Workshops - Spring 2020

Meeting after school weekly during the fall, winter, and/or spring trimesters, Enrichment Workshops connect students to passionate experienced instructors and teaching artists from the Portland community for an afternoon of exploration. Workshops include: arts, acting, dance, sports, cooking, technology and musical exploration. 

Waynflete Workshops are open to the broader community. We welcome students from all schools to participate in our Enrichment programs! 

For more information, contact the Enrichment Office at or 207-774-7863:
Kathryn Amato, Enrichment Assistant, ext. 1355 
Tessa Anable, Director of Enrichment, ext. 1379

**For Middle School Parents:
Middle School athletic practices take place during the school day and do not overlap with enrichment workshops. Teams typically compete on Mondays and Thursdays, and there will likely be competitions on other days due to scheduling challenges like weather and holidays. If you sign up for an enrichment workshop and there are athletic conflicts, the School will not reimburse you for the cost of the missed workshop.

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*Students enrolled in full-time Afterschool receive a 25% discount on the price of Enrichment Workshops.

*All students must be registered to attend an enrichment workshop. Full up-front payment for workshops is required prior to attendance.

*Students enrolled in "Full-time Afterschool" receive a 25% discount on the price of enrichment workshops; use the code "FTAS" at checkout.

**Enrichment workshops typically do not conflict with Middle School sports.

Have an idea for a new workshop? Contact Director of Enrichment Tessa  Anable at

Spring 2020 Workshops:

MONDAY: Grades 5-8

Robotics Team
Instructor: James Gregg

March 23–May 18, 2020
Mondays 3:20–5:00 p.m.
(*No class 4/20)
$259 *Includes $60 Track Meet fee

Location: M-24 (Morrill)
Pick up: 5:00 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop.

The Robotics Team will build and program EV3 Lego robots to accomplish specific engineering challenges. Our goal will be to compete in robot track meet events - such as Fastest Robot, Slope Climber, and Bridge - this spring. Students will explore concepts like friction and grip, power transfer and gearing, center of gravity and structural stability. No experience is required. Participants who continue into the spring term of this workshop will have the option to join fellow team members to compete in the Maine Robotics Track Meet* in South Portland on May 9, 2020.

*To participate in the Maine Robotics Track Meet, students must be attending the Robotics Team workshop during the spring term, which starts on 3-23-20.  

**Additional team practice sessions may be offered after school prior to the Maine Robotics Track Meet; attendance is optional.



Electronic Music Production (beginners welcome!)
Instructor: Chris Child "Kodomo"

March 24–May 19, 2020
Tuesdays 3:20–4:30 p.m.
(*No class 4/21)

Location: LS Klingenstein Library Conference Room
Pick up: 4:30 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop.

In this Enrichment Workshop, students will learn to record, create, and edit sounds from scratch, and gain a foundation for creating electronic music. Chris welcomes beginners and anyone who wants to explore new ways to create electronic music. View course curriculum outline and the syllabus. This program will be progressive so that students who begin in fall will continue to develop new skills throughout the year. 

Chris Child, Emmy-winning composer and electronic musician Kodomo, will share his experience, teaching campers the basic elements of electronic music production: 1) sampling, 2) synthesis (using different wave forms to create sound), 3) arrangement, and 4) production.

Listening to and recording new sounds will heighten musical listening ability. Chris will help students maximize their use of Garage Band software, introducing students to new layers and depth within the software. Equipment will be provided, including a MIDI keyboard, groove pad, microphones and synthesizers. Each student should bring a good pair of music headphones. 

Listen to a track created by a Middle School student.


Tuesday: GRADES 2-4

Engineering Games 
Instructor: Susan Wiemer

March 24–May 19, 2020
Tuesdays 3:20–4:30 p.m.
(*No class 4/21)

Location: Lower School Art Studio
Pick up: 4:30 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop.

Who knew that combining simple physics and ART could be so much fun? Throughout the year (fall, winter and spring workshops), we will build moving puppets and giant dragons, working through the process of creating the moving parts. We will learn about simple machines and mechanics. Towers and bridges will teach us how design influences and creates structural integrity. As we transform 2D patterns into 3D buildings, we will build a miniature village and expand our spatial reasoning. 

Then, logic and strategic thinking intertwine with imaginative play as we immerse ourselves, literally, into a life-size game of chess, complete with our own homemade costumes. 

The purpose of Engineering Games is to combine STEM principles with artistic expression, goal setting and teamwork. Let’s roll!



Indoor Tennis
Instructor: Kyle Mersereau

March 25–May 20, 2020
Wednesdays 12:10–2:45 p.m.
(*No class 4/22)

Clinic Location:
APEX Racket and Fitness Center
2445 Congress Street, Portland

APEX tennis pros employ proven current teaching techniques, including the use of “low compression” tennis balls, to propel clinic participants to the next level of racket skills and game play. Kids will practice forehands, backhands, serves and volleys, while learning game scoring, court position and ball placement through fun games and drills. This clinic is geared to the intermediate tennis player. 

Transportation is provided to and from APEX Racket and Fitness Club. Lower School students will be picked up at dismissal from the 4-5 classroom. MS students should meet the tennis instructor/driver (Susan) at the MS Office at dismissal. Pick up after the tennis workshop is at the Waynflete "loop," by the tetherball court. Bring a lunch and water bottle. Rackets are available to borrow, or bring your own.


Wednesday: GRADES K-3

Exuberant Play!
Instructor: Michael Schwartz

March 25–May 20, 2020
Wednesdays, 12:10–2:00 p.m.
(*No class 4/22)

Location: Sills Gym
Pick up: 2:00 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop.

This fun after school program will creatively channel each child's physical exuberance and curiosity. We will enhance fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping, climbing, catching, throwing, kicking, rolling, and crawling through a series of team-building games and playful exercises. We will explore of our physical environment through movement. This open format design allows the participant to experience and enjoy a range of activities, from parkour to tag to martial arts---while gaining greater understanding of how their body works.

Michael Schwartz is an experiential health educator. For over thirty years he has taught martial arts, physical education, self defense; created group exercise classes and trained and certified teachers and trainers; worked with an eclectic mix of physical therapy, injury prevention, and performance enhancement clients; and provided leadership and team building consulting for corporate clients.

If you have more questions, you may reach him at



Dungeons and Dragons
Instructor: Mike Dank

March 26–May 21, 2020
Thursdays 3:30–4:30 p.m.
(*No class 4/23)

Location: Morrill 21

Join your friends around the table to dive into a world of your own design!

At its core, Dungeons and Dragons is a game of collaborative storytelling. Students will each take on the role of a character in a fantasy story, and will need to work as a group to uncover treasure, solve puzzles, and accomplish their goals.

Upper school mentors and more experienced students will help newer players learn the basic rules, and often the best stories are made by those who are new to the game!

What path you choose is up to you...but know that the world is full of both danger and adventure...



Swim - American Red Cross through Portland Rec

March 26–May 21, 2020
Thursdays 3:15–4:45 p.m.
(*No class 4/23)

Location: The Reiche Pool
Pick up: 4:45 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop.

Join this Waynflete class run by Portland Park and Rec to learn or improve swim skills. Red Cross-trained instructors will split the group into two levels to best meet students’ learning needs. Enrichment staff will walk students from Waynflete to Reiche at 3:15 p.m., supervise boys and girls locker rooms, and pick them up to return to campus by 4:45 p.m.

Pick up at Waynflete tetherball court loop at 4:45.

Thursday: Grades EC4-1

Stories to Stage 
Instructor: Hannah Daly

March 26–May 21, 2020
Thursdays 3:20–4:30 p.m.
(*No class 4/23)

Location: Lower School Music Room
Pick up: 4:30 p.m. at the LS Music Room, or after 4:30 at the Tetherball Court/Loop.

In the Stories to Stage acting program, children will learn the basic components of musical theater and how to bring a story to life for an audience through stage presence and simple line delivery. Aspiring actors will play improv games, sing songs, practice creative movement, learn to project their voice and express themselves on stage, and more! On the last day of the program, students will present a short performance for family and friends.