Spring After-School Class Descriptions

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 19. Most classes will begin the week of February 19, with a few exceptions. Spring after-school classes will end by May 25.

Monday

Tinkering
Grade 3

10 weeks (2/26-5/14) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$150 PER STUDENT
$100 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Rosie Max, Park 3rd Grade teacher and Laura Jacoby, Science teacher Grade 3
Have you ever wondered how something works and wanted to take it apart to find out? Perhaps you’ve fiddled around with bits and pieces and wondered what you could create? Then you might be interested in Tinkering. Join in as we deconstruct objects like singing cards, telephones and mechanical toys. Dabble with “squishy circuits”, or build “something amazing” from bits and pieces from our deconstructions or materials on hand.

The Bruin Times
Grades 3-5

6 weeks (4/2-5/7) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$90 PER STUDENT
$60 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Linda Brennan, Bruin Times editor and LS Learning 
Resource Teacher 
Grades 3-5
Calling all "cub" reporters! The Bruin Times, Park's lower school newspaper, is launching its new after-school bureau! Come join our staff of reporters. You will learn how to generate ideas for articles, conduct interviews, gather facts and information, and write clear, interesting pieces for your lower school peers to read. The only requirements to join the Bruin Times staff are a strong love of writing and a willingness to work hard.

Rock Climbing
Grades 3-5

5 weeks (3/26-4/23) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$75 PER STUDENT
$50 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Will Weiskopf, Park MS teacher and Appalachian Challenge director  Grades 3-5
Rock Climbing is a sport that takes immense discipline and patience. The art of climbing requires students to exercise both body and mind. The climbing class will be geared toward teaching students to feel comfortable suspended in the air, discovering the various movements’ climbers use to conquer rock, learning to tie knots, and learning the safety precautions climbers must know to keep climbing safe and fun.

3D Printing
Grades 4-5

10 weeks (2/26-5/14) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$150 PER STUDENT
$100 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Matt Doyle, Park LS Technology teacher  Grades 4-5
From prototypes to functional models, students will learn about the design process and use Tinkercad software to plan, design, and print 3D objects. 

Tuesday

Up-Cycled Art
Grades 2-4     

6 weeks (2/20-4/10) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$90 PER STUDENT
$60 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Ellen Hoitsma, Park 3rd Grade teacher Grades 2-4
As a school, we collect a lot of items and send them off to TerraCycle to be turned into useful objects. In this up-cycling class, students will learn (or invent!) new ways to turn our non-TerraCycle waste into something new and beautiful.

The Art of Macramé 
Grades 3-4 

6 weeks (4/17-5/22) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$90 PER STUDENT
$60 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Becky Bloom, Park 1st Grade teacher Grades 3-4
Macramé is the art of making knots in a decorative pattern and it's making a comeback! Learn to make a friendship bracelet, wall hanging, and plant hanger using cording and knots! Children will learn to tie basic knots like a larks head, double half hitch, Slipknot, spiral, and square to create works of art. No macramé owls will be made.

Bookmaking Session 1
Grades 1-3          

5 weeks (2/20-4/3) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$75 PER STUDENT
$50 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Alison Penning, LS Art teacher Grades 1-3
Do you love telling stories with words and pictures? Together we will explore different and creative ways to make our own books. We'll read innovative picture books from the Park School library, and we will work on pop-ups, a book in a box, a lift-the-flap book, a book with envelope enclosures, etc. Get ready to publish!

Bookmaking Session 2
Grades 1-3        

5 weeks (4/17-5/15) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$75 PER STUDENT
$50 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Alison Penning, LS Art teacher Grades 1-3
Do you love telling stories with words and pictures? Together we will explore different and creative ways to make our own books. We'll read innovative picture books from the Park School library, and we will work on pop-ups, a book in a box, a lift-the-flap book, a book with envelope enclosures, etc. Get ready to publish!

Yoga and Mindfulness
Grades 3-5

10 weeks (2/20-5/8) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$150 PER STUDENT
$100 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Vivian Campagna, Yoga instructor and Park Parent Grades 3-5
Yoga and Mindfulness class offers children a safe place to move, relax, play, and rest while cultivating their innate ability to "Pay Attention. Be Astonished. Tell About It." (In a poem by Mary Oliver) Yoga postures, breath-work, and movement games engage the fullness of each child's being, and the non-competitive affirming atmosphere fosters each child's sense of belonging. Each class helps them to feel more grounded and connected inside.

Wednesday

Beginning Yoga
Grades 1-2

10 weeks (2/21-5/2) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$150 PER STUDENT
$100 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Christine Burchett, Yoga instructor and Park Parent Grades 1-2
We are all natural born yogis. Come have a super fun time while learning to practice yoga. Explore your natural abilities in a fun, safe way. No experience necessary! Mats will be provided.

Beginning Porcelain Art
Grades 2-3

5 weeks (2/21-3/28) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$75 PER STUDENT
$50 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Mary Ann Peterson, Park Spanish teacher and artist Grades 2-3
Come and see all we can do with Porcelain Art! We will make beautiful figurines, pencil decorations, pen holders, original Tic-Tac-Toe, Chess pieces and much more! Porcelain Art allows young people to become great artists and expands their creativity with limitless projects. Porcelain Art is an innovative artistic expression that uses porcelain clay to make beautiful and detailed art pieces. Porcelain clay is air-drying, non-toxic, and easy to work with.

More Porcelain Art!
Grades 3-5

5 weeks (4/11-5/9) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$75 PER STUDENT
$50 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Mary Ann Peterson, Park Spanish teacher and artist Grades 3-5
See above description. This class will expand on the basics of the beginning class and will be appropriate for older beginners, as well.

Chess Club
Grades 1-5

10 weeks (2/21-5/2) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$175 PER STUDENT
$120 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Silver Knights Chess Coaches Grades 1-5
Chess club is taught by experienced Silver Knights instructors using a curriculum developed by National Masters. Each weekly session is a mix of learning and play. Playing chess is a great way to develop a child’s critical thinking skills, sportsmanship, and patience — all while having fun!

Thursday

Acting 101
Grades 1-2

10 weeks (2/22-5/10) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$150 PER STUDENT
$100 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Kara Leonard, actor Grades 1-2
Calling all actors! If you like to sing, dance, and act come expand and improve your theatre skills to become a great performer! Over the class, we will learn basic acting techniques and principles through a wide variety of theatre games and exercises. In addition, we will rehearse for our final showcase which will take place during our last class. A mini-performance in which every student will have the opportunity to perform a monologue, dance in a group number or sing a solo! Together, we will have tons of fun while also creating a great ensemble of performers! 

Garden Club
Grades 1-5

6 weeks (4/5-5/10) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$90 PER STUDENT
$60 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Ann Starer, LS art teacher and Becky McDougall, Park parent Grades 1-5
Are you a nature-lover? Do you find mindfulness in being outdoors? Maybe you like being at the very start of things, such as watching a seed become a seedling, and then grow into an adult plant?  Perhaps you just enjoy being active, using your hands, and maybe getting a little bit dirty. Spring is just around the corner and the Lower School Garden is going to be a place bursting with adventure, growth, and beauty. Join the Lower School Garden Club this spring as we prepare it for spring and summer planting, growing, and harvesting. There is so much to discover from using garden tools and materials and learning close-up how things grow!

Latin Cooking Session 1
Grades 2-3

5 weeks (2/22-4/5) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$75 PER STUDENT
$50 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Evelyn Sanchez, foodie, Kindergarten assistant, and Park parent Grades 2-3
Explore the world of Latin food by making and eating traditional Latino dishes such as meat empanadas, tostones, and Mexican fudge!

Latin Cooking Session 2
Grades 2-3

5 weeks (4/19-5/17) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$75 PER STUDENT
$50 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Evelyn Sanchez, foodie, Kindergarten Assistant, and Park Parent Grades 2-3
Explore the world of Latin food by making and eating traditional Latino dishes such as meat empanadas, tostones, and Mexican fudge!

LS Girls' Field Hockey Clinic
Grades 2-5

6 weeks (4/5-5/10) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

No Fee

Stradine Harris, Park LS Physical Education teacher Grades 2-5
Participants will be involved in fun drills and skill enhancement activities. Activities will help the inexperienced and reinforce the skills of the experienced player. We will focus on many areas of field hockey including dribbling, passing, shooting, driving, ball control, dodging, receiving, defensive positioning, and much more. Players will be able to combine instruction with mini-games to have fun while learning this fast-moving sport. This is a clinic you don’t want to miss! 
*Participants must have a mouth guard, goggles, field hockey stick, and shin guards to participate. If you do not have a field hockey stick and goggles...no worries - we have plenty of field hockey sticks and goggles on hand to borrow during the clinic. It is not necessary to purchase. No previous experience playing field hockey is required.

Friday

Acting 102
Grades 3-5

10 weeks (2/16-5/25) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$75 PER STUDENT
$50 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Kara Leonard, actor Grades 3-5
Calling all actors! If you like to sing, dance, and act come expand and improve your theatre skills to become a great performer! Over the class, we will learn basic acting techniques and principles through a wide variety of theatre games and exercises. In addition, we will rehearse for our final showcase which will take place during our last class. A mini performance in which every student will have the opportunity to perform a monologue, dance in a group number or sing a solo! Together, we will have tons of fun while also creating a great ensemble of performers! 

Soccer Clinic
Grades 1-3

6 weeks (4/6-5/25) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$90 PER STUDENT
$60 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Dynasty Sports Academy Coaches Grades 1-3
Friends, Fun & Sports!!! Mike Lookingland, a professional soccer player for the Milwaukee Wave of the Major Arena Soccer League (MALS), former Baltimore Blast player of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), and nationally licensed youth soccer coach, will offer age-appropriate 60-minute lessons through Dynasty Sports Academy. The academy is designed for your child to build self-esteem, develop core motor skills, and improve their game through fun exercises and skills training.