Winter 2023 Workshops
Three sessions (fall, winter, and spring) of enrichment weekly workshops provide students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 specialized after school learning opportunities with experienced instructors and passionate teaching artists, musicians, and professionals from the greater Portland area. Workshops offer in-depth exploration into the arts, dance, drama/acting, STEM, electronic music, cooking, athletics, and role-play games (RPG) such as Dungeons & Dragons.
- Parent pickup location for all workshop attendees: Thomas House Loop.
- Winter workshops begin the week of January 9.
- Workshops are open to students from the broader Portland community, not just Waynflete!
- Workshops are offered in three seasons: fall, winter, and spring. Dance is offered in half-year sessions, however.
- If a workshop is canceled due to low enrollment, we will notify registered families one week before the first class.
- For programs that take place off-campus: bus transportation is provided to/from off-campus locations so that parents can pick up their children at the Spring Street campus.
- Winter 2023 workshops will run in person—consistent with Waynflete’s health and safety protocols.
- 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 percent discount on the price of Enrichment workshops. Use the code “FTAS” at checkout.
- Questions? Suggestions for new workshops? Contact Director of Enrichment Tessa Anable by email or at 207.774.7863, ext. 1379.
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Winter 2023 Workshops
Registration opens at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23
Workshops below are sorted by age—youngest to oldest students
K–1 CREATIVE DANCE • Register
Jan 11 to May 17, 12:10–1:10 p.m.
Dancers learn to become strong, confident, creative, and expressive through dance with instruction by Susan Nelson, Waynflete’s Lower/Middle School Creative Movement and Dance teacher.
2–3 CREATIVE DANCE • Register
Jan 9 to May 15, 3:15–4:30 p.m.
Dancers progress in creative confidence, strength, skills and technique through weekly instruction by Susan Nelson, Waynflete’s Lower/Middle School Creative Movement and Dance teacher.
2–5 CHESS CLUB • Register
Jan 17 to Mar 14, 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Queens, kings, knights, pawns…play…checkmate! Join Chess Club to learn tactics, pieces, and moves. Compete with other avid players and progress from wood pusher to winner! Learn chess tactics, such as such as pins, forks, and removal of the guard, and the mechanics of combining piece moves and creating threats, involving piece safety, checks, and attacks. This is your opportunity to play and learn the game of chess with your friends!
2–5 KARATE • Register
Jan 18 to Mar 15, 12:30–1:15 p.m.
Waynflete karate students are welcoming the return of Kyoshi Andy Campbell from Dragon Fire Martial Arts, 23-time world champion and an 8th degree black belt in Shotokan karate. Kyoshi Andy brings over 40 years of training, 35+ years of teaching and a good sense of humor to his karate classes held outdoors on the Waynflete campus.
Jan 19 to Mar 16, 3:15–4:30 p.m.
In our Collectible Card Game Club, your child will have the chance to play card and board games in a community of their peers—the same way they would at a local game store. Students will learn probability, algebra and mathematic thinking, short and long-term strategic thinking, and gaming etiquette in our weekly club. Be prepared to summon your ninjas, zombies, and squirrels in a game of Magic the Gathering, build your strongest bench in a game of Pokemon, or bring your own game to share!
4–5 CREATIVE DANCE • Register
Jan 12 to May 18, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Dancers progress in creative confidence, strength, mastery of skills and technique through weekly instruction by Susan Nelson, Waynflete’s Lower/Middle School Creative Movement and Dance teacher.
TWO 4–5 SKATING TRIPS • Register
Wednesday, January 18, 1:30–2:30
Wednesday, February 1, 1:30–2:30
$85 (skating with Afterschool and transportation)
$44 (skating only—no transportation)
Or students may sign up to stay on campus for supervised lunch with the 4–5 Afterschool program. The Waynflete bus will transport Afterschool skaters to Troubh Arena by 1:15 p.m., in time to get ready to be on ice by 1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. Pick up time at the rink for parents who are providing their own transportation to/from the rink
2:35 p.m. Skating bus will leave the rink to head back to Waynflete with students who signed up for transportation/Afterschool
2:45 p.m. Parent pick up in the loop
*Sadly, Thompson’s Point outdoor rink (with its gorgeous sunsets and river views!) will be closed this winter. They are “taking the 2022–23 rink season off in order to make some major upgrades (new concessions building, seasonal dock, and permanent rink infrastructure which will let us open earlier in the season) and will reopen the new and improved rink in November 2023.” We will get Waynflete students back on the new rink when it’s open!
Jan 16 to Mar 13, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
With fast-developing coding skills, the robotics team has persevered and brainstormed their way to conquering several robot challenges this fall. Students in grades 5–8 are invited to join the group for the winter season to continue problem-solving their way to the creation of additional robots that can meet various engineering challenges and goals. Instructor Jordan Vanderbeek ensures that participants are learning coding basics and exploring physics concepts like friction and grip, power transfer and gearing, center of gravity, and structural stability while creating EV3 Lego robots and having fun. No experience necessary.
5–8 CERAMICS • Register
Cancelled for winter session (check back for a spring class)
This ceramics class with our professional clay artist is an after school art experience for students in middle school and Grade 5. Our ceramics artists will roll up their sleeves and enjoy the hands-on skill-building, creative problem-solving, and the calming effect of working with clay. Handbuilding skills such as wedging, pinch, coil, slab, sculpting, and additive and subtractive procedures will make for an art-rich fun way to spend the afternoon.
Location: Waynflete ceramics studio in the Art Center (lower level).
6–8 DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY • Register
Jan 10 to May 16, 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Working with Susan Nelson (Waynflete’s Lower/Middle School Creative Movement and Dance teacher), Middle School dancers will learn dance theory, expand technical skills, build compositional tools, and choreograph short dance pieces for sharing opportunities.
6–8 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS • Register
Jan 12 to March 16, 3:30–4:45 p.m.
At its core, Dungeons and Dragons is a game of collaborative storytelling. Players will each take on the role of a unique character in a fantasy story and will need to work as a group—led by a practiced dungeon master—to uncover treasure, solve puzzles, and accomplish their goals. What path students choose is up to them…but know that the D&D world is full of both danger and adventure!
6–8 SKI TRIPS • Register
Wednesdays (six trips; snow day make-up trip on March 1)
Jan 11 to Feb 15, 12:30–6:15 p.m.
Prices vary, see below for details.
Winter is coming, and with it comes middle school Wednesday ski trips!
For over 25 years, Waynflete’s Middle School Ski program has given MS students an opportunity to get outside and build friendships on winter Wednesdays. After noon dismissal, our charter bus transports students to Pleasant Mount (formerly Shawnee Peak) in Bridgton.
Ski packages. Students in grades 6–8 may sign up for a ski package depending on what is needed. In the registration portal, you’ll find various combinations of lift pass, transportation, rentals, lessons, and helmet rental. Helmets are required to ski. All levels welcome. Prices vary depending on the package. Packages are listed below:
Transportation and lift — $478
Transportation, lift, and lesson — $596
Transportation, lift, and rental — $614
Transportation, lift, rental, and lesson —$758
Transportation only — $296
Equipment. Students will bring skis, bags, equipment to school on Wednesday mornings, and may store gear in the shed during school hours. An information letter with more details will be sent out in December.
Parent volunteer chaperones. Trained and mountain-experienced parent volunteers lead and supervise the middle school ski trips. Trip leader, former ski patrol: Shawn Brennan will be returning this season.
Please email to volunteer for all or some of the weekly ski trips. Thank you to all parents who sign up to provide supervision on our ski bus and at the mountain. Our parent chaperones make these trips possible.
Before your student hits the slopes, please sign, scan and return the following required forms to :
Pleasant Mount Responsibility Code (all participants)
Pleasant Mount Participant Release Form (all participants)
Pleasant Mount Ski Lessons Release Form (only those taking lessons)
Pleasant Mount Rental Equipment Release Form (only those renting equipment)
*Please note that discounts, including Full-time Afterschool discounts, do not apply to the ski program.
We regret that fees are higher this year due to rising transportation costs. Our greatest ski trip expense is bus transportation, which increased 50% this year.