Winter 2023–24 Workshops
Registration for Middle School ski trips will open on Monday, November 13 at 6:30 a.m. Registration for Middle School ski trips will close on Friday, December 15.
Registration for Winter Enrichment Workshops will open on Friday, December 8 at 6:30 a.m.
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, science, engineering, electronic music, athletics, card games, 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 8.
- All students must be registered to attend an Enrichment workshop. Full up-front payment for workshops is required prior to attendance.
- Workshops are open to Waynflete and non-Waynflete students from the greater Portland area.
- Workshops are offered in three seasons: fall, winter, and spring. Dance is offered in half-year sessions.
- If a workshop is canceled due to low enrollment, we will notify registered families one week before the first class.
Discount code: Full-time Afterschool students receive a 25 percent discount on the price of Enrichment workshops. Use the code “FTAS” at checkout.
Winter 2023–24 Workshops
K–5 dancers learn to become strong, confident, creative, and expressive through movement exploration. 6–8 dancers will learn dance theory, expand technical skills, explore compositional tools, and help to choreograph dance pieces for performances in May.
K–5 dancers have half-year sessions with performances in December and May. Choreography students have half-year sessions with three performances during the school year in December, February, and May.
Instructor: Susan Nelson, Waynflete’s Lower School Creative Movement and Middle School Enrichment Dance teacher.
Location: ARC Gallery
K–1 CREATIVE MOVEMENT
Jan 10 to May 15, 12:10–1:15 p.m. — No class on 2/21 & 4/17
$325 per half year session • Register
2–3 CREATIVE MOVEMENT
Jan 8 to May 13, 3:25–4:30 p.m. — No class on 1/15, 2/19, 3/25, & 4/15
$310 per half year session • Register
4–5 CREATIVE MOVEMENT
Jan 11 to May 16, 3:25–4:30 p.m. — No class 2/22 & 4/18
$325 • Register
6–8 DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY
Jan 9 to May 14, 3:30–5:15 p.m. — No class 2/20 & 2/16
$415 • Register
STEAM WORKSHOPS (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
Susan Wiemer’s workshops operate at the intersection of science, art, and imaginative play. Throughout the winter, students explore basic physics concepts while utilizing engineering/design methods and discussing the scientific process. There will be a wide variety of projects to build, including flying toys, jointed rubber band puppets, cars, and windmills that power LED lights. Susan’s hands-on STEAM projects engage curious kids! Limited spaces. No experience needed.
Instructor: Susan Weimer
Location: Lower School Art Studio
Jan 10 to March 20, 12:30–2:30 p.m. — No class 2/21
$275 • Register
Participants enjoy lunch and recess with Susan before the workshop begins.
Jan 8 to March 18, 3:25–4:30 p.m. — No class 1/15 & 2/19
$210 • Register
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
At its core, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) 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!
Locations: 6–8 CHM 25, 4–5 Lower School Library Conference Room
Instructors: Mike Dank (grades 6–8) & Cora Curtis (grades 4–5)
4–5 Dungeons & Dragons
Jan 12 to March 22, 3:30–4:30 p.m. — No class 2/23
$210 • Register
6–8 Dungeons & Dragons
Jan 11 to March 21, 3:30–4:45 p.m. — No class 2/22
$210 • Register
BOOK VS. MOVIE
Which is better, the book or the movie? We challenge you to find out by comparing bestsellers and blockbusters. We’ll vote on a book and a movie to compare, then use club time to read the book together, and watch the movie as a group upon completion. Books will be presented in an audiobook or read-aloud format during club time. This format allows participants to be immersed in the work while encouraging thought and reflection.
Journals, modeling clay, markers, colored pencils, watercolors, and other tools of self expression will be provided to students to explore and document their thoughts, questions, and inspirations. Discussion about the day’s reading will follow each session.
When the book is finished, the group will watch the film and then critique the two. What did you like more or less? Did something unexpected occur in the movie? Did that character or scene appear in the film as it did in your head? Did the director take too many artistic liberties? It is up to the viewer to decide the age old question: what was better, the book or the movie?
Location: The Garage
Instructor: Sam Stuart, Middle School Librarian
6–8 Book vs. Movie
Jan 8 to March 18, 3:30–4:45 p.m. – No class 1/15 & 2/19
$210 • Register
MIDDLE SCHOOL SKI TRIPS — PLEASANT MOUNTAIN
Winter is coming, and with it comes Middle School Wednesday ski trips!
Registration opens Monday, November 13 at 6:30 a.m.
For over 25 years, Waynflete’s Middle School ski program has given Middle School students an opportunity to get outside and build friendships on winter Wednesdays. After dismissal at noon, school buses will transport students to Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton, ME.
Ski packages: Students in grades 6–8 may sign up for a variety of ski packages. In the registration portal, you’ll find various combinations of lift pass, transportation, rentals, and lessons. Helmets are required to ski/ride. All levels welcome. Prices vary depending on the package.
Equipment: Students will bring skis, bags, equipment to school on Wednesday mornings and may store their 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. Lead volunteer and former Ski Patrol Director Shawn Brennan will be returning this season.
Please email to volunteer for some (or all) of the weekly ski trips. Lodge chaperones are needed too! Many thanks to all parents who sign up to provide supervision on our ski bus and at the mountain. Our parent chaperones make these trips possible!
Location: Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton, ME
Group leader: Lila Dolan, Assistant to the Director of Auxiliary Programs
6–8 Pleasant Mountain Ski Trips
Jan 10 to Feb 14, 12:00–6:30 p.m. (6 week session)
- Bus transport only — $299
- Bus transport + lift ticket — $485
- Bus transport + lift ticket + lesson — $635
- Bus transport + lift ticket + rental — $635
- Bus transport + lift ticket + lesson + rental — $799