Club is a reading enrichment ASE, devoted to reading great books together and enjoying fun activities that relate to the literature - such as eating yummy snacks, watching film adaptations, doing art projects, and more. This ASE is designed to help students hone their deep reading and literary analysis skills while having a rollicking good time. Come read, munch, and laugh with us as the text comes ALIVE!

 

Toy Making 2.0 (K-2)
With Second Grade Assistant Nicole Hamilton

Stuffy making is so last year. In this updated version of toy making, students will not only learn to create their own stuffed creation, but will also explore other mediums to create one of a kind games and toys. This class is aimed at looking at simple materials and turning them into something that your student will not only be proud of, but that they can play with as well.

Claymates (K-3)
With Schooly Groove’s Delandis McClam

Clay… Clay… and more Clay, build it the fun way in ClayMates.  This creative class let’s your imagination flow while building fun stories around your clay sculptures. Each week, you will take home your project to share with your family along with fun memories you will never forget! If you love to build and play, ClayMates is the way!

 

Friday Classes

Friday classes meet 6 times in the spring session, on 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 6/2 . Enrollment fee is $205 plus a $20 materials fee, for a total of $225

 

Chess Club (K–6)
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.

Sew Fun! (3-6)
with Kindergarten Teacher Nancy Vermette

Learn to sew by choosing a fun sewing project.  If you are a beginner you will learn to use a needle and thread to create a fun and easy sewing project!  Returning students may choose to learn how to use a sewing machine for your sewing project.   3rd through 6th grade boys and girls are all welcome!  We will have sewing machines at school for you to use, or you may bring your own. (max students=5)

Open Art Studio (K–6)
with Visual Art Teacher Josh Friedman

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, ceramics, 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. Dress to get messy!

Crafty Yarn Creations (2-6)
With Third Grade Assistant Kelli Chau

Calling all creative yarn crafters!  Have you ever wanted to make a scarf, fashionable accessory, or a cup sleeve out yarn?  Now you can!  Come join us weave and crochet in this crafty yarn class.  We will be exploring different types of techniques of weaving and crocheting to make various projects.  All experience levels are welcome!  

Slime Time! (K-6)
With science teacher, Rachel Tobin

Slime Time is a fun, gooey, messy class that involves the creation of all types of slime: floam, fluffy, rainbow, and more! Each week will involve a new slime adventure.