Spring After-School Class Descriptions

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 18. Most classes will begin the week of February 11, with some exceptions. Spring after-school classes will end by May 16.

Monday

Sewing and Yarn Crafts
Grades 2-3

10 weeks (2/11-5/13) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

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

Christina Cubera, Park Kindergarten teacher Grades 2-3
In this class, we will be making fun and interesting sewing and yarn crafts!  First, we will learn the basics of sewing such as threading a needle, tying a knot, different types of stitches, and progress from there. We'll make pom-poms, pencil cases, and design a pillow! Not only is sewing and yarn crafts great for hand/eye coordination, fine motor skills, focus, and concentration, it also allows children a vehicle for creative expression! Many crafts are awaiting eager participants; you won't want to miss out!

Board Games
Grades 3-5

10 weeks (2/11-5/13) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

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

Carlee Jensen, Park 5th Grade teacher
 
Grades 3-5

Long before Fortnite became a global sensation, creative and strategic thinkers honed their skills playing Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Catan. In this class, students will learn and play a variety of challenging, strategy-focused board games. These games build critical reasoning skills, teach sportsmanship, and stimulate the imagination — and most importantly, they're a ton of fun! 

Rock Climbing
Grades 3-5

5 weeks (2/11-4/1) 
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 practice, patience, and persistence. Climbing students exercise both their body and mind as they develop a sense of fluidness and movement on the wall. This climbing class is geared toward teaching students fundamental positions and grips, how to feel comfortable in the air, discovering the own body's movements to navigate mixed surfaces, and the safety precautions climbers use to keep climbing safe and fun.

3D Printing
Grades 4-5

10 weeks (2/11-5/13) 
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. 

Lower School Boys' Lacrosse
Grades 4-5

Begins (3/27) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

NO FEE
**PRACTICE IS HELD ON MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS**

Coach TBD Grades 4-5
Practice Begins: Wednesday, March 27 from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Tompkins Fields. Please note that all practices this spring for Lower School will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30. Home games will be played on Tompkins or Boys’ Varsity fields. We will usually meet on Tompkins Field, but if the weather is questionable players should check the whiteboard in the LS office for our indoor meeting place. There will be practice regardless of weather, so you should bring gym shoes in case practice is moved indoors. Please bring your stick, equipment, a water bottle and dress for outdoor play. No Park School uniforms are needed –the school will provide game/scrimmage vests when needed.
Equipment Required: Stick, helmet, gloves, athletic supporter, shoulder pads, elbow/arm pads and mouth guard, (water bottle recommended but not required), shorts and T-shirt will be acceptable for practice. Game jerseys will be provided by the School. Please contact Dia Clark if you need assistance obtaining equipment.

Lower School Girls' Lacrosse
Grades 4-5

Begins (3/27
3:15-4:15 p.m.

NO FEE
**PRACTICE IS HELD ON MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS**

Stradine Harris, Park LS Physical Education teacher Grades 4-5
Practice Begins: Wednesday, March 27 from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Rosenberg Field. Please note that all practices this spring for Lower School will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30. All home games will be played on Rosenberg Field. We will usually meet on Rosenberg Field, but if the weather is questionable players should check the whiteboard in the LS office for our indoor meeting place. There will be practice regardless of weather, so you should bring gym shoes in case practice is moved indoors.  Please bring your stick, mouth guard, a water bottle and dress for outdoor play. If you don't own a stick, you may borrow a stick on a daily basis and return at the end of every practice. No Park School uniforms are needed –the school will provide game/scrimmage vests when needed. 

Equipment Required: Stick, goggles, mouth guard, (water bottle recommended but not required), shorts and T-shirt will be acceptable for practice. Game jerseys will be provided by the School. Lower School sports have been a tradition at Park. 

Tuesday

Flower Club
Grades 1-3     

8 weeks (3/12-5/14) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

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

Alison Penning, Park Art teacher Grades 1-3
Do you love flowers? Have you ever grown them? Have you ever made flowers in any other ways? In Flower Club, we will plant seeds, tubers, and seedlings that will grow into flowers you can pick by the end of the school year or next fall (and the next fall!). We will learn how to make paper flowers out of wire and tissue paper. Other activities will be varied but may explore: flowers in clay, flowers you can eat, flowers as big as a bicycle wheel, flowers that are bombs, and flowers made of sunshine. No experience necessary! Just a love of flowers.

Italic Calligraphy
Grades 4-5 

5 weeks (2/12-3/12) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

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

Jenny Harbold, Park 4th Grade teacher and calligrapher Grades 4-5

Have you been wondering how to create that fancy handwriting with the thick/thin lines? Learn the basics of italic calligraphy. Each child will be provided with calligraphy pens and practice paper, as well as parchment paper for special projects.  After learning to master the position of the pen (the calligrapher's secret!) and all the letters, children will be able to create special pieces, such as letters to loved ones, copies of favorite poems, quotes, etc. Two things to consider:

  • Letters formed by left-handed writers will look different from the samples (they are right-handed), which may be a bit frustrating.
  • Calligraphy, although not technically cursive, may be challenging for children who struggle with cursive writing.

Yoga and Mindfulness
Grades 3-5

10 weeks (2/12-4/30) 
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. Mats will be provided.

Wednesday

Beginning Yoga
Grades 1-2

10 weeks (2/13-4/24) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

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

Vivian Campagna, 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.

Porcelain Art with Cold Porcelain Clay
Grades 2-3

10 weeks (2/13-4/24) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$150 PER STUDENT
$100 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.

Latin Cooking
Grades 3-5

6 weeks (2/13-3/27) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

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

Evelyn Sanchez, Kindergarten assistant, foodie, and Park parent Grades 3-5
Explore the world of Latin food by creating and tasting traditional Latino dishes including empanadas, tostones, and Mexican fudge!

Lower School Boys' Lacrosse
Grades 4-5

Begins (3/27) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

NO FEE
**PRACTICE IS HELD ON MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS**

Coach TBD

Grades 4-5
Practice Begins: Wednesday, March 27 from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Tompkins Fields. Please note that all practices this spring for Lower School will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30. Home games will be played on Tompkins or Boys’ Varsity fields. We will usually meet on Tompkins Field, but if the weather is questionable players should check the whiteboard in the LS office for our indoor meeting place. There will be practice regardless of weather, so you should bring gym shoes in case practice is moved indoors. Please bring your stick, equipment, a water bottle and dress for outdoor play. No Park School uniforms are needed –the school will provide game/scrimmage vests when needed.
Equipment Required: Stick, helmet, gloves, athletic supporter, shoulder pads, elbow/arm pads and mouth guard, (water bottle recommended but not required), shorts and T-shirt will be acceptable for practice. Game jerseys will be provided by the School. Please contact Dia Clark if you need assistance obtaining equipment.

Lower School Girls' Lacrosse
Grades 4-5

Begins (3/27) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

NO FEE
**PRACTICE IS HELD ON MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS**

Stradine Harris, Park LS Physical Education teacher Grades 4-5
Practice Begins: Wednesday, March 27 from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Rosenberg Field. Please note that all practices this spring for Lower School will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30. All home games will be played on Rosenberg Field. We will usually meet on Rosenberg Field, but if the weather is questionable players should check the whiteboard in the LS office for our indoor meeting place. There will be practice regardless of weather, so you should bring gym shoes in case practice is moved indoors.  Please bring your stick, mouth guard, a water bottle and dress for outdoor play. If you don't own a stick, you may borrow a stick on a daily basis and return at the end of every practice. No Park School uniforms are needed –the school will provide game/scrimmage vests when needed. 

Equipment Required: Stick, goggles, mouth guard, (water bottle recommended but not required), shorts and T-shirt will be acceptable for practice. Game jerseys will be provided by the School. Lower School sports have been a tradition at Park. 

Thursday

Tinkering
Grade 3

10 weeks (2/14-5/9) 
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, LS 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. 

Garden Club
Grades 1-5

8 weeks (3/7-5/16) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

$120 PER STUDENT
$80 FOR 5-DAY EXTENDED DAY STUDENTS

Ann Starer and Alison Penning, LS Art teachers 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!

LS 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

Film Theory for Young Watchers
Grades 4-5

6 weeks (2/22-4/12) 
3:15-4:15 p.m.

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

Hannah Briggs, Park alum and movie aficionado Grades 4-5
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of your favorite movies and TV shows? We're going to find out. Film Theory for Young Watchers will provide interested students with a chance to learn about how the people behind the camera make the stories they love to watch. Together we'll view and discuss scenes from longtime favorites to understand how visual storytelling works at a technical level! From performances to editing to costume design, we'll examine how it all comes together to create a movie.

Soccer Clinic
Grades 1-3

6 weeks (3/29-5/10) 
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.