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Workshops - Spring 2020

Spring 2020 workshops are now online!

For the SPRING 2020 season, we will be offering enrichment workshops that "meet" online at Workshop instructors will email their classroom number to workshop participants before the first workshop. See online workshop offerings below.

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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:


Creative Dance and Choreography classes 

Instructor: Susan Nelson

Location: NOW ONLINE at

Susan's Enrichment Dance Classes will continue online for Spring 2020:

The half-year "winter/spring" Dance session runs January 6–May 21, 2020.

2-3 Creative Dance   3:20-4:00 p.m.
K-1 Creative Dance   4:10-4:50 p.m. (Note: change from Wednesday)

Middle School Choreography    3:30-4:10 p.m.

4-5 Creative Dance   3:20-4:00 p.m.

All dance classes will take place at, with Susan's class number. The new meeting times make room for individual student practice to learn dance combinations and assignments.

MONday: Grades 3-6 - NOW ONLINE FOR SPRING 2020
Stage Acting

Instructor: Hannah Daly

March 23–May 18, 2020
Mondays 3:30–4:15 p.m. - ADJUSTED TIMES
(*No class 3/30 or 4/20)

Location: NOW ONLINE at

Back by popular demand... 
In this new stage acting program for students in Grades 3-6, Hannah Daly, professional Teaching Artist (Portland Stages) and Waynflete alum, offers a context for students who wish to gain acting experience and explore creative expression. Students will be challenged to think in fresh ways about characterization and the thoughts, actions and emotions driving character interactions and/or conflicts. We will learn to develop authentic character roles so that we can convey a powerful story. Imagination and collaboration will fuel our acting drills and sessions. Our goal is to produce a final scene to perform; however, we will emphasize process over product.  



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

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

Location: NOW ONLINE at

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, introducing students to new layers and depth within the software. Each student will need a good pair of ear-covering music headphones. 

Listen to a track created by a Middle School student.



Learn to be a Songwriter (no experience necessary)
Instructor: Emilia Dahlin

March 25-May 20, 2020
Wednesdays 1:00–2:00 p.m. - ADJUSTED TIME
(*No class: 4/22)

Location: Now ONLINE at

Back by popular demand, we are delighted to offer this opportunity for Waynflete students to work with a professional songwriter. Students in this songwriting workshop will author their own song and create collaborative songs with the help of local, award-winning songwriter, Emilia Dahlin (read her bio). Emilia is renowned in Maine and New England for her talents as a musician, songwriter and premier teaching artist, and she performs internationally. 

Join fellow music-lovers to explore theme, melody and form as well as literary tools to build strong lyrics and imagery. Students will "meet" with Emilia online to experience embodied play, word games, and listening exercises. Together, the group will build songs that span genres and discover what building blocks make for a hit tune. Feel the magic of singing your own song! This online workshop is for the experienced songwriter or curious student. No singing experience or instrument know-how is needed (though welcomed). 

Listen to a recent recording of the Waynflete song.

Listen to a track from Grade 3 student, Ella St. Claire, created in the Learn to be a Songwriter workshop with Emilia.


Wednesday: GRADES K-5 - NOW online for spring 2020

Karate (K-5 online class on Wednesdays)
Instructor: Kyoshi Andy Campbell

March 25–May 20, 2020 (*No class: 4/22)

Wednesdays 1:00–1:45 p.m. for Gr. K-5

$225 (additional class - 8 classes this spring!)

Location: NOW online at

Back by popular demand for the spring enrichment season, Kyoshi Andy Campbell, returns to continue karate classes online for Spring 2020. Weekly class time will involve karate demonstrations and online student participation to continue developing a strong martial arts foundation and build upon skills learned last season. Karate classes - even online 'meetings" - develop students’ focus, respect, self-control and self-discipline, through the development of basic karate skills (beginner or intermediate, depending on age and experience).

With the online class format, Grades K-5 will participate in this lively skill-building adventure together. 

Instructor Bio: Kyoshi Andy Campbell is an 8th degree black belt in Shotokan karate. He owns and runs his own dojo, Dragon Fire Martial Arts, in South Portland. With 38 years of training and 34 years of teaching under his belt, he has competed in karate matches all over the world and is a 23-time world champion. Notably, Kyoshi Andy was an instructor of Tarah Frederick, Waynflete's former karate Sensei, when Tarah was a karate student progressing to the level of an international competitor.  


Thursday: Grades EC4-1 - NOW ONLINE FOR SPRING 2020

Stories to Stage 
Instructor: Hannah Daly

March 26–May 21, 2020
Thursdays 3:30–4:10 p.m.
(*No class 4/23)

Location: NOW online at

Connecting online with Hannah Daly, the Stories to Stage actors 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! We hope that on the last day of the program, students will be able to gather to present a short performance for family and friends. Otherwise, actors will have an opportunity to share through an online performance. 


MONDAY: Grades 5-8 -  Canceled for spring 2020

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.


WEDNESDAY: GRADES 4–8 - canceled for spring 2020

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 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.




Instructor: Susan Wiemer

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


The overarching goal of Engineering Games is immersion in STEM concepts and the scientific process in ways that are engaging, challenging and fun. Lessons are not lectured, but experienced, through direct hands-on work and play. Students are presented with various challenges that require learning basic engineering and physics concepts to achieve. We set goals and sharpen problem-solving and analytical skills as we build our projects. 

Some of our projects this year?

"Inside-out" puppets, which are lessons in anatomy and an introduction to Biomimicry. We create "bones" from wire and talk about structure and stability. Rubber bands are "muscles," which move our puppets while we discuss potential energy, leverage and torque. 

Egg Drop and Egg Crash: these are timeless classics, for good reason. Our work with structure, stability and Biomimicry carry over into these challenges, which are great opportunities for exploration into how nature reduces impact on vulnerable organisms. 

What's in store for this Spring's workshop session?

Hydraulic puppets and Monster Hands...

A note from Susan: Thank you for your support of this program. There is a pressing need for our children to experience and view STEM as accessible, interesting and fun. This workshop brings kids in on the 'ground floor', introduces valuable STEM concepts, piques kids' natural curiosity, encourages them think about how the world works, and why, and to seek out science-based solutions. 

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



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


THURSDAY: GRADES 6–8 - canceled for spring 2020

Dungeons and Dragons - LOOK FOR D&D THIS FALL
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 Lessons - 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.